JAXA Successfully Reaches Orbit on Second H3 Launch

Japan’s H3 rocket has successfully reached orbit on its second attempt, marking a significant milestone for the rocket’s potential to carry out future missions. The launch took place at the Tanegashima Space Center and sent a mass simulator and two small satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The H3 rocket, developed by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is a successor to previous-generation vehicles. The first flight of the H3 rocket failed due to a second stage ignition issue, but changes were

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Dream Chaser prepares for maiden flight as it undergoes rigorous NASA testing

Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser vehicle has successfully completed rigorous testing at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility, bringing it closer to its first launch scheduled for 2024. The testing, which took place in the facility’s vibration chamber, involved mating the vehicle with its cargo module, Shooting Star. The cargo module has the capacity to carry 4,000 kilograms of cargo internally and has three attachment points for additional cargo and experiments.

The configuration used in the testing will be the same for the vehicle’s

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Landspace’s Reusable Rocket, the ZhuQue-3 Hopper, Successfully Takes Flight

Chinese private aerospace company Landspace has achieved a major milestone with the successful first hop of its ZhuQue-3 hopper prototype. The hop, which reached a height of 350 meters, is part of Landspace’s demonstration of reusable rocket technology, a crucial step towards the development of the ZhuQue-3 first stage reusable vehicle. The hopper, powered by a single TQ-12 methane engine, demonstrated impressive precision with a landing deviation of only 2.4 meters from the target.

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Successful Launch of Vulcan’s Peregrine Lunar Lander on Its First Expedition

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has achieved a major milestone in space exploration with the successful launch of Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander using its brand-new Vulcan Centaur rocket. The launch, known as Cert-1, marks the first-ever mission for the Vulcan Centaur rocket. The launch took place on January 8, 2024, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida after a delay caused by routine problems with ground equipment. The Vulcan Centaur rocket is a

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ULA prepares for its first ever Vulcan flight

ULA, or United Launch Alliance, is preparing for the launch of its new Vulcan rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The inaugural flight is scheduled for January 8, 2024, and will carry Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative and the Artemis program.

The Vulcan Centaur is set to replace ULA’s Delta IV family of rockets and Atlas

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Firefly’s “Fly the Lightning” mission set to conclude 2023

Firefly Aerospace is preparing for its “Fly the Lightning” mission, set to conclude in 2023. The mission will be a dedicated flight for Lockheed Martin’s Alpha FLTA004 mission and aims to deploy an Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) demonstrator payload developed by Lockheed Martin’s Ignite organization. The payload, named “Tantrum,” will be integrated onto a Terran Orbital Nebula small satellite bus and is expected to be operational in a shorter time than traditional on

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft scheduled for its next flight

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to return to flight on December 18, 2023, following a failure during its last mission. The rocket will launch from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas and will carry 33 science and research payloads, as well as 38,000 postcards for Blue Origin’s Club for the Future foundation. The failure of the previous mission was caused by a thermo-structural failure of the engine nozzle. Blue Origin formed a Mishap Investigation Team (

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Latest developments in the Chinese space industry: iSpace and LandSpace gear up for upcoming launches as Chinese spaceplane embarks on another flight mission.

China is making significant advancements in its space industry, particularly in the areas of reusable rocket technology and high-profile launches. One notable development is the launch of the Chinese Reusable Experimental Spaceplane (CSSHQ) on a Chang Zheng 2F/T rocket. While details about this mission are scarce, it is believed to involve verifications of reusable technologies and space science experiments. The CSSHQ will remain in orbit for several months before returning to Earth.

Private Chinese companies LandSpace and iSpace are also making

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Rocket Lab prepares to resume launches after anomaly incident

Rocket Lab, the private aerospace company based in New Zealand, is set to resume launches following a failure in September. The upcoming mission, named “The Moon God Awakens,” is scheduled for December 15th and will carry an Earth-observing satellite developed by a Japan-based company. The previous failure was caused by an electrical arc resulting in a loss of voltage. Rocket Lab has made modifications to address the issue, ensuring that arcs cannot form even in a partial vacuum. Despite the changes, the

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First Attempt to Launch USSF-52 Aborted as Falcon Heavy Encounters Issues

The US Department of Defense’s X-37B spaceplane is set for its next mission, OTV-7, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch, initially scheduled for December 12th, has been delayed due to a ground support equipment issue. However, both the vehicle and payload are reported to be in good condition. The primary concern for liftoff is the wind, with a launch forecast of 75 percent favorable. This mission will be the 92nd SpaceX Falcon-family

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