Artemis I Orion Begins Trek Back to Earth
Successful execution of DRO departure burn is the first of two major maneuvers needed to place the uncrewed capsule on course toward a Pacific Ocean splashdown.
[email protected] Thu, 12/01/2022 - 22:22
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Artemis I Orion ‘Go’ To Depart Lunar Orbit

Dec 01, 2022
The 1 min. 45-sec. DRO departure maneuver is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 4:55 p.m. EST, followed by a 3 min. 27 sec. Earth return lunar flyby maneuver on Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. EST.
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Spacecom Looks To Improve Capability As Commerce Department Steps Up

By Brian Everstine Nov 30, 2022
Shifting space debris tracking to the Commerce Department will free Spacecom up to focus on the “why” of movement in space.
Space

NASA Awards ICON $57m To Develop 3D Printer For Lunar Structures

By Garrett Reim Nov 30, 2022
NASA has awarded ICON of Austin, Texas, a $57.2 million contract to develop a 3D printer for building lunar infrastructures such as landing pads, roads and habitats.
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NASA Expands Artemis I Flight Test Objectives
Pleased with the progress of the Artemis I mission Orion/Space Launch System at its midpoint, mission managers have decided to add seven new test objectives focused on learning more about the spacecraft’s response to the deep-space thermal environment and propulsion system performance.
[email protected] Tue, 11/29/2022 - 19:49
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China Launches Shenzhou-15 For Its First Space Station Handover

By Chen Chuanren Nov 29, 2022
The rocket carrying astronauts Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 11:08 p.m. local time on Nov. 29.
Space

UK MOD Begins Contracting For Oberon SAR Satellites

By Tony Osborne Nov 29, 2022
Oberon will form part of a wider ISR constellation called Istari, the UK’s planned billion-pound eye in low Earth orbit.
Space

South Korea Sets 2032 Target For Moonshot

By Chen Chuanren Nov 29, 2022
President Yoon Suk Yeol has announced space exploration targets with an ambition to reach the Moon by 2032 and Mars by 2045.
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China Begins Astronaut Recruitment, Invites International Experiments
China is also welcoming astronauts from other countries to enter its Tiangong space station and conduct experiments there.
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SpaceX Cargo Mission Docks To International Space Station
SpaceX’s 26th NASA-contracted Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station autonomously docked with the seven-person orbital laboratory’s U.S. segment Harmony module at 7:39 a.m. EST on Nov. 27.
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Artemis I Orion Completes Lunar Orbit Insertion
NASA’s Artemis I Orion spacecraft successfully executed a second major maneuver using propulsion from the capsule’s European Space Agency-provided service module on Nov. 25.
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ESA Ministerial Council Ends With Budget Increase
The European Space Agency’s ministerial council concluded with a €16.9 billion ($17.2 billion) budget for the coming years, a 17% increase and the highest ever thanks to a broad agreement on most of the proposed programs.
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Arianespace Gears Up For First Vega-C Mission

By Thierry Dubois Nov 23, 2022
The Vega-C light launcher is set to perform its first mission for Arianespace, which will see Avio’s upgraded rocket place two Airbus Pleiades satellites into orbit.
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France, Germany, Italy Agree On Launcher Cooperation

By Thierry Dubois Nov 22, 2022
Europe’s three leading countries in space launchers have issued a joint statement that sets the stage for further cooperation on Ariane, Vega and micro-/mini-launcher programs within the framework of the European Space Agency.
Commercial Space

Rosotics Raises $750,000 To Develop Rapid Induction 3D Printer

By Garrett Reim Nov 22, 2022
Startup Rosotics has raised $750,000 in “pre-seed funding” to develop a rapid induction metal 3D printer for making large aerospace parts.
Advanced Air Mobility

NASA Mission Control ‘Giddy’ With Artemis I So Far

By Mark Carreau Nov 22, 2022
NASA’s frontline personnel are giving their Artemis I test flight high marks so far.
Space

First Flight Of Russia’s New Spaceship Postponed To 2025

Aviation Week Network Staff Nov 22, 2022
The delay has been attributed to “the development of the ground test equipment rather than the ship itself.”
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The Week in Defense, Nov. 22-29, 2022

By Jen DiMascio Nov 22, 2022
Turkey’s new UCAV; U.S.-Japan missile defense test; Defense exec foresees supply chain price hikes; Space Force-Blue Origin agreement.
Space

STELLS Aims To Launch Mobile Recharging Station To Moon By 2025

By Garrett Reim Nov 22, 2022
Startup STELLS Space Corp. plans to launch a mobile recharging station to the Moon by 2025.
Commercial Space

Europe’s Startups Ask ESA To Open Small Launch Competition

By Thierry Dubois Nov 21, 2022
On the eve of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ministerial council, 21 startup companies are requesting that member states approve a resolution for an open competition every time an institutional payload has to be placed into orbit.
Commercial Space

Polaris Flies German-Funded Spaceplane Demonstrator

By Tony Osborne Nov 21, 2022
German space startup Polaris Spaceplanes has performed the first flight of its spaceplane demonstrator built under a contract from the German defense ministry.
Commercial Space

Orion Flies By Moon, Heading To Distant Retrograde Orbit

By Irene Klotz Nov 21, 2022
Five days into the Artemis I flight test, the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft soared past the Moon, successfully conducting a 2-min. 30-sec. firing of its shuttle-era maneuvering engine on Nov. 21 to set up a slingshot maneuver into deeper space.
Space

Coolant Leak Delays SpaceX ISS Resupply Mission

By Mark Carreau Nov 18, 2022
SpaceX has delayed by a day the planned launch from the Kennedy Space Center of the company’s 26th NASA-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station, to address a small leak in a thermal control system.
Space

Lockheed, NVIDIA To Make Digital Twin Of Earth’s Weather For NOAA

By Garrett Reim Nov 18, 2022
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted with Lockheed Martin Space to construct a digital twin of the Earth’s weather.
Space

ESA Strives To Persuade Members To Spend More, But Plan May Wait

By Thierry Dubois Nov 18, 2022
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ministerial council plans to hear an ambitious €18.7 billion ($19.5 billion) proposal by a determined director general at its meeting Nov. 22-23.
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