Five of the eight York-built satellites on the first Tranche 0 Sunday each have two laser communications terminals for inter-satellite links, plus a radio frequency communications payload. The other three satellites have the same hardware, with an added tactical link for data transmission to military forces on Earth. The SpaceX-built tracking satellites each have a wide field of view infrared sensor produced by Leidos, along with two laser communication terminals.
Transport Layer Tr.-0 A-Cl. 1Transport Layer Tr.-0 A-Cl. 2Transport Layer Tr.-0 A-Cl. 3Transport Layer Tr.-0 A-Cl. 4Transport Layer Tr.-0 A-Cl. 5 ▲Transport Layer Tr.-0 B-Cl. 1Transport Layer Tr.-0 B-Cl. 2Transport Layer Tr.-0 B-Cl. 3 ▲Tracking Layer Tr.-0 WFOV 1Tracking Layer Tr.-0 WFOV 2
https://twitter.com/NASA_LSP/status/1642566175635783684QuoteNASA’s #CubeSat Launch Initiative has two ELaNa missions on Transporter 7!🛰 ELaNa 40: LLITED - Low-Latitude Ionosphere/Thermosphere Enhancements in Density🛰ELaNa 47: CIRBE - Colorado Inner Radiation Belt Experiment🚀Launching on a @SpaceX Falcon 9 from @SLDelta30!
NASA’s #CubeSat Launch Initiative has two ELaNa missions on Transporter 7!🛰 ELaNa 40: LLITED - Low-Latitude Ionosphere/Thermosphere Enhancements in Density🛰ELaNa 47: CIRBE - Colorado Inner Radiation Belt Experiment🚀Launching on a @SpaceX Falcon 9 from @SLDelta30!
Artemis 2, the second SLS/Orion moon mission set for liftoff no earlier than November 2024, will be the first time astronauts fly to the vicinity of the moon since NASA’s last Apollo mission in 1972....The Artemis program’s first attempt to land the first woman and next man on the moon is penciled in for the Artemis 3 mission with a derivative of the Starship vehicle SpaceX is developing in South Texas. That flight is scheduled for 2025, at the earliest, but NASA’s inspector general has reported the Starship lander and new moon-ready spacesuits likely won’t be ready until 2026 or later.
https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2023-04-03-kenya-to-launch-first-earth-observation-satellite-with-spacex/QuoteThe Kenya Space Agency (KSA) is set to launch Kenya's first operational 3U Earth Observation Satellite, Taifa-1 satellite, on April 11, 2023.https://africanews.space/sayarilabs-3u-eo-satellite-taifa-1-to-be-launched-on-april-11/
The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) is set to launch Kenya's first operational 3U Earth Observation Satellite, Taifa-1 satellite, on April 11, 2023.
Orbital Test FlightLaunch TimeMon Apr 10, 2023 12:55 GMTFirst full-stack launch of Starship and Super Heavy. First Starship launch to attempt to reach orbit.
HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)—Today Venturi Astrolab, Inc. (Astrolab), announced it has reached an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for the company to transport Astrolab’s Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover on an upcoming mission to the Moon. SpaceX will use the Starship launch and landing system for this mission as soon as mid2026.
Orbital Test FlightLaunch TimeMon Apr 10, 2023 13:10 GMTFirst full-stack launch of Starship and Super Heavy. First Starship launch to attempt to reach orbit.
April 7 • Falcon 9 • Intelsat 40e/TEMPOLaunch time: 0430 GMT (12:30 a.m. EDT)Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida...NET April 10 • Starship • Orbital Test FlightLaunch time: Approx. 1310 GMT (9:10 a.m. EDT; 8:10 a.m. CDT)Launch site: Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas...April 11/12 • Falcon 9 • Transporter 7Launch time: Approx. 0645 GMT on 12th (2:45 a.m. EDT; 11:45 p.m. PDT on 11th)Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California...April 19 • Falcon 9 • Starlink 6-2Launch time: 1333 GMT (9:33 a.m. EDT)Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Date: November 2023Mission: Lunar TrailblazerDescription:Lunar Trailblazer, a mission selected under NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program, is a small satellite designed to provide an understanding of the form, abundance, and distribution of water on the Moon, as well as the lunar water cycle. It will launch on Intuitive Machines' CLPS flight IM-2.Date: November 2023Mission: Intuitive Machines CLPS Flight IM-2 (Lunar South Pole mission)Description:This mission will deliver NASA’s PRIME-1 drill to the Moon’s surface as part of a Commercial Lunar Payload Services delivery. Landing takes place in the following weeks.
Apex announced April 4 that its first Aries satellite will fly on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 rideshare mission, scheduled for launch no earlier than January 2024. The satellite mission, dubbed “Call to Adventure” by the company, will carry multiple payloads for a set of undisclosed customers....Apex announced in October its plans for mass manufacturing of small satellites, raising a $7.5 million seed round. The company added funding after that announcement, Cinnamon said, increasing it to $10 million. The company currently projects producing five Aries spacecraft in 2024, increasing to 20 in 2025 and 100 in 2026....The company has plans for two larger satellites: Nova, weighing 500 kilograms, and Comet, weighing 1,000 kilograms. Half the mass of those spacecraft, as well as the smaller Aries, is devoted to payload and fuel, with the other half the bus itself.
April 10/11 • Falcon 9 • Transporter 7Launch time: 0648 GMT on 11th (2:48 a.m. EDT; 11:48 p.m. PDT on 10th)Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
SpaceX is targeting Friday, April 7 for launch of the Intelsat IS-40e mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The 119-minute launch window opens at 12:30 a.m. ET (04:30 UTC). If needed, a backup opportunity is available on Saturday, April 8 with a 119-minute window opening at 12:29 a.m. ET (04:29 UTC).The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched CRS-26, OneWeb Launch 16, and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Starlink Group 6-2Launch TimeWed Apr 19, 2023 13:33 GMT...B1067Flight #11Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship
Jeff Foust @jeff_foustAxiom Space says they've set a launch date for the Ax-2 mission: 10:43 pm EDT May 8.
The FAA ATCSCC Current Operations Plan has been updated. Remember, this is just advisory for air traffic controllers, but given the statement from SpaceX it is probably accurate (as of right now).https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jspQuote from: FAASPACEX STARSHIP SUPERHEAVY BOCA CHICA, TXPRIMARY: 04/17/23 1200-1505ZBACKUP(S): 04/18-21/23 1200-1505Z
SPACEX STARSHIP SUPERHEAVY BOCA CHICA, TXPRIMARY: 04/17/23 1200-1505ZBACKUP(S): 04/18-21/23 1200-1505Z
Sirius XM currently plans to launch SXM-9 in mid-2024 with operations commencing later in the year, and plans to launch SXM-10 and commence operations in 2025... SXM-9 will be collocated with XM-5 until such time as that satellite is relocated or retired, and SXM-10 will be collocated with XM-3, SXM-8, and SXM-7 until such time as those satellites are relocated or retired