Near-Earth Object SurveyorLaunch Date September 2027
The decision commits NASA to a development cost baseline of $1.2 billion and a commitment to be ready for a launch no later than June 2028.
The Oracle spacecraft aims to launch in 2026 to an area of gravitational stability between the Earth and the Moon to test techniques to monitor space traffic that travels through that region. It will use a wide-field sensor and a more sensitive narrow field sensor to discover and maintain custody of objects operating in this region.
Given the complex nature of the project and the need for sufficient funding, AFRL has revised its schedule. The anticipated delivery of Oracle is now set for 2026, with a launch expected in 2027.
A New and Revolutionary Landsat MissionLandsat Next is on the horizon. The new Landsat mission, which is expected to launch in late 2030, will not only ensure the continuity of the longest space-based record of Earth’s land surface, but it will fundamentally transform the breadth and depth of actionable information freely available to end users. ...Landsat Next will be a constellation of three identical observatories sent into orbit on the same launch vehicle. The triplet observatories will be spaced 120 degrees apart at an orbital altitude of 653 kilometers (406 miles). Each satellite observatory will consist of a spacecraft and a Landsat Next Instrument Suite (LandIS), which will acquire all bands nearly simultaneously.
NASA, on behalf of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV (Rapid-IV) contract to Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio for the QuickSounder spacecraft.The firm-fixed-price delivery order covers all phases of QuickSounder’s operations to include spacecraft development, integration of NOAA’s Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder Engineering Development Unit, spacecraft shipment, supporting launch operations, three years of mission operations, and eventual spacecraft decommissioning.The total value of the order is $54,973,400 with the period of performance beginning Wednesday, Oct. 25, and scheduled to run until May 2029.
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor -2 (TSIS-2)Status: Future, FormulationMission Category: Earth Systematic Missions ProgramLaunch Date: May 2025...NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has overall responsibility for the development and operation of TSIS-2 as part of the Earth Systematic Missions (ESM) program. The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under contract with NASA, is building the TIM and SIM instruments to ensure the availability of this data to the scientific community. NASA plans to launch TSIS-2 in May 2025.Key Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor -2 FactsAltitude:Distance from sea level. 600kmInclination: 97.7°Origination: NASA
Astrophysics PioneersThe Pioneers Program is a new program started in 2020 which is intended to do compelling astrophysics science at a lower cost using smaller hardware than missions in the Explorers Program. Missions will include SmallSats, major Balloon payloads, and modest payloads attached to the International Space Station with a $20M cost cap.Below are four concepts chosen for further study in January 2021. After additional definition, these four concept studies will undergo a concept study review before being approved for flight. Aspera is a SmallSat that will study galaxy evolution. Through observations in ultraviolet light, it will examine hot gas in the space between galaxies, called the intergalactic medium, and the inflow and outflow of gas from galaxies. The intergalactic medium is a major component of the universe, but is poorly measured; Aspera would close this gap. The principal investigator is Carlos Vargas at the University of Arizona. Pandora is a SmallSat that will study 20 stars and their 39 exoplanets in visible and infrared light. It is aimed at disentangling the signals from stars and planetary atmospheres. Understanding how changes in starlight affects measurements of exoplanets is an outstanding problem in the search for habitable planets beyond the solar system. The principal investigator is Elisa Quintana of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. StarBurst is a SmallSat that will detect high-energy gamma rays from events such as the mergers of dense stellar remnants called neutron stars. This would provide valuable insight into such events, which are also detected through gravitational waves by observatories on Earth. These events are where most of the heavy metals in the universe, such as gold and platinum, are formed. To date, only one such event has been observed simultaneously in gravitational waves and gamma-rays; StarBurst would find up to 10 every year. The principal investigator is Daniel Kocevski of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
In addition to building, integrating and testing the two small satellite buses, SFL will support the launch, commissioning, and operation of StarBurst and Aspera, which are tentatively scheduled for launch in 2025.
Pandora is led by Elisa Quintana, principal investigator at GSFC, and Supsinskas at LLNL. Co-investigators from NASA Ames and several universities will provide scientific contributions to the project. It is expected to launch in late 2024 or early 2025.
Mission TimelineA high-level overview of the AOS mission timeline is presented here. The AOS mission was preceded by the Aerosols, Cloud, Convection and Precipitation (ACCP) Study. The nominal phases shown apply to AOS satellites in an inclined orbit (AOS-Storm). The timing of mission phases associated with the polar AOS satellite (AOS-Sky) are noted in italics.InstrumentsAOS will collect measurements of aerosols, clouds, convection and precipitation using a variety of instruments in various locations from Earth orbiting satellites and suborbital platforms. Four satellites will work together to provide these data. Two satellites traveling in a polar orbit (AOS-Sky and HAWCsat) - passing over both poles with each satellite pass - and two satellites traveling in a 55° inclined orbit (AOS-Storm and PMM). A mix of both the active and passive sensing, from the microwave to the ultra-violet, providing a comprehensive view of how these systems work and interact with each other. The spacecraft will carry a core set of instrument types:
WASHINGTON — NASA has issued a call for proposals for an International Space Station deorbit module, giving bidders an opportunity to choose the type of contract for its development.NASA released the final request for proposals Sept. 18 for the United States Deorbit Vehicle (USDV). The vehicle will be used to handle the final phases of deorbiting the ISS at the end of its life, currently scheduled for 2030.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 29, 2023...Falcon 9, December 1 and 5 @ both between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. EST (pad 40)...FALCON 9The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on December 1 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch on December 5 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon Heavy will launch the seventh OTV X-37B spaceplane mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on December. The side boosters will land back at the Cape eight minutes after launch.ATLAS V & VULCANThe first flight of the Vulcan rocket will send the Astrobotic Peregrine lunar lander to the moon on December 24 at 1:49 a.m. EST. If the launch does not take place by December 26, the next opportunity will be in January. Check back for info on the next Atlas V launch.
Starlink Group 6-32Launch TimeWed Dec 6, 2023 04:00 GMT
USSF-52 (OTV-7)Launch TimeNET Dec 10, 2023The first competitively won Air Force mission for Falcon Heavy. SpaceX's $130 million Falcon Heavy bid beat ULA's Delta IV Heavy.
QuoteUnited States Space Force Prepares X-37B for LaunchNov. 29, 2023The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in partnership with the United States Space Force and SpaceX, is making final preparations to launch the seventh mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. Due to launch delays and pad availability, USSF-52 will now launch on Dec. 10, 2023.The seventh mission of the X-37B, also known as OTV-7, will be the first to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket—designated USSF-52—with a wide range of test and experimentation objectives. These tests include operating in new orbital regimes, experimenting with space domain awareness technologies and investigating the radiation effects to NASA materials.These tests are key to ensuring safe and responsible operations in space for all users of the space domain. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said about the mission, “this seventh flight of the X-37B continues to demonstrate the innovative spirit of the United States Space Force.”[...]
United States Space Force Prepares X-37B for LaunchNov. 29, 2023The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in partnership with the United States Space Force and SpaceX, is making final preparations to launch the seventh mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. Due to launch delays and pad availability, USSF-52 will now launch on Dec. 10, 2023.The seventh mission of the X-37B, also known as OTV-7, will be the first to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket—designated USSF-52—with a wide range of test and experimentation objectives. These tests include operating in new orbital regimes, experimenting with space domain awareness technologies and investigating the radiation effects to NASA materials.These tests are key to ensuring safe and responsible operations in space for all users of the space domain. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said about the mission, “this seventh flight of the X-37B continues to demonstrate the innovative spirit of the United States Space Force.”[...]
Armenian satelllite Hayasat will be onboard :QuoteLe vol du satellite Hayasat-1 de fabrication arménienne dans l’espace a été retardé de deux jours, et il sera envoyé en orbite par la fusée Falcon-9 de la société SpaceX vendredi, à 22h18, heure d’Arménie, rapporte le ministère de l’Industrie de haute technologie d’Arménie.GT : The flight of the Armenian-made Hayasat-1 satellite into space was delayed by two days, and it will be sent into orbit by the Falcon-9 rocket of the SpaceX company on Friday, at 10:18 p.m. Armenia time, the ministry reports of High-Tech Industry of Armenia.Source : https://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=110310
Le vol du satellite Hayasat-1 de fabrication arménienne dans l’espace a été retardé de deux jours, et il sera envoyé en orbite par la fusée Falcon-9 de la société SpaceX vendredi, à 22h18, heure d’Arménie, rapporte le ministère de l’Industrie de haute technologie d’Arménie.
T.S. Kelso @TSKelsoCelesTrak has pre-launch SupGP data for the #Starlink Group 6-31 launch from Cape Canaveral on 2023-12-02 at 04:01:30 UTC: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?FILE=starlink-g6-31. Deployment of 23 satellites at 05:06:55.600 UTC. Data for 7 backup launch opportunities is also provided: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/.
Starlink G6-31 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Derived from a pre-launch Starlink-G6-31 state vector, provided by SpaceX. GP data is provided for the entire stack, as well as one for a single satellite.Launch: 2023-12-02 04:01:30 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 05:06:55.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #1Starlink G6-31B1 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B1 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 04:16:00 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 05:21:25.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #2Starlink G6-31B2 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B2 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 04:48:00 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 05:53:25.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #3Starlink G6-31B3 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B3 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 05:06:30 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 06:11:55.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #4Starlink G6-31B4 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B4 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 05:57:10 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 07:02:35.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #5Starlink G6-31B5 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B5 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 06:47:40 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 07:53:05.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #6Starlink G6-31B6 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B6 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 07:35:40 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 08:41:05.600 UTC. Backup Launch Opportunity #7Starlink G6-31B7 Pre-Launch(Starlink-G6-31B7 Pre-Launch RMS Data)Launch: 2023-12-02 07:58:10 UTC.Deployment: 2023-12-02 09:03:35.600 UTC.
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7316QuoteStarlink Group 6-33Launch TimeTue Dec 5, 2023 11:00 PM ESTLocationSLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
Starlink Group 6-33Launch TimeTue Dec 5, 2023 11:00 PM ESTLocationSLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7315QuoteStarlink Group 6-32Launch TimeNET Dec 10, 2023LocationSLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
Starlink Group 6-32Launch TimeNET Dec 10, 2023LocationSLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
NextSpaceflight (Updated November 30th)Launch NET December 14th, 2023, at 21:00 UTChttps://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7088
NextSpaceflight, updated December 1:Launch NET December 8
SpaceX is targeting Friday, December 1 at 10:19 a.m. PT for a Falcon 9 launch of the Korea 425 mission to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.There are a total of 25 spacecraft on board this mission, including KOREA's 425, Space BD’s ISL48, SITAEL’s uHETSat, D-Orbit’s ION SCV Daring Diego, York Space Systems’ Bane, and PlanetIQ’s GNOMES-4.This is the 17th flight of the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and seven Starlink missions (B1061.17). Following stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base.
U.S. GAO @USGAO.@NASA is planning to send astronauts back to the moon with its #Artemis missions. We found the lunar landing mission is unlikely to occur as planned in 2025 due to challenges such as developing the lunar lander & space suits.Learn more in our new report: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-24-106256
The current challenges that GAO identified include: An ambitious schedule: The Human Landing System program is aiming to complete its development—from project start to launch—in 79 months, which is 13 months shorter than the average for NASA major projects. The complexity of human spaceflight suggests that it is unrealistic to expect the program to complete development more than a year faster than the average for NASA major projects, the majority of which are not human spaceflight projects. GAO found that if development took as long as the average for NASA major projects, the Artemis III mission would likely occur in early 2027. Delays to key events: As of September 2023, the Human Landing System program had delayed eight of 13 key events by at least 6 months. Two of these events have been delayed to 2025—the year the lander is planned to launch. The delays were caused in part by the Orbital Flight Test, which was intended to demonstrate certain features of the launch vehicle and lander configuration in flight. The test was delayed by 7 months to April 2023. It was then terminated early when the vehicle deviated from its expected trajectory and began to tumble. Subsequent tests rely on successful completion of a second Orbital Flight Test.