Observers at Mojave Air and Space Port in California reported hearing a boom around 4:30 p.m. Eastern [January 19], followed by a plume of black smoke. The plume, visible throughout the area, including by cameras that are part of a wildfire tracking network, dispersed within 20 minutes. There were no reports of any injuries.
William Harwood @cbs_spacenewsA5/GSSAP 5/6: LIFTOFF! At 2pm EST (1900 UTC)
Jan 21 23:00T+plus 2 hours. Our official liftoff time was 2:00:00 p.m. EST (1900:00 UTC).The launch vehicle is performing nominally. The third burn by Centaur and spacecraft separation are coming up in a few hours.
NRO @NatReconOfcLAUNCH UPDATE: NRO’s next launch, #NROL87, is scheduled to launch from #Vandenberg Space Force Base on Feb. 2 between 8:37 a.m. and 1:38 p.m. aboard a @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Follow us on our #socials for all NRO launch updates!NRO @NatReconOfcUpdate: The launch window is Pacific Standard Time.
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ASCENDS Full Name Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons Status Cancelled
Geospace Dynamics Coupling (GDC)GDC Mission Image Launch Date – No Earlier Than September 2027Phase A – Concept & Technology DevelopmentGeospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) is a mission to study how the ionosphere/thermosphere (IT, or “upper atmosphere”) system responds to energy inputs from the Sun, magnetosphere, and lower atmosphere, and how those energy inputs drive global redistributions of mass, momentum, and energy. GDC will address crucial scientific questions pertaining to the dynamic processes active in Earth's upper atmosphere; their structure at local, regional, and global scales, and the ways in which these processes are driven by the dynamic interplay between the tightly coupled ionized and neutral gases. GDC will be the first mission to address these questions on a global scale due to its use of a constellation of spacecraft that permit simultaneous multi-point observations. This investigation is central to understanding the basic physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and its role as a critical element in the Geospace system. Obtaining this improved understanding of our home in space will give us a baseline for comparison to atmospheres of planets both within and beyond our solar system. Finally, GDC will produce significant advances in the science of space weather, providing key observations that will improve our ability to understand and predict phenomena such as ionospheric radiofrequency interference that can impact GPS and communications systems, geomagnetically induced currents that can damage power transmission systems, and variable orbital drag environments that can impact the lifetimes of satellites In low earth orbit.
SpinLaunch says it will announce the site for its full-scale orbital launcher within the next five months. It will likely be built on a coastline, far from populated areas and regular airplane service. Construction costs would be held down if the machine can be built up the side of a hill. If all goes well, expect to see the first satellite slung into orbit sometime around 2025.
This was the 91st launch of the Atlas V rocket. ULA’s next launch is the GOES-T mission for NASA, planned for Mar. 1, 2022, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla.
VCLS Demo-2ALaunch TimeNET January, 2022
Orbital Test FlightLaunch TimeNET April, 2022First full-stack launch of Starship and Super Heavy. First Starship launch to attempt to reach orbit....Mission DetailsOrbital Test FlightStarship will perform a test flight to demonstrate orbital launch capability. After stage separation, Super Heavy Booster 4 will perform a boostback burn and splashdown 20 miles (32 km) off the Texas coast. Starship Ship 20 will reenter the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and splashdown 62 miles (100 km) northwest of Kauai.LocationOrbital Launch Pad A, Starbase, Texas, USA
ispace Mission 1 with Rashid is now scheduled for launch in October 2022:U.A.E. examining options for future human spaceflight missions [dated Oct. 28]QuoteAnother exploration program underway at MBRSC is the Emirates Lunar Mission, featuring a rover called Rashid. The 15-kilogram rover will be on a commercial lunar lander being built by Japanese company ispace and scheduled for launch in October 2022. The rover will carry a suite of cameras and other instruments, including payloads provided by the French space agency CNES.
Another exploration program underway at MBRSC is the Emirates Lunar Mission, featuring a rover called Rashid. The 15-kilogram rover will be on a commercial lunar lander being built by Japanese company ispace and scheduled for launch in October 2022. The rover will carry a suite of cameras and other instruments, including payloads provided by the French space agency CNES.
Then, a Falcon 9 from pad 39A will launch another Starlink batch on January 29 at 3:00pm or 6:17pm EST.
NASA is preparing to launch four small research satellites, known as CubeSats, that were developed by three universities and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The CubeSats, selected through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), are flying on the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa 41) mission. The launch of ELaNa 41 will be Astra Space Inc’s first operational satellite launch. The company is targeting January 2022 for liftoff of its Rocket 3.3 from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.This launch service is provided under a Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 contract, which provides dedicated launch capabilities for smaller payloads, awarded by NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) based at Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s venture class missions help further the development and demonstration of new commercial launch vehicles. These VCLS Demo 2 launches of small satellites can tolerate a higher level of risk than larger missions and will demonstrate – and help mitigate – risks associated with the use of new launch vehicles providing access to space for future small spacecraft and missions.
Upcoming ELaNa CubeSat LaunchesWhen available, official launch dates are provided at https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule.ELaNa 41Mission: Astra Space Inc., VCLS Demo-25 CubeSat Missions scheduled to be deployed BAMA-1 - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama INCA - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico QubeSat - University of California, Berkeley R5-S1 - NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Launch delayed to January 2023:NASA hosted payloads waiting for rides to orbit [dated Jan. 25]QuoteNASA chose Maxar Technologies to find a host for TEMPO, which is scheduled to travel to orbit in January 2023 on the Intelsat 40e communications satellite.
NASA chose Maxar Technologies to find a host for TEMPO, which is scheduled to travel to orbit in January 2023 on the Intelsat 40e communications satellite.
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Quote from: Ken the Bin on 01/20/2022 05:03 pmFrom this week's USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners. Times are PST (UTC-08:00).<snip>The new USCG District 11 weekly Local Notice to Mariners has a different start time. The times are PST (UTC-08:00). So the old start time (see above) was 16:37 UTC. The new start time (see below) is 19:07 UTC.<snip>
From this week's USCG District 11 Local Notice to Mariners. Times are PST (UTC-08:00).<snip>The new USCG District 11 weekly Local Notice to Mariners has a different start time. The times are PST (UTC-08:00). So the old start time (see above) was 16:37 UTC. The new start time (see below) is 19:07 UTC.<snip>
Quote from: Intuitive Machines tweetIntuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission launch is moving outside of Q1 2022 to later this year. We will provide updates as they become available.
Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission launch is moving outside of Q1 2022 to later this year. We will provide updates as they become available.