Thursday, February 29

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SpaceX tests new emergency escape system to certify pad 40 at Cape Canaveral for astronaut missions – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX tests new emergency escape system to certify pad 40 at Cape Canaveral for astronaut missions – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX performed a deployment test of its new emergency egress system from the crew access tower at Space Launch Complex 40 on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now SpaceX is closing in on certifying its launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 to support astronaut and cargo missions with its second-generation Dragon spacecraft. On Monday, the company performed a test of its new emergency egress system featuring a type of deployable slide. The red slide flew out of a storage container positioned on the crew access tower and deployed along pre-stationed cables that extend to the ground, safely away from where a Falcon 9 rocket would stand. It differs notably from the slide-wire style baskets featured at Launch Complex 39A. Bill Gerstenmaier, SpaceX’s vice president of B...
Astronauts, cosmonaut arrive at Kennedy Space Center ahead of NASA, SpaceX Crew-8 launch – Spaceflight Now
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Astronauts, cosmonaut arrive at Kennedy Space Center ahead of NASA, SpaceX Crew-8 launch – Spaceflight Now

The four members of the SpaceX Crew-8 mission pose in front of the NASA Gulfstream plane at Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility. (Left to right) Roscosmos Cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin and NASA Astronauts Jeanette Epps, Matthew Dominick and Michael Barratt. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now Set against a bright, blue Florida skyline, the three astronauts and one cosmonaut who make up the SpaceX Crew-8 mission touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Sunday afternoon. The crew’s Gulfstream cruised in for a landing at the Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility at about 1:45 p.m. (1845 UTC). They were greeted on the tarmac by, Jennifer Kunz, a KSC Associate Director, and Dana Hutcherson, Deputy Director Commercial Crew. “Coming out here to the Cape, every time, I’m a kid in ...
SpaceX scrubs launch attempt of 24 Starlink satellites on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX scrubs launch attempt of 24 Starlink satellites on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

File photo of Starlink V2 Mini satellites being prepared for launch in a payload processing facility at Cape Canaveral. Credit: SpaceX Update 6:50 p.m. EST: SpaceX scrubbed the launch time of the Starlink 6-39 launch for Saturday night. SpaceX is preparing to launch its biggest batch of second generation Starlink satellites to date on Sunday. The company loaded 24 Starlink V2 Minis onto its Falcon 9 rocket, which is preparing for flight at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Liftoff of the Starlink 6-39 mission is set for no earlier than 4:34 p.m. EST (2134 UTC). This will be the 11th dedicated Starlink launch so far in 2024 and includes one more second-generations Starlink satellite than Falcon 9 has carried on recent flights. It’s not clear if SpaceX has achiev...
Intuitive Machines aims to become first commercial lander to safely reach the Moon – Spaceflight Now
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Intuitive Machines aims to become first commercial lander to safely reach the Moon – Spaceflight Now

Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander named Odysseus cruises over the near side of the Moon on Feb. 21, 2024, a day ahead of its scheduled landing attempt. Image: Intuitive Machines Update 2:34 p.m. EST: Intuitive Machines said it “chose to exercise an additional orbit before starting the IM-1 mission landing sequence” and therefore, adjusted the anticipated landing time. In a day not seen since the Dec. 11, 1972, a lander built in the United States could safely reach the surface of the Moon. Houston-based Intuitive Machines is hoping to snap a more than 50-year absence from the U.S. on the lunar surface, but also a streak of commercial failures to make it safely to the Moon. Intuitive Machines said they are targeting landing no earlier than 6:24 p.m. EST (2324 UTC) Thursday evening at Malaper...
SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket supporting the Telkomsat Merah Putih 2 mission launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Feb. 20, 2024. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now Indonesia aims to increase broadband internet access across its country through the launch of its latest communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Telkomsat HTS 113BT satellite, also referred to as Merah Putih 2, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 3:11 p.m. EST (2011 UTC). Despite some windy conditions, the Falcon 9 rocket was able to leap off the pad at the start of its two-hour launch window. The Falcon 9 first stage booster that supported this mission, tail number B1067, made its 17th flight. Its previous launches included Crew-3, Crew-4 and a pair of Ca...