Tuesday, September 27

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NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket – Spaceflight Now
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NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket – Spaceflight Now

Vapors stream away from NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket during a cryogenic tanking test Wednesday. Credit: NASA Engineers filled up the Artemis 1 moon rocket with more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold propellants in a tanking test Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center after troubleshooting a persistent hydrogen leak. NASA’s launch director said she was “extremely encouraged” by the test, but officials have not yet committed to another attempt to launch the uncrewed test flight to the moon at the next opportunity Sept. 27. “We’ll go take a look at the data,” launch director Charlie-Blackwell-Thompson said. “I don’t like to get ahead of the data, so I’d like the team to have an opportunity to go look at it, to see if there are changes we need to make to our loading procedure, our timel...
ULA readies Delta 4-Heavy rocket for weekend launch from California – Spaceflight Now
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ULA readies Delta 4-Heavy rocket for weekend launch from California – Spaceflight Now

The payload fairing containing the National Reconnaissance Office’s classified spy satellite is lifted atop ULA’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket before the NROL-91 mission. Credit: United Launch Alliance United Launch Alliance’s ground team recently completed a countdown dress rehearsal and installed a classified spy satellite payload on top of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, readying the triple-body launcher for liftoff Saturday. The top secret spy satellite on top of the Delta 4-Heavy rocket is likely a new sharp-eyed electro-optical Keyhole-type imaging platform for the NRO, according to independent analysts. But the NRO has not disclosed details of the satellite, keeping with the spy agency’s policy of not commenting on details of its missions. The Delta 4-H...
Soyuz rocket rolls out for launch of Russian-American crew to space station – Spaceflight Now
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Soyuz rocket rolls out for launch of Russian-American crew to space station – Spaceflight Now

A Soyuz-2.1a rocket stands on its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome after rollout from its hangar Monday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Ground teams at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan rolled a Soyuz rocket to its launch pad Sunday, moving a step closer to liftoff Wednesday with a team of two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station, the first flight of a U.S. crew member on a Russian spacecraft since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. NASA astronaut Francisco “Frank” Rubio will join Russian commander Sergey Prokopyev and flight engineer Dmitry Petelin for launch Wednesday at 9:54 a.m. EDT (1354 GMT) to begin a half-year on the space station. Rubio is preparing for his first flight to space after his selec...
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SpaceX successfully launches Starlink mission on sixth try – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Starlink 4-34 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Sunday night after five days of weather delays, hauling 54 more Starlink satellites to orbit as the company continues its push toward completing more than 60 missions this year. Liftoff of the 229-foot-tall (60-meter) Falcon 9 rocket occurred at 8:18:40 p.m. EDT Sunday (0018:40 GMT Monday) to begin SpaceX’s Starlink 4-34 mission. The Falcon 9 took off powered by nine kerosene-fueled Merlin 1D engines, firing into a nighttime sky as it soared northeast from pa...
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Bad weather scrubs Falcon 9 launch for fourth consecutive night – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Starlink 4-34 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live Bad weather kept SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on the ground again Friday night at Cape Canaveral, the fourth night in a row weather conditions prevented liftoff. SpaceX will try again at 8:43 p.m. EDT (0043 GMT Sunday) to launch the next 54 Starlink internet satellites, but there’s just a 30% chance of favorable weather at that time. The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket is awaiting liftoff with 54 more Starlink internet satellites. The SpaceX launch team called off Tuesday night’s Falcon 9 countdown just bef...