Sunday, July 3

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SpaceX readies Falcon 9 rocket for launch today – 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 4-15 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live  Less than 24 hours after launching Starlink satellites from California, SpaceX is set to loft another 53 internet relay stations a 4:40 p.m. EDT (2040 GMT) Saturday from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. It will be SpaceX’s 20th launch of the year, and the second of 2022 to debut a new Falcon 9 booster. The booster will target a landing on SpaceX’s drone ship “Just Read the Instructions” floating in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Cape Canaveral. SpaceX plans to complete preparations on the Falcon 9 rock...
SpaceX planning two Starlink launches Friday and Saturday, weather permitting – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX planning two Starlink launches Friday and Saturday, weather permitting – Spaceflight Now

File photo of a Falcon 9 rocket on the SLC-4E launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base. Credit: National Reconnaissance Office Weather permitting, SpaceX teams in California and Florida plan to launch two Falcon 9 rockets Friday and Saturday, each hauling 53 more Starlink satellites to join the company’s global broadband network. The missions will mark the 19th and 20th SpaceX missions of the year, keeping up with the company’s average cadence of a little more than one launch per week since the beginning of the year. First up is the launch of a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Liftoff of the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) launcher is set for 3:07 p.m. PDT (6:07 p.m. EDT; 2207 GMT) Friday from Space Launch Complex 4-East. SpaceX’s team at Cape Canaveral is readying anoth...
Northrop Grumman says it has backup plan for ISS resupply, but silent on details – Spaceflight Now
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Northrop Grumman says it has backup plan for ISS resupply, but silent on details – Spaceflight Now

File photo of two Russian-built RD-181 engines powering an Antares rocket off its launch pad in Virginia. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani Northrop Grumman says it has a backup plan to fulfill the company’s contract to resupply to the International Space Station if the war in Ukraine continues to disrupt the supply of Russian engines and Ukrainian booster cores for the company’s Antares rocket. The company has hardware in its inventory for two more Antares resupply launches — currently scheduled for August and early 2023 — but needs engines and booster tanks imported from Russia and Ukraine for additional Antares flights. NASA announced in March an award to Northrop Grumman for six additional cargo missions to the International Space Station, beyond the next two Antares flights already under...
SpaceX training begins this month for first commercial spacewalk mission – Spaceflight Now
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SpaceX training begins this month for first commercial spacewalk mission – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s concept of a crew member performing a spacewalk outside of a Crew Dragon spacecraft. Credit: SpaceX / Polaris Program The four-person crew who will fly on the all-private Polaris Dawn mission — set to include the first commercial spacewalk and the debut of SpaceX’s extravehicular spacesuit — will begin training this month for their ride on a Dragon spacecraft to an altitude more than three times higher than the International Space Station. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire businessman and pilot commanding the Polaris Dawn mission, said in a recent interview that the crew would begin training after SpaceX completed a busy stretch of crew rotations to and from the space station. SpaceX launched a Dragon flight with four commercial astronauts to the space station April 8. That mission...
China launches Tianzhou 4 cargo ship heading for space station – Spaceflight Now
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China launches Tianzhou 4 cargo ship heading for space station – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated after docking. Four booster engines and two core stage engines fire to propel a Long March 7 rocket off its launch pad at the Wenchang launch base Monday. Credit: CCTV China launched the Tianzhou 4 cargo freighter for the country’s space station Monday, beginning a resupply mission to stage hardware, propellant, and provisions at the complex before arrival of the next long-duration crew in June. Chinese state television broadcasted the launch, which occurred at 1:56:37 p.m. EDT (1756:37 GMT) Monday, roughly the moment Earth’s rotation brought the Wenchang launch base on Hainan Island under the orbital plane of China’s space station. The unpiloted cargo ship docked with China’s space station at 8:54 p.m. EDT (0054 GMT), about seven hours after liftoff. The three astr...