Antares Launch of Cygnus Resupply Ship Rescheduled for Monday

Antares on the launch pad in November 2022. (Credit: NASA)

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (NASA PR) — Today’s launch attempt of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has been postponed. The launch was scrubbed due to a fire alarm at Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft control center in Dulles, Virginia.

The Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket remain healthy at the Wallops launch site.

The next launch attempt will be Monday, Nov. 7, in a five-minute window that opens at 5:27 a.m. EST. Weather for that window is currently forecast as 70% favorable: High pressure looks to continue to provide tranquil weather to the Mid-Atlantic before breezy conditions impact the Wallops area Tuesday. Live coverage will begin on NASA TV 5 a.m. EST.

我们推出ther Satellite, Tech Demo Targeted for Nov. 10

The mobile service tower doors are open at Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Oct. 28, 2022, revealing the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) and NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) atop. (Credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin)

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (NASA PR) —NASA and United Launch Alliance are now targeting 1:25 a.m. PST, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, for the launch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)Joint Polar Satellite System-2(JPSS-2) mission and NASA’sLow-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator(LOFTID) technology demonstration from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.


Virgin Galactic Signs Agreement with Axiom Space for Microgravity Research

Axiom Astronaut to Conduct Research and Train for International Space Station on Future Virgin Galactic Flight

TUSTIN, Calif., November 3, 2022 (Virgin Galactic PR) –Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (the “Company” or “Virgin Galactic”), an aerospace and space travel company, today announced an agreement with Axiom Space, a U.S.-based commercial space company, to support a microgravity research and training mission. The Virgin Galactic spaceflight, tentatively scheduled for next year, will prepare an Axiom Space astronaut for an upcoming trip to orbit, while conducting microgravity research to supplement the work that astronaut will do on the International Space Station.


Exotrail and Isar Aerospace Sign Multiple Launch Services Agreement to Break New Ground in Space Mobility

Spacevan (Credit: Exotrail)
  • Exotrail’s spacedrop™ delivery service will use Isar Aerospace’s launch vehicle Spectrum on several firm launches between 2024 and 2029 to deliver satellites in LEO and GTO orbits
  • The combination of both companies’ offerings enables tailored services to launch single satellites and satellite constellations at precise, bespoke destinations
  • European companies Isar Aerospace and Exotrail partner to break new ground for access to space and in-orbit delivery markets

MASSY, France (Exotrail PR) — The space mobility operator Exotrail and the European launch service provider Isar Aerospace announced today a multiple launch services agreement. Isar Aerospace’s launch vehicle Spectrum will launch Exotrail’s spacevan™ vehicle on several firm launches to low Earth (LEO) and geostationary transfer orbits (GTO) from Isar Aerospace’s launch sites in Andøya, Norway and CSG, French Guiana, between 2024 and 2029. With the combination of launchpads, Isar Aerospace provides access to all orbits at a high cadence.


在vestment in Wyvern Reaches $15 Million to Secure Launch of First 3 Hyperspectral Satellites

On the Heels of Graduating Y Combinator, the Canadian Space Startup Secures Additional USD $7M in Funding; Prepares to Launch 3 Satellites in Early 2023

EDMONTON, Alberta (Wyvern PR) —Wyvern, a space data company offering affordable and easy-to-access high-resolution hyperspectral imagery, secured an additional USD $7M of funding led by Uncork Capital, with key investors including MaC Venture Capital and Y Combinator.


Sidus Space Engages Dawn Aerospace to Implement Propulsion Technology into LizzieSat

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Sidus Space PR) —Sidus Space, Inc.(NASDAQ:SIDU), a Space-as-a-Service company focused on mission-critical hardware manufacturing combined with commercial satellite design, manufacture, launch, and data collection, announced an agreement with Dawn Aerospace (“Dawn”) to implement its green, chemical propulsion technology intoLizzieSat™.

Among the novel characteristics of Sidus Space’s proprietary LizzieSat™ is that its size allows Sidus to include propulsion and provide precision pointing and maneuvering otherwise not available to smaller cubesats. Additionally, propulsion provides a longer life on orbit which means continued data transfer and revenue opportunity. Each LizzieSat™ is 100kg with approximately 20kg dedicated to payloads including remote sensing instruments. The larger mass also allows design for redundancy and reliability into the spacecraft.


Massive, Out of Control Long March 5B Stage Reenters Over the Pacific Ocean

Long March 5B launches the Mengtian space station module on Oct. 31, 2022. (Credit: CNSA)
  • No reports of injuries or damage from debris
  • NASA administrator condemns Chinese actions as dangerous, irresponsible
  • Fourth such incident since May 2020

U.S. Space Command reports that China’s latest attempt to play Russian roulette with the world using a massive, 30-meter long rocket stage weighing about 21.5 metric tons (23.8 tons) ended with an apparently safe reentry over the south-central Pacific Ocean on Friday.


Virgin Galactic Reaffirms Plans to Begin Commercial Service in Q2 2023, Delays More Capable Second Spacecraft to 2024 as Quarterly Net Loss Triples

VSS Unity glides to a landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Dec. 13, 2018 after its first suborbital spaceflight. (Credit; Matt Hartman / @shorealonefilms)

Virgin Galactic’s reaffirmed plans on Thursday to begin commercial suborbital spaceflights in the second quarter of 2023 with a single SpaceShipTwo while pushing back the start of revenue flights of a second spacecraft capable of flying more customers more frequently into 2024. The company reported a net third quarter loss of $145.5 million, triple that of the same period last year.


Virgin Galactic Reports Net Loss of $145.5 Million

Readw88app‘s analysis of the earnings reporthere.

TUSTIN, Calif., November 03, 2022 (Virgin Galactic PR) —Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided a business update.

首席执行官Michael Colglazier梵gin Galactic said, “We remain on track to launch commercial service in the second quarter of 2023, and we look forward to validating the modifications to VMS Eve and VSS Unity with multiple scheduled test flights in the coming months. We are also executing on our key strategic initiatives to scale our business as a global Spaceline over the long-term. With Aurora Flight Sciences building our next generation motherships, and the selection of experienced manufacturers, Bell Textron and Qarbon Aerospace, to help build our Delta Class Spaceships, we have our primary suppliers in place to expand our fleet and support our long-term growth.”


Long March 5B Stage to Reenter Somewhere Sometime on Friday

Credit: Aerospace Corporation

Yellow Icon – location of object at midpoint of reentry window
Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to middle of the reentry window (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after middle of the reentry window (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Pink Icon (if applicable) – vicinity of eyewitness sighting or recovered debris
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track. Areas not under the line are not exposed to the debris.

The Aerospace Corporation hasnarrowed downthe reentry time for China’s massive, out of control Long March 5B core stage to Friday, Nov. 4 at 11:20 UTC ± 3 hours. That is 7:20 a.m. EDT ± 3 hours.

The stage has has been getting lower and lower in orbit since it launched the Mengtian module to the Tiangong space station on Monday. South America is now safe. North America, Africa and parts of Australia, Europe and the Middle East could still see debris from the giant rocket raining down on them.

Keep watching the skies.

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Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) makes a point to Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), right, makes a point to Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in “There Will Be Blood”.

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At the end of the film, “There Will be Blood,” wiped out in the Depression preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) offers to sell millionaire Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) land to be drilled for oil. Plainview agrees at first, forces Sunday to renounce his faith, and then coldly tells him that that there’s no oil under the property because he has already drilled all the land around it.


SpaceX, Firefly, Rocket Lab & China Reached Milestones with October Launches

Electron launches from Mahia Peninsula on Oct. 7, 2022. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

China completed construction of its space station, SpaceX reached multiple milestones, Firefly Aerospace put payloads in orbit for the first time, OneWeb resumed deployment of its broadband constellation aboard an Indian rocket, and a new crew began a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station during October.