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Spaceflight news — Failed data bus on Crew Dragon (HT Kevin Smith: blogs.nasa.gov) — SN11 landing failure (space.com) (twitter.com/Bojay_stellar) (twitter.com/TrevorMahlmann) Short & Sweet — Rocket Lab preparing for Moon Mission (twitter.com/RocketLab) (nasaspaceflight.com) — Everyday people in space (spaceflightnow.com) — NASA buys lunar gravity f…
 
Spaceflight news — Bill Nelson to be nominated as next NASA head (spacenews.com) (whitehouse.gov) — Debris mayhem — Space Force would hire deorbiting satellites (spacenews.com) — Astroscale’s demo will launch on the GK Launch Services rideshare Soyuz (spacenews.com) — NOAA-17 broke up (spacenews.com) (HT Mike Stewart: archive.org) Short & Sweet — C…
 
Spaceflight news — Ukrainian startup looks at in-orbit servicing (spacenews.com) (kursorbital.com) — Northrup’s MEV-2 prepares for docking attempt with geostationary satellite (spacenews.com) — Market analysis for on-orbit service demand by Northern Sky Research (nsr.com) — CONFERS is working on docking standards (satelliteconfers.org) Short & Swee…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab reveals Neutron, goes public (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (rocketlabusa.com) Short & Sweet — Starship burned down, fell over, and only then sank into the swamp (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk) — SpaceX wins a contract (spacenews.com) — Price changes announced for ISS and lunar mission (spacenews.com) (space…
 
Spaceflight news — Perseverance update! — Parachute message (twitter.com) — MATLAB solution (HT trbinsc in the chat: cdn.discordapp.com) — Make your own custom message! (sjwarner.github.io) — Perseverance photos and video (planetary.org) (spacenews.com) (mars.nasa.gov) (youtube.com) — Opportunity visited its heat shield’s crash site (HT Mike Stewar…
 
Spaceflight news — Perseverance has landed! (arstechnica.com) (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (uahirise.org) — HiRISE managed to snap a photo of Perseverance under its parachute (uahirise.org) (HT Mike Stewart: twitter.com/HiRISE) — Interview with Ingenuity’s Operations Lead (HT Colin-in-the-chat: spectrum.ieee.org) — Ingenuity runs open source …
 
Spaceflight news — Mars Hope and Tianwen-1 arrive — Great video from Tianwen-1 as it passes its first periareion (twitter.com/AJ_FI) — Tianwen-1 will lower to a reconnaissance/landing orbit, then two different science orbits. (twitter.com/PRCMarsRover) — Mars Hope sent back a fantastic image (bbc.com) Mars fleet arriving soon — Perseverance (americ…
 
Spaceflight news — Starship SN9 update (spacenews.com) — Lots of leftover LOX visible on IR footage (youtube.com) — SN8’s FAA violation (spacenews.com) — Firefly wins CLPS contract (spacenews.com) (nasa.gov) — They will be flying the Blue Ghost lander and a number of science payloads (firefly.com) — Regolith Adherence Characterization (RAC) (Image …
 
Spaceflight news — Starship, Elon, and the FAA — SN8 violated launch license (theverge.com) — SN9 had to contend with the outcome (spacenews.com) (arstechnica.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk) Short & Sweet — Problems revealed for SXM-7 satellite in orbit. (spacenews.com) — Two more Dragon astronaut crews announced. (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) — S…
 
Spaceflight news — SLS Green Test hotfire followup (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com) (youtube.com) Short & Sweet — SpaceX buys offshore oil platforms to convert to spaceports. (chron.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) — ThrustMe performs on orbit. (spacenews.com) — Starliner up and running? (spacenews.com) (HT Andrew Z: spaceflightnow…
 
Spaceflight news — ISS to get more solar panels! (space.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (nasa.gov) — 2017 Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) demo (americaspace.com) (en.wikipedia.org) (jettison GIF) — Cassidy and Behnken removed H-fixtures from the base of two port-side arrays Last July (youtu.be) Short & Sweet — InSight’s mole is finally retired.…
 
Spaceflight news — NASA selects four small-scale missions to further develop (nasa.gov) (spacenews.com) — Pioneers program (science.nasa.gov) — Aspera (news.arizona.edu) — Pandora (twitter.com/elsisrad) — StarBurst (twitter.com/Dr_ThomasZ) — PUEO - Payload for Ultrahigh Energy Observations (PDF: arxiv.org) Short & Sweet — Dynetics submits details f…
 
Spaceflight news — Landing Super Heavy (twitter.com/elonmusk) (reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge) — Scott Manley covered this technique (youtube.com) — Possible claw-on-cables steadying mechanism (youtube.com) — Small SN9 update (nasaspaceflight.com) Short & Sweet — Long March 8 successfully debuts (spaceflightnow.com) — Protection of lunar heritage sites …
 
Spaceflight news — Astra makes it to space! (twitter.com/lorengrush) (spacenews.com) (space.com) — Orbital parameters (HT Mike Stewart twitter.com/planet4589) — Chang’e-5 sample recovery (spacenews.com) — Now headed to L1 (with DSCOVR) (HT Sam in the chat: twitter.com/AJ_FI) Short & Sweet — Project Kuiper reaches a milestone (parabolicarc.com) — CS…
 
Spaceflight news — SN8 high-altitude flight (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) (youtube.com) — SNM analysis/discussion (youtube.com) — Accomplished all four main goals (twitter.com/elonmusk) (twitter.com/elonmusk) (twitter.com/elonmusk) — Reduced goal altitude due to high atmosphere winds (HT Mike Stewart: nasaspaceflight.com) Short & Sweet — Artemis as…
 
Spaceflight news — Chang’e-5 lunar sampling (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (theverge.com) (spaceflight101.com) — Sample transfer happened shortly after docking (HT Sam in the chat: youtube.com) (twitter.com/050644zf) — Hayabusa2 sample returns (spacenews.com) (hayabusa2.jaxa.jp) (twitter.com/haya2e_jaxa) — Extended mission (smh.com.au) (hayabusa2.…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab recovery (twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF) — A list of direct quotes from the press conference (twitter.com/Erdayastronaut) Short & Sweet — Phobos rover begins landing tests. (space.com) — The first H3 launches face delays. (spacenews.com) — Starship prepares to hop (twitter.com/elonmusk) — Carbice and Relativity raise millions…
 
Spaceflight news — SN8 follow-up (twitter.com/elonmusk) (twitter.com/elonmusk) (youtube.com) — Martyte is a ceramic-filled epoxy, used to coat the flame trench (ntrs.nasa.gov) — Vega launch failure linked to human error (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Russian spacewalk completed to prepare for science module. (space.com) — Loverro exit illuminated …
 
Spaceflight news — Starship SN8 fires a second (and third) time. (space.com) (youtube.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk) — Crew-1 certified (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) (two parter: americaspace.com / americaspace.com) Short & Sweet — Upgraded version of Sherpa tug to fly in mid-2021. (spacenews.com) (satnews.com) — Bridenstein expec…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket lab aims to recover booster (spacenews.com) (aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org) (rocketlabusa.com) Short & Sweet — Spacebit doesn’t hate wheels, but does love sharing data. (spacenews.com) — Galactic Energy reaches orbit. (spacenews.com) — Virgin Galactic enters final testing phase before operations. (spacenews.com) — The Curse of…
 
Spaceflight news — Direct lunar water observation (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (nature.com) — OSIRIS-REx stores sample (spacenews.com) (asteroidmission.org) (asteroidmission.org) Short & Sweet — Launchspace to install debris collection payload on ISS. (spacenews.com) — Ariane 6 needs additional funding. (spacenews.com) — Falcon 9 launch abort…
 
Spaceflight news — OSIRIS-REx completes TAG (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) (asteroidmission.org) — Descent video and description by Dante Lauretta (asteroidmission.org) (twitter.com/NASA) — TAGSAM details (link.springer.com) (youtu.be) — We spoke with Richard Witherspoon, mission operations systems engineer at Lo…
 
Spaceflight news — NASA and ESA Lunar Gateway contracts awarded (space.com) (spacenews.com) — Airbus and Thales Alenia were also contracted to develop a lunar lander (spacewatch.global) (esa.int) Short & Sweet — Prototype rover tested in Mojave desert. (cnet.com) — Fire at Firefly’s Wallops Launch Complex. (twitter.com/Firefly_Space) (twitter.com/D…
 
Spaceflight news — SpaceX Crew-1 mission delayed (spacenews.com) (spacenews.com) — Tom Mueller explained the gas generator cycle, and the Merlin engine in particular (youtube.com) — GPS III SV04 launch scrubbed earlier this month due to “unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator” (twitter.com/elonmusk) Short & Sweet — Chinese tai…
 
Spaceflight news — Tianwen-1 selfie (twitter.com/AJ_FI) — No country’s first Mars mission has ever been an orbiter/lander pair before (eoportal.org) — Orbiter instrumentation (nssc.cas.cn) — Lander/rover instrumentation (spacerobotics.eu) Short & Sweet — U.S. to monitor spacecraft around cis-lunar space (breakingdefense.com) — ThrustMe secures ESA …
 
Spaceflight news — NASA science mission delays (spacenews.com) — JWST deployment tests are done! (nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — Blue Origin pursues space station development. (spacenews.com) — Price tag for on-orbit publicity photos. (spacenews.com) — ISS leak narrowed down to two modules. (businessinsider.com) Questions, comments, corrections — Andrew…
 
Spaceflight news — Nanoracks ISS airlock is nearly complete (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) — Dynetics HLS mockup arrives at JSC (twitter.com/Dynetics) (techcrunch.com) — On-orbit refueling is required to get Dynetics HLS to the moon (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Russia announces solo mission to Venus (dailymail.co.uk) (nplus1.ru) (twitter.com/katl…
 
Spaceflight news — Cause of ULA’s recent hot-fire abort has been identified. (americaspace.com) (twitter.com/torybruno) — A “routine, ongoing trade study” has resulted in the possibility of a three-core Vulcan Super Heavy (twitter.com/torybruno) — Astra’s Rocket 3.1 flight terminated during its first stage. (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra) Short…
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab secretly launches Photon spacecraft (techcrunch.com) (spacenews.com) (space.com) Short & Sweet — SpaceX sets a new record. (americaspace.com) — China launches a reusable spacecraft. (spacenews.com) — We have a Starship hop! (spacenews.com) (youtube.com) This week in SF history — 7 Sept, 1995. Launch of STS-69 (wikipedi…
 
Spaceflight news — Funding secured for NanoFEEP manufacturer Morpheus Space (spacenews.com) (HT Andrew Zdanowicz: defenseone.com) — Liquid eyeliner demonstrates an effect similar to the Taylor Cones utilized in electrospray engines (HT Colin: hackaday.com) Short & Sweet — SLS takes a brief break. (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) — Starliner's sch…
 
Spaceflight news — Europa Clipper might not fly on SLS (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Ball Aerospace successfully completes green-fueled smallsat mission. (smallsatnews.com) — Blue Origin delivers its lunar lander mockup. (spacenews.com) — SpaceX sets a reuse record. (spacenews.com) Questions, comments, corrections — Brian Kostka via email: there …
 
Spaceflight news — Lucy on track for 2021 launch (americaspace.com) — Rocket Lab increases performance (spacenews.com) (PDF: rocketlabusa.com) — NASA to coordinate smallsat rideshares (spacenews.com) — Heat management becomes a new bottleneck in the smallsat era (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — Dragon’s first commercial crew mission (spacenews.com) …
 
Spaceflight news — Mars Perseverance and Ingenuity on their way to Mars (spaceflightnow.com) (americaspace.com) — SHERLOC calibration target includes spacesuit samples (collectspace.com) — Crew Dragon is coming home (arstechnica.com) Short & Sweet — Airbus to build Mars sample return mission’s orbital element (spacenews.com) — Cause of Rocket Lab’s…
 
Spaceflight news — Progress MS-15 encounters KURS docking issue (rocketrundown.com) (russianspaceweb.com) (youtube.com) Short & Sweet — Astra will make another attempt at orbit (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/Astra) — LauncherOne failure update (spacenews.com) — NASA still has concerns with Starliner (spacenews.com) Questions, comments, corrections — …
 
Spaceflight news — Dream Chaser trunk, Shooting Star, finds its own life (americaspace.com) (sncorp.com) (space.com) Short & Sweet — Hayabusa2 now has a sample return date! (spaceflightnow.com) — Florida’s Mk 2 Starship is being scrapped. (teslarati.com) — Crew Dragon planned to return in early August. (spacenews.com) Questions, comments, correctio…
 
Spaceflight news — Starliner has more work to do (americaspace.com) (spacenews.com) — Starship construction update (HT Andrew Z: wccftech.com) Short & Sweet — X-ray space telescope’s launch date delayed. (spaceflightnow.com) — Cost overruns result in changes to Europa Clipper instruments. (spacenews.com) — NASA has new planetary protection directiv…
 
Spaceflight news — Perseverance launch slips again (spacenews.com) — Centaur has been repaired (twitter.com/thesheetztweetz) Short & Sweet — Rocket Lab suffers second-stage failure and loss of vehicle. (arstechnica.com) (spacenews.com) (twitter.com/RocketLab) — ULA receives its first BE-4. (spacenews.com) — First indigenous-owned ground station to …
 
Spaceflight news — Demo-2 and spacewalks (spacenews.com) (americaspace.com) — Suborbital Crew (spacenews.com) — SpaceShip Two news (spacenews.com) Short & Sweet — ISRO opens up spaceflight to the private sector. (deccanchronicle.com) — ULA completes wet dress rehearsal ahead of Perseverance launch (americaspace.com) (HT Andrew Z: twitter.com/TJ_Coo…
 
Spaceflight news — Astrobotic to deliver VIPER rover to Moon (spaceflightinsider.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) — Some instruments will fly on earlier CLPS payloads (geekwire.com) (nasa.gov) — Crew Dragon Endeavour is still nominal. (teslarati.com) Short & Sweet — Another trickle of Boeing Artemis HLS information (HT deltaV: washingtonpost.com) — Small…
 
Spaceflight news — Loverro misconduct update (wsj.com via marketscreener.com) — Kathy Lueders selected to lead HEO Mission Directorate (twitter.com/JimBridenstine) (arstechnica.com) Short & Sweet — InSight’s mole is fully underground (livescience.com) (reddit.com/r/InSightLander) (twitter.com/InSightImageBot) — Northrup Grumman received contract to…
 
Some black voices and hashtags to amplify and listen to — twitter.com/astrotoya — twitter.com/astronaia — twitter.com/astro_eustice — twitter.com/_xPrecious — twitter.com/itsafronomics — #BlackAndStem — #BlackBirdersWeek Find local black-owned businesses — officialblackwallstreet.com/directory Learn about the problem — mappingpoliceviolence.org…
 
Spaceflight news — Demo-2 mission: Endeavor docks with ISS (spacenews)(twitter.com/lorengrush) — A bell in Unity is rung twice to announce the arrival and departure of vehicles (twitter.com/planet4589) — A fantastic CollectSpace thread with lots of suit zipper images (collectspace.com) — Note that the A7L Apollo suit had the pressure zipper on the …
 
Spaceflight news — Loverro quit! (spacenews.com) (spaceflightnow.com) (arstechnica.com) (washingtonpost.com) — Crew Dragon launch prep (HT Andrew Z: nasaspaceflight.com) (planetary.org) (americaspace.com) — Commercial crew is an amazing deal. (planetary.org) — NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the Future to air May 25 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on Science and at 10 p…
 
Spaceflight news — Three-part NASA Lunar News — Plans for Gateway and Artemis undergo refinement (spacenews.com) — NASA advisory committee skeptical of 2024 landing goal (spacenews.com) — Artemis Accords (spacenews.com) (PDF: nasa.gov) Short & Sweet — 3D printing had a good week. (cnbc.com) (upi.com) — First real task for Space Force is… on the gro…
 
Spaceflight news — China’s big Long March 5B (Chang Zheng 5B) flight — — The flight (spaceflightnow.com) — — The capsule landing (spaceflightnow.com) — — Flexible Inflatable Cargo Re-entry Vehicle (spaceflightnow.com) — — The unguided first-stage reentry (spaceflightnow.com) Short & Sweet — Next big step completed for Martian rover. (spaceflightnow…
 
Spaceflight news — NASA selects companies to develop Human Landing System (HLS) for Artemis (nasaspaceflight.com) (twitter.com/SciGuySpace) — Source Selection Statement (PDF: beta.sam.gov) — Scott Manley’s summary (youtube.com) — Excellent scaled image of all HLS’s, and Apollo’s LEM (reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge) — Superheavy update (twitter.com/Krist…
 
Spaceflight news — Firefly signs Launch Services Agreement with Spaceflight, Inc. (spacenews.com) (spaceflight.com) — Originally autogenously pressurized tanks (space.stackexchange.com) — Fire in Jan due to misconfigured software (youtube.com/watch) — Spaceflight Industries In process of being bought by Mitsui and Yamasa (techcrunch.com) Short & Sw…
 
Spaceflight news — Intuitive Machines selects lunar landing site (spacenews.com) — Nova-C’s publicity page (intuitivemachines.com) — Maps of Vallus Schröterie in Oceanus Procellarum (cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net) — SpaceX and Gateway Logistics Services (spacenews.com) (PDF: beta.sam.gov/) — Fan cross-section speculations (nasaspaceflight.com) Short & …
 
Spaceflight news — Rocket Lab completes successful demonstration of mid-air capture. (rocketlabusa.com) (youtube.com) (spacenews.com) — Tim Dodd published a great interview with Peter Beck (youtu.be) Short & Sweet — Mars helicopter has been attached to NASA rover. (nasa.gov) — Starliner gets a second flight test. (spacenews.com) — Long March Fails …
 
Spaceflight News — Starship SN3 Collapse (space.com) (arstechnica.com) (twitter.com/elonmusk) — RIP Starship Mk1 (twitter.com/NASASpaceflight) — RIP Starship SN1 (twitter.com/WyattJGeorge/) — Starship SN2’s thrust puck (https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/41761/what-is-a-thrust-puck-on-starship) — Jamestown Base considered for real (spacenews…
 
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