Monthly Archives: September 2012

Falcon 9 hot fires its engines as the ISS prepares for Dragon’s arrival


SpaceX ignited all nine engines on their Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Saturday, a key test ahead of what remains an October 7 launch from Cape Canaveral. The…

Chinese Long March 2D launches Venezuela’s VRSS-1 satellite


A Chinese Long March 2D (Change Zheng 2D) has launched with Venezuela’s VRSS-1 ‘Francisco de Miranda’ remote sensing satellite on Saturday. The launch took from place from the Pad…

Ariane 5 ECA launches ASTRA 2F and GSAT 10 satellites


Arianespace have launched their Ariane 5 ECA on another mission, again to loft two satellites into orbit – namely ASTRA 2F and GSAT 10 – from the European…

ATV-3 finally undocks from the ISS following eventful stay


After accidentally extending its stay at the International Space Station (ISS), Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) has successfully undocked from the orbital outpost on Friday. The extension of…

ET-94: Fate unknown for the last remaining External Tank at MAF


The last External Tank, known as ET-94, has been moved into Building 103 – known as the “thru aisle” – at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), with its…

ULA interested in launching Atlas V or Delta IV from KSC


As the United Launch Alliance (ULA) look forward to a potential surge in activity later this decade, the question of requiring additional launch infrastructure to cater for demand…

Capture the Flag: Endeavour leaves her mark during Texas stay


During last week’s farewell tour, thousands of people turned out to take one final glimpse of Shuttle Endeavour in the air, before she was permanently grounded in California….

Endeavour ends her flying days after stunning farewell tour


Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, following a stunning cross country tour that honored her service and left untold thousands in awe of the orbiter’s…

SpaceX set October 7 for Dragon’s opening CRS mission to the ISS


Under agreement with NASA, SpaceX have set October 7 as the launch date for the Falcon 9 launch of Dragon to the ISS on the first Commercial Resupply…

Endeavour leaves KSC for the final time, years before her time


The youngest orbiter in the Space Shuttle fleet has departed from her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the final time, for an early retirement…

China back in action with dual Compass launch


China has launched a new pair of navigation satellites today to upgrade its satellite navigation constellation. The launch of the Compass-M5 and Compass-M6 satellites took place at 19:10UTC…

Soyuz 2-1A launches with Metop-B for Europe


A Russian Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle has launched with the Metop-B satellite into orbit for the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological…

Soyuz TMA-04M crew return to Earth following four-month mission to ISS


The Russian Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft, also known by its US designation of 30S, undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) early Monday night ahead of a successful return to Earth…

Endeavour makes her farewell rollover to the SLF in darkness


Final preparations at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are in full swing as the NASA and United Space Alliance (USA) team gets ready to send Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour…

ULA Atlas V finally launches with NROL-36


The Atlas V launch – believed to be carrying a pair of ocean surveillance satellites to locate ships at sea, in a mission designated NROL-36 – launched on Thursday…

Japan’s HTV-3 aborts to depart the ISS following resupply mission


The Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3) resupply spacecraft has departed – via an abort burn – from the International Space Station (ISS) following a nearly one and a…

SCA arrives at KSC ahead of Endeavour’s final departure


The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA 905, arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Tuesday, ahead of its role of carrying Endeavour on a cross-country farewell tour….

Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 3 platform removal begins for SLS


The giant High Bay 3 (HB-3) platforms – previously used during the stacking and mating of Space Shuttle hardware – are being dismantled and removed from the Vehicle…

Future Pad Escape options – From Slidewires to Roller Coasters


Evaluations into pad escape options for the crewed vehicles of the future are currently taking place, with the Space Launch System (SLS) employing a trade study that includes…

Indian PSLV successfully launches SPOT-6 for France


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have launched a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on Sunday, carrying the French SPOT-6 Earth observation satellite, along with a 15-kilogram Japanese microsatellite. Liftoff…