Boeing's Starliner barely makes orbit due to internal clock error

Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky This morning at 6:36am ET, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, FL carrying Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. The Atlas V performed nominally and "hit the bullseye" on accuracy according to ULA CEO Tory Bruno, and successfully deployed the uncrewed Starliner spacecraft into a suborbital trajectory as intended. Before the intended orbital insertion burn, a timer on-board the spacecraft wasn't correct and believed the orbital insertion burn had already occurred. Ground controllers attempted to send a command to correct this error, but a gap in TDRS satellite communications caused it to

Boeing's Starliner ready for first test flight

Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky Tomorrow morning (December 20th) at 6:36am ET, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will launch on its first test flight to the International Space Station. Starliner will be launching from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with 2 strap-on solid rocket motors. This is an unscrewed flight and is meant to demonstrate Boeing's ability to launch astronauts to the ISS, dock/undock, and safely return them back home. The mission will come to an end after Starliner returns back to Earth on December 28th. The 45th Space Wing reports an 80% chance for favorable weather on launch d

JCSAT-18/Kacific1 launching on Falcon 9 tonight

Photo: Ryan Bale // CRS-14 In just under a half hour, SpaceX is launching the JCSAT-18/Kacific1 mission for SKY Perfect JSAT. At 7:10pm ET, the Falcon 9 rocket will launch from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida on a twice flown first stage booster, previously launching the CRS-17 and CRS-18 missions for NASA. After launch, the first stage will perform a landing on the droneship “Of Course I Still Love You” and the two fairing halves will be caught by the 2 recovery ships, “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief”. The satellite on today’s mission will provide Ku-band coverage and improve mobile and broadband services for customers of the SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation in Asia. This is a next-generation Geost

Blue Origin is launching New Shepard after 7 months

Photo: Blue Origin Blue Origin is targeting a launch of their Suborbital launch vehicle named New Shepard, from West Texas at 8:30am CST (9:30am EST). They are currently watching the weather conditions as they are not as good as they would like them to be, but they’re watching the forecasts to ensure a successful launch. This is the 6th time this New Shepard booster has flown a mission after successfully landing and being recovered from the last 5 missions it flew on. This is the most flights a New Shepard booster has flown in a row, with minimal refurbishments before flights. This is also the 9th commercial payload for Blue Origin and this flight includes their 100th customer. On board are

Watch Rocket Lab perform its first recovery tests tonight!

Photo: Andrew Burns and Simon Moffatt Later tonight, Rocket Lab is going for a second attempt to launch their Electron rocket, after a second stage umbilical had an issue that caused them to stand down from launching on November 28th. This will be the 10th flight of the Electron rocket and is the first time an upgraded first stage is flying. After successfully delivering the several small satellites for Alba Orbital and ALE Co., Ltd (ALE), the first stage of the Electron rocket will descend back down through Earth’s atmosphere. The newly-upgraded first stage is fitted with new hardware and sensors to monitor the environment and forces the first stage endures on its descent. This is the first

SpaceX CRS-19 Succesful

Credit: Kevin Quick Es'hail-2 SpaceX has successful launched its 19th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station this afternoon. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 12:51 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Atop the Falcon 9 booster was a Dragon cargo capsule with some 5,700 lbs of crew supplies and research. The uncrewed Dragon Capsule is making its third visit to the ISS. The first stage booster, B1059.1, is brand new. After launch, the rocket and cargo pitched down range and preformed nominally for the full flight duration with successful main engine cut off, second stage deployment and booster landing on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You.

SpaceX CRS-19 Scheduled to Launch Today.

Credit NASA SpaceX plans to launch its 19th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station this afternoon at 12:51 p.m. Like all resupply missions, the launch window is immediate, meaning that any hold up due to weather problems, or a problem with the rocket itself will scrub the launch for the day. This will be the third trip to the ISS for this particular uncrewed Dragon capsule and the first use of this Falcon 9 first stage. Both will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The first stage booster will make a landing attempt out to sea on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. Typically the first stage boosters have enough fuel to return bac

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