NASA and SpaceX Launch IXPE from LC-39A Cape Kennedy Florida 12-9-21!

…at 1:00 AM EDT (6:00 UTC) What is IXPE? Built by Ball Aerospace it is the Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer and has three identical space telescopes that measure the polarization of comic rays from black holes, pulsars and neutron stars. These are the most violent areas of the solar system and IXPE will capture new Read More

Mirror, mirror, on the Moon

Mirror, mirror, on the Moon, how far away are you?  High-accuracy Tests is seeking the answer to this and more questions on general relativity, the gravitational dynamics of the Earth-Moon system and the deep lunar interior.   MoonLIGHT is a laser retroreflector, imaged here, which allows laser beams sent from Earth to be reflected back from Read More

Los Alamos National Laboratory awards satellite mission contract to NanoAvionics US

First satellite mission hosting a high-energy astrophysics payload by LANL in 20 yearsDedicated nanosatellite mission to measure cosmic diffuse gamma-ray (CDG) background Smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics US has received a mission contract by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. The 12U (1U equals 10 × Read More

NASA TV to Air IXPE Prelaunch Activities, Launch

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission is the first satellite dedicated to measuring the polarization of X-rays from a variety of cosmic sources, such as black holes and neutron stars. Credits: NASA NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, the first satellite Read More

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches Critical National Security Mission direct to GEO

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Test Program (STP)-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command lifted off on Dec. 7 at 5:19 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. To date ULA has launched 147 times with 100 percent mission success. STP-3 Read More

ULA launches 90th Atlas V rocket and 261st Centaur 2nd stage flight at 5:19 AM EDT (10:19 UTC) Dec. 7th 2021 with STP-3 mission.

With 80% favorable weather for a launch and building thick ground fog starting to develop over the SLC-41 launch pad the most powerful of all the Atlas V family of rockets screamed off the pad with 2.6 million pounds of thrust and weighing over 1,295,695 pounds (587,717 kg) fully fueled at liftoff.  Internally ULA has Read More

EL AL Israel Airlines is the official airline of the Miss Universe 2021 competition taking place in Eilat, Israel

…for the first time El Al's flight attendant Manalush Grazemach alongside a plane branded especially in honor of the competition Hundreds of delegations and representatives including those from the United States and from dozens of countries around the world will arrive on EL AL's aircraft in preparation for the exciting event, on December 12 EL Read More

ENAIRE announces 90 openings for air traffic controllers

The current forecasts for air traffic growth in coming years confirm the recovery of the aviation sector in the wake of the crisis caused by COVID-19.In this growth scenario, ENAIRE has resumed its plan to hire new air traffic controllers, in keeping with its pre-pandemic preparations. The Official State Gazette (BOE) published a call for Read More

ULA Atlas V STP-3 Mission Progressing Toward Launch Dec. 7

Everything continues to progress towards the ULA Atlas V launch carrying the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) mission for the U.S. Space Force. The mission is planned to lift off on Tues., Dec. 7 at 4:04 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Today’s forecast shows an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions Read More

Webb fuelled for launch

The James Webb Space Telescope was fuelled inside the payload preparation facility at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of its launch on Ariane 5. Webb’s thrusters will use this propellant to make critical course-corrections after separation from Ariane 5, to maintain its prescribed orbit about one and a half million kilometres from Earth, and to Read More