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June 05, 2024
Liftoff, finally: Boeing Starliner launches first crew on third try

Cape Canaveral FL (AFP) Jun 05, 2024
Boeing on Wednesday launched its very first astronauts bound for the International Space Station aboard a Starliner capsule, which joins a select club of spacecraft to carry humans beyond Earth. The third time turned out to be the charm for the aerospace giant, after two previous bids to fly with crew were aborted late into the countdown, for technical reasons. ... read more

Europe's long-delayed Ariane 6 rocket set for July 9 launch
Paris (AFP) June 5, 2024
The next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, a crucial programme for Europe's space ambitions, is due to lift off on July 9 following years of delays, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. ... more
Two Terran Orbital Space Vehicles Added to NASA's $6 Billion Rapid IV Contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
Terran Orbital has expanded its offerings under NASA's multi-participant Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV (Rapid IV) Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract. NASA has added two additi ... more
SpaceX launches 20 Starlink satellites with Direct to Cell capabilities
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 4, 2024
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Tuesday night with 20 Starlink satellites, including some with Direct to Cell capabilities that will improve access to text and voice data here on Earth. ... more
ESA Invites Launch Providers for European Launcher Challenge
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
ESA has launched a Request for Information (RFI) aimed at European launch service providers in preparation for the European Launcher Challenge. This initiative, unveiled in Seville, Spain, in Novemb ... more
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Boeing Starliner's first astronaut mission scheduled to launch Wednesday
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 4, 2024
After several scrubbed liftoffs, Boeing's first Starliner crewed mission will try again Wednesday to launch NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams on a critical, week-long test flight to the International Space Station. ... more
Chang'e 6 Mission Completes Lunar Sample Collection
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
China's Chang'e 6 mission achieved a critical milestone as its sample-loaded ascender launched from the moon's far side on Tuesday morning. "According to the China National Space Administratio ... more
NASA seeks faster, more affordable Mars sample return mission
Space Coast FL (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
NASA officials want a new Mars sample return mission plan that is faster, costs less and isn't as complex than one scrapped in April. The space agency doesn't want to wait until 2040 and spend ... more
Seeking Water Worlds: NASA's Solid State Quantum Magnetometers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
"Follow the water!" The solar system contains water in various forms, from the Sun's water vapor to Pluto's ice. Water is essential not only for life but also for its geological properties and poten ... more


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ESA's OPS-SAT CubeSat Mission Concludes
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
ESA's experimental OPS-SAT CubeSat mission ended on the night of May 22-23, 2024 (CEST). Launched on December 18, 2019, OPS-SAT aimed to make spacecraft operations accessible to a wide audienc ... more
European Team Validates Flow Models in Zero Gravity
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
For years, various models have been developed to describe a key class of mixing effects in flows, such as those in chemical reactors. Experimental validation has lagged due to gravity's influence. A ... more
Kate Darling to Highlight Robotics at ISSRDC 2024 Keynote
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
Kate Darling, an expert in robotics and society, will deliver a keynote address on Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC). Da ... more
WVU Astrophysicist leads development of new gravitational wave detector
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
A theoretical astrophysicist at West Virginia University is spearheading efforts in the development of a pioneering space probe to detect and measure gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of s ... more
Flying saucers and alien abductions: New book explores history of UFOs
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 05, 2024
The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of an era dominated by new technologies, the Cold War, nuclear threats, and the first UFO sightings. Strange aerial events have been noted ... more


DARPA Unveils Concepts for Future VTOL Uncrewed Systems

China lunar probe takes off from Moon carrying samples
Beijing (AFP) June 4, 2024
A Chinese probe carrying samples from the far side of the Moon started its journey back to Earth on Tuesday, the country's space agency said - a world first and a major achievement for Beijing's space programme. ... more
Mars' subsurface ice could be a key to sustaining future habitats on other planets
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
To survive on other planets, water is, of course, critical. We need it to drink, sustain crops and even create rocket fuel. But on spaceflights, checked luggage is exorbitantly expensive. Anyt ... more
Take three for Boeing Starliner crewed launch attempt
Cape Canaveral (AFP) June 5, 2024
Boeing will be hoping the third time's a charm on Wednesday as they try once more to launch astronauts aboard a Starliner capsule bound for the International Space Station. ... more
Unusual Ion May Influence Uranus and Neptune's Magnetic Fields
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Skoltech scientists and their Chinese colleagues have identified conditions that could support the existence of a unique ion, termed aquodiium. This ion, described as a water molecule with two addit ... more
Why do astronomers look for signs of life on other planets based on what life is like on Earth?
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Have you ever played hide-and-seek in a new place? It's much harder than playing at home. You only know the obvious hiding spots: under the bed, in the closet, behind the couch. The trick is trying ... more

MDA Space Secures Contract for Square Kilometre Array Project
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
MDA Space Ltd. (TSX: MDA) announced a contract with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to support the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) project. This international effort aims to ... more
AI advances research into cosmic explosions
London, UK (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Scientists at the University of Warwick are utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze supernovae, the cosmic explosions of white dwarfs. Many stars end as white dwarfs, compact stars w ... more
Ongoing gyroscope problem forces Hubble telescope to pause operations
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 3, 2024
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope again has suspended operations after entering safe mode because of an ongoing gyroscope issue that has affected the craft for the past year, according to NASA. ... more
New Star to Appear in Night Sky as T Corona Borealis Set for Nova Eruption
London, UK (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Stargazers will soon witness a new star in the night sky as the binary star system T Corona Borealis (T CrB) is expected to undergo a nova eruption between now and September. This event will m ... more
Turning up the heat on next-generation semiconductors
Boston MA (SPX) May 26, 2024
The scorching surface of Venus, where temperatures can climb to 480 degrees Celsius (hot enough to melt lead), is an inhospitable place for humans and machines alike. One reason scientists have not ... more
Nara Space Secures $14.5M Series B to Expand Satellite Fleet
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
Nara Space Technology (Nara Space), a startup specializing in small satellite manufacturing and data analytics, announced the completion of a $14.5 million (20 billion KRW) Series B funding round. T ... more
Airlines eye 'new frontier' of AI ahead of global summit
Dubai (AFP) June 3, 2024
Airlines may not be replacing pilots with artificial intelligence anytime soon, but aviation industry experts say the new technology is already revolutionising the way they do business. ... more
Electra's hybrid-electric aircraft achieves first ultra-short takeoff and landing
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 30, 2024, Inc. (Electra), a next-gen aerospace company, announced it has successfully completed high-performance ultra-short flight operations of its piloted blown-lift hybrid-electric short tak ... more

Chang'e-6 Lands on Moon's Far Side to Collect Samples
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 04, 2024
China's Chang'e-6 has successfully landed on the far side of the moon and will collect samples from this rarely explored terrain for the first time, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) an ... more
Boeing Starliner's crewed launch abruptly halted, again
Cape Canaveral (AFP) June 1, 2024
Boeing's second attempt at launching a crew aboard its troubled Starliner spaceship was dramatically aborted Saturday with just minutes left on the countdown clock, yet another setback for a program that has faced years of delays. ... more
NASA to decide when to reschedule Starliner crewed launch
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 1, 2024
NASA officials won't know until late Saturday night if they can try to launch the Boeing Starliner on Sunday or wait until Wednesday or Thursday. ... more
Roscosmos Progress 88 cargo spacecraft docked at the International Space Station
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 1, 2024
NASA's unmanned Progress 88 cargo spacecraft docked successfully at the International Space Station on Saturday morning. ... more
Satellite, 'poopaganda', missiles: What's North Korea up to?
Seoul (AFP) May 30, 2024
A failed satellite launch, floating hundreds of trash-filled balloons into the South, and firing a volley of 10 short-range ballistic missiles: North Korea has had a busy week. ... more
EarthCARE satellite launches to probe how clouds affect climate
Vandenberg Air Force Base, United States (AFP) May 28, 2024
A rocket carrying a sophisticated satellite blasted off Tuesday from California on a mission to investigate what role clouds could play in the fight against climate change. ... more
Japanese billionaire cancels lunar SpaceX voyage
Tokyo, Japan (AFP) Jun 01, 2024
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said on Saturday he has cancelled his journey around the Moon on a SpaceX rocket, a voyage that had boasted an artist-filled crew, because of development delays. ... more
CGI works on new interfaces for European Space Agency to expand satellite communications market
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 01, 2024
CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a major provider of IT and business consulting services, has been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop standardized satellite communications inter ... more

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