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Rocket Lab launches first NASA PREFIRE cubesat
Posted: Mon, May 27 10:05 AM ET (1405 GMT)
Electron launch of PREFIRE 1 (Rocket Lab) A Rocket Lab Electron successfully launched the first of two NASA Earth science cubesats Saturday. The Electron lifted off from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 3:41 sm EDT (0741 GMT) and placed the first Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE) cubesat into orbit. A second PREFIRE cubesat will be launched on another Electron within the next few weeks. The two cubesats, operating in Sun-synchronous orbits, will measure infrared emissions at the Earth's poles to improve climate models. The launch, the 48th by the Electron, took place seven years to the day after the first Electron launch.


NASA and Boeing set June 1 launch date for Starliner
Posted: Mon, May 27 9:21 AM ET (1321 GMT)
CST-100 Starliner on pad for OFT launch (ULA) NASA and Boeing are targeting a June 1 launch of the first crewed CST-100 Starliner spacecraft after resolving a helium leak in the spacecraft. At a briefing Friday, officials said they had concluded a helium leak in one thruster in the spacecraft, which caused a series of launch postponements, was not a safety risk and could be managed without repairing the faulty component, a process that would have taken months. During that review, engineers discovered a "design vulnerability" in Starliner's propulsion system that could have prevented the spacecraft from performing a deborit burn in the event of a rare series of failures. A new backup deorbit burn approach has been developed as a workaround for this launch while Boeing investigates long-term hardware or software changes for future missions.


SpaceX launches Starlink satellites
Posted: Sun, May 26 11:33 AM ET (1533 GMT)
SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites on two missions 24 hours apart. A Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at...


New European astronauts picked for ISS missions
Posted: Sun, May 26 11:26 AM ET (1526 GMT)
Two of ESA's newest astronauts now have flight assignments. ESA announced Wednesday that Sophie Adenot and Raphaël Liégeois will fly on separate...


ESA selects two companies for commercial cargo contracts
Posted: Sun, May 26 11:23 AM ET (1523 GMT)
ESA has selected two companies to begin work on designs for commercial cargo vehicles that could be precursors for crewed spacecraft. ESA announced Wednesday it...





Tuesday, May 28
North Korea fails in its latest attempt to launch military satellite
Kyodo International — 6:22 am ET (1022 GMT)
North Korean spy satellite launch ends in failure
Deutsche Welle — 6:19 am ET (1019 GMT)
Japan to Stay on High Alert after North Korean Launch
Jiji Press — 6:18 am ET (1018 GMT)
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch scrubbed on Monday
WESH-TV Orlando — 6:11 am ET (1011 GMT)
SpaceX announces next Starship test flight date
Teslarati — 6:04 am ET (1004 GMT)
Sri Lanka To Have Talks With Spacex
MENAFN — 6:01 am ET (1001 GMT)


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