Update for 1:30 a.m. EDT: rocket lab is NROL-199 spy satellite successfully launched For the US National Reconnaissance Office, the satellite is expected to deploy at approximately 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT). The next launch on 4 August is the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V mission carrying the SBIRS GEO 6 missile warning satellite. That webcast will begin at 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT) above 6:29 a.m. EDT (1029 GMT) for the launch.
Rocket fans, rejoice! If you’re a fan of spaceflight, Thursday (August 4) will be a banner day with at least four different rockets launching missions from planet Earth.
rocket manufactured by Rocket LabThe United Launch Alliance, blue original And SpaceX Will launch into space today (if all goes well). China National Space Administration Can also launch two rockets According to some media reports, on Thursday itself.
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Rocket Lab’s Antipodean Adventure
The space action begins early Thursday (August 4), when Rocket Lab will launch a small (and classified) spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). One electron rocket The mission, named NROL-199, will launch from Rocket Lab’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula.
liftoff is scheduled for 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT), and You can find it on SPACE.com and through Rocket Lab’s own website (opens in new tab), The livestream will appear on this page at launch, with a webcast expected to begin 15 minutes before Rocket Lab’s liftoff.
The NROL-199 mission, which Rocket Lab calls an “antipodean adventure,” is the second of two back-to-back reconnaissance missions the company is flying for NRO. Rocket Lab launched the NROL-162 mission on July 13.
SBIRS GEO 6 United Launch Alliance Atlas V Launch
Next on Thursday’s launch dock is a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket mission. That flight, which is scheduled to launch at 6:29 a.m. EDT (1029 GMT), will launch the sixth and last Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for the US. space force,
SBIRS is called GEO 6 In essence, the satellite is designed to serve as a missile detection early warning system for the Space Force’s Space Systems Command. It will be launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. ULA will webcast the launch live on YouTube and its website, starting approximately 20 minutes before liftoff. You can get the launch update tonight at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT) ULA Mission Page (opens in new tab),
“Equipped with powerful scanning and staring infrared surveillance sensors for our nation’s 24/7 security, the SBIRS spacecraft continues to serve as the tip of the spear for global missile alert as ballistic missile threats face the world,” the ULA wrote in a statement. spreading across.” Mission overview (opens in new tab), “These infrared sensors, and a bunch of other continuously overhead satellites, collect data that helps the US military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence, and increase situational awareness on the battlefield. allows for.”
Blue Origin’s NS-22 space tourist flight
Space tourists will launch on Thursday on their third mission of the day as Blue Origin counts for its 22nd mission in space.
a blue root New Shepard Rocket Van Horn will launch the NS-22 space tourist flight from the company’s Launch Site One near Horn, Texas. The mission will take six passengers on a journey to suborbital space, offering them a sweeping view of Earth below and weightlessness for minutes before returning home.
Blue Origin’s NS-22 mission set for liftoff 9:30am EDT (1330 GMT)With a live webcast expected to start an hour earlier 8:30am EDT (1230 GMT), You can watch it live on this page, as well on Youtube (opens in new tab) either Directly from Blue Origin’s website. (opens in new tab)
NS-22 will mark Blue Origin’s sixth space tourist flight as the company begins crew launches. will have to board this mission,
- Cobie Cotton, co-founder of the YouTube channel Dude Perfect;
- Sarah Sabri, founder of the Deep Space Initiative and the first Egyptian to fly into space;
- Mario Ferreira, an entrepreneur who would be the first Portuguese man to go into space;
- Vanessa O’Brien, a British-American explorer who has climbed Mount Everest and dived to Challenger Deep in the ocean;
- Clint Kelly III, founder of DARPA’s Autonomous Land Vehicle Project to research autonomous driving technology;
- Steve Young, a businessman and restaurant owner who works with the Space Coast Conservation Association.
SpaceX’s Danuri Moon Probe Launches for South Korea
SpaceX will kick off Thursday’s rocket launch quartet by lofting Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter Mission A to South Korea falcon 9 rocket, is scheduled for liftoff 7:08 pm EDT (2308 GMT) From Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. SpaceX’s launch webcast will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff Company webpage (opens in new tab), You can also follow it live on kari youtube page (opens in new tab),
Danuri. also known asThe South Korean Moon mission is the country’s first mission to target beyond low Earth orbit. The mission will send an orbiter Moon To study magnetic anomalies on the lunar surface and search for landing sites for future missions.
The spacecraft carries six different instruments to study the Moon and is expected to have one in lunar orbit to study the Moon’s magnetic signature, search for water ice on the surface, and test Earth-to-Moon communication technologies. Looking forward to spending the year. The mission is overseen by scientists from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
Danuri will be SpaceX’s second launch to the Moon, after the company’s 2019 launch of the Israeli Beresheet moon lander. While SpaceX successfully delivered beresheet Israel-made lander, finally on the moon crashed into the lunar surface, Israel’s Beresheet 2 mission is expected to follow in 2024.
SpaceX will launch the Danuri orbiter on a ballistic trajectory to the Moon, with the spacecraft destined for an orbit about 60 miles (100 kilometers) above the lunar surface.
China launches two rockets
As if those four missions weren’t enough, China may launch a new Earth-observing satellite and an experimental space plane on two separate rockets on Thursday.
Everyday Astronaut According to the Site (opens in new tab), a Chinese Long March 4B rocket could launch the country’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Inventory Satellite mission to study Earth overnight on August 3-4 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launching Center. A Long March 2F rocket could also launch an experimental reusable space plane from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center later on Thursday, Everyday Astronaut reported. If those launches are confirmed, SPACE.com will have a recap of the missions.
Wow! That’s a lot of launches in a 24-hour period, so rest the space fans. It’s going to be a long and full of launches on Thursday.
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