A manned Soyuz flew two Japanese space tourists to the ISS

The Soyuz-2.1a rocket, which carried the MS-20 mission capsule into orbit, took off at 8.38 Polish time. The mooring at the ISS was completed successfully before 15.00. The mission, which started on Wednesday, included two private participants – fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa and accompanying media producer Yozo Hirano. Both were financed by Maezawa from his … Read more

Starliner is still far from the decisive test. Another approach in six months?

Boeing now claims that the unmanned flight of the CST-100 Starliner capsule will not be possible until May 2022. This is due to a problem with 13 (out of 24) fuel valves in the vehicle’s service module. These mechanisms stopped functioning properly after they were heavily corroded under the influence of nitric acid (released from … Read more

Virgin Galactic: “Demand for our sub-orbital flights above forecast despite higher price”

Virgin Galactic shares gained 5% on the later trading session in reaction to the publication of quarterly results and further expansion plans for the company. The main catalyst for growth was the statement by CEO Michael Colglazier, who said he saw a strong demand for space tourism. Virgin Galactic is selling seats faster than expected, … Read more

The Crew-3 manned mission has arrived at the International Space Station

The four astronauts left Earth in the Crew Dragon in the morning of November 11 at 03:03 CEST. The Falcon 9 rocket, taking off from the LC-39A platform at the Space Center, took them on a successful journey to the ISS. JF Kennedy in Florida. The crew consists of 61-year-old Tom Marshburn (a doctor and … Read more

The head of NASA admits: a manned mission to the moon will not take place in 2024

„[Rok] 2024 was not a goal that was technically feasible, “said Bill Nelson, referring to the implementation of the Artemis lunar program so far and its earlier schedule at a press conference held on November 9 this year. Announcing the revision of the schedule of manned missions to the moon, the head of NASA indicated … Read more

End of the Crew-2 mission. Almost 200 days on the International Space Station

The capsule of the SpaceX company owned by billionaire Elon Musk was launched in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, near the city of Pensacola. The flight of four astronauts – the American team consisting of Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and the French representative of the European Space … Read more

Blue Origin’s lawsuit dismissed. SpaceX is the only supplier of NASA’s lunar lander

The United States Court of Federal Claims dismissed Blue Origin’s August complaint that it did not accept NASA’s choice of a preferred supplier for a new manned lunar lander. The contractor was SpaceX, although before the announcement of the outcome of the procedure, the American space agency repeatedly declared its intention to select two competitive … Read more

The mission of the fourth full Crew Dragon crew adds to the delay

The start, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 30 (local time), was first postponed to Wednesday, November 3 this year. The reason for this change was the difficulties related to unfavorable weather. On Monday, November 1, however, NASA indicated that the delay will worsen, which is related to the deterioration of the health of one of … Read more

Plan to build the first commercial space station. Companies join forces

A consortium of entities associated with the Nanoracks company will be responsible for the planned construction of the first independent space station with commercial use (called Starlab). Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have so far confirmed their commitment to cooperation. Starlab is to be a permanently manned 340 cubic meter orbital platform designed to conduct … Read more

Research on the effects of a long stay in space. “Manifestations of changes in the brain”

The general negative impact of long-term space flights on the human body has been known for a long time – the recognized changes include: muscle atrophy, bone mass loss, deterioration of vision and altered intestinal bacterial flora. Now, brain tissue damage has started to be added to this list. In Russian men who have spent … Read more