We have a very interesting week ahead, SpaceX is due to launch more Starlink satellites, Russia is preparing to send people to the ISS, and United Launch Alliance is planning to launch a spy satellite. One of the most important aspects of these missions is the designation of the Russian capsule headed to the space station. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is generally recognized as the father of spaceflight.
SpaceX''s Starlink Group 4-34 will be launched in Earth orbit so that the satellites can return internet connectivity to the planets surface. The first stage of the rocket will go back on Earth for reuse, which will save space. The event will be streamed on SpaceXs website.
China is scheduled to launch a long March 2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 11:15 p.m. UTC. The payload of the rocket is unknown. For anyone looking to watch live, do not expect a stream; the best thing you need to do is get a video after the event.
Roscosmos will launch a Soyuz 2.1a as part of their MS-22 mission. It will be carrying Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin from Russia and NASAs Francisco Rubio. However, it was initially expected that Russias Anna Kikina would be the third person aboard the SpaceX Dragon so that both nations may maintain a presence on the ISS and look after their respective systems so nothing goes wrong. This mission will begin at 1:54 p.m. UTC from
The United Launch Alliances (ULA) Delta IV Heavy, which is separated from SpaceXs Falcon 9, is carrying a classified spy satellite to the United States National Reconnaissance Office. The Delta IV Heavy is a few metres taller than SpaceXs Falcon 9, but features three boosters rather than one. While the payload and its mission are classified, keep an eye on the ULAs YouTube channel for a live stream of the event!
The first launch we have received is actually from last Sunday, but the last edition of TWIRL went out before we received the video. Below you can see a Falcon 9 satellite from Starlink, then returning to space.
Next, we had a very interesting launch from Blue Origin, where its new Shepard rocket suffered an anomaly. Fortunately, no people were aboard as there have been previous incidents and the capsule managed to survive the incident.
On Tuesday, China launched a long March 7A equipped with the ZhongXing-1E satellite that will be used for telecoms. It has been released from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan Province.
Regardless of weather conditions or time of day, the Rocket Labs Electron rocket will be powered by the StriX-1 satellite.
On Saturday, the Chinese taikonauts performed a spacewalk, which you can see below.
This week, we''ve got all of that, and be sure to check in later.