Today will be rich in space launches, which will be carried out by four companies at the same time. Two of these have already been conducted by the aerospace company Rocket Lab and United Launch Alliance, and two more will be held during the day. In addition to the mentioned companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX will conduct rocket launches.
The first mission was completed by Rocket Lab on the morning of August 4. The Electron launch vehicle was launched from the company’s launch site on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand at 01:30 local time (08:30 Moscow time). It delivered a US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spy satellite called NROL-199 into outer space. Appliance deployment must be completed within two hours of launch. Earlier this year, Rocket Lab successfully completed the NROL-162 satellite launch mission for the US intelligence community.
Next in a series of upcoming launches is the United Launch Alliance mission, which will place the last SBIRS GEO satellite from the US Space Force’s Ballistic Missile Launch Early Detection System into geosynchronous low Earth orbit. To deliver the device into space, an Atlas V launch vehicle was used, which was launched from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 06:29 local time (13:29 Moscow time).
“Equipped with powerful infrared sensors for scanning and surveillance to protect our nation around the clock, the SBIRS spacecraft will continue to serve as the spearhead of global missile warning as the threat of ballistic missiles spreads across the globe. These infrared and other sensors in a constellation of satellites collects data that enables the U.S. military to detect missile launches, maintain missile defenses, improve technical intelligence capabilities, and increase battlefield awareness.”ULA said in a statement.
The third space launch today will be performed by Blue Origin. The new Shepard rocket will launch the NS-22 mission with another group of space tourists. The launch will take place from Launch Site One in Texas at 09:30 local time (16:30 Moscow time). As part of this mission, six tourists will go on a short suborbital flight and enjoy amazing views of our planet, as well as experience weightlessness. The launch of the NS-22 mission can be seen on YouTube.
The crew of NS-22 included Coby Cotton, co-founder of the YouTube channel Dude Perfect, Sara Sabry, founder of the Deep Space Initiative (will also be the first Egyptian to fly into space), Portuguese entrepreneur Mario Ferreira (Mario Ferreira), British -American researcher Vanessa O’Brien, Clint Kelly III, founder of the DARPA Autonomous Land Vehicle project for research in the field of autonomous driving, and businessman and restaurateur Steve Young (Steve Young).
The launch marathon will be completed by SpaceX, which will launch the Korea Pathfinder lunar rover for South Korea. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle will lift off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 19:08 local time (August 5, 02:08 Moscow time). The broadcast of the launch will start a few minutes before the launch on the company’s official website.
South Korea’s Danuri lunar mission is the first mission in the country’s history to be directed beyond low Earth orbit. The device will go to the Moon and will study magnetic anomalies on the surface of the Earth satellite. The spacecraft has six scientific instruments in its arsenal, which will be used for various studies once the spacecraft reaches lunar orbit.
According to the source, China may carry out two space launches today, but there is no official confirmation of this yet. We’re talking about launching an Earth remote sensing satellite into space, as well as testing an experimental reusable spacecraft.
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