Upcoming Events

Aug. 21, 2019, 10:30 a.m.


International Space Station International Space Station Expedition 60

Expedition 60 Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan of NASA will install the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on the space-facing side of the station’s Harmony module. IDA-3 will provide a second docking port to the International Space Station to accommodate the future arrivals of Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon commercial crew spacecraft. The docking port was launched to the station last month on a SpaceX Dragon on the company’s 18th commercial cargo resupply services mission to the station. IDA-2 was installed to the forward end of the Harmony module in the summer of 2016.

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Test Flight
Aug. 23, 2019, 7 p.m.

Starship Hopper | 200m Hop

Boca Chica, TX

SpaceX's latest prototype rocket design - Starhopper is preparing for its second hop following a successful 20m hop. On August 15th - Elon Musk tweeted that the FAA was requesting additional hazard analysis before the flight would be approved. All pending road closures have now been lifted - no new ETA has been presented.

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Aug. 24, 2019, 5:31 a.m.

Soyuz MS-14 Docking

International Space Station International Space Station

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft will dock to the International Space Station on Saturday August 24. It will carry no crew members, as it is intended to test a modification of the launch abort system for integration with the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle.

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Press Event
Aug. 24, 2019, 2 p.m.

SpaceX Starship Architecture Update

Boca Chica, TX

Elon Musk will host a event where updated information/details of the Starship and Super Heavy will be shown.

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Aug. 27, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

SpaceX CRS-18 Dragon Unberthing & Reentry

International Space Station International Space Station Falcon 9 Block 5 | SpX CRS-18

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will be unberthed and released from the International Space Station ahead of its reentry, splashdown and recovery.

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Moon Landing
Sept. 6, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Landing

Lunar Surface GSLV Mk III | Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-2 is India's second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the mission was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 22 July 2019 at 2.43 PM IST to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III

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Static Fire
Jan. 1, 2020, midnight

SLS Green Run

Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

The core stage of the 'Space Launch System' will undergo a 'Green Run' test, where the stage and major components will be tested as a full stack to ensure safety of the vehicle. Part of the testing will involve a 8 minute static fire of the core stage, demonstrating performance similar to an actual launch.

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Spacecraft Event
July 4, 2020, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Collection

101955 Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission. The mission's main goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis. Rehearsals will be performed before the sampling event, during which the solar arrays will be raised into a Y-shaped configuration to minimize the chance of dust accumulation during contact and provide more ground clearance in case the spacecraft tips over (up to 45°) during contact. The descent will be very slow to minimize thruster firings prior to contact in order to reduce the likelihood of asteroid surface contamination by unreacted hydrazine propellant. Contact with the surface of Bennu will be detected using accelerometers, and the impact force will be dissipated by a spring in the TAGSAM arm. Upon surface contact by the TAGSAM instrument, a burst of nitrogen gas ...

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Dec. 1, 2020, 5 a.m.

Hayabusa-2 Sample Returns to Earth


When Hayabusa-2 flies past Earth in December 2020, it will release the capsule spinning at one revolution per three seconds. The capsule will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at 12 km/s and it will deploy a radar-reflective parachute at an altitude of about 10 km, and eject its heat-shield, while transmitting a position beacon signal. The sample capsule will land at the Woomera Test Range in Australia.

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Sept. 1, 2023, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Return


In September 2023 the OSIRIS-REx return capsule will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and land under a parachute at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range

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