3D-Printed Rocket Attempts First Flight, New NASA Artemis Insights, and More

The view from Orion on day 20 of NASA's Artemis 1 mission.

The view from Orion on day 20 of NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.
picture: NASA

Relativity Space is preparing to make history Wednesday with the launch of Terran-1, a rocket built primarily from 3D-printed parts. Japan is also ready for the inaugural launch, with the delay The H3 missile is now ready for a non-stop launch.

We are now in March. And things are really starting to heat up in the world of spaceflight. It’s going to be a busy week along Florida’s space coast, with at least three launches ready to go. We’ve also got our eyes on a classified Russian mission and an upcoming NASA press briefing about the recently concluded Artemis 1 flight around the moon.

First flight of Japan’s next-generation H3 missile

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency preparing to launch H3 mid-lift missile Monday at 8:37 p.m. ET (Tuesday, March 5 at 10:37 a.m. ET)). This is JAXA’s second attempt to launch the rocket I evaporated on the launch pad During the first attempt on February 17th.

JAXA's H3 missile during the aborted launch attempt on February 17.

JAXA’s H3 missile during the aborted launch attempt on February 17.
screenshot: JAXA

Ten years in the making, the two-stage H3 rocket, featuring an innovative new engine, will replace Japan’s H-IIA and H-IIB missiles and provide Japan with continuous access to space. Excitingly, a futuristic version could be used to transport cargo to the moon.

A 3D printed rocket prepares for its first flight

California-based Relativity Space is set to launch Terran 1, A rocket is 85% 3D-printed, making it “the largest existing 3D-printed object and orbital flight attempt,” according to the company.

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two-stage 110 ft (33-meter) is scheduled to launch a rocket from Florida Space Force Station Cape Canaveral on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The mission, called “Good Luck, Have Fun,” will attempt an orbital launch, but as a demonstration mission, Terran 1 will not carry any payloads. In her first attempt to reach space.

Artemis New Visions 1

On Tuesday, NASA will hold a Briefing 12:00 p.m. ET to provide an update on the latest analysis of data collected during the Artemis 1 mission. Mission ends Dec. 11, 2022, as the Orion spacecraft finishes its 270,000-mile (435,000 km) mission to the Moon and back.

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There will likely be a lot to discuss, including the performance of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule, which has flown into space without a crew. Can include specific talking points Damage to the launch pad when the SLS explodedAnd A strange but not mission-critical anomaly experienced during the missionand the High-tech Orion Heat Shield performanceamong other things.

ISS Crew-5 is coming home… maybe

After six months spent on the International Space Station, it’s time for NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Kasada, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos astronaut Anna Kikina to return home. NASA has not announced a confirmed departure date, but Crew-5 is scheduled to deliver farewell remarks on Wednesday at 11:35 a.m. ET. One time departure date and time group, the crew will board the Crew Dragon at SpaceX to bear for the journey back to Earth. the The Alternate 6 crew arrived at the International Space Station on FridayThis brings the total population of the International Space Station to 11.

A mysterious Russian satellite launch

Russia’s Proton-M rocket, with its Briz-M upper stage, is scheduled to lift off Sunday, March 12 at 6:12 p.m. ET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russia has not officially disclosed the payload, but the next space flight the suspects It is a satellite of the Russian Ministry of Defense. This type of satellite, also known as a Luch, has attracted attention before, and not for good reason; Despite standing in the geostationary belt, Olymp-K Jogging instead of standing stillSupposed to Tapping on neighboring satellites.

A pair of Falcon 9 flights

SpaceX’s firing cadence continues, with at least two Falcon 9 rockets launching in the next week. On Thursday, the Falcon 9 will attempt to launch from Cape Canaveral to Delivery of a set of OneWeb satelliteswhile the launch was scheduled for Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center, CRS 27is the mission to resupply NASA to the International Space Station.

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