The Space Launch System rocket fairing with ESA and NASA logos on the launchpad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The new ESA logo and NASA’s ‘worm’ logo will be along for the ride on the first full mission of the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. (Credit: NASA) by Douglas Messier Managing Editor
Of the six launches known to be scheduled to close out August, there’s only one – Artemis I — that truly matters in any real sense. The others will be duly recorded but little remembered in what could be the busiest launch year in human history.
(more…) Artemis I rocket rolls out to the launch pad for a wet dress rehearsal on June 6, 2022. (Credit: NASA)
lists six launches to close out August. The big one, of course, is NASA’s Artemis I mission next Monday. The others, not so momentous but still worth listing. orbital launch page Disclaimer: This schedule is subject to change without notice. Parabolic Arc takes no responsibility for delays, changes, additions or what have you. And, as always, no wagering. Tuesday, August 23 Launch Vehicle: Long March 11 Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center Launch Company: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Payload: TBA Wednesday, August 24 Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D Launch Site: Taiyuan Xichang Satellite Launch Center Launch Company: CASC Payload: TBA Saturday, August 27 Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Vandenberg Space Force Base Launch Company: SpaceX Payloads: 46 Starlink broadband satellites Webcast: www.spacex.com Sunday, August 28 Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Company: SpaceX Payloads: 53 Starlink broadband satellites Webcast: www.spacex.com Monday, August 29 Launch Vehicle: Space Launch System Block 1 Launch Site: Kennedy LC-39B Launch Window: 8:33-10:33 a.m. EDT (12:33-14:33 UTC) Launching Agency: NASA Payloads: Orion spacecraft and 10 secondary payloads Webcast: www.nasa.gov Artemis I Secondary Payloads
Satellite Organization Orbit Purpose ArgoMoon Italian Space Agency Heliocentric Spacecraft will demonstrate capacity of CubeSats to conduct precise maneuvers in deep space by providing detailed images of the SLS’s Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage BioSentinel NASA Heliocentric Spacecraft will use budding yeast to detect, measure, and compare the impact of deep space radiation on DNA repair CuSP NASA Heliocentric Space weather measurements EQUULEUS University of Tokyo Earth-moon L2 6U CubeSat will measure the distribution of plasma around Earth LunaH-Map NASA Selenocentric Lunar polar orbiter will search for evidence of frozen water deposits Lunar IceCube NASA Selenocentric Lunar orbiter will search for frozen water deposits LunIR Lockheed Martin Space Heliocentric Demonstration technology to collect surface spectroscopy and thermography Near-Earth Asteroid Scout NASA Heliocentric Technology demonstration of solar sail to rendezvous with asteroid OMOTENASHI Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Selenocentric Smallest vehicle to attempt lunar lander Team Miles Fluid and Reason, LLC Heliocentric Technology demonstration of plasma thrusters Late August Launch Vehicle: Kuaizhou 1A Launch Site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Launch Company: ExPace Payloads: Centispace-1 S3 and Centispace-1 S4 navigation satellites