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Weekly House Recap: August 14


Listed below are a number of the tales you’ll have missed previously week. The third week of August 2023 featured SpaceX trying a back-to-back Starlink launch, Starship updates, and Crew 7 preparations for launch to the Worldwide House Station.

However first, over the weekend it was confirmed that Russia’s Luna 25 mission crashed into the Moon, one other failure from the Russian area program. This was the primary mission to the Moon for Russia in 47 years.

Russia was aiming to be the primary to land on the Moon’s southern pole, and the Lunar lander had made it right into a secure orbit, however throughout a deliberate decreasing of the orbit, it went a bit too far and created new craters on the floor of the Moon.

In the meantime, India’s Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander is progressing nominally thus far. It’s scheduled to aim a touchdown on the Moon’s Southern Hemisphere as quickly as August twenty third.

Final week’s recap!

A attainable Starship take a look at launch quickly? – A maritime exclusion zone was listed for August thirty first for “rocket launch actions” whereas unlikely to launch then, it signifies that SpaceX is getting a lot nearer to the 2nd take a look at flight as they await phrase from the FAA and the assessment of the mishap report submitted by SpaceX to them.

SpaceX launched 22 Starlink satellites –  This was the 99th devoted Starlink mission, bringing the overall # of Starlink satellites launched to 4,962.

SpaceX makes an attempt back-to-back Starlink launches – SpaceX had initially deliberate to launch 21 Starlink satellites from California after the 22 from Florida.

Nevertheless, Hurricane Hilary within the Japanese Pacific pressured the droneship to retreat to the Port of San Diego for security causes. That launch is now deliberate for no sooner than August twenty first at 11:04 p.m. PT (6:04 UTC on August 22).

Crew Dragon Endurance readied to ISS flight – The capsule, flying for its third time, was delivered to LC-39A to be connected to the Falcon 9 rocket. Crew 7 arrived at Kennedy House Middle Saturday afternoon, and final night time, the rocket was rolled out to the launch pad for pre-launch testing, such because the static fireplace and dry-dress rehearsal for the crew. The launch is scheduled for NET on August twenty fifth at 3:49 a.m. ET (07:49 UTC).

SpaceX showcases new scorching stage ring for Starship – After months of hypothesis, SpaceX lastly revealed how they’ll try stage separation in the course of the 2nd take a look at flight. The Raptor engines will ignite whereas nonetheless connected to Booster 9, with the exhaust gases being vented out by the perimeters.

The recent stage ring connected to Booster 9 (Credit score SpaceX)

And that’s just about all for final week!

This week seems to be thrilling with India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission trying to land on the Moon, Crew 7 launching to the Worldwide House Station, and naturally, a pair extra Starlink launches.

Thanks for studying the Weekly House Recap!

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Weekly House Recap: August 14 – August 20

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