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  1. Nicholas Kang

    Updates NASA OSIRIS-REx New Frontiers Mission Updates

    NASA: OSIRIS-REx Swoops Over Sample Site Osprey
  2. Nicholas Kang

    News FAILURE: Virgin Orbit LaunchOne Orbital Test Flight 25th May 2020

    They shall return next time! Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket ignites its first stage engine seconds after release from the Boeing 747 aircraft that ferried it to the drop zone. The engine shut down a "handful of seconds" later, causing the launch to fail. Credit: Virgin Orbit Cosmic Girl's...
  3. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News SpaceX DM-2 Launch Scheduled for May 27!

    Rocket rolled out. SpaceX is targeting a 4:33pm EDT (2033 GMT) T-0 for the static fire Friday, the same time as liftoff May 27. View of Dragon mated to the rocket. Launch Readiness review
  4. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News ULA Atlas V 501 - USSF-7 to Launch X-37B OTV 6 (0914 EDT May 17, 2020)

    The X-37B is off for another "secretive" mission. |Mission Patch Source: ULA |X-37B inside the payload fairing, April 2020 Source: United Space Space Force (USSF) Launch Profile: Live Webcast: Mission Overview is available here...
  5. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News China Successfully Launches New Generation Crew Spacecraft Atop CZ-5B 5/5/20 1000 UTC

    Unfortunately, I couldn't obtain any information regarding this. But I suppose they should be able to get basic in-capsule physical parameters like temperature, ambient pressure etc. They did confirm that they conducted several experiments. One notable one was a 3D printing done in-orbit for...
  6. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News China Successfully Launches New Generation Crew Spacecraft Atop CZ-5B 5/5/20 1000 UTC

    She landed yesterday! Source:,
  7. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News China Successfully Launches New Generation Crew Spacecraft Atop CZ-5B 5/5/20 1000 UTC

    Unfortunately, the flexible inflatable cargo return module experienced an anomaly during the return trip to Earth. Experts are analyzing the data. The crew capsule is otherwise in good shape! Source:, China Manned Spaceflight (media statement in Chinese)
  8. Nicholas Kang

    General Question A couple of graphics issues.

    Hi. Welcome back. I can help out for this question. Refer to the link above, the fuel gauge is coded to refer to the scram fuel, not the main tank fuel. I have the same question as yours in the past. You can consider using...
  9. Nicholas Kang

    Launch News China Successfully Launches New Generation Crew Spacecraft Atop CZ-5B 5/5/20 1000 UTC

    Haven't heard some Chinese launches for quite some time. Here's one today. An important one. Full webcast (In Chinese, let me know if you need translation :P): About the New Generation Space Capsule: The Prototype Next Generation Chinese Crew Space Capsule Docking port for the...
  10. Nicholas Kang

    Updates NASA Galileo Mission News

    Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show 'Chaos Terrain' in Crisp Detail The surface of Jupiter's moon Europa features a widely varied landscape, including ridges, bands, small rounded domes and disrupted spaces that geologists call "chaos terrain." Three newly reprocessed images, taken by...
  11. Nicholas Kang

    News Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Flight From Spaceport America

    She made it solo over New Mexico! Virgin Galactic Article: Virgin Galactic on Twitter: "Watch SpaceShipTwo Unity fly freely in New Mexico airspace for the first time...
  12. Nicholas Kang

    Updates Artemis Program Updates & Discussions

    Not sure what are all of your thoughts, do you guys plan to make this a discussion and update thread? If this is the case, I will update the thread title to better reflect this. Anyway, here is the complete news: Press release...
  13. Nicholas Kang

    Discussion Spaceflight Video Thread

    Summarized history of Soyuz Summarized history of Soyuz, found it when I visited NSF and I think it would be a good idea to share here. Audio in French, but English subtitles are available. Quite informative, especially the part regarding the timeline of the rocket family development. Oh...
  14. Nicholas Kang

    Updates Orbital ATK OmegA Rocket Updates

    Some updates: Northrop Grumman had test-fired both the first and second stage of the rocket on May 30, 2019, and on February 27, 2020 respectively. And the good news is, the company said data from first and second stage static fires supports hardware production for OmegA’s first certification...
  15. Nicholas Kang

    News Dream Chaser Wings Arrived at Colorado For Assembly

    An important milestone! :thumbup: Press release available here. Blog post available here.
  16. Nicholas Kang

    News 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Not sure why no one mentioned it here. She's now 30 years old (2 days ago)! Hubble’s 30th Anniversary Image - YouTube Ever wonder what did HST see on your birthday? Check out the link...
  17. Nicholas Kang

    Updates Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: NASA's LADEE lunar orbiter mission

    Interesting! Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon
  18. Nicholas Kang

    Updates Space IL Mission - First Private Lunar Landing

    And entered lunar orbit! SpaceIL - Maneuver Lunar Capture - YouTube Source: (P.S.: I think SpaceIL mission deserves a thread of its own. I plan to start a new thread for the mission by combining several posts pertaining to the mission from this thread. Feel free to...
  19. Nicholas Kang

    Updates Boeing's CST-100 Starliner

    Delay again! This time till August! Boeing delays Starliner test flights Boeing's Starliner prepares for acoustic testing at Boeing's spacecraft test facilities in El Segundo, California. This vehicle, known as Spacecraft 2, will fly Starliner's Crew Flight Test after it returns to Florida...
  20. Nicholas Kang

    Updates InSight mission news and updates

    First instrument placed on Mars! NASA's InSight lander placed its seismometer on Mars on Dec. 19, 2018. This was the first time a seismometer had ever been placed onto the surface of another planet. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech This set of images from the Instrument Deployment Camera shows...