SpaceX will launch a private mission to land on the moon for a Japanese company, China will send a new crew to its space station, and ABL Space Systems is hoping the third time is a spell for its RS1 rocket as a busy month comes to an end.
Ten launches are planned for the next eight days from five different nations until 19 November. 29. The list includes four launches from the United States, three from China and one each from French Guiana, India and Russia.
Nov. 21 – 30, 2022
|Date||Launcher-Organization||Payload: organization||scope||Start site|
|Nov. 21||RS1–ABL space||VariSat 1A, 1B – VariSat||Technical demonstration||PSC-Alaska|
|November 21st||Falcon 9 – SpaceX||Eutelsat 10B – Eutelsat||GEO Comsat||Chief Canaveral|
|Nov. 22||Falcon 9 – SpaceX||Cargo Dragon (CRS-26) – SpaceX||ISS refueling + rideshare (see below)||Kennedy|
|Nov. 24||Long March 2D – CASC+||Yaogan 36-03A, 03B, 03C – CAS No||Reconnaissance||Xihang|
|Nov. 25||Vega C – Arianespace||Pléiades Neo 5, Pléiades Neo 6 – Airbus Defense and Space||Earth observation||Kouro|
|Nov. 25||Long March 11 – CASC+||Centispace 1-S7, S8 – Beijing’s Navigation Technology of the Future||Navigation||Xihang|
|Nov. 26||PSLV–ISRO*||EOS-06 (Oceansat-3) – ISRO*||Oceanography + rideshare (see below)||Satish Dhawan|
|Nov. 27||Soyuz-2.1b – RVSN RF~||GLONASS-M 761 – VKS&||Navigation||Plesetsk|
|Nov. 28||Falcon 9 – SpaceX||Hakuto-R, Rashid, Moon Torch – Miscellaneous (see below)||Lunar Landers, Rovers, Orbiters – Various (see below)||Chief Canaveral|
|Nov. 29||Long march 2F – CASC+||Shenzhou 15 – CMSA^||Tiangong crew||Jiuquan|
# Chinese Academy of Sciences
+ China Aerospace and Science Corporation
^ Manned Chinese Space Agency
~ Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation
& Russian Aerospace Forces
Two launches are scheduled for today and one for Tuesday. ABL Space Systems will attempt to launch its RS1 rocket on its maiden flight from the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska after two failed attempts last week.
ABL Space has a launch window that runs from 1am – 4am AKST (5pm – 8pm EST/10pm – 1am UTC). The company will not webcast the launch.
SpaceX plans to launch the Eutelsat 10B geosynchronous communications satellite for Eutelsat. Launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida is scheduled for 9:57 pm EST (02:57 UTC on Tuesday).
SpaceX also plans to launch a Cargo Dragon vehicle to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday at 3:54 PM EST (8:54 PM UTC).
SpaceX CRS-26 secondary payloads
|MARIO||Technical demonstration||University of Michigan||United States of America|
|ORCASat||Adaptive optics calibration||University of Victoria||Canada|
|petitSat||ionospheric research||NASA Godard||United States of America|
|SPORT||Technical demonstration||Marshall-INPE of NASA*/ITA+||USA-Brazil|
|TJ REVERB||Technical demonstration||TJHSST||United States of America|
+Technological Institute of Aeronautics
The CRS-26 mission will also carry six CubeSats for deployment from the space station.
A private lunar mission
A SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch ispace’s Hakuto-R lander to the moon on Nov. 29. 28 at 3:46 am EST (08:46 am UTC). The lander will carry 30 kg (69 lbs) of commercial and government payloads, including cameras, technology demonstrations, to the moon, the UAE Rashid rover and a transformable Japanese robot.
Rashid is a collaboration of the UAE Space Agency and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. The rover is equipped with a microscopic camera, a thermal imaging camera and a Langmuir probe that will study lunar plasma in an attempt to find out why lunar dust is sticky.
The Japanese transformable robot is designed to move on the surface to collect data for the design of a pressurized manned rover. The robot was jointly developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), TOMY Company, Sony Group Corporation and Doshisha University.
NASA’s Lunar Flashlight orbiter will use a laser to search for water ice in permanently shaded areas of the moon. The 6U CubeSat was developed by a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Falcon 9 lunar mission
|Rashid||Lunar rover||United Arab Emirates*/MBRSC+||United Arab Emirates|
|transformable robots||Lunar rover||JAXA extension^||Japan|
|Lunar torch||Lunar orbiter||NASA||United States of America|
+ Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center
^ Japan Agency for Aerospace Exploration
There is more information about the mission here.
New Tiangong team
China is scheduled to launch three taikonauts for a six-month mission aboard the Tiangong space station on Nov. 2. 29. The as yet unidentified crew of Shenzhou 15 will be the fourth crew to occupy the orbiting laboratory.
The taikonauts will join the current crew of Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe for the station’s first handover. Tiangong was left empty for periods of time after the first and second crew missions were completed.
Dong, Yang and Xuzhe launched aboard Shenzhou 14 on 5 June. They will return to Earth in early December after six months in space.
China has two launches scheduled this week. On Nov. On January 24, a Long March 2D will launch the reconnaissance satellites Yaogan 36-03A, Yaogan 03B and Yaogan 03C for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The launch will be conducted from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The next day is a Long March 11 for the launch of the navigation satellites Centispace 1-S7 and Centispace 1-S8 from Xichang for Beijing Future Navigation Technology.
The Vega C rocket will make its second flight from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana on November 29. 25. The Pléiades Neo 5 and Pléiades Neo 6 satellites will complete the Airbus Defense and Space Earth Observation constellation. Vega_C had a successful maiden flight in July.
An Indian PSLV booster will launch oceanographic satellite EOS-06 (Oceansat-3) on 29 November. 26. The mission will include five secondary payloads.
Launch of PSLV Ridesharing
|Astrocasts (4)||Internet of things||Astrocast||Swiss|
|Sat Bhutan (INS-2B)||Technical demonstration||Bhutan DITT*||Bhutan|
|Pixel TD-1 Anand||Earth observation||Pixels||India|
|tibolone 1, 2||Technical demonstration||Dhruva space||India|
A Soyuz-2.1b booster is expected to launch the GLONASS-M 761 navigation satellite from Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 29 November. 27.