Private Lunar Mission, New Tiangong Crew, RS1 Launch Makeover, ISS Resupply Flight & More – Parabolic Arc

RS1 rocket at Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska. (Credit: ABL Space Systems)

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.

Orbital launches
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
* Space Research Organization of India
# Chinese Academy of Sciences
+ China Aerospace and Science Corporation
^ Manned Chinese Space Agency
~ Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation
& Russian Aerospace Forces
Source: Wikipedia

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).

The SpaceX Dragon freighter departs the space station moments after undocking from the forward port of the Harmony module during an orbital sunrise. (Credit: NASA TV)

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

spaceship scope Organization Country/s
LORIS Education Dalhouse University Canada
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
*National Institute for Space Research
+Technological Institute of Aeronautics
Source: Wikipedia

The CRS-26 mission will also carry six CubeSats for deployment from the space station.

Lander Hakuto-R (Credit: ispace)

A private lunar mission

Rashid lunar rover (Credit: Wikieditsfxj)

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

spaceship scope Organization Country
Hakuto-R Lunar landing ispace Japan
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
* United Arab Emirates Space Agency
+ Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center
^ Japan Agency for Aerospace Exploration
Source: Wikipedia

There is more information about the mission here.

Chinese space station after assembly. (Credit: CASC)

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.

Vega-C takes off for its maiden flight on July 13, 2022. (Credit: Arianespace)

More launches

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

spaceship scope Organization Country
EOS-06 (Oceansat-3) Oceanography ISRO India
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
* Bhutan Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
Credit: Wikipedia

A Soyuz-2.1b booster is expected to launch the GLONASS-M 761 navigation satellite from Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 29 November. 27.

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