SpaceX eyes a few Starlink launches in July
A SpaceX drone ship has gone to the sea for the first of up to five Starlink launches planned in July.
Drone ship Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) was towed out of Port Canaveral, Florida on July 2nd, moving setting up SpaceX for its first launch of the second half of 2022. Headed around 664 kilometers (~413 mi) upper east into the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-autonomous modified barge is scheduled to help the Falcon 9 booster recovery portion of SpaceX’s 49th dedicated Starlink launch.
Several postponements and a pad change, launch photographer artist Ben Cooper reports that Starlink 4-21 – one more batch of roughly 53 Starlink V1.5 satellites – is scheduled to launch from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) LC-40 cushion no sooner than (NET) 9am EDT (13:00 UTC), give or take, on Thursday, July 7th.
The mission will be drone ship JRTI’s 37th Falcon booster recovery attempt and, assuming that successful, its 34th consecutively successful booster landing since January 2017. Ideally going along with it in one piece will be Falcon 9 B1058, which will become the second sponsor to attempt a 13th orbital-class launch and landing when it takes off with Starlink 4-21 later this week. Hawk 9 B1060 turned into the first liquid rocket booster to finish 13 launches on June 17th.
Starlink 4-21 is the first of up to five Starlink launches purportedly planned July and was initially intended to launch from Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39A pad as soon as June 26th after SpaceX and NASA chose to fundamentally defer a Dragon launch intended to use a similar pad. SpaceX later decided to defer Starlink 4-21 to July 7th and shift it to LC-40 – a move probably intended to let free up Pad 39A for the postponed Dragon’s most recent mid-July launch target.
SpaceX has kept LC-40 perseveringly busy for the first half of 2022 and the pad hasn’t had over three weeks of break between launches since December 2021. It likewise supported consecutive launches on June 19th and 29th, probable explaining Starlink 4-21’s ~10-day delay.
LC-40 will track down no rest in July, all things considered. After Starlink 4-21, Next Spaceflight reports that SpaceX expects to launch Starlink 4-22 and 4-25 from LC-40 or Pad 39A not long after Cargo Dragon’s deferred CRS-25 space station resupply mission takes off around July 14th. On the West Coast, SpaceX will purportedly start launching an entirely different shell of polar-orbiting Starlink satellites with Starlink 3-1 on July 10th and, while improbable after the first mission’s new postponements, Starlink 3-2 before the end of the month.
Four people return to Earth in NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 as it splashes down
The SpaceX capsule, dubbed Endurance, splashed safely down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, at 9:02 pm EST (7:32 am as per Indian standard time), returning two Nasa astronauts, one Japanese astronaut, and one Russian cosmonaut after 157 days in space.
On Saturday, the spaceship carrying the four men from NASA and SpaceX’s five-month Crew-5 mission splashed down off the coast of Florida. They had just returned safely from the International Space Station (ISS).
According to a Nasa blog post, the SpaceX spacecraft, called Endurance, safely descended into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, at 9:02 pm EST (7:32 am in India), returning two NASA astronauts, one Japanese astronaut, and one Russian cosmonaut after spending 157 days in space.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 team, which also consists of four people—NASA astronauts Warren Hoburg and Stephen Bowen, UAE astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev—will complete the mission.
A few minutes before takeoff, SpaceX cancels the Crew-6 flight
By the Science Desk of India Today: On Monday, four astronauts will be sent to the International Space Station by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The four astronauts will go to the flying laboratory on the Crew Dragon spacecraft for a six-month mission.
In addition to Sultan Alneyadi of the United Arab Emirates and Andrey Fedyaev of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg of NASA will spend six months doing research in the flying laboratory.
On Musk’s spaceship, a Russian astronaut is being sent into orbit for the second time, but this is the first time an Arab astronaut is participating in the trip.
The astronauts will participate in a number of human physiology experiments and technology advancements targeted at improving future space flight throughout their six-month stay. The experiments are intended to provide a better understanding of the body’s limitations during space travel.
Deep radio surveys are used by astronomers to find “Elusive Dying Radio Galaxies”
The finding will aid astronomers in their understanding of the variables governing the evolution of dying radio galaxies and in determining how much energy these fading sources replenish in their host galaxies and the intergalactic medium.
Pune: Using some of the most potent radio telescopes in the world, including the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Khodad, Pune, a team of astronomers from the National Centre of Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, and University of Oxford has discovered several “elusive dying radio galaxies.”
The finding will assist astronomers in understanding the parameters that control the evolution of dying radio galaxies and in estimating the energy that these sources contribute to their host galaxies and the intergalactic medium. The study emphasises the value of merging data from huge radio telescopes that operate in many frequency ranges. According to the researchers, their study will also act as a testing ground for research done in the future using the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, the largest radio interferometric array telescope that will be constructed by an international partnership that includes India.
Wadadekar stated, “Researchers employed deep multi-frequency radio surveys carried out with the GMRT in India, the low frequency array (LOFAR) telescope in the Netherlands, and the very large array (VLA) in the United States to detect fading radio galaxies. They were able to recognise almost two dozen radio galaxies that displayed relic emission from lobes without AGN activity by examining the pictures and spectra of a large number of radio galaxies. The XMM-Newton Large Scale Structure (XMM-LSS) extragalactic field searched a 12-square-degree area of the sky for these fading galaxies.
Contrary to earlier studies, sensitive observations allowed researchers to uncover a far larger density of leftover sources than anticipated. They were able to locate host galaxies and large-scale environments where residual sources are found thanks to the 8.5m Subaru telescope’s extensive optical survey, Wadadekar added.
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