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The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon or SLIM has been launched on top of an H-IIA rocket from Japan. The primary payload of the rocket is the XRISM telescope. The goal of the mission is to demonstrate the recession landing capabilities of Japan. The lander has a dry mass of only 120 kg but carries two small rovers.
The ISRO Chandrayaan-3 lander has safely landed on the lunar south pole. India is now the fourth nation to soft land on the moon and the first to do so on the lunar south pole.
The Luna 25 mission seems to have crashed during its attempt to land on the moon.
Luna 25 marks the first moon mission of Russia since the fall of the soviet union. The lander is expected to land at the end of August.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission launched by ISRO is a follow-up of the ill-fated Chandrayaan-2 moon mission which crashed in 2019. the lander has been updated based on the learnings from this mission and is set to land on the lunar south pole at the end of August.
The space rider uncrewed capsule has received the green light to continue with the testing of actual hardware. This includes drop testing of the 70 m2 parafoil main parachute.
The NASA sample return Osiris REX is scheduled to return on September 24th from the Astroid Bennu. This small capsule will land using a parachute in the Utah desert where it must be quickly returned to prevent contamination. These procedures have been practised last week in preparation for the landing operations.
Leading up to the first crewed flights of ISRO's Gaganyaan, the navy retrieval teams have completed their operational training in the water survival test facility in Kochi.
VARDA just launched on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. The goal of VARDA is to perform inflight manufacturing for customers. They launch on top of a third-party rocket.
After a period of about two years, Virgins Spaceship Two has returned to flight with a crew of four passengers and two pilots. This follows the test flight on the 26th of April with only pilots.
The Blue Origin moon lander has been selected as the second addition to the crewed moon lander, the first being the SpaceX Starship. The contract includes a single uncrewed demonstration lander and a crewed landing during the Artemis V mission set around 2029. Both moon landers have distinctly different architectures reducing the overall risk of the mission.
Space Forge in Cardiff, UK has developed an origami-based heat shield named Pridwen that will be tested with an actual atmospheric reentry from space. The shuttlecock-style Pridwen shield relies on radiation instead of ablation to remove unwanted heat. The company plans to capture satellites with a hover net and has developed Pridwen as part of a larger vision of in-orbit manufacturing of high-value goods. The first Pridwen heat shield is planned for flight aboard the company’s inaugural ForgeStar-1A mission later this year.
In a paper published today (https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/10115818) a follow-up on the ASPIRE flights. These sounding rocket missions help push the boundaries of parachutes for Martian exploration and further the general understanding of parachutes.
The parachute pack for Gaganyaan has been approved by ADRDE and is now handed over to ISRO for installation on the uncrewed test article..
The Ispace HAKUTO-R lander has not yet responded after the landing attempt. The team lost contact just before it reached the ground.
The landing date of the commercial HAKUTO-R lander has been announced to be the 25th of April this year. This will mark the first landing of a commercial lander and includes the first UAE lander.
The US company Relativly Space, known for their 3D printed rockets, has announced that their launcher Terran-R will not have a reusable upper stage. This increases the payload mass of the rocket with 3500 kg.
ISRO's reusable space plane has successfully completed landing tests. The small plane was dropped by a Chinook helicopter and touched down at 350 km/h after which a parachute slowed it down.
The Boeing Starliner Crewed Test Flight (CTF) has slipped to July 2023 due to delays in the certification of the parachute system. Boeing engineers have stressed that there is no issue with the parachute system, but they want to ensure the high reliability of the parachute system.
The commercial moon lander made by ISpace has safely entered Lunar orbit after a 100-day-long flight. The moon landing is now scheduled for April 2023. The lander includes the first UAE moon rover called the Emirates Lunar Mission.
The ISRO moon lander, Chandrayaan 3 has completed vibration and acoustic testing in preparation for the launch scheduled for June 2023. Chandrayaan 3 is the follow-up of the ill-fated Chandrayaan 2 mission which crashed in 2019
The Europan mars rover Rosalind Franklin has a new landing date. With a 30 million contribution from NASA, the project seems to have recovered and is now scheduled to land in 2028.
ISRO has completed rocket sled testing of the pilot chutes for the crewed Gaganyaan capsule These parachutes will ensure the safe extraction of the main parachutes. The tests were performed at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory. During these tests, the pilot chutes were deployed using a mortar system under high angles of attack. No information regarding the outcome of the tests was communicated.
ISRO, together with the Indian Navy has tested the procedures for the retrieval of Gaganyaan in the Navy's Water Survival Test Facility.
The Indian space agency ISRO announces the landing experiments of the Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator. During this experiment, the winged reusable launch vehicle will be released from a helicopter at about 2.4 km after which it will glide back to the landing site.