TWIRL 42: Russia set to send two space tourists to the space station

We’ve got a fairly busy week in space launches next week. Just months after Russia sent an actress and film director to space, it has said it will be delivering one cosmonaut and two space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS). We’ve also got a manned launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard which will … Read more

TWIRL 41: Galileo satellites set to be orbited by ‘Europeanised’ Soyuz 2.1b variant

This week we are due to see a tonne of satellite launch missions from various parts of the world. For those who prefer manned launches, you’re out of luck as there aren’t any. Among the satellites being launched, there are two Galileo satellites going up on a modified Soyuz 2.1b rocket and 53 Starlink satellites … Read more

TWIRL 40: NASA to launch its first planetary defence test mission

We’ve got five launches set to take place this week from various locations including China, America and Kazakhstan. The most interesting mission comes from NASA which will have SpaceX launch the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe which will impact an asteroid called Dimorphos next year. NASA is pitching the mission as its first planetary … Read more