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    AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
    ANS-070

    In this edition:

    * SpaceX's Transporter-10 Successfully Launches Over Fifty Satellites
    * Vostochny Spaceport Sends Meteor-M2-4 Weather Satellite Into Orbit
    * NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 Launches to International Space Station
    * GridMasterMap Satellite Top 100 Rovers March 2024 Rankings
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 8, 2024
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-070 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    To: All RADIO AMATEURS
    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE 2024 Mar 10

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    SpaceX's Transporter-10 Successfully Launches Over Fifty Satellites

    SpaceX successfully executed its tenth Transporter rideshare mission, showc asing the continued high demand for satellite deployment services. The flaw less launch took place at Vandenberg Space Force Base, on March 4th at 5:05
    p.m. EST, where a Falcon 9 rocket carried 53 small satellites into orbit. While this success underscores the persistent need for such services from s atellite developers, it also brings attention to emerging challenges in mai ntaining space situational awareness.

    Among the diverse payloads was SONATE-2, a 6U+ CubeSat developed by the Uni versity of Wuerzburg in Germany. This satellite serves as a technology demo nstration for artificial intelligence hardware, software, and machine learn
    ing techniques, coupled with an educational component through the DLR Schoo
    l Lab. SONATE-2's amateur payload includes a VHF transceiver and an AI payl
    oad with optical sensors, providing regular SSTV downlinks, an APRS digipea ter, and CW beacon.

    The mission aims to engage students in aerospace and computer science engin eering programs, offering practical skills and participation in satellite o perations. SONATE-2 reported successful operation, with over 1000 telemetry
    frames downloaded in the first day post-launch, indicating a safe and stab
    le state of the satellite. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/SpaceX-Transpor ter-10-Stack.jpg]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/0 3/SpaceX-Transporter-10-Stack.jpg>
    The SpaceX Transporter-10 Payload Stack. Annotations by https://twitter.com /GewoonLukas_ [Credit: SpaceX]

    However, the CroCube mission faced a slight setback, with the first Croatia
    n satellite now scheduled for launch on Transporter-11 in June 2024. This d ecision, prompted by tightened technical conditions set by Exolaunch and Sp aceX, aims to ensure project criteria are met, minimizing risks. CroCube, a
    1U CubeSat designed for amateur radio and Earth surface imaging, sees this
    delay as an opportunity to focus on key activities, including ground stati
    on completion, mission promotion, educational events, and finalizing the fi nancial structure.

    The Transporter-10 mission also witnessed the deployment of various payload
    s from different companies, showcasing innovation in satellite inspection, proximity operations, and technology testing. Notable deployments include S pire's Lemur CubeSats, Iceye's radar mapping satellites, and Satellogic's i maging satellite. Lynk Global, in the process of going public, launched two
    satellites to fund its direct-to-device constellation development. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Sonate-2_Satell ite.png]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Sonate- 2_Satellite.png>
    SONATE-2 is Equipped with Amateur Radio SSTV, Digipeater, and CW Beacon. [C redit: University of Wrzburg]

    Startups such as Unseenlabs, Loft Orbital, Atomos Space, True Anomaly, Quan
    tum Space, and Sidus Space seized the opportunity, deploying their first sa tellites. This diverse array of payloads highlights the industry's commitme
    nt to pushing boundaries in space exploration. Another notable payload, Met haneSAT, developed by Ball Aerospace for the Environmental Defense Fund, ai
    ms to track global methane emissions with high-resolution precision, contri buting to environmental monitoring efforts.

    Despite the success of Transporter-10, challenges in space situational awar eness have surfaced. Owen Marshall of LeoLabs highlighted a degradation in cataloging objects after launch, particularly in rideshare missions where t
    he median catalog time can exceed two weeks. This delay poses risks to sate llite operators' communication capabilities, emphasizing the need for enhan
    ced tracking capabilities in the era of growing satellite deployments.

    As the space industry evolves, addressing these challenges becomes crucial
    to ensure the sustainability and safety of activities in Earth's orbit. The
    success of SpaceX's Transporter-10 mission underscores the industry's vita lity, but the spotlight on emerging challenges signals the need for continu
    al innovation and collaboration to navigate the complexities of our expandi
    ng presence in space.

    [ANS thanks Jeff Foust, SpaceNews, for the above information]

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    Vostochny Spaceport Sends Meteor-M2-4 Weather Satellite Into Orbit

    On February 29, 2024, the Vostochny spaceport witnessed the successful laun
    ch of a Soyuz-2-1b rocket, inaugurating the first mission of the year from
    this spaceport. On board was the Meteor-M2-4 weather spacecraft, a notable addition to the Meteor-M series, alongside several secondary payloads, incl uding an Iranian micro-satellite dedicated to Earth observation.

    Developed by the Moscow-based VNIIEM Corporation, Meteor-M2-4, weighing nea
    rly three tons, boasts advanced instruments designed for comprehensive moni toring of global weather patterns, the ozone layer, ocean surface temperatu
    re, and ice conditions. Recognized for its military applications by the Rus sian space agency, Roscosmos, this mission marked a significant stride in s pace exploration.

    Meteor-M2-4 encountered delays in its journey, originally slated for a Dece mber 26, 2023 launch. However, due to multiple rescheduling, the liftoff fi nally took place on February 29, 2024. The spacecraft, delivered to the lau
    nch site on December 28, 2023, underwent meticulous preparations, including
    fueling and integration with the launch vehicle, ultimately culminating in
    a successful liftoff. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/SZ2.1b-MeteorM2 -4-Encapsulation-scaled.jpg]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/upl oads/2024/03/SZ2.1b-MeteorM2-4-Encapsulation-scaled.jpg>
    Meteor-M 2-4 Satellite / Secondary Payloads Encapsulated in Payload Fairing
    [Credit: Roscosmos]

    Following the standard ascent profile for Meteor satellites, the launch tra jectory headed northwest over eastern Russia, reaching a near-polar orbit w
    ith an inclination of approximately 98.57 degrees. The fairing protecting t
    he payload separated during the second stage operation, with subsequent sta
    ge separations carefully planned for safe impact zones in the Amur Region a
    nd the Sakha Republic.

    The Fregat upper stage took charge of the final payload deployment, executi
    ng precise maneuvers over the Arctic and Antarctica. Approximately 59 minut
    es and 46 seconds after liftoff, the Meteor-M2-4 satellite was successfully
    released, accomplishing its primary mission. The Fregat then proceeded to deploy the secondary payloads into their designated orbits. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Meteor-M2-4_Dav id_Trolinger_N5ZKK.jpg]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/ 2024/03/Meteor-M2-4_David_Trolinger_N5ZKK.jpg>
    Meteor M2-4 Image Decoded Using a Raspberry Pi 5 and SatDump by N5ZKK [Cred
    it: David Trolinger]

    The Russian Meteor M2-4 satellite commenced transmitting weather images wit
    hin the first day in orbit. Known for their accessibility to amateur users,
    Meteor M satellites operate around 137 MHz, making them receivable with a RTL-SDR dongle and suitable satellite antennas. The satellite also transmit
    s in the L-band, enabling reception with a 60cm or larger dish and motorize
    d or hand tracking. Unlike previous satellites in the series, M2-4 experien
    ced a smooth launch and deployment, with reports indicating excellent signa
    l strength and clear image reception in both VHF and L-band frequencies. Tw o-Line Elements (TLE's) and the SatDump decoding software (https://github.c om/SatDump/SatDump) have been updated to support Meteor M2-4, simplifying a ccess for enthusiasts through Github updates.

    Space historian Jonathan McDowell shared valuable insights into the flight,
    detailing each Fregat maneuver and its impact on the satellite cluster. Wh
    ile the majority of the secondary payloads adhered to the expected orbits, anomalies in the deployment of some SITRO satellites prompted further inves tigation. The launch of Meteor-M2-4 and its accompanying payloads stands as
    a noteworthy accomplishment for Russia's space program, contributing signi ficantly to global endeavors in weather monitoring, Earth observation, and satellite technology development.

    [ANS thanks Anatoly Zak, RussianSpaceWeb.com and RTL-SDR.com for the above information]

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    NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 Launches to International Space Station

    After overcoming multiple delays in the past few weeks, a diverse team of a stronauts lifted off into orbit late on a Sunday evening. NASA's SpaceX Cre
    w-8 mission achieved a flawless launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Ke nnedy Space Center in Florida at 10:53 p.m. EST on March 3rd, propelling fo
    ur astronauts toward the International Space Station (ISS).

    Marking the eighth collaboration between NASA and SpaceX for crew rotations
    , the Crew-8 mission embarked on a scientific journey to the ISS. The Crew-
    8 team is led by Commander Matthew Dominick, KCTOR, Pilot Michael Barrat
    t, KD5MIJ, Mission Specialist Jeanette Epps, KF5QNU, and Flight Engineer Al exander Grebenkin, RZ3DSE. Dominick, a first-time astronaut, will serve as
    a mission specialist during Expedition 70/71. Barratt, with two spaceflight
    s under his belt, brings valuable experience to the mission. Epps, NASA's f irst-time astronaut selected in 2009, plays a crucial role in monitoring th
    e spacecraft during dynamic flight phases. Grebenkin, on his inaugural spac
    e mission, serves as a flight engineer during Expeditions 70/71. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/SpaceX_Crew-8_F alcon_9.jpg]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Spa ceX_Crew-8_Falcon_9.jpg>
    Members of NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 Standing in Front of a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rock
    et [Credit: SpaceX]

    NASA Administrator Bill Nelson congratulated NASA and SpaceX, stating, "On
    this eighth crew rotation mission, we are once again showing the strength o
    f our commercial partnerships and American ingenuity that will propel us fu rther in the cosmos." The crew's mission aboard the ISS involves conducting
    over 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations to support spac
    e exploration and benefit humanity on Earth.

    The Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, autonomously docked with the forwar
    d port of the station's Harmony module under the vigilant watch of SpaceX a
    nd NASA mission control centers in Hawthorne, California, and Houston, Texa
    s. The successful docking occurred on Tuesday, March 5th, at 2:28 a.m. EST
    over the central North Atlantic.

    Crew-8's arrival at the ISS expands the existing Expedition 70 crew, compri sing astronauts from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and Roscosmos. With the temporary add ition of Crew-8 members, the ISS will briefly host eleven individuals until
    the return of Crew-7 members a few days later. [https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/SpaceX_Crew-8_A rrive_ISS.jpg]<https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/S paceX_Crew-8_Arrive_ISS.jpg>
    Current Crew of International Space Station until Crew-7 Departs on March 1
    0 [Credit: NASA TV]

    Beyond the space environment, Crew-8 aims to conduct various scientific exp eriments to advance human exploration beyond low Earth orbit and address ch allenges faced by humanity on Earth. These experiments include studies on b rain organoids to understand neurodegenerative disorders, the effects of mi crogravity on plant growth, and shifts in body fluids during spaceflight.

    The ISS continues to serve as a crucial platform for research and developme
    nt, with NASA's commitment to maximizing its utility. Research conducted on board not only benefits life on Earth but also lays the groundwork for futu
    re missions, such as NASA's Artemis program, aimed at returning humans to t
    he Moon and beyond.

    [ANS thanks NASA for the above information]

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    GridMasterMap Satellite Top 100 Rovers March 2024 Rankings

    The March 2024 rankings for the Top 100 Rovers (Mixed LEO/MEO/GEO) in satel lite operations, as determined by @GridMasterMap<https://twitter.com/GridMa sterMap> on Twitter, has been released. The ranking is determined by the nu mber of grids and DXCC entities activated, taking into account only those g rids where a minimum number of QSOs logged on the gridmaster.fr<http://grid master.fr/> website have been validated by a third party. Grid numbers do n
    ot directly reflect the exact number of activations. Satellite operators ar
    e encouraged to upload their LoTW satellite contacts to https://gridmaster. fr<https://gridmaster.fr/> in order to provide more accurate data.

    Updated: 2024-03-06
    1
    ND9M
    26
    N5BO
    51
    SP5XSD
    76
    N4AKV
    2
    NJ7H
    27
    K8BL
    52
    AD7DB
    77
    DF2ET
    3
    JA9KRO
    28
    LU5ILA
    53
    F4DXV
    78
    YU0W
    4
    N5UC
    29
    KE4AL
    54
    JL3RNZ
    79
    DL4EA
    5
    UT1FG
    30
    DL2GRC
    55
    KE9AJ
    80
    KJ7NDY
    6
    OE3SEU
    31
    VE3HLS
    56
    KI7QEK
    81
    N4DCW
    7
    WI7P
    32
    KB5FHK
    57
    N8RO
    82
    WA9JBQ
    8
    DL6AP
    33
    KI7UNJ
    58
    XE1ET
    83
    N0TEL
    9
    HA3FOK
    34
    LA9XGA
    59
    VE1CWJ
    84
    VE3GOP
    10
    N6UA
    35
    F4BKV
    60
    KM4LAO
    85
    KI0KB
    11
    K5ZM
    36
    N7AGF
    61
    PA3GAN
    86
    KB2YSI
    12
    N9IP
    37
    JO2ASQ
    62
    N4UFO
    87
    JM1CAX
    13
    WY7AA
    38
    XE3DX
    63
    SM3NRY
    88
    CU2ZG
    14
    W5PFG
    39
    K7TAB
    64
    W1AW
    89
    K0FFY
    15
    AD0DX
    40
    KE0PBR
    65
    VA7LM
    90
    KG4AKV
    16
    AK8CW
    41
    KE0WPA
    66
    VA3VGR
    91
    HB9GWJ
    17
    DP0POL
    42
    PR8KW
    67
    PT2AP
    92
    W8MTB
    18
    WD9EWK
    43
    AC0RA
    68
    M1DDD
    93
    VE7PTN
    19
    AD0HJ
    44
    N6DNM
    69
    AA8CH
    94
    DK9JC
    20
    ON4AUC
    45
    EB1AO
    70
    LU4JVE
    95
    AF5CC
    21
    KG5CCI
    46
    JK2XXK
    71
    VE1VOX
    96
    K6VHF
    22
    KX9X
    47
    W7WGC
    72
    FG8OJ
    97
    VE6WK
    23
    ND0C
    48
    EA4NF
    73
    PT9BM
    98
    N6UTC
    24
    F5VMJ
    49
    VK5DG
    74
    KI7UXT
    99
    PT9ST
    25
    DJ8MS
    50
    AA5PK
    75
    W8LR
    100
    VO2AC

    [ANS thanks @GridMasterMap for the above information]

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    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 8, 2024

    Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps
    in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly u pdates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. Elements in the
    TLE bulletin files are updated daily. TLE bulletin files are updated to ad
    d or remove satellites as necessary Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or m
    ore frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More informati
    on may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources.

    CUBEL-1 NORAD Cat ID 49017 Decayed from orbit on or about 06 February 2024

    [ANS thanks AMSAT Orbital Elements page for the above information]

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    ARISS NEWS

    Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amat eurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts
    and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink freque
    ncy on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

    ARISS Celebration at Kennedy Space Center Interview with Randy Berger WA
    D

    ARISS-USA Director of Engineering, Randy Berger, WAD, recently spoke to
    ARISS fan Michael Randazzo, KO4PDI. They covered Ham Radio gear on the ISS
    and more. See the interview at Michael's YouTube channel: https://www.youtu be.com/watch?vdW_mhbUew

    + Recently Completed Contacts

    "IES Pedro Simn" Abril High School, Alcaraz, Spain, telebridge via K6DUE
    The ISS callsign was NA1SS
    The scheduled crewmember was Loral O'Hara KI5TOM
    The ARISS mentor was IKUSO
    Contact successful: Mon 2024-03-04 11:21:02 UTC
    Watch for Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?vgk4YZT5w4

    + Upcoming Contacts

    No upcoming contacts scheduled

    As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS radios
    are turned off as part of the safety protocol.

    The crossband repeater continues to be active (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437 .800 MHz down). If any crewmember is so inclined, all they have to do is pi
    ck up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk on the crossband repeat
    er. So give a listen, you just never know.

    The Service Module radio is currently misconfigured. SSTV radio is currentl
    y stowed.

    Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your own orb ital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed time.

    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ar iss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html<https://gridmaster.fr/>

    The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org /contact-the-iss.html

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors f
    or the above information]

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    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    PJ2, CURACAO: Andreas, DK5ON, is going to pay a visit to Curacao from March
    11 to 27. QRV as PJ2/DK5ON on 80-6m, maybe also on 160m and via satellites
    , on CW, SSB, FT4/8. QSL via DK5ON (d/B), ClubLog OQRS, LoTW. Thanks to DX
    NL DARC DX Newsletter March 6, 2024 (http://www.darcdxhf.de<http://www.darc dxhf.de/>).

    NOIRMOUTIER ISLAND SAT DXPEDITION 2024
    F4DXV Jrme (@F4DXV<https://twitter.com/F4DXV>) and EA4NF Philippe (@E A4NF_SAT<https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT>) announced that they will be activa ting Noirmoutier Island EU-064 IN86 from April 1 to 4, 2024 with the speci
    al callsign TM4J
    This International DXpedition is the 1st 100% SAT from this French island:
    GEO (QO-100) MEO (GREENCUBE IO-117) LEO (FM+SSB)
    Updates available on @TM4J_SAT<https://twitter.com/TM4J_SAT>

    A growing number of satellite rovers are currently engaged in sharing their
    grid square activations on https://hams.at<https://hams.at/>. By visiting
    the website, you gain easy access to comprehensive information about the op erators responsible for activating specific grid squares. Additionally, you
    have the ability to assess the match score between yourself and a particul
    ar rover for a given pass, while also being able to identify the upcoming s atellite passes that are accessible from your location.

    [ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, AMSAT Rover Page Manager, for the above info rmation]

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    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests,
    conventions, maker faires, and other events.

    AMSAT-Francophone Seventh Amateur Radio Space Meeting
    Saturday March 16th - Sunday March 17th
    Electrolab Hackerspace Nanterre
    52 Rue Paul Lescop
    92000 Nanterre, France
    https://site.amsat-f.org/

    JAMSAT Symposium 2024
    Saturday March 23rd - Sunday March 24th
    Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama
    3-4 Hiromichicho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo Ward
    Sagano, Kyoto, Japan
    https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p$46

    2024 CubeSat Developer's Workshop
    Tuesday April 23rd - Thursday April 25th
    Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
    https://www.cubesatdw.org/

    Dayton Hamvention 2024
    Friday May 17th - Sunday May 19th
    Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
    120 Fairground Road
    Xenia, OH 45385
    https://hamvention.org<https://hamvention.org/>

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    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Congratulations to both Eddy Schebesta, OE3SEU, and Paulo Bauer Jorge, F5 VMJ, for their outstanding achievements in providing satellite contacts! Ed
    dy has achieved an impressive 132 grid squares, earning him the AMSAT VUCC/
    r Award #13, while Paulo has excelled with contacts from 102 grid squares, earning him AMSAT VUCC/r Award #14. The Reverse VUCC or VUCC/r Award, origi nally introduced by the Central States VHF Society and now carried on by AM SAT, recognizes the dedication of satellite rovers like Eddy and Paulo. For
    more information about this prestigious award, you can visit the AMSAT web site at https://www.amsat.org/reverse-vucc-or-vucc-r-award. Keep on roving,
    Eddy and Paulo, and continue to inspire others in the AMSAT community with
    your remarkable achievements! (ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Direct
    or of Contests and Awards for the above information)

    + NASA will broadcast live coverage of SpaceX Crew-7's return to Earth from
    the International Space Station on March 10. The coverage will commence wi
    th a change-of-command ceremony at 11:55 a.m. EDT. Astronauts Jasmin Moghbe
    li, Andreas Mogensen, Satoshi Furukawa, and Konstantin Borisov will conclud
    e their nearly six-month science mission. Weather permitting, the SpaceX Dr agon spacecraft is set to undock on March 11 at 11:05 a.m., with splashdown
    targeted for as early as 5:35 a.m. on March 12 off the Florida coast. The
    live coverage will be available on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, an
    d the agency's website, featuring farewell remarks, hatch closure, undockin
    g, and splashdown events, as well as a media teleconference on March 12 wit
    h key participants. (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + SpaceX is aiming for the third test flight of its Starship rocket on Marc
    h 14, as announced through a post on the X platform. The Starship vehicle c omprises a stainless-steel reusable upper stage, also known as Starship, an
    d a Super Heavy first-stage booster, standing over 400 feet tall together.
    A recent critical fueling test at the Starbase facility in Texas involved p umping over 10 million pounds of liquid methane and liquid oxygen into the rocket. The upcoming launch follows two previous test flights in April 2023
    and November 2023, where Starship faced issues like failure to separate fr
    om the first-stage booster and a subsequent explosion of the Super Heavy. A fter the second test, the FAA identified seventeen corrective actions, all
    of which SpaceX claims to have completed, addressing issues related to leak
    reduction, fire protection, and propellant vent operations. The Starship a
    nd Super Heavy, designed for full reusability, are pivotal for NASA's Artem
    is 3 mission to land astronauts on the moon by 2026. (ANS thanks Brett Ting ley, Space.com, for the above information)

    + NASA has identified a growing air leak on the International Space Station
    (ISS) located at the end of the Russian service module. The leak, situated
    in Russia's Zvezda service module, initially released one pound of air per
    day but accelerated to over two pounds daily in early February. Despite th
    e increased rate, NASA assures that it does not currently jeopardize the sa fety of the ISS crew or impact the station's operations. Collaboration betw
    een the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada is underway to add ress the situation. Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, confirms ongoing m onitoring and asserts that there is no immediate threat to the crew or the station itself. The leak is in a three-foot-long area and has prompted prec autionary measures, including sealing off the affected vestibule to mitigat
    e further air loss from the rest of the space station. (ANS thanks Will Sul livan, Smithsonian Magazine, for the above information)

    + The inaugural components for Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket have reached th
    e port of Pariacabo in Kourou, French Guiana, transported by the container ship, Canope. Manufactured across Europe, the central core arrived on Ca nope, which uses sails to reduce emissions and save up to 30% on fuel du
    ring its 10-day, 7,000 km journey. The rocket's stages were produced in var ious European locations, with the main engine and stage integrated in Les M ureaux, France, and the upper stage and insulation in Bremen, Germany. Foll owing transport, the components were offloaded and taken to the Ariane 6 as sembly building, a few kilometers away, where they will undergo integration
    before liftoff. The boosters, already at Europe's Spaceport, are P120C sol
    id propulsion boosters similar to those used for the Vega-C rocket. The cen tral core will be assembled horizontally and then transported to the launch pad, where it will be erected, followed by the addition of boosters and the
    upper stage, with the goal of a summer launch for Flight Model-1. (ANS tha
    nks the European Space Agency for the above information)

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