This past year saw an unexpected addition to the list of record-setting flights – Frank Rubio and the crew of MS-22’s stay on the International Space Station lasting 371 days.
With a rumble that has become routine, Falcon 9 lifted off on September 3rd, 2023 with Starlink 6-12, setting SpaceX’s new record for their number of launches in a given year.
On August 27th, 2023 at 9:16 AM Eastern Standard Time, Crew Dragon Endurance docked to the Zenith port of the Harmony Module of the International Space Station.
On the 7th of March, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the inaugural mission of their H3 rocket. Space Scout’s Scarlet Dominik takes a deep dive into the vehicle’s development.
Blue Origin made some noise in Huntsville, as the former Saturn V test stand, Test Stand 4670, saw its first firing from its new operators. The short test, which took place on August 3rd, lasted between 30 and 40 seconds according to locals who heard the test firing. It has yet to be confirmed if the test was a BE4 or BE3-U. This marked the first test firing on 4670 since 1998.
Boeing revealed to Business Insider that they were planning to target a March window for their first crewed flight of their Starliner capsule.
On August 4, at 09:52 UTC, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus, NG-19 S.S. Laurel Clark, was grappled by the International Space Station’s robotic arm, and subsequently berthed to the nadir (downward facing) port on the Unity Node.