February 4, 2023

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Hello and welcome back to Max Q. I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving with their loved ones. As it was a holiday week this is an abridged version of the regular newsletter and I am writing it on Wednesday 23rd November. Before we get to the news, I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all Max Q subscribers. Without you, this would be literally and figuratively pointless.

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Orion Salutes the Moon Updates from ispace, Metaspectral and more

The Orion spacecraft made a historic flyby of the Moon last week, completing a key maneuver as part of its 25-day test flight. The spacecraft, which NASA hopes will eventually carry astronauts, was launched into orbit by the super-heavy Space Launch System earlier this month during the rocket’s maiden flight.

Orion’s journey is at the heart of the Artemis I mission. Artemis is the name NASA has given to its manned space program to the Moon, and (as the name suggests) this mission is the first of what the agency hopes will be many — as many as four in this decade alone . But before we launch astronauts, NASA is using this first mission to test the Orion capsule and make sure it’s safe to transport people.

What does Thanksgiving weekend hold for Orion? Well, quite a lot. Read more by clicking the link above.

Orion is scheduled to land on Earth on December 11th and that will be the capstone of the mission. During the return to Earth, NASA engineers will carefully monitor the performance of the spacecraft’s heat shield and other critical components. Once the capsule has landed in the Pacific, it is fished out and sent back to the agency for further inspection.

Orion captured this selfie when it was just 81 miles above the lunar surface. Photo credit: NASA

More news from TC and beyond

CAPSTONE officially entered its target orbit around the moon. The spacecraft will collect data in this orbit that could be crucial for future Artemis missions. (NASA) NASA has selected Rocket Lab as the new launch partner for the TROPICS missions. The two launches, each of which will put two satellites into orbit, are scheduled to depart from Virginia on May 1 at the earliest. (Eureka News Now) Rosotics, a 3D printing startup, completed a $750,000 pre-seed round to develop a more efficient 3D printer. (Payload) Rocket Lab has completed launch rehearsal for the upcoming Electron mission on December 7th. It will be the company’s first time launching a missile from US soil. (Rocket Lab) Starlink is available throughout Alaska and Canada. (SpaceX) Stells, a startup founded in 2021, is developing a rover called Mobile Power Rover (MPR-1) that would be able to power lunar spacecraft via wireless charging. (Eureka News Now) The US Space Force signed a cooperative research agreement, also known as CRADA, with Blue Origin for the development of the New Glenn rocket. (Satellite)

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