SATELLITE CAPTURES SHADOW OF ECLIPSE CROSSING THE U.S. - As millions of Americans were looking up at the total solar eclipse, the GOES-16 weather satellite was looking down at the United States. The shadow - a corridor just 60 to 70 miles (96 to 113 kilometers) wide - came ashore in Oregon and then traveled diagonally across the heartland to South Carolina, with darkness from the totality lasting only about two to three wondrous minutes in any one spot.
The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were Central American and the top of South America. More
(Source: - Aug 22)
WHY AN ECLIPSE IS BETTER VIEWED FROM EARTH: AN ASTRONAUT'S PERSPECTIVE - In one day, we will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun over a large portion of the United States. This has not happened since 1979.
I remember observing part of a total eclipse when I was in grade school, back in 1970. The next day, I saw a newspaper article about a girl who became blind because she watched it for several minutes without any eye protection (when the sun was not totally obscured). Her mother came into her room and caught her, and made her stop. More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 22)
ORS-5 SATELLITE PREPPED FOR LAUNCH - With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded Aug. 17, the Air Force's Operational Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite is now ready for its journey to equatorial orbit from Space Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It is scheduled for launch on Aug. 25 during a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:15 p.m., EDT, after being stacked and mated atop a five-stage Orbital ATK Minotaur IV launch vehicle.
ORS-5, also known as SensorSat, was encapsulated Aug. 11 at the Astrotech Space Operations Florida processing facility in preparation for its upcoming launch. Encapsulation of ORS-5 marked the satellite's completion of all major testing prior to transfer to LC-46. More
(Source: Space Daily - Aug 21)
EYES ON THE GROUND: NOAA SATELLITES FOCUSED ON THE GROUND DURING ECLIPSE - While nearly everyone else will have their eyes focused up in the air during Monday’s eclipse, scientists with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will have their weather satellites focused on the ground.
“We’ll be using those to track and acquire imagery of the moon’s shadow as it crosses across the United States,” said Vanessa Griffin, the director of satellite operations for NOAA. More
(Source: WTOP - Aug 21)
JAPAN LAUNCHES SATELLITE FOR ADVANCED GPS OPERATION - Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said.
The launch of Japan's third geo-positioning satellite is part of its plan to build a version of the U.S. global positioning system (GPS) to offer location information used for autopiloting and possible national security purposes.
The government postponed the launch a week ago because of a technical glitch. More
(Source: Reuters - Aug 20)
STATION CREW ENDS WEEK PREPARING FOR ECLIPSE 2017 - The Expedition 52 crew wrapped up a busy week on Friday with more science work, cargo unloading and cleanup after a Russian spacewalk on Thursday. They are also busy preparing for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on Monday with the chance at several unique views of the event.
The crew participated in several studies including Vascular Echo Ultrasound, a Canadian Space Agency investigation that examines changes in blood vessels and the heart while the crew members are in space. More
(Source: NASA - Aug 20)
ATLAS 5 ROCKET DELIVERS NASA DATA ROUTER INTO SPACE FOR ASTRONAUTS AND SATELLITES - Bulking up NASA’s constellation of tracking stations in the sky that provides critical links between orbiting spacecraft and ground control, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket successfully deployed a new communications hub in space today.
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite series, a program that revolutionized mission operations for U.S. human spaceflight and robotic craft, is now in its fourth decade and this morning orbited its 12th satellite. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 19)
PROTON LAUNCHER TAKES OFF WITH DUAL-USE RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - A high-power Russian satellite designed to deliver broadband Internet connections and relay television and videoconferencing signals fired into orbit Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Destined to serve the Russian military and civilian customers, the first Blagovest communications satellite rode a Proton rocket into space at 2207 GMT (6:07 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, according to a statement released by ISS Reshetnev, the spacecraft’s manufacturer.
Liftoff occurred at 4:07 a.m. local time Thursday at Baikonur, a sprawling spaceport leased by the Russian government from Kazakhstan. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 18)
THIS NASA SATELLITE IS READY TO GO TO SPACE AFTER HAVING ITS BROKEN ANTENNA REPLACED - Tomorrow morning, a NASA communications satellite is scheduled to launch to space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on top of an Atlas V rocket made by the United Launch Alliance. The launch was slated for earlier this month, but was delayed after some equipment on the probe was broken during launch preparations. But now, the satellite, called TDRS-M, is ready to head to orbit, where it will join a fleet of other satellites crucial to NASA’s operations in space. More
(Source: The Verge - Aug 18)
STATION MANAGERS PUSH BACK NEXT CYGNUS CARGO FLIGHT TO NOVEMBER - NASA and Orbital ATK have agreed to schedule the launch of the next Cygnus supply ship for Nov. 10 from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a delay of a month from the mission’s earlier target launch date to allow the flight to carry more cargo to the International Space Station, officials said.
The new launch date also will allow time for station astronauts to complete three spacewalks in late October and early November to swap out a latching end effector on the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm and complete other maintenance tasks, according to Dan Hartman, NASA’s deputy space station program manager. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 18)
SPACEX DRAGON DELIVERS SUPPLIES (AND SCIENCE) TO SPACE STATION - A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Wednesday (Aug. 16), delivering 3 tons of supplies, experiments and even some ice cream for the orbiting lab's crew. The uncrewed Dragon spacecraft was captured by astronauts using the station's robotic arm at 6:52 a.m. EDT (1052 GMT) as the two spacecraft were flying over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand. More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 18)
RUSSIAN, INDIAN STUDENTS CREATING FRIENDSHIP SATELLITE
- Students from Space Kidz India (SKI) organizaiton and Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) have been creating a joint satellite, which will become a "friendship satellite," Space Kidz India founder Dr. Srimathy Kesan told TASS.
According to her, it will be the first satellite created by students and not by official space institutions. "This is a friendship satellite, designed by collaborative method by students from two non-governmental institutions, marking the friendship between the two countries," she said.
Russian space corporation considering joint projects with India, China — media
The Iskra-5 CubeSat 1U satellite, weighing 1.5 kilograms, will provide amateur communications, including transmission of images in SSTV format.
(Source: TASS - Aug 17)
NASA SCIENCE-ENABLING RELAY SATELLITE POISED FOR LAUNCH ATOP ATLAS 5 ROCKET - Resembling a cocooned insect with antennas and appendages tucked snuggly to its body for launch, NASA’s latest communications relay hub will be shot into space Friday to blossom in geosynchronous orbit for routing signals to and from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and three dozen science observatories.
The $408 million Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M, or TDRS-M, will be sent aloft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Liftoff from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral is scheduled for 8:03 a.m. EDT (1203 GMT). More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 16)
U.S. ARMY PREPARES TO LAUNCH KESTREL EYE SATELLITE ATOP FALCON 9 - The U.S. Army is set to launch its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite Aug. 14 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, service officials said last week at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium.
The Kestrel Eye satellite, built by Adcole Maryland Aerospace, is due to launch from Cape Canaveral as part of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, said during the symposium. More
(Source: SpaceMews - Aug 16)
SUCCESS! SPACEX LAUNCHES SUPERCOMPUTER TOWARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - About ten minutes after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, a Dragon spacecraft separated from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket -- beginning its two-day trek through orbital space to the space station.
Cargo missions are always packed with some interesting payloads -- typically several tons of experimental equipment, food and other provisions.
This mission will also deliver something the space station has never seen before: A supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, (HPE, Tech30) dubbed the "Spaceborne Computer." More
(Source: CNN - Aug 16)
SPACEX LAUNCHES NASA CARGO TO SPACE STATION, STICKS ROCKET LANDING (AGAIN) - One of the company's Falcon 9 rockets lifted off from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida today (Aug. 14) at 12:31 p.m. EDT (1631 GMT), sending a robotic Dragon cargo capsule on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.
Then, about 8 minutes after launch, the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 came back to Earth, touching down at SpaceX's "Landing Zone 1" at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which sits next door to KSC. More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 14)
SPACEX SET FOR SUPPLY RUN TO SPACE STATION ON MONDAY - The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday to carry supplies to the International Space Station kicks off an exceptionally busy few weeks in space, with a Russian spacewalk on tap Thursday, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 flight Friday, the 40th anniversary of the Voyager program's first launch on Sunday and a coast-to-coast solar eclipse the next day. More
(Source: CBS News - Aug 14)
SPACE STATION CREW TO GET THREE SHOTS AT SOLAR ECLIPSE - The International Space Station's crew will enjoy views of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse during three successive orbits, giving the astronauts a unique opportunity to take in the celestial show from 250 miles up as the moon's shadow races across from the Pacific Ocean and the continental United States before moving out over the Atlantic.
"Because we're going around the Earth every 90 minutes, about the time it takes the sun to cross the U.S., we'll get to see it three times," Randy Bresnik said Friday during a NASA Facebook session. More
(Source: CBS News - Aug 13)
BRITISH COMPANIES PLAN SMALL SATELLITE HOSTED PAYLOAD MISSION - A British small satellite manufacturer and a startup company are partnering on a mission to fly a series of smallsats carrying hosted payloads of varying sizes.
Faraday is a joint project of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) and In-Space Missions Ltd., a company founded in 2015 by former SSTL executives that provides spacecraft services and consulting. Faraday features a spacecraft developed by SSTL, with In-Space Missions offering accommodations on the spacecraft for payloads ranging from 50 kilograms down to individual circuit boards. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 13)