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NASA'S FLAGSHIP ROCKET FACES YET ANOTHER DELAY NASA'S FLAGSHIP ROCKET FACES YET ANOTHER DELAY - NASA is tentatively delaying the maiden voyage of its much ballyhooed Space Launch System (SLS) for the second time this year, saying it will not be ready for takeoff until perhaps 2020. The SLS has been in development since 2011. A heavy-lift rocket in combination with a crew capsule called the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the SLS lacks for nothing in ambition. NASA plans to the SLS to be 385 feet tall with it a liftoff weight of 6.5 million pounds. Its four RS-25 engines would provide enough power to keep eight 747s aloft, and at liftoff it would produce a thrust equivalent to 160,000 Corvette engines—15 percent stronger than the famed Saturn V that took Neil Armstrong to the Moon.   More
(Source: Popular Mechanics - Nov 23)


NANORACKS COMPLETES 13TH CUBESAT DEPLOYMENT MISSION FROM SPACE STATION NANORACKS COMPLETES 13TH CUBESAT DEPLOYMENT MISSION FROM SPACE STATION - Early this morning, NanoRacks successfully completed the Company’s 13th CubeSat deployment mission from the International Space Station. As these five CubeSats enter low-Earth orbit, this brings NanoRacks to 176 total CubeSats deployed into space via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). In total, the Company has deployed 193 satellites into space. Additionally, NanoRacks is pleased to share that this mission marks the first deployment of the industry standard 6U CubeSats in the 2U x 3U form factor from the NanoRacks ‘Doublewide’ Deployers. The 6U satellites deployed were EcAMSat, Dellingr, and ASTERIA.   More
(Source: NanoRacks - Nov 22)


ASTRONAUTS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING ABOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING ABOARD INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will share the Thanksgiving holiday together as a crew, and with family back on the ground via video conferencing, All six aboard will share a floating feast of mashed potatoes, turkey, cornbread dressing and candied yams. That is after hot water is added to rehydrate the food, tripling it in mass. NASA freeze dries foods like these in plastic pouches to extend shelf life and save weight.    More
(Source: WRAL.com - Nov 22)


CHINA LAUNCHES THREE REMOTE SENSING SATELLITES CHINA LAUNCHES THREE REMOTE SENSING SATELLITES - China today launched three remote sensing satellites designed to improve observation capability to promote commercial use for the remote sensing industry. The three satellites -- Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 -- were launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China's northern Shanxi Province. It was the third launch of the Jilin-1 satellite family, a remote sensing system of more than 60 satellites developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co.    More
(Source: Economic TImes - Nov 21)


FIRST SATELLITE-AS-ART PROJECT ‘ORBITAL REFLECTOR’ SET FOR 2018 LAUNCH FIRST SATELLITE-AS-ART PROJECT ‘ORBITAL REFLECTOR’ SET FOR 2018 LAUNCH - Modern art—with its abstract, conceptual, avant-garde approach—can be rather otherworldly. But Trevor Paglen is the first to take the characterization literally. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art, Paglen plans to launch a sculptural satellite into space. Orbital Reflector has no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. It’s simply a bit of cosmic decor; a public sculpture, visible from the ground (with a telescope).   More
(Source: Geek - Nov 21)


SPACEFLIGHT'S NEXT BIG LEAP? SPACEX CARGO MISSION OFFERS A GLIMPSE SPACEFLIGHT'S NEXT BIG LEAP? SPACEX CARGO MISSION OFFERS A GLIMPSE - If you want to make the case that spaceflight is about to take a giant leap, SpaceX's next cargo run to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA could be Exhibit A. That mission, which is currently scheduled to launch on Dec. 4, will likely represent a reusability landmark. The cargo run will employ a pre-flown Dragon capsule, and the chances are good that the Falcon 9 rocket lofting the freighter will feature a used first stage as well, NASA officials have said.   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 21)


RADFXSAT (FOX-1B) LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY, DESIGNATED AO-91 RADFXSAT (FOX-1B) LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY, DESIGNATED AO-91 - The latest CubeSat in the Fox series — RadFxSat (Fox-1B) — launched today (November 18) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Delta II vehicle lifted off at 0948 UTC. “Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 1109 UTC,” AMSAT reported. “Then the wait began. At 1212 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic ‘Fox Tail’ of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 1234 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Italy. Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.”   More
(Source: ARRL - Nov 20)


SATELLITE DESIGNED BY NNU STUDENTS IS LAUNCHED INTO SPACE SATELLITE DESIGNED BY NNU STUDENTS IS LAUNCHED INTO SPACE - NAMPA - Idaho's first satellite, Makersat-0, launched into space and is now orbiting the Earth. Engineering students from Northwest Nazarene University designed the satellite. "It's been a really long road and a lot of hard work” Mitchell Kamstra said. “But it's definitely been a really rewarding project. Makersat-0 will collect data testing how different 3-D printed plastics degrade in space. This project stems from another idea: 3-D printing a satellite known as Makersat-1.   More
(Source: KTVB - Nov 20)


PENULTIMATE DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH LOFTS ADVANCED POLAR-ORBITING WEATHER SATELLITE PENULTIMATE DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH LOFTS ADVANCED POLAR-ORBITING WEATHER SATELLITE - A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket climbed into space Saturday from California with a $1.6 billion polar-orbiting weather satellite for NOAA, the first of four upgraded observatories designed to keep vital meteorological data flowing to forecasters for the next two decades. The government-owned weather sentinel was deployed into orbit more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) above Earth by the Delta 2 rocket to begin a seven-year mission. The successful launch was the second-to-last flight of a Delta 2 rocket, but it also signaled a beginning for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System, a multi-spacecraft program established in 2010 under civilian leadership after the cancellation of an over-budget joint weather satellite initiative with the U.S. Air Force.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 19)


HIGH-TECH WEATHER SATELLITE TO LAUNCH EARLY SATURDAY AFTER DELAYS: WATCH LIVE HIGH-TECH WEATHER SATELLITE TO LAUNCH EARLY SATURDAY AFTER DELAYS: WATCH LIVE - MORE Partner Series High-Tech Weather Satellite to Launch Early Saturday After Delays: Watch Live The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System 1 weather satellite stands atop its launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite will launch Nov. 18, 2017. Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson A next-generation satellite built to make global weather forecasts more accurate than ever will now launch into space no earlier than Saturday (Nov. 18) after two delays earlier this week, NASA officials said. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Saturday at 4:47 a.m. EST (0947 GMT) atop a Delta II rocket, NASA officials said in an update.   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 18)


SPACEX DELAYS LAUNCH TO STUDY DATA FROM RECENT PAYLOAD FAIRING TEST SPACEX DELAYS LAUNCH TO STUDY DATA FROM RECENT PAYLOAD FAIRING TEST - SpaceX has delayed its next launch from the Kennedy Space Center until at least Friday night, and possibly later, to examine data from a recent payload fairing test for another customer. The company said in a statement Thursday that the launch, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, will not take place until engineers complete their analysis. “We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer,” said John Taylor, a SpaceX spokesperson, in a written statement. “Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.”   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 17)


RADFXSAT (FOX-1B) LAUNCH SCRUBBED AGAIN, BUT MORE FOXES ARE ON THE WAY! RADFXSAT (FOX-1B) LAUNCH SCRUBBED AGAIN, BUT MORE FOXES ARE ON THE WAY! - The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff. “The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a range safety hold and high upper-level winds,” ULA said in a tweet. “The team is working to establish a new launch opportunity.” ULA said weather balloons found that upper-level wind conditions “are red for the launch window, causing today's attempt to be scrubbed.”   More
(Source: ARRL - Nov 16)


ASGARDIA, THE WORLD'S FIRST 'SPACE NATION', TAKES FLIGHT ASGARDIA, THE WORLD'S FIRST 'SPACE NATION', TAKES FLIGHT - The world's first "space nation" has taken flight. On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite. The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread -- undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS). It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardia's citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation's flag, coat of arms and constitution.    More
(Source: CNN - Nov 16)


DELTA 2 LAUNCH FROM CALIFORNIA HALTED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW DELTA 2 LAUNCH FROM CALIFORNIA HALTED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW - Brisk upper level winds blowing from the west thwarted a second try to launch a new NOAA weather satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket Wednesday, likely postponing the liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California until at least Saturday. High-altitude were measured at more than 110 knots (126 mph) by a weather balloon sent aloft from Vandenberg during Wednesday’s early morning countdown. Safety officials from the U.S. Air Force’s Western Range were concerned the winds might blow debris from the rocket, such as nozzle covers on the Delta 2’s air-lit solid rocket boosters, back over populated areas on land as it climbs south over the Pacific Ocean.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 16)


SPACEX SET TO LAUNCH MYSTERIOUS ZUMA PAYLOAD TOMORROW NIGHT SPACEX SET TO LAUNCH MYSTERIOUS ZUMA PAYLOAD TOMORROW NIGHT - Tomorrow night, SpaceX will launch perhaps its most secretive payload yet: a classified government satellite built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The purpose of the mission, codenamed Zuma, is essentially unknown. It’s unclear what kind of spacecraft is going up, or which government agency the launch is for. All we really know is that Zuma is scheduled to go into lower Earth orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Zuma mission only became public in October, when NASASpaceflight.com reported on documents that SpaceX had filed with the Federal Communications Commission, requesting authorization for a mysterious “Mission 1390.”   More
(Source: The Verge - Nov 16)


CHINESE WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHED INTO POLAR ORBIT CHINESE WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHED INTO POLAR ORBIT - A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched Tuesday with a new polar-orbiting weather observatory named Fengyun 3D, replacing an aging satellite for the China Meteorological Administration. The Fengyun 3D satellite lifted off at 1835 GMT (12:35 p.m. EST) Tuesday from the Taiyuan space center in Shanxi province located in northeastern China. A three-stage Long March 4C rocket boosted the approximately 2.5-ton satellite toward the south from Taiyuan, where launch occurred at 2:35 a.m. local time Wednesday.   More
(Source: - Nov 15)


CYGNUS CARGO SHIP DELIVERS HOLIDAY GOODIES AND SCIENCE GEAR TO SPACE STATION CYGNUS CARGO SHIP DELIVERS HOLIDAY GOODIES AND SCIENCE GEAR TO SPACE STATION - Orbital ATK, a private spaceflight contracted by NASA to fly cargo to the ISS, named this Cygnus spacecraft the S.S. Gene Cernan in honor of the late NASA astronaut and last person to walk on the moon. After launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on an Antares rocket Sunday (Nov. 12), Cygnus spent about 45 hours catching up to the ISS, which orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth at a speed of about 17,500 mph (28,000 km/h).    More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 15)


DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED - United Launch Alliance called off the launch of a Delta 2 rocket from California’s Central Coast early Tuesday after boats ventured into a restricted safety exclusion zone and engineers ran out of time to resolve a technical problem on the launcher. The Delta 2 rocket had only 66 seconds to take off Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, or else launch another day. Engineers selected the short launch window to allow the mission’s JPSS 1 weather satellite payload to enter an optimal orbit circling over Earth’s poles.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 15)


CHINA WILL HAVE SOLE SPACE STATION IN 2020S, BEIJING SAYS CHINA WILL HAVE SOLE SPACE STATION IN 2020S, BEIJING SAYS - In the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, a stranded US astronaut whose spaceship was destroyed by debris during a spacewalk would have fallen through a bottomless abyss, had it not been for a Chinese space station Tiangong (‘Heaven Palace’), which ultimately took her back to earth. In reality, Chinese newspapers are conjecturing with glee that in the 2020s, when the Tiangong is up and running some 350 kilometres above earth in a low orbit, and the International Space Station (ISS) – a multinational aerospace endeavour – is reaching its end of its life    More
(Source: Asia Times - Nov 14)


THE MOST IMPORTANT WEATHER SATELLITE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF LAUNCHES TO SPACE TUESDAY THE MOST IMPORTANT WEATHER SATELLITE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF LAUNCHES TO SPACE TUESDAY - After billions of dollars in cost overruns and delays, NASA is planning to launch one of the most important weather satellites ever early Tuesday morning. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite — which will be invaluable for improving forecasting, detecting lost sailors, aiding firefighters, and other applications — is expected to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 a.m. PT, or 4:47 a.m. ET, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.    More
(Source: Mashable - Nov 14)



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