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THIS SATELLITE USES SPECIAL GLUE TO STICK TO SPACE DEBRIS LIKE FLYPAPER THIS SATELLITE USES SPECIAL GLUE TO STICK TO SPACE DEBRIS LIKE FLYPAPER - Space debris—fragments of old satellites and rockets that remain in space—poses an epic threat to satellites and spacecrafts currently in orbit. Proposals to eliminate it have so far included everything from harpoons to lasers. Singapore-based startup Astroscale has a different idea. It reckons it could use a satellite equipped with a specially configured adhesive—whose chemical structure the company is keeping secret—to trap and destroy rogue bits of space waste. The contraption would basically work a bit like flypaper. As well as working on grabbing space debris, the startup is also working on tracking space waste. “In March, after a series of tests, we finally made a glue that manages to trap bits of space debris while withstanding harsh space environments,” said Miki Ito...   More
(Source: Motherboard - May 3)


3 WEATHER OBSTACLES THAT SPACEX FACES WHEN LAUNCHING ROCKETS INTO SPACE 3 WEATHER OBSTACLES THAT SPACEX FACES WHEN LAUNCHING ROCKETS INTO SPACE - SpaceX is preparing to launch another rocket into space, and as they do so, they will be monitoring the weather carefully to make sure that it does not interfere. The launch is slated for Thursday, May 5. The weather can be one of the most unpredictable factors when it comes to sending rockets into space as launch dates are set weeks in advance, too far out for meteorologists to predict exact conditions at the moment of takeoff accurately. If any aspect of the weather is unfavorable, SpaceX will postpone the launch and wait until the weather improves. In most cases, this means pushing the launch back one or two days.   More
(Source: Accuweather.com - May 3)


PATRIARCH KIRILL CONGRATULATES RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS ON EASTER PATRIARCH KIRILL CONGRATULATES RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS ON EASTER - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has contacted with the International Space Station (ISS) to congratulate Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka on Easter. "For me the conversation with cosmonauts is always a joyful and inspiring event. Twice a year I have such a possibility - with the use of technical means to see you in a working atmosphere," the Patriarch said, noting that the work of the cosmonauts is "very important for all people of the Earth." The well-coordinated work of the multi-national team of the International Space Station is an example of cooperation in achieving goals and repelling threats, Patriarch said.    More
(Source: TASS - May 2)


AIST-2D AND SAMSAT-218 SATELLITES AIST-2D AND SAMSAT-218 SATELLITES - Two Russian satellites AIST-2D and SamSat-218 operating in the Amateur bands were launched on April 28, 2016 at 02:01 UT on a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome located in the Amur Oblast. The satellites were placed into a 471 km × 485 km orbit with a 97.3° inclination. AIST-2D weighs 500 kg and is a technology demonstration and scientific research satellite developed at Samara Aerospace University. The 3U CubeSat SamSat-218 was developed by students at the Samara State University and weighs just 4 kg.   More
(Source: AMSAT-UK - May 1)


TOMSK-TPU-120 CUBESAT CELEBRATES UNIVERSITY ANNIVERSARY TOMSK-TPU-120 CUBESAT CELEBRATES UNIVERSITY ANNIVERSARY - The Russian Tomsk-TPU-120 CubeSat is different from other CubeSats – it has a handle! The 3U CubeSat was launched from Baikonur to the ISS on March 31, 2016 in a Progress-MS-2 cargo vessel. It will be deployed by hand during a future Russian spacewalk (EVA), which is why it has a handle. The satellite was developed by students at the Tomsk Polytechnic University to test new space materials technology and will be the world’s first space vehicle with a 3D-printed structure. In May 2016 Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates its 120th anniversary. As part of the celebrations on May 10-11 Tomsk-TPU-120 will be activated in the ISS and will transmit a greeting to Earth inhabitants, recorded by students of the university in 10 languages.   More
(Source: AMSAT-UK - May 1)


JAPAN ABANDONS COSTLY X-RAY SATELLITE LOST IN SPACE JAPAN ABANDONS COSTLY X-RAY SATELLITE LOST IN SPACE - Japan's space agency has abandoned its efforts to restore the operations of a multimillion-dollar satellite that was to probe the mysteries of black holes using X-ray telescopes. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced Thursday that it would stop trying to fix the satellite after determining that it was "highly likely" that its two solar arrays had broken off at their bases. Contact was lost with the satellite on March 26, more than a month after its launch from southern Japan on Feb. 17.   More
(Source: SFGate - May 1)


SPACEX ROCKET PREPARING FOR LATE-NIGHT SATELLITE LAUNCH SPACEX ROCKET PREPARING FOR LATE-NIGHT SATELLITE LAUNCH - paceX this week is preparing for a late-night launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Japanese communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As of late Saturday, liftoff with the JCSAT-14 satellite owned by SKY Perfect JSAT, Asia’s largest satellite operator, was planned around 1 a.m. Thursday, at the opening of a two-hour window at Launch Complex 40. The mission aims to send the spacecraft built by Space Systems Loral to an orbit 22,300 miles above the equator, where it will deliver TV programming, broadband connections and mobile phone service in Japan, Asia, Oceania, Russia and the Pacific region for at least 15 years.   More
(Source: Florida Today - May 1)


RUSSIA DELAYS SPACE CREW'S RETURN TO EARTH RUSSIA DELAYS SPACE CREW'S RETURN TO EARTH - Russia's space agency on Friday announced that the return to Earth of three astronauts currently on the International Space Station will be delayed by nearly two weeks in June. "The landing of the... Soyuz TMA-19M is scheduled for June 18, 2016," the Roscosmos space agency said in a statement, after it was initially planned for June 5.   More
(Source: Space Daily - May 1)


FIRST BATCH OF IRIDIUM NEXT SATELLITES GOOD TO GO FOR JULY SPACEX LAUNCH FIRST BATCH OF IRIDIUM NEXT SATELLITES GOOD TO GO FOR JULY SPACEX LAUNCH - Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on April 28 said the contracting team for its second-generation Iridium Next constellation had put past delays behind it and would be ready for a first launch of 10 satellites in late July aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said the launch date could slip by a few weeks, depending on SpaceX’s management of its busy manifest. But satellite prime contractor Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, and Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, which is handling the satellites’ assembly, integration and test, will have 10 satellites ready for the July rendezvous.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Apr 30)


PH SATELLITE DIWATA-1 NOW IN SPACE PH SATELLITE DIWATA-1 NOW IN SPACE - The long wait is over as the Diwata-1 is finally sent out to space to begin her 20-month-long journey. Diwata-1, officially named the Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite, was released into orbit at exactly 7:45 p.m., Wednesday(Manila time), from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), nicknamed “Kibo,” where it was housed since it reached the International Space Station on March 26. The release of Diwata-1 into space was met with much jubilation by the Philippine delegation in Japan, led by Science Undersecretary for Research and Development Amelia Guevarra.    More
(Source: Inquirer.net - Apr 28)


RUSSIA’S BRAND NEW COSMODROME LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER ROCKET RUSSIA’S BRAND NEW COSMODROME LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER ROCKET - Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome has conducted its first space launch on Thursday. A Soyuz rocket boosted three scientific and distance viewing satellites into orbit. The lift-off took place at 5:01am Moscow time (2:01am GMT) and some 8 minutes 44 seconds into the flight the Volga upper stage carrying three satellites successfully separated from the Soyuz rocket. All three satellites launched on the Soyuz rocket have been successfully deployed to their specified orbits.    More
(Source: RT - Apr 28)


INDIAN LAUNCH ROUNDS OUT DOMESTIC NAVIGATION NETWORK INDIAN LAUNCH ROUNDS OUT DOMESTIC NAVIGATION NETWORK - India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off Thursday with the seventh and final spacecraft for a regional navigation network to provide position data to users across the subcontinent independent of foreign satellite systems. The PSLV took off from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast at 0720 GMT (3:20 a.m. EDT), or 12:50 p.m. local time, Thursday.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 28)


INDIA'S NAVIGATION SATELLITE LAUNCH: COUNTDOWN PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY INDIA'S NAVIGATION SATELLITE LAUNCH: COUNTDOWN PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch an Indian rocket with the country's seventh navigation satellite and the countdown has already begun on Tuesday morning The 51 hour, 30 minute countdown for the launch of 44.4 metre, 320 tonne Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-IRNSS-1G is scheduled for Thursday is progressing smoothly, ISRO said on Wednesday. According to the ISRO, the progressing status of the countdown for the launch of India's navigation satellite is expected to blast off at 12.50 pm on Thursday.   More
(Source: Zee News - Apr 28)


SPACEX WINS ITS FIRST SATELLITE LAUNCH FOR THE US AIR FORCE SPACEX WINS ITS FIRST SATELLITE LAUNCH FOR THE US AIR FORCE - SpaceX has been awarded an $87.2 million contract from the US Air Force to launch a military GPS satellite in May 2018, Space News reports. It will be the first national security launch SpaceX performs for the Air Force, since the company was authorized to launch military satellites in May 2015. "It was practically guaranteed that SpaceX would win" It was practically guaranteed that SpaceX would win the contract because the company was bidding unopposed. The only other spaceflight company authorized to launch military satellites is the United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.   More
(Source: The Verge - Apr 28)


NASA ASTRONAUTS WILL FLY COMMERCIAL TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION NASA ASTRONAUTS WILL FLY COMMERCIAL TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Five years after the lastNASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft. On Tuesday, veteran astronauts Eric Boe and Sunita Williams used touch-screen simulators to practice docking Boeing Co.'s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with the space station during a training session near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The simulator, called the Crew Part-Task Trainer, helps prepare astronauts and flight controllers for missions, flight conditions and situations including the rendezvous and docking with the space station.   More
(Source: CBS News - Apr 28)


NEW ‘MICROSCOPE’ SATELLITE TO TEST EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY IN ORBIT NEW ‘MICROSCOPE’ SATELLITE TO TEST EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY IN ORBIT - Einstein’s theory of general relativity is to be put to the test by a newly launched satellite in an experiment that could upend our understanding of physics. The French “Microscope” orbiter will try to poke a hole in one of Einstein’s most famous theories, which provides the basis for our modern understanding of gravity. Scientists will use the kit to measure how two different pieces of metal — one titanium and the other a platinum-rhodium alloy — behave in orbit.   More
(Source: Raw Story - Apr 27)


WE JUST LOST ANOTHER CRITICAL CLIMATE SATELLITE WE JUST LOST ANOTHER CRITICAL CLIMATE SATELLITE - One of climate change’s most important biographers — a 2,700-pound satellite orbiting 450 miles above the surface of the Earth — just recorded its last data point. Earlier this month, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that, after nine years and five months in orbit, the satellite known as F17 had stopped transmitting sea ice measurements. That’s not unusual — satellites in F17’s series, all named sequentially, are normally expected to last about five years, though some make it much longer. But F17’s failure could preempt the end of the series entirely. Walter Meier, a sea ice researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, called the satellite program “one of the longest, most iconic datasets” illustrating climate change, particularly in the Arctic and Antarctic.   More
(Source: Grist - Apr 27)


 CHINA TO LAUNCH SPACE STATION IN 2018, AIMS TO BECOME NEXT 'SPACE GIANT' CHINA TO LAUNCH SPACE STATION IN 2018, AIMS TO BECOME NEXT 'SPACE GIANT' - The Chinese recently celebrated Space Day with the proclamation of their mission to Mars. But they set their eyes for more than that. China wanted to become the next space giant and in order to make that happen, they are developing their own Space Station which is scheduled to be launched in 2018. During the recent Space Day celebration, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his desire to make China a "space giant".    More
(Source: Nature World News - Apr 27)


ÑUSAT-1 TO CARRY AMSAT ARGENTINA LINEAR TRANSPONDER – LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR MAY 30, 2016 ÑUSAT-1 TO CARRY AMSAT ARGENTINA LINEAR TRANSPONDER – LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR MAY 30, 2016 - The Argentinian earth observation satellite ÑuSat-1 will carry a linear transponder built by AMSAT Argentina. The satellite is scheduled to launch on a CZ-4B rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China on May 30, 2016 into a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 97.5 degrees and a Local Time of the Ascending Node (LTAN) of 10:30. The AMSAT Argentina U/v inverting transponder, named LUSEX, wiil have an uplink of 435.935 MHz to 435.965 MHz and a downlink of 145.935 MHz to 145.965 MHz. Total power output is 250 mW. There will also be a CW beacon at 145.900 MHz with a power output of 70 mW.   More
(Source: AMSAT - Apr 27)


THREE NEW CUBESATS NOW IN ORBIT THREE NEW CUBESATS NOW IN ORBIT - Signals have been received from the three CubeSats launched April 25 on Soyuz flight VS14 from the Kourou spaceport in South America. The three CubeSats were developed by student teams under the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office “Fly Your Satellite!” program, which is aimed at training the next generation of aerospace professionals. The satellites are OUFTI-1, Université of Liège, Belgium; e-st@r-II, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy; AAUSAT-4, University of Aalborg, Denmark.   More
(Source: AMSAT-UK - Apr 27)