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SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCH SET FOR EARLY SUNDAY SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCH SET FOR EARLY SUNDAY - A second attempt to launch the Falcon 9 is set for 1:52 a.m. Sunday, but weather stands at 40 percent favorable, according to the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron. There is a chance of violating the thick cloud rule and flight through precipitation rule. If Sunday's early-morning launch is also scrubbed, there's another opportunity to launch the Falcon 9 rocket at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.   More
(Source: News 13 Orland - Sep 20)


LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY MATES NOAA GOES-R SATELLITE MODULES LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY MATES NOAA GOES-R SATELLITE MODULES - A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the company's Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA's next-generation geostationary weather satellites.The system module of the A2100-based satellite houses more than 70 electronics boxes that comprise the three major electrical subsystems; command and data handling, communication, and electrical power. The propulsion core contains the integrated propulsion system and serves as the structural backbone of the satellite.    More
(Source: Phys.Org - Sep 20)


FCC GREENLIGHTS IRIDIUM PLAN FOR DEORBITING ITS 1ST-GENERATION CONSTELLATION FCC GREENLIGHTS IRIDIUM PLAN FOR DEORBITING ITS 1ST-GENERATION CONSTELLATION - Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications' request that U.S. regulators loosen requirements for deorbiting the current Iridium satellite constellation will still permit the company to bring down all of its satellites within a few years of their retirement, company officials said. And for most of the satellites, the post-retirement deorbit plan remains what it was from the start: They will be lowered to an elliptical orbit low enough to force them into the atmosphere to burn up within months, not years. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which licenses Iridium's operations, approved part of the company's deorbit modification request for as many as 10 satellites, and rejected the request for similar dispensation for the entire 66-satellite constellation. Company officials said they have no problem with the FCC decision.   More
(Source: SpaceNews.com - Sep 19)


EXPERTS SAY FIREBALL ABOVE ROCKIES WAS RUSSIAN SPY SATELLITE EXPERTS SAY FIREBALL ABOVE ROCKIES WAS RUSSIAN SPY SATELLITE - A fireball that broke apart in the sky above the Rocky Mountains on Sept. 2 was not a meteor, as witnesses first believed. It was likely a Russian spy satellite. What was originally described as three "rocks" glowing red and orange as they moved slowly northward across the night sky between New Mexico and Montana was in fact Russia's Cosmos 2495 reconnaissance satellite, experts told the Associated Press. A meteor would have burned too rapidly and couldn't have been seen over such a wide swath of the United States, said the American Meteor Society's operations manager Mike Hankey.   More
(Source: TIME - Sep 18)


 	 MYSTERIOUS SATELLITE LAUNCHED FROM FLORIDA BY ATLAS 5 ROCKET MYSTERIOUS SATELLITE LAUNCHED FROM FLORIDA BY ATLAS 5 ROCKET - Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.The 189-foot-tall booster, glistening in frost from tens of thousands of gallons of super-cold cryogenic propellant, lit its Russian-made RD-180 engine and lifted off at 8:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0010 GMT Wednesday). Riding a plume of rocket exhaust, the Atlas 5 rocket climbed through clouds left over from a series of evening thunderstorms that forced a two-hour, 26-minute weather delay.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 17)


BOEING, SPACEX SHARE $6.8 BILLION CREW CONTRACT BOEING, SPACEX SHARE $6.8 BILLION CREW CONTRACT - Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday. Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 16)


THE LITTLE-KNOWN SOVIET MISSION TO RESCUE A DEAD SPACE STATION THE LITTLE-KNOWN SOVIET MISSION TO RESCUE A DEAD SPACE STATION - The following story happened in 1985 but subsequently vanished into obscurity. Over the years, many details have been twisted, others created. Even the original storytellers got some things just plain wrong. After extensive research, writer Nickolai Belakovski is able to present, for the first time to an English-speaking audience, the complete story of Soyuz T-13's mission to save Salyut 7, a fascinating piece of in-space repair history.    More
(Source: Ars Technica - Sep 16)


NEXT ANTARES SET TO LAUNCH FROM WALLOPS TO ISS IN MID-OCTOBER NEXT ANTARES SET TO LAUNCH FROM WALLOPS TO ISS IN MID-OCTOBER - Orbital Sciences Corp. is scheduled to launch its third operational mission, called Orb-3, from Wallops Island to the International Space Station on the evening of Oct. 18. An Antares rocket is expected to blast off no earlier than 10:14 p.m. from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore, spokesman Keith Koehler said Monday. The unmanned rocket will carry a Cygnus space freighter filled with cargo for the space station crew. Because the Antares is a medium-lift booster, its launch is visible from throughout Hampton Roads as well as the mid-Atlantic region, weather permitting.   More
(Source: Daily Press - Sep 15)


SPACEX DITCHES LANDING LEGS ON NEXT FALCON 9 FLIGHT SPACEX DITCHES LANDING LEGS ON NEXT FALCON 9 FLIGHT - SpaceX's next resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for takeoff as soon as Saturday after a rapid rebound from the company's last flight from Cape Canaveral, but the company does not plan to use the launch as another chance to practice rocket recovery procedures. Liftoff of a 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for Saturday at 2:16 a.m. EDT (0616 GMT), a day later than previously planned to accommodate flight preparations after SpaceX's Sept. 7 launch of the AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite. If ground crews pull it off, it will bust SpaceX's record turnaround time between Falcon 9 missions as the launch company ramps up its mission cadence to accomplish a jam-packed manifest.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 15)


SECRET SATELLITE SET TO LIFT OFF FROM CAPE TUESDAY SECRET SATELLITE SET TO LIFT OFF FROM CAPE TUESDAY - United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch the CLIO satellite via the Atlas V 401 rocket on Tuesday from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch window will open at 5:44 p.m. and close at 8:10 p.m. The CLIO satellite was built by Lockheed Martin for an unnamed U.S. government agency and the satellite's purpose is a secret. Weather conditions could cause a delay for the launch as the forecast for Tuesday predicts a 40 percent chance of favorable conditions. The outlook for Wednesday only shows a 30 percent chance of favorable weather.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Sep 15)

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