LONG MARCH 4B LAUNCHED WITH SHIJIAN-16-2 ON ATOP - China Launched their experimental Satellite Shijian-16-2 today from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It is second Shijian-16 satellite-first was launched on October 25, 2013. It was 231st mISSion of Long March Rocket.
Again CNSA surprised us with launch of the rocket; this time launch was performed with technology demonstrator satellite on atop. Only information about planned launch activity was NOTAM announcements regarding Jiuquan region air space. Launch was performed today at 03:21 GMT from platform 603 on Launch Site 43 in Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. More
(Source: Military Technologies - Jun 30)
WOW! SPACE STATION CROSSES SUN'S FACE IN AMAZING PHOTO - A stunning skywatcher photo shows the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the face of the sun earlier this month.
Alexander Krivenyshev, president of WorldTimeZone.com, captured the image from New York City on June 13 using a Canon EOS 7D camera, as well as a solar filter. (Warning: Never photograph or observe the sun directly without a solar filter or other such protective gear; serious and permanent damage to your eyes and equipment can result.)
"The composite image made from five frames shows the International Space Station (Expedition 47), with a crew of six onboard, in silhouette as it transits the sun on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 15:22:12 EDT More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 30)
AIST-2D SATELLITE LAUNCHED FROM VOSTOCHNY BEGINS SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS - Operators of the Aist-2D satellite, which was put into orbit in April, have activated its scientific payload and begun research in accordance with the flight plan, the Samara University press service told Interfax.
"The entire scientific payload designed by Samara University's Institute of Space Instruments Engineering for the Aist-2D is operating normally, and we have begun the research envisaged by the satellite's flight plan," the press service quoted Institute Director Nikolai Semkin as saying.
The satellite is carrying six packages of scientific equipment, five of which were designed by Samara University. More
(Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - Jun 29)
LONG MARCH 7 PAYLOAD RAISES ANTI-SATELLITE CONCERNS - A secondary payload on China’s first Long March 7 launch has raised concerns about its anti-satellite applications.
The Aolong-1 spacecraft is equipped with a robotic arm, a technology Chinese officials say is a test of future spacecraft to remove orbital debris.
However, others are concerned the spacecraft is part of Chinese efforts to develop anti-satellite weapons, noting the technology to rendezvous with a “non-cooperative target” like a defunct satellite could also move or disable an active spacecraft. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 29)
SKY AND SPACE PICKS VIRGIN GALACTIC FOR SATELLITE LAUNCH - Would-be satellite wholesaler Sky and Space Global (SAS) on Monday announced a deal with Virgin Galactic to launch up to 200 nano-satellites.
Together the satellites will form a constellation that will increase the capacity of the Australia-based company's planned voice and data infrastructure. SAS plans to begin putting its satellites in orbit from the second quarter of 2018.
SAS will use Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne, an air-launched rocket, still under development in the U.S., designed specifically for the nano-satellite market. More
(Source: Total Telecom - Jun 28)
FIRST SATELLITE DEVELOPED BY EMIRATI STUDENTS READY FOR LAUNCHING - The first satellite developed by Emirati students from the American University of Sharjah is ready for lift-off into space.
The nanosatellite Nayif-1 was designed with the help of a team of engineers and specialists from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in part of a partnership to provide hands-on experience to the students.
It has passed all the necessary tests and is ready for its launch this year, the centre said.
Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general of the centre, said the satellite’s development was a testament to its commitment to develop Emirati talent.
“There is no doubt that the field of satellite design and manufacturing is a new industry to UAE universities and students," Mr Al Shaibani said. More
(Source: The National - Jun 28)
CREW PREPS FOR CARGO SHIP MANEUVERS - A pair of Expedition 48 cosmonauts are getting a Progress cargo ship ready to undock and redock Friday morning before its ultimate departure Saturday night. The maneuver will test an upgraded telerobotically operated rendezvous system installed in the Zvezda service module after the Progress docked in December.
The Progress 62 (62P) resupply ship will undock from the Pirs docking compartment, back away to a distance of about 200 meters, then move back toward Pirs and dock 34 minutes later. Finally, the 62P will complete its mission Saturday night when it undocks for good and burns up over the Pacific Ocean less than 4 hours later. More
(Source: NASA - Jun 28)
RUSSIA'S PLAN TO SPIN OFF A NEW SPACE STATION FROM THE ISS - The potential breakup of an international alliance is now brewing, and no, we're not talking about Brexit. This one is happening above our heads.
Russia's main contractor in human space flight just detailed its plans to separate the newest modules from the International Space Station (ISS) once the long-lived project comes to an end in the 2020s. It plans to build a new habitable base in Earth orbit called the Russian Orbital Station, or ROS. The outpost will include three modules initially, possibly joined by two more in the future.
Russian plans to split the ISS have been circulating for years. Now, for a host of political, financial, and technical reasons, this isn't just a wild idea on paper anymore. More
(Source: Popular Mechanics - Jun 28)
CHINA ON SCHEDULE FOR LAUNCH THIS YEAR OF 2ND SPACE STATION - China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.
Space program authorities said the spaceship’s landing of the on the vast Inner Mongolian steppe keeps China on schedule to place its second space station into orbit later this year.
The launch of the spaceship aboard the newly developed Long March 7 rocket on Saturday was hailed as a breakthrough in the use of safer, more environmentally friendly fuels. More
(Source: NBC4i.com - Jun 27)
NASA TV TO AIR RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP MOVEMENT AT SPACE STATION - A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT.
The Progress 62 cargo ship will automatically undock from the Pirs Docking Compartment of the space station and manually be guided in to re-dock. The maneuver will begin with undocking at 1:36 a.m. and take approximately 30 minutes, with re-docking planned for 2:10 a.m. More
(Source: Southgate Amateur Radio Club - Jun 26)
CHINA’S NEW LONG MARCH 7 ROCKET SUCCESSFUL ON FIRST FLIGHT - The new kerosene-fueled Long March 7 rocket rocket, developed to become a workhorse for a planned Chinese space station and the country’s clandestine military space program, flew into orbit Saturday on its inaugural flight from a launch base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
Burning a combination of rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen, six YF-100 engines on the Long March 7’s core stage and boosters lit with a flash of orange light and climbed away from a new launch pad at 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT; 8 p.m. Beijing time) Saturday, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., or CASC, the Chinese space program’s state-owned prime contractor. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 26)
INDIA LAUNCHES AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITES - The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads. Satellites put into orbit include Swayam-1, a 1U CubeSat that carries a digital store-and-forward messaging system for use by the Amateur Radio community.
“We are eagerly waiting for your reception report of the CW beacon at 437.025 MHz. You can also get the decoded beacon data by entering ‘beacon’ in Swayam beacon signal decoder available on our website,” said Rupesh Lad, VU2LRD/VU2COE of the College of Engineering Pune CSAT team. More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 26)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE? - Over the past several months, we've spent a lot of time running down the list of the several space companies that send satellites into orbit: Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), SpaceX and Blue Origin, Arianespace in Europe, and even tiny Vector Space Systems here at home.
Perhaps the most striking thing about this industry, though, is that while all of these companies are going to the same place, and they use similar vehicles to get there, the prices they charge for the trip are very different indeed.
Why is this important? Look at it from your own perspective. Say you want to travel from Point A to Point B today. More
(Source: Motley Fool - Jun 25)
NASA UPGRADES THE INTERNET CONNECTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - It is no secret that NASA is ahead in most developments in the field of science, most especially when it involves enhancements in outer space. This time, the space agency has made significant steps forward in establishing a Solar System Internet. This system is meant to make the gathering of information between stations, whether ground or space, more efficient. Science World Report shares that NASA is doing so by setting up an operational Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station (ISS). More
(Source: iTech Post - Jun 25)
NAVY SATELLITE SAILS TO ORBIT ATOP ATLAS 5 ROCKET FOR COMMUNICATIONS GRID - The constellation-building Atlas 5 rocket from United Launch Alliance successfully deployed the fifth communications spacecraft for the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System today to form a new rugged smartphone network for the U.S. military.
“MUOS is a revolutionary system in its infancy,” said Navy Commander Peter Sheehy, principal assistant program manager of MUOS.
“Five years from now, we’ll be wondering how we ever operated without it.”
The Atlas 5 heaved the massive payload into the proper orbit to complete the launch series, flying straight and true just like the four previous MUOS missions since 2012. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 25)
ATLAS V READY TO LAUNCH NAVY SATELLITE - United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket returns to action Friday after a close call three months ago, when its main engine quit firing six seconds too soon.
The early shutdown imperiled a launch of International Space Station supplies that reached orbit safely thanks to an extra minute of work by the rocket’s upper stage, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
ULA says it has fixed a valve problem that restricted fuel flow on that March 22 flight, leaving a significant amount unused.
Now the most powerful version of the Atlas V is poised for a 10:30 a.m. blastoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41 with a large, military communications satellite. More
(Source: WKMG Orlando - Jun 24)
CRS-9 PUSHED BACK TWO DAYS; PORT CANAVERAL MULLS NEW WHARFAGE FEES - The next launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been pushed back by two days to July 18. The mission is set to launch the next Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS). Also this week, Port Canaveral recently proposed a new wharfage fee for large aerospace item moving across the Canaveral docks.
Scheduled to rise spaceward at 12:45 a.m. EDT (4:45 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, a Dragon capsule will carry much-needed equipment to the orbiting laboratory. SpaceX’s ninth mission under the Commercial Resupply Services contract, CRS-9, will carry nearly 4,900 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of science research, food, and more.
(Source: SpaceFlight Insider - Jun 24)
SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP GIVES ITS ALL FOR SCIENCE - With one last task to carry out, a space station Cygnus cargo ship loaded with trash and no-longer-needed equipment fell back to Earth Wednesday, hitting the discernible atmosphere 60 miles or so above the Pacific Ocean at nearly 5 miles per second.
Based on past experience, the doomed supply ship was expected to quickly fall victim to the enormous temperatures generated by atmospheric friction, heating up, melting and breaking apart at an altitude of around 45 miles.
But as it transitioned from pristine spacecraft to blazing inferno, a heavily protected data recorder was programmed to collect readings from wireless sensors mounted throughout the vehicle. More
(Source: CBS News - Jun 23)
INDIA’S PSLV BLASTS OFF WITH 20 SATELLITES - A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off early Wednesday with an assortment of payloads for the Indian government, domestic universities, and institutions and companies from Indonesia, Canada, Germany and the United States, including a pathfinder satellite for Google’s Terra Bella Earth observation division.
The PSLV launched at 0356 GMT Wednesday (11:56 p.m. EDT Tuesday) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, India’s primary spaceport situated on Sriharikota Island on the country’s eastern coastline.
Launch occurred at 9:26 a.m. local time in India. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 23)