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NASA OFFICIALS CONFIRM MYSTERIOUS FIREBALL IS SPACE JUNK NASA OFFICIALS CONFIRM MYSTERIOUS FIREBALL IS SPACE JUNK - NASA says a mysterious object that light up the night sky in the southeast was space debris re-entering the earth's atmosphere. Channel 2 Action News received several phone calls into the newsroom and many people posted pictures and videos to social media. The object was spotted around 1:30 a.m. in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. People described it looking like a bright fireball with lights streaming behind it. The flash didn't last very long, it disappeared after a few moments.   More
(Source: WSB-TV - Jun 30)


SATELLITE OWNERS AMONG BYSTANDERS IN FALCON 9 ACCIDENT SATELLITE OWNERS AMONG BYSTANDERS IN FALCON 9 ACCIDENT - The long queue of satellites waiting on launches aboard SpaceX's Falcon rockets - a backlog the company says is worth $7 billion - will stay grounded while investigators determine what caused a Falcon 9 booster to disintegrate after liftoff Sunday with supplies heading for the International Space Station. Commercial and government satellite operators - from telecom giant SES to NOAA's climate research team - were lined up to fly on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket in the coming months, and they will have to wait longer than bargained for when they signed on to launch on the commercial booster.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 30)


RUSSIAN SHIP TO SUPPLY INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AFTER SPACE X EXPLOSION RUSSIAN SHIP TO SUPPLY INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AFTER SPACE X EXPLOSION - The International Space Station crew will be spared any risk of hardship because a regular Russian Progress supply mission will be launched to them on Friday, according to Garcia's blog. On Sunday, a private sector Space X rocket exploded on an unmanned supply mission to the ISS shortly after being launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Space X Dragon cargo craft "was lost about 139 seconds after launch Sunday morning," Garcia noted.    More
(Source: Sputnik International - Jun 30)


SPACEX'S FALCON 9 ROCKET EXPLODES ON LAUNCH SPACEX'S FALCON 9 ROCKET EXPLODES ON LAUNCH - Sunday's SpaceX launch failure will not delay plans to send three more astronauts to the International Space Station next month, NASA said. Officials said the mishap -- the third in less than a year by three different resupply vehicles -- also showed the wisdom of the agency's strategy for launching astronauts commercially with two providers, SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX believes a problem with pressure in the Falcon 9 rocket's upper stage liquid oxygen tank caused the rocket to break apart more than two minutes after its 10:21 a.m. launch from Cape Canaveral.   More
(Source: USA Today - Jun 28)


SPACEX READIES DRAGON FOR LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SPACEX READIES DRAGON FOR LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - SpaceX is readying a Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon cargo ship for launch Sunday to deliver more than 4,000 pounds of equipment, supplies and science gear to the International Space Station, including the first of two new docking adapters needed to capture American crew capsules being built by Boeing and SpaceX. The science instruments and supplies cover a wide range of disciplines, including work to help figure out what is causing vision problems in three quarters of the astronauts who make long-duration space flights. A customized camera will photograph shooting stars from above to determine their chemical composition and the station crew will attempt to grow cabbage that can be added to the lab's menu.   More
(Source: CBS News - Jun 28)


CHINESE LONG MARCH 4B CONDUCTS SURPRISE GAOFEN-8 LAUNCH CHINESE LONG MARCH 4B CONDUCTS SURPRISE GAOFEN-8 LAUNCH - The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch on Friday with the launch of an Earth Observation System satellite called Gaofen-8. The launch took place at 06:22 UTC via the use of a Long March-4B rocket that set sail from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. There is very little information about the GF-8 Ganfen-8 satellite orbited on Friday, other than the objectives of the mission - later released to the state media - that it was to provide country surveying, disaster response, agriculture mapping, city planning, land ownership marking and road network planning.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 27)


SPACEX CAPSULE TO DELIVER NEW PARKING SPOT FOR SPACE STATION, RESERVED FOR FUTURE CREW SHIPS SPACEX CAPSULE TO DELIVER NEW PARKING SPOT FOR SPACE STATION, RESERVED FOR FUTURE CREW SHIPS - SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia. Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion.   More
(Source: U.S. News & World Report - Jun 27)


SPACEX SAYS THEY'VE ADDRESSED THE FLAW THAT CAUSED APRIL'S CRASH SPACEX SAYS THEY'VE ADDRESSED THE FLAW THAT CAUSED APRIL'S CRASH - SpaceX have destroyed two reusable rocket prototypes. The crash landings have been well documented. The aerospace company will once more attempt to land a rocket on a floating platform this Sunday, June 28. ADVERTISING SpaceX isn't masochistic. They just really believe in reusable rocket technology. "We're not doing this just to produce cool videos," the company clarified in a new blog post. "Our goal is to radically reduce the cost of accessing space by producing a fully and rapidly reusable rocket system."   More
(Source: Big News Network.com - Jun 26)


SOYUZ 2-1B LAUNCHES THIRD PERSONA-1 SPY SATELLITE SOYUZ 2-1B LAUNCHES THIRD PERSONA-1 SPY SATELLITE - A Russian Soyuz 2-1B launch vehicle has successfully launched with the third and possibly final Persona-1 reconnaissance satellite - also known as Kvarts - into space on Tuesday. The launch was conducted at 16:44 GMT from launch pad 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia under the usual secrecy of a military launch. The first and only completely new class of Russian photoreconnaissance satellite to fly after 2000 has been in the Persona-1 series.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 24)


LAUNCH OF SENTINEL SATELLITE TO KEEP EYE ON EARTH SURFACE LAUNCH OF SENTINEL SATELLITE TO KEEP EYE ON EARTH SURFACE - The first optical imaging satellite in Europe's Copernicus environmental surveillance programme blasted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on Tuesday. The satellite was launched on a Vega rocket from Kourou and its journey into Earth orbit was set to take about 55 minutes. Sentinel-2 is a polar-orbiting, multispectral high-resolution imaging mission for land monitoring to provide imagery of vegetation, soil and water cover, inland waterways and coastal areas.    More
(Source: Telegraph.co.uk - Jun 24)



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