EU TO LAUNCH GALILEO SATELLITE NAMED AFTER ESTONIAN TEENAGE-GIRL - A European Union navigation system satellite of Galileo Programme, which is going to be launched into space (Scheduled at GMT 1227), was named after a Estonian girl from.
The namesake of the Milena is Milena Kaznatsejeva, 14, who several years ago won a drawing competition held by the European Space Agency, according to Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR).
The Milena satellite and another one, Doresa, will be launched from French Guyana, the ERR report said, and will eventually be part of the Galileo navigation system, which is a European alternative to the American-led GPS program. More
(Source: Xinhua - Aug 23)
SPACEX TARGETS EARLY TUESDAY SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - A commercial communications satellite has been secured inside a payload fairing in preparation for its planned launch early Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Liftoff of the 224-foot rocket and AsiaSat 6 satellite is targeted for 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, at the opening of a window extending to 4:05 a.m. at Launch Complex 40. The Air Force has not yet released a weather forecast. More
(Source: Florida Today - Aug 23)
CLEAR SOME SPACE! RUSSIA TO DEVELOP SCAVENGER TO COLLECT COSMIC DEBRIS BY 2025 - The Russian space agency is allocating around $297 million to design and construct a spacecraft that would clean circumterrestrial space of disabled communication satellites and upper-stage rockets currently cluttering up the geostationary orbit.
Roscosmos is ready to allocate 10.8 billion rubles (about $297 million) from 2016-2025 for the new mission: development of a space scavenger relieving terrestrial space of non-operating satellites and space exploration waste, Izvestia daily reported on Friday. More
(Source: RT - Aug 22)
CHINESE, POLISH SATELLITES LAUNCHED BY LONG MARCH - A Chinese Earth-observing spacecraft and a Polish astronomical satellite launched into a nearly 400-mile-high orbit Tuesday aboard a Long March 4B rocket. The 15-story Long March 4B rocket took off at 0315 GMT Tuesday (11:15 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Taiyuan space center in northern China's Shanxi province, where it was 11:15 a.m. local time.
After a 13-minute ascent into orbit, the three-stage rocket deployed the Gaofen 2 spacecraft, a civilian remote sensing satellite launched to help Chinese officials respond to disasters, survey natural resources, plot urban growth and support national security applications, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 21)
CHASQUI-1 AMATEUR RADIO CUBESAT DEPLOYED FROM ISS - A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014 on board a Progress cargo craft. More
(Source: ARRL - Aug 20)
ORBITAL COMPLETES THIRD CARGO DELIVERY MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR NASA - Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world's leading space technology companies, today announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The company also noted that it is nearing the launch of its third CRS mission of 2014, which is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October. More
(Source: Wall Street Journal - Aug 18)
COSMONAUTS DEPLOY NEW SATELLITE AT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Two space station crewmembers took a spacewalk Monday.
Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev ventured out to deploy a tiny Peruvian research satellite, install fresh science experiments and retrieve old ones.
The nanosatellite is just four inches square and barely two pounds. It holds cameras that will aim at Earth. It's a technological learning experience for the National University of Engineering in Lima.
The satellite is named Chasqui after the Inca messengers who were fleet of foot. More
(Source: Bay News 9 - Aug 18)
HELLO KITTY IN SPACE: CUTE TOY CAT IS CIRCLING EARTH ABOARD JAPANESE SATELLITE - Hello Kitty, Japan's famous feline toy, is now a cat-stronaut. Not only is the popular kitty orbiting the Earth inside a small satellite, but she is ready to beam messages from space for fans.
Images from Sanrio, the company responsible for the cute pop culture cat, show Hello Kitty in space clutching a toy while the Earth fills a small window in the background. The view of the planet below is real; Sanrio launched the Hello Kitty on the satellite Hodoyoshi 3 in June. More
(Source: collectSPACE.com - Aug 17)
RAINFALL RESEARCH SATELLITE BEGINS DESCENT FROM ORBIT - A long-lived satellite launched in 1997 to measure rainfall in the tropics has run out of fuel and will probably fall back to Earth within the next three years, NASA officials said this week. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission -- a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- has outlived its original three-year life expectancy, and officials say the satellite will continue collecting science data until early 2016, when the craft's instruments will be switched off to prepare for re-entry. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 16)
SPACE STATION SUPPLY SHIP EXITS, NOW PACKING TRASH - A commercial cargo ship has ended its month-long space station visit.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station released the Cygnus supply ship, now full of trash for disposal early Friday. They parted company 260 miles (420 kilometers) above Africa's southwest coast.
Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Cygnus from Virginia in mid-July under a NASA contract. The unmanned craft hauled more than 3,000 pounds (1,400 kilograms) of crucial cargo to the orbiting outpost. Now it's loaded with rubbish, some 3,500 pounds' (1,600 kilograms') worth. More
(Source: WAVY-TV - Aug 15)