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ATLAS 5 ROCKET BOOSTS NAVY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO SPACE ATLAS 5 ROCKET BOOSTS NAVY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO SPACE - In a spectacular dawn climb to space, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket boosted a high-power Navy communications satellite into orbit Wednesday, the fourth of five planned relay stations providing high-speed smartphone-like capabilities to troops around the world. Running two days late because of concerns about then-Tropical Storm Erika, the Atlas 5's Russian-built RD-180 first stage engine roared to life at 6:18 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) followed by ignition of five solid-fuel strap-on boosters that quickly pushed the rocket away from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.   More
(Source: CBS News - Sep 3)


SOYUZ TMA-18M LAUNCHES ON TWO DAY TRIP TO ISS SOYUZ TMA-18M LAUNCHES ON TWO DAY TRIP TO ISS - A Russian Soyuz FG rocket has launched the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft on the latest mission to the International Space Station at 04:37 GMT (00:37 EDT) on Wednesday. Soyuz TMA-18M is delivering one new Expedition crewmember to ISS while the two TMA-18M Flight Engineers will return to Earth with Soyuz TMA-16M on 11 September. Soyuz TMA-18M is an unusual flight to the ISS in that two of the three crewmembers launching aboard the Soyuz will not be staying at the Space Station for an extended duration mission.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 2)


FALCON 9 ROCKET TO BE GROUNDED LONGER THAN EXPECTED FALCON 9 ROCKET TO BE GROUNDED LONGER THAN EXPECTED - The beginning of November will be the earliest SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket can resume launching after a June 28 failure blamed on a deficient structural support brace inside the the vehicle's second stage, a SpaceX executive said Monday. The next launch will be the 20th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket and the first with up-rated engines operating at higher thrust levels than previous missions, according to Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer. "Obviously, we've got a return-to-flight sitting in front of us here coupled with the latest upgrade to the Falcon 9 launch vehicle," Shotwell said Monday at a conference in California sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.   More
(Source: SpaceFlignt Now - Sep 2)


FALLING RUSSIAN SATELLITE CREATES MYSTERY LIGHTS IN HAWAII SKIES FALLING RUSSIAN SATELLITE CREATES MYSTERY LIGHTS IN HAWAII SKIES - A falling Russian satellite created mysterious lights in the sky seen over Diamond Head in Waikiki and across the state Sunday night. NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office at the Johnson Space Center and the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base believe the Cosmos 1315 satellite fell out of orbit and broke up over Hawaii at 11:02 p.m. local time. "I was walking the beach in front of Duke's. I looked up and saw this awesome sight," said Gary Cobb, of Arizona, who snapped a smartphone picture of the satellite breaking up over Waikiki.    More
(Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Sep 1)


ATLAS 5 ROCKET TRAVELS TO LAUNCH PAD FOR WEDNESDAY FLIGHT ATLAS 5 ROCKET TRAVELS TO LAUNCH PAD FOR WEDNESDAY FLIGHT - Delivering two-and-a-half million pounds of ground-shaking thrust at takeoff, more than any rocket flying from Cape Canaveral these days, the mighty vehicle was rolled from its assembly building to the launch pad Monday for Wednesday's early morning blastoff. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, equipped with five strap-on solid-propellant boosters for added performance, will launch the Navy's MUOS 4 mobile communications satellite at 5:59 a.m. EDT (0959 GMT). The available launch window extends to 6:43 a.m. EDT. The booster was wheeled out aboard a mobile launcher platform, emerging from the hangar where the rocket's two stages and the payload were integrated over the past few weeks.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 1)


NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW LAUNCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 2 FROM KAZAKHSTAN NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW LAUNCH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 2 FROM KAZAKHSTAN - Sergei Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday (10:37 a.m. Baikonur time). Mogensen and Aimbetov are short duration crew members while Volkov will spend six months on the orbital complex. The trio will travel in a Soyuz spacecraft, which will rendezvous with the space station and dock two days later to the Poisk module at 3:42 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. NASA TV coverage of docking will begin at 3 a.m.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Sep 1)


TROPICAL WEATHER POSTPONES MONDAY'S ATLAS 5 ROCKET LAUNCH TROPICAL WEATHER POSTPONES MONDAY'S ATLAS 5 ROCKET LAUNCH - Plans to launch a Navy communications satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket early Monday have been interrupted by Tropical Storm Erika, an unpredictable cyclone with its sights on Florida. "We've been Erika'ed," United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno tweeted. Officials made the decision Friday night to postpone the scheduled Saturday rollout of the rocket from its assembly building to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41, choosing instead to leave the 206-foot-tall booster in the safe confines of the hangar for now. That, in turn, has delayed the Monday liftoff attempt until the storm passes. "The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the MUOS 4 mission has been postponed to due uncertainty in the weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Erika," officials said in announcing the delay.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 31)


KEY INMARSAT ROCKET FLIGHT UNDER WAY KEY INMARSAT ROCKET FLIGHT UNDER WAY - A rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a hugely important spacecraft for London-based Inmarsat. The new satellite is needed to complete the roll-out of the company's 1bn ($1.6bn), next-generation, global telecommunications network. The Proton rocket lifted away from the Baikonur spaceport at 17:44 local time (12:44 BST). Separation of the satellite in orbit is expected early on Saturday. The new network, known as Global Xpress, will enable Inmarsat to offer its customers substantially faster connections at a lower cost. Having the third spacecraft in orbit means those customers can have coverage right around the world. Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat's CEO, told BBC News: "We launched our first satellite over Europe, the Middle East and Africa about a year ago; our Americas satellite comes into operation in about a week; and this third satellite, which will go operational by the end of the year, completes a global seamless network."   More
(Source: BBC News - Aug 29)


SOYUZ RELOCATION CLEARS WAY FOR LAUNCH OF NEW STATION CREW SOYUZ RELOCATION CLEARS WAY FOR LAUNCH OF NEW STATION CREW - Three space station crewmen strapped inside a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and relocated the landing capsule Friday, clearing a docking port for the arrival of a new crew next week. Under the command of veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft undocked from the space station's Poisk module at 0712 GMT (3:12 a.m. EDT) as the complex sailed 249 miles above Nigeria. Joined by flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Padalka flew Soyuz ferry craft about 150 feet (45 meters) from Poisk docking module. The Soyuz fired rocket thrusters to swing toward the aft docking port of the station's Zvezda service module, then it lined up to park at the new location.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 29)


WHY DO NASA ASTRONAUTS DRINK RUSSIAN PEE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? WHY DO NASA ASTRONAUTS DRINK RUSSIAN PEE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? - Think you could drink recycled wee if it meant you would stay alive? That's the question astronauts have to answer before they go onto the International Space Station for a tour of duty. But while Nasa's people are happily gulping back wee-that-once-was, cosmonauts have chosen to go another way. Long-term space travel will always be dependent on water and food and its availability. But on the ISS, where personnel are expected to stay for months at a time, the ways of accessing water for drinking are from condensation and excretion as urine. Both US and Russian of the space station harvest their water out of the air, which is known as condensate, and comes from breath and sweat.   More
(Source: Mirror.co.uk - Aug 29)



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