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RUSSIA LAUNCHES ITS LATEST GLONASS-M NAVIGATION SATELLITE INTO ORBIT RUSSIA LAUNCHES ITS LATEST GLONASS-M NAVIGATION SATELLITE INTO ORBIT - A Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket thundered into space from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia. Its payload was the latest GLONASS-M satellite for the country’s homegrown GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS). Liftoff took place at 7:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 6 (0:21 GMT on Sunday, Feb. 7). “All the pre-launch operations and the rocket launch were normal. Ground-based automatic control aids monitored the space vehicle launch and flight,” Russian Defense Ministry said.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Insider - Feb 8)


NORTH KOREAN ROCKET PUTS OBJECT INTO SPACE, ANGERS NEIGHBORS, U.S. NORTH KOREAN ROCKET PUTS OBJECT INTO SPACE, ANGERS NEIGHBORS, U.S. - North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. Critics of the rocket program say it is being used to test technology for a long-range missile. South Korea and the United States said they would explore whether to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea "at the earliest possible date." The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit.   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 8)


NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES ‘SATELLITE,’ SPARKS FEARS ABOUT LONG-RANGE MISSILE PROGRAM NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES ‘SATELLITE,’ SPARKS FEARS ABOUT LONG-RANGE MISSILE PROGRAM - In defiance of international warnings, North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday morning, a move widely seen as another step toward mastering the technology for making a missile capable of striking the mainland United States. Both the South Korean defense minister and the Pentagon said that the rocket appeared to have successfully reached space. The rocket launch was expected - Pyongyang had given warnings to maritime and airspace authorities, and analysts had detected movement at its launch site - but coming just a month after a nuclear test, it nevertheless showed Kim Jong Un’s continued willingness to defy the international community.   More
(Source: Washington Post - Feb 7)


ATLAS 5 ROCKET BOOSTS GPS SATELLITE INTO SPACE ATLAS 5 ROCKET BOOSTS GPS SATELLITE INTO SPACE - A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket thundered into space Friday, boosting the 12th and final member in a series of upgraded Global Positioning System satellites into space, the eighth navigation beacon launched in less than two years. After overnight concerns about high winds, the Atlas 5, making the first of up to 15 flights planned by ULA in 2016, thundered to life at 8:38 a.m. EST (GMT-5) and majestically climbed away from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With its Russian-built RD-180 first-stage engine generating more than 860,000 pounds of thrust, the 700,000-pound rocket quickly accelerated as it consumed its kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants, breaking through the sound barrier just 78 seconds after liftoff and arcing away to the east.   More
(Source: CBS News - Feb 6)


STAR WARS COULD BE FILMED ON REAL SPACE STATION STAR WARS COULD BE FILMED ON REAL SPACE STATION - Star Wars director Colin Trevorrow has submitted a request to film sequences for the movie onboard the International Space Station. The Jurassic World director has signed up to take charge of the ninth film in the franchise, Episode IX, which is due for release in 2019, and he is plotting an ambitious scheme to shoot real space sequences for the blockbuster. Trevorrow reveals he's submitted the request to officials in charge of the International Space Station, but he is yet to receive a response.   More
(Source: New Zealand Herald - Feb 5)


LAUNCH SET FOR US-EUROPEAN OCEAN-MONITORING SATELLITE LAUNCH SET FOR US-EUROPEAN OCEAN-MONITORING SATELLITE - The latest in a series of U.S.-European satellites designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena like El Nino is scheduled for launch this weekend aboard a SpaceX rocket that will attempt to land its discarded first stage on a floating barge. If the launch is successful, the Jason-3 satellite would continue an unbroken record of more than two decades of sea level measurements from orbit. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Los Angeles, was planned for a 30-second window at 10:42 a.m. PST Sunday, with a backup opportunity on Monday. Air Force meteorologists predicted 100 percent favorable weather for the launch, NASA said.   More
(Source: Fox 13 - Feb 5)


SPACEWALKING RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS BEGIN WORK OUTSIDE SPACE STATION SPACEWALKING RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS BEGIN WORK OUTSIDE SPACE STATION - Two veteran Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace experimental equipment that is testing how materials and biological samples fare in the harsh environment of space. Station flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov left the station's airlock at 7:55 a.m. EST for what was expected to be a 5-1/2-hour spacewalk, a live broadcast on NASA Television showed.   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 4)


NORTH KOREA PLANS SATELLITE LAUNCH THIS MONTH NORTH KOREA PLANS SATELLITE LAUNCH THIS MONTH - The declaration, which is meant to warn civilians, shipping and aircraft in the area about the rocket and falling debris, follows North Korea’s claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb, the country’s fourth nuclear test. It will be seen as a snub by North Korea of its only major ally, China, whose representative for Korean affairs landed in Pyongyang for talks on Tuesday. The International Telecommunication Union said North Korea also informed its Geneva office of its intention to launch a Kwangmyongsong (Bright Star) -type Earth observation satellite with a four-year operational life. But the ITU’s U.N. representative, Gary Fowlie, said not enough technical information had been supplied to register the planned launch in its Master International Frequency Register.   More
(Source: USA Today - Feb 3)


COSMONAUTS PERFORM SPACEWALK WEDNESDAY MORNING: WATCH IT LIVE COSMONAUTS PERFORM SPACEWALK WEDNESDAY MORNING: WATCH IT LIVE - Two cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station for a 5.5-hour spacewalk Wednesday morning, and you can watch all the action live. Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov of the Russian federal space agency, which is called Roscosmos, will exit the orbiting lab at around 8:10 a.m. EST (1310 GMT) Wednesday (Feb. 3). You can watch the extravehicular activity (EVA) live here at Space.com beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST (1230 GMT), courtesy of NASA TV.   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 3)


SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH EXPANDS CHINA’S BEIDOU NAVIGATION SYSTEM SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH EXPANDS CHINA’S BEIDOU NAVIGATION SYSTEM - A new addition to China’s Beidou navigation network launched Monday on top of a Long March 3C rocket, which injected the satellite into an orbit more than 13,000 miles above Earth several hours later. The Beidou spacecraft will test inter-satellite communications links with other members of the Chinese navigation constellation and support the system’s growth from regional coverage over China to a global positioning provider, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 2)


NASA DEVELOPS INTEGRATED-PHOTONICS MODEM FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION NASA DEVELOPS INTEGRATED-PHOTONICS MODEM FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - A NASA team is scheduled to test the space agency’s first integrated photonics modem aboard the International Space Station in 2020. The device, about the size of a mobile phone, incorporates lasers and switches onto a microchip, will use lasers to encode and transmit data at rates 10 to 100 times faster than today’s communications equipment. Radio communications have some serious limitations. The radio spectrum is only one small interference-prone slice of the larger electromagnetic spectrum, and it can only offer relatively slow data rates.    More
(Source: Daily Star Gazette - Feb 2)


PAIR OF SATELLITES EJECTED FROM ISS FOR IN-SPACE NAVIGATION EXERCISE PAIR OF SATELLITES EJECTED FROM ISS FOR IN-SPACE NAVIGATION EXERCISE - A package of two satellites was ejected from the International Space Station on Friday to begin a mission dedicated to a demonstration of autonomous navigation, rendezvous and docking technology. The second LONESTAR mission is comprised of two satellites built by two American Universities to undertake a demonstration of communication cross links, data exchange, GPS-based navigation, relative navigation, stationkeeping and data transmission to the ground.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight101.com - Feb 1)


GPS SATELLITE MOVES TO ATLAS 5 FACILITY FOR LAUNCH NEXT FRIDAY GPS SATELLITE MOVES TO ATLAS 5 FACILITY FOR LAUNCH NEXT FRIDAY - After a quarter-century readying Global Positioning System satellites for launch at a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station processing hub, the final bird rolled out today as the navigation program transitions to a new era. “This GPS 2F-12 satellite represents the end of a legacy as it will be the last of the 61 GPS satellites processed here at CCAFS,” Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander, said in a press release. "This culminates an incredible 27-year legacy at our Area 59 Satellite Processing Facility. We are the nation’s premier gateway to space and are humbled to be a part of the team that provides GPS and its capabilities to the world."   More
(Source: SpaceFlignt Now - Jan 31)


MESMERIZING SATELLITE VIDEO CAPTURES MAGICAL VIEW OF EARTH MESMERIZING SATELLITE VIDEO CAPTURES MAGICAL VIEW OF EARTH - Please direct your attention to the absolutely magical video of planet Earth from space. Like cats with a sparkly toy, we here at Space.com have been unable to pull our gazes away from this stunning website, glittering.blue. The site plays a looping video of a 24-hour period captured by the Himawari-8 Japanese weather satellite, sped up to last just a few seconds. The satellite is in a geostationary orbit, positioned over Japan and Australia.   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 30)


LASER-EQUIPPED SATELLITE TO INAUGURATE EUROPEAN DATA RELAY SYSTEM LASER-EQUIPPED SATELLITE TO INAUGURATE EUROPEAN DATA RELAY SYSTEM - The first node of a space-based European laser communications network will soar into orbit Friday aboard a commercial Eutelsat broadcasting spacecraft, setting the keystone for a satellite system to relay vast volumes of imagery at lightning fast speeds. A laser communications terminal affixed to the Eutelsat 9B telecom satellite set for launch Friday will collect data from spacecraft circling a few hundred miles above Earth such as Europe’s Sentinel environmental satellites and the International Space Station, officials said.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 30)


RUSSIA TO LAUNCH RESURS-P SATELLITE ON MARCH 12 RUSSIA TO LAUNCH RESURS-P SATELLITE ON MARCH 12 - The launch of Russia's Resurs-P No. 3 remote sensing satellite has been scheduled for March 12, the Russian Space Systems (RSS) company said Wednesday. "In the current year, another four remote sensing satellites are planned to be launched. Among the spacecraft are Resurs-P No. 3, Kanopus-V-IK, Meteor-M No.1 and 2, and Elektro-L No. 3. The launch of Resurs-P No. 3 is planned for March 12," Russia's space corporation Roscosmos department of automatic space systems deputy head Valeriy Zaichko said, as quoted in the company's statement.   More
(Source: Space Daily - Jan 29)


PROTON-M ROCKET CARRYING EUTELSAT 9B COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE SET FOR LAUNCH FROM BAIKONUR PROTON-M ROCKET CARRYING EUTELSAT 9B COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE SET FOR LAUNCH FROM BAIKONUR - The International Launch Services (ILS) company is set to launch its Proton-M rocket on Friday, Jan. 29. The booster is being sent aloft to deliver the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite to orbit. Liftoff is scheduled to take place at 5:20 p.m. EST (22:20 GMT) from Launch Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch was initially planned to take place on Jan. 25, but it was delayed due to weather-related logistical issues. Currently, the Proton-M booster is erected on the launch pad and is ready for the final processing before the scheduled liftoff.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Insider - Jan 29)


US COMMEMORATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHALLENGER SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER US COMMEMORATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHALLENGER SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER - Tributes flooded in for the seven astronauts who lost their lives on the Challenger Space Shuttle Thursday as the United States commemorated the 30th anniversary of the disaster. The shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after launch from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Jan. 28, 1986, killing all crewmembers of mission STS-51L. The disaster claimed the lives of astronauts Francis “Dick” Scobee, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Gregory Jarvis. NASA is holding a day of remembrance to commemorate the crews of Challenger, Apollo 1 and Columbia.   More
(Source: Fox News - Jan 29)


INTELSAT ROLLS OUT EPIC NEXT-GEN SATELLITE SYSTEM INTELSAT ROLLS OUT EPIC NEXT-GEN SATELLITE SYSTEM - The high-throughput platform should provide customers with superior connections at a lower cost. Designated Intelsat 29e, it will sit at 50 degrees west, and deliver services to the Americas and the North Atlantic aeroplane and shipping routes. At least six more Epic spacecraft will follow, to cover other regions and to provide back-up. Commentators and analysts see the success of the fleet as critical to the fortunes of Intelsat, which is based in McLean, Virginia, and is battling to hold its ground in a fiercely competitive market.   More
(Source: BBC News - Jan 28)


IS NORTH KOREA PLANNING ROCKET LAUNCH? ACTIVITY SPARKS CONCERN, OFFICIALS SAY IS NORTH KOREA PLANNING ROCKET LAUNCH? ACTIVITY SPARKS CONCERN, OFFICIALS SAY - It's a site so secretive that an underground railroad line delivers parts into a movable building, hiding activity from view. North Korea describes it as a place where the country launches satellites into space. But U.S. spy satellites are keeping a sharp eye on North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri. And increased movement of equipment and personnel into the facility is raising renewed concerns in the U.S. military and intelligence community that something imminent could be in the offing.   More
(Source: CNN - Jan 28)



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