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INDIA DECLARES SUCCESS ON PSLV’S MOST COMPLEX MISSION INDIA DECLARES SUCCESS ON PSLV’S MOST COMPLEX MISSION - Eight satellites blasted off Monday on top of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, including an instrument to track tropical cyclones, a pathfinder for a U.S.-owned commercial Earth observation fleet, and multiple spacecraft for Algeria. The 14-story launcher lifted off at 0342 GMT Monday (11:42 p.m. EDT Sunday) from the First Launch Pad the Satish Dhawan Space Center, India’s spaceport on the country’s eastern coastline. The PSLV’s 37th flight carried up an Indian satellite to measure ocean winds and supply data for forecasters around the world to estimate the intensity and location of tropical cyclones, plus seven other payloads for U.S., Algerian, Canadian and Indian organizations.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 26)


TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE PSLV'S LONGEST-EVER FLIGHT TOMORROW TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE PSLV'S LONGEST-EVER FLIGHT TOMORROW - On Monday, India’s workhorse PSLV will, for the first time, inject eight different satellites, including weather satellite SCATSAT-1, into two different orbits. Here are the details of the launch and payloads: — The PSLV-C35 will be launched from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota at 9.12 a.m. tomorrow. The total weight of all the eight satellites is about 675 kg. — The SCATSAT-1 will be released first into a 730 km Polar Sunsynchronous Orbit (SSO) after about 17 minutes and the rest will be injected into a lower orbit of 689 km after around two hours. The flight is PSLV’s longest ever.    More
(Source: The Hindu - Sep 26)


ARE CUBESATS A NUISANCE TO SPACE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS EFFORTS? ARE CUBESATS A NUISANCE TO SPACE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS EFFORTS? - Small satellites and cubesats should not be viewed as a major contributor to congestion or in creating space debris in low earth orbit, at least based on recent history, a panel of experts here said Sept. 23. “We need to change our attitude about cubesats. They are not a nuisance,” Bhavya Lal, a research staff member at the Institute of Defense Analyses’ Science and Technology Policy Institute, said during a panel discussion. “[They are] a very important part of our satellite ecosystem.” Speaking at the AMOS conference, Lal said all but one cubesat has been tracked by the Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center and 18th Space Control Squadron, which issues collision warning messages. Because of that tracking, the Air Force has been able to ensure cubesats do not crash into other satellites and create unwanted debris.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 25)


WHERE WILL THE OUT-OF-CONTROL CHINESE SPACE STATION LAND? WHERE WILL THE OUT-OF-CONTROL CHINESE SPACE STATION LAND? - Scientists have admitted that they have no way of safely guiding Tiangong-1 back to Earth, and say it is moving too fast to accurately predict where debris from the 8.5-tonne module will crash. The nation’s first prototype space station, Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”, launched into orbit in September 2011. The module reached the end of its service life earlier this year and was due to splashdown – eventually – in the Pacific Ocean. But at a recent press conference, the Chinese space agency admitted it had lost contact with the station. They did not explain what had gone wrong.   More
(Source: The Guardian - Sep 25)


ALIBABA PLANS TO LAUNCH WORLD'S FIRST E-COMMERCE SATELLITE ALIBABA PLANS TO LAUNCH WORLD'S FIRST E-COMMERCE SATELLITE - China's online marketing giant Alibaba plans to launch the world's first e-commerce satellite next year to provide people with the best vegetables after analysing agricultural cultivation and harvesting data. Juhuasuan.com, a group shopping website affiliated with Alibaba Group, has announced plans to launch the world's very first e-commerce satellite, a report in the state-run People's Daily said. The project is in cooperation with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle T ..    More
(Source: Economic Times - Sep 24)


EXPLOSION THAT DESTROYED FALCON ROCKET, FACEBOOK SATELLITE POSSIBLY DUE TO GAS TANK BREACH EXPLOSION THAT DESTROYED FALCON ROCKET, FACEBOOK SATELLITE POSSIBLY DUE TO GAS TANK BREACH - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that exploded on the launch pad earlier this month and destroyed a valuable satellite may have resulted from a leak in its cryogenic helium system, the company said Friday. SpaceX attempted to launch the locket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 1. AMOS-6 mission controllers said the "catastrophic abort" occurred during a stationary test firing of the rocket's engines. The aerospace company said in an update Friday that it has been working with NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and industry experts to try and determine the cause for weeks.   More
(Source: UPI - Sep 24)


MORE SATELLITE COLLISION WARNINGS TO COME WITH SPACE FENCE DATA MORE SATELLITE COLLISION WARNINGS TO COME WITH SPACE FENCE DATA - A senior Pentagon official said the U.S. Air Force will need to rethink how it issues satellite collision warnings when a new space object tracking system goes online or risk overwhelming satellite operators and hardware systems with overly cautious alerts. In 2018, the Air Force’s next-generation space object tracking system, known as the Space Fence, will go online and detect satellites and space debris 5 centimeters and larger. Defense Department officials said they are optimistic that on the best days, the $900 million Space Fence, built by Lockheed Martin on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, may be able to track objects as small as 1 centimeter. That’s a marked improvement over the Defense Department’s current network of radars and sensors, which tracks objects 10 centimeters and larger.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 23)


CHINA JUST LAUNCHED BOTTLES OF WINE INTO SPACE FOR AN EXPERIMENT CHINA JUST LAUNCHED BOTTLES OF WINE INTO SPACE FOR AN EXPERIMENT - China launched a cache of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir vines into space on the orbiting Tiangong-2 lab during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival on September 15, in an experiment that hopes to yield a sturdier plant by exposing them to the harsh climates and radiation of space. According to DecanterChina.com, scientists hope the experiments will create a vine that is more drought, cold, and virus resistant making the vines more suitable for Chinese weather. The auspicious launch date is perhaps a nod to Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival folklore, as legend tells the story of the moon goddess, Chang’e, levitating all the way in to space after getting drunk on the “elixir of life.”   More
(Source: Fortune - Sep 23)


CHINA’S FALLING SPACE STATION IS NOT GOING TO HIT YOU ON THE HEAD. UNLESS IT DOES CHINA’S FALLING SPACE STATION IS NOT GOING TO HIT YOU ON THE HEAD. UNLESS IT DOES - No day counts as a good day when an eight-ton Chinese space station falls on your head. If you’re like most people, you don’t give that danger a lot of thought, and the good news is, you don’t have to start now. Probably. The dangers posed by an eight-ton Chinese space station have been much in the news of late, after Chinese officials admitted during a Sept. 14 press conference that its Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) space station, launched in 2011, having “comprehensively fulfilled its historical mission,” is going to come crashing back to Earth sometime in 2017. Where exactly will it land? Well, hard to say. When exactly will the reentry happen? In the second half of the year—if it doesn’t happen earlier or later.   More
(Source: TIME - Sep 23)


ISRO TO LAUNCH SCATSAT, 7 OTHER SATELLITES ON SEPTEMBER 26 ISRO TO LAUNCH SCATSAT, 7 OTHER SATELLITES ON SEPTEMBER 26 - Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday said it would launch SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on September 26. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 37th flight, (PSLV-C35) will launch the satellites at 9:12 hours on September 26, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, ISRO said. The 377 kg SCATSAT-1 satellite will have satellites from Algeria, Canada and USA, as well as two satellites from Indian Universities as its co-passenger. ISRO said SCATSAT-1 would be placed into a 720 km Polar SSO, whereas the two Universities satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit.    More
(Source: Times of India - Sep 22)


CHINA LOSES CONTROL OF SPACE STATION NOW HURTLING TOWARDS EARTH CHINA LOSES CONTROL OF SPACE STATION NOW HURTLING TOWARDS EARTH - China has begrudgingly admitted that the country's first and only space station is most likely out of control -- and is expected to crash into the Earth's atmosphere next year. The Tiangong-1 space station, launched in September 2011, means "heavenly palace" and was used to perform docking exercises in preparation for the country to build and launch a larger space complex by 2020. The station is also equipped with monitoring equipment and sensor payloads for space observation. However, speculation over the past few months has led to rumors that the 8.5-ton Tiangong-1's telemetry link to Earth operators has failed, which would result in an uncontrolled plummet to Earth in the next few years.   More
(Source: ZDNet - Sep 22)


BREATHTAKING IMAGE OF MEDITERRANEAN STORM TAKEN FROM SPACE STATION BREATHTAKING IMAGE OF MEDITERRANEAN STORM TAKEN FROM SPACE STATION - 4Share to TwitterShare to RedditShare to StumbleUponShare to Google+Share to Tumblr NASA have released stunning new night-time pictures taken from onboard the International Space Station (ISS), giving a fascinating perspective of cities and regions bordering the Mediterranean. The Strait of Gibraltar, the Nile river, southern Italy and a powerful thunderstorm, seen from more than 400km (250 miles) above, were all captured on film by members of the Expedition 49 crew as the space station passed over Earth in low orbit.   More
(Source: RT - Sep 22)


SCIENTISTS ARE SENDING A TINY SATELLITE PROPELLED BY WATER TO ORBIT THE MOON SCIENTISTS ARE SENDING A TINY SATELLITE PROPELLED BY WATER TO ORBIT THE MOON - Say ‘hello’ to a new way to travel the solar system. As part of the Cube Quest Challenge, sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate Centennial Challenge Program, students from Cornell are attempting to be the first to send a CubeSat to orbit the moon. Even more impressive is that they’re powering the spacecraft using only water. A CubeSat is a tiny satellite about the size of a cereal box, and weighs approximately 1.3 kg. It is usually made out of off-the-shelf electronic materials only.   More
(Source: Futurism - Sep 21)


KCNA: NORTH KOREA 'SUCCESSFULLY' TESTED SATELLITE ROCKET ENGINE KCNA: NORTH KOREA 'SUCCESSFULLY' TESTED SATELLITE ROCKET ENGINE - North Korea stated that it has successfully completed a test of a new satellite rocket engine. Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran a front-page article on Tuesday, local time, that showed what appeared to be the engine test. The newspaper also stated "Comrade Kim Jong Un" provided guidance during the test at the site identified as the Sohae satellite launchpad, according to Yonhap. The Rodong ran nine color photographs of Kim and the engine, and Kim reportedly said North Korea must become a geostationary-satellite state in a few years' time, after conducting several more tests. Kim also said space development is an important project for the Party and on the "national level."   More
(Source: UPI - Sep 21)


CHINA'S FIRST SPACE STATION WILL BURN UP IN LATE 2017 CHINA'S FIRST SPACE STATION WILL BURN UP IN LATE 2017 - Officials in China have conceded that Tiangong-1, the nation's first space station, has now settled into a decaying orbit. That's a sanitized, polite way of saying that the 18,753 pound craft is now hurtling towards Earth with no way of controlling its descent. The vessel is expected to begin burning up towards the end of 2017, although there's a couple of caveats that may not music to anyone's ears. Reading between the lines, Popular Mechanics believes that China cannot anticipate where the burn up and re-entry will take place. The thinking goes that most controlled descents are planned to take place over the ocean, where there's little to no risk of harming people. An uncontrolled descent means that any debris that survives re-entry could strike a populated area, and if you've seen Armageddon, you know what that means.   More
(Source: Engadget - Sep 21)


MAPLE GROVE STUDENTS CREATE SATELLITE TO BE LAUNCHED TO SPACE MAPLE GROVE STUDENTS CREATE SATELLITE TO BE LAUNCHED TO SPACE - This is North Dakota's first satellite that is going to be launched into space at the end of December. This small satellite could mean big things for the space industry. Space is hard, failures happen and the costs can be astronomical to think about. Michael and Sean Wegerson of Maple Grove are the co-founders of Open Space Frontier Technologies. They, along with their designer Alex Holland, are making small cube satellites that can hold a small payload to bring experiments in to space.   More
(Source: KARE - Sep 20)


NORTH KOREA'S KIM GUIDES NEW ROCKET ENGINE TEST, CALLS FOR SATELLITE LAUNCH NORTH KOREA'S KIM GUIDES NEW ROCKET ENGINE TEST, CALLS FOR SATELLITE LAUNCH - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, the North's state media reported on Tuesday, the latest in a rapid succession of missile-related tests this year by the isolated state. Kim asked the scientists and engineers to make "preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible on the basis of the successful test," the official KCNA news agency said, indicating the North may soon launch another long-range rocket. The test was conducted amid global condemnation of the North's fifth nuclear test earlier this month and a call by the United States, Japan and South Korea this week for greater pressure on Pyongyang over its disregard for United Nations resolutions banning missile and nuclear programs.   More
(Source: Reuters - Sep 20)


ASTONISHING TIME-LAPSE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS RAPID GROWTH OF REFUGEE CAMPS ASTONISHING TIME-LAPSE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS RAPID GROWTH OF REFUGEE CAMPS - On Monday, member countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for a summit on the global refugee crisis. They will try to agree on a more humane, coordinated response. The crisis has reached unprecedented proportions. There are upward of 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. A third of them are in countries other than their own. Ten million of them were born as refugees and remain stateless, which gives a sense of the intractability of many conflicts. International institutions have scrambled to provide food, medical treatment, shelter and safety. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees plays a leading role in setting up camps, both for internally and externally displaced people. Countless other organizations, big and small, lead and bolster that push, depending on the location.   More
(Source: Washington Post - Sep 20)


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE SPACEX TO RETURN TO SPACE? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE SPACEX TO RETURN TO SPACE? - It's not a rhetorical question -- it might be a question of financial life or death. For SpaceX, it's back to square one -- or more precisely, square zero. A little over three weeks ago, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket undergoing pre-launch testing at Cape Canaveral exploded on its launch pad. Along with the rocket, and an on-board Israeli satellite, the explosion sent SpaceX's year-long streak of successful launches up in smoke, resetting it to zero. Now the question is: How long will it take SpaceX to return to space? How long to get back to square one?   More
(Source: Motley Fool - Sep 19)


VOTING FROM THE ISS: VIDEO LINK FOR COSMONAUTS, EMAIL FOR ASTRONAUTS VOTING FROM THE ISS: VIDEO LINK FOR COSMONAUTS, EMAIL FOR ASTRONAUTS - Anatoly Ivanishin has joined a very select club of voters who have voted from space more than once. The only Russian currently on the ISS, who cast his ballot in Sunday’s parliamentary vote, was also on the space station during the last election in 2011. In a televised broadcast, Ivanishin, who has been on the International Space Station since July, publicly declared that he authorized Oleg Kononenko, deputy leader of the Russian cosmonaut squadron, to cast his vote for him. The two cosmonauts were then connected by a private uplink, in which Ivanishin declared his preference. Kononenko placed his paper ballot into a transparent polling box, placed in the middle of Mission Control, located outside of Moscow.   More
(Source: RT - Sep 19)