INDIAN STUDENT PROJECT PLANS TO LAUNCH EARTHQUAKE PREDICTING SATELLITE BY 2015 - Despite progress on earthquake early-warning systems, it's hard to measure earthquakes before they begin. But a satellite project in Chennai may soon help predict quakes from below the Van Allen belt. It is perhaps the ultimate student project: to build a satellite and launch it, to test a theory, and potentially help predict devastating earthquakes by studying radiation belts.
And it is exactly what 30 students from a range of engineering disciplines in Chennai are working towards. More
(Source: Deutsche Welle - Oct 1)
CONSTRUCTION OF TEXAS LAUNCH SITE TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR - SpaceX broke ground on a new commercial spaceport Sept. 22 on the shores of South Texas, committing to the construction of the world's first privately-owned satellite launch pad scheduled to be operational as soon as late 2016. The ceremonial groundbreaking, attended by more than 100 state and local officials, SpaceX employees, and media representatives, marked the end of a nationwide search for a location to build a new launch base for SpaceX's Falcon rocket family.
"This is just the first initial groundbreaking," said Elon Musk, CEO and chief designer at SpaceX. "It's going to take several years to build out the spaceport. This is going to be quite a significant building endeavor." More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 1)
CHINA SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITE - China has launched a new experimental satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi desert on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Shijian-11-07 was boosted by Long March 2C launch vehicle at 05:13 UTC. This is the seventh in a series of satellites that - according to Chinese media - known as "experimental satellites".
They are developed by China Spacesat Co. under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. More
(Source: RIA Novosti - Sep 29)
PROTON ROCKET LIFTS OFF ON RETURN-TO-FLIGHT MISSION - A Russian Proton rocket blasted off Saturday with a secret military satellite, returning to flight status after a four-month grounding following a launch failure in May.
The three-stage booster, topped with a Breeze M upper stage, launched at 2023 GMT (4:23 p.m. EDT) Saturday, or 2:23 a.m. local time at the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency.
The Proton booster released the launcher's Breeze M upper stage about 10 minutes after liftoff to begin a series of maneuvers to propel the mission's payload into orbit thousands of miles above Earth. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 28)
ISRO TO LAUNCH THIRD NAVIGATIONAL SATELLITE IN OCTOBER - The third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be launched in October, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). The launch window will open in the first week of October, said an Isro spokesperson. This is the window during which conditions are opimal for the satellite to reach the right orbit. The IRNSS, which will be a constellation of seven satellites, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region, extending up to 1,500km from India's boundary. It aims to reduce India's dependence on foreign navigational systems such as the US global positioning system and the Russian global navigation satellite system. More
(Source: Livemint - Sep 27)
ROMANIA WANTS ITS OWN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLIT - Romania might have its own communications satellite in a few years, which might help diminish the costs of renting out communication lines. Authorities are considering drafting a clear plan in 2015, so that the country can have its first own communications satellite after three or four more years, said Razvan Cotovelea, the Minister for the Information Society.
The satellite would support all types of communication, from special communication for the Ministry of National Defense, or Foreign Affairs Ministry, and would also allow renting out communication lines to any private investors. It would also help reduce the state's cost for renting out communication lines from various suppliers on the market, and make extra money by renting out such lines to others. More
(Source: Romania-Insider.com - Sep 26)
US-RUSSIAN CREW DOCKS WITH SPACE STATION - A U.S.-Russian crew docked early Friday with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan.
The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it orbited 226 miles (364 kilometers) above the earth. It was carrying space veterans Alexander Samokutayev of Russia and American Barry Wilmore along with Elena Servova of Russia, making her first journey.
The capsule launched at 2:25 a.m. Friday (2025 GMT Thursday, 4:25 p.m. EDT) from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
(Source: TheNewsTribune.com - Sep 25)
RUSSIA TO INJECT MASSIVE NEW FUNDING INTO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Russia's new federal space program will allocate a whopping 321 billion rubles ($8.2 billion) to the development and utilization of the International Space Station, a byword for global space cooperation that Moscow threatened to abandon earlier this year over the crisis in Ukraine.
At a meeting with the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying Russia's 2016-25 program, which is in the final stages of government approval, will heap extra funds on the $100 billion international project, "including new [space station] modules and the OKA-T automated spacecraft." More
(Source: The Moscow Times - Sep 25)
1ST MADE IN NIGERIA SATELLITE TO BE LAUNCHED BY 2018 - The Minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama, said on Tuesday in Abuja that Nigeria would design, fabricate, test and launch its indigenous satellite by 2018.
Bulama stated this when he inspected facilities at the Obasanjo Space Centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
The minister said the centre had the mandate to launch Nigeria's first indigenous satellite by 2018, and described space science and technology programme as an important component of the Nigerian dream.
According to him, the satellite programme has a very positive role to play in the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration. More
(Source: Bella Naija - Sep 24)
SUPPLIES DELIVERED TO SPACE STATION BY DRAGON CARGO CRAFT - A Dragon cargo craft closed in on the International Space Station on Tuesday after a two-day pursuit following Sunday's launch from Cape Canaveral, delivering more than 2.5 tons of supplies for scientists and the lab's residents. A habitat with 20 mice, a commercially-made 3D printer, and a $26 million NASA instrument to aid hurricane research -- plus gear for more than 250 other experiments -- arrived inside the Dragon supply ship.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst took control of the space station's Canadian-built robotic arm to grapple the 12-foot-diameter gumdrop-shaped cargo capsule at 6:52 a.m. EDT (1052 GMT) Tuesday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 23)