WATCH AS A BORG-LIKE SATELLITE ZIPS BY THE ISS - Space isn't always so spacious. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev gave us a reminder of the existence of space traffic with a video tweeted Wednesday showing a satellite flying by the ISS. The satellite shows up well against the background of Earth's blue water and white clouds. Artemyev zooms in to give a better look at the blocky machine. You even make out details of its solar panels. It looks like a mini version of a Borg cube spaceship from Star Trek. More
(Source: CNET - Jun 21)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MISSION TO LAUNCH IN OCTOBER - Two decades ago, Nick Hague was a wide-eyed, 20-something Air Force second lieutenant from Kansas. Russian Alexey Ovchinin was another 20-something who had harbored cosmonaut dreams since he was 7 years old.
Now, NASA astronaut Hague, 42, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Ovchinin, 46, are heading to the International Space Station together in October and will be aboard to observe the station’s 20th anniversary. While the men have no celebration planned yet, the significance of the station and how much their countries have achieved are not lost on them. More
(Source: Houston Chronicle - Jun 21)
CHECKING CHINA'S POLLUTION BY SATELLITE - Air pollution has smothered China's cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies. But are those policies effective? Now an innovative study co-authored by an MIT scholar shows that one of China's key antipollution laws is indeed working—but unevenly, with one particular set of polluters most readily adapting to it.
The study examines a Chinese law that has required coal-fired power plants to significantly reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, a pollutant associated with respiratory illnesses, starting in July 2014.
(Source: Phys.org - Jun 19)
TRUMP CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF U.S. “SPACE FORCE” - Catching observers off guard, President Trump, in remarks before a National Space Council Meeting at the White House Monday, officially directed to Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the military, a “space force,” to ensure American dominance on the high frontier. Trump also signed his administration’s third Space Policy Directive, calling for establishment of new protocols and procedures to manage and monitor the increasing numbers of satellites in low-Earth orbit and the tens of thousands of pieces of space junk and debris that pose an increasing threat to costly spacecraft. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 19)
4 OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD DADS CELEBRATE FATHER'S DAY IN SPACE - As dads around the world celebrate Father's Day today (June 17), four far-out fathers will spend the holiday floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth at the International Space Station.
NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev (four of the six crewmembers currently aboard the space station for Expedition 56) all have kids back on Earth. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 18)
ISRO CLEARS GSAT-11 FOR LAUNCH - The ISRO has cleared for launch GSAT-11, the satellite which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks, after losing contact with its another satellite that was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.in March this year, an official said.
The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on May 26 from Kourou, a site in South America which India uses to launch its heavy-weight satellite. More
(Source: Times of India - Jun 18)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES SOYUZ-2.1B CARRIER ROCKET WITH GLONASS-M NAVIGATION SATELLITE - Russia launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on Sunday to orbit a Glonass-M satellite, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"On Sunday, at 00:46 Moscow time [21:46 GMT]… the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces successfully launched a middle-class Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a navigation Glonass-M spacecraft," the ministry said in a statement. Hours later the ministry reported that the satellite reached the designated orbit. More
(Source: Sputnik International - Jun 17)
SPACEX HOPES TO LAUNCH 4,000 SATELLITES, MOSTLY FROM FLORIDA, NASA REPORT SAYS - SpaceX has plans to launch more than 4,000 satellites, the majority of which will head into space from the Space Coast, according to an environmental impact study done by the Elon Musk-led company and NASA.
If it comes to fruition, the work would further solidify Cape Canaveral as the world’s busiest private launch center.
Buried in a 73-page study released in April was a reference to a project SpaceX has been pursuing that would establish a constellation of small, Internet-beaming satellites for the company. More
(Source: Orlando Sentinel - Jun 16)
SPACE STATION DIGITAL AMATEUR RADIO TV SYSTEM TRANSMITTER DETERMINED TO BE DEFECTIVE - The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “Ham Video” digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) transmitter on the International Space Station (ISS) is reported to be defective, with onboard repair not possible. Also known as HamTV, the DATV system stopped working in mid-April, and a subsequent test on June 1 using a second L/S band patch antenna on the Columbus module had failed. ARISS-EU Mentor Gaston Bertels, More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 15)