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SPACEX CREW DRAGON ACCIDENT ANOTHER BUMP IN THE ROAD FOR COMMERCIAL CREW - The United States' circuitous road to human spaceflight self-sufficiency just took another turn. On Saturday (April 20), a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule experienced an anomaly during a test of its SuperDraco escape engines...
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SPACE JUNK IS A HUGE PROBLEM—AND IT’S ONLY GETTING BIGGER SPACE JUNK IS A HUGE PROBLEM—AND IT’S ONLY GETTING BIGGER - Hundreds of thousands of man-made objects are zipping around our planet—from dead satellites to errant nuts and bolts, putting our working satellites at risk. In 2009, nearly 500 miles above Siberia, two satellites collided at some 22,300 mph, bursting into a cloud of thousands of pieces of debris. The culprits of this high-speed accident were the inactive Russian satellite Cosmos 2251 and the active U.S.-based communication satellite Iridium 33. Their catastrophic end was the first known time that two satellites collided in space, and a startling reminder of the growing problem of space junk.   More
(Source: National Geographic - Apr 26)


WATCH A NASA TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF A SPACE FREIGHTER ATTACHING TO THE ISS WATCH A NASA TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF A SPACE FREIGHTER ATTACHING TO THE ISS - A time-lapse video from the International Space Station's Twitter account on Wednesday shows how a space freighter docked with the ISS last Friday. In the video, we see how the unmanned Northrup Grumman Cygnus freighter is bolted to the ISS's Unity module, which has a port that constantly faces Earth. According to NASA's blog, the Cygnus brought "close to 7,600 pounds of research and supplies to the space station." That includes experiments on the immune system in space, a well as vascular aging.    More
(Source: CNET - Apr 26)


CARBON-MONITORING INSTRUMENT POISED FOR LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CARBON-MONITORING INSTRUMENT POISED FOR LAUNCH TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - A $110 million NASA science instrument twice targeted for cancellation by the Trump administration is set for launch Tuesday inside the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule for delivery to the International Space Station, where it will spend three years charting changing carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere. Once mounted outside the space station’s Kibo lab module, the instrument package will scan the planet between 52 degrees north and 52 degrees south latitude with the sensitivity to measure carbon dioxide levels to a precision better than one part per million, or within about 0.3 to 0.5 percent of the total carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 26)


THE EMERGENCY LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEMS OF SPACEX AND BOEING EXPLAINED THE EMERGENCY LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEMS OF SPACEX AND BOEING EXPLAINED - If anything goes wrong when a crew of astronauts launches into space, their spacecraft always has a built-in abort system to help them return to Earth safely. But not all abort systems work the same way. In October of 2018, the Soyuz launch-abort system flawlessly brought two International Space Station-bound crewmembers back to Earth after their rocket malfunctioned. In much the same way, the new commercial crew vehicles built by SpaceX and Boeing are designed to safely separate from their rockets and float back down to Earth in case of an emergency.    More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 25)


AEHF-5 SATELLITE ARRIVES AT CAPE CANAVERAL, PREPARES FOR LAUNCH ATOP AN ATLAS V IN JUNE AEHF-5 SATELLITE ARRIVES AT CAPE CANAVERAL, PREPARES FOR LAUNCH ATOP AN ATLAS V IN JUNE - The U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High-Frequency program completed a major program milestone successfully delivering the AEHF-5 satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Prior to transport to CCAFS, AEHF-5 completed testing to include Baseline Integrated Systems Test, Acoustic/Post-Acoustic Deployment tests, Thermal Vacuum, Final Integrated Systems Test, and Factory Confidence Test.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Apr 24)


RELATIVITY TO LAUNCH LEO SATELLITE FOR MU SPACE RELATIVITY TO LAUNCH LEO SATELLITE FOR MU SPACE - Relativity announced April 23 it has secured a contract to launch a low Earth orbit satellite for Thai startup mu Space. In a statement, Relativity said it will launch the unnamed satellite as a “primary, dedicated payload” to LEO on its Terran 1 rocket in 2022. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal. “We’re excited to partner with mu Space, a disruptive innovator in the Asia-Pacific region, to launch their satellite and space technologies with our 3D printed Terran 1 rocket,” Tim Ellis, chief executive of Relativity, said in a statement announcing the deal.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Apr 24)


SPACEX LIKELY TO MOVE NEXT ROCKET LANDING TO DRONE SHIP SPACEX LIKELY TO MOVE NEXT ROCKET LANDING TO DRONE SHIP - SpaceX is likely to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket set for launch April 30 on a drone ship just off the coast of Cape Canaveral, not at the company’s onshore recovery site as originally planned, after a ground test of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule at the landing pad ended in an explosion Saturday. Workers were examining wreckage from the Crew Dragon spacecraft at Landing Zone 1, the site where Falcon 9 boosters return to Cape Canaveral, prompting the company to apply for authority from the Federal Communications Commission to land the first stage on next week’s mission on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 24)


TESTING COMPLETE ON CORE MODULE OF NEW SPACE STATION TESTING COMPLETE ON CORE MODULE OF NEW SPACE STATION - China's manned space program has taken another step forward after authorities revealed on Tuesday that the Tianhe, the core module of the country's upcoming space station, has completed testing, including a vacuum heat test and will soon advance to the flight modeling stage, a day before the country's fourth aerospace day. China's new space station, codenamed Tiangong, is designed to be in service for 10 years, which could be extended through repair and renovation works according to specific needs.    More
(Source: Global Times - Apr 24)


EARTH DAY 2019: THESE AMAZING NASA IMAGES SHOW EARTH FROM ABOVE EARTH DAY 2019: THESE AMAZING NASA IMAGES SHOW EARTH FROM ABOVE - NASA is celebrating Earth Day today (April 22) by sharing some really incredible photos of Earth from satellites, aircraft and deep-space missions. Space.com has picked 10 of our favorite views from NASA's Earth Day gallery and featured them here. For even more amazing NASA photos of Earth, you can find NASA's entire collection of Earth Day photos here. You can also share your own Earth Day Photos with NASA for a chance to have them featured in NASA videos and social media posts.   More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 23)


NASA AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MEMBERS ANNOUNCE FIRST FLIGHT, RECORD-SETTING MISSION NASA AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MEMBERS ANNOUNCE FIRST FLIGHT, RECORD-SETTING MISSION - NASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and a record-setting flight for NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Koch, who arrived at the space station March 14, and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020, will set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Apr 23)


SPACEX CREW DRAGON ACCIDENT CLOUDS OUTLOOK FOR DOMESTIC ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES SPACEX CREW DRAGON ACCIDENT CLOUDS OUTLOOK FOR DOMESTIC ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES - SpaceX had appeared to be cruising to victory over Boeing in the race to be the first to launch astronauts to orbit from U.S. soil since NASA’s final shuttle mission in 2011. Officials including Vice President Mike Pence hailed last month's successful first test flight of the company's Crew Dragon capsule as the dawn of a new era of commercial spaceflight. A pair of astronaut test pilots were on track to fly a Crew Dragon to the International Space Station as soon as July. Not so fast.   More
(Source: Florida Today - Apr 22)


BEIDOU-3 NAVIGATION SATELLITE LAUNCHED ON LONG MARCH 3B BEIDOU-3 NAVIGATION SATELLITE LAUNCHED ON LONG MARCH 3B - China successfully launched a new navigation satellite on Saturday. The launch – later noted to be Beidou-3I1Q (IGSO-1) – took place from the LC3 Launch Complex of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, using a Long March-3B/G2 (Chang Zheng-3B/G2) launch vehicle. Launch time was 14:41 UTC. Also designated Beidou-44, the satellite is part of the GEO component of the 3rd phase of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system, using both geostationary satellites and satellites in intermediate orbits.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Apr 21)


SPACEX CONFIRMS ANOMALY DURING CREW DRAGON ABORT ENGINE TEST SPACEX CONFIRMS ANOMALY DURING CREW DRAGON ABORT ENGINE TEST - An accident Saturday during an abort engine test on a Crew Dragon test vehicle at Cape Canaveral sent a reddish-orange plume into the sky visible for miles around, a setback for SpaceX and NASA as teams prepare the capsule for its first mission with astronauts. SpaceX is testing the Crew Dragon ahead of the capsule’s first test flight with astronauts later this year, following a successful Crew Dragon demonstration mission to the International Space Station in early March. SpaceX confirmed the accident, first reported by Florida Today, in a statement Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 21)


CYGNUS SUPPLY SHIP DELIVERS 3.8-TON CARGO LOAD TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CYGNUS SUPPLY SHIP DELIVERS 3.8-TON CARGO LOAD TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - NASA flight engineer Anne McClain grappled Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus supply ship with the International Space Station’s robotic arm Friday, marking the automated cargo freighter’s arrival after an abbreviated day-and-a-half-long journey from a launch pad in Virginia with nearly 7,600 pounds of experiments, food and provisions. Commanding the Canadian-built robot arm from a control station in the cupola module, McClain guided the arm’s end effector over a grapple pin on the rear end of the Cygnus spaceship as the cargo craft held steady roughly 30 feet (10 meters) below the complex.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 21)


U.S. MILITARY ELECTRON LAUNCH FIRST TEST FOR YORK SATELLITE U.S. MILITARY ELECTRON LAUNCH FIRST TEST FOR YORK SATELLITE - Rocket Lab is preparing to launch in May three U.S. military satellites including the Army Harbinger mission as part of the Defense Department’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative. Harbinger is designed to test whether an inexpensive commercial satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar can quickly deliver Earth imagery to soldiers. Through Harbinger, the Army plans to evaluate the benefit of rapid deployment of a low-cost, state-of-the art satellite with enhanced data collection and downlink capabilities, according to Harbinger fact sheet published by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command’s Technical Center.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Apr 20)


THE LATEST LOST SATELLITE IS NOW SPACE JUNK THAT COULD PUT OTHER SPACECRAFT AT RISK THE LATEST LOST SATELLITE IS NOW SPACE JUNK THAT COULD PUT OTHER SPACECRAFT AT RISK - On Thursday, satellite service provider Intelsat announced that one of its communications satellites is now completely lost in orbit above Earth, rendering the vehicle an unmovable piece of space debris. Intelsat says that something damaged the satellite, causing its onboard propellant to leak out into space. Now, without the ability to maneuver and communicate, the satellite could pose a potential threat to other vehicles in the same orbit.   More
(Source: The Verge - Apr 20)


SPACEX'S NEXT SPACE STATION CARGO LAUNCH DELAYED TO APRIL 30 SPACEX'S NEXT SPACE STATION CARGO LAUNCH DELAYED TO APRIL 30 - SpaceX has pushed back the launch of its next robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by four days, to April 30. The California-based company's Dragon cargo capsule is now scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:22 a.m. EDT (0822 GMT) on April 30 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA officials announced today (April 19). "SpaceX will take advantage of the additional time to perform a static fire test and pre-flight checkouts," NASA officials wrote in an update.    More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 20)


EASTER DINNER IS HEADED TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION EASTER DINNER IS HEADED TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Even astronauts need to do a “big shop” for the Easter holidays. A grocery rocket filled with festive treats blasted off bound for the International Space Station April 17. As many as 800 meals are tucked away on the capsule which took off from Wallops Island, Virginia on Wednesday. They will be dished out over the coming weeks to the six crew currently on board the floating laboratory orbiting 254 miles above the Earth.   More
(Source: New York Post - Apr 19)


KEPLER AND MAGELLAN TO FLY INNOVATIVE SMART RADIATOR DEVICE ON SATELLITE MISSION KEPLER AND MAGELLAN TO FLY INNOVATIVE SMART RADIATOR DEVICE ON SATELLITE MISSION - Kepler Communications ("Kepler"), a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider, and Magellan Aerospace Corporation have signed a Letter of Intention to fly an innovative Smart Radiator Device (SRD) on Kepler's third satellite, scheduled for launch later this year. The unique SRD, designed to significantly improve temperature management on-board future satellites, is being developed by MPB Communications in partnership with Magellan Aerospace.   More
(Source: Space Daily - Apr 18)


ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCHES CYGNUS CARGO SHIP ON MARATHON MISSION FOR NASA ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCHES CYGNUS CARGO SHIP ON MARATHON MISSION FOR NASA - An Antares rocket soared into the afternoon sky over Virginia on Wednesday (April 17) carrying tons of NASA supplies — and 40 intrepid mice — to the International Space Station. The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and its uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft launched into the cosmos from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, kicking off a two-day voyage to the space station. Liftoff occurred at 4:46 p.m. EDT (2046 GMT). "A beautiful day, a fantastic launch," NASA's deputy space station program manager Joel Montalbano said after the successful liftoff.   More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 18)

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