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NASA COMMEMORATES 9/11 WITH NEW PHOTOS OF NEW YORK FROM SPACE - Seventeen years after 9/11, NASA is commemorating the anniversary of the tragic terror attacks with new photos of New York City and Washington taken from space.
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AEOLUS: FORECAST IS GOOD FOR FIRST EVER WIND-MEASURING SATELLITE AEOLUS: FORECAST IS GOOD FOR FIRST EVER WIND-MEASURING SATELLITE - This edition of Space comes from the coast of northern Norway, where we’ve come to the Andøya Space Centre to meet scientists working on a new satellite called Aeolus, which is measuring the winds all around our planet for the very first time. But right now they’re working on calibrating and validating all of the measurements they’re getting from orbit. ​This groundbreaking mission began with the rumble of an Italian Vega rocket, which in late August this year blasted ESA's long-awaited Aeolus satellite off into space, which is now flying fast and low, just 320 kilometres above our heads.   More
(Source: euronews - Sep 22)


LAUNCH OF JAPAN’S SEVENTH HTV SUPPLY SHIP RESET FOR SATURDAY LAUNCH OF JAPAN’S SEVENTH HTV SUPPLY SHIP RESET FOR SATURDAY - Japanese space officials have rescheduled the launch of an H-2B rocket and a space station-bound HTV supply ship for Saturday after halting a countdown last week due to a propulsion system problem and bypassing a launch opportunity Friday because of a poor weather forecast. Originally scheduled for Sept. 10, the resupply launch was postponed as a typhoon skirted Guam, home of a tracking station needed to receive telemetry from the H-2B rocket during its flight. Managers rolled the H-2B rocket out to its launch pad ahead of a launch attempt Sept. 14, but the launch team called off the liftoff after fueling the launcher to investigate a valve problem in the H-2B’s second stage, according to officials from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the rocket’s contractor.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 21)


EXPANSION OF CHINA’S BEIDOU SATELLITE FLEET CONTINUES WITH SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH EXPANSION OF CHINA’S BEIDOU SATELLITE FLEET CONTINUES WITH SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH - Another successful launch Wednesday carried two more Beidou satellites into orbit, continuing a string of missions to push China’s independent navigation network closer to global coverage and adding international search-and-rescue support to the program’s portfolio. The satellites climbed into space at the top of a Long March 3B rocket, which lifted off from the Xichang space center in southwest China’s Sichuan province at 1407 GMT (10:07 a.m. EDT), according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, or CALT, the state-owned builder of most of the country’s launchers.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 21)


JAPANESE CARGO SHIP GETS NEW LAUNCH DATE FOR SPACE STATION DELIVERY JAPANESE CARGO SHIP GETS NEW LAUNCH DATE FOR SPACE STATION DELIVERY - Japan's space agency has delayed the launch of the Kounotori7 cargo ship to no earlier than Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1:52 p.m. EDT (1752 GMT/2:52 a.m. JST on Sept. 23) due to bad weather expected at the Tanegashima Space Center launch site. Our original preview story can be seen below. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has set a new launch date for its next uncrewed cargo ship bound for the International Space Station after more than a week of delays due to bad weather and technical issues.    More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 21)


FIRST SATELLITE FOR GPS III UPGRADES TO LAUNCH IN DECEMBER FIRST SATELLITE FOR GPS III UPGRADES TO LAUNCH IN DECEMBER - Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force are preparing to launch the first of their constellation of advanced GPS III satellites in December, expected to be the most precise, reliable version of the system yet. While civilians and businesses around the world depend on GPS for everyday communications and navigation, the military requires constant location information transmitted through a system secure enough to be impenetrable to enemies. The new system is built for modern electronic warfare, officials say, which will protect it for all users.   More
(Source: UPI - Sep 21)


ORBITAL CLUSTER GLONASS NOW HAS 23 OPERATIONAL SATELLITES ORBITAL CLUSTER GLONASS NOW HAS 23 OPERATIONAL SATELLITES - Russia’s space satellite Glonass-M number 754 has been withdrawn from the orbital group, which now consists of 23 operational satellites, as follows from information available on the website of the information and analysis center of temporal, coordinate and navigation support. According to earlier reports, global coverage will require 24 operational GLONASS satellites, including 18 covering the territory of Russia. Thirteen of the 26 satellites in the cluster are beyond the warranty date.    More
(Source: TASS - Sep 20)


SATELLITE USES GIANT NET TO PRACTICE CAPTURING SPACE JUNK SATELLITE USES GIANT NET TO PRACTICE CAPTURING SPACE JUNK - A British satellite, designed to test out ways to clean up debris in space, just successfully ensnared a simulated piece of junk in orbit using a big net. On Sunday, September 16th, the vehicle, known as the RemoveDEBRIS satellite, deployed its onboard net, which then captured a nearby target probe that the vehicle had released a few seconds earlier. The demonstration shows that a simple idea like a net may be an effective way to clean up all the material orbiting Earth. The RemoveDEBRIS satellite is meant to try out numerous different methods for cleaning up space junk, which has become a growing problem ever since we started launching rockets into orbit.    More
(Source: The Verge - Sep 20)


NASA'S NEW PLANET HUNTING SATELLITE SHARES 'FIRST LIGHT' PHOTO OF SPACE NASA'S NEW PLANET HUNTING SATELLITE SHARES 'FIRST LIGHT' PHOTO OF SPACE - The hunt is on. If we're going to find life in the cosmos, it's a good idea to look for other planets. The Kepler telescope has done a fantastic job since launching in 2009, but with that workhorse satellite reaching the end of its life, it's time for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to take over. On Monday, NASA shared "first light" images of the southern sky beamed back to Earth from its new planet hunting satellite. "First light" is the astronomical term used to describe the first time a telescope acquires images.   More
(Source: CNET - Sep 19)


CHINA TO LAUNCH NEXT BEIDOU NAVIGATION SATELLITE PAIR ON WEDNESDAY CHINA TO LAUNCH NEXT BEIDOU NAVIGATION SATELLITE PAIR ON WEDNESDAY - China will launch the next pair of satellites for its Beidou navigation and positioning system on Wednesday, according to airspace closure notices. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) filed last week indicates a window of 1358-1432 UTC (21:58-22:32 local, 9:58-10:32 Eastern) for a launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, southwest China. If the launch goes according to plan, the mission will see the 12th and 13th Beidou satellites put into orbit this year alone, with the country pushing to complete the system of 35 operational satellites in 2020.    More
(Source: GBTIMES - Sep 18)


BRITISH EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES RIDE INDIAN ROCKET INTO ORBIT BRITISH EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES RIDE INDIAN ROCKET INTO ORBIT - Two British-built reconnaissance satellites, one designed to test new radar imaging technology and another to collect high-resolution optical imagery, arrived in orbit Sunday after a successful liftoff aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The PSLV lit its solid-fueled core stage as the countdown clock reached zero at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast. The first stage motor pushed the 144-foot-tall (44.4-meter) rocket, which flew in its least powerful variant with no strap-on boosters, away fro the Indian spaceport on the Bay of Bengal at 1638 GMT (12:38 p.m. EDT).   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 17)


ISRO'S FULLY-COMMERCIAL PSLV SATELLITE LAUNCH ON SUNDAY ISRO'S FULLY-COMMERCIAL PSLV SATELLITE LAUNCH ON SUNDAY - The launch of PSLV-C42 is scheduled on September 16, 2018 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This mission is designed to launch two earth observation satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4 (together weighing nearly 889 kg) of M/s Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space. Both satellites are planned to be launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.   More
(Source: ISRO - Sep 16)


THE LATEST: GOV. BROWN SAYS CALIFORNIA WILL LAUNCH SATELLITE THE LATEST: GOV. BROWN SAYS CALIFORNIA WILL LAUNCH SATELLITE - California Gov. Jerry Brown says the state plans to launch its "own damn satellite" into orbit to address climate change. The man famously dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" said Friday the state is working with a San Francisco-based earth imaging company on a satellite to track climate-change causing pollutants. Brown said the company Planet Labs has launched 150 satellites. The Democratic governor announced the project at a climate change summit in San Francisco he organized.   More
(Source: ABC News - Sep 16)


DEFENSE GIANTS BET BIG ON SMALL SATELLITES DEFENSE GIANTS BET BIG ON SMALL SATELLITES - Major U.S. defense contractors are working to reinvent their satellite businesses to include satellites no larger than a microwave oven, as they try to keep pace with a new crop of commercial technology companies leading a wave of disruption in the space industry. Their efforts are spearheading new investments in so-called cube-sat technology, as the U.S. government looks for alternatives to the expensive, bus-sized satellites it has relied on for decades.   More
(Source: Washington Post - Sep 16)


FINAL DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCHES $1 BILLION ICE PROBE FINAL DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCHES $1 BILLION ICE PROBE - Ending a 30-year run as one of America's most successful rockets, a United Launch Alliance's 155th and final Delta 2 roared to life for the last time Saturday carrying a $1 billion NASA satellite into orbit to measure the thickness and extent of polar ice sheets, changes in sea level and the height of forest canopies and clouds. The ICESat-2 satellite -- the acronym stands for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite 2 -- is the most sophisticated ice-monitoring spacecraft ever launched, equipped with advanced electronics and a laser that will fire 10,000 pulses per second at the ground below and then capture the faint reflections.   More
(Source: CBS News - Sep 15)


JAPAN DELAYS LAUNCH OF NEW SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP AGAIN JAPAN DELAYS LAUNCH OF NEW SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP AGAIN - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unexpectedly delayed a vital cargo launch to the International Space Station just an hour before the rocket was scheduled to lift off. The agency has not yet provided a new launch date or an explanation for the delay. The mission had already been postponed from a liftoff originally scheduled for Sept. 10 (Sept. 11 local time) by a typhoon near the launch site at Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. After the weather delays, the agency calculated a range of launch windows lasting through the end of October.   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 15)


SCIENTISTS EAGER TO RENEW GLOBAL ICE MEASUREMENTS WITH ICESAT 2 MISSION SCIENTISTS EAGER TO RENEW GLOBAL ICE MEASUREMENTS WITH ICESAT 2 MISSION - The satellite awaiting launch early Saturday from California aboard the final flight of the venerable Delta 2 rocket should allow scientists to more precisely track changes in our planet’s ice sheets, using six green laser beams to chart the height and slope of polar ice and glaciers, providing a key input into climate change research. Researchers who plan to analyze data from the new satellite say a better understanding of Earth’s ice will help them learn about our planet’s changing climate, and help predict how melting ice will contribute to rising sea levels.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 15)


STUDENT-LAUNCHED SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EARTH STUDENT-LAUNCHED SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EARTH - Since its successful launch and deployment earlier this year, the Brown Space Engineering’s EQUiSat cube satellite has been continuously transmitting information down to Providence. A team of students at BSE has been collaborating on the project since its conception nearly eight years ago. As the team receives and records data from EQUiSat, BSE is already in the preliminary stages of preparing their next big cube satellite project, which is tentatively set for mid-2021, said current Project Manager Jacob Leiken ’20.   More
(Source: The Brown Daily Herald - Sep 14)


RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY TO NASA: INVESTIGATION INTO SPACE STATION LEAK IS UNDER WAY RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY TO NASA: INVESTIGATION INTO SPACE STATION LEAK IS UNDER WAY - Two weeks after astronauts and cosmonauts repaired an air leak at the International Space Station, investigators are still trying to figure out how the tiny hole got there. According to a new joint statement from NASA and Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin invited NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to meet in a teleconference on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to discuss the investigation.   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 14)


NASA TO LAUNCH SATELLITE TRACKING EARTH'S MELTING ICE ON SATURDAY NASA TO LAUNCH SATELLITE TRACKING EARTH'S MELTING ICE ON SATURDAY - NASA is set to launch its Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2 — that will track Earth's melting poles and disappearing sea ice — on Saturday, 15 September. The satellite with a three-year mission is scheduled to launch at 6.16 pm IST on Saturday, with liftoff aboard a Satellite Delta II rocket from the Space Launch Complex-2 (SLC-2), the US space agency said in a blog post late on Tuesday, 11 September.   More
(Source: Firstpost - Sep 13)


HURRICANE FLORENCE: HOW SATELLITES ARE TRACKING THE MONSTER STORM FROM SPACE HURRICANE FLORENCE: HOW SATELLITES ARE TRACKING THE MONSTER STORM FROM SPACE - As Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the U.S. East Coast, several satellites are monitoring the dangerous storm system with a variety of instruments. From tracking wind speeds, rainfall and temperatures to capturing breathtaking views of the spinning monstrosity of a storm, a fleet of satellites run by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing weather forecasters with the tools they need to keep people safe.   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 13)

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