Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

China: Regime unveils 2020 Mars rover concept

August 24, 2016
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Manila Times [Philippines]    

"China has unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade in a mission that faces 'unprecedented' challenges, state media said on Wednesday. China, which is pouring billions into its space program and working to catch up with the US and Europe, announced in April it aims to send a spacecraft 'around 2020' to orbit Mars, land and deploy the rover." (08/24/16)

http://www.manilatimes.net/china-unveils-2020-mars-rover-concept/281825/  

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After nearly two years, NASA regains contact with lost spacecraft

August 23, 2016
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TechCrunch    

"After attempting to regain contact for nearly two years, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the sun-studying satellite, STEREO-B. At 6:27 p.m. ET, NASA received a downlink signal from the spacecraft using the ground-based communication antennas in the Deep Space Network. STEREO-B is one of two spacecraft that orbit the sun and make up the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (or STEREO) mission. ... Sunday's signal from STEREO-B provided NASA with valuable information about the spacecraft's position. With this data, the STEREO team will now work to put a recovery plan in place, re-establish the spacecraft's desired position and evaluate the health of its subsystems." (08/22/16)

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/22/after-nearly-two-years-nasa-regains-contact-with-lost-spacecraft/  

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China: First quantum satellite allegedly heralds era of “hack free” communication

August 16, 2016
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euronews [EU]    

"China has launched the very first quantum satellite developed by a team of Chinese and Austrian scientists. The rocket took to the heavens from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north west China. Named after the ancient Chinese scientist and philosopher Micius the satellite heralds the advent of a new form of 'hack proof' communications. ... the quantum satellite will send messages to authorised ground bases, if the communication is intercepted while being transmitted the message bursts and the bases will see the changes in the particles." (08/16/16)

http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/16/china-launches-first-quantum-satellite-heralding-the-advent-of-hack-free  

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“Alien world” orbiting opposite to planets in Solar System baffles astronomers

August 15, 2016
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Daily Express [UK]    

"An entity known as Niku -- the Chinese word for 'rebellious' -- was recently discovered to be lurking at the edge of the Solar System close to Neptune. What amazed astronomers is that the object seems to be orbiting the sun in a different direction to all of the planets in the Solar System. The object, which is just 200km in diameter, was first discovered by experts using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. Queens University astronomer Michele Bannister said that planetary systems are determined by how the planets interact with the flat plane of dust and gas surrounding them forcing them to all spin in the same direction." (08/15/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/700142/Mysterious-planets-Solar-System-astronomers-space-alien-world  

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China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover mission ends after 31 months

August 4, 2016
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CTV News [Canada]    

"China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover, which won a large following on social media, has been retired after a record 31 months of collecting data from the moon's surface, state media reported Wednesday. The rover arrived on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013, aboard the Chang'e 3 lunar lander and was designed to operate for just three months. On July 28, Chang'e 3 went into hibernation for the 14-day lunar night and Jade Rabbit ceased operations, state media reported, citing the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence." (08/04/16)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/china-s-jade-rabbit-moon-rover-mission-ends-after-31-months-1.3012735  

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US regime okays first private trip to the moon

August 3, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"The US government has approved a private company to land on the moon for the first time. Moon Express disclosed on its website today that it had received the signoff from the Federal Aviation Administration to send an unmanned rover to the lunar surface. If successful, the 2017 mission would allow the company to lay claim to Google's Lunar XPrize, the $20 million bounty the search giant has put up to jumpstart this very sort of private space exploration. (It has already secured $1.25 million in prize money based on its incremental success to date.)" (08/03/16)

http://www.cnet.com/au/news/a-real-moon-shot-feds-okay-first-private-trip-to-the-moon/  

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SpaceX launches cargo to space station, nails fifth main stage landing

July 18, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"Early Monday morning, SpaceX achieved a successful launch and landing of its Falcon main stage, which sent a Dragon capsule loaded with supplies to the International Space Station. Unlike most previous attempts, the Falcon was able to return to Florida rather than dropping onto a barge in the Atlantic. The successful landing adds another item to the company's collection of lightly used boosters, some of which are intended to ultimately make return trips to space. ... This is now the fifth booster the company has returned from space." (07/18/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/07/spacex-sends-cargo-to-the-international-space-station-nails-the-landing/  

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Russians launch space station cargo ship; SpaceX up next

July 18, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Russia launched a Progress space freighter from Kazakhstan Saturday, kicking off a two-day flight to deliver 5,809 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. It was the first of two supply runs to the lab complex in just 31 hours, with SpaceX gearing up for a Florida launching overnight Sunday. In pre-dawn darkness, a workhorse Soyuz U booster carrying the Progress MS-03/64P cargo ship roared to life and climbed away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:41 p.m. EDT (3:41 a.m. Sunday local time). A little less than nine minutes later, the Progress was released to fly on its own, kicking off a 34-orbit rendezvous." (07/17/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russians-launch-station-supply-ship-spacex-next-up/  

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Blue Origin breaks ground on Florida’s Space Coast

June 28, 2016
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PC Magazine    

"In an email Tuesday, Jeff Bezos said his private spaceflight company has begun construction on the new 750,000-square-foot rocket factory it's building in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The factory will be 'custom-built from the ground up to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration, and testing,' he wrote. ... Blue Origin first announced plans to set up shop in the Sunshine State in September. The new manufacturing facility is conveniently located near Complex 36, a launch site Blue Origin is leasing in Cape Canaveral." (06/28/16)

http://www.pcmag.com/news/345690/blue-origin-breaks-ground-on-floridas-space-coast  

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Statist goons claim Moon

June 23, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Today the U.S. government claims it has the constitutional and legal authority to demand that a private company first obtain its permission before going to the Moon. The statists even now are formulating temporary rules to allow a private company permission to land a spacecraft on the moon next year, while Congress weighs a more permanent legal framework to govern future commercial missions to the moon, Mars and other destinations beyond Earth's orbit. The nerve of these statist bastards is astounding. They actually claim ownership of the Moon and beyond. Apparently there is nothing in the entire cosmos that can escape their greedy grasp." (06/22/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/06/statist-goons-claim-moon.html  

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India: ISRO sets record, launches 20 satellites

June 23, 2016
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Las Vegas Herald    

"Setting a new record, India on June 22 successfully launched 20 satellites in a single mission on board Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) rocket PSLV-C34 from the spaceport in the country’s Andhra Pradesh state. The country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 Series and 19 others took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.26 am local time. The satellites were placed in the Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) about 30 minutes later." (06/22/16)

http://www.lasvegasherald.com/index.php/sid/245192749  

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Blue Origin safely launches, lands New Shepard rocket for a fourth time

June 19, 2016
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The Verge    

"This morning, Blue Origin launched and landed its New Shepard rocket for the fourth time -- and we got to watch the entire thing live. It was the first ever live broadcast of a Blue Origin test flight, showing the vehicle's ascent to the edge of space and then its subsequent fall and touchdown back on Earth. The flight was originally scheduled to take place at 10:15AM ET, but was pushed back to 10:36AM ET due to particularly hot weather at the launch pad in West Texas. The New Shepard is currently Blue Origin’s premiere vehicle, designed to take six paying customers up to 62 miles above the Earth's surface." (06/19/16)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/19/11972450/blue-origin-new-shepard-fourth-test-flight-success  

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One cheer for SpaceX

June 19, 2016
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The effect of the space program's focus on blockbuster projects like Apollo was to push space travel technology towards extreme capital-intensiveness, and away from the kinds of modular, granular, multi-purpose and reusable building blocks that could evolve into a sustainable technological ecosystem. Corporate space efforts like Musk's are a first, intermediate step towards developing an affordable, sustainable infrastructure for exploring and developing outer space. And projects like Copenhagen Suborbital and Bitnation Space Agency are completing the evolution by relying entirely on open-source hardware, and replacing high-overhead managerial bureaucracies with peer-network governance." (06/18/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45351  

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SpaceX launches satellites, narrowly misses rocket landing at sea

June 15, 2016
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Space.com    

"SpaceX successfully launched two satellites to orbit today (June 15) but couldn't quite pull off its fourth consecutive rocket landing at sea in the process. The first stage of the California-based company's Falcon 9 rocket Falcon 9 rocket managed to hit its target -- a robotic 'droneship' stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred miles off the Florida coast -- but wasn't able to stick the landing." (06/15/16)

http://www.space.com/33172-spacex-misses-rocket-landing-after-satellite-launch.html  

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Luxembourg: Regime bets big on asteroid mining, announces $225 million fund to attract companies

June 6, 2016
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International Business Times    

"Luxembourg's government announced over the weekend that it will create a 200 million euro ($225 million) fund to attract companies seeking to mine asteroids for valuable minerals. The announcement, which accompanied a press release stating that the tiny European grand duchy will formalize a legal and regulatory framework to facilitate asteroid mining, is an expansion of a partnership with two U.S.-based companies the country's government reached earlier this year. ... In recent years, mining of asteroids for precious metals such as platinum has become a venture that has moved from the realm of science-fiction to reality. Earlier this year, Luxembourg, which has a history of leading innovations in space technology, announced that it will work alongside the U.S.-based companies Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries to harvest minerals and metals from asteroids." (06/06/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/luxembourg-bets-big-asteroid-mining-announces-225m-fund-attract-companies-2378459  

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SpaceX will launch private Mars missions as soon as 2018

April 28, 2016
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Space.com    

"The commercial spaceflight company SpaceX announced on Twitter today that it plans to send its robotic Dragon capsule to Mars as early as 2018. 'Red Dragons will inform the overall Mars architecture,' SpaceX representatives tweeted today (April 27), referring to the company's eventual plans to set up a colony on Mars -- a key goal of SpaceX and its founder, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. A source familiar with the company's plans said the first test flight of a Dragon capsule to Mars would demonstrate technologies needed to land large payloads on the Red Planet. That could include supplies and habitats for Martian explorers." (04/27/16)

http://www.space.com/32719-spacex-red-dragon-mars-missions-2018.html  

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Euro Soyuz launches Sentinel-1B Earth observation satellite, Einstein-challenging physics experiment

April 27, 2016
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Space News    

"A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on April 25 successfully placed a European radar Earth observation satellite, a French fundamental-physics experiment and three European university-built cubesats into low-Earth orbit. Operating its 14th mission from Europe's Guiana Space Center spaceport, on the northeast coast of South America, the four-stage Soyuz’s Fregat restartable upper stage conducted four burns to distribute its payloads into three separate orbits over a four-hour period." (04/26/16)

http://spacenews.com/euro-soyuz-launches-sentinel-1b-earth-observation-satellite-and-french-einstein-challenging-physics-experiment/  

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Heart-shaped solar flare unleashes burst of radiation causing radio blackouts

April 20, 2016
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Headlines and Global News    

"NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured images of a mid-level solar flare that looks a bit like a heart in pictures. The new images reveal a bit more about this flare and allow scientists to track how this event may impact Earth. In this case, the flare peaked at 8:29 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Solar flares themselves are powerful bursts of radiation. While the harmful radiation can't pass through Earth's atmosphere, though, flares that are intense enough can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. This latest flare did just that." (04/20/16)

http://www.hngn.com/articles/197509/20160420/heart-shaped-solar-flare-unleashes-burst-radiation-causing-radio-blackouts.htm  

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Kepler spacecraft in emergency mode

April 10, 2016
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NASA    

"During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in Emergency Mode (EM). EM is the lowest operational mode and is fuel intensive. Recovering from EM is the team's priority at this time. The mission has declared a spacecraft emergency, which provides priority access to ground-based communications at the agency's Deep Space Network." (04/08/16)

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/mission-manager-update-kepler-spacecraft-in-emergency-mode  

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SpaceX delivers first inflatable room to ISS after landing booster at sea

April 10, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts. A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, two days after launching from Cape Canaveral. ... The pioneering pod -- packed tightly for launch -- should swell to the size of a small bedroom once filled with air next month. ... SpaceX is still reveling in the success of Friday's booster landing at sea. For the first time, a leftover booster came to a solid vertical touchdown on a floating platform. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk wants to reuse boosters to save money, a process that he says will open access to space for more people in more places, like Mars. His ambition is to establish a city on Mars." (04/10/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/spacex-delivers-worlds-1st-inflatable-room-for-astronauts/2016/04/10/4b521908-ff0f-11e5-8bb1-f124a43f84dc_story.html  

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Supermassive black holes might actually be super common

April 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Our universe might be as hole-riddled as Swiss cheese, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. The discovery of a supermassive black hole in a sparsely populated region of space has scientists wondering if the behemoths might be more common than previously thought. A black hole is an area where the matter is so dense that gravity becomes incredibly strong, keeping even light from escaping its pull. A supermassive black hole is one with a mass of around 10 billion times that of our sun, and they're usually found at the center of galaxies like our own. This is the first time a supermassive black hole -- one 17 billion times as massive as the sun -- has been found at the center of a relatively isolated galaxy." (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/07/supermassive-black-holes-might-actually-be-super-common/  

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Blue Origin launches, lands reusable rocket for third time

April 4, 2016
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Re/Code    

"Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has successfully launched and landed its New Shepard rocket for the third time. On Saturday morning, CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted out that the rocket had a clean launch at 11:18 am ET and a 'perfect booster landing.' The vehicle tested today is the same one that successfully launched and landed once in November and then again in January. This is the second time this New Shepard has been 'reused' after launching into space." (04/02/16)

http://recode.net/2016/04/02/blue-origin-just-launched-and-landed-its-reusable-rocket-for-the-third-time/  

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Japanese space agency loses track of $265 million satellite

March 29, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor    

"The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lost contact with its ill-fated X-ray satellite, Hitomi, over the weekend. The satellite, which was launched on February 17 and was calibrating its equipment before it was due to explore the universe, was supposed to start operating at 3:40 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday. But the spacecraft didn’t send a signal to Earth at that time. ... Hitomi might be experiencing a power shortage, reported The Japan Times yesterday, possibly after a shift in its position blocked power from reaching its solar panels. There were also reports from the US Joint Space Operations Center, which tracks space debris, around the time the satellite stopped communicating that there were five objects circulating near it, which it called pieces of a 'break-up,' Nature reported." (03/29/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0328/Japanese-space-agency-loses-track-of-265-million-satellite  

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Space station cargo launches by light of nearly full moon

March 24, 2016
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Meriden Record-Journal    

"Fresh supplies shipped out late Tuesday for the International Space Station, where the shelves finally are getting full after a string of failed deliveries. Launching beneath the light of a nearly full moon, the unmanned Atlas V rocket provided late-night sparkle as it headed north with its precious cargo and paralleled the East Coast on its way to orbit. Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule holds nearly 8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific research for NASA, including a commercial-quality 3-D printer anyone can rent and experimental robotic grippers modeled after the thousands of sticky hairs on geckos' feet. As usual, some surprises were tucked away for the six space station astronauts, who should receive the delivery Saturday." (03/23/16)

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/news/national/8621653-129/space-station-cargo-launches-by-light-of-nearly-full-moon.html  

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NASA tests first rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars

March 15, 2016
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TechCrunch    

"NASA has successfully tested their first RS-25 rocket engine for the agency’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for 500 seconds. The SLS, which will use 4 RS-25 engines in its core stage, is designed to take humans to deep space destinations like asteroids or Mars." (03/13/16)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/13/nasa-performs-first-test-fire-of-rocket-engine-designed-to-send-humans-to-mars/  

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