Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

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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ExoMars spacecraft sets off in search of alien life

March 14, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The search for life on Mars has entered a new era with the launch of a spacecraft built to sniff out waste gases released by alien organisms. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter blasted into an overcast sky on a Proton rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 09:31 GMT on Monday. A joint mission by the European and Russian space agencies, the probe will circle the red planet and measure minute levels of atmospheric gases, among which may be the natural waste products of microbial Martians." (03/14/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/14/mars-methane-mission-liftoff-exomars-trace-gas-orbitor-alien-life  

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EU, Russians prepare ExoMars probe for blastoff to Mars

March 7, 2016
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Epoch Times    

"The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, commissioned by the European Space Agency and Russian Federal Space Agency, is slated to blast off into space on March 14 for an Oct. 19 landing on Mars. The spacecraft also carries a small lander named Schiaparelli that will touch down on the surface of the red planet, the ESA said." (03/07/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1985258-exomars-probe-being-prepared-for-blast-off-to-mars/  

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SpaceX aborts rocket launch before liftoff

February 29, 2016
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Space.com    

"SpaceX aborted the launch of a commercial communications satellite less than a second before liftoff this evening (Feb. 28), delaying the mission yet again. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the SES-9 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:46 p.m. EST (2346 GMT) today, but that initial liftoff time was pushed back 35 minutes because a boat wandered into the mission's 'keep-out zone,' launch controllers said. At 7:21 p.m. EST (0021 GMT on Monday, Feb. 29), the Falcon 9's engines began firing up, but they shut down just as the countdown clock was reaching 0. The rocket may have been able to blast off today if not for the stray boat, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk suggested." (02/28/16)

http://www.space.com/32076-spacex-ses9-satellite-launch-abort.html  

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SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, rocket landing attempt

February 26, 2016
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Space.com    

"For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the launch of the SES-9 commercial communications satellite — a mission that will also feature a daring attempt to land the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea. The two-stage Falcon 9 was supposed to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:47 p.m. EST (2347 GMT) today (Feb. 25). Less than two minutes before liftoff, however, launch controllers called a halt to the countdown, apparently because of an issue with the loading of liquid-oxygen propellant onto the Falcon 9." (02/25/16)

http://www.space.com/32059-spacex-ses9-launch-rocket-landing-scrub.html  

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Mars in three days? NASA touts new propulsion system

February 23, 2016
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Fox 5 DC    

"With all the talk of one day launching a human mission to Mars, it still would take upwards of six months to reach the Red Planet. But NASA researchers are working on new laser technology that could allow a craft to reach Mars in as little as three days. Known as photonic propulsion, the system would works [sic] by using lasers to propel a giant sail. Rather than photons from the Sun's rays, the system would get a boost from Earth-based lasers, according to ScienceAlert." (02/22/16)

http://www.fox5dc.com/news/95327783-story  

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ESA/Hubble: First detection of super-Earth atmosphere

February 18, 2016
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Los Alamos Daily Post    

For the first time astronomers were able to analyze the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths. Using data gathered with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and new analysis techniques, the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is revealed to have a dry atmosphere without any indications of water vapor. The results, to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, indicate that the atmosphere consists mainly of hydrogen and helium." (02/18/16)

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/esahubble-first-detection-super-earth-atmosphere  

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