Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

China: Regime launches Tiangong 2 space station

September 15, 2016
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Beckley Register-Herald    

"China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years. The Tiangong 2 was carried into space on Thursday night atop a Long March 7 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China. Plans call for the launch next month of the Shenzhou 11 spaceship with two astronauts to dock with the station and remain on board for a month. The station, whose name means 'Heavenly Palace,' is considered a stepping stone to a mission to Mars by the end of the decade." (09/15/16)

http://www.register-herald.com/region/china-launches-second-space-station-tiangong/article_860c1111-4ad4-5802-8189-d1eba004be09.html  

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Bezos unveils new rocket design

September 13, 2016
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Space Daily    

"Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled plans Monday for a massive rocket called New Glenn designed to launch people to space and propel satellites into orbit, raising the ante in the US commercial space industry. Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, said the rocket has been in the works for the past four years, and will be launched by decade's end. ... Bezos said his company, Blue Origin, has learned a lot from flying its New Shepard rocket, a 65-foot-tall suborbital vehicle designed to eventually carry space tourists to the edge of space and back." (09/12/16)

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Amazons_chief_Jeff_Bezos_unveils_new_rocket_design_999.html  

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SpaceX appeals for help in probe of rocket blast

September 11, 2016
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Space Daily    

"SpaceX appealed for help from the public and US government agencies on Friday in the investigation of what made a Falcon 9 rocket explode last week during a launch test. No one was hurt in the September 1 blast, which happened as the rocket was being fueled ahead of a standard, pre-launch test known as a static-fire at Cape Canaveral, Florida. ... Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who rose to fame as the co-founder of PayPal, added that the blast happened 'during a routine filling operation.' 'Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source.'" (09/09/16)

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_appeals_for_help_in_probe_of_rocket_blast_999.html  

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Philae lander’s grave on comet found after nearly two-year search

September 5, 2016
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Space.com    

"The final resting place of the European comet lander Philae is a mystery no more. After nearly two years of searching, the lander's shadowy grave on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has been found in images from its mothership Rosetta. The European Space Agency's Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P (as scientists call it) in Nov. 12, 2014, but its final location was uncertain due to the probe's rough, bouncy landing. News of Philae's discovery comes just weeks before Rosetta -- low on solar power as the comet moves away from the sun -- is set for a dramatic touchdown itself on 67P's surface to end the mission." (09/05/16)

http://www.space.com/33971-lost-philae-comet-lander-finally-found-photos.html  

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FL: Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site during test

September 1, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"An explosion rocked a SpaceX launch site Thursday during a routine rocket test. SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred shortly after 9 a.m., according to NASA. The test was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Buildings several miles away shook from the blast, and multiple explosions continued for several minutes. Dark smoke filled the overcast sky. A half-hour later, a black cloud hung low across the eastern horizon." (09/01/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/explosion-rocks-spacex-launch-site-florida-test-41795211  

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Scientists looking for alien life investigate “interesting” signal from space

August 30, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"They aren't saying it's alien. But they are saying it's 'interesting.' The SETI Institute — the private organization that looks for signals of extraterrestrial life -- has announced that it is investigating reports of an unusual radio signal picked up by Russian astronomers. The signal was detected on a much wider bandwidth than the SETI Institute uses in its searches, and the strength of the received signal was 'weak,' SETI Institute astronomer Seth Shostak wrote in a blog post. ... The signal might be coming from a solar system called HD 164595, some 94 light-years away from us, Shostak wrote. ... Astronomer Nick Suntzeff told Ars Technica that there's a 'significant chance' it could be military -- that is, coming from covert satellite communications instead of beaming to us from HD 164595." (08/30/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/30/491924071/scientists-looking-for-alien-life-investigate-interesting-signal-from-space  

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SpaceX Dragon splashes down with NASA research samples

August 28, 2016
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Imperial Valley News    

"SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA immediately. Dragon then will be prepared for a return trip to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing." (08/27/16)

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/8-news/10660-spacex-dragon-splashes-down-with-crucial-nasa-research-samples.html  

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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
posted by

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
posted by

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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