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News from Space and Spaceflights


28/11/2014 - A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called "killer electrons," which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar storms. The barrier to the particle motion was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped rings above Earth that are filled with high-energy electrons and protons, said D ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

26/11/2014 - Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency's first in-space competition that offers the agency's largest-ever prize purse. Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to participate in space exploration and technology development, to include a chance at flying their very own CubeSat to the moon and beyond as secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. "NASA's ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

24/11/2014 - The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments by SpaceX’s Elon Musk. Known as the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship, the ocean faring platform will be the new propulsive landing target for a Falcon 9, possibly as soon as the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon mission in December. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

24/11/2014 - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said. Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft at 0249 GMT Monday, NASA said. "A new vehicle has arrived. The Soyuz is confirmed as attached properly," high above the Pacific Ocean, NASA television added. Cristoforetti, Virts and Shkaple ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

21/11/2014 - While public attention is focused on the upcoming launch of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion, the US Navy is preparing for the spacecraft’s splashdown at the conclusion of the test mission. The USS Anchorage and the USNS Salvor will be involved in the first of the three contracted Orion returns that will be spread over the next 10 years. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

21/11/2014 - The Chinese have launched their second mission in the space of 24 hours, with the orbiting of the Kuaizhou-2 natural disaster monitoring satellite. Launch took place at 06:37 UTC – utilizing the second launch of the KZ Kuaizhou all-solid rocket – from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

20/11/2014 - Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos is studying several options of creating a brand-new Russian orbital station, which could replace the International Space Station (ISS), deputy chief of Roscosmos Denis Lyskov said Monday. "We are looking into various options, while building an orbital station as a substitute for ISS is one of them," Lyskov said without giving any further details. Earlier in the day, Moscow's Kommersant business daily reported that Russia has been designing a multi-func ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

19/11/2014 - Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early solar system. "Bennu's Journey," a new animation created at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, shows what's known and what remains mysterious about the life of Bennu and the origin of the solar system. "We are going to Bennu because we want to know what it has witnessed over the ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

19/11/2014 - NASA has confirmed a December 16 placeholder for the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This latest mission will also include another advancement of SpaceX’s re-usability aspirations, with the Falcon 9 first stage set to attempt a propulsive landing on to an ocean platform. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

18/11/2014 - Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second space company, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of the service module for Orion, the future American human space capsule. The contract is worth around 390 million euros. The service module will provide propulsion, power supply, thermal control and the central elements of the life support system of the American capsule. The contract was signed in Berlin (Germany), in the presence of Bri ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

16/11/2014 - The European Space Agency (ESA)on Sunday unveiled images of the probe Philae after it bounced while making its historic landing on a comet last Wednesday. The discovery came thanks to painstaking follow-up analysis of a series of pictures ESA had released on Friday, the agency said. The photos appeared to show only a trail of dust kicked up by Philae when it touched down and rebounded after a pair of harpoons, designed to anchor it to the comet's surface, failed to work. But closer scrutiny ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

15/11/2014 - Europe's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday. Crowning a historic feat, the robot lab streamed data from its experiments back to its mother ship Rosetta in the final hours before its battery ran down. This included the outcome of an eagerly-waited chemistry test of a sample drilled from the comet's icy and dusty surface, scientists said. "Rosetta's lander has com ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

14/11/2014 - The Chinese have conducted another surprise launch, once again with a new satellite in the Yaogan Weixing series. Yaogan-23 was launched at 18:53 UTC on Friday, utilizing the Long March-2C (Chang Zheng-2C) rocket from the LC901 launch platform of the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

14/11/2014 - ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of bounces on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this week – Philae was unable to draw the required power from its solar arrays, resulting in a battle against time to conduct its mission objectives. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

13/11/2014 - Europe's robot lab Philae was "working well" on the surface of its host comet, though likely perched on a steep slope, ground controllers said a day after the probe made its historic landing. Some data suggested the washing machine-sized probe may have touched down three times on the low-gravity comet, which is zipping towards the Sun at 18 kilometres per second (11 miles per second), according to updates from ground control. Philae's anchoring harpoons failed to deploy, but it still managed to ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

13/11/2014 - Europe’s ATV-5 cargo ship helped ‘shove’ the International Space Station (ISS) out of the path of a piece of space debris this week. The Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) was required after a tracked object – possibly a lens cap/cover – from the Chinese spy satellite, Yaogan 12, became a “repeating conjunction concern” for the orbital outpost. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

12/11/2014 - Europe made history Wednesday by placing the first-ever lander on a comet - but the robot failed to anchor itself properly, raising concerns at ground control. The fridge-sized lab dubbed Philae touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a high-risk manoeuvre more than 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. But instead of harpooning itself to the surface after a seven-hour descent from mothership Rosetta, early radio signals sugg ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

11/11/2014 - ESA’s Rosetta mission is deep into preparations for its huge milestones this week, as her companion spacecraft – Philae – prepares to head for the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday. Philae will be heading for a landing site named Agilkia, following a selection process that was conducted after Rosetta completed the 10 year journey to rendezvous with the comet. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

09/11/2014 - Another three humans are took the orbital commute back to Earth on Monday morning, this time via the Russian Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of Roscosmos successfully carried out his task of guiding his spacecraft toward a parachute-assisted landing on the on the steppe of Kazakhstan, With him were NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman and ESA’s Alexander Gerst. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

08/11/2014 - One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet. Speeding towards the Sun at 65,000 kilometres (40,600 miles) per hour, a lab called Philae will detach from its mothership Rosetta, heading for a deep-space rendezvous laden with risk. The 100-kilogram (220-pound) probe will seek out a minuscule landing site on the treacherous surface of an object darker than coal, half a billion kilometres (300 million miles ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

06/11/2014 - ATK has provided additional details about its domestic alternative to the Russian-built RD-180 engine currently in use on the venerable Atlas V rocket of United Launch Alliance (ULA). While ULA has aligned with Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine, ATK proposal of a solid-fueled first stage – as a reliable, cost-effective, and commercial alternative to the RD-180 – provides insight into the wealth of American-built engine options. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

06/11/2014 - The US manufacturer of fallen unmanned cargo spacecraft Antares is likely to discontinue using the Russian rocket engine that it believes to be the cause of the vehicle launch crash in October, according to press release issued Wednesday. "Preliminary evidence and analysis conducted to date points to a probable turbopump-related failure in one of the two Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ26 stage one main engines," the release by Orbital Sciences read. "As a result, the use of these engines for the Antar ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

05/11/2014 - Engineers are methodically working through stacks of data related to last week’s failure of the CRS-3/OrB-3 Antares launch vehicle. Orbital managers have noted that early data points to the failure of a turbopump on one of Antares’ AJ-26 engines as the leading reason the rocket failed just seconds after launch. The company are now working towards “upgrading” the propulsion system with a new engine, ready for 2016. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

03/11/2014 - NASA is moving up a gear with its manifest planning for the Space Launch System (SLS). A new internal manifest portrays a tag team approach, alternating SLS between crewed missions for Orion and major flagship science missions that includes sending a spacecraft to Europa and conducting a Mars Sample Return mission, all before the middle of the next decade. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

31/10/2014 - One pilot has died and another seriously injured during a test flight failure of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo on Friday. The much-delayed suborbital space tourism vehicle suffered an engine problem, followed by a catastrophic failure that resulted in the spaceplane crashing to the ground in pieces. The flight test used a new fuel mixture formulation for the first time in flight. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

31/10/2014 - The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the crash is finalized, the company's CEO David Thompson stated. "Orbital has been reviewing alternatives since the middle of last year and recently selected a different main propulsion system for future use by Antares," Thompson said during a press conference Wednesday. "It is possible that we may d ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

29/10/2014 - In what is proving to be a dramatic week for space flight, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket made its fiftieth flight on Wednesday, tasked with orbiting the GPS IIF-8 satellite for the US Air Force. Liftoff from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral was on schedule at the start of an eighteen minute window that opened at 13:21 local time (17:21 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

29/10/2014 - An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station. "The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off," NASA mission control in Houston said, describing the blast at Wallops Island, Virginia, as a "catastrophic anomaly." Orbital's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost. (source: spacedaily.com - more...)



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