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26/08/2015 - The Orion Program has successfully conducted another parachute drop test over the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in the Arizona desert, testing failure scenarios with the Drogue and Main parachute system. Wednesday’s test comes after a recent safety briefing warned of crew health concerns relating to a pendulum effect where Orion spacecraft under the parachutes. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

25/08/2015 - Perched on the top of the 3,200-metre (10,500-foot) high Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a metre in diameter. Operational for only a few months, the specialized equipment - the first in eastern Africa - has propelled Ethiopia into an elite club of African countries to have embarked on a space programme. For Ethiopia, Africa's sec ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

25/08/2015 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its first processing flow utilizing Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) ahead of the upcoming Atlas V/MUOS-4 mission. The process involves several structural elements – and the Centaur upper stage – being integrated at the indoor Delta Operations Center (DOC) – as opposed to at the pad – potentially shaving a week off flow timelines. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

23/08/2015 - The Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle-5 (HTV-5) resupply spacecraft successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday. Following its launch into space from the Tanegashima space center Wednesday. HTV-5 arrived at the orbital outpost for capture at 6:28 AM EDT, ahead of an berthing at 10:02 AM EDT – marking a welcome delivery of critical supplies and research cargo to the orbital outpost. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

21/08/2015 - NASA’s veteran Pegasus barge – used to transport Space Shuttle External Tanks from Louisiana to Florida – has completed refit operations in Louisiana for its critical role in transporting the massive core stage of the new SLS rocket from its production facility in Louisiana to various NASA locations throughout the southern United States. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

20/08/2015 - Arianespace has conducted its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the successful launch of two telecommunication satellites. Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 rode uphill on the European workhorse, with the launch taking place from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 20:34 UTC after a short technical delay. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

17/08/2015 - NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is continuing to make relatively good progress during its development path, according to the Agency’s key Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). The latest status update on the top issues – ranging from crew safety items of interest to overall schedule – overviewed the main challenges known as “Red Risks”. The ASAP note these risks appear to be “going down, although they have not yet been eliminated”. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

14/08/2015 - The Gemini Planet Imager has discovered and photographed its first planet, a methane-enshrouded gas giant much like Jupiter that may hold the key to understanding how large planets form in the swirling accretion disks around stars. The GPI instrument, which is mounted on the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile, is the size of a small car and was designed, built and optimized for imaging and analyzing the atmospheres of faint Jupiter-like planets next to bright stars, thanks to a device that ma ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

13/08/2015 - The European space probe Rosetta captured a range of scientific data Thursday as it trailed an ancient comet past the Sun which could help scientists better understand the origins of life on Earth. During its run before the Sun the probe collected particles and gas put off by the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it delivered a solar heat-driven fireworks show of gas jets and shed about a tonne of dust per second. The samples as well as images Rosetta took of the comet as it came within 186 mi ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

13/08/2015 - Ten years after launch, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed the Red Planet's diversity and activity, returning more data about Mars every week than the weekly total from all six other active Mars missions. And its work is far from over. The workhorse orbiter now plays a key role in NASA's Journey to Mars planning. Images from the orbiter, revealing details as small as a desk, aid the analysis of potential landing sites for the 2016 InSight lander and Mars 2020 rover. Data from th ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

12/08/2015 - Arianespace’s future launchers, the Ariane 6 and Vega C, have moved into the next phase of their development, following the signing of contracts – between the European Space Agency, Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), France’s CNES space agency and ELV – on Wednesday. Ariane 6 is expected to conduct her maiden flight in 2020 while Vega C will come online in 2018. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

12/08/2015 - NASA has conduct another static fire test firing of RS-25 engine number 0525 on Thursday at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, continuing development and adaptation of the engine for use with the Space Launch System (SLS). The test was number six in the opening series of seven static fires tasked with gathering development and certification data. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

11/08/2015 - Boeing has successfully completed numerous critical milestones in the first half of 2015 for their CST-100 capsule and commercial crew launch services plan for NASA as the aerospace company continues on its intricate path toward a scheduled crewed flight debut in 2017 – despite numerous funding shortfalls and future funding uncertainties from the United States Congress. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

10/08/2015 - Two Russian cosmonauts on Monday added new equipment outside the International Space Station and took pictures to study its exterior during a five-and-a-half hour spacewalk. The outing was the 188th in support of the space station and the 10th of Gennady Padalka's career, a veteran cosmonaut and grandfather who is serving as commander of the ISS. In June, Padalka, 57, set the world record for the most time spent in space with a total of 803 days. His spacewalking partner was Mikhail Kornienk ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

10/08/2015 - Russia will conduct a series of international experiments with simulated flights to the Moon, Mars and other planets between 2016 and 2020, the first deputy head of the Institute of Biomedical Problems told RIA Novosti on Thursday. Oleg Orlov said that the new experiments would include a mixture of sexes for the crews, as opposed to the previous Mars-500 and Luna-2015 simulations. "After the Luna-2015 program with a crew of six female volunteers ends in 2015, we plan to begin a whole series ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

10/08/2015 - While the astronauts in the US segment of the International Space Station (ISS) are working on returning their spacesuits to full service, the Russian segment is preparing for another, somewhat routine, extravehicular activity (EVA). RS EVA-41 will be the only Russian spacewalk of 2015 – set to begin shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

07/08/2015 - A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated "dark side" of the moon that is never visible from Earth. The images were captured by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope on the DSCOVR satellite orbiting 1 million miles from Earth. From its position between the sun and ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

07/08/2015 - Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to return to International Space Station (ISS) resupply duties in December, hitching a ride on an Atlas V, prior to resuming operations with the modified Antares rocket in 2016. Cygnus has been out of action since the CRS-3/OrB-3 failure that occurred in October 2014 – with the full investigation results yet to be released to the public. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

05/08/2015 - Swiss company RUAG will be setting up base at United Launch Alliance’s Decatur facility in Alabama, following a deal to further strengthen their cooperation. RUAG are best known for their production of payload fairings for a number of launch vehicles. However, the deal is also aimed at providing additional composite hardware specific to ULA’s Vulcan rocket. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

05/08/2015 - The International Space Station (ISS) Program has named Kirk Shireman as its new manager, following the departure of Mike Suffredini. The news came hours after NASA administrator Charlie Bolden modified the Agency’s contract with Roscosmos, to the tune of an extra $490m, to cover projected delays to the Commercial Crew Program. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

30/07/2015 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced Paolo Nespoli is to return to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The veteran Italian astronaut will be making his third trip to the orbital outpost, following missions in 2007 and 2010 – the latter concluding with stunning and unique photography of Shuttle Endeavour docked to the Station. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

28/07/2015 - US safety officials on Tuesday accused the builders of a commercial space vehicle of failing to factor in human error that caused its disintegration over the Mojave Desert last year. The National Transportation Safety Board said the deadly crash could have been avoided if Scaled Composites, which built the vehicle for Virgin Galactic, had anticipated potential piloting mistakes and installed systems to avert the premature brake deployment that downed the SpaceShipTwo. The pilot was injured but s ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

27/07/2015 - SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy their parachutes after an off-nominal launch scenario. Such software may have allowed the CRS-7 Dragon to save herself after she was thrown free of the failing Falcon 9 during June’s ill-fated launch. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

26/07/2015 - Ten years ago today, the Space Shuttle Discovery left the Kennedy Space Center on STS-114. The flight, filled with hopes, aspirations, and emotions, marked the first step in returning the Shuttle to flight following the loss of Columbia and marked the beginning of a new journey and vision for NASA. But getting to launch day for STS-114 was a difficult and safety-conscious endeavour. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

25/07/2015 - China launched a new pair of navigation satellites in the move to advance the completion of the Phase III of its Beidou program. The launch took place at 12:29 UTC from the LC launch comple of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, using for the first time the combination of the Long March-3B rocket with the new Expedition-1 (Yuanzheng-1) upper stage. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

24/07/2015 - NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable-zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another "Earth." The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone - the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet - of a G2-type star, like our ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

23/07/2015 - Flying with an upgraded first stage, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket is targeting the deployment the seventh Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite on Thursday. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was realigned to a 39-minute window, opening at 20:07 local time on Thursday – following the weather-related postponement of Wednesday’s opportunity. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

22/07/2015 - A Russian Soyuz FG rocket successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft on a six-hour launch-to-docking mission on Wednesday. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome occurred at 21:02 UTC, followed by a successful docking with NASA’s Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and Kimiya Yui of JAXA – despite the Plane 4 (Port) array failing to deploy en route, before finally deploying upon docking. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

20/07/2015 - British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Monday launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in a $100-million (92-million-euro), 10-year project to scan the heavens. Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who is funding the Breakthrough Listen initiative, said it would be the most intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of alien civilisation. "In an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life," Hawking said at the launch event at th ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

20/07/2015 - SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission. The preliminary findings point to a support strut in the Second Stage LOX tank breaking, releasing a helium pressurization bottle (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) that began the series of events that resulted in the loss of the vehicle. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

16/07/2015 - Life aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to normal after a late conjunction threat forced the Station’s crew into contingency operations. The implementation of Flight Rule B4-101 – resulting in the crew taking up the “safe haven” of a docked Russian Soyuz vehicle – was required during a close pass of debris from an old Russian weather satellite. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

15/07/2015 - The United States Air Force is continuing to replenish its fleet of Global Positioning System navigation satellites Wednesday via the successful launch of the tenth Block IIF spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral was on schedule at 11:36 local time (15:36 UTC) – at the start of a nineteen-minute window. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

15/07/2015 - After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface - roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. "I'm delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space," said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technolog ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

13/07/2015 - An unmanned NASA spacecraft hurtling into the unknown will make a close shave past Pluto on Tuesday, offering scientists a close glimpse of the dwarf planet's surface for the first time. But there were some jitters Monday as the $700 million spacecraft, called New Horizons, sped toward the last undiscovered frontier in the solar system. According to principal investigator Alan Stern, there is a one in 10,000 chance that the spacecraft could be lost in a collision with debris around Pluto, long c ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

11/07/2015 - It began as a point of light. Then, it evolved into a fuzzy orb. Now - in its latest portrait from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft - Pluto is being revealed as an intriguing new world with distinct surface features, including an immense dark band known as the "whale." As the newest black and white image from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) appeared on the screen before members of the science team, they reacted with joy and delight, seeing Pluto as never before. There will be ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

10/07/2015 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) conducted its thirtieth flight on Friday evening local time, deploying five British satellites into a Sun-Synchronous orbit. Liftoff occurred at 21:58 local time (16:28 UTC) from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

08/07/2015 - The Orion Service Module Umbilical (OSMU) has been installed on to the Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF) at the Kennedy Space Center. The milestone marks the first umbilical to undergo testing ahead of being installed on the redesigned Mobile Launcher that will host the Space Launch System (SLS) for her maiden launch in 2018. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

07/07/2015 - Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill. They spend a significant portion of each day working out to ward off the long-term effects of weightlessness, but many still suffer bone loss, muscle atrophy, and issues with balance and their cardiovascular systems. To counteract such debilitating effects, research groups around the worl ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

06/07/2015 - An international effort to work on the challenges associated with deep space communications is continuing on the ground, in space and underwater – with the upcoming NEEMO 20 mission set to simulate the time-delays associated with sending and receiving commands between controllers on Earth and astronauts on Mars. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

03/07/2015 - The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the Russian Progress-M28M cargo spacecraft has been launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan and is headed for the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Mission Control outside Moscow said. "The estimated time of the transport cargo vessel's separation from the third stage of the launch vehicle and its entering the set orbit is July 3 08:04 Moscow time [05:04 GMT]," a mission control representative said. The Progress cargo vessel will dock wi ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

03/07/2015 - SpaceX is deep into an internal mishap investigation following the loss during First Stage flight of a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-7 Dragon. While the Second Stage is considered to be the main culprit for the failure, investigators are currently gathering data to reconstruct the final moments of Falcon 9’s flight as recovery teams attempt to retrieve the rocket’s remains to further aid the fault tree data. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

02/07/2015 - A Russian Soyuz-U launch vehicle is tasked with lofting the Russian Progress M-28M cargo ship on a critical resupply run to the International Space Station (ISS) – with launch set for 04:55 GMT. The mission will return the Progress to flight following a previous failure that exacerbated the Station’s logistical constraints, further impacted by the recent CRS-7 failure. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)
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27/06/2015 - SpaceX will launch its eighth Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station Sunday, carrying cargo to that outpost including a docking adaptor for future manned missions. The first mission to the ISS since the failure of a Russian resupply mission in April, Dragon is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:21 local time (14:21 UTC). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

26/06/2015 - SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday’s planned launch of the CRS-7/SpX-7 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission will help restock the orbital outpost with vital supplies, highlighted by an investigation into high Total Organic Carbon (TOC) levels in the Station’s potable water. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

25/06/2015 - In a paper accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, the MIRO team present their first map of water vapour in the coma of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. MIRO, the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter, first detected the emission from water molecules in the coma of Comet 67P/C-G on 6 June 2014, when Rosetta was 350 000 km from the comet, approximately equivalent to the distance of the Earth from the Moon. At the time, the comet was 3.9 AU - about 580 million km - ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

23/06/2015 - A Russian Soyuz 2-1B launch vehicle has successfully launched with the third and possibly final Persona-1 reconnaissance satellite – also known as Kvarts – into space on Tuesday. The launch was conducted at 16:44 GMT from launch pad 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia under the usual secrecy of a military launch. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

22/06/2015 - Arianespace’s Vega rocket successfully completed her fifth launch, this time lofting the Sentinel-2A satellite – the latest spacecraft in Europe’s series of Earth observation satellites for the Copernicus initiative. Launch took place at 01:52 GMT (Tuesday) from launch pad ELA-1 at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana – ahead of a smooth 55 minute ride to orbit. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

18/06/2015 - SpaceX’s aspirations towards recovering launched Falcon 9 first stages are continuing to focus on ocean based landings, ahead of realizing the goal of returning the cores back to land. With continual refinements to the approach, SpaceX have welcomed new and improved Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS), one of which has been sighted taking a cruise down the Panama Canal. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

17/06/2015 - An international Earth observation satellite has come to the end of its mission, after the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft stopped working. Launched by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket in 2011, the spacecraft was launched for Argentine space agency, CONAE – but also hosted NASA’s Aquarius instrument, which had achieved all of its primary mission goals late last year. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

15/06/2015 - A long-serving Earth observation satellite has succumb to a fiery demise via an uncontrolled destructive re-entry on Tuesday. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft – a joint mission of NASA and JAXA – re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 03:55 am UTC, according to the US Strategic Command s Joint Functional Component Command for Space. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

14/06/2015 - The European space probe Philae woke up overnight after a months-long sleep as it hurtled towards towards the Sun on the back of a comet, the French space chief said Sunday. "We received new signals from (Philae) for a period of two minutes, as well as 40 seconds' worth of data," Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), told AFP. "Hello Earth! Can you hear me?" the tiny robot lab tweeted under the hashtag #WakeUpPhilae. Europe launched a new bid in ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

12/06/2015 - With three years to go until the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), RS-25 engine E0525 conducted its third SLS-related firing this week, part of a test regime that is utilizing colder liquid oxygen temperatures and greater inlet pressures. A family of RS-25s – most of which are veterans from the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) – are preparing for one final role with the monster rocket. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

11/06/2015 - Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure. Russia's Anton Shkaplerov, Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts of the United States landed on schedule on the steppes of Kazakhstan and appeared to be in good health. Both Russian mission control and NASA reported no glitches, but Shkaplerov, the commander of the Soyuz spacecraft, said their landing was "hard and quick." "Fo ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

09/06/2015 - NASA’s key advisory body has heaped praise on the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), claiming the “diversified portfolio” of its two major partners will satisfy the requirements of competition. The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) believes it will provide a “blessing” to NASA when it faces a future decision of downselecting to one main provider of crew services to the International Space Station. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

08/06/2015 - The International Space Station (ISS) conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) on Monday, dodging part of a spent Minotaur rocket body. The space shove was provided by the engines on the docked Progress M-26M spacecraft, with the burn lasting over five minutes – in turn providing some light entertainment to the Station’s crew. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

05/06/2015 - Russia has launched its Soyuz 2-1A rocket in a surprise mission from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 15:24 UTC. The launch, using a rocket that recently failed during the Progress M-27M mission, was clouded under secrecy due to its payload, the Kobalt-M spy satellite – rumored to be the final film-return photo reconnaissance spacecraft. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

04/06/2015 - What if your doctor told you that your weight is somewhere between 100 and 400 lbs.? With any ordinary scale every patient can do better at home. Yet, one patient can't: the Milky Way. Even though today we peer deeper into space than ever before, our home galaxy's weight is still unknown to about a factor of four. Researchers at Columbia University's Astronomy Department have now developed a new method to give the Milky Way a more precise physical checkup. The Milky Way consists of roughly 100 bil ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

04/06/2015 - NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources at their mission destinations – with a focus on crewed missions to Mars – instead of taking all needed supplies with them from Earth. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

03/06/2015 - Chinese scientists are planning to launch a dark matter probe satellite by the end of this year, researchers with the project announced on Friday. The dark matter particle explorer (DAMPE) satellite will observe the direction, energy and electric charge of high-energy particles in space in search of dark matter, said Chang Jin, chief scientist of the project, at a press briefing held by the Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites (SECM). All key components of the satellite have been tested ... (source: spacedaily.com - more...)

02/06/2015 - NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will conduct a second test on Thursday, a major demonstration of technology that is being baselined into NASA’s ambitions for landing payloads on Mars. The test will be carried out at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii – beginning with a balloon ride to 120,000 feet. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

01/06/2015 - As NASA continues development of its new heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, testing of the vehicle s various launch support systems, including the all-important hydrogen burn-off system, or Radial Outward Firing Initiators (ROFIs), continue to progress SLS and its hardware toward a debut launch in 2018. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

30/05/2015 - NASA’s transition from the Space Shuttle to the commercial crew vehicles will dramatically improve crew safety parameters relating to the transportation of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). However, preparing for the worst is a necessary requirement that is currently being evaluated by NASA, per presentations to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

28/05/2015 - The next NASA lander to touch down on the surface of Mars is picking up the pace ahead of its launch on an Atlas V rocket next March. The latest milestones saw the lander deploy its solar arrays inside a Denver clean room at Lockheed Martin, marking the completion of the lander’s assembly as it heads into a rigorous environmental test program. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

28/05/2015 - The second test firing of RS-25 engine 0525 has taken place at the A-1 Test Stand at the Stennis Space Center. The developmental engine – that never got to fly with the Space Shuttle – is paving the way for the first four RS-25 engines that will help push the Space Launch System (SLS) uphill in 2018, with 16 of the engines now available following the construction of a new engine. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

27/05/2015 - Arianespace has lofted another pair of satellites into space on Wednesday, with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 set enjoying a ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket. Launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana took place at the opening of what was nearly a one and a half hour long launch window, with T-0 occurring at 21:16 UTC. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

26/05/2015 - NASA has selected nine out of 33 proposed instruments for inclusion in a proposed mission to the tantalizing Jovian moon known as Europa. With a primary goal of evaluating if the moon is habitable, the mission is now heading towards a Key Decision Point (KDP) to build towards “formalization”. Launching in the 2020s, the mission may be lofted by the Space Launch System (SLS). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

26/05/2015 - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and their supporting ground teams have begun the process of reconfiguring the station from its current Space Shuttle-optimised configuration, to a new configuration optimised for future visiting commercial crew and cargo vehicles. The long-planned effort involved the relocation of the PMM storage module on Wednesday. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

25/05/2015 - A fleet of Russian spacecraft have completed an extensive search for ground impact points related to the recent failure of the International Launch Services (ILS) Proton rocket. Focusing on the estimated entry point for the Third Stage, Breeze-M Upper Stage and MexSat-1 satellite, Roscosmos said the fleet found no areas of interest, meaning no major hardware survived re-entry. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

23/05/2015 - Physical changes to a number of historic pads located on Florida’s Space Coast are progressing apace, with Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41 now enjoying modification work to prepare it for crewed launches of Boeing’s CST-100. The work is being conducted at the same time as two nearby pads – LC39A and 39B – continue their conversations to host SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)

21/05/2015 - SpaceX’s CRS-6 Dragon unberthed from the International Space Station (ISS) and was released from the grip of the Station’s “Big Arm” on Thursday. The resupply ship then completed homeward leg of her trouble-free orbital adventures, with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean expected less than six hours after parting ways with the orbital outpost. (source: nasaspaceflight.com - more...)



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[h] Increase time by 1 hour
[H] Decrease time by 1 hour
[d] Increase time by 1 day
[D] Decrease time by 1 day
[0] Real time (reset time changes)
More options and commands are available through the ADVANCED button.


Earth Map Legend

Red Line Satellite's Orbit projected on the ground
Blue Line Ground Flare Track (it represents the location where the reflection hits the ground, which is where the flare brightness reaches its maximum.
Green Line Reflected ray that hits the ground generating the flare.
Black Line Shadow ground track (it represents the location where the satellite can be seen crossing either the Sun disk or the Moon disk)

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