Tag Archives: space

European Space Agency launches Earth observation satellite

Source: Tech Times

"The European Space Agency (ESA) developed Sentinel-2B satellite has been launched. It is a part of the Copernicus program and will join its twin sister satellite Sentinel-2A in outer space. Sentinel-2A has been orbiting Earth since 2015. Being a part of the ESA's Copernicus Earth Monitoring Program, the satellite duo will observe the globe and will take high-resolution infrared and color images of the planet's surface. ESA states that the data provided by the satellites will enable scientists to track variations in forest area and water resources. … Sentinel-2B launch is the fifth of ESA's Earth observation satellites, which was lifted off upon a Vega rocket at 01:49 GMT on March 7 (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time, March 6) from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana." (03/07/17)


SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon. The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists 'have already paid a significant deposit.' 'This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years,' he said. The two unnamed people will fly aboard a spaceship which is set for its first unmanned test flight later this year. Mr Musk said the co-operation of America's Nasa space agency had made the plan possible." (02/27/17)


Russian cargo ship docks at space station

Source: Space.com

"A robotic Russian cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Friday (Feb. 24) to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting laboratory. The automated Progress 66 supply ship docked at the space station at 3:30 a.m. EST (0830 GMT), parking itself at the station's Russian-built Pirs docking module. It is the second cargo ship to arrive at the station in as many days after a SpaceX Dragon capsule made its own delivery of 5,500 lbs. of supplies on Thursday. Russia's space agency Roscosmos launched Progress 66 into orbit Wednesday (Feb. 22) using a Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan." (02/24/17)


SpaceX Dragon delivers NASA cargo to space station after 24-hour delay

Source: Space.com

"A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship filled with more than 2 tons of NASA supplies has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) after a one-day delay due to a navigation software glitch. The Dragon space capsule was captured today (Feb. 23) by the station's robotic arm at 5:44 a.m. EST (0944 GMT) by astronauts Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency. … Thursday's orbital arrival comes 24 hours after Dragon aborted its first approach to the station. The spacecraft's onboard computers detected an incorrect value in the global positioning system data that pinpoints the Dragon's location in space relative to the station, NASA officials said. It was an easily corrected glitch, but did require Dragon to orbit Earth one extra day before another rendezvous attempt." (02/23/17)


Kazakhstan: Russian robotic cargo ship launches for space station as SpaceX capsule misses rendezvous

Source: Space.com

"The Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a robotic cargo ship early Wednesday (Feb. 22) on a mission to deliver fresh supplies to the International Space Station. The autonomous Progress 66 resupply ship launched into orbit atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:58 a.m. EST (0558 GMT), lifting off from a pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cargo ship will arrive at the space station early Friday (Feb. 24). … Wednesday's launch occurred just hours before another cargo ship, a SpaceX Dragon capsule, was due to arrive at the International Space Station. But the Dragon aborted its approach at a range of seven-tenths of a mile due to an incorrect value in the global positioning system software used to pinpoint the spacecraft's position relative to the space station, NASA officials said. The Dragon capsule will attempt another rendezvous on Thursday (Feb. 23), NASA officials added." (02/22/17)


SpaceX launch halted just before liftoff

Source: USA Today

"SpaceX will have to wait at least another day to launch from NASA's historic moon pad. Last-minute rocket trouble forced SpaceX to halt Saturday's countdown at Florida's Kennedy Space Center." (02/18/17)


India: Regime launches record-breaking 104 satellites on a single rocket

Source: Space.com

"The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a major milestone last night (Feb. 14) with a successful record-setting launch of 104 satellites on a single rocket. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Feb. 15) with three satellites from India and 101 smaller nano satellites (also called nanosats) from five other countries: the U.S., the Netherlands, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland. This number crushes the previous record of 37 satellites sent into orbit aboard a single Russian Dnepr rocket in June 2014." (02/15/17)


Russia: Regime grounds Proton-M rockets over crash

Source: Deutsche Welle

"Authorities in Russia ordered Proton-M engines to be checked after reports that workers replaced some components with shoddy parts during construction. The wrongdoers would be 'harshly punished,' officials have said. The rockets would be grounded for some three-and-a-half months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday, while visiting the Voronezh plant that supplies engines for Proton-M systems. The move comes after the results of a thorough checkup followed a failed launch in December. The failure was caused by a breakup of the third-stage engine, an official commission reported, adding that an 'assembly fault' was among possible causes." (01/28/17)


Japan: Military launches first communications satellite

Source: Roanoke Times

"Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile threat. The Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite was on an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima (tah-neh-GAH-shee-mah) Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit, the Defense Ministry said. It is the first of three satellites that will replace three civilian ones currently used by Japan's military." (01/24/17)


SpaceX launches, lands rocket after four-month hiatus

Source: Christian Science Monitor

"Four months after one of its rockets exploded on the launchpad, SpaceX finally conducted a successful launch on Saturday. The Falcon 9 rocket carried a payload of 10 satellites into orbit for the communications company Iridium. Shortly after the launch, the first stage landed back on Earth for later re-use, in a successful completion of the mission's secondary goal." (01/15/17)