Archive for January, 2013

NASA Deals Florida a Setback in Bid to Secure a Commercial Site for SpaceX

NASA Deals Florida a Setback in Bid to Secure a Commercial Site for SpaceX

A report in Florida Today  indicates that the State of Florida’s plan to secure a long-term commercial spaceport independent from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the U.S. Air Force Eastern Test Range have been dealt a potentially serious blow. In a letter  addressed to Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carrol,  NASA rebuffed Florida’s request to transfer former state land, purchased by NASA in the […]

MRO Data Reveals A Once Deep, Cratered Lake on Mars

MRO Data Reveals A Once Deep, Cratered Lake on Mars

Source: JPL Launched in 2005 aboard an Atlas V 401, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided a wealth of information regarding the presence of water ice on the Red Planet.  In an article   (abstract) published Sunday in Nature Geoscience,  a team of researchers analyzing  data from MRO’s CRISM instrument (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer), which was used to image […]

Posted in: Mars
Russian Space :  New Year, Old Problems?

Russian Space : New Year, Old Problems?

Source: Russianspaceweb.com The year 2012 was a difficult one for the Russian space program, which ended on a sour note when its workhorse Proton boosted placed a Yamal-402 satellite  in the wrong orbit.  It was eventually boosted to the correct orbit using onboard fuel, albeit at a cost to its expected lifespan.  This came on the heals of […]

Posted in: Russian Space
Korean Launch Attempt Tentatively Scheduled for January 30

Korean Launch Attempt Tentatively Scheduled for January 30

Source: Chosun Media South Korea will try once again to launch its beleaguered KSLV rocket, with another attempt tentatively scheduled for late January.   The rocket, which is also called Naro, has suffered two previous flight failures.  The third and final vehicle under the collaborative program which features a Russian liquid fueled first stage and a Korean solid fuel second stage, was originally scheduled to launch […]

NASA / Bigelow Press Conference Reveals Interesting Details

NASA / Bigelow Press Conference Reveals Interesting Details

At a press conference held in Bigelow Aerospace headquarters, NASA Deputy administrator Lori Garver and Bigelow founder and chairman Robert Bigelow formally announced the partnership arrangement revealed last week by SpaceNews,  one which had been in the works for nearly 2 years. Under the terms, NASA will pay Bigelow $17.8 million for a two-year test of its BEAM, Bigelow Expanded Activity Module, […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Stations
Shining in the Blue Light of Creation

Shining in the Blue Light of Creation

Another amazing image from the European Southern Observatory, this one taken from the 2.2 meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.  The image shows a stellar nursery in the cloud Lupus 3,  5 light years across and located  600 light years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius.  The coffee colored cloud is host to a […]

Posted in: Space Science
Russia Approves Lunar Orbiter for 2015

Russia Approves Lunar Orbiter for 2015

Source: Rianovosti, Russianspaceweb In another sign that after years of decay and delays, Russia is serious about  revamping its space infrastructure, Vladimir Popovkin announced today that his agency Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, will launch a lunar orbiter mission in 2015 aboard a Soyuz-2.  Scheduled to lift off out of the yet to be completed Vostochny space launch complex in the […]

Posted in: Moon, Russian Space
Roscosmos Releases Plan for Re-Investing in Russian Space Infrastructure

Roscosmos Releases Plan for Re-Investing in Russian Space Infrastructure

Source: RIA Novosti The Russian space agency Roscosmos released a document Saturday prioritizing space goals through 2020. The plan, which was apparently approved in December, calls for a $69 billion investment and continues the focus on consolidating the sprawling space infrastructure  into a much smaller number of holding companies with the ultiamte goal of attracting commercial investment.  New starts in human spaceflight […]

Posted in: Russian Space
NASA / Bigelow Arrangement Opens the Door to Bigger Things

NASA / Bigelow Arrangement Opens the Door to Bigger Things

Space.com is reporting that NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have reached an agreement which will allow the North Las Vegas company to fly its proposed BEAM, Bigelow Aerospace Expanded Module  to the International Space Station, where it would to provide extra storage space, similar to that provided by the Permanent Multi Purpose Logistics Module. Assuming the agreement, which is […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Stations
Commercial Crew Update : First Flights in Sight

Commercial Crew Update : First Flights in Sight

NASA held a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center yesterday to re-cap last year’s progress on the Commercial Crew Program and to look ahead at the agenda for 2013.  Present were NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development  director Phil McCalister, NASA Commercial Crew program director Ed Mango, and representatives of Blue Origin,  Sierra Nevada, Boeing and SpaceX, as well as NASA […]

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