Archive for February, 2013

SpaceX, Orbital Sciences Aim for Milestones Next Week

SpaceX, Orbital Sciences Aim for Milestones Next Week

With SpaceX scheduled to launch their third mission to the International Space Station, which will be the second under the Commercial Resupply Services Contract on March 1st,  Orbital Sciences is hoping to complete  a hot firing test of the Antares booster first stage “before the end of February.” OSC’s previous hot fire attempt on February 13 was terminated […]

ESO Presents : “A Drop of Ink in a Luminous Sky”

ESO Presents : “A Drop of Ink in a Luminous Sky”

After a week  which began with a North Korean nuclear test and ended with a meteor strike over the skies of Russia which NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory now estimates released nearly 500 kilotons of energy,  followed by a near miss with a much larger asteroid why not start off a new week with something a little less ominous,  perhaps another stunning image from the […]

An Asteroid, A Meteor, One Day and a Lot of Questions

An Asteroid, A Meteor, One Day and a Lot of Questions

What a coincidence. Only a few hours before a uncomfortably close call with asteroid 2012 DA14,  which will pass within the orbit of geostationary satellites, a much smaller, and very unwelcome visitor from space shot across the Russian sky before detonating in a mid-air explosion which blew out windows and injured hundreds in the Chelyabink region, approximately 900 […]

Posted in: Asteroids
Golden Spike Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign

Golden Spike Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign

Golden Spike Company, the recently announced venture which is seeking to conduct commercial trips to the lunar surface using mostly established technology, has turned to one of the newer forms of fundraising to finance a 2013 P.R. campaign.  On Wednesday, the company began an Indiegogo campaign aimed at raising $240,000 for media outreach.   Donation options begin at $10, which […]

1800 Launches for the Soyuz Booster

1800 Launches for the Soyuz Booster

Monday saw the  1,800th launch of the Russian Soyuz booster, a rocket updated, but also still very recognizable, as an immediate successor to the radio guided R-7 ballistic missile which was first planned in 1953. The record-setting launch, conducted from the space launch facility at Baikonur in Kazakhstan,  was carried out on the Soyuz-U variety of the venerable rocket, which boosted a Russian Progress freighter to the International Space Station. The […]

Posted in: Russian Space
NASA’s Unveils Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan

NASA’s Unveils Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan

NASA Press Release: WASHINGTON — NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space […]

Posted in: NASA
Atlas V Lifts off with LDCM (Landsat 8)

Atlas V Lifts off with LDCM (Landsat 8)

A United Launch Alliance  Atlas V 401 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg AFB California at 10:02 AM PST today, carrying the NASA / U.S. Geological Survey Landsat Data Continuity Mission. Launching into a near polar orbit,  the LDCM, which will be officially named Landsat 8 pending a successful check out in orbit, will continue the long running earth […]

Robotic Refueling Mission Recap

Robotic Refueling Mission Recap

NASA recently completed a significant technology development exercise outside the International Space Station, its Robotic Refueling Mission, which used the Canadian built Dextre robot to transfer a fuel substitute (ethanol) into satellite testbed.  Now the agency has put together a good recap of the mission, including a link to a reddit AMA from January 15. Although it is primarily discussed […]

When SpaceX Met Reddit

When SpaceX Met Reddit

  A team of software engineers took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session today.  For those who don’t have a clue what writing software code is actually  like,  (guilty) you still won’t after following the link, but the question and answer session provides an entertaining, funny  and informative look into the work environment at the one company […]

Posted in: SpaceX
First Ariane V of 2013 Lifts off From South America

First Ariane V of 2013 Lifts off From South America

Kicking off a full 2013 launch campaign,  an Ariane V ECA heavy lift booster carrying two satellites lifted off from the CSG space center in French Guiana today, and in the process established a record performance of  placing 10,317 kg into GTO.  The larger of the two satellites,  the 6,265 kg Amazonas 3, was built by Space Systems/Loral Satellite for Spanish operator Hispasat. […]

Posted in: Space Commerce
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