Archive for March, 2013

New Details on SpaceX Plans Emerge

New Details on SpaceX Plans Emerge

The CRS-2 Dragon spacecraft, pictured shortly after recovery, was returned to port in Los Angeles at approximately 7:00 PM PT, Tuesday evening. As it turned out, the craft ended up returning a more substantial payload than anticipated, a total of 3,256 lbs, 200 more than planned. Details of the return, and the thruster problem which […]

7 Hours 52 Minutes

7 Hours 52 Minutes

Seven hours and fifty minutes after a flawless liftoff from Baikonur at 2:42 AM Friday morning (local),  the three person crew aboard Expedition 35’s Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft opened the spacecraft’s hatch and entered the International Space Stations’s Poisk module.  The new record breaking fast ascent, which was accomplished in four orbits,  had been employed on three previous Progress resupply missions but this […]

Posted in: Soyuz, Space Stations
Soyuz Crew Poised for Fast Ascent

Soyuz Crew Poised for Fast Ascent

At 3:43 PM CST today, (2:43AM Friday local) a Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan on what will be a record-breaking flight.  For the first time ever, the crew aboard the craft will be making a fast ascent which will put the Soyuz  in position to dock with […]

Posted in: NASA, Russian Space
Proton Returns to Flight with Satellite Launch

Proton Returns to Flight with Satellite Launch

Source: RIA Novosti, Russianspaceweb A Russian built Proton rocket successfully lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Operated by International Launch Services, the booster blasted off shortly before midnight at 23:06 Moscow time, (7:06 pm GMT) and placed the Space Systems/Loral SatMex-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit with 5 burns of the Briz-M upperstage. The flight was the first […]

Posted in: Russian Space
Dragon Returns Safely (Again), Time to Speed Up Commercial Crew?

Dragon Returns Safely (Again), Time to Speed Up Commercial Crew?

For what is now the fourth time, a Space Exploration Technologies Dragon spacecraft has successfully returned from Earth orbit to a well executed landing in the Pacific ocean.  Following its release from the International Space Station, which took place in the early morning hours, the SpaceX CRS-2 Dragon performed three inital burns, followed by a sustained 10 minute de-oribit burn […]

Dragon Released From ISS

Dragon Released From ISS

After a days’ delay due to unfavorable conditions in the landing zone, ISS Mission Control in Houston issued the command to begin unberthing procedures at 3:10 AM CST today. At 5:56 AM, astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield, perched in the station’s own control tower in the cupola, pulled the trigger to release the Canadarm 2’s grip on the […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Hysteria in Full Bloom : NASA Technical Server Taken Off Line

Hysteria in Full Bloom : NASA Technical Server Taken Off Line

  “The NASA technical reports server will be unavailable for public access while the agency conducts a review of the site’s content to ensure that it does not contain technical information that is subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations and that the appropriate reviews were performed. The site will return to service when […]

Posted in: NASA
Dragon Return from ISS Re-Scheduled for Tuesday A.M.

Dragon Return from ISS Re-Scheduled for Tuesday A.M.

NASA Press Release: More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. Dragon’s return date, originally scheduled for March 25, was postponed due to inclement weather developing near its targeted splashdown site in the Pacific […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Stations, SpaceX
CASIS Awards Two Materials Sciences Grants

CASIS Awards Two Materials Sciences Grants

CASIS is steadily expanding its portfolio of research to be conducted aboard the International Space Station. On March 14, it issued a Request for Information looking for partners to assist with expanding the scope of non-embryonic stem cell research.  The RFI specifically seeks organizations with expertise in payload development and integration which can make the process […]

SpaceX Qualifies Merlin 1D for Flight (with Video)

SpaceX Qualifies Merlin 1D for Flight (with Video)

SpaceX announced yesterday that the company has completed engine flight qualification the Merlin 1D engine. If SpaceX follows prior precedent with the Merlin 1C, the next step should be a buildup of multiple engine testing leading to a full length mission firing of the Falcon 9v1.1 first stage. Also presumably on the to do list, qualification […]

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