Archive for August, 2013

Latest Grasshopper Test

Latest Grasshopper Test

From the SpaceX Channel: “On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous […]

With HTV Attached, ISS Has a New Room (for the moment)

With HTV Attached, ISS Has a New Room (for the moment)

Japan’s Kounotori-4  HTV cargo craft was berthed with the International Space Station today at 11:38 AM EDT.   Using the same Prox radio system which will also be used to communicate with Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft next month,  astronaut Karen Nyberg, with support from Chris Cassidy, captured the supply vessel with the Canadarm 2 remote […]

Maiden Launch of JAXA’s Epsilon Slips 5 Days

Maiden Launch of JAXA’s Epsilon Slips 5 Days

JAXA Press Release: Launch Postponement and Launch Time Change for Epsilon Launch Vehicle with SPRINT-A onboard August 8, 2013 (JST) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) […]

SpaceX Awarded Launch Orders for 2018, 2019; First From a European Government

SpaceX Awarded Launch Orders for 2018, 2019; First From a European Government

SpaceX Press Release: August 8, 2013 SPACEX IS AWARDED LAUNCH OF GERMAN RADAR RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE SYSTEM Falcon 9 rocket will deliver three-satellite SARah Constellation that will serve German Ministry of Defense Hawthorne, CA – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will provide the launch services for Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system. The satellites, provided by OHB […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Lori Garver Departs NASA

Lori Garver Departs NASA

Aside from the launch of Japan’s HTV, it was supposed to be a fairly quiet week in the space arena. After endless bickering over a major budget differences, the U.S. Congress thankfully went on recess until September 9th,  leaving NASA to celebrate in relative peace the one year anniversary of the Mars Science Laboratory’s perilous […]

Posted in: NASA
After a Perfect Liftoff, HTV-4 Heads for Station

After a Perfect Liftoff, HTV-4 Heads for Station

After a flawless liftoff yesterday, Japan’s Kounotori-4 cargo vessel is en route to a Friday arrival and berthing with the International Space Station.  The liftoff  of the H-IIB launch vehicle, which occurred precisely on time at 4:48:46 AM local, was accompanied by the rocket’s distinctive screaming sound, which pierced the pre-dawn hours of the Tanegashima […]

HTV-4 Ready for Launch to ISS Today

HTV-4 Ready for Launch to ISS Today

The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, is  poised to launch its fourth automated supply vessel to the International Space Station. Liftoff aboard the H-IIB carrier rocket is scheduled for 4:48:46 AM Japan Standard Time  (Sunday in Japan) 3:48 pm Saturday US Eastern.  The  launch will be broadcast on NASA television, as well here. The HTV, which is […]

Posted in: NASA, Space Stations
The Water Geysers of Enceladus

The Water Geysers of Enceladus

Forget about the Bellagio,  the best dancing water fountain in this solar system isn’t in Vegas, its in orbit around Saturn’s moon Enceladus.  In the latest series of a series of images released by JPL from the remarkable Cassini spacecraft still on duty in the Saturn system, NASA has captured the simply stunning spectacle of […]

SpaceX Introduces Retooled Website Featuring Falcon 9 Reusability

SpaceX Introduces Retooled Website Featuring Falcon 9 Reusability

In case you haven’t been to the SpaceX website lately,  its a good time to check it out.   Gone are the old Battlestar Galactica stationary clipped corners, and in its place a slick new look which feels decidedly more corporate, (but not stodgy.) Two features should not be overlooked.   The company is now […]

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EADS Changes to Name to Airbus Group

EADS Changes to Name to Airbus Group

The European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Company, EADS, is changing its name to Airbus Group in order to both capitalize on its best known brand, and to reflect the fact that with defense budgets under pressure,  it sees the commercial aircraft business as its main sector of growth for the foreseeable future. Of particular interest […]

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