Archive for August, 2014

NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Captures Cosmic Billiards

NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Captures Cosmic Billiards

Artist’s impression of cosmic billiards around NGC 2547-ID.  Credit: NASA JPL-CalTech NASA/JPL News Story: August 28, 2014 NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been […]

Highlights From SpaceX FISO Presentation

Highlights From SpaceX FISO Presentation

SpaceX lead astronaut Garrett Reisman gave a presentation to NASA’s Future In-Space Operations (FISO) working group on Wednesday. The presentation, entitled “Commercial Spaceflight” is available here in PDF on the FISO archives. The audio is here. While the talk does not reveal any significant new developments, it did shed a little more light on a […]

Posted in: Uncategorized
Space Launch System First Flight Slips Nearly By Nearly a Year

Space Launch System First Flight Slips Nearly By Nearly a Year

NASA issued a press release (below) and then held a press conference today regarding the Space Launch System. The ostensible reason was to announce the completion of a program go/no go threshold called a Key Decision Point C (KDP-C.)  The real reason was to announce a slip in the first launch date by nearly a […]

Posted in: NASA, SLS / Orion
Boeing Completes CDR for New Docking System

Boeing Completes CDR for New Docking System

Image Credit Boeing Boeing News Release HOUSTON, Aug. 26, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will begin manufacturing a new docking system for the International Space Station (ISS), having recently completed the critical design review for the NASA Docking System Block-1 (NDSB-1). In compliance with the International Docking System standard, NDSB-1 will be compatible with any […]

Transparent Solar Panels

Transparent Solar Panels

Two news stories concerning solar power. The first, from Extreme Tech details efforts to make a completely transparent solar panel which could be placed nearly anywhere, from your phone screen to windows in a building.  The main challenge is the fact that a solar cannot actually be clear or it can’t do its job very […]

Posted in: Solar Power
Another Day, Another Lawsuit Launched Against SpaceX

Another Day, Another Lawsuit Launched Against SpaceX

Law 360 is reporting yet another lawsuit filed against SpaceX. This makes four employee based suits in what appears to be an ongoing campaign. Law360, New York (August 27, 2014, 1:15 PM ET) — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. was hit with another proposed class action in California state court on Tuesday over the aerospace company’s […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Musk Statement on SpaceX Accident, Launch Delay

Musk Statement on SpaceX Accident, Launch Delay

A statement from Elon Musk posted on the SpaceX website yesterday sheds a little more light on Friday’s test accident in Texas, while suggesting that delay of the AsiaSat 6 launch was due to an abundance of caution: SpaceX has decided to postpone tomorrow’s flight of AsiaSat 6. We are not aware of any issue […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Water Ice Clouds Detected on Brown Dwarf 7.3 Light Years Away

Water Ice Clouds Detected on Brown Dwarf 7.3 Light Years Away

Artists Conception : Credit Rob Gizis, CUNY BMCC An astronomer at Penn State University appears to discovered the first ever direct evidence of water ice clouds on another world.  That world is WISE J0855-0714, an enigmatic brown dwarf of “failed star” located only 7.3 light years from Earth. The discovery was made using images from […]

SpaceX Scrubs AsiaSat 6 Launch

SpaceX Scrubs AsiaSat 6 Launch

Back to the Hangar/ Image Credit SpaceX SpaceX has scrubbed the launch of AsiaSat 6, which had been scheduled for 12:50 AM EDT tonight.  Although no statement has been forthcoming as to the cause of the scrub,  the use of the word “indefinitely” to describe the delay suggests it may be tied last Friday’s Falcon […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Update: CubeSat Misfire Outside ISS

Update: CubeSat Misfire Outside ISS

Update: A report in SpaceNews on the NanoRacks cubesat deployment problem includes a statement from the company confirming that the issue is electrical rather than mechanical, and is apparently tied to the deployer’s command box, as a new one will be sent to the station on a future supply flight. Deployments are estimated to resume “in […]

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