SPLASHDOWN! SPACEX'S DRAGON CARGO SPACESHIP RETURNS TO EARTH - A private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station.
The unmanned Dragon was released from the space station at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT). Its parachute-guided splashdown west of Baja California, which was confirmed around 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT), marked an end to SpaceX's fourth of 12 unmanned delivery missions to the space station for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract.
Dragon had been attached to the orbiting lab for a little more than month. The supply ship launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 21. More
(Source: Space.com - Oct 26)
ARGENTINA'S GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE REACHES AND STATIONS IN PERMANENT ORBIT - INVAP and Argentine state-run Arsat high-tech Company confirmed from the Benavidez land tracking station that the device is set in safe mode and reoriented facing the sun until further procedures.
This third maneuver, which concluded Wednesday night, included technical checks of the satellite's temperature control, motor and tank pressure; the last step before beginning with the transmission service.
The Arsat-1 is Argentina's first geostationary satellite built entirely with local parts, that will provide telecommunication services for a vast range of territory in South America. The satellite was launched from French Guiana in an Arianne rocket More
(Source: MercoPress - Oct 25)
WALLOPS TO LAUNCH ROCKET MONDAY FOR SPACE STATION - The next commercial resupply rocket launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for Monday.
The Antares rocket will launch at 6:45 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and is expected to rendezvous with the space station on Nov. 2, a NASA news release says.
The launch, dubbed Orb-3 by Orbital Sciences, is happening several days earlier than is necessary to time its arrival around other visiting space vehicles. It will carry 5,050 pounds of cargo. More
(Source: Pilotonline.com - Oct 24)
PROTON ROCKET BLASTS OFF WITH RUSSIAN TELECOM SATELLITE - Russia's Express AM6 communications satellite lifted off aboard a Proton rocket Tuesday and reached its targeted geostationary transfer orbit after a nine-hour climb thousands of miles above Earth. Powered by six RD-276 engines generating nearly 2.5 million pounds of thrust, the Proton rocket launched at 1509 GMT (11:09 a.m. EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it was 9:09 p.m. local time.
Turning east from the historic launch base, the 191-foot-tall three-stage rocket accelerated to nearly orbital velocity -- about 17,000 mph -- before deploying a Breeze M upper stage for a series of four burns to put the Express AM6 satellite in the correct orbit. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 22)
GPS SATELLITE LAUNCH SET FOR OCT. 29 IN CAPE CANAVERAL - United Launch Alliance is preparing for an Oct. 29 launch from Cape Canaveral of a new Global Positioning System satellite, the eighth in the newest series of 12 built by Boeing.
An Atlas V rocket's 18-minute launch window opens at 1:21 p.m. ET.
Last week, Boeing announced that the series' seventh satellite, launched from the Cape by an Atlas V on Aug. 1, had completed tests in orbit and entered service. More
(Source: USA Today - Oct 22)
PROTON BOOSTER POISED TO LAUNCH RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - A Russian communications satellite designed for national users is set for liftoff from Kazakhstan on Tuesday aboard a Proton rocket.
The three-stage Proton rocket and a Breeze M upper stage will loft the Express AM6 communications satellite into orbit thousands of miles above Earth.
Liftoff is scheduled for 1509:32 GMT (11:09:32 a.m. EDT) Tuesday from launch complex 81 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch is set for 9:09 p.m. local time at Baikonur.
The Proton rocket's six RD-276 first stage main engines will power the 191-foot-tall rocket away from the launch pad, increasing to 2.5 million pounds of thrust as the booster reaches the upper atmosphere. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 21)
CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE VIA ORBITAL CARRIER ROCKET: REPORTS - China has launched its new Yaogan-22 remote sensing optical satellite into scheduled orbit Monday, Chinese News Service reported.
The satellite was launched atop a Long March 4C rocket, which blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, a Chinese space and defense launch facility and a spaceport.
The satellite will be used for scientific exploration purposes, natural resource and crop yield surveys, and disaster relief, according to Chinese News Service. More
(Source: RIA Novosti - Oct 21)
NASA TV COVERAGE SET FOR U.S. CARGO SHIP'S DEPARTURE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - fter delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station during a month-long stay, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to detach from the Earth-facing side of the station's Harmony module and unberth through commands sent by robotic ground controllers in mission control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston operating the Canadarm 2 robotic arm. Mission control will maneuver Dragon into place then turn it over to Expedition 41 robotic arm operators Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA for release, which is scheduled for 9:56 a.m. EDT.
NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon's departure beginning at 9:30 a.m. More
(Source: PR Newswire - Oct 21)
CHINA'S MOST ADVANCED SPACE LAUNCH CENTRE TO BE OPERATIONAL SOON - China has completed construction of its most advanced space launch centre, designed to handle next generation rockets and space station modules, and it will be operational soon.
Work at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan province, which is the fourth but the most advanced rocket launch centre, has been completed and would soon become operational, state-run People's Daily reported. The centre is designed to handle next-generation rockets and space station modules, the report said. More
(Source: Economic Times - Oct 19)
IRNSS-1C SATELLITE'S SECOND ORBIT RAISING OPERATION SUCCESSFUL - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully conducted the second orbit raising operation of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-1C.
According to the space agency, the second orbit raising operation of IRNSS-1C has been successfully completed by firing the Apogee Motor for 23 minutes, in the evening of Oct 17, 2014.
The orbital parameters are: Perigee (the nearest point to earth) altitude: 7187 km Apogee (the farthest point to earth) altitude: 35634 km. More
(Source: Zee News - Oct 19)