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)
U.S. MILITARY'S X-37B SPACE PLANE LANDS IN CALIFORNIA - The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane concluded its third mission Friday, streaking through the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and gliding to an automated landing on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after spending a record 675 days in orbit. Touchdown on Vandenberg's Runway 12 occurred at 1624 GMT (12:24 p.m. EDT; 9:24 a.m. PDT) Friday, according to an Air Force press release.
"The 30th Space Wing and our mission partners, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Boeing, and our base support contractors, have put countless hours of hard work into preparing for this landing and today we were able to see the culmination of that dedication," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, in an Air Force statement. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 18)
ARGENTINA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST HOME-BUILT SATELLITE - The ARSAT-1 satellite is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million. The satellite was launched from a base in French Guiana and is to orbit 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above Earth.
"ARSAT-1 is on its way to space. What a thrill," President Cristina Fernandez said shortly after the launch via her Twitter account.
ARSAT-1 is designed to provide digital television and cellphone services to Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay for the next 15 years. It's also expected to improve telephone and Internet connections in remote places, including for scientists working in the Antarctic region. More
(Source: ABC News - Oct 17)
CHINA MOVING FORWARD WITH BIG SPACE STATION PLANS - Space travelers from around the globe recently got a firsthand sense of China's blossoming plans to explore Earth orbit and beyond.
At the 27th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), held in Beijing last month, China's space industry leaders extended an open invitation for other nations to take part in China's emerging space station program.
"We reserved a number of platforms that can be used for international cooperative projects in our future space station when we designed it," Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Engineering and China's first astronaut, said at the event, which was held in China for the first time. "In addition to collaboration in applied experiments, we also designed adapters that can dock with other nations' spacecraft." More
(Source: Space.com - Oct 17)
INDIAN PSLV LOFTS IRNSS-1C SATELLITE - India has launch its third navigation satellite Thursday morning local time, with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully carrying the IRNSS-1C satellite on the first leg of its journey towards geostationary orbit. Liftoff was on schedule at 01:32 local time (20:02 Wednesday) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. IRNSS-1C forms part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), a constellation of geosynchronous satellites which the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been deploying to provide navigation data to India and the surrounding region. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 16)
BIGELOW INFLATABLE MODULE TO BE ADDED TO SPACE STATION IN 2015 - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are going to be getting an addition in the near future, and in the form of an inflatable room no less. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is the first privately-built space habitat that will added to the ISS, and it will be transported into orbit aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket sometime next year. "The BEAM is one small step for Bigelow Aerospace," Bigelow representative Michael Gold told Universe Today, "but is also one giant leap for private sector space activities since the BEAM will be the first privately owned and developed module ever to be part of a crewed system in space."
(Source: Phys.Org - Oct 15)