Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 30 2014

Manned ARM mission likely to be no earlier than 2024

Good run-down on the different proposed missions for Orion. Everything after the 4 Dec launch of Orion’s EM-1 is completely in flux.

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Nov 30 2014

ESA approves funding for Ariane 6 rocket

France wins debate over design & costs over Germany. Germany wanted an upgrade to the Ariane 5 instead of a new heavier-lift rocket. The Ariane 6 will come in two and four booster configurations. It should be ready for launch by 2022 at a cost of 8 billion Euros. A medium to heavy launcher that …

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Nov 30 2014

India to test their own launch vehicle

GSLV (Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle) Mark III is slated for its test launch sometime between 15 and 20 December. This will allow India to launch its own heavier satellites into orbit. Here’s it’s info page at ISRO.

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Nov 28 2014

Rethinking international Space Law

A top-down approach may no longer be effective. The author basically argues that practices adopted by, say, NASA are adopted by other agencies/nations when they come upon the issues that NASA first addressed. The precludes the need for international treaties. I think this is a better paradigm than the top-down approach, ala the Outer Space …

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Nov 27 2014

TBT: Star Wars

It’s Throw Back Thursday time. I spent all of last night putting up our brand new flat-screen TV and surround sound. It is awesome and a welcome replacement for our 37″ CRT that’s over a decade old. And weighs 4000 pounds. And I had to move UPSTAIRS to the master bedroom to replace the smaller …

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Nov 27 2014

The Woodward engine

An alternative to rocket engines. Very interesting article on the Woodward effect and its possible implications to satellite station keeping and space travel. James Woodward, Ph.D., and Heidi Fearn, Ph.D., have been working on this for years, and have 2 patents on it. I admit this is the first I’ve heard of it, but it …

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Nov 27 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the ISS

And I too hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. One of the many things I can count as a blessing this year is this blog and its readers. Thank you for taking the time to check this site out on a regular basis.

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Nov 26 2014

ISS prints its first 3D part

Nothing will ever be the same again… Well, some things will be, but this is a first baby step toward a space community eventually becoming self-sufficient. Trust me, this is a BIG DEAL. Here’s the part they made: It’s a cover plate for the 3D printer itself.

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Nov 26 2014

Poop…is there nothing it can’t do?

Converting human-generated waste into fuel in space. Here’s what it can do: Produce 290 liters of methane per crewmember per day. 200 gallons of non-potable (phew!!) water annually, which could be broken into hydrogen and oxygen to breathe. Alrighty then…

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Nov 26 2014

Either they’re right, or they’re VERY wrong

Rosetta team narrows down probable area of Philae’s location. There are two areas where they think it could be: In other words, about in the vicinity that they first guessed. I don’t get it, given the direction that Philae bounced after first touchdown. Either they’re very wrong (possible), or I’m very wrong (very probable). I …

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Nov 25 2014

Pretty cool video on how the moon Europa may contain life

Well worth the 4 minutes and change that the video takes.

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Nov 25 2014

Cube Quest Challenge registration begins

Win a share of $5 mil with a successful CubeSat design to be launched with the first SLS/Orion mission. 3 areas of competition: Ground Tournaments:  $500,000 in the four qualifying ground tournaments to determine who will have the ability to fly on the first SLS flight; Lunar Derby:  $1.5 million for demonstrating communication and CubeSat …

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Nov 25 2014

Mmmmmm…Espresso in Space……

Microgravity is a real challenge to a proper expresso. The article goes into a lot of detail as to why, but the most interesting things from the article for me were: They’re delivering an espresso machine to the ISS next year. The ISS doesn’t have an espresso machine. They plan to 3D print the espresso …

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Nov 25 2014

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) set to recover EFT-1 upon spashdown

As an old gator sailor myself, I approve of NASA’s choice of recovery. Instead of lifting the capsule from the water via helicopter and landing on a flight deck, they’re going to stabilize the Orion capsule in the water, and then tow into the the USS Anchorage’s well deck, put it up on blocks, and …

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Nov 25 2014

More details on SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

Very, VERY interesting plans for its future… When it was first reported that SpaceX was developing a ocean-based landing pad, I thought that it made sense from a safety perspective — you probably didn’t want to touchdown a re-entry rocket at your launch facilities until you were absolutely sure you could do it without damaging …

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Nov 24 2014

The partial solar eclipse that no one saw

From Spaceweather.com: LUNAR TRANSIT OF THE SUN: On Saturday, Nov. 22nd, the Moon passed in front of the sun, producing a partial solar eclipse. No one on Earth saw it; the lunar transit was visible only from Earth orbit. More than 22,000 miles above our planet’s surface, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) snapped this picture: …

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Nov 24 2014

That’s no X-wing

Elon Musk announces hypersonic grid fins to stabilize Falcon-9 during re-entry. each fin can be operated individually. The fins will collapse for liftoff, as to avoid creating drag. They’re called ‘x-wing config’ for the shape they make jetting out in four separate directions. Consider myself underwhelmed. If you’re going to invoke “X-wing”, it better be …

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Nov 24 2014

Astronaut Scott Kelly will spend a year on the ISS

to study long-term weightlessness. Interestingly, he has an identical twin as a control for the experiment. Here’s an interview with Mr. Kelly: I wonder if he’ll end up like the cosmonaut in the movie Armageddon? (Sadly, no youtube clips of him saying “Welcome to Russian space station”). Presumably he won’t develop much of a Russian …

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Nov 24 2014

Close ups of Antares explosion at Wallops Island

Yowza! Source page here.

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Nov 24 2014

New crew arrives at the ISS

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and arrived at the ISS in about six hours. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency.

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