Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 31 2015

ESA sending their first 3D printer to the ISS in June

Portable On-Board 3D Printer (POP3D) makes its debut. which is smaller than Made In Space’s 3D printer:

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Jan 31 2015

Winners of the “Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space Tool Challenge” announced

Congrats to Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Alabama and Sydney Vernon from Bellevue, Washington. Robert won the Teen division by designing a multi-purpose wrench: Sydney won the Junior division with her space planter: Entries were judged by panel experts from NASA, Made-in-Space, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Each winner’s school gets a 3D printer …

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Jan 31 2015

SMAP lifts off

The @ulalaunch Delta II rocket launches with @NASASMAP! #EarthRightNow See other photos: https://t.co/XMAZdejRRO pic.twitter.com/XrFvFb8hjm — NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) January 31, 2015 Alas, it was overcast at my house, so I couldn’t see anything.

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Jan 30 2015

In celebration of winning awards in all three Lunar Xprize categories

Astrobiotics releases a new lunar exploration video:

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Jan 30 2015

Nice market summary on SmallSats from SpaceWorks

Download the summary here. Some of their observations include: SpaceWorks projected 140-143 nano/microsats would be launched in 2014. 158 actually were. 158 represents a 73% increase over 2013. There were 92 SmallSat launches last year, the second highest ever.

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Jan 30 2015

SMAP launch tomorrow at 6:20am Pacific

Not Friday morning, as I reported earlier. I’m not sure if I misreported it, or I repeated a misreport, or if they changed the launch day. Look…CubeSats! They’ll be onboard the SMAP launch, and will investigate microbursts within the Earth’s radiation belts. You like how I used CubeSats to distract you from my (possible) mistake? …

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Jan 30 2015

Boeing announces their tentative CST-100 flight schedule

2017 can’t get here fast enough!! They should conclude CDR in March 2015, which will allow them to begin manufacture in earnest. Here’s their test/launch schedule as of now: Apr 2017: Orbital Flight Test (unmanned) Jul 2017: Crewed Flight Test Dec 2017: USCV-1 mission to resupply ISS (and Capture the Flag) Woot-woot!! We’ll see if …

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Jan 29 2015

NASA Safety Panel rips CCtCAP, Orion, SLS on lack of openess

For a government report, this is as scathing as it gets. In a color-coded “traffic signal” chart later in the report, ASAP rated “risk transparency — Insight and communications” as red, meaning an issue of “long-standing concern or an issue that has not been adequately addressed by NASA.” It is the only one of nine …

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Jan 29 2015

2 points: I’m insanely jealous and…

Ruskies are really capitalists at heart, as if you really needed me to tell you that. I’m insanely jealous of Takamatsu Satoshi and Sarah Brightman for going to the ISS without me. I’ve heard all sorts of PC-talk about how they should be spending their money for better causes blah blah blah. It’s their money, …

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Jan 29 2015

Deep Space Industries looking at microbes for asteroid processing

Similar to the process we use to help extract copper here on Earth. This idea has more merit than I first thought: The DSI team is trying to bring the picture into clearer focus. For instance, the researchers surveyed data about the 11,000 known near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), to estimate how many of them might have …

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Jan 29 2015

SMAP launch postponed due to upper level winds

Good thing too, for me us, ’cause I can sometimes see a launch from Vandenberg in the sky from my house. I was planning on capturing some video, but I needed to get to work and rushed out of the house bright and early and didn’t even remember my SMAP plans until I pulled into …

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Jan 28 2015

Video of 2004 BL86

Courtesy of SpaceWeather.com.

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Jan 28 2015

CubeSats…is their anything they can’t do?

Well, they can be a Space Billboard. The messages on the SpaceBillboard will be the highest and the fastest ever seen in the industry, flying at 27,400 kph at an altitude of 500 km. The Billboard will orbit the Earth 15 times a day, becoming the first advertisements that literally bring their message around the …

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Jan 28 2015

Video of Moon Expess MTV-1X lander trials

Pretty freakin’ awesome! Moon Express was the only team to win the Lander milestone prize in this week’s Xprize awards. SAL-freakin’——————lute! BRAVO ZULU and CONGRATS!!

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Jan 27 2015

Pretty cool animation of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy liftoff and booster return CONOPS

Interesting that they’re planning on returning the second stage as well, whereas Falcon 9 only returns its first stage.

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Jan 27 2015

The “Third Quarter” effect on long duration missions

Here’s an interesting article on the psychological effects of long duration missions. Lots of good stuff in the article (read the whole thing!), including: On at least three occasions Russian missions had to be terminated due to psychological issues that developed among the cosmonauts. Although such extreme occurrences are rare, the mental and emotional well …

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Jan 27 2015

Virgin Galactic names new test pilot

Congrats to Mark Stucky, who starts working for Virgin Galactic on 2 Feb. Here is his CV: An accomplished military and government test pilot, Stucky has flown flight tests for the US Marine Corp, US Navy, US Air Force, NASA and international partners. He has logged over 9,000 flight hours in over 170 different models …

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Jan 27 2015

SMARA may swarm Jupiter’s atmosphere

A bunch of small- or micro-sats may be released into Jupiter’s atmosphere as part of ESA’s JUICE mission in 2030. This is being reported in a couple of places in today’s news, so I’ll report it here with the following observations: SMARA is a proposed add-on to the JUICE mission, yet it’s being reported as …

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Jan 27 2015

China’s Long March-9 will have a 130 ton lift capacity

Long March-9 rocket could be operational by 2028. 2028 is 2 years earlier than previously reported. I’ll have to update “Future Milestones” in the panel to the right to hold them to it. I suspect they moved up their timeline because the Russians had penciled in ‘2028’ for their first manned Lunar mission (though since …

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Jan 27 2015

More info on 2004 BL86’s moon

Size-wise, it’s roughly proportional to Earth’s Moon.. Via radar, 2004 BL86 was measured to be about 1100 feet in diameter and its moon was 230 feet in diameter, or about 21% as large. Earth’s Moon is about 27% the size of Earth. Interestingly, about 16% of Near-Earth asteroids that are larger than 665 feet have …

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