Monthly Archive: July 2015

Jul 31 2015

New Ceres maps

New Names and Insights at Ceres. They also think that, based on the depths of the craters compared to their diameter, that Ceres is ice-rich. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms of their depth and diameter, are very similar to what we see on Dione and Tethys, two icy satellites of Saturn that …

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Jul 31 2015

Proton rocket back in service on 28 Aug

Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash. They say they’ve fixed the engine problems that caused a Mexican satellite launch to fail on 16 May. I guess we’ll see in about a month…

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Jul 30 2015

Hmmmm…sounds like a pinko commie plot, if you ask me

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Jul 30 2015

Hardly an issue, but OK

NASA Working to Avoid Traffic Jams at Mars. Instead of the individual projects working ad hoc to avoid issues, JPL will monitor all payloads to let the projects know of issues. But the picture is kinda cool:

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Jul 30 2015

The Pluto Payoff Is Helping NASA’s 2016 Budget Prospects – Newsy

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Jul 29 2015

NTSB reports on SpaceShipTwo’s crash

NTSB issues findings in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo tragedy. Bottom line: Pilot error and an air-braking system that was not fail-safe. Oh, and of course: not regulated enough. Of course. During the hearing, acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said the accident and its aftermath may also lead to changes in the way that the Federal Aviation …

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Jul 29 2015

CST-100 making progress

CST-100 Spacecraft Development Moves Forward in Former Shuttle Hangar. One of two pressurized domes for the “shell” of the Structural Test Article (STA) of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft undergoes checkout. The STA will be employed “to determine the effectiveness of the design and prove its escape system during a pad abort test,” it was explained. “The …

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Jul 29 2015

NASA funds for grants for Venus rover research

NASA Awards Grants to Ozark IC to Create Circuits for Proposed Venus Rover. $245K in grants for semi-conductor development to survive and operate on the surface of Venus. The Venus Landsailing Rover is a proposal for a mobile lander on Venus being developed by NASA Glenn which could withstand the searing temperatures and pressure, pushing …

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Jul 28 2015

ULA announces rocket development program

United Launch Alliance announces propulsion development program. Pueblo, CO is the big winner here. ULA plans to develop their Vulcan rocket using the facility. Details of the project include: + Approximately $5 million in capital investment + 34 new full-time jobs to be in place by October 1, 2017 + $2 million from the City …

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Jul 28 2015

CleanSpace One to capture and remove defunct CubeSat

This will be interesting to track, but in reality this isn’t a solution at all. We can’t send up a satellite for each piece of debris up there…and that’s not counting the thousands of thousands of debris too small to track. I envision some sort of ballistic gel that stays a semi-fluid in extreme cold …

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Jul 28 2015

Even A Grounded SpaceX Likely To Keep Its Market Advantage – Newsy

Completely agree with the video. SpaceX will come back from the CRS-7 failure stronger than ever.

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Jul 28 2015

Better late than never

Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy. This seems like a no-brainer, but in fairness to SpaceX, this is a feature to Dragon 2. Sure would have been nice to have it aboard CRS-7, for sure. Insurance companies will be happy…and ultimately this addition will likely lower launch costs slightly if SpaceX’s …

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Jul 28 2015

Uh…OK, I guess

Air Force Weather Satellite’s Breakup Blamed on Wiring Harness Compression in Battery Charge Assembly. A U.S. Air Force review into the Feb. 3 loss of Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 13 determined a failure of the spacecraft’s battery charger as the likely cause of the satellite’s failure and structural breakup. Analysis indicates one of …

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Jul 27 2015

Nitrogen glaciers flow on Pluto

Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto.

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Jul 27 2015

Latest on Ceres bright spots

Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet. They suspect that the haze is from gas sublimating from the bright spots, likely water vapor.

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Jul 27 2015

So where exactly is Philae?

The last post got me to wondering why we still don’t know where Philae actually ended up. Turns out, there is more data out there, just not in your normal space news sites. Bottom line, they still haven’t pin-pointed the exact location (you can bet that they would be announcing such a find with trumpets). …

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Jul 27 2015

Rosetta ready for perihelion

Rosetta Team Troubleshoots Philae as Comet’s Activity ‘Heats Up’. They’ve moved Rosetta further out (170 to 190 km) because Chury’s tail has grown so thick: They haven’t heard from Philae since 9 July, and suspect that part of the reason is that the lander is being jostled around by the venting of gas from the …

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Jul 26 2015

Back from MUOS testing

I spent the past week testing MUOS communications in Fort Bragg, NC. Funny story: about 8 years ago, Margaret Robbie (the godmother of Navy SATCOM testing) and I were planning all the Technical Evaluation (TECHEVAL) testing for MUOS after launch. TECHEVAL 1 (after the first launch) was easy peasey, but TECHEVAL 2…that would be a …

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Jul 25 2015

Chinese launch two navigation satellites

Chinese Long March 3B launches dual Beidou mission. So far it has 5 GEO sats and 4 MEO sats. This is interesting: the Beidou Phase III system includes the migration of its civil Beidou 1 or B1 signal from 1561.098 MHz to a frequency centered at 1575.42 MHz, the same as the GPS L1 and …

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Jul 25 2015

Poll results from Space Frontiers Conference

Private Space Stations to Be Built Within 10 Years, Eastern-Western Tensions Will Not Spark New Space Race, Says New Survey. Not sure how much bias was in the sample — 79 respondents from the same conference tends to tell me there would be a lot of bias in the answers. But it’s a slow news …

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