Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.01.18


Front Page / Titelseite

GAO expects delays in SpaceX and Boeing astronaut flight certification

The US won’t be flying humans in space anytime soon.

It’s no secret that NASA is pretty far behind schedule when it comes to returning to human spaceflight. Currently it’s working with two contractors, Boeing and SpaceX, for eventual crewed flights.
Verspätungen bei SpaceX und Boeing: NASA könnte Zugang zur ISS verlieren
Ende des Jahres wollen SpaceX und Boeing die ersten bemannten Testflüge ihrer Raumkapseln unternehmen. Nur wenn bis dahin und danach alles klappt, könnte die NASA auch weiterhin Astronauten zur ISS schicken, warnen nun Experten.
ISS-Einsatz: Neue Kollegin für deutschen Astronauten Gerst - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Wissenschaft
Im Frühling fliegt der deutsche Astronaut Alexander Gerst für seine zweite Mission zur Internationalen Raumstation. Nach SPIEGEL-Informationen bekommt er dabei nun kurzfristig eine neue US-Kollegin.
Falcon Heavy Roars To Life - NASA Watch
First static fire test of Falcon Heavy complete–one step closer to first test flight!
Stärkste Rakete der Welt trägt ein Auto ins All
Mit einem Konstrukt aus 27 Triebwerken will SpaceX in wenigen Tagen die erste Schwerlast ins All schießen: einen Tesla.
01/24/2018 - Historic Falcon 9 Heavy Test Fire!
01/24/2018 – Historic Falcon 9 Heavy Test Fire!
This is a test fire in advance of SpaceX’s upcoming Falcon 9 Heavy test launch. The test occurred on 1/24/2018 at Kennedy Space Center’s LC-39 Pad A which is the same pad that many Apollo and Space Shuttle launches took place from. SpaceX is currently leasing the pad from NASA.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

ISS Spacewalkers set for Critical Robotic Arm Upgrade via Second LEE Replacement – Spaceflight101
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are gearing up for a pair of spacewalks on January 23 and 29 to complete the rejuvenation of the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm by replacing its second Latching End Effector to ensure the critical robotic asset remains in working order for…
Space Station Robotic Arm Receives New Grappling Hand in Challenging 7-Hour Spacewalk – Spaceflight101 – International Space Station
Two U.S. spacewalkers successfully changed out a grappling mechanism on the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 on Tuesday,
Spacewalking Astronauts Shrug Off Glitch During Repair Job on Space Station
Two NASA astronauts embarked on a spacewalk today (Jan. 23) and successfully replaced a degraded piece of equipment outside of the International Space Station, despite a software glitch that left the team running behind schedule.
NASA Astronauts Wrap Up First Spacewalk of 2018 – Space Station
Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle of NASA completed the first spacewalk this year at 2:13 p.m. EST, lasting 7 hours, 24 minutes. The two astronauts replaced a Latching End Effector (LEE) on the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.
10 Jahre Columbus
„Im Jahre 1492 brach Christoph Columbus über den blauen Ozean nach Amerika auf…“ 2008 brach ein anderer Columbus auf … diesmal ins Weltall!
Weltraumlabor Columbus wird 10 Jahre alt
Das Columbus-Modul der Internationalen Raumstation ist Europas Beitrag zur Forschung im All. In den vergangenen zehn Jahren haben Astronauten hier Pflanzen angebaut, neue Metalle entwickelt und Experimente an sich selbst durchgeführt.

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Der Einschlagskrater Neukum: Marskrater nach deutschem Planetenforscher benannt
Die aktuellen Bilder der HRSC-Kamera zeigen den Einschlagskrater „Neukum“ – benannt wurde dieser Krater nach dem 2014 verstorbenen deutschen Physiker und Planetenforscher Gerhard Neukum, der die HRSC …
Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder
A fascinating martian crater has been chosen to honour the German physicist and planetary scientist, Gerhard Neukum, one of the founders of ESA’s Mars Express mission.
Twilight Haze Shines Over Saturn`s Big Moon Titan in Gorgeous Cassini Photo
NASA has just released a stunning view of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Taken by the Cassini spacecraft, the photo captures individual layers of haze in the moon’s upper atmosphere.
NASA 2019 budget expected to include lunar exploration program details -
Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon should be in the agency’s 2019 budget request.

Politics / Politik

Internal Memo: How NASA Will Shut Down - NASA Watch
„Annual funding for the Government will expire at midnight on January 19, 2018. In the event no further agreement is reached to fund Federal agencies, Federal departments and agencies will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations performing activities funded by annual appropriations,…
Internal Memo: How NASA Will Shut Down - NASA Watch
FYI during his 3rd term in the House @SenBillNelson overtly used his political office to force @NASA to fly him in space. If a lawyer with zero aerospace experience can use politics to become an astronaut then a fighter pilot congressman like Bridenstine with an MBA can run #NASA…
Is Democratic Opposition To Bridenstine Wavering? - NASA Watch
Interestingly only one Democrat spoke at all about Bridenstine and it was @SenBillNelson. 4 Republicans spoke out in support of Bridenstine.

Technology / Technologie

Gaia avionics model
ESA’s Gaia observatory was launched in December 2013, and is now surveying our Milky Way, creating creating the most accurate-ever map of the stars in our home galaxy and helping to answer questions about its origin and evolution.The spacecraft is operated by teams at ESA’s mission c…
In space and cyber, China is closing in on the United States -
The United States could soon be unpleasantly surprised as China continues to shore up its domestic capacity to produce high-end weapons, satellites and encryption technologies.
Ariane 6: Erster Test mit neuem Haupttriebwerk
  ARIANE 6 Erster Test mit neuem Haupttriebwerk Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR 24. Januar 2018
Erste Zündung für Europas stärkstes Raketentriebwerk Vulcain 2.1
Höhere Effizienz bei geringeren Kosten – das ist die Aufgabe des neuen Raketentriebwerks Vulcain 2.1, das im Jahr 2020 die neue europäische Trägerrakete Ariane 6 ins All befördern soll. Doch bevor sol…
Ariane 6: Erster Test mit neuem Haupttriebwerk
Die erste Testzündung des Vulcain 2.1, des Hauptriebwerks der Ariane 6, wurde in der DLR-Testeinrichtung in Lampoldshausen durchgeführt.
Next Stop, Mars? Life-Detection Gear Passes Test on Earth
A small, lightweight life-detection package has passed a key trial here on Earth, suggesting that it could someday hunt for E.T. on Mars or the ocean moons of the outer solar system, a new study reports.
“Still Testing” – Rocket Lab’s Electron Reaches Orbit on Second Test Flight – Spaceflight101
Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully achieved orbit on its second test flight performed on Sunday from the company’s launch base in New Zealand. Dubbed ‘Still Testing,’ the flight built on data gathered on the inaugural flight of the innovative launch vehicle last May and…
Video: Rocket Lab’s Electron Reaches Orbit – Spaceflight101
Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully achieved orbit on its second test flight performed on January 21, 2018 from the company’s launch base on Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. Dubbed ‘Still Testing,’ the mission lifted off from Mahia LC-1 at 1:43 UTC, 2:43 p.m. local time and had…
Zuma Update: SpaceX Exonerated by USAF - NASA Watch
„A little more than two weeks have passed since the apparent loss of the highly classified Zuma mission. Since then, SpaceX has publicly and privately stated that its Falcon 9 rocket performed nominally throughout the flight–with both its first and second stages firing as anticipated. Now, the US…
Marshall Space Flight Center: Test Site for NASA`s Rockets
Marshall Space Flight Center plays a significant role in the American space program, from developing the rockets that carried the first U.S. astronaut into space to working on the system that could one day carry astronauts to Mars.
Air Force missile-warning command center makes contact with new SBIRS satellite -
The SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite flew aboard a U.S. Air Force Atlas 5 rocket. This was the 75th launch carried out by the Atlas 5.
SpaceX, Iridium set March 18 launch date for fifth Iridium Next mission -
SpaceX and mobile satellite services provider Iridium, now halfway through deploying the Iridium Next constellation, are preparing for their fifth mission on March 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

The 10 Best `Star Trek` Episodes Ever
Amid news that director Quentin Tarantino is involved in the pitch for the next „Star Trek“ film, the website Nerdist put together a fake movie trailer that imagines what a Tarantino-led Trek flick would look like.

World / Welt

Air Force Maintains Trust in SpaceX After Secret Zuma Mission: Report
The U.S. Air Force has given SpaceX a qualified vote of confidence in the wake of the presumed loss of the mysterious Zuma satellite, according to Bloomberg News.
LISA Pathfinder wins American Astronautical Society award
ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission has been honoured with the 2017 Space Technology Award of the American Astronautical Society.
Remembrance - NASA Watch
„A week prior to my departure I got a call from June Scobee Rogers, the widow of Challenger’s commander Dick Scobee. She was thrilled with what we were doing and asked if we’d like to place a few mementos in the inukshuk. She then described what she was sending. A day or so later a package arrived….
Ex-Prize: Google`s $30 Million Moon Race Ends with No Winner
It’s official: The Google Lunar X Prize is no more.
Flat Earth Rocketeer Says He Will Launch in Two Weeks
„Mad“ Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, appears to have a new rocket and a new launch date for his mission to prove our oblate spheroid world is actually a disc.
Dr.-Ing. Walther Pelzer ist neues Vorstandsmitglied für das DLR Raumfahrtmanagement
Dr.-Ing. Walther Pelzer ist neues Vorstandsmitglied des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) und hat als Nachfolger von Dr. Gerd Gruppe die Leitung des DLR Raumfahrtmanagements in Bonn übe…

Science / Wissenschaft

ISS: Bakterien für Sauerstoff und Nahrung?
  ISS Bakterien für Sauerstoff und Nahrung? Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR 18. Januar 2018
Cloudy with a Chance of Radiation: NASA Studies Simulated Radiation
Auf der internationalen Raumstation ISS wird aktuell das Wachstum von Bakterien untersucht, die in der Lage sind, Sauerstoff und essbare Biomasse zu produzieren. Entwickelt wurde das Experiment von Mi…
Kepler: Die Harmonie der fünf Planeten
  KEPLER Die Harmonie der fünf Planeten von Stefan Deiters 22. Januar 2018
Gravitationswellen: Wichtiger Schritt für LISA-Mission
  GRAVITATIONSWELLEN Wichtiger Schritt für LISA-Mission Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für 23. Januar 2018
‘Bone Glue’ Experiments on the ISS Test Possible Treatment for Osteoporosis
Astronauts can lose 2 percent of their bone mass each month, and experiments on the International Space Station are testing a method for…
Shoemaker-Levy 9: Comet`s Impact Left Its Mark on Jupiter
When comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter in 1994, it sent ripple effects both physically and politically.

History / Geschichte

Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space. She flew Vostok 6 in 1963, spending almost three days in space and orbiting Earth 48 times.
Apollo 5 in Photos: NASA`s First Lunar Module Test Flight
NASA’s Apollo 5 mission launched on Jan. 22, 1968 and marked the first test flight of the Lunar Module that would eventually carry astronauts to the moon. See photos from the historic mission here!
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