Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.02.2018

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ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
​On this day ten years ago, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory was launched into orbit, safely nestled in the mammoth cargo bay of the space shuttle Atlantis.
ISS: ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus
  ISS ESA feiert zehn Jahre Weltraumlabor Columbus Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des DLR astronews.com 8. Februar 2018
Europe’s Columbus Module Turns 10 – Parabolic Arc
COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The Columbus space laboratory began its journey into space on 7 February 2008 and has now been the scientific heart of European research on the International Space Station (ISS) for ten years. In microgravity, researchers gain unique insights from a wide range of…
LISA Pathfinder: Noch besser als gedacht
  LISA PATHFINDER Noch besser als gedacht Redaktion / Pressemitteilung des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gravitationsphysik astronews.com 12. Februar 2018
LISA pathfinder mission a glorious success
LISA pathfinder three times better than required, 10 times better than expected.
The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched into Space
A very small, very powerful atomic clock will ride the next Falcon Heavy to space.
Europa Lander Mission Shut Out Again in 2019 NASA Budget Request
A bold life-hunting mission to the surface of Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa was shut out in the 2019 federal budget proposal, but NASA still aims to see it fly.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 07.02.2018

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Successful Falcon Heavy Test Flight: “Starman” Reaches Orbit, 2/3 Rocket Cores Recovered – Falcon Heavy Demo Flight
The stakes were high for SpaceX on Tuesday when their triple-core monster rocket leapt off from Florida’s Space Coast on an ambitious shakedown mission that held many unknowns for the California-based company.
`Crazy Things Can Come True`: Elon Musk Reacts to Falcon Heavy Launch Success
After the triumphant first launch of the Falcon Heavy megarocket yesterday (Feb. 6), which is propelling a Tesla electric car out into the solar system, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk still seemed surprised that the mission had succeeded.
Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage
The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6).
Watch Live Views of SpaceX`s Starman Riding a Tesla Roadster in Space!
You can watch SpaceX’s Starman mannequin ride a Tesla Roadster in space live on YouTube after the successful Falcon Heavy test launch of Feb. 6, 2018. Check it out!
Falcon Heavy: "Offensichtlich fliegt da jetzt ein Auto im Orbit"
Weltraummüll als Accessoire: Im All dümpelt nun ein Tesla mit einem Dummy. SpaceX hat die Falcon Heavy-Rakete in den Weltraum geschickt. Die schönsten Bilder vom Start
Out-of-This-World Photos from Falcon Heavy`s Historic Debut Flight
Here are some of our favorite photos from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch today (Feb. 6).
Erfolg für SpaceX: Falcon Heavy ist gestartet
Die Welt hat eine neue leistungsstärkste Rakete: SpaceX‘ Falcon Heavy hat Dienstagabend ihren ersten Testflug absolviert. Die Rakete startete um 15:45 Uhr Ortszeit Florida.
Falcon Heavy: Warum der Tesla in der Rakete modifiziert werden musste - WELT
Nicht nur der Start der Falcon-Heavy-Rakete ist ein Novum in der Raumfahrt. Innen drin steckt noch eine roter modifizierter Tesla als Marketinggag. Ein normales Auto würde den Start nämlich nicht überstehen.
Wozu Elon Musk mit SpaceX Rakete Falcon Heavy Tesla Roadster z Mars schießt - manager magazin
Elektroauto-Pionier Elon Musk 30654 hätte auch einen Betonklotz nehmen können. Oder Stahlblöcke, wie es in der Raumfahrt bislang üblich war. Doch das ist dem Multiunternehmer und Marketingkenner zu langweilig. Deshalb lässt Musk, der zeitglei…
SpaceX`s Falcon Heavy Rocket: By the Numbers
To gain a fuller understanding of Falcon Heavy’s caliber and the ambitions behind the SpaceX launch, it is worthwhile to look at the numbers.
Preview: SpaceX Set to Debut Falcon Heavy Rocket via Long-Awaited Shakedown Flight – Spaceflight101
A decade-long journey to the launch pad could end on Tuesday for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket with the long-awaited maiden launch of the tri-core rocket. With a commercial launch license from the FAA in hand, a clean Launch Readiness Review and fair weather forecast, SpaceX wheeled the monster…
SpaceX receives launch license for first Falcon Heavy launch - SpaceNews.com
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a launch license for the inaugural launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, scheduled for Feb. 6.
SpaceX Confirms Its First Falcon Heavy Rocket Will Attempt a Triple Landing
When SpaceX launches its first Falcon Heavy rocket this week, the company is going to attempt something never done before: a rocket landing triple play.
Falcon Heavy: SpaceX vor Start einer der stärksten Raketen seit der Saturn V
Am Dienstag will SpaceX endlich den ersten Flug der neuen Rakete Falcon Heavy durchführen. Der war seit Jahren verschoben worden. Zur Vorführung soll sie nun einen Tesla in einen Orbit um die Sonne schießen.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 01.02.18

 

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A Bizarre Failure Scenario Emerges for Ariane 5 Mission Anomaly with SES 14 & Al Yah 3 – Spaceflight101
Europe’s Ariane 5 appears to have gotten away with a black eye on Thursday when its 97th mission veered off course from the onset of the rocket’s climb, but still managed to deploy two innovative communications craft in a stable, but off-target orbit from where it will be up to the SES 14 and…
NASA`s GOLD Instrument, SES-14 Satellite on Track After Launch Anomaly
The satellite company SES confirmed that its SES-14 communications satellite, which hosts an upper-atmosphere-observation mission from NASA, will be able to reach its final orbit just four weeks late after a launch anomaly saw the rocket lose contact.
Ariane 5 Rocket Delivers Satellites, NASA GOLD to Orbit Despite Launch Anomaly
Two commercial satellites and a NASA Earth-observation instrument managed to reach orbit despite a scare during liftoff today (Jan. 25).
Ariane 5 Reaches Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery with SES 14 & Al Yah 3 – Spaceflight101
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad in preparation for a Thursday liftoff on the vehicle’s year-opening mission, tasked with deploying a pair of innovative satellites to a Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit peaking 45,000 Kilometers above the planet. Stacked…
NASA`s GOLD Mission Launching on Ariane 5 Rocket Today: Watch It Live
NASA’s GOLD mission is set to launch Jan. 25 starting at 5:20 p.m. EST — here’s how to watch live.
NASA GOLD, 2 Satellites in Orbit After Ariane 5 Launch Anomaly (Update)
Two satellites, one carrying a NASA science instrument, are safely in orbit despite an anomaly with their Ariane 5 rocket during launch, Arianespace officials say.
NASA`s GOLD Mission Powers on for First Time After Eventful Launch
NASA’s GOLD mission powered on briefly to open its detector doors before beginning a long journey into geostationary orbit.
NASA Honors Fallen Astronauts in `Day of Remembrance` Ceremonies Today
NASA honors astronauts and others who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration with its Day of Remembrance today (Jan. 25). Here’s how the solemn day is being marked.
Long-Lost NASA Satellite May Have Been Found by Amateur Astronomer
An amateur astronomer appears to have made contact with a long-lost NASA satellite.
Soyuz Rocket Ready for Return-to-Flight Mission from Far Eastern Vostochny Cosmodrome – Spaceflight101
Russia’s Soyuz rocket stands ready for liftoff from the Far Eastern Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday with a cluster of eleven satellites, set to rehabilitate the Soyuz/Fregat combination after encountering a failure on its last Vostochny launch in November.
Soyuz / Fregat Redeem Themselves on Third Vostochny Launch – Kanopus-V 3 & 4 | Spaceflight101
Russia’s Soyuz rocket on Thursday lifted off from the frozen grounds of the Vostochny Cosmodrome on a mission to redeem itself after encountering a launch failure on its last flight from the new launch base established in the country’s Far East.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.01.18

 

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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! pic.twitter.com/EZF4JOT8e4
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.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.01.18

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DLR_next - Während der Gerst-Mission: Raumfahrt-Show für Schulen!
Wenn der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst im Jahr 2018 auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS lebt und arbeitet, wird das auch wieder viele Kinder und Jugendliche begeistern.
Chinese Villagers Capture Falling Long March Rocket Booster on Video – Spaceflight101
Chinese villagers captured remarkable footage just after sunrise on Friday showing a Long March 3B rocket booster falling out of the sky, crashing into a mountain and exploding into flames…
Earth Resides in Oddball Solar System, Alien Worlds Show
Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. A new study using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope shows that in most cases, exoplanets orbiting the same star have similar…
Lost in space? Questions mount over fate of secret satellite as SpaceX pushes ahead
For SpaceX the stakes are especially high – not just because a valuable national security asset valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, or more, that it was hired to launch was…
Space Bites: The Value of the Moon | Paul D. Spudis
The Moon is a destination, a laboratory for science, a place to learn the skills of planetary exploration, and a source of materials and energy for use on th…

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