Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 26.04.18

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Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.

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“️ “Launch of Sentinel 3B and reaching the Orbit“. Everything looks fine #Sentinel3 #Sentinel3B #ESA t.co/FCkEHHzBAc

Tomorrow’s launch of Sentinel-3B will complete the Sentinel-3 constellation and represents the culmination of months of training to fly Europe’s latest Copernicus satellite.
Making what is likely its last commercial launch, Russia’s Rokot rocket will give the European Sentinel-3b satellite a ride to orbit Wednesday. Liftoff, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, is scheduled for 20:57 Moscow Time (17:57 UTC). Wednesday’s launch will deploy…
Tweet With Sentinel-3B sitting and waiting patiently for liftoff and the launch dress rehearsal done, most of us had a day off yesterday – and now we are all rested and ready for tonight’s launch! Monday’s dress rehearsal involved teams here in Plesetsk, the satellite operations team at…
Europe’s Copernicus satellite fleet is gearing up for the arrival of its next addition on Wednesday with a Russian Rockot booster set to blast off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 17:57 UTC carrying the Sentinel-3B multi-function satellite. Pending successful delivery into orbit, the…
Noch nie folgten bei der Europäischen Weltraumagentur Esa so viele Satelliten-Starts so dicht aufeinander. 2018 soll es nach jahrelanger Planung auch zum Merkur gehen.
Tweet With the satellite being rolled out to the launch pad and positioned in the launch tower, it’s been a very exciting weekend. Last Friday, with the Rockot upper composite all finished, it was moved from the 101B cleanroom to the General Hall ready for rollout on Saturday. The Khrunichev…
Der morgige Start von Sentinel-3B wird die Sentinel-3-Konstellation vervollständigen und stellt den Höhepunkt einer monatelangen Vorbereitungsphase für den neuesten europäischen Copernicus-Satelliten dar.
Der Sentinel-3B Satellit wird, wie sein Zwilling, mit einer russischen Rockot-Rakete in die Umlaufbahn gebracht. Rockot kommt natürlich aus dem Russischen und heißt übersetzt „Getöse“.  Diese Träge…
„Sentinel“ – zu Deutsch „der Wächter“. Der Name dieses Satellitenprogramms kommt nicht von ungefähr. Denn seine Aufgabe ist tatsächlich die Überwachung und Beobachtung…
Searching galactic haloes for ‚missing‘ matter. Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton; J-T. Li (University of Michigan, USA); Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
NASA’s Chandra Observatory has enabled scientists to study the inner workings of the crab nebula.
Eine so detaillierte Karte unserer Galaxie gab es bislang nicht: Der Satellit „Gaia“ hat etwa 1,7 Milliarden Sterne abgelichtet, Forscher haben die Aufnahmen zu einem riesigen Bild zusammengesetzt.
A multitude of discoveries are on the horizon after this much awaited release, which is based on 22 months of charting the sky. The new data includes positions, distance indicators and motions of more than one billion stars, along with high-precision measurements of asteroids within our Solar…
On 25 April 2018, ESA’s Gaia mission will publish its much awaited second data release, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy.Scientists who have been working on creating and validating the data contained in the catalogue tell us why they are wait…
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the second data release of ESA’s Gaia mission, an astrometry mission to map more than one billion stars in our Galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 19.04.18

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When NASA first started planning the Kepler mission, no one knew if the universe held any planets outside our solar system. Thousands of exoplanets later, the search enters a new phase.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission will launch no earlier than Monday (April 16), and its ultimate goal is to provide a catalog of planets all over the sky.
On Monday, April 16, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA’s new exoplanet hunter will train its sights on nearer, brighter stars than its predecessors did.
A conversation with Doug Caldwell, instrument scientist for the Kepler Space Telescope, and who’s now working on NASA’s next planet-hunting mission— the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS.
Kurz vor dem Ende von Kepler schickt die NASA mit dem Weltraumteleskop TESS einen Nachfolger ins All, der tausende weitere Exoplaneten entdecken soll. Erstmals soll SpaceX eine wissenschaftliche Sonde der US-Agentur befördern.
After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which was scheduled to take place this evening (April 16), has been delayed by at least 48 hours due to an issue with the spacecraft’s rocket ride, a SpaceX Falcon 9.
NASA’s pursuit of Earth 2.0 will have to wait at least another two days for a critical search asset to head into orbit as the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was delayed from Monday to provide time for additional Guidance, Navigation &…
SpaceX and NASA are preparing to launch the TESS exoplanet-hunting satellite on Monday, April 16.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
NASA’s TESS exoplanet-hunting spacecraft is primed for an on-time liftoff Monday (April 15) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.
Was ist Sentinel? Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Satelliten die die Erde beobachten. Sie gehören zu einem europäischen Programm, das „Copernicus“ heißt. Dabei kommt der Name Sentin…
The SENTINEL-3 Mission Guide provides a high-level description of the mission objectives, satellite description and ground segment. It also covers an introduction to heritage missions, thematic areas and services, orbit characteristics and coverage, instrument payloads and data products.
Getting a satellite ready to be launched involves a long list of jobs, but with the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite now fuelled, this particular ‘to do’ list is significantly shorter. And, importantly, all is on track for liftoff on 25 April.
Image gallery of the Sentinel-3 satellite.
Die Steuerung des Sentinel Satelliten erfolgt im ESOC , dem „European Space Operations Centre“, also dem Kontrollzentrum der ESA in Darmstadt. Seit 1967 kontrolliert es den Betrieb sämt…
Die Sentinel-3-Satelliten haben 5 Hauptinstrumente: OLCI (Ocean and Land Colour Instrument) Aufnahme der Farbe eines ca. 1300 km breiten Streifens mit 5 Kameras 21 spektrale Kanäle mit einer Wellen…
Die Rakete mit dem Satelliten Sentinel-3B wird vom Kosmodrom Plessezk etwa 800 Kilometer nördlich von Moskau in Russland aus starten. Hier starteten auch schon Sentinel-3A und Sentinel-5P.
Sentinel ist eine ganze Familie von Erdbeobachtungssatelliten des Erdbeobachtungsprogrammes Copernicus. Dabei kommt der Name Sentinel aus dem Englischen und heißt „Wächter“. Passend für…
Ihr erinnert euch? Im letzten Jahr waren wir in Darmstadt und haben dort den Start des Satelliten Sentinel-2B miterlebt. Inzwischen ist auch schon Sentinel-5P gestartet und nun startet Sentinel-3B.…

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“SIGNAL ACQUIRED #AOS We just caught #MarsExpress transmitting loud & clear – well, not so loud over 144mn km, but enough for our needs! #Rday #Mars


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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 12.04.18

 

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Der ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) wird bald mit seiner Suche nach Gasen, die auf geologische oder biologische Aktivitäten auf dem Roten Planeten hinweisen, beginnen.
European spacecraft in position to start its science mission, say controllers.
A cutoff of live video on a recent SpaceX launch reflects new awareness by regulators of the imaging capabilities of onboard cameras on launch vehicles.
Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but are also revealing new information about the moon’s evolution and structure.
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — pronounced „laddie,“ not „lady“ — is set to launch to the moon in September 2013. The 844-pound (383 kilograms) spacecraft is designed to orbit the moon, investigating lunar dust, the lunar a
SpaceX isn’t responsible for the loss of the top-secret Zuma spy satellite during the craft’s launch earlier this year, according to media reports.
„A super secretive US government satellite SpaceX launched in January never made it to orbit after it failed to separate from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. Three months later, it still appears the satellite manufacturer Northrop Grumman may be to blame for the loss and not SpaceX. A new…
Die Ariane-Trägerfamilie und die Vega-Rakete sichern den autonomen Zugang Europas zum Weltraum. Mit Blick auf die sich gegenwärtig rapide verändernden Rahmenbedingungen stellt sich die Frage: Wie läss…

Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.03.18

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Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.
Das chinesische Raumlabor Tiangong 1 kreist seit Herbst 2016 unkontrolliert um die Erde und verliert an Höhe. Sein Eintritt in die Atmosphäre wird ab Karfreitag erwartet. Bis zu 3,5 Tonnen könnten nicht verglühen und auf die Erde stürzen.
A Chinese space station is going to fall out of space, and now trackers know when. Kind of.
On 18 February, errors of two electrical units on the service module of Gaia led the spacecraft to trigger an automatic safe mode. Safe modes occur when certain spacecraft parameters fall out of their normal operating ranges and the spacecraft automatically takes measures to preserve its safety….
Die wirkliche Reise zur Sonne
Nachdem wir vor Kurzem eine gedankliche Reise zur Sonne unternahmen, um sie besser kennen zu lernen, passt es nun sehr gut, dass die NASA in diesem Sommer eine Sonde dort hin schicken will. (Danke …
Long March 5’s return to flight will carry an experimental, 300 Gbps telecommunications satellite named Shijian-20 based on a new, large DFH-5 satellite platform.
For the first time, the Moon’s far side will be on the receiving end of a robotic lunar lander – China’s Chang’e-4. Zhao Xiaojin, secretary of the CPC (Communist Party of China) committee at the China Aerospace Science and Technology (CAST), explains that the two-phase Chang’e-4 mission…
A NASA investigation into a 2015 SpaceX launch failure concluded a design flaw likely initiated the chain of events that destroyed the vehicle.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 15.03.16

 

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On 6 March 2018, the BepiColombo engineering model was delivered to ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.BepiColombo – ESA’s first mission to Mercury – is based on two spacecraft: the ESA-led Mercury Planetary Orbiter, with 11 experiments and instruments, and the Japanese sp…
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury passed a review milestone last week, confirming that it can leave Europe and begin preparations for launch at the Kourou spaceport.The spacecraft and ground equipment, along with personnel, will start transferring to Kourou towards the end of next month.…
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
Die Merkur-Mission der ESA geht in eine weitere entscheidende Phase. In dieser Woche traf am Kontrollzentrum ESOC in Darmstadt das Konstruktionsmodell des Satelliten der BepiColombo Mission ein. An der originalgetreuen Kopie testet das Missionsteam nochmals alle Systeme des Orbiters vor …
BepiColombo approaching Mercury. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/JPL
„The only problem is, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm’s application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds. The FCC is responsible for regulating commercial satellites, including minimizing the chance of accidents in space. It feared that…
Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container in a high bay at Northrop Grumman on March 8, signaling the next step in the observatory’s integration and testing.
China’s Mars 2020 probe is undergoing testing for atmospheric entry, descent and landing on the red planet, a researcher involved in the mission has stated.
China’s space station, set to be completed in 2022, will contain a core and two laboratory modules, the prototypes of which are currently being built.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) declared Friday that it would start to make preparations for a new flagship X-ray space observatory for the research of black holes, neutron stars and quark stars.
​China’s latest lunar probe, the Chang’e-4, is expected to land on the far side of the Moon on the second half this year in what is to be the first soft landing on the dark side of the moon in the history of space flight.
China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the Moon will include two microsatellites to be used to test low frequency radio astronomy in lunar orbit.

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