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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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 11.01.18

 

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SpaceX targeting late January for Falcon Heavy debut - SpaceNews.com
SpaceX is now planning to attempt the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket around the end of this month, the company’s chief executive said Jan. 4.
In Photos: SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Readies for Launch
SpaceX plans to launch its huge new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in January 2018. See photos of the powerful booster and its unusual payload here.
Behold! SpaceX`s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket on the Launchpad (Photos, Video)
If you needed a reminder that SpaceX is about to debut its huge new Falcon Heavy rocket, here you go.
Is the James Webb Space Telescope "Too Big to Fail?"
Backers of NASA’s next great observatory contemplate its worst-case scenarios
The Fall of China’s Tiangong-1 Space Lab: Guessing Game with Prizes! (Updated)
The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) is sponsoring a “live on green event” guessing game. Entrants can compete for Aerospace swag with the…
SpaceX Says Falcon 9 Rocket Performed as Expected During Zuma Launch
A report by the Wall Street Journal suggests the secret Zuma satellite launched by SpaceX Sunday night (Jan. 7) has failed. But SpaceX’s president Gwynne Shotwell says the Falcon 9…
Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood - SpaceNews.com
Savvy space warriors like Russia’s military already are giving us a taste of the future. They are jamming GPS navigation signals, disrupting satellite communications links and sensors in…
How the US Navy Is Turning Sci-Fi Warfare into Reality
In the past 100 years, humanity went from fantasizing about ray guns to actually seeing some go „pew pew“ for real.
2018 a big year of transition for military space - SpaceNews.com
In the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress weakened the Air Force secretary’s power to set military space priorities and influence programs.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.10.17

 

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Searching for distant worlds with a flying telescope
Researchers from the University of Bern, using an observatory on board a jumbo jet, have observed how the extrasolar Planet GJ 1214b is passing in front of its star, causing a kind of…
SOFIA: Flugzeugteleskop beobachtet Planetentransit
Astronomen haben mit SOFIA erstmals den Transit eines extrasolaren Planeten beobachtet. Die Beobachtungen von GJ 1214b zeigen, dass derartige Messungen mit dem Infrarot-Teleskop im Jumbojet…
Sputnik - 60 years of the space age
Sputnik – 60 years of the space age Sixty years ago, the first ‚beep-beep‘ signal from Sputnik was heard from the heavens on the night of 4 October 1957, marking the beginning of a new era…
CIA Site Redirect - Central Intelligence Agency
These challenges are international in scope and are priorities for the Central Intelligence Agency. If you have information about these or other national security challenges, please provide…
Hubble Paves Scientific Paths for NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is helping identify potential celestial targets for the James Webb Space Telescope through a series of preparatory science observations to be completed before…
Spaceport schedule conflict could delay JWST launch - SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is facing a schedule conflict for its Ariane 5 launch with a European planetary science mission that could, in one scenario, delay the…
NASA`s James Webb Space Telescope to be Launched Spring 2019
The launch date was moved after the team reassessed the schedule following testing.
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019
The successor to NASA’s famed Hubble Space Telescope won’t get off the ground next year after all.NASA has pushed the planned launch of the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues.
ESA Science & Technology: Biomarker found in space complicates search for life on exoplanets
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited…
No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System
Organic molecules once thought to be produced only by life-forms have been found in two separate regions of space: a nearby comet and the debris around a pair of forming stars. Previous…
Rapper B.o.B. Wants to Launch a Satellite to See if Earth Is Flat
B.o.B may be about to blow the lid off the „round-Earth conspiracy.“ Unlike the rest of us, the Atlanta-based rapper has not been „tricked“ into believing our planet is spherical by…
Astronauts to Flat-Earther B.o.B: We`ve Seen the Curve
Some former NASA astronauts have a message for flat-Earther B.o.B: The curve is real, and we’ve seen it. Last week, the Atlanta-based rapper kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1…

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