Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 01.11.18

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‚It’s Going to Be Historic‘: New Horizons Team Prepares for Epic Flyby of Ultima Thule

In less than 10 weeks, NASA’s New Horizons mission will explore the most distant target ever visited by a spacecraft.  In the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2019, New Horizons will ring in the New Year by flying past the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) officially called 2014 MU69 but nicknamed Ultima Thule, a city-size rock regarded as a frozen relic from the birth of the solar system. Although scientists have a rough size estimate for Ultima Thule — about 23 miles (37 kilometers) wide — they don’t have much more information. They aren’t sure if it’s elongated, if it has a moon or ring system or even if it’s a single object. Indeed, some of the very limited observations of Ultima Thule suggest it might actually be two close-orbiting bodies. [NASA’s New Horizons Mission in Pictures]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 25, 2018 at 06:48PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz launch failure

Russian official says Soyuz rocket failure caused by an errant sensor

Although the official report on the cause of a Soyuz rocket failure won’t be released until Thursday, a Russian official disclosed its central conclusion a day early, the country’s news agency TASS reports. Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of „manned programs“ for Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos, said a sensor on board the rocket failed to properly signal the separation of the first and second stages. As a result, one of the side-mounted rocket boosters did not separate properly from the vehicle and collided with the rocket.

Read more… https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/russian-official-says-soyuz-rocket-failure-caused-by-an-errant-sensor/

via arstechnica https://arstechnica.com/ October 31, 2018 at 18:50PM

Krikaljow: Sensorschaden war Ursache für Sojus MS-10-Absturz

Die Ursache für den Absturz des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom 11. Oktober steht nun amtlich fest. Ein defekter Sensor, der die Abtrennung der ersten von der zweiten Sojus-FG-Raketenstufe signalisiert, habe zu dem Fehlstart geführt, teilte der Amtierende Direktor für die bemannten Programme des Raumfahrtstaatskonzerns GK Roskosmos, Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch auf einer Festveranstaltung zum 55. Jahrestag des Moskauer Instituts für Medizinisch-Biologische Probleme (IMBP) mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 31, 2018 at 10:34AM

Havarie-Kommission gibt am 31. Oktober die Ursachen des Sojus MS-10-Fehlstarts bekannt

Offenbar sind die Ursachen des Fehlstarts des Sojus MS-10-Raumschiffes vom 11. Oktober geklärt. Die Havarie-Kommission unter Leitung von Oleg Skorobogatow werde ihre Untersuchungsergebnisse am kommenden Mittwoch bekannt geben, melden Moskauer Medien.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 27, 2018 at 08:21AM

Defekter Sensor verursachte Fehlstart von Sojus-Rakete

Ein defekter Sensor hat nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, in Moskau. Deshalb habe es Probleme bei der Trennung der ersten von der zweiten Raketenstufe gegeben, erklärte er.

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via DW.COM https://www.dw.com- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Defekter Sensor: Absturzursache für Sojus-Absturz ermittelt

Ein defekter Sensor habe nach vorläufigen russischen Angaben den Fehlstart der bemannten Sojus-Rakete am 11. Oktober verursacht. Das sagte der Leiter der bemannten russischen Raumfahrt, Ex-Kosmonaut Sergej Krikaljow, am Mittwoch nach Berichten der russischen Medienagentur Sputnik. Krikaljow trat in Moskau bei einer Festveranstaltung des russischen Instituts für medizinisch-biologische Probleme auf.

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via heise online https://www.heise.de- October 31, 2018 at 06:47PM

Neuer Aufbruch zum Mond – Erstes Servicemodul für das Orion-Raumschiff ist fertig

Bis heute waren zwölf Menschen auf dem Mond – allesamt NASA-Astronauten, die sich im Rahmen des Apollo-Programms der amerikanischen Raumfahrtbehörde zwischen 1969 und 1972 auf diese beispiellose Reise gemacht haben. Am 21. Juli 2019 jährt sich die erste Mondlandung zum 50. Mal, seit dem 14. Dezember 1972 hat kein Erdenbürger mehr den Erdtrabanten betreten. Das könnte sich in absehbarer Zukunft ändern: Die NASA möchte mit ihrem Orion-Programm ein Raumschiff entwickeln und bauen, das für unterschiedlichste Zwecke im Erd-, Mond- oder auch Marsorbit eingesetzt werden kann. Das sogenannte MPCV (Multi-Purpose-Crew-Vehicle) soll erstmals 2020 vom Kennedy Space Center in Florida mit dem Space Launch System SLS, der neuen Schwerlastrakete der NASA, zu einem unbemannten Flug starten, den Mond mehrfach umrunden und anschließend wieder zur Erde zurückkehren. Ein zentraler Teil aller Orion-Raumschiffe ist das Europäische Servicemodul ESM, das im Auftrag der NASA von der Europäischen Weltraumagentur ESA zu wesentlichen Teilen in Deutschland gebaut wird. Ohne das ESM kann das neue Crew-Raumschiff Orion nicht fliegen.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 31, 2018 at 03:02PM

Tschüss Europa, hallo Mond!

Das europäische Servicemodul (ESM), das dem Orion-Raumschiff auf seiner ersten Mission um den Mond Energie und Schub geben wird, tritt Anfang nächster Woche in Bremen seine Reise in Richtung USA an. An Bord des großen Transportflugzeugs Antonov An-124 wird es am frühen Morgen des 5. November starten und am 6. November im Kennedy Space Center in Florida ankommen.

Entwickelt und gebaut in Deutschland und Italien, ist das ESM der europäische Beitrag zur Rückkehr zum Mond.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 31, 2018 at 02:08PM

Rekord: So nah war noch keine Sonde an der Sonne – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Wissenschaft

Die Nasa-Sonde „Parker Solar Probe“ hat einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Kein Raumfahrzeug kam der Sonne bisher näher. Und in den kommenden Tagen wird es noch heißer für das Nasa-Gerät.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE – October 30, 2018 at 05:50PM

A NASA Spacecraft Just Broke the Record for Closest Approach to Sun

A NASA sun-studying spacecraft just entered the record books. In April of 1976, the German-American Helios 2 probe made spaceflight’s closest-ever solar approach, cruising within 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) of the sun. But NASA’s Parker Solar Probe zoomed inside that distance today (Oct. 29), crossing the threshold at about 1:04 p.m. EDT (1704 GMT), agency officials said.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 09:04PM

Hubble working again / Hubble arbeitet wieder

„Hubble“: Weltraumteleskop arbeitet laut Nasa wieder

Wochenlang schlummerte „Hubble“ im Notfallmodus, nun hat das Weltraumteleskop seine Arbeit wieder aufgenommen – und beobachtet eine Galaxie.

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via SPIEGEL ONLINE http://www.spiegel.de- October 29, 2018 at 07:02PM

Hubble Space Telescope returns to science operations

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations late Friday, 26 October, and completed its first science observations on Saturday, 27 October. The observations were of the distant, star-forming galaxy DSF2237B-1-IR and were taken in infrared wavelengths with the Wide Field Camera 3. The return to conducting science comes after successfully recovering a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int- October 29, 2018 at 05:23PM

Hubble Space Telescope Returns to Action After Gyroscope Glitch

The Hubble Space Telescope is back. The iconic scope resumed normal operations Friday (Oct. 26) after a three-week hiatus caused by issues with two orientation-maintaining gyroscopes, NASA officials announced in an update Saturday (Oct. 27).

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 29, 2018 at 12:40PM

Hubble Space Telescope Update

The mission engineers and scientists for the Hubble Space Telescope have been working to correct some technical issues with the gyros that point the venerable space telescope.  Hubble went into safe mode a couple of weeks ago and now seems to be back to resuming normal operations. Join Tony Darnell and Carol Christian as they discuss what happened with Hubble, how the problems were discovered and a fix found.  We’ll also explore other topics related to Hubble, such as, how much longer will it be around? Will Hubble last long enough to overlap JWST?

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via – October 27, 2018 at 06:44PM

NASA’s Planet Hunter Kepler / NASAs Planetenjäger Kepler

Number of Habitable Exoplanets Found by NASA’s Kepler May Not Be So High After All

The tally of potentially habitable alien planets may have to be revised downward a bit. To date, NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope has discovered about 30 roughly Earth-size exoplanets in their host stars‘ „habitable zone“ — the range of orbital distances at which liquid water can likely exist on a world’s surface. Or so researchers had thought. New observations by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia spacecraft suggest that the actual number is probably significantly smaller — perhaps between two and 12, NASA officials said today (Oct. 26). [Photos: Gaia Spacecraft to Map Milky Way Galaxy]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 28, 2018 at 12:26PM

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Top Science Results from the Kepler Mission

Planets outnumber stars.

Kepler has proven there are more planets than stars in our galaxy — and knowing that revolutionizes our understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Small planets are common.

Kepler has shown us our galaxy is teeming with terrestrial-size worlds, and many of them may be similar to Earth in size and distance from their parent stars. The most recent analysis of Kepler’s discoveries concludes that 20 to 50 percent of the stars in the sky are likely to have small, possibly rocky planets that are in the habitable zones of their stars where liquid water could pool on the surface. We still have much to learn about whether any of them could host life.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

Kepler By the Numbers – Mission Statistics

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

NASA’s First Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope: 2009-2018

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spent nine years in space, collecting an unprecedented dataset for science that has revolutionized our understanding of our place in the cosmos. It found our galaxy teeming with planets — more planets even than the stars — and stunned the world with many other first-of-a-kind discoveries. Profoundly, Kepler found planets that are in some ways similar to Earth, raising the prospects for life elsewhere. What did it take to lift a mission of this magnitude off the ground and keep it going? Here is a walkthrough the odyssey of the Kepler mission — from the earliest kernel of an idea, through its obstacles and into its most stunning moments of discovery and success. As NASA’s first planet-hunting mission, Kepler’s legacy will live on for generations.

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via Kepler News and Features http://www.nasa.gov/- October 30, 2018 at 08:08PM

RIP, Kepler: NASA’s Revolutionary Planet-Hunting Telescope Runs Out of Fuel

The most prolific planet-hunting machine in history has signed off. NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,800 confirmed alien worlds to date, has run out of fuel, agency officials announced today (Oct. 30). Kepler can no longer reorient itself to study cosmic objects or beam its data home to Earth, so the legendary instrument’s in-space work is done after nearly a decade.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 30, 2018 at 08:23PM

Kepler Planet Hunting Mission Ends

„After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.”

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 31, 2018 at 01:18AM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 25.10.18

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Neue „Sternbilder“ aus Gammastrahlenquellen: Astronomen taufen 21 neue Konstellationen – von Einstein bis zum Raumschiff Enterprise

Himmelsbilder im Gammalicht: Es gibt 21 neue Konstellationen am Himmel – ihre Motive reichen von der Saturn-5-Rakete über Godzilla, Einstein und dem Raumschiff Enterprise bis zu Schrödingers Katze. Mit bloßem Auge sind diese neuen Konstellationen allerdings nicht sichtbar, denn ihre Lichtpunkte bestehen aus Gammastrahlenquellen – Pulsaren, Schwarzen Löchern oder Sternexplosionen. Aufgespürt hat sie das Gammastrahlen-Weltraumteleskop Fermi der NASA.

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via www.scinexx.de http://www.scinexx.de- October 24, 2018 at 08:46PM

Einstein and the Incredible Hulk Now Have Their Own Constellations (But You’ll Never See Them)

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the stars and ordered them into constellations: the Hulk … the TARDIS … Schrödinger’s cat. Not familiar with these? That’s probably because you can’t see them without a gamma-ray telescope — and also, NASA just invented them.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 22, 2018 at 06:52PM

BepiColombo zum Merkur gestartet / BepiColombo on it’s Way to Merkury

BepiColombo: Start-Liveblog der Merkur-Orbiter | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

Alles ist „entirely nominal“ auf dem BepiColombo-Stack.

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ESA PR 28-2018: BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet. Signals from the spacecraft, received at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, via the New Norcia ground tracking station at 02:21 GMT confirmed that the launch was successful.

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via ESA Science & Technology http://sci.esa.int  October 20, 2018 at 06:15AM

Launch replay (1,5 hours / 1,5 Std.)

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 20, 2018 at 08:20AM

Liftoff replay (liftoff only / nur Raketenstart)

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 20, 2018 at 08:20AM

BepiColombo auf dem Weg zum Merkur –   Europäisch-japanische Mission erforscht den kleinsten Planeten des Sonnensystems

Die europäisch-japanische Planetenmission BepiColombo hat am Samstagmorgen begonnen. Die beiden Sonden stiegen um 3.45 Uhr deutscher Zeit an der Spitze einer Ariane-5-Rakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Kourou in Französisch-Guyana auf,  teilte die Europäische Weltraumorganisation ESA mit.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 20, 2018 at 04:34AM

BepiColombo Spacecraft Launch on 7-Year Trek to Mercury for Europe and Japan

A joint European-Japanese mission to the tiniest planet, Mercury, blasted off from French Guiana on its long journey tonight (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT).

That mission, BepiColombo, will spend seven years cruising toward its target, where it will separate into two spacecraft and orbit Mercury for a year — or two, if the mission is extended. The measurements taken there could not only solve lingering mysteries about the innermost planet, but also about the formation of our solar system and neighboring ones. The whole mission cost the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) almost $2 billion, according to press reports.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 20, 2018 at 04:57AM

Mission BepiColombo: Der lange Weg zum Merkur

Am 20. Oktober 2018 soll um 3.45 Uhr mitteleuropäischer Sommerzeit (19. Oktober 22.45 Uhr Ortszeit) die europäisch-japanische Planetenmission BepiColombo an Bord einer Ariane-5-Rakete vom Weltraumbahnhof Kourou in Französisch-Guyana ins Weltall starten. „Die Mission soll nicht nur den Planeten Merkur erforschen, sondern auch neue Erkenntnisse über unser Sonnensystem liefern“, erklärt Dr. Walther Pelzer, Vorstand für das Raumfahrtmanagement im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). „Einmal mehr erweist sich Japan bei dieser enormen Herausforderung als zuverlässiger Partner der Europäer in der Raumfahrt.“ Rund sieben Jahre wird die lange Reise der Sonde durch das Innere des Sonnensystems dauern.

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via DLR Portal – News-Archiv Raumfahrt https://ift.tt/2MixW72 October 18, 2018 at 12:44PM

Flug zum Merkur: Europäisch-japanische Raumsonde BepiColombo sendet Signal

Die Raumsonde BepiColombo ist planmäßig zu ihrer Mission zum Merkur gestartet und hat nach einer guten halben Stunde ein erstes Signal abgesetzt.

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via heise online News https://ift.tt/2wPbflo October 20, 2018 at 12:23PM

BepiColombo highlights

Highlights from the days up to and including the exciting launch of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 20, 2018 at 10:34PM

BepiColombo’s Path: Why Does It Take So Long to Get to Mercury?

The European and Japanese space agencies launched their first mission to Mercury yesterday (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT), but now, the mission’s engineers and admirers have to endure a seven-year wait before the project’s science begins in earnest. The BepiColombo mission has such a long cruise time because it’s actually really difficult to successfully orbit our tiniest planetary neighbor. It’s so difficult that it took until 1985 before an engineer figured out any way to make the orbital trajectories work out properly. The problem arises because Mercury is so small and so close to the sun.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 20, 2018 at 03:00PM

BepiColombo: Der Transfer zum Merkur / Transfer to Mercury

Wie kommt die ESA-Merkursonde BepiColombo zum Ziel? Die optimale Transferbahn ist zugegebenermaßen micht ganz einfach auszurechnen – was aber nicht bedeutet, dass das dahinter stehende Prinzip besonders schwierig zu verstehen ist. How does the interplanetary transfer of ESA’s Mercury mission BepiColombo work? Computing the optimal trajectory arguably isn’t straightforward, but that doesn’t mean that the underlying principles are particularly difficult to grasp.  

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via BrainLogs https://ift.tt/2Q7ZwHj October 23, 2018 at 04:39PM

BepiColombo’s beginning ends

A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October. This marked the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health and functioning in the harsh environment of space. At 13:45CEST on Monday 22 October, just 58 hours into its mission, the critical first segment of the fledgeling satellite’s long voyage to Mercury was wrapped up, as teams at ESA’s mission control centre declared the critical ‘launch and early orbit phase’ complete. The end of the beginning now beckons months of extensive in-orbit commissioning activities, in which operations teams will work extended hours daily until the end of December, performing tests to ensure the health of BepiColombo’s science instruments, its propulsion and other systems.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 22, 2018 at 05:10PM

Das Missionskontrollzentrum ist bereit für die Merkur-Mission

Das verantwortliche Flugteam für die spannende BepiColombo-Mission zum Merkur schloss heute im ESOC in Darmstadt den letzten großen Schritt in den Vorbereitungen für den Start am kommenden Samstag ab. Zu der letzten Countdown- und Startsequenzübung kamen neben Experten aus dem Missionsbetrieb, der Flugdynamik, den Bodenstationen und der Softwaresysteme mit Vertretern aus Wissenschaft sowie Management-Teams und Herstellern zusammen.

BepiColombo in Pictures: A Mercury Mission by Europe and Japan

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 19, 2018 at 08:26PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Failed launch Soyuz

RIA Nowosti:   Untersuchungskommission hat Schuldige für Sojus-Fehlstart gefunden

Die Staatliche Kommission der GK Roskosmos zur Untersuchung des Fehlstarts des Raumschiffes Sojus MS-10 vom 11. Oktober und die Ermittlungsorgane haben angeblich die möglichen Schuldigen für die Beschädigung eines der Sensoren der Sojus-FG-Trägerrakete gefunden. Das berichtet die Moskauer Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti unter Berufung auf eine nicht genannte Quelle auf dem Kosmodrom Baikonur in Kasachstan. „Die Schuld der konkreten Mitarbeiter ist bekannt“, schreibt die Agentur.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 19, 2018 at 07:54AM

What It Felt Like to Be Aboard the Failed Rocket Launch to the Space Station

Everything was going smoothly — until NASA astronaut Nick Hague felt a sudden tremor. „The first thing I really noticed was being shaken pretty violently side to side,“ he said during his first publicly broadcast interviewssince his Soyuz rocket failed shortly after liftoff on Oct. 11. The rocket was meant to carry Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to the International Space Station in what would have been the American’s first trip to space. Instead, the pair’s emergency rescue system kicked into action after a problem during booster separation.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 17, 2018 at 05:07PM

Russian Soyuz Rocket Will Launch Astronauts to Space Station by Christmas, NASA Chief Says

The next set of crewmembers should launch toward the International Space Station in December, despite the failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket earlier this month, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said. That failure occurred Oct. 11, causing the Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan just minutes after liftoff. The investigation into the incident has been productive, and the Soyuz rocket likely won’t be grounded for too much longer, Bridenstine said today (Oct. 23) during a meeting of the U.S. National Space Council in Washington, D.C.

„We have a really, really good idea of what the issue is,“ Bridenstine said. „We are getting very close to understanding it even better so that we can confidently launch again.“ [In Photos: Space Crew’s Harrowing Abort Landing After Soyuz Failure]

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 23, 2018 at 10:33PM

After Soyuz Abort, Russia Wants 3 Successful Robotic Flights Before Next Crew Launch

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, initial report from its investigation into the failed Oct. 11 Soyuz crew launch should be complete by the end of this week, the agency announced in a statement released yesterday (Oct. 17). The agency’s head of human spaceflight, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, also said in a news conference yesterday that Roscosmos will not launch another crewed flight until three uncrewed launches are successful and the investigation’s findings have been addressed. The Oct. 11 launch was aborted a couple minutes after liftoff because of an issue with booster separation, sending the two astronauts on board plummeting back to Earth.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 18, 2018 at 07:30PM

Soyuz Launcher Recovery Plan Starts To Emerge

„Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos will carry out three unmanned launches by the end of the year before the next manned mission will be put in space, Roscosmos’s executive director for manned space programs, Sergei Krikalyov, told a news conference on Wednesday.

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via NASA Watch http://nasawatch.com/- October 19, 2018 at 03:01AM

Rogosin weist Gründung eines Koordinierungsrates für Trägerraketen an

Als eine erste Schlussfolgerung aus dem Sojus MS-10-Fehlstart hat der Chef der GK Roskosmos,  Dmitri Rogosin,  am Mittwoch die Gründung eines Koordinierungsrates für Weltraumträgerraketen (KRK) der mittleren,  schweren und superschweren Klasse angewiesen.

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via Gerhard Kowalski https://ift.tt/2wJFMB0 October 17, 2018 at 07:41PM

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 18.10.18

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NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here’s why that’s a brilliant idea

Popular science fiction of the early 20th century depicted Venus as some kind of wonderland of pleasantly warm temperatures, forests, swamps and even dinosaurs. In 1950, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum were soliciting reservations for the first space tourism mission, well before the modern era of Blue Origins, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. All you had to do was supply your address and tick the box for your preferred destination, which included Venus. Today, Venus is unlikely to be a dream destination for aspiring space tourists. As revealed by numerous missions in the last few decades, rather than being a paradise, the planet is a hellish world of infernal temperatures, a corrosive toxic atmosphere and crushing pressures at the surface. Despite this, NASA is currently working on a conceptual manned mission to Venus, named the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept

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via the conversation https://theconversation.com –  October 16, 2018 at 06:55PM

BepiColombo Spacecraft – Mercury / Merkur

Das Missionsteam übt für den epischen Start der Merkur-Mission BepiColombo

Der Flug der internationalen Raumsonde BepiColombo steht kurz bevor und bringt sie auf einer äußerst komplexen Reise zum innersten Planeten des Sonnensystems, dem Merkur. Mit einer Flugroute von fast 9 Milliarden Kilometern über einen Zeitraum von mehr als sieben Jahren wird BepiColombo neun planetarische Flybys absolvieren. Es handelt sich dabei um eine der anspruchsvollsten Missionen, die jemals im ESOC-Kontrollzentrum der ESA durchgeführt wurden.

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via ESA Germany https://ift.tt/2x4SuLK October 15, 2018 at 06:05PM

Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury

The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven years, this will be one of the most intricate journeys ever flown by mission teams at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre.

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via ESA Operations https://ift.tt/2Of8f9g October 12, 2018 at 03:48PM

Watch BepiColombo launch

Watch live as the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury is launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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via ESA Space Science https://ift.tt/2CKg5Xg October 16, 2018 at 02:07PM

Sojus Fehlstart / Soyuz Launch Failure

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague ‚Rolls with Punches‘ After Harrowing Soyuz Launch Failure

On Oct. 11, NASA astronaut Nick Hague was supposed to make the longest journey of his life to that point, traveling up to the International Space Station for a six-month stint. Instead, he and his colleague came abruptly tumbling back to Earth after the rocket experienced a booster failure a couple of minutes into the launch.

Today, Hague spoke to media and the public for the first time since the failed launch, sharing what it was like to be in the capsule and how he and his family are responding to the event.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com – October 16, 2018 at 06:53PM

Soyuz Rocket’s Launch-Abort Close Call Highlights Poor Space-Policy Decisions (Op-Ed)

On Oct. 11, a Russian Soyuz MS-10 launched into a blue sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying a crew of two bound for the International Space Station (ISS). Everything was going well until just after first-stage separation, when observers saw a cloud of debris fall from the rocket. Moments later, a Russian flight controller announced that the booster had suffered a failure. The crew and the mission control team acted calmly and professionally, conducting a successful abort that led to a safe landing from which the crew walked away.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com – October 16, 2018 at 06:54PM

Soyuz Space Crew Launch Failure 2018: Full Coverage

On Oct. 11, 2018, two astronauts piled into a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for what should have been a routine trip to the International Space Station. But just a few minutes after liftoff, an issue with the Soyuz’s rocket — also called Soyuz — triggered an emergency landing, which both crewmembers survived in good condition.

Space.com has been covering the incident and its implications for human space exploration since liftoff. Read our complete coverage below.

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via Space.com https://www.space.com- October 12, 2018 at 08:53PM

 

Read more artikels about the Soyus Launch failure, please refer to chapter “International Space Station.

Mehr Artikel zum Fehlstart der Sojus finden Sie im Kapitel “Internationale Raumstation.

 

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