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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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) – 01.03.18

 

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A veteran Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts parachuted into the sunrise on Wednesday aboard their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft after a half-year mission to the International Space Station, touching down on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan after circling the Earth 2,688 times and covering 114.5…
Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin handed over control of the orbital laboratory today to fellow cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov during a traditional Change of Command ceremony. Misurkin is returning to Earth tomorrow with NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei after 168 days in space.
NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos undocked from the International Space Station at 6:08 p.m. EST to begin their voyage home to Earth.
At 2:58 p.m. EST, the hatch closed between the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft and the International Space Station in preparation for undocking. Expedition 54 crewmates Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA and Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos are scheduled to undock their Soyuz at 6:08 p.m. NASA…
Three members of the Expedition 54 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS), including NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, have returned to Earth after months of performing research and spacewalks in low-Earth orbit.
The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with a Russian-American crew trio on board parachuted to a safe rocket-cushioned landing on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan on February 28, 2018 after a 114.5-million-Kilometer mission circling the Earth 2,688 times over 168 days. Returning aboard Soyuz MS-06 was…
The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with a Russian-American crew trio on board parachuted to a safe rocket-cushioned landing on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan on February 28, 2018 after a 114.5-million-Kilometer mission circling the Earth 2,688 times over 168 days. Returning aboard Soyuz MS-06 was…
The Ariane 5 rocket that deviated from its expected flight path Jan. 25 and lost contact with ground control was fed the wrong coordinates, according to the independent commission Arianespace tasked last month to find out what caused the close call.
The iconic Great Red Spot of Jupiter — larger than Earth itself — may disappear in the next 20 years.
SpaceX launched two experimental satellites today (Feb. 22) designed to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a network that will consist of thousands of spacecraft providing broadband internet service to people around the world.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully delivered to orbit today (Feb. 22) the first two prototypes for the company’s huge satellite-internet constellation, along with a Spanish Earth-observing spacecraft.
The net-equipped boat came up a bit short in its quest to pluck a falling payload fairing — the protective nose cone that surrounds satellites during launch — out of the sky today (Feb. 22), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket provided a spectacular show to morning commuters across Southern California on Thursday after taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with Spain’s PAZ radar satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype broadband satellites. Falcon 9 streaked into the morning sun as it…
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Spanish Paz radar imaging satellite into orbit on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, along with two prototype internet service satellites. See amazing photos of the mission in this slideshow.
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation. Re-flying Booster 1038, Falcon 9 climbed into sunlight shortly…
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg’s SLC-4E at 14:17 UTC on February 22, 2018 with the Spanish PAZ Radar Observation Satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband constellation. Re-flying Booster 1038, Falcon 9 climbed into sunlight shortly…
NASA’s vision for lunar exploration includes landing astronauts, from NASA and partners, on the moon by the late 2020s, the agency’s leader said Feb. 20.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 22.02.18

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Surfing complete
Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
NASA`s New Spacesuit Has a Built-In Toilet
NASA is developing a spacesuit with a built-in toilet system, something the agency hasn’t used regularly since the Apollo era.
What Impact Might SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Program Have on the Atmosphere?
A single launch pumps a relatively small amount of emissions into the atmosphere, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has suggested sending a millio…

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) – 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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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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