THE BALL 'DROPS UP' IN NEW YEAR'S VIDEO FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station released a festive New Year's video, complete with a zero-gravity "ball drop."
Five of the seven astronauts currently on the station as part of Expedition 64-- Kate Rubins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Soichi Noguchi, and Michael Hopkins-- appeared in the video which was posted on the station's social media pages on Wednesday.
(Source: WATN - Jan 2)
AURORA PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES TO LAUNCH AURORASAT-1 SATELLITE ON JANUARY 14 - Aurora Propulsion Technologies has announced its first In-Orbit-Demonstration (IOD) launch of the AuroraSat-1 satellite which is scheduled to take place on January 14, 2021.
The satellite is scheduled to launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, from Vandenberg AFB in California. After launch, it will be carried to its 550 km high sun-synchronous orbit by Momentus’ Vigoride orbit insertion vehicle. More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Jan 1)
5 AMAZING THINGS LEARNED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THIS YEAR [INFOGRAPHIC] - The International Space Station has been orbiting the globe for the better part of 25 years. In that time the station has been home to thousands of scientific experiments. This year alone there were about 300 publications that were based on that research. Out of those publications here are my top five. The Italian Space Agency started an experiment five years ago and has finally published the results. More
(Source: Forbes - Jan 1)
IN LONG-AWAITED LAUNCH, TURKEY TO SEND TüRKSAT 5A SATELLITE INTO ORBIT MONDAY NIGHT - Turkey plans to launch its fifth-generation satellite on the night between Monday and Tuesday next week, the country’s transport and infrastructure minister announced Wednesday.
The new-generation communication satellite, equipped with the latest technology and higher capacity, will provide television services and improve broadband data networks. More
(Source: Daily Sabah - Dec 31)
A STEAMPUNK ENGINE TO SOLVE YOUR SATELLITE WOES! - In 1999, technicians from the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and Stanford University developed the specifications for CubeSat technology. In no time at all, academic institutions were launching CubeSats to conduct all manner of scientific research and validate new satellite technologies. Since 2013, the majority of launches have been conducted by commercial and private entities rather than academia.
Unfortunately, CubeSats have been held back until now because of a lack of good propulsion technology. More
(Source: Universe Today - Dec 31)
NASA TELEVISION TO AIR DEPARTURE OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S CYGNUS FROM SPACE STATION - Northrop Grumman’s uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Wednesday, Jan. 6, more than three months after delivering nearly 8,000 pounds of supplies, scientific investigations, commercial products, hardware, and other cargo to the orbiting outpost.
Live coverage of the cargo spacecraft’s departure will begin at 9:45 a.m. EST on NASA Television and the agency’s website, with release of Cygnus scheduled for 10:10 a.m. More
(Source: NASA - Dec 30)
ARIANESPACE, WITH RUSSIAN SOYUZ, LAUNCHES CSO-2 FRENCH MILITARY SATELLITE - The 114th and final orbital launch of 2020 saw a Soyuz ST-A rocket loft the CSO-2 Earth observation satellite for the French Ministry of Defence.
Liftoff occurred at 16:42:07 UTC (11:42:07 EST) on 29 December from the ELS (Ensemble de Lancement Soyouz) launchpad at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, an overseas department of France. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 29)
ISS SLOW SCAN TV EVENT 145.800 MHZ FM - An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) for December 24-31.
This will be a special SSTV event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARISS operations on the ISS.
The event is scheduled to begin on December 24 from 16:40 GMT and continue until December 31 ending at 18:15 GMT. Dates and times subject to change due to ISS operational adjustments. More
(Source: AMSAT UK - Dec 29)
CHINA LAUNCHES NEW REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE - hina sent a new remote sensing satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11.44pm Sunday (Beijing Time).
The satellite, Yaogan-33, was launched aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 357th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series. More
(Source: The Star Online - Dec 28)
FRENCH MILITARY SPYSAT SET FOR LAUNCH MONDAY - A sharp-eyed French military surveillance spacecraft is set for launch aboard a Soyuz rocket Monday from French Guiana into a 300-mile-high orbit, where it will collect the highest-resolution imagery ever produced by a European reconnaissance satellite.
A Russian Soyuz ST-A rocket rolled out to its launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in South America on Dec. 23. Since then, ground teams have hoisted the French military’s CSO 2 spy satellite — already enclosed within the Soyuz payload shroud — on top of the rocket. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 28)
ISRAELI SATELLITE STRAYS FROM PATH TO PREVENT COLLISION WITH NASA’S TERRA - Some days you open your email to find a spam message from a Nigerian prince asking for money, and there are other days when you find a message from the European Space Agency (ESA) warning that your satellite is on a collision course with another, and you better do something about it fast.
That’s what happened at the beginning of December to the Israeli-French environmental research satellite Venus’ operational team. More
(Source: CTech - Dec 28)
CHINA’S LONG MARCH 8 ROCKET SUCCESSFUL IN DEBUT LAUNCH - A new Chinese launch vehicle, the Long March 8, has successfully placed five payloads into orbit on its first mission, debuting an expendable booster intended to eventually be outfitted for recovery and reuse.
The Long March 8 rocket took off from the Wenchang satellite launch center on Hainan Island, China’s newest spaceport, at 11:37 p.m. EST Dec. 20 (0437 GMT; 12:37 p.m. Beijing time Dec. 21), Chinese space program officials said. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 28)
THE BIGGEST EVENTS FROM 2020, BEFORE AND AFTER, AS SEEN BY SATELLITES - 2020 featured incredible upheaval around the world thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as its fill of natural and man-made disasters.
Through it all, the scale of the disruption and destruction was captured from the sky by Maxar Technologies, a US space tech company that specialises in Earth observation.
Here are the best before-and-after photos as seen by Maxar's satellites. More
(Source: ABC News - Dec 27)
CAPELLA SPACE UNVEILS SUPER-SHARP RADAR IMAGES OF EARTH (PHOTOS) - Capella Space's first fully operational satellite has snapped some breathtaking images of Earth during its first few months in orbit.
The Capella-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, previously known as Sequoia, launched atop a Rocket Lab Electron booster on Aug. 30. Because Capella-2 captures imagery using radio waves rather than visible light, the spacecraft can both peer through clouds and study swaths of our planet that are cloaked in darkness. More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 27)
SPACEX SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH FALCON 9 ROCKET FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION ON JANUARY 4 - SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, January 4.
Launch window opens at 8:27 p.m. ET.
The mission will launch a Turksat 5A communications satellite for Turksat, which is a Turkish satellite operator. More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Dec 27)
CHINA SPACE STATION ON TRACK FOR 2022 WITH CORE MODULE TO LAUNCH IN SPRING - China is set to launch the core module of its first permanent space station
next spring, to be constructed over 11 missions in the next two years and completed by 2022.
Astronauts are already in training for the China-built and operated Tiangong Space Station project, and will also carry out retrieval missions and test in-orbit technologies, according to state broadcaster CCTV. More
(Source: South China Morning Post - Dec 26)
ASTRONAUTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BEAM CHRISTMAS CHEER TO EARTH - Astronauts on the International Space Station are sending Christmas tidings to the people of Earth with a message of hope in a year challenged by a global pandemic.
All seven members of the station's Expedition 64 crew are taking the day off in orbit to relax and likely make calls to friends and family, but five of them beamed home some special videos for everyone on Earth. Their message: Resilience, based on the name of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule that launched four of the astronauts to the station last month. More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 26)
NORAD TRACKS SANTA CLAUS IN COSMIC TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a special visit from a strange spacecraft powered by reindeer and carrying a jolly old elf. Yes, Santa has reached the final frontier.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have unveiled a new video of Santa's flyby of the International Space Station, which comes just in time for Christmas during the station's 20th anniversary year of crewed missions. More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 25)
HOW TO FOLLOW SANTA'S CHRISTMAS SLEIGH RIDE WITH NORAD — AND HOW THE TRADITION ACCIDENTALLY BEGAN - North America’s premier Kris Kringle tracker is following Santa Claus this Christmas Eve, so here’s how to see where St. Nick will be next.
From Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is proudly tracking Santa for the 65th year. Believers can follow Santa’s path on Dec. 24 in several different ways, including noradsanta.org, on Twitter, via smartphone apps or with a good old -fashioned phone call to the toll-free 1-877-Hi-NORAD. More
(Source: Fox news - Dec 25)