Monday, 29 November 2010

SATELLITE AND SPACE SHUTTLE NEWS

NDIA TO LAUNCH NEW COMMUNICATION SATELLITE NEXT MONTH - India would launch a new communication satellite from its spaceport of Sriharikota next month to augment capacity and services in the field. Sources in the Indian Space research Organisation said that top space scientists would meet on December 10 to conduct a mission-readiness review and give the final go-ahead for the launch on December 20. The satellite, GSAT-5 Prime, would be launched by geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06). More
(Source: Economic Times )

U.S. MILITARY SPACE PLANE NEARING END OF DESIGN LIFE - Observers tracking movements of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B secretive space plane report the spacecraft is dropping altitude, a possible sign the clandestine mission is near landing as it approaches the limit of the its design life. Air Force officials remain silent on landing and recovery plans for the reusable space plane, other than it will return to Earth at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The X-37B features stubby wings, a powerful orbit-changing engine and a landing gear for touchdown on a 15,000-foot-long runway originally built for the space shuttle. More
(Source: Space Flight Now)


EU TO LAUNCH DEDICATED BROADBAND SATELLITE - There is light at the end of the tunnel for the estimated 20 million Europeans who cannot get high-quality broadband access. On Friday a new satellite will be launched that will deliver broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses across the European Union. The Hylas 1 satellite is the first European satellite dedicated to providing broadband as well as a range of conventional telecommunications services. Huylas, created by ESA and Avanti, stands for "Highly Adaptable Satellite," and adaptability is one of its unique selling points, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). More
(Source: PC World )


SHUTTLE DISCOVERY REPAIRED FOR FINAL VOYAGE - NASA's space shuttle Discovery is all patched up for its planned final launch into space next week, NASA officials said Monday. Engineers have completed work to plug a potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak and reinforce cracked metal ribs on Discovery's huge external tank. The shuttle is sitting atop a seaside launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., awaiting a launch that has already been delayed more than a month. Discovery's upcoming launch is currently slated for no earlier than Dec. 3 at 2:52 a.m. EST (0753 GMT). More
(Source: msnbc.com)


RESOURCESAT-2 SATELLITE LAUNCH IN JANUARY - India's premier space agency ISRO will launch Resourcesat-2 advanced remote sensing satellite on board home-made PSLV rocket in January. The Bangalore-headquartered space agency held a mission readiness review in the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh during which ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan and top ISRO officials were present. More
(Source: Space Daily )


UNITED NATIONS SATELLITE UNESCOSAT TO TEST VIABILITY OF ASTRONAUT POO AS SPACE FUE - THE United Nations is preparing to go boldly where no man has gone before. At least, not without surgical gloves and a peg on his nose. UNESCOSat is the UN's first satellite. It's a $US5 million project to promote global cooperation, education and our shared heritage as we push further into space as a race. A large part of the push requires fuel - namely, hydrogen. And one of the best ways to harvest hydrogen is to get bacteria to create it from waste products. The problem is, nobody has properly studied how bacteria behave in microgravity, so the UN's using its first mission to carry several bacterial payloads in order to see how they cope with it all. More
(Source: NEWS.com.au )


AIR FORCE LAUNCHES MASSIVE, SECRET SPY SATELLITE - A powerful Delta 4 rocket roared to life and climbed away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday evening on a high-priority mission to boost a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into orbit. Under a cloudy sky, the hydrogen-fueled engines in the three common core boosters of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 ignited with a rush of orange fire at 5:58 p.m. EST and quickly throttled up to nearly 2 million pounds of thrust. More
(Source: CBS News )


NASA'S NEWEST MICROSATELLITE FASTSAT LAUNCHES SUCCESSFULLY - NASA’s Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, launched at 7:25 p.m. CST Friday aboard a Minotaur IV rocket from Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska. FASTSAT is a unique platform that can carry multiple small payloads to low-Earth orbit creating opportunities for researchers to conduct low-cost scientific and technology research on an autonomous satellite in space. FASTSAT separated from the Minotaur IV rocket approximately 22 minutes after launch, entering low-Earth orbit 406 miles above Earth and immediately began powering up the spacecraft. More
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SHUTTLE DISCOVERY'S LAUNCH DELAYED A FEW MORE DAYS - Work to repair the shuttle Discovery's external tank is going well, but more time is needed to complete an engineering review and to develop the necessary flight rationale, the justification for launching with a repaired tank after unexpected damage. As a result, NASA announced Thursday, the flight will remain on hold until at least Dec. 3, four days after the opening of a short end-of-year launch window. If Discovery is eventually cleared for launch, countdown clocks would begin ticking around 1 a.m. on Nov. 30, setting up a launch attempt at 2:51:59 a.m. EST on Dec. 3. More
(Source: Space Flight Now)