Category: Science

Space Station Bound! via NASA…

Space Station Bound! via NASA

NASA plans giant spacecraft to defend Earth by…

Livermore CA (SPX) Mar 18, 2018

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists are part of a national planetary defense team that designed a conceptual spacecraft to deflect Earth-bound asteroids and evaluated whether it would be able to nudge a massive asteroid – which has a remote chance to hitting Earth in 2135 – off course. The design and case study are outlined in a paper published recently in Acta Astronautica
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Soyuz Rocket Rolls Out at T-Minus Two Days to …

ISS – Expedition 55 Mission patch / ROSCOSMOS – Soyuz MS-08 Mission patch.

March 19, 2018

Image above: The Soyuz rocket is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad, Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image Credit: Roscosmos.

A pair of U.S. astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut are just two days away from launching on a 50-hour, 34-orbit flight to the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will flank Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev inside the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft and blast off Wednesday at 1:44 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Roll-out of ILV Soyuz-FG with TPK Soyuz MS-08

The Soyuz rocket that will shoot the new Expedition 55-56 trio to space rolled out to its launch pad early this morning. A train slowly hauled the rocket, as it laid horizontally on its side, from the processing facility to its pad where it was raised vertically for servicing ahead of its launch.

All three crewmates are veteran space-flyers and are due to arrive at their new home Friday when they dock to the Poisk module at 3:41 p.m.  NASA TV will broadcast all the launch and docking activities including the hatch opening and crew greeting ceremony live.

Image above: Flying over Agentina seen by EarthCam on ISS, speed: 27’580 Km/h, altitude: 415,96 Km, image captured by Roland Berga (on Earth in Switzerland) from International Space Station (ISS) using ISS-HD Live application with EarthCam’s from ISS on March 19, 2018 at 21:02 UTC.

Waiting for them onboard the orbital laboratory are Flight Engineers Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai and Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov who have been living in space since Dec. 17. The orbiting trio continues to ensure the station is flying in tip-top shape while conducting advanced space science to benefit humans on Earth and in space.

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Lockheed Martin unveils unified platform Henos…

Crystal city, VA (SPX) Mar 19, 2018

The Cyber Solutions division of Lockheed Martin has announced plans to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s Unified Platform contract by unveiling details about the Henosis prototype, a joint integrated mission system, at the company’s annual Media Day.

Like the cyber equivalent to an aircraft carrier, the Henosis prototype could incorporate and integrate cyber effects into multi-domain air, l
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Laser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuc…

Fort Collins CO (SPX) Mar 16, 2018

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers our sun, happens when nuclear reactions between light elements produce heavier ones. It’s also happening – at a smaller scale – in a Colorado State University laboratory.

Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, CSU scientists and collaborators have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Ships Starliner Re-entry Th…

Redmond WA (SPX) Mar 18, 2018

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed delivery of all of the crew module engines for Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft. Boeing will integrate the engines into the Starliner crew module at its Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Starliner crew module is designed to transport up to seven passengers or a
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NASA science heading to space ranges from the …

Houston TX (SPX) Mar 18, 2018

A Dragon spacecraft scheduled to launch into orbit no earlier than April 2, carries the 14th SpaceX commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Lifted into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Dragon takes supplies, equipment and scientific research to crew members living and working aboard the station.

This flight deli
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Air Force Chief of Staff: US ‘On Track’ to Rep…

Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 16, 2018

The US effort to transition from Russia’s RD-180 rocket engine to two domestic suppliers is progressing as planned, Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said in congressional testimony on Wednesday.

“Right now we are on track… to complete the transition period [and] come out the back end with two domestic service providers,” Goldfein said when asked for an update on transition
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SpaceX launches innovative secondary payload d…

Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 16, 2018

The secondary cargo from the recent Falcon 9 remained undisclosed until US military published orbital data from the launch, where the second object suddenly appeared. A company, related to the launch, claims the cargo is for a R and D mission. The celebratory 50th launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to be a regular satellite delivery for Hispasat, a Spanish-language communications operator.
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China launches land exploration satellite

Jiuquan, China (XNA) Mar 18, 2018

China launched a land exploration satellite into a preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert of the country’s northwest at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

The satellite is the fourth of its kind and mainly used for exploration of land resources by remote sensing.

A Long March-2D rocket carried the satellite into space.

The launch was the 268th mission of the
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