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  • Houston We've Got A Problem: NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Is In Emergency Mode

    04/09/2016 7:40:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    TechTimes ^ | 4/9/16 | Catherine Cabral-Isabedra
    Kepler spacecraft is in emergency mode, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a statement. Charlie Sobeck, Kepler and K2 mission manager at NASA's Ames Research Center announced that after a scheduled contact with mission operations engineers last April 7, it was discovered that Kepler is presently in emergency mode (EM), the spacecraft's lowest operational mode. The team is working on recovering from EM, as it consumes significant amount of fuel. Since the spacecraft is 75 million miles away from Earth, even with the speed of light, communication takes about 13 minutes for the message to travel from the...
  • JPL and Its Spacecraft Exploratory Missions

    08/06/2015 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Once you visit the Space Flight Operations Facility, "I've been to the center of the Universe." On a recent trip to California, I was constantly reminded of what is wrong with California, a state whose economy was so booming decades ago that, had it been a stand-alone state, it would have been the world’s sixth largest economy. Looking at this state now, ravaged by years and years of Marxist policies, open borders, unchecked illegal immigration, anchor babies, multiculturalism, insane diversity rules, sanctuary cities, multi-lingual school system, illegal voting, tax everything and tax again, and environmentalist-driven water use plans including but...
  • Experience Earth on 'Pluto Time' with this NASA tool

    06/13/2015 2:51:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    c|net ^ | 6/6/15 | Amanda Kooser
    Visit another world without ever leaving your yard. A NASA website gives you the time of day when light on Earth is the same as you would see on Pluto.You can't fly to Pluto. You will never have the opportunity to set foot on its inhospitable surface. It took NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over nine years just to get close. Don't let this deter you from experiencing a little bit of Pluto back here on Earth. NASA has unveiled a "Pluto Time" website that helps space fans replicate the light conditions on the dwarf planet from any location in the...
  • NASA developing faster-than-light space travel technology

    05/06/2015 8:58:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May. 04, 2015 - 3:31 | Fox News
    NASA developing faster-than-light space travel technology Concept could revolutionize travel [Video]
  • Building a Homemade Spacecraft

    04/05/2015 6:47:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | VICE
    [VIDEO] Anyone with some brains and lots of courage can build their own space rocket using everyday, off-the-shelf products. We recently flew to Denmark to meet the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a non-profit open-source D.I.Y. space endeavor.
  • Deep Space Industries - Mining The Universe For The Future

    12/12/2014 3:44:39 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Deep Space Industries
    The human race is ready to begin harvesting the resources of space both for their use in space and to increase the wealth and prosperity of the entire world. Promotional DSI Video
  • Orion Spacecraft Complete

    10/30/2014 1:14:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Oct 30, 2014 3:15 p.m. ET | PRNewswire
    <p>NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls to launch pad 37 in November.</p> <p>"An empty shell of a spacecraft arrived to Kennedy Space Center two years ago, and now we have a fully assembled Orion standing 72 feet tall," said Michael Hawes Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. "We're ready to launch it into space and test every inch."</p>
  • NASA Spacecraft Will Sniff Out Earth's Carbon Dioxide (OCO-2)

    06/13/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/13/14 | Megan Gannon -
    A new NASA spacecraft is about to embark on a mission to watch Earth breathe. Before dawn on July 1, the $465-million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2 for short, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Then, from its perch 438 miles (705 kilometers) above the planet, the satellite will begin a two-year study of how carbon dioxide (CO2) — a heat-trapping gas that is driving climate change — cycles through the Earth's atmosphere. [6 Unexpected Effects of Climate Change] Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, now add nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the...
  • Visual Guide – the Making of a DIY Space Capsule

    12/08/2013 2:52:19 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    slashdot ^ | Friday December 06, 2013 @09:32AM | Posted by Soulskill
    Kristian vonBengtson writes: "Wanna build your own space capsule capable of doing an atmospheric re-entry on a suborbital mission? Well, here are some production hints and a visual guide." The initial stages begin with sketches on paper before moving to 3D design software. He writes, "A whole bunch of sketches were done to get some kind of initial idea of the size, subsystems layout and how to actually produce the capsule while keeping an open structure for further development and potential changes. One of the main concerns was the small size and the ability to easy install and replace avionics....
  • Gravity assist (spacecraft slingshot maneuver... how it works)

    09/28/2013 1:49:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | 9/27/13 | David Shortt
    With the recent announcement by NASA that the 36 year-old spacecraft Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space at a distance from the Sun about four times further than Neptune's orbit, and with Voyager 2 not far behind, it seems worthwhile to explore how humans managed to fling objects so far into space. Interplanetary spacecraft often use a maneuver called a gravity assist in order to reach their targets. Voyager 2 famously used gravity assists to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the late 1970s and 1980s. Cassini used two assists at Venus and one each at Earth and...
  • Spacecraft Sees Giant 'Hole' In the Sun (Video)(SOHO - Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)

    07/28/2013 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/28/13 | - Megan Gannon
    A space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere — a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of our closest star, spewing solar material and gas into space. The so-called coronal hole over the sun's north pole came into view between July 13 and 18 and was observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. NASA released a video of the sun hole as seen by the SOHO spacecraft, showing the region as a vast dark spot surrounded by solar activity. Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun's atmosphere,...
  • The First Interplanetary Photobomb

    07/17/2013 8:12:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | July 17, 2013 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Consider it the first interplanetary photobomb. On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth through the rings of Saturn--and NASA wants you to jump into the shot. "Cassini has photographed Earth before, but this will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their picture will be taken from a billion miles away," says Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. "We hope that people around the world will go outside to wave at Saturn while the photo-shoot is underway."
  • More Evidence The X-37B Spaceplane May Actually Be Spying On China

    01/05/2012 7:12:36 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-5-2012 | Robert Johnson
    More Evidence The X-37B Spaceplane May Actually Be Spying On China Robert Johnson Jan. 5, 2012, 9:26 AM Image: Air Force Responding to a report in Spaceflight magazine, Jonathan Amos at the BBC reports the U.S. Air Force's classified X-37B spaceplane is likely spying on China. Launched into orbit last March, the X-37B had its trip extended nine months in December without any explanation, leading to endless speculation about the ship's mission. Amateur space trackers have concluded that the X-37B is closely following the path of the Chinese spacelab, Tiangong-1. China has been reaching into space at breakneck speeds as...
  • Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

    11/02/2011 7:17:19 PM PDT · by QuickSandWillow · 54 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 November 2011 | Jonathan Amos
    China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself. Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the decade's end. Although no astronauts were in the Shenzhou craft this time, future missions will carry people. Tuesday's procedure (Beijing time 0029, Thursday) took place at an altitude of about 340km. It was automated but overseen on...
  • NASA Spacecraft Snaps 1st Photo of Mercury from Orbit

    03/29/2011 3:46:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies ^ | 3/29/11 | Nasa
    The first spacecraft ever to circle Mercury has beamed home the first-ever photo taken of the small rocky planet from orbit, showing a stark landscape peppered with craters. NASA's Messenger spacecraft snapped the new Mercury photo today (March 29) at 5:20 a.m. EDT (0920 GMT). The photo shows the stark gray landscape of southern Mercury, a view that is dominated by a huge impact crater. "This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the solar system's innermost planet," Messenger mission scientists explained in a statement. The new Mercury photo shows a region around the south...
  • China 'Developing Military Spacecraft'(resembles X-47B?)

    01/11/2011 6:28:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/12/11
    China 'Developing Military Spacecraft' China is making progress in building an "upper-atmosphere" jet fighter, an official said last week, adding to a flurry of speculation about China's growing air power. Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily on Tuesday said Shaanxi TV last Saturday quoted acting provincial governor Zhao Zhengyong as saying China has "succeeded in the test flight of a prototype aircraft that can fly through the atmospheric layer." Zhao was visiting a state-run aircraft corporation at Xi'an high-tech industrial development zone. The channel showed images of a prototype space fighter being assembled whose outward appearance was almost identical to a...
  • Spacex's Dragon Spacecraft Successfully Returns from Orbit

    12/16/2010 11:09:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Space X via ASDN news ^ | 12/16/2010 | Space X via ASDN news
    On December 8, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from Earth orbit. SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 10:43 AM EST from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft orbited the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour), reentered the Earth's atmosphere, and landed just after 2:00 PM EST less than one mile from the center of the targeted landing zone in the Pacific Ocean. This marks the first time a commercial company...
  • NASA's Voyager spacecraft nears exit of solar system

    12/14/2010 5:54:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 12/14/10 | Staff
    Washington - NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the outer edge of the solar system where wind from the Sun is no longer blowing outward, but sideways, the US space agency said. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 and has since snapped images of Earth and other planets in the solar system and provided NASA with crucial information as it makes its long journey into outer space. NASA researchers think Voyager 1 will leave the solar system and enter interstellar space, or the area in between the end of the Sun's influence and the next star system, in about four
  • Unmanned US spacecraft returns after 7-month trip

    12/04/2010 8:41:19 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    AP News MyWay (linked from Drudge) ^ | Dec 3, 6:36 AM (ET) | AP
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth early Friday after more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission, officials said.
  • Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 1st Flight

    12/03/2010 5:10:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Boeing ^ | 12/3/2010 | Boeing
    Boeing today announced the successful de-orbit and landing of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B, for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The X-37B, shown here in a photo from before its launch, landed at 1:16 a.m. Pacific time today, concluding its more than 220-day experimental test mission. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on April 22.
  • Vandenberg sets stage for unmanned spacecraft

    12/02/2010 9:18:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/03/2010 | Janene Scully
    After bidding farewell to more than 1,900 space vehicles, Vandenberg Air Force Base has worked to instead get ready to greet one very high-profile spacecraft. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the Air Force’s unmanned miniature space shuttle, is scheduled to land as soon as Friday morning at Vandenberg’s 3-mile-long runway. “This is a historical first, not only for Vandenberg Air Force Base but also our Air Force and our nation to receive a recoverable spacecraft here and really take a step forward for unmanned space flight,” said Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander. Launched from the East Coast in...
  • Interstellar Voyage Continues With New Project Manager

    11/04/2010 1:20:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Space ^ | 10/30/2010 | Staff Writers
    As NASA's two Voyager spacecraft hurtle towards the edge of our solar system, a new project manager will shepherd the spacecraft into this unexplored territory: Suzanne Dodd, whose first job at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., involved sequencing science and engineering commands for Voyager 1 and 2 in 1984. "I'm thrilled to re-join a pioneering mission that set up adventures for so many other spacecraft to follow," Dodd said. "There will be more firsts to come as we gather unique data once the spacecraft reach interstellar space. There isn't a single mission currently on the books that will...
  • China's Space Program Launches Lunar Probe

    10/03/2010 11:41:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies
    (AP) via ^ | Posted October 1, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The probe plans to test technology in preparation for an unmanned moon landing in 2012, with a possible manned lunar mission to follow in 2017. China’s other space plans include the launch of the first module of a future space station next year followed by the dispatch of manned spacecraft to dock with it."
  • Scientists reconstruct the Pioneer spacecraft anomaly

    09/24/2010 9:55:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    scientific american ^ | April 15, 2008 | JR Minkel
    Ten years ago, NASA researchers discovered that the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft had fallen slightly behind course during their 35-year journeys to the outer reaches of the solar system. In what has become known as the Pioneer anomaly, which was the subject of one of the talks this weekend at the American Physical Society here in St. Louis, nobody knows for sure why it happened. It probably stemmed from leaking gas or heat. But there's also the possibility, however remote, that gravity doesn't behave the way we expect. Until recently, researchers haven't had the data to distinguish the different...
  • "The Spacecraft Flyby Mystery" - Is Dark Matter the Culprit or is There a New Physics ...

    08/03/2010 12:48:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 17+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 8/3/10 | Casey Kazan
    When scientists send their spacecraft across the universe, they save fuel by performing “slingshot fly-bys”. This is where, rather than firing up the thrusters, the craft changes its trajectory by harnessing the enormous gravitational pull of a planet. However, this trick has had an unexpected side-effect: it seems to produce a change in speed that no one, since it was first discovered in the early 1990's, can account for. Experts are intrigued by the fact that while the acceleration is tiny and has no significant effect on NASA missions, it holds great interest because no explanation based on conventional physics...
  • Russia unveils manned spacecraft

    07/23/2010 1:15:50 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | July 22nd 2010 | Anatoly Zak
    The Russian space agency, Roskosmos, is putting the finishing touches to the design of a spacecraft, which could carry the nation's cosmonauts into space in the coming decades. Russian officials revealed details about the craft at the Farnborough Air Show. The work is a culmination of a multi-year effort to define the architecture of a replacement to Russia's 40-year-old Soyuz spacecraft. With the upcoming retirement of the US space shuttle, Russian ships could, for several years at least, be the only means of taking humans into space. This would include any American and European astronauts travelling to the International Space...
  • Virgin Galactic spacecraft makes 1st crewed flight

    07/17/2010 8:36:18 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    hosted ^ | Jul 17
    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- A company working to send tourists on suborbital flights says it has tested its spacecraft with a crew for the first time. Virgin Galactic says the craft remained attached to a specially designed airplane throughout a six-hour flight over California's Mojave desert Thursday....
  • Voyager 2 At 12,000 Days

    06/28/2010 11:11:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 42 replies
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory ^ | 6/28/2010 | Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    NASA's plucky Voyager 2 spacecraft has hit a long-haul operations milestone - operating continuously for 12,000 days. For nearly 33 years, the venerable spacecraft has been returning data about the giant outer planets, and the characteristics and interaction of solar wind between and beyond the planets. Among its many findings, Voyager 2 discovered Neptune's Great Dark Spot and its 450-meter-per-second (1,000-mph) winds. The two Voyager spacecraft have been the longest continuously operating spacecraft in deep space. Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, when Jimmy Carter was president. Voyager 1 launched about two weeks later on Sept. 5. The two...
  • What's the Fastest Spacecraft Ever?

    06/23/2010 1:17:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Life's Little Mysteries ^ | 6/17/2010 | Denise Chow
    For spacecraft that zoom through the cosmos at thousands of miles per hour, calculating which one is traveling at the fastest speed is more complicated than simply clocking the first to cross the finish line. When space agencies calculate and establish speed records, these numbers need to be defined and qualified, because there can be more than one frame of reference. In other words, the speed of a spacecraft can be calculated relative to the Earth, the sun, or some other body. The record for the highest speed at which a spacecraft has launched and escaped from Earth's gravity is...
  • US Air Force scramjet test sees Spaceships in future

    06/18/2010 9:25:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 710+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/17/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    A recent United States Air Force scramjet test has hinted at a future where hypersonic vehicles streak through the sky at many times the speed of sound around the world, and perhaps even open up access to space. The experimental X-51A Waverider used a rocket booster and an air-breathing scramjet to reach a speed of Mach 5 and achieve the longest hypersonic flight ever powered by such an engine on May 26. That technology might not only deliver cargo quickly to different parts of the globe, but could also transform the space industry and spawn true space planes that take...
  • Hayabusa Spacecraft Reentry

    06/13/2010 10:22:53 PM PDT · by Errant · 15 replies · 423+ views
    Youtube ^ | 13 June, 2010 | NASA
    A group of astronomers from NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other organizations had a front row seat to observe the Hayabusa spacecraft's fiery plunge into Earth's atmosphere. The team was aboard NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory, packed with cameras and other imaging instruments, to capture the high-speed re-entry over an unpopulated area of central Australia on June 13, 2010. The Japanese spacecraft has been on a seven-year journey to return a sample of the asteroid Itokawa.
  • Nuclear Physicist Describes Vast UFO Cover-Up

    06/07/2010 1:39:25 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 279 replies · 719+ views
    aolnews ^ | 6-7 | Lee Speigel
    "Some UFOs are intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft, and this is the biggest story of the millennium." These words are not the rantings of a deranged individual looking for attention or a comfortable straitjacket. Stanton Friedman is a maverick of sorts. Employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for companies like General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse and Aerojet General Nucleonics, he worked on highly classified programs involving nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets. In 1958, UFOs caught his attention, and Friedman has since lectured about this subject at more than 700 colleges and professional groups in all 50 states and...
  • High-Tech Space Planes Taking Shape in Italy, Russia

    06/05/2010 11:36:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 576+ views via ^ | 6/3/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane may eventually get some company in low-Earth orbit as other countries such as Italy and Russia push forward with plans for their own reusable winged spaceships. Italy's prototype space plane, named Pollux, successfully carried out high-speed maneuvers that slowed it down from a falling speed of Mach 1.2 during a test flight in April. More recently, Russia has begun considering whether to revive a Cold War era, air-launched mini-shuttle in response to the U.S. X-37B space plane debut. Such efforts may not immediately lead to full-fledged operational flights. But in the case...
  • Projects of combat space complexes

    05/26/2010 11:04:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 243+ views ^ | unkown | Maxim Taraskenko]
    In late 1960s- early 1970s the United States began works on studying of feasibility of using the outer space for performing combat activities in space and from space. The Government of the USSR by a set of Decrees (first one issued in 1976) assigned domestic activities in this field to a group of organizations-developers led by Energia NPO. During 1970s - 1980s the complex of research was performed to determine possible ways of creation of space means, capable of solving tasks of striking spacecraft of military destination, ballistic missiles in flight, as well as particularly important airborne, sea-borne and ground-based...
  • Secret X-37B Space Plane Spotted by Amateur Skywatchers

    05/25/2010 9:51:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | 5/22/2010 | Leonard David
    While the U.S. Air Force is mum about the orbital whereabouts of its X-37B mini-space plane, a dedicated band of amateur skywatchers has got its cross-hairs on the spacecraft. The unpiloted X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 1 was lofted on April 22 atop an Atlas launcher. It is being flown under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. In U.S. military tracking parlance, when the space plane reached orbit it became identified as Catalog Number 36514, 2010-015A, OTV-1 (USA 212). From there it entered a cone of silence regarding any on-orbit duties. But thanks to a worldwide eyes-on-the-sky...
  • Vandenberg AFB runway gets a makeover for unmanned spacecraft

    05/25/2010 9:31:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 416+ views
    Santa Maria Times ^ | 5/25/2010 | Santa Maria Times
    A small army of workers quickly gave the Vandenberg Air Force Base runway a makeover in readiness for an unmanned spaceplane’s landing. Military officials called the recent runway hardware retrofit a necessary step to prep for the planned landing of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The unmanned reusable spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in April. At the time, officials said X-37B — with a wingspan of nearly 15 feet, a length of 29 feet and height of less than 10 feet — could spend up to nine months testing technologies in orbit...
  • Many Launches Expected But Uncertainty Looms

    05/10/2010 11:17:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 176+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/10/2010 | Amy Butler
    The U.S. military and intelligence community’s space launch manifest is ramping up to an unusually high pace to deploy several first-of-fleet spacecraft that will modernize the nation’s communications, missile warning, surveillance and navigation infrastructures. But uncertainties are clouding the outlook of the liquid- and solid-fueled booster industrial base following a White House decision to terminate NASA’s Constellation program. The Pentagon and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)—which develops and operates intelligence satellites for the U.S.—are in the midst of several studies to help chart a path forward. In parallel, NASA, the Pentagon, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Missile Defense Agency are...
  • Problem Detected with Voyager 2 Spacecraft at Edge of Solar System

    05/08/2010 6:33:55 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 64 replies · 1,650+ views ^ | 5/6/2010 | Tariq Malik
    NASA has commanded the famed Voyager 2 probe to send only information on its health and status after spotting a puzzling change in the spacecraft's pattern of communication from the edge of the solar system. The 33-year-old Voyager 2 spacecraft, which is currently 8.6 billion miles (13.8 billion km) from Earth, is apparently still in good health, according to the latest engineering data received on May 1. But Voyager 2's flight data system, which formats information before beaming it back to Earth, has experienced a hiccup that altered the pattern in which it sends updates home. Because of that...
  • Polyus-Russian ASAT Weapon

    05/01/2010 12:13:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Astronautix ^ | unknown | Ed Grondine
    The Polyus military testbed was put together on a crash basis as an answer to America's Star Wars program. It was built around a surplus TKS manned spacecraft and was meant to test prototype ASAT and Star Wars defense systems. It failed to reach orbit, but it had succeeded, it would have been the core module of a new Mir-2 space station. Its mere presence could have decisively changed the shape of the Cold War in its final months. In 1985, it became clear that the Energia launch vehicle would be ready for launch before the Buran space shuttle that...
  • Army puts safeguards in place for satellite transmissions

    04/29/2010 8:35:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 346+ views
    Defense Systems ^ | 4/28/2010 | William Welsh
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants an organization that develops spacecraft to join its System F6 satellite demonstration to show that a third-party payload can plug into an on-orbit network and share communications, processing and other functions across several spacecraft, reports Graham Warwick at Aviation Week’s Ares blog. A request for information for the third-party payload spacecraft module of the System Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying (F6) Spacecraft project was issued April 26. Responses are due by May 17. Having a non-DARPA satellite successfully connect to the network on orbit will be a key test of the System F6...
  • New unmanned spacecraft set to launch

    04/19/2010 10:24:55 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 661+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/192010 | Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young
    Air Force officials are scheduled to launch the U.S.'s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft April 21 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function. The X-37B will also prove new technology and components before they are committed to operational satellites. The OTV is the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter that has the ability to return experiments to Earth...
  • Spacecraft stats and insights

    04/09/2010 8:22:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 463+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 4/5/2010 | by Claude Lafleur
    Piloted spaceships, planetary probes, and space telescopes fascinate people. That’s easy to understand since these spacecraft make the discoveries of our time. Nevertheless, this is only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” since they account for less than 10% of all spacecraft ever launched. What are the other 90% for? Who launched them and for what purpose? It’s worth noting that it is impossible to establish a definitive number of spacecraft launched since it depends of how you count them. Answering these questions tells us a lot about what’s going on in space. For example, more than a quarter of...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 3)

    03/23/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 3/23/2010 | Dwayne Day
    A few years ago a company by the name of AirLaunch had a novel idea for a rocket—put it in a C-17 cargo plane and then slide it out the back at high altitude. The rocket would rotate until it was vertical and then fire, heading into orbit. You can watch video of the drop tests. “We examined a wide variety of propellants ranging from storable hypergolics, RP/LOX, to fluorine/deuterium.” That may sound exotic, but Ehrlich joked that “this was a paper study!” Now imagine that instead of a relatively small rocket, there was a much larger rocket, with a...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 2)

    03/08/2010 11:38:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 782+ views
    Space Review ^ | 3/8/2010 | Dwayne Day
    Many things remain murky about the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory’s sponsorship of an effort starting in 1980 to study the possibility of launching a spaceplane off the back of a 747. AFRPL was located at Edwards Air Force Base and in early December of that year, an AFRPL engineer named Don Hart produced a several page description of what such a vehicle might look like and might be capable of doing. (See: “Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 1)”, The Space Review, February 22, 2010) Very quickly at least one contractor...
  • Mongolian UFO Wreckage?

    02/25/2010 9:41:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 2,676+ views
    popfi ^ | 2/25/2010 | Ron Hogan
    What weighs two tons and randomly falls out of the sky in Mongolia? That’s what MUFON researchers and some very concerned Mongolians would like to know! Recently, two objects, one a two-ton hunk and the other a lighter 22-pound hunk, plummeted to earth outside the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. Maybe it’s a jet engine; maybe it’s a big old piece of alien spacecraft. Whatever it might be, nobody’s coming forward to claim responsibility for the wreckage. Odds are, this is just some random junk that fell off some rusted relic of the Soviet Union’s air force. Maybe smugglers? There’s...
  • Obama’s Move To End Constellation Prompts Industrial Base Questions

    02/14/2010 12:43:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 655+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/12/2010 | Amy Klamper
    Industry advocates are voicing concern with U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel NASA’s Moon-bound Constellation program and the threat it poses to America’s aerospace work force and U.S. strategic missile arsenals, but Defense Department officials said the two agencies are forging a plan to sustain the nation’s solid-rocket motor industrial base. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is among those railing against Obama’s proposal to scrap NASA’s plan to replace its space shuttle fleet with new rockets and spacecraft in favor of relying on commercial crew taxis to get astronauts to the international space station and back. “This is not money-saving....
  • Kepler Working As Planned

    01/06/2010 12:38:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 421+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/05/2010 | Kepler Working As Planned
    Astronomers expect significant science to emerge from the deluge of data being returned from NASA’s Kepler planet-finder, now that researchers have had time to verify some of the first findings from the orbiting space telescope. At a press conference Jan. 4 during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, project scientists reported the spacecraft has demonstrated the sensitivity and validated the predicted stellar conditions that will enable it to find Earthlike planets orbiting other stars. In their first public release of Kepler results, astronomers reported the discovery of five more extrasolar planets in data collected during the first six weeks...
  • UFO's? Man Says He's Got Recorded Proof

    11/22/2009 2:05:55 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 143 replies · 3,431+ views
    myfoxillinois. ^ | Friday, 20 Nov 2009, | NED HIBBERD
    HOUSTON - Chris Hardman won't be insulted if you don't believe him. After all, not even his fiancee believes in UFOs. But Hardman swears he has videotaped dozens of extraterrestrial spacecraft over the past year, both here in Houston and in Austin. "Most of them are triangular in shape or kind of a teardrop," Hardman says. He posts his videos on his YouTube channel where you can now view 51 clips, including last Saturdays close encounter with what he describes as an alien flying machine that approached within a few hundred feet. "They're totally silent but this is the one...
  • PAN’s labyrinth

    08/25/2009 9:12:22 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Space Review ^ | August 24, 2009 | Dwayne Day
    The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was created in 1961 to oversee the development and operation of the United States’ intelligence satellites. But it was not until September 1992 that the organization’s very existence was declassified. The press release making the announcement, however, omitted two key words: “satellites” and “launch”. It took several more years before the NRO actually admitted that it operated satellites and that they were launched into space, and it was not until 1996 that the NRO admitted that it actually owned a classified satellite launched atop a rocket. This seemed rather anticlimactic to anybody who paid attention,...
  • Near-lightspeed nano spacecraft might be close

    07/13/2009 10:37:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 1,001+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/8/09 | Daniel H. Wilson
    Researchers creating the tiny engines that could drive mini-starshipsMassive particle accelerators are exploring the world of the very small, but similar technology may someday propel needle-sized spacecraft to distances on a scale so large as to be almost unimaginable — between star systems. Thanks to research on nano-sized thrusters that act like portable particle accelerators, tiny spacecraft might be accelerated to near-lightspeed and sent to explore nearby stars — perhaps within our lifetimes.