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Sunday
May 29 2016
18:22 UTC

Reborn Antares Raised at Virginia Launch Pad for Crucial May 31 Engine Test

WALLOPS ISLAND, VA - The soon to be reborn Orbital ATK Antares commercial rocket sporting new first stage engines has been raised at its repaired launch pad on Virginia's scenic eastern shore for a long awaited test firing of the powerplants. The static test firing is now slated to take place in less than 3 days on Tuesday evening, May 31. The now revamped launch vehicle - dubbed Antares 230 - has been re-engined' and upgraded with a pair of modern and more powerful first stage engines -

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
May 29 2016
14:20 UTC

NASA SDO Year 6 in Ultra-HD

The sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the sun's atmosphere, the corona. SDO's sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year -- from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 28, 2016, as one time-lapse sequence. At full quality on YouTube, this video is ultra-high definition 3840x216

Posted by OrbitalHub

Thursday
May 26 2016
17:40 UTC

The House Makes NASA A Counteroffer It Probably Can't Refuse

It looks like mostly good news in NASA's budget for 2017. The Commerce, Justice, and Science sub-committee is the House of Representatives body that oversees NASA finances, and they have released details on how they would like to fund NASA in 2017. According to their plan, NASA's budget would be $19. 5 billion. That amount is $500 million more than President Obama had asked for, and $200 million above what the Senate had proposed. If the bill is approved by the House of Representatives, then this

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
May 25 2016
19:44 UTC

The Bigelow Expandable Module Is About To Blow Up

... much money and time on space exploration. But if all goes well with the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) at the ISS this week, astronauts may well end up living in a sort of bubble.[embed]https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=RlApew9O3TE&feature

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
May 22 2016
04:11 UTC

America's First Asteroid Sampling Mission OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Florida Launch Base

America's first ever mission designed to retrieve samples from the surface of an asteroid and return them to Earth - OSIRIS-Rex - has arrived at its Florida launch base for processing to get ready for blastoff barely three and one half months from today. NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 20 2016
21:12 UTC

SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot

... manned mission to Mars is a hot topic in space, and has been for a long time. Most of the talk around it has centred on the required technology, astronaut durability, and the overall feasibility of the mission. But now, some of the talk is focussing on the legal framework behind such a mission. In April 2016, SpaceX announced their plans for a 2018 mission to Mars. Though astronauts will not be part of the mission, several key technologies will be demonstrated. SpaceX's Dragon capsule will make

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 20 2016
04:04 UTC

Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA's Orion

Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA's Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American astronauts finally return to the Moon's vicinity in 2021 - thus advancing America's next giant leap in human exploration of deep space. The intrepid offer by Orbital could be carried out rather quickly because it utilizes an evolved version of th

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
May 19 2016
19:31 UTC

New Horizons Sends Back First Science On Distant Kuiper Belt Object

Even the most curmudgeonly anti-space troll has to admit that the New Horizons mission to Pluto has been an overwhelming success. It's not like New Horizons discovered life or anything, but it did bring an otherwise cold, distant lump to life for humanity. Vivid images and detailed scientific data revealed Pluto as a dynamic, changing world, with an active surface and an atmosphere. And we haven't even received all of the data from New Horizons' mission to Pluto yet. Fresh off its historic visit

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
May 19 2016
05:04 UTC

NASA's Orion EM-1 Crew Module Passes Critical Pressure Tests

The next Orion crew module in line to launch to space on NASA's Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) has passed a critical series of proof pressure tests which confirm the effectiveness of the welds holding the spacecraft structure together. Engineers and technicians conducted the pressure tests on the Orion EM-1 pressure vessel, which was welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and then shipped to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida just 3 months ago. The pressure

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
May 17 2016
22:11 UTC

2 By Sea, 1 By Land, 3rd Recovered Booster Joins SpaceX Siblings: Up Close Gallery

Rolling rolling rolling! Yee-haw!2 By Sea, 1 By Land. The 3rd recovered Falcon 9 booster has joined her siblings inside SpaceX's gleaming new processing hangar, laying side-by-side at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. What was once unfathomable science fiction has turned into science fact. In the space of 5 short months, SpaceX has recovered three of the company's spent Falcon 9 first stage boosters following successful rocket delivery launches for NASA a

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
May 16 2016
04:19 UTC

Upgraded Antares Rolls Out to Virginia Launch Pad, High Stakes Engine Test Looms

An upgraded version of Orbital ATK's commercially developed Antares rocket has at last rolled out to its launch pad on the Virginia shore - thus paving the path for a high stakes first stage engine test looming in the next few weeks, according to the aerospace firm. This stage test paradigm is a design verification test, said Kurt Eberly, Orbital ATK Antares deputy program manager, in an interview with Universe Today. The rocket will be erected at the pad during the hot fire test whi

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
May 14 2016
14:49 UTC

Mercury Transit Recorded by SDO

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a. m. and 2:42 p. m. EDT. Please visit OrbitalHub to read more...

Posted by OrbitalHub

Friday
May 13 2016
22:16 UTC

1st Boeing Starliner Hull Assembled as 1st Crew Flight Delays to 2018

As completion nears for the prototype of Boeing's first Starliner astronaut taxi, the aerospace firm announced a slip into 2018 for the blastoff date of the first crewed flight in order to deal with spacecraft mass, aerodynamic launch and flight software issues, a Boeing spokesperson told Universe Today. Until this week, Boeing was aiming for a first crewed launch of the commercial Starliner capsule by late 2017, company officials had said. The new target launch date for the first astronauts fly

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 13 2016
01:20 UTC

Amazing Time-lapse Shows Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 Moving To Land After Port Canaveral Arrival

The recovered SpaceX first stage booster that nailed a spectacular middle-of-the-night touchdown at sea last week sailed back to Port Canaveral, Florida, late Monday and was transferred by crane on Tuesday from the drone ship to land - as seen in an amazing time-lapse video and photos, shown above and below and obtained by Universe Today. The exquisite up close time-lapse sequence shows technicians carefully hoisting the 15-story-tall spent booster from the drone ship barge onto a work pedestal o

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
May 11 2016
23:51 UTC

SpaceX Dragon Returns to Earth After Splashdown with Critical NASA Science

... SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft loaded with nearly two tons of critical NASA science and technology experiments and equipment returned to Earth this afternoon, Wednesday, May 11, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean - and bringing about a successful conclusion to its mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that also brought aloft a new room for the resident crew. Following a month long stay at the orbiting outpost, Dragon was released from the grip of the stations Canadian-built r

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
May 07 2016
15:15 UTC

Soyuz-2.1a Launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome

On April 28th 2016, a Soyuz-2. 1a lifted off from Vostochny () with three satellites: Lomonosov (), AIST-2D (-2), and SamSat-218. This was the first launch from Vostochny. Construction of the cosmodrome began in January 2011 and it is expected to be completed in 2018. Please visit OrbitalHub to read more...

Posted by OrbitalHub

Saturday
May 07 2016
00:57 UTC

Unveiled Webb Telescope Mirrors Mesmerize in Golden' Glory

NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD - It's Mesmerizing ! That's the overwhelming feeling expressed among the fortunate few setting their own eyeballs on the newly exposed golden primary mirror at the heart of NASA's mammoth James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) - a sentiment shared by the team building the one-of-its-kind observatory and myself during a visit this week by Universe Today. The telescope is cup up now [concave]. So you see it in all its glory! said John Durning, Webb Tel

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
May 06 2016
07:28 UTC

SpaceX Scores Double Whammy with Nighttime Delivery of Japanese Comsat to Orbit and 2nd Successful Ocean Landing

SpaceX scored a double whammy of successes this morning, May 6, following the stunning nighttime launch of a Japanese comsat streaking to orbit on the firm's Falcon 9 rocket and nailing the breathtaking touchdown of the spent first stage just minutes later - furthering the goal of rocket reusabilityUnder clear Florida starlight, the upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 soared to orbit on 1. 5 million pounds of thrust on a mission carrying the JCSAT-14 commercial communications satellite, following an on ti

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
May 03 2016
04:11 UTC

ExoMars 2018 Rover Postponed to 2020 Launch

Liftoff of the ExoMars 2018 rover mission currently under development jointly by Europe and Russia has just been postponed for two years to 2020, according to an announcement today, May 2, from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The delay was forced by a variety of technical and funding issues that ate up the schedule margin to enable a successful outcome. Taking into account the delays in European and Russian industrial activities and deliveries of the sc

Posted by Universe Today

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