NSS Phoenix Space News

April 2010

Posted by drdave on August 6, 2010

25 April 2010

  • An ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Cosmodrome at 5:19 PM. today local time (7:19 AM EDT, 11:19 GMT). After an eight-hour, 58-minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the SES-1 satellite directly into geostationary orbit.

24 April 2010

  • The first Minotaur IV Lite was launched from Vandenberg. The rocket launched the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.
  • Asked about the secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, deputy undersecretary for the Air Force for space programs Gary Payton said, “we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure”

23 April 2010

22 April 2010

21 April 2010

  • An object lesson in how to build the “railroad to space”. Wayne Hale’s Blog
  • Science News has published the first images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), launched 10 February 2010.
  • The Planetary Society has issued a “Statement of Support for New NASA Plan to Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee”.
  • A “hidden galaxy” has been revealed in the infrared by the WISE Observatory. IC 342 is a spiral galaxy that is usually shrouded behind our own Milky Way.

20 April 2010

19 April 2010

18 April 2010

  • Indian space scientists confirmed that the cryogenic engine ignited for one second prior to fuel being blocked, causing the failure of the GSLV mission on Thursday.

17 April 2010

  • The Space Shuttle Discovery has undocked in preparation for landing on Monday.
  • The “one year” anniversary of the discovery of Neptune is approaching (12 July 2011). After 164 Earth years, Neptune has now returned to the place in the sky where it was first seen by Johann Galle, 23 September 1846.
  • While politicians and others continue to criticize President Obama for not announcing a super stupendous boots and flag mission doomed to fail (“we really don’t care what the mission is as long as NASA spends buckets of money in my district”), The Planetary Society recognizes the rational approach to exploration of the Solar System espoused by the President.

16 April 2010

  • The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite known as GOES-13 became the official GOES-EAST satellite on April 14, 2010. GOES-13 was moved from on-orbit storage and into active duty. It is perched 22,300 miles above the equator to spot potentially life-threatening weather, including tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
  • A recent study concludes that the interplanetary dust particles that cause Zodiacal light originates from Jupiter family comets.
  • The Orion space craft is being reconstituted as a rescue craft for the International Space Station.

15 April 2010

  • At the Kennedy Space Center, President Obama took on his critics: “We’ve got to do it in a smart way,” President Obama said, “and we can’t just keep on doing the same old things we’ve been doing and thinking that’s going to get us where we want to go.”
  • A new hydrogen-fueled third stage tumbled out of control during the launch of India’s most powerful rocket Thursday, dooming the $74 million test flight.
  • There is no shortage of debate in the Pentagon about how to proceed with maintaining a U.S. launch infrastructure.

14 April 2010

  • Ben Davies from the University of Leeds presented new images of the giant protostar W33A at the RAS’ National Astronomy Meeting this week at the University of Glasgow.
  • A MMOD (Micrometeoroid Orbital Debris) strike on Discovery’s Window 1 has been cleared as no concern.

13 April 2010

  • Aviation Week discusses President Obama’s upcoming speech at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Ben Davies from the University of Leeds presented new images of the giant protostar W33A at the RAS’ National Astronomy Meeting this week at the University of Glasgow.
  • Newly released results from The Tauri Group, an independent, analytic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, reveal that the new NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program funding in the President’s FY2011 Budget Request will result in an average of 11,800 direct jobs per year over the next five years, nationwide.

12 April 2010

  • Yuri’s Night – Partying on the anniversary of Gagarin’s flight.
  • Angela Peura takes on the naysayers over at the Space Review: The new paradigm: Gemini on steroids. Well worth the read.
  • Air Force’s Mystery X-37B Space Plane Fuels Speculation. Launch is scheduled for 20 April 2010.

11 April 2010

10 April 2010

  • The Sun eats another comet.
  • “As an economic engine, there is very little that can compete with technology development.” Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy administrator, answers questions on the new NASA budget from Popular Mechanics.

9 April 2010

  • The Ariane 5 mission with the ASTRA 3B and COMSATBw-2 satellites has been postponed following the detection of an anomaly in the launch vehicle’s pressurization system during final countdown to liftoff.
  • Aviation Week: “Proposed work assignments under NASA’s turnabout Fiscal 2011 budget request would spread the agency’s five-year, $6-billion total budget increase — and the new jobs that may go with it — across the agency’s 10 field centers.”
  • A dim object less than 10 light years from Earth appears to be the closest brown dwarf yet found.

8 April 2010

  • USAF Plans Reusable Booster Demonstrators.
  • Aviation Week: “Proposed work assignments under NASA’s turnabout Fiscal 2011 budget request would spread the agency’s five-year, $6-billion total budget increase — and the new jobs that may go with it — across the agency’s 10 field centers.”

7 April 2010

  • Discovery and her seven member crew have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) following a visually stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) 600 feet below the orbiting science laboratory. Following pressurization and leak checks of the ISS’s PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adaptor-2) and Discovery’s ODS (Orbiter Docking System), hatches between Discovery and the ISS will be opened at ~5:44a.m. EDT.
  • U.S. Signs New Deal for Soyuz Flights

6 April 2010

5 April 2010

  • The Space Shuttle Discovery rocketed into space with a pre-dawn launch.
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenburger, robotic arm expert Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki, the second Japanese woman ever to reach space will join with Caldwell Dyson, who is living on the International Space Station after arriving at the orbiting laboratory on Sunday. This is a record number of women in space at the same time.

4 April 2010

  • A Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian spaceflyers Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Easter Sunday, boosting the orbiting lab’s population to six people just one day ahead of NASA’s planned launch of the shuttle Discovery toward the outpost.

3 April 2010

  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to attempt the maiden launch of its Falcon 9 rocket no sooner than May 8.

2 April 2010

  • A Russian Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft blasted off from a facility in Kazakhstan Friday on a mission to the International Space Station.
  • Following a series of highly elaborative and successful Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs), launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission is just three days away – as Launch Countdown (S0007) operations kicked off early on Friday morning.

1 April 2010

  • Astronomers have their eyes on a hot group of young stars, watching their every move like the paparazzi. A new infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the bustling star-making colony of the Orion nebula.
  • Aviation Week reviews the reasons to support NASA’s “Flexible Path”. “As successful as NASA has been over its 50-plus years, NASA’s new plan can enable both revolutionary new scientific capabilities from space and, at the same time, propel our human exploration of space forward.”

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