Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Friday, January 26, 2007
Senior Colonel Yao Yunzhu, 52, brought up China's recent successful test of an anti-satellite weapon during a World Economic Forum. The director of the Asia-Pacific Office at the Academy of Military Science in Beijing said, "My prediction: Outer space is going to be weaponized in our lifetime."
"My wish is we really want to keep space as a peaceful place for human beings," she said, adding that China would like all countries to come to a consensus that space should be used only for peaceful purposes."
AGI provided a powerful animation w/sound of the anti-satellite test and the challenges posed by the weapon debris in orbit. Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. Northern Command noted, ""This is a cause for concern ... In executing this test they have created potential significant problems for international space flight."
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Left largely unrecognized and underfunded, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport is basking in legislative attention since the first orbital launch departed the FAA-AST licensed commercial launch pad at Atlantic, Va. last month. Space advocates are calling upon the General Assembly to not only study the development of the spaceport for a wider array of suborbital passenger and orbital cargo flights but provide more money.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Starchaser expects to start launching tourists to suborbotal space from Spaceport America in the Southern New Mexico high desert by late 2009 and be among a mere handful of space launch tourist firms.
Friday, January 12, 2007
The vocals are by Anousheh Khalili (yes another Anousheh), who also did the vocals on hit singles "Say Hello" and "Flashdance." The next single release by Deep Dish is expected to be an immediate hit -- "Be The Change" [sample MP3] featured on cosmonaut Anousheh Ansari's web page.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission or MAVEN would provide first-of-its-kind measurements, address key questions about Mars climate and habitability, and improve understanding of dynamic processes in the upper Martian atmosphere and ionosphere.
"We're going to solve the mystery of Mars' lost atmosphere," said Dr. Bruce Jakosky, lead scientist on the MAVEN proposal. "We'll explain where it went and how it went there."
An alternative mission called "The Great Escape" would directly determine the basic processes in Martian atmospheric evolution by measuring the structure and dynamics of the upper atmosphere. In addition, potentially biogenic atmospheric constituents such as methane would be measured.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Mars polar lander mission launch campaign is underway for 3 August 2007 as the first Scout-1 mission --- a little more than 200 days to liftoff.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Legislation calling for the creation of a joint subcommittee to study the development and utilization of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport with four primary goals: (i) identify any federal or state regulatory impediments, including taxation, to the development of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport; (ii) identify potential economic development opportunities and marketing strategies to attract launch companies to Virginia; (iii) identify potential state legal barriers to human spaceflight, including liability and assumption of risk issues; and (iv) develop a long-term strategic plan to make the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport the premiere commercial hub for space travel in the United States.
The People for Areospace advoactes "yes" votes to adopt a 0.25 gross receipts tax on business sales in three southern New Mexico counties. The Las Cruces Sun has provided an editorail endorsement for passage of the referendums citing competition from Virginia and Texas. New Mexico Politics Blogger Heath Haussamen provides more details.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
In 2006 Russia had 25 space launches, compared to the United States' eighteen or 28%. Japan and China shared third place, with six launches each. The Russian space budget was $873-million in 2006 compared to a NASA budget of over $16-billion.
The Russian federal space budget is expected to expand to $912 million in 2007 but the number of launches are expected to drop to 20. In 2007, Russia will send two piloted spacecraft and four cargo ships to the international space station.
"We have determined that one place in the Soyuz spacecraft will be always reserved for a Russian cosmonaut, another - for an American astronaut, and the third will be offered to space tourists," Perminov told RIA Novosti recently. "The list of space tourists from various countries has been filled in until 2008."
"Until 2010, the U.S. will use its space shuttles [to bring astronauts to the ISS], but after 2010 and until 2015-2020 they [the Americans] will fly to the station on board the Russian spacecraft," Perminov said, adding that Russia will start building its own space shuttles, the Clipper, in 2012.
The Russians are leading space commercialization partnering with various nations ranging from China, the European Union, and the United States on joint space ventures ranging from space tourists to the ISS aboard Soyuz to unmanned probes to the Moon and Mars.
Monday, January 01, 2007
The launch manifests for NASA, ESA, RSA and JAXA civil space programs have exciting missions set to embark from various spaceports around planet Earth in 2007.
- 18 January is the target launch date for the Russian Progress M-60 resupply to the ISS. The mission will launch from the Baikonur comosdrome in Kazakhstan.
- 20 February is the estimated launch date for the Falcon 1 booster of SpaceX from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific.
- 16 March is the target launch date for Space Shuttle STS-117 Atlantis to deliver a second starboard truss segment and a third set of solar arrays and batteries. The mission will embark from the Kennedy Spaceport.
- 17 April is the target launch date for of the Chang'e 1 to the Moon from a spaceport in the People's Republic of China.
- 21 April is the target launch date of a Minotaur rocket with a Near-Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE) satellite from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia.
- 25 April is the target launch date for the AIM space mission designed to study the highest clouds in the earth's atmosphere -- clouds at the edge of space recently thought to be impacted by Greenhouse Gases. The launch will be from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL.
- 12 May is the target launch date for the Russian Progress M-60 resupply to the ISS. The mission will launch from the Baikonur comosdrome in Kazakhstan.
- 18 June is the target launch date for the Automated Transfer Vehicle "Jules Verne" aboard a Ariane 5ESV from Kourou, French Guiana .
- 3 August is the target launch date for the Phoenix new Mars lander mission and the first of NASA's scout missions. Phoenix will work to uncover clues in the martian arctic soils about the history of water and potential for habitability. The mission will launch from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport on a Delta II.
- 3 September is the target launch date for the Russian Progress M-61 resupply to the ISS. The mission will launch from the Baikonur comosdrome in Kazakhstan.
- 7 September is the target launch date for the Space Shuttle STS-120 to the International Space Station and deliver the U.S. Node 2. It will launch from the Kennedy Spaceport.
- 7 October is the target launch date for GLAST (The Gamma-ray Large Area Telescope) to detect gamma rays in a range of energies from thousands to hundreds of billions of times more energetic than the light visible to the human eye. GLAST will launch from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport aboard a Delta II.
- 15 October is the estimated is launch date of a Minotaur rocket with a TacSat-3 satellite from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia.
- 17 October is the target launch date for the Space Shuttle STS-122 Discovery to deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module to the ISS. STS-122 will launch from the Kennedy Spaceport.
- 15 November is the target launch date for the Russian Progress M-62 resupply to the ISS. The mission will launch from the Baikonur comosdrome in Kazakhstan.
- 25 November is the target launch date for the Missile Defense Agency STSS Block 2006 demonstrate the key functions of a space based sensor, passing missile tracking data to missile defense interceptors with the accuracy and timeliness necessary to enable them to successfully intercept missile targets. It will launch aboard a Delta II from the Cape Canaveral Spaceport.
- 5 December is the target launch date for Space Shuttle STS-123 Endeavor to deliver the pressurized section of the Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module to the ISS. The launch is from the Kennedy Spaceport.
In addition, Japan's JAXA is slated to launch the Selenological and Engineering Explorer (or Moon explorer) "SELENE" in the fall of 2007.