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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2018/15 – 387

Samen met SpaceX is China duidelijk de meest ijverige op het vlak van lanceringen. Naast de elfde Chinese liftoff waren er ook nog twee andere lanceringen afgelopen week. Er was goed nieuws voor SpaceX, want Lockheed Martin kreeg nu ook officieel de schuld van de mislukte ZUMA-lancering.

Er gebeurde verder weer heel wat nabij de Aarde in het International Space Station, en wat verderop in de (inter)planetaire ruimte, maar de nog onbekende exoplaneten kunnen beter op hun tellen letten want maandag wordt TESS gelanceerd.

En de gigantische SLS-raket blijft een zorgenkindje. De Exploration Upper Stage is wellicht niet klaar voor EM-2 (meer werk voor de Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage - zie foto) en de SLS Flight Software lijkt een zootje.

En, niet vergeten, de 20ste ruimtevaartnamiddag op zaterdag 26 mei !!!


China lanceert – onverwacht- voor de elfde keer dit jaar.
GB Times: Surprise launch sees China loft three Yaogan-31 reconnaissance satellites from Jiuquan.
NasaSpaceFlight: Surprise Chinese launch of the Yaogan Weixing-31-01 mission.
Spaceflight Now: Chinese Long March 4C rocket deploys four satellites in orbit.
Beelden van de lancering vind je hier

Andrew Jones (Twitter): Long March wreckage.


India lanceert navigatiesatelliet.
The Hindu: Navigation satellite IRNSS-1I to be launched on April 12.
The Hindu: IRNSS-1I up in space, completes first phase of Indian regional navigation constellation.
NasaSpaceFlight: India’s PSLV-XL rocket launches IRNSS-1I.
Spaceflight101: Impressive PSLV Night Launch Sends Replacement Craft for India’s Navigation Constellation to Orbit.

De filmpjes:
Space and ISRO News: Live - ISRO’s PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Launch Mission.
Space and ISRO News: ISRO's PSLV-C41 Rocket Successfully launches IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite of NAVIC India's own GPS.
Space and ISRO News: ISRO's PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission Liftoff and Onboard Camera View.


Atlas V lanceert twee Amerikaanse militaire satellieten.
ULA: ULA Successfully Launches AFSPC-11 Mission for the U.S. Air Force
Spaceflight101: Muscly Atlas V Rumbles off from Florida on Direct Geostationary Delivery with CBAS & EAGLE.
CBS News: Powerful Atlas 5 rocket launches multi-satellite military payload.

De filmpjes:
ULA: Atlas V AFSPC-11 Mission Profile.
ULA: Atlas V AFSPC-11 Live Launch Broadcast (April 14).
Een kortere versie vind je hier
ULA: Atlas V AFSPC-11 Launch Highlights.

Space News: Space as a national security concern is hard to explain.
Het rapport “Space Threat Assessment 2018” vind je hier (PDF).


Mislukte Zuma-lancering schuld van Lockheed Martin.
The Wall Street Journal: Probes Point to Northrop Grumman Errors in January Spy-Satellite Failure.
SpaceCom: SpaceX Not to Blame for Zuma Spy-Satellite Launch Failure: Report.
Cnet Magazine: SpaceX not to blame for lost mystery satellite, report says.


Lancering Astra Space uitgesteld.
Space News: Astra Space preparing for suborbital test launch.
San Francisco Chronicle: Missile launch canceled at spaceport complex in Kodiak.

Space News: Two commercial suborbital launches delayed.


X-37B terug gevonden.
SpaceCom: Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 200 Days in Orbit.
Spaceflight101: Secretive X-37B Space Plane Discovered in Orbit after Staying Hidden for 218 Days.


ISS Nieuwtjes.
ESA: Storm Hunter In Position.
Spaceflight101: ISS Receives new External Research Facilities & Spare Pump as Part of Dragon Cargo Transfers
Parabolic Arc: Space-to-Ground Laser Communications System for European ISS Platform.
ESA: Alexander Gerst training in Houston (filmpje).

Science At NASA: The Sweet Smell of Life Support.
NASA: Houston We Have a Podcast: BEAM and Expandable Spacecraft.

Russia Today: Real-life space cowboy: This man proves the mid-40s is the right time to start going into orbit.
National Geographic: How 879 Days of Spaceflight Changed This Cosmonaut.
Ars Technica: Video: Astronaut Peggy Whitson talks to Ars about what it takes to run the ISS.

NASA Johnson: STEMonstrations: Kinetic and Potential Energy.


USA vs USSR – Geen invloed op het ruimtestation.
Bloomberg: Putin Says Space Exploration With U.S. Will Go On Amid Sanctions.

Sputnik News: No Space for Partnership: Analyst Predicts Dark Future for ISS Joint Project.


Dragon terugkeer in Golf van Mexico.
Space News: SpaceX proposes to conduct Dragon splashdowns in Gulf of Mexico.
Parabolic Arc: More Details on SpaceX’s Fairing & Drogue Parachute Recovery Efforts.

Meer details in dit document


Commercial Crew.
Space News: NASA may extend space station missions to address potential commercial crew delays.
NasaSpaceFlight: Starliner gets potential mission duration increase for Crew Flight Test.

NASA: Astronaut Perspective.


SLS/ORION.
Vertragingen, mogelijke aanpassingen, meer vertragingen, … 
NasaSpaceFlight: EM-1 Update: Making progress, but still behind schedule.

NasaSpaceFlight: NASA requests alternative options to RS-25s on SLS core stage – RS-25 will remain uncontested.

Dit lijkt (ook) geen goed nieuws.
Ars Technica: NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price.
Nasa Watch: SLS Upper Stage Changes While Software Problems Linger.
The Verge: NASA may fly humans on the less powerful version of its deep-space rocket.

Het maartnummer van het vooruitgangsrapport/nieuwsbrief van Orion vind je hier (PDF).


Allerlei raketnieuws uit de voorbije twee weken.
The Verge: SpaceX’s Earth views need a license now, probably thanks to the Tesla stunt.
Space News: NOAA explains restriction on SpaceX launch webcast.

Spaceflight Now: Orbital ATK confident new rocket will win Air Force support
Spaceflight Now: Blue Origin’s orbital rocket in the running to receive U.S. military investment.

Teslerati: SpaceX Mars rocket tooling dwarfs Tesla Model 3 in new Elon Musk teaser.
Teslerati: SpaceX’s BFR factory abuzz with work activity and giant rocket tooling.
EurekAlert!: 'Rockoons' may soon make launching satellites into space more accessible.
GeekWire: Elon Musk’s SpaceX aims to raise $500M as it makes progress on its Big F’n Rocket.

TMRO: SpacePod: It's Business Time for Rocket Lab.
Ars Technica: Rocket Lab is about to win the small satellite launch space race.
NASA KSC: Venture Class Launch Services: Small Rockets Carry Big Dreams.
DLR: Microlaunchers - a reorganisation of the route to space.

BBC News: Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine.

Space News: Proton, Soyuz engine reinspections complete, Roscosmos says.
TASS: Roscosmos to buy three Soyuz-2.1 rockets from Progress Rocket Space Center.
Space News: Baikonur Cosmodrome can support polar launches with Proton Medium, ILS says.

TASS: Sea Launch deal completion postponed until mid-April.

The Brunswick News: Results of spaceport study generates strong response.


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Aarde:
ESA: SWARM tracks elusive ocean magnetism.
Science Alert: The ESA Just Discovered a Second Magnetic Field Surrounding Our Planet.
Digital Globe and ESA: Earth Observation Challenge.
NASA: Once Upon a Time in a Thunderstorm.
NPR: Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite.
NASA Earth Observatory: March 2018 Highlights.

Maan:
NASA Goddard: Tour of the Moon in 4K (filmpje).
NASA JPL: GRAIL Gravity Map of Orientale Basin.
GB Times: Chang'e-4 relay satellite to be named through contest held by space science centre (filmpje).
XinhuaNet: Flowers on the Moon? China's Chang'e-4 to launch lunar spring.
Xprize: Xprize plans to continue lunar Xprize mission.

Mars:
ESA: ExoMars poised to start science mission.
ESA: Mars Express V2.0
NasaSpaceFlight: InSight ready for final preparations for a trip to land on Mars.
Wired: Inside the cleanroom where NASA’s new Mars lander waits to launch.
Weekly Space Hangout: April 11, 2018: Emily Lakdawalla's "The Design and Engineering of Curiosity".
DLR: Ismenia Patera – impact crater or supervolcano?

Jupiter:
Juno Mission: Intricate clouds of Jupiter.
Juno Mission: NASA’s Juno mission provides infrared tour of Jupiter’s north pole.
NASA: Low 3-D Flyover of Jupiter’s North Pole in Infrared (filmpje).
NASA: Jupiter’s Dynamo (filmpje).

Saturnus:
PhysOrg: New Saturn storm emerging?

Pluto:
SpaceRef: Pluto's Moon Charon Gets First Official Feature Names.


Volgende week wordt TESS gelanceerd.
NASA: NASA's TESS Mission Hopes to Find Exoplanets Beyond Our Solar System.
NASA: Gravity Assist: TESS & Exoplanets with Martin Still (podcast).

Spaceflight101: Falcon 9 Fires Up Ahead of Monday Liftoff with NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Hunter.
NASA Goddard: How NASA’s Newest Planet Hunter Scans the Sky (filmpje).
PhysOrg: Goodbye Kepler, hello TESS—passing the baton in the search for distant planets.
NASA Goddard: The Unique Orbit of NASA’s Newest Planet Hunter (filmpje).
Astrobiology Magazine: The Astrobiology Magazine Guide To TESS.


JWST /Athena.
Space Policy Online: JWST Independent Review Board Gets Down To Work.

Astronomie.NL: Nederland levert cruciale bijdrage aan Europese röntgentelescoop.


Galileo en de Brexit.
Reuters: Airbus says EU should keep Britain in Galileo space project despite Brexit.
Engadget: Brexit may exclude UK from the EU's GPS satellite program.

EGSA: End of EOP for Galileo satellite quartet.
EGSA: Fourth Galileo IS OS Quarterly Performance Report available.

Space News: U.K. Space Industry Act to future-proof against Brexit.


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