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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2019/46–466

Commercial Cargo, de bevoorrading van het ruimtestation door commerciële capsules, begint aan zijn tweede ronde. Ondertussen nadert het bemande broertje, Commercial Crew, zijn ontknoping. Een tijdje geleden kende SpaceX een flinke tegenslag toen een Crew Dragon capsule ontplofte. Boeing en NASA liggen nu onder vuur omwille van extra geld dat Boeing gekregen hebben. Boeing ligt al langer onder vuur omwille van de vele vertragingen in de ontwikkeling van het Space Launch System. NASA moet weldra een bemande maanlander gaan kiezen. Benieuwd of Boeing (nog) een kans maakt. Dat en veel meer in het Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart van deze week.

Bij de foto: Starlink vs. Crew Dragon – Beide capsules moeten volgend jaar bewijzen dat ze (eindelijk) in staat zijn om Amerikaanse astronauten met een Amerikaanse raket vanop Amerikaanse grond naar het International Space Station kunnen brengen.


SpaceX lanceert 60 Starlink-satellieten.
Teslarati: SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink launch eyes two reusability milestones as new satellite details emerge.
Teslarati: SpaceX Falcon 9 booster nails record fourth launch and landing during Starlink-1.
Teslarati: SpaceX says upgraded Starlink satellites have better bandwidth, beams, and more.

De persmap voor deze lancering vind je hier (PDF).

Spaceflight Now: SpaceX readies upgraded Starlink satellites for launch.
Spaceflight Now: Timeline for Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites.

Space News: SpaceX launches second batch of Starlink broadband satellites
Ars Technica: SpaceX adds five dozen more Starlink satellites to burgeoning constellation.
Spaceflight Now: SpaceX and Cape Canaveral Return to Action with First Operational Starlink Mission.

Spaceflight Now: Starlink ‘train’ traces path across twilight skies.

NPR: As SpaceX Launches Dozens Of Satellites At A Time, Some Fear An Orbital Traffic Jam.
The Science Times: SpaceX's Satellite Worries Astronomers.

Filmpjes:
SpaceX: Starlink Mission.
SciNews: SpaceX Starlink launch & Falcon 9 first stage landing.
America Space: UP CLOSE / SpaceX Starlink Launch #2.
US Launch Report: SpaceX - Starlink - First Pre-Flown Fairings - First Fourth Flight - 4K 11-11-2019.
US Launch Report: SpaceX - ''King Of Boosters'' - Return To Port - B1048.4 11-15-2019.


Chinese Kuaizhou lanceert nieuwe remote sensing satelliet.
NasaSpaceFlight: Kuaizhou-1A launches Jilin-1 Gaofen-2A.

Filmpjes:
SciNews: Kuaizhou-1A launches Jilin-1 Gaofen 02A.
CCTV: China's Kuaizhou-1 Rocket Fulfills Fourth Commercial Satellite Launch.


Chinese Lange Mars lanceert 5 nieuwe remote sensing satellieten.
NasaSpaceFlight: Long March 6 lofts five Ningxia-1 satellites.

Space News: China carries out 2 orbital launches inside 3 hours.
Spaceflight Now: Two Chinese satellite launchers lift off three hours apart.

Filmpjes:
SciNews: Long March-6 launches five Ningxia-1 satellites.
New China TV: China sends five satellites into orbit via single rocket.


SpaceX test SuperDraco-motoren in afwachting van In-Flight Abort Test  Crew Dragon.
Teslarati: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft set to static fire SuperDraco abort thrusters after delays.
Teslarati: SpaceX fires up redesigned Crew Dragon as NASA reveals SuperDraco thruster “flaps”.
NASA: SpaceX Completes Crew Dragon Static Fire Tests.

Space Up Close: SpaceX test fires Crew Dragon emergency abort thrusters in major milestone to human missions.
NasaSpaceFlight: SpaceX conducts static fire of Crew Dragon’s abort system engines.
Spaceflight Now: SpaceX fires up Crew Dragon thrusters in key test after April explosion.
Space News: SpaceX tests Crew Dragon abort thrusters.

Filmpjes:
Spaceflight Now: Video: Crew Dragon tests abort thrusters at Cape Canaveral.


ISS – Europese astronaut Luca Parmitano begint aan herstelling AMS.
Space News: NASA prepares for complex series of spacewalks to repair AMS.

NasaSpaceFlight: NASA/ESA begin challenging Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer repair spacewalks.
Collect Space: Astronauts on spacewalk prepare AMS cosmic ray detector for repair.
Spaceflight Now: Astronauts complete bonus objectives in first in series of AMS repair spacewalks.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Expedition 61 AMS Spacewalk Briefing - November 12, 2019.
NASA: Animation of the First Expedition 61 AMS Spacewalk.

Podcast ESA Explores: Beyond Series – Luca spacewalk special E05.1.

ESA: Fit for space – spacewalk training.
ESA: Challenging spacewalks for Luca.
ESA: Spacewalks for AMS.
ESA: Replay of first #SpacewalkForAMS.

NASA: Suiting Up for a Spacewalk.
Houston, We Have A Podcast:: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: The Spacewalks.

NASA: Space to Ground: Cosmic Repairs: 11/15/2019.

Ook Paxi deed mee:
ESA: Paxi on the ISS: EVA suits.


Belgisch stralingsexperiment met raderdiertjes weldra naar de ruimte.
SCK-CEN: UNamur en SCK•CEN sturen raderdieren in de ruimte: een wereldprimeur.
Belgium In Space: Belgische wetenschappers gaan raderdiertjes in de ruimte brengen.

Enkele tweets over het experiment van Sarah Baatout, Bjorn Baselet, Boris Hespeels en nog eentje van SCK-CEN zelf.


Commercial Cargo – CRS-2-contracten in werking.
The Space Review: Commercial cargo’s next phase.


Commercial Crew – Nieuw OIG rapport – Boeing zou teveel geld gekregen hebben. Vertraging voor CC Program.
OIG: NASA’s Management Of Crew Transportation To The ISS (PDF).
OIG: NASA's Management of Crew Transportation to the ISS (filmpje).

Space Policy Online: NASA IG worries about commercial crew schedule, says NASA “overpaid” Boeing.
Space News: NASA inspector general criticizes additional Boeing commercial crew payments.
Geek Wire: NASA watchdog report sharpens debate over cost of SpaceX vs. Boeing spaceships.

Space News: Inspector general report says NASA risks losing access to the ISS in 2020.

SpaceCom: Here's How Much NASA Is Paying Per Seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon & Boeing's Starliner.
TASS: US pays Russia $3.9 billion for ferrying astronauts to ISS.


ARTEMIS – SLS/Orion.
NASA: Orion Moved from Assembly Stand Ahead of Shipment to Ohio for Tests.

Filmpjes:
NASA: NASA Attaches All Four RS-25 Engines to Artemis I Rocket Stage.
Scott Manley: Four Old Space Shuttle Engines Team Up For One Last Rocket Launch.


ARTEMIS – Naar de Maan in 2024.
Space News: House committee raises doubts about Artemis.
Space Policy Online: “Unambiguous Goal” Still Needed For Moon/Mars.
NASA Watch: Hearing: Structuring a Moon-Mars Program for Success.

Space News: Senate committee approves NASA authorization bill.

NASA: Vice President Mike Pence Discusses Lunar Exploration at NASA’s Ames Research Center (filmpje).
SpaceCom: 'Artemis Is Here:' Vice President Pence Stresses Importance of 2024 Moon Landing.

NASA: New Moon-Seeking Sensor Aims to Improve Earth Observations.
SciTechDaily: Lunar IceCube to Locate Water Resources Needed for Moon Base – Uses Ion Propulsion Thruster.


Nog meer berichten over corruptie rond lanceerbasis Vostochny.
TASS: Corrupt officials removed from Vostochny spaceport construction.
Parabolic Arc: Putin Angered by Continued Corruption at Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Een eerder berichtje over de basis:
TASS: Vostochny Cosmodrome to launch up to 6 rockets next year.


PROBA-2 ziet Mercurius-overgang.
ESA: Proba-2 watches Mercury transit.
Een filmpje vind je op de PROBA 2 Website.

En nog eens de tiende verjaardag van PROBA 2.
ESA: Ten Suns for 10 years.


Vergeet Ultima Thule. Het wordt “Arrokoth”.
New Horizons Website: New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flyby Object Officially Named 'Arrokoth'.
Live Science: Meet Arrokoth, the Most Distant Object Ever Explored.
Video From Space: Behold 'Arrokoth' - NASA's New Horizons Target Has Been Officially Named (filmpje).


Hayabusa 2 vertrekt bij Ryugu.
JAXA: Hayabusa2 departs from Ryugu.
SpaceCom: Farewell, Ryugu! Japan's Hayabusa2 Probe Leaves Asteroid for Journey Home.
BBC: Hayabusa-2: Japan spacecraft leaves asteroid to head home
Spaceflight Now: Japanese sample return craft departs asteroid, heads for Earth.


Meer raadsels op Mars – Niet alleen het methaan, maar ook zuurstof.
NASA: With Mars methane mystery unsolved, Curiosity serves scientists a new one: Oxygen.
ESA: ESA’s Mars orbiters did not see latest Curiosity methane burst.

Science Alert: Oxygen on Mars Is Behaving in a Way Scientists Can't Explain.
RoomEU: Curiosity uncovers oxygen mystery on Mars.
Universe Today: Molecular Oxygen on Mars is Behaving Unusually Through the Seasons. A Sign of Life?


Meer nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Venus:
Universe Today: Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus.

Aarde:
Science Daily: Space-based radar suggests North Korean nuke equivalent to '17 Hiroshimas'.
NASA Goddard: Why NASA is sending rockets into Earth’s leaky atmosphere (filmpje).
TechnologyOrg: Science Around the Planet Uses Images of Earth from the Space Station.
ESA: Bushfires rage in Australia.

Maan:
ISRO: Topographic Mapping Using TMC-2 of Chandrayaan-2: Initial Results.
Space Daily: India aims for next Moon landing attempt by November 2020.

Mars:
NASA: InSight's Arm Camera Stares Into the Pit.
NASA: NASA's Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils.
PhysOrg: At future Mars landing spot, scientists spy mineral that could preserve signs of past life
Air&Space: Life Could Exist on Mars Today, Very Close to the Surface.
VRT NWS: China test de Marslander die volgend jaar op de rode planeet moet landen.
Reuters: China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 2020
RoomEU: First public test of Mars lander for China ahead of 2020 launch.
Video From Space: China Tests Mars Lander On a Tether (filmpje).
NASA: Mars Science Teams Investigate Ancient Life in Australia (filmpje).

Neptunus:
NASA: NASA Finds Neptune Moons Locked in 'Dance of Avoidance'.
Video From Space: See Neptune Moons' Unusual Orbital Dance.

Bennu: 
SpaceCom: See the 4 Sites Where a NASA Spacecraft May 'Tag' Asteroid Bennu Next Year (Photos).
Parabolic: The “Goodbye Ryugu” Campaign.

Planetoïden:
ESA: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer.
Over het ontginnen van planetoïden:
NASA Podcast: On A Mission: Season Two, Episode 4: Deflecting Disaster.
NASA Podcast: On A Mission: Season Two, Episode 6: The Prospects of Heavy Metal.

Kometen:
ESA: Rosetta's ongoing science.


Mogelijke nieuwe (inter)planetaire missies.
In voorbereiding op de 2023 Planetary Science Decadal Survey deed NASA een studie naar de haalbaarheid van 10  mogelijke sondes (uit 54 voorstellen)
NASA: Planetary Mission Concept Studies Abstracts of Selected Proposals (PDF).


China’s economische plannen met de Maan.
The Space Review: China’s Earth-Moon space economic zone venture.
AstroBlogs: China streeft naar realisatie van eerste economische Aarde-Maan zone in 2050.
Russia Today: Space economy: China wants to set up $10 trillion Earth-Moon economic zone.

C4ISR Net: China’s Space Silk Road could pose a challenge to the US.
C4ISR Net: All systems ‘Go’: How China plans to control space.


Start OneWeb uitgesteld tot januari. LeoSat is niet meer.
Spaceflight Now: OneWeb’s first full-up launch delayed to January

Space News: LeoSat, absent investors, shuts down.
Via Satellite: Mark Rigolle Details Painful Demise of LeoSat Dream.


Over allerlei satelliettechnologie en toepassingen.
Scientific American: The Risky Rush for Mega Constellations.

Space Daily: ESA and GomSpace sign contract to develop miniaturized electric propulsion system

Eutelsat: Eutelsat IOT First.
Arabian Aerospace: Thuraya and eSAT complete satellite IoT tests.
TechnologyOrg: AI In Space: The Role of Machine Learning in Extraterrestrial and Interstellar Exploration.
Via Satellite: Hiber Starts Commercial IoT Trials on Global Scale.

EGSA: 5G - a huge potential market for GNSS.

Parabolic Arc: Surrey Satellite Ships Target Satellite for Astroscale End of Life Mission.

NASA: Building in Space! On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) (filmpje).

Parabolic Arc: Loft Orbital Raises $13 Million for “Satellite as a Service” Operation
Space News: Loft Orbital raises $13 million as it prepares to bulk buy satellite buses.

Via Satellite: New LEO Satellites Bring Fresh Cyber Issues.


Space Debris.
Space Daily: D-Orbit signs contract with OneWeb in the frame of ESA project Sunrise.
Via Satellite: Astrocast Signs Launch Agreement With D-Orbit


Ruimtehaven in Cornwall.
GovUK: UK Space Agency confirms £7.35 million funding to support small satellite launch from Cornwall.
Virgin Orbit: UK Space Agency approves £7.35 million grant to support air-launch from Cornwall.
Space News: U.K. government to fund spaceport improvements for Virgin Orbit.


Virgin Galactic.
Space Daily: Virgin Galactic's high-risk space adventure will likely pay off.
Parabolic Arc: Virgin Galactic Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Parabolic Arc: Virgin Galactic Kicks Off Astronaut Readiness Program

Parabolic Arc: Virgin Galactic Crew and Customers to Receive Space Pins from the Association of Space Explorers.


Raketnieuws uit de Verenigde Staten.
Space News: Vector’s lost contract gives wings to new startup Aevum.
Via Satellite: Atlas Space Operation, Aevum Work on ASLON-45 Space Lift.

Popular Mechanics: The X-37B Could Become a Fighter Jet's Orbital Wingman.
Space Daily: F-35 to Space? US Air Force looks to connect stealth fighters to X-37B Spacecraft.

Space News: Rocket Lab introduces robotic manufacturing system to increase Electron production.

Space News: Air Force funding keeps Launcher development on track.

Florida Today: Could Kennedy Space Center launch pads be at risk as climate changes? Experts say yes.

Space News: Exos blames suborbital launch accident on structural failure.

AL.COM: Blue Origin’s Alabama rocket engine plant shaping up, and it’s big.

Over de kostprijs van een Shuttle-lancering.
Wayne Hale’s Blog: What Figure Did You Have In Mind?


Raketnieuws uit Rusland.
Space Daily: Russia to launch Angara Carrier Rocket in 2024.
Space Daily: Russia to start flight tests of hydrogen-fueled space booster in 2027 - developer
TASS: Trials of Angara carrier rockets to continue, says Russian space agency.
TASS: Roscosmos replaces Angara rocket with Soyuz-2.1 for Gonets launch in 2021.
TASS: Russia to create Angara-A5P rocket for manned space launches by 2024.

Space News: Soyuz-5 rocket to enter service in mid-2020s.

Spacewatch: Turkey mulling space launch cooperation with Kazakhstan out of Baikonur Cosmodrome.

TASS: Russia’s Energomash ships three more RD-180 engines to US.

TASS: Russian private firm to start reusable rocket launches for satellite delivery in 2024-2026.


Raketnieuws uit Azië.
Space Daily: NKorea conducts new test of 'super-large' rocket launcher: KCNA.


Raketnieuws uit Europa.
ESA: A new type of fire, the fuel of the future?
Space News: Avio anticipates Vega C upgrade funding at ESA ministerial, Vega return to flight in March.

Parabolic Arc: RUAG Space’s New Payload Fairing Provides Quieter Ride to Orbit.

Airbus: TEXUS-56: research mission accomplished!
Met het Belgische AEGIS aan boord, een experiment van het  Sint Pieters College


Om af te ronden – 50 Jaar geleden – Apollo 12.
NASA: 50 Years Ago: Return to the Moon.
Florida Today: Apollo 12 at 50: Lightning nearly doomed the mission.
Collect Space: Astronauts on space station pay tribute to Apollo 12 50th anniversary.

Enkele filmpjes:
NASA: Apollo 12: The Pinpoint Mission.
KSC: Stories of Apollo 12 from Nancy Conrad.

Video From Space: See the Apollo 12, 14, and 17 Landing Sites from Lunar Orbit.


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