De Werkgroep Ruimtevaart groepeert VVS-leden die zich interesseren in de ruimtevaart. Anderzijds proberen we op allerlei manieren over ruimtevaart te vertellen en te schrijven.

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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2019/51–471

De traditionele eindejaarsspurt is ook nu weer ingezet. Liefst vijf lanceringen. Maar het was de vijfde lancering die uiteindelijk met alle aandacht ging lopen. Die lancering zelf verliep zonder problemen. Maar toen Starliner zijn motoren moest ontsteken om in een baan te komen, liep het fout. Starliner is de capsule van Boeing die naast de Crew Dragon vanaf volgend jaar astronauten vanop Amerikaanse bodem naar het ISS moet brengen, negen jaar na de laatste vlucht van de Space Shuttle. Maar er was gelukkig ook heel wat positief nieuws, met de geslaagde lancering van Cheops, en verjaardagen van WISE (10), XMM-Newton (20) en Terra (20). En als “toetje”, de geboorte van de Space Force. En ja, ook deze NUDR heeft weer heel wat Belgisch ruimtevaartnieuws. 

Het hoofdstukje over de terugkeer van Starliner is ondertussen bijgewerkt worden (de terugkeer vond zowat plaats tijdens het verschijnen van deze NUDR). En updates vind je uiteraard ook op de ruimtevaartnieuws-facebookpagina.

Alvast een zalig kerstmis.

Bij de foto: De eerste lancering van Starliner verliep vlekkeloos, maar dan begonnen de problemen (NASA/Joel Kowsky)


Opnieuw twee Beidou-satellieten gelanceerd.
South China Morning Post: China completes core network of GPS rival Beidou with latest satellite launch.
GPS World: Two new BeiDou satellites complete BDS-3 constellation.
Spaceflight Now: China completes core of Beidou global satellite navigation system.

Filmpjes:
CGTN: China's Beidou and its ambitions to provide better service.
CGTN: China launches two new BeiDou satellites into space.


Geslaagde Falcon 9 lancering.
De lancering werd uiteraard ook deze keer voorafgegaan door een statische test.
Teslarati: SpaceX Falcon 9 fires up ahead of second to last 2019 launch and landing.
Spaceflight Now: SpaceX performs hold-down firing for heavyweight satellite launch Monday.

De lancering zelf:
Teslarati: SpaceX nails Falcon 9 landing as fairing halves begin journey back to Earth.
Boeing: Boeing-built Satellite to Offer Greater Asia-Pacific Coverage.
Kacific: Kacific’s first satellite successfully launches to space!
Sky Perfect: Notice of Successful Launch of JCSAT-18 Communications Satellite (PDF).

NasaSpaceFlight: SpaceX Falcon 9 launches JCSAT-18/Kacific-1.
SpaceCom: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Heavyweight Satellite Into Orbit, Nails Rocket Landing.
Space News: Falcon 9 launches condosat mission for Kacific and Sky Perfect JSAT.
Spaceflight Now: Startup launches broadband satellite on SpaceX rocket to connect Pacific islands.

De neuskegel werd niet gevangen.
Teslarati: SpaceX recovery ships head to sea for first 'whole-fairing' catch attempt.
Teslarati: SpaceX updates status of record-breaking Falcon 9 fairing recovery attempt.
Teslarati: SpaceX fairing recovery ships return to port with Falcon 9 nosecone and battle scars.

Teslarati: SpaceX closes in on Falcon 9 reliability milestone after flawless Monday launch [photos]

De persmap vind je hier (PDF).

Enkele filmpjes:
US Launch Report: SpaceX - JCSat18 - Static Fire Test 12-13-2019
SpaceX: JCSAT-18/Kacific1 Mission.
America Space: PRESS SITE VIEW: SpaceX Launches JCSAT-18 Dec 16 2019.
SciNews: SpaceX JCSAT-18/Kacific1 launch & Falcon 9 first stage landing
SciNews: JCSAT-18/Kacific1 deployment.

En nog dit:
SpaceCom: SpaceX: Facts About Elon Musk's Private Spaceflight Company.


Na dag uitstel lanceert Russische Soyouz vanuit Zuid-Amerika Europese Cheops (en nog enkele andere satellieten).
ESA: Liftoff for Cheops, ESA’s exoplanet mission.
Arianespace: Arianespace’s last mission of the year a complete success: COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, CHEOPS, OPS-SAT, EyeSat and ANGELS now in orbit
Thales: The first radar satellite of the Cosmo-Skymed second generation constellation is ready for launch from Kourou.
Thales: Soyuz VS23 launch: a quadruple success for Thales Alenia Space.
Airbus: Airbus-built CHEOPS satellite successfully launched on Soyuz.

Space News: Arianespace launches ESA’s CHEOPS satellite to study exoplanets.
NasaSpaceFlight: Arianespace launches historic CHEOPS exoplanet satellite mission.

Uliège: ULiège takes part in the CHEOPS mission.
VRT NWS: Satelliet Cheops gelanceerd: Luikse universiteit onderzoekt mee planeten buiten ons zonnestelsel.
Spacepage:  Europa brengt CHEOPS succesvol in de ruimte.

ESA: Cheops: Characterising exoplanets known to be orbiting around nearby bright stars.

De persmap vind je hier (PDF)

Een fotoreeksje:
ESA: Cheops getting ready for launch
ESA: Cheops being placed on the Soyuz Fregat launch vehicle
ESA: Cheops integration atop the launcher upper stage

Filmpjes:
Arianespace: Flight VS23 - Launch Campaign.
Arianespace: Arianespace VS23 Flight - Launch Sequence.
Arianespace: Arianespace Flight VS23 – Successful Soyuz Launch.
De volledige uitzending (bijna 5 uur) vind je hier.

SciNews: Soyuz ST-A launches CSG-1, CHEOPS, OPS-SAT, EyeSat & ANGELS.

ESA: What is Cheops? 
ESA: Why are exoplanets exciting?
ESA: What is challenging about Cheops?
ESA: How will Cheops investigate exoplanets?
ESA: Meet Cheops, the Characterising Exoplanet Satellite.
ESA: Cheops: Europe's exoplanet mission.
ESA: Cheops: the hunt for exoplanets.
Airbus: CHEOPS - Exploring the mysteries of space.

ESA: OPS-SAT: the flying laboratory.
ESA: OPS-SAT: ESA’s flying lab, open to all.


China lanceert CBERS, een Chinees-Braziliaanse aardobservatiesatelliet.
Spaceflight Now: Long March 4B lofts CBERS-04A and Ethiopia’s first satellite.

Filmpjes:
CGTN: Ethiopia launches its first satellite into space.
CGTN: China launches its first satellite to research gravitational waves.
SciNews: CBERS-4A launch.
New China TV: CBERS-4A launch.


“Pech” voor Boeing. Na geslaagde lancering komt Starliner Orbital Flight Test in een verkeerde baan.
NASA: Boeing and NASA Approach Milestone Orbital Flight Test.
NASA: Launch Readiness Review Complete, Boeing Orbital Flight Test ‘Go’ for Launch.
NASA: Starliner Ready for its Inaugural Flight.
NASA: From Take Off to Landing, NASA and Boeing Work Together to Launch Commercial Crew.
NASA: Boeing’s Uncrewed Orbital Flight Test Begins.
NASA: Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test Update.
NASA: NASA Statement on Boeing Orbital Flight Test.

Boeing verzorgt updates over de missies via https://starlinerupdates.com/ 

Florida Today: Emotions running high as Boeing and United Launch Alliance prepare to launch Starliner.
Florida Today: Starliner launch team driven by challenges, committed to safety.
Space News: Starliner test flight passes launch readiness review.
Collect Space: Tree seeds, Snoopy pins to fly on Boeing Starliner orbital flight test.
Space Com: Rosie, a Bandana-Clad Test Dummy, Will Be the First to Fly on Boeing's Starliner.
Spaceflight Now: ULA’s launch team to employ extended Atlas 5 countdown for Starliner missions.
Spaceflight Now: Starliner test flight to use special Atlas 5 configuration, unusual launch trajectory.

NasaSpaceFlight: Boeing, ULA launches Starliner, suffers orbital insertion issue – will return home Sunday.
NasaSpaceFlight: Starliner suffers mission-shortening failure after successful launch.
Space News: Starliner suffers “off-nominal” orbital insertion after launch.
Space News: Starliner anomaly to prevent ISS docking.

Ars Technica: Starliner’s timer was off—capsule thought engines were firing when they weren’t.

SpaceCom: NASA Astronauts Aren't Worried About Safety After Boeing Starliner Anomaly.

De filmpjes:
ULA: Atlas V Starliner OFT Mission Profile.
NASA Podcast: Rocket Ranch Episode 18: To Launch a Starliner.
SciNews: Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test: Atlas V launch vehicle explained.
SciNews: Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test: Mission objectives.

NASA: Launch Conductors Poll for Boeing OFT Launch.
NASA: Liftoff of Boeing Orbital Flight Test.
Boeing: Separation Starliner Centaur.
Sci News: Starliner’s orbital insertion maneuver.
De volledige live coverage door ULA vind je hier.

SciNews: Starliner status update.
De volledige Post-Launch News Conference vind je hier.

Scott Manley: Boeing's New Spacecraft Gets Lost On Way To Space Station.

Nog dit (van voor de lancering):
Florida Today: SpaceX, NASA and Boeing have a common problem: Making sure their parachutes work.


Starliner al na twee dagen naar huis.
NASA: NASA, Boeing Complete Successful Landing of Starliner Flight Test.
Boeing: Boeing Starliner Completes First Orbital Flight Test with Successful Landing.

NASA: Go/No Go Poll for Deorbit Burn Complete.
NASA: Boeing CST-100 Starliner Deorbit Burn Complete.
NASA: Boeing CST-100 Starliner Service Module Separation Confirmed.
NASA: Boeing CST-100 Starliner Parachutes Deploy.
NASA: Boeing CST-100 Starliner Lands Safely.

Space News: Starliner lands in New Mexico.
Collect Space: Boeing Starliner lands on Earth after timer error cuts test flight short.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Boeing Orbital Flight Test Starliner Lands.
Video From Space: Boeing Starliner Inspected by Hazmat Suit-Wearing Crew After Touchdown.
SciNews: First images of Starliner after landing and hatch opening.
Space Videos: Post Landing Briefing for Starliner CST-100 Mission.


Commercial Crew – Crew Dragon In-Flight Launch Abort.
Parabolic Arc: SpaceX, NASA Now Targeting Jan. 11 for In-flight Abort Test.
Teslarati: SpaceX's next Crew Dragon launch is delayed but that's actually good news.


Commercial Crew – Soyuz zitjes.
Space Policy Online: NASA wins extensions for buying Syuz seats, enhanced use leasing in Thud Appropriations Bill.


ISS –  Nieuws uit het ruimtestation.
ISS National Lab: New Payloads From ISS National Lab Implementation Partner NanoRacks Launch to the ISS.

NASA: A Warm Space Station Welcome for Cool New Hardware.
ESA: International Space Station computer gets a heart transplant.

ESA: Mix-it-up: a decade of European liquid research in weightlessness.
NASA: The Human Body in Space.

Filmpjes:
EuroNews: Astronauts conduct health experiment and spacewalk at International Space Station
EuroNews: Ask Our Astronaut | How do you experience time in space?
ESA: Mission Beyond: Luca’s Christmas message.


ARTEMIS – SLS/Orion.
Spaceflight Now: NASA declares first SLS core stage complete.
TMRO Vodcast: Is NASA planning a reusable version of SLS?

Nog dit:
NASA Watch: Boeing's 737/Starliner/SLS Problem Strategy: Blame The Media.

NASA: Orion Spacecraft for Artemis I transported to NASA’s Plum Brook Station (filmpje).
ESA: Europe powers up for third and fourth Orion spacecraft.
Aerojet Rocketdyne: Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide propulsion for Orion spacecraft fleet.


ARTEMIS – Naar de Maan in 2024.
Space Policy Online: Artemis wins only lukewarm support in final NASA FY2020 appropriation.
RoomEU: US Senate suggests Artemis delay after requested funding halved.

GAO: NASA LUNAR PROGRAMS: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Analyses and Plans for Moon Landing
Het rapport kan je hier downloaden (PDF)
Nasa Watch: GAO: NASA Will Have Problems Explaining Its Moon Plans.

NASA: NASA’s Astronaut Candidates to Graduate with Eye on Artemis Missions.
NASA Podcast: Gravity Assist: Astronauts Go Back to Moon School, with Kelsey Young.

Gizmodo: Why the Next Lunar Astronauts May Have to Worry About Electric Shocks.

TASS: Russian, Japanese companies plan to jointly design moon robot.
Space Daily: Russian astronauts will face weight restrictions for Moon mission program.

Filmpjes:
Aerojet Rockedyne: What Is Artemis?
NASA: #AskNASA┃ How Will Astronauts Live at the Moon?


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Zon:
NASA: NASA’s SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun.
America Space: Meet the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter, Launching to the Sun in Feb 2020 (filmpje).

Aarde:
ESA: Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way.
c|Net: NASA satellite image shows grim Australian fire devastation from space.
ESA: The sprite before Christmas.
ESA: Methane leak visible from space.
ScienceAlert: Earth's Magnetic North Pole Keeps Moving Towards Siberia at a Mysteriously Fast Pace.
PhysOrg: New NASA-funded CubeSat poised to take Earth's temperature from space.
Space News: NOAA to complete transition to next-generation GOES weather satellites.

Maan:
SpaceCom: China's Farside Moon Rover Breaks Lunar Longevity Record.
CNES: DORN, l’instrument français de la mission Chang’e 6.
Times Of India: Chandrayaan-2 director out of 3rd Moon mission.
NASA: Gravity Assist Podcast: The Moon's Holy GRAIL, with Maria Zuber

Mars:
SpaceCom: Methane Mystery on Mars May Get a Partial Answer Soon.
SpaceCom: NASA's Mars Lander 'Mole' Is Digging Again as Marsquake Mystery Baffles Scientists.
ESA: Promising progress for ExoMars parachutes
Beelden van de testen vind je hier.
NASA: Mars 2020 Rover’s Heat Shield, Back Shell Arrive at Florida Spaceport.
NASA: NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive.
Beelden van de rijkunsten vind je hier.
Teslarati: NASA’s next Mars mission will search for fossilized remains of ancient life near once lake
Teslarati: NASA data points to Mars underground water source at Arcadia Planitia site.
The Economist: Bringing rocks back from Mars.
SpaceCom: Clues to Mars’ Lost Water.
CCTV: China's Mars Exploration Flight Control Team Makes Public Appearance (filmpje).

Jupiter:
SpaceCom: If We Find Life on Europa or Enceladus, It Will Probably Be a '2nd Genesis'.


Belgisch ruimtevaartnieuws.
PROBA V begint aan een nieuw leven, met een cubesat als begeleider.
VITO: PROBA-V Ready for 2020.
De jaarlijkse PROBA V kalender gaat digitaal. Je vindt ‘em hier.

Foto’s en alle presentaties van de Belgian Earth Observation Day van begin december vind je hier.

Een podcast van De Tijd:
De Tijd: Angelique Van Ombergen: 'Astronauten zijn ideale proefkonijnen voor de geneeskunde'.

Het Belgische SCK uit Mol doet mee aan “Tumors In Space”, een project dat onlangs geselecteerd werd om o.a. in het toekomstige Chinese ruimtestation uitgevoerd te worden.
PhysOrg: 'Tumors in Space' project studies cancer risk of cosmic radiation.

ESA: Minister Clarinval bezoekt ESEC in Redu


Spektr-RG begint met waarnemen.
Roscosmos: Spektr-RG commences sky scanning.


NICER maakt eerste oppervlaktekaart van een pulsar.
NASA: NASA’s NICER Delivers Best-ever Pulsar Measurements, 1st Surface Map.

Een filmpje:
NASA: NASA’s NICER Reveals 1st-ever Pulsar Surface Map.


Tien jaar WISE.
NASA: Celebrating 10 Years of the WISE Spacecraft (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer).


Twintig jaar XMM-Newton.
ESA: XMM-Newton at 20: The Fascinationg X-Ray Universe.
ESA: XMM-Newton at 20: The Large-Scale Universe.
ESA: XMM-Newton at 20: Taking Care of the Science Operations.
ESA: XMM-Newton’s 20th anniversary in space (about black holes).
Airbus: Twenty years of X-ray astronomy with XMM-Newton.

Een filmpje:
NASA: XMM-Newton Celebrates 20 Years in Space.


Twintig jaar aardobservatie met Terra.
EUMETSAT: On 18 December 2019, NASA’s EOS Terra satellite celebrates 20 years since its launch in 1999.

Twee filmpjes:
NASA Earth Observatory: Terra Satellite 20-Year Anniversary: The Applications.
NASA Earth Observatory: Terra Satellite 20-Year Anniversary: The Instruments.


De Space Force is een feit.
Space Policy Online: US Space Force is now a reality.
Space Policy Online: Trump signs FY2020 appropriations into law.

Vandenberg AFB: Department of Defense Establishes U.S. Space Force.
Vandenberg AFB: Vandenberg celebrates the creation of the U.S. Space Force
Vandenberg AFB: Barrett, Air Force leaders applaud Space Force’s formal creation.

Defense News: May the Space Force be with you. Here’s what we know about the US military’s newest service.
Air Force Times: The Space Force is officially the sixth military branch. Here’s what that means.

Air Force Magazine: Space Force Established as Trump Signs NDAA.

Space News: Trump signs defense bill establishing U.S. Space Force: What comes next.
Space News: Following standup of U.S. Space Force, Air Force bases could be renamed as space bases.

Enkele artikels van eerder deze maand:
Popular Mechanics: The Space Force Will Become the Sixth Branch of the U.S. Military.
Space News: Space Force proponents in Congress warn Air Force: ‘We will watch you like a hawk’
Space Policy Online: Appropriations fund Space force, but modestly.
Defense News: Congress adopts defense bill that creates Space Force.

Nog wat ouder materiaal:
Space Policy Online: Space Command gets  to work while Congress continues to debate Space Force.
Defense News: Documents reveal how the Space Force would launch in 90 days
BBC: Russian president warns over expansion of US space force.
Space News: U.S. Space Command chief Raymond: ‘I’m really excited for the Space Force’
Defense News: Congress creating Space Force with limited headroom.


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