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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2020/04–477

Geweldig Belgisch ruimtevaartnieuws: een onverwachte ontdekking met Rosetta en een contract voor de bouw van een nieuwe Belgische satelliet. Maar verder was het al wat Boeing dat de klok sloeg. Dat een vijftien jaar oude Boeing-satelliet in de problemen kwam, dat is wellicht aan de ouderdom te wijten. Boeing stopte echter ook plots met de ontwikkeling van Phantom Express (XS-1 of “Experimental Spaceplane” voor DARPA). En rond de vlucht van Starliner kwamen er nog wat extra vraagtekens. Maar ondanks alle problemen met de ontwikkeling van het Space Launch System en de Explorer Upper Stage lijken ze hun slag te slaan wat Maan en Mars betreft. Het Amerikaanse House Science Committee werkte een nieuw Maan/Mars-plan uit (dat nog wel gestemd moet worden). The Gateway (waar Boeing geen rol leek te spelen) hoeft niet meer. Het mag met een geïntegreerde lander (net wat Boeing voorstelde). Wat ook SLS ten goede komt. Het lijkt wel een beetje Game of Thrones: uitgeteld en toch het laken naar zich toe trekken. Dat en nog veel meer in het Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart van deze week.

Bij de foto: Een artistieke impressie van de toekomstige Belgische satelliet Altius (foto QinetiQ Space).


Belgisch ruimtevaartnieuws: Een ontdekking en een nieuwe satelliet.
Groen licht voor de bouw van Altius:
ESA: Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite.

En een belangrijke ontdekking m.b.v. Rosetta:
BIRA: Ontdekking van ammoniumzouten in kometen.
Belgium In Space: Ontdekking van ammoniumzouten in kometen.

En PROBA 2 was ook vorig jaar heel actief.
ESA: The Sun in 2019.

Terwijl anderen de sneeuw opzoeken:
VRT NWS: Vlaamse onderzoeker vertrekt samen met NASA op sneeuwexpeditie.
KU Leuven: KU Leuven researchers use satellite data to calculate snow depth in mountain ranges.
Meer info over SnowEx vind je hier, over SNOPOST hier.

En er ligt heel wat werk op de planken. Zie dit Twitter-bericht van “LaRa ExoMars”.


Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test met succes afgerond.
Het weer werkte in het begin niet echt mee.
NASA: KSC Blog: NASA, SpaceX Targeting 9 a.m. EST for In-Flight Abort Test Launch.
NASA: KSC Blog: In-Flight Abort Test Targeted for 10 a.m. EST Launch.
NASA: KSC Blog: Targeted Time for NASA, SpaceX In-Flight Abort Liftoff Pushed Back to 10:30 a.m. EST.
NASA: KSC Blog: Crew Dragon Spacecraft, Falcon 9 Rocket Set for In-Flight Abort Test.
NASA: KSC Blog: NASA, SpaceX Teams Preparing for 10:30 a.m. EST Launch.
NASA: KSC Blog: SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashes Down After In-Flight Abort Test.

NASA: NASA, SpaceX Complete Final Major Flight Test of Crew Spacecraft.

Teslarati: Elon Musk says SpaceX could catch Crew Dragon and NASA astronauts with a giant net.
Teslarati: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft sails home after flawless in-flight abort test.

Collect Space: SpaceX destroys rocket in test of Crew Dragon in-flight abort.
NasaSpaceFlight: SpaceX conducts successful Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test.
Spaceflight Now: SpaceX aces final major test before first crew mission.
Space Policy Online: Successful in-flight abot test moves NASA closer to sending astronauts to ISS from American soil.

VRT NWS: "Lancering van SpaceX die moest mislukken" is gelukt.

Space News: NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISS.
SpaceCom: SpaceX's Crew Dragon abort test was 'picture-perfect,' Elon Musk says.
Teslarati: SpaceX surprises after recovering spacecraft 'trunk' in one piece.

Spaceflight Now: SpaceX releases preliminary results from Crew Dragon abort test.

Spaceflight Now: Photos: SpaceX purposely fails rocket to test crew capsule safety system.
Spaceflight Now: Photos: Crew Dragon returns to port after in-flight abort test
SpaceCom: These photos of SpaceX's Crew Dragon abort launch are just stunning.

De filmpjes.
SpaceX: Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration.
NASA KSC: SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test.
EuroNews: Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully tests emergency capsule for astronauts.
SciNews: Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test.
VideoFromSpace: Elon Musk: Crew Dragon 'hit mach 2.2' during abort test.
AmericaSpace: SpaceX In-Flight Abort & Post-Launch Briefing with Elon Musk.
Scott Manley: SpaceX Explodes A Rocket To Show That It's Safe.
What About It: SpaceX Starship Updates - Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test Summary.
TMRO: SpaceX successfully destroys a rocket and saves a Spaceship | Space News.

En nog een leuk extraatje voor de toekomstige astronauten van de Crew Dragon:
Teslarati: Tesla, SpaceX confirm Model X will be official ride of astronauts.


SpaceX – Lancering nieuwe reek Starlink-satellieten uitgesteld.
Teslarati: SpaceX fires up rocket for second launch in two days but high seas threaten delays.
Teslarati: SpaceX’s first ever Block 5 booster gives one last hurrah, in photos.
Florida Today: SpaceX again delays next launch from Cape Canaveral due to weather.

Spaceflight Now: SpaceX test-fires rocket for next Starlink mission; launch date under review.
SpaceCom: SpaceX delays launch of next 60 Starlink satellite due to bad weather.


Eerste Russische lancering van het jaar uitgesteld.
TASS: Russia’s first space launch in 2020 delayed for 24 hours — source.


Problemen bij eerste test Firefly-raket.
Spaceflight Now: Firefly confirms ‘anomaly’ and fire during first stage hotfire test.
Space News: Firefly suffers anomaly during launch vehicle test.
Ars Technica: No one hurt in Firefly “anomaly” as company tests its Alpha first stage.

Beelden van de fout afgelopen test vind je in dit Twitter-bericht van Firefly Aerospace.

Space News: Firefly, Innovative Space Logistics sign launch agreement • Viasat nabs $90M IDIQ contract.


Commercial Crew – Stuurraketjes Starliner met wat meer aandacht bekeken.
Ars Technica: Starliner’s thruster performance receiving close scrutiny from NASA.

En ULA gaf nog een filmpje vrij van de lancering.
ULA: Atlas V Starliner OFT Rocket Cam.


Vijftien jaar oude Boeing-satelliet in de problemen.
Space News: DirecTV fears explosion risk from satellite with damaged battery.
Ars Technica: DirecTV races to decommission broken Boeing satellite before it explodes.

Space News: Boeing says Spaceway-1 battery failure has low risk of repeating on similar satellites.


Boeing stopt met Phantom Express.
Space News: Boeing drops out of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane program.
Spaceflight Now: Boeing backs out of DARPA spaceplane program.
Parabolic Arc: Boeing’s Phantom Express Vanishes into Thin Air.
SpaceCom: DARPA scraps XS-1 military space plane project after Boeing drops out.

Kortom:
NASA Watch: Boeing Has A Lot Of Problems These Days.


ISS – Lancering Russische module (alweer) uitgesteld.
TASS: Delivery of Nauka module to Baikonur postponed over fuel tank adjustments.
TASS: Russia’s first space launch in 2020 delayed for 24 hours — source.


ISS – Nieuws uit het ruimtestation – Ruimtewandelingen en koekjes.
NASA: Space Station Blog: NASA TV Broadcasts Monday Spacewalk With Jessica Meir and Christina Koch.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Meir, Koch Working In Vacuum of Space to Swap Station Batteries.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Meir, Koch Complete Battery Swaps to Upgrade Station Power Systems.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Spacewalkers Switch Focus to Final Repairs on Cosmic Ray Detector.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Spacewalking Team Relaxing as Cosmonauts Work Science, Crew Departure.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Spacewalk Preps Underway as Station Orbits Higher Ahead of Crew Departure.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Expedition 61 Ready for Saturday Spacewalk During Human Research Today.
NASA: Space Station Blog: NASA TV Is Live With Spacewalk Coverage for Cosmic Repair Work.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Spacewalkers Finalizing Repairs on Dark Matter, Antimatter Detector.
NASA: Space Station Blog: Astronauts Wrap Up Spacewalk Repair Job on Cosmic Ray Detector.

ESA: Spacewalks, science and Beyond.
NasaSpaceFlight: NASA/ESA complete challenging Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer repair.

Roscosmos: ISS scheduled orbit correction conducted.

NASA: NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station.
CollectSpace: Northrop Grumman names Cygnus for 1st African American astronaut.

SpaceCom: Houston, we have a bake-off! We finally know what happens when you bake cookies in space.
SpaceCom: The first cookies baked in space are back on Earth!
BBC: Space cookies: First food baked in space by astronauts.
Houston Chronicle: Nanoracks oven didn't exactly nail it as first space cookies took hours to bake.
Collect Space: Hilton's first cookie baked in space offered to Smithsonian for display.
Koekjes in de ruimte, zie hier de website van Zero G Kitchen.

ESA: Microbial wipe down.
Nature: Space Station conditions are selective but do not alter microbial characteristics relevant to human health.
ISS National Lab: These Tiny Organisms are a Big Deal.

Airbus: ESA and Airbus sign contract for Bartolomeo platform on the International Space Station.
Via Satellite: ESA, Airbus Book Payload for ISS Bartolomeo Platform.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Space to Ground: Upgrading the Station: 01/24/2020.
NASA: SpaceCast Weekly - Jan. 24, 2020.
NASA: Christina Koch’s Memorable Moments: Part 3.
Space Videos: LIVE Spacewalk: Expedition 61 U.S. Spacewalk # 63 Meir and Koch.
NASA Video: Expedition 61 EVA 63 VR Lab Animation with Narration.
NASA Video: Expedition 61 - Spacewalk EVA 64 animation.
Video From Space: Chocolate chip cookies baked in space for 1st time.

En nog dit:
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/17/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/20/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/21/2020.
NASA: Space Station Science Highlights: Week of January 20, 2020.


China gaat beginnen aan zijn ruimtestation… en meer Chinees ruimtevaartnieuws.
ECNS.CN: China's space station core module, manned spacecraft arrive at launch site.
ECNS.CN: Space station prototypes shipped to launch center.
SpaceCom: China readies its new deep-space crew capsule for 1st test flight.
Spaceflight Now: Prototypes for new Chinese crew capsule and space station arrive at launch site.

Een filmpje:
CCTV: China Develops New-generation Reusable Manned Spacecraft.
SciNEws: China’s new crewed spacecraft to be reusable.

ECNS.CN: Long March 5 Y-4 coming soon: Rocket's 'hearts' complete final test.
Beelden van de test vind je hier.

ECNS.CN: China reveals space plan for 2020.
Inside Out Space: China’s Moon Exploration, Space Station Plans Move Forward.

Space News: U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science.
CGTN: China leads international space cooperation (filmpje).

ECSN.CN: China successfully verifies drag-free satellite control technology.


Artemis – SLS/Orion.
NASA: NASA Artemis Program and Stennis Space Center Set the Stage for Testing in 2020.
NASA: Setting the Stage for Artemis Testing.
NasaSpaceFlight: SLS Core Stage in Stennis B-2 Stand to start Green Run campaign.

America Space: First SLS Moon Rocket Installed for Test Firing (filmpje)

NasaSpaceFlight: Boeing negotiating with NASA on future SLS Core Stage production.

TASS: Russia’s new super-heavy carrier rocket to be cheaper than US space launch system
TASS: Russian space firm offers lunar transportation system independent of US orbital platform.


Artemis – Naar de Maan in 2024. Of wordt het toch 2028, met Mars in 2033)?
Er is een nieuw (voorstel tot) programma voor NASA, met nogal wat gevolgen voor de terugkeer naar de Maan. Aangezien het wellicht wel ettelijke maanden in beslag gaat nemen om besproken, geamendeerd en gestemd te worden, met een op komst zijnde presidentverkiezing, neemt de onzekerheid voor NASA nog wat meer toe.
Space News: House introduces NASA authorization bill that emphasizes Mars over moon.
Space Policy Online: Bipartisan House NASA Authorizers Reject Artemis Moon-By-2024 Plan, Wants Focus On Mars Instead.

NASA: First Commercial Moon Delivery Assignments to Advance Artemis.

IEEE: NASA Begins Testing Next Moon Rover (VIPER).
NASA: Laser-based Sensor Tests Moon Landing Technology at Langley Air Force Base.

Geek Wire: Blue Origin ramps up team for Blue Moon lander as it waits for word from NASA.

Seeker: The Race to Mine the Moon Is Taking Off, Here's What's Coming (filmpje).

Teslarati: NASA explores emotionally intelligent robots as human companions for long Mars journey.

NASA: Houston, we have a podcast: Space Radiation.
Scientific American: Death on Mars.


SpaceX – Starship.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship factory churning out new rocket parts with Elon Musk's help.


Een paar dagen uitstel voor lancering Solar Orbiter?
Spaceflight Now: Atlas 5 for Solar Orbiter launch returns to assembly building for inspections.
Spaceflight Now: ULA team completes countdown practice run before Solar Orbiter launch.

NASA: NASA Announces Two Media Briefings on Latest Solar Mission.

ESA: Flying solo.
NASA: Solar Orbiter Encapsulated in Atlas V Payload Fairing.

Filmpjes:
ESA: Solar Orbiter launch animation.
ESA: Solar Orbiter unboxing.
ESA: Solar Orbiter fairing separation.
ESA: Solar Orbiter solar array deployment
ESA: Solar Orbiter boom and antenna deployments.
ESA: Solar Orbiter Earth flyby.
ESA: Solar Orbiter Venus flyby.
ESA: Solar Orbiter facing the Sun.


Nieuwe Europese maanrovers.
ESA: Twin rovers could lead search for life supporting elements


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Aarde:
GovUK: Industry meet to discuss objectives of new Earth observation satellite.
ESA: Earth from Space: Deforestation in Bolivia (filmpje).
NASA: NASA Forest Structure Mission Releases First Data.
BBC News: Space mission to reveal 'Truths' about climate change.
ESA: Taal volcano blanketed by ash.

Maan:
ECNS.CN: China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for 14th lunar day.
SpaceCom: China releases huge batch of amazing Chang'e-4 images from moon's far side.
De beelden zie je hier.
ECNS.CN: Lunar probe to visit unexplored region.

Mars:
NASA: Sols 2649-2652: Curiosity Loses Its Attitude.
NASA: Sols 2653-2655: Attitude Adjustment.
SpaceCom: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity had an attitude problem. (But it's fine now.)
Ook opnieuw problemen voor de InSight mol volgens dit twitter-bericht.
NASA: Mars 2020 Rover Lift Activities Performed at Kennedy Space Center.
Teslarati: NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars on its upcoming Rover mission.
ECNS.CN: China to launch Mars probe in July.
Science Daily: Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty.

Saturnus: 
Science Daily: Inner complexity of Saturn moon, Enceladus, revealed.

Bennu:
NASA: Status Report: OSIRIS-REx Completes Closest Flyover of Sample Site Nightingale
Universe Today: OSIRIS-REx Flew 620 Meters Above its Landing Site. Confirms that it’s a Boulder-Strewn Nightmare, Just Like the Rest of Bennu.

Planetoïden:
Space Policy Online: NASA’s new NEO mission will substantially reduce time to find hazardous asteroids.


Het einde van Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA: NASA Celebrates the Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA: How NASA's Webb Telescope Will Continue Spitzer's Legacy.
SpaceCom: It's time to say goodbye to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Here's why.
Space News: NASA prepares to shut down Spitzer Space Telescope.

Filmpjes:
NASA: The Universe in Infrared: The Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA: Science In A Minute: The Art of Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA: Science In A Minute: What is Infrared Light?
Video From Space: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Mission Is Ending – Highlights.
NASA JPL: Spitzer's Final Voyage (live public talk).


Nieuwe resultaten van XMM-Newton.
ESA: XMM-Newton discovers scorching gas in milky way’s halo.
ESA: XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings


Om af te ronden: Een standbeeld voor de eerste kat in de ruimte.
SpaceCom: Félicette has landed! Memorial for first cat in space unveiled in France.
Le Parisien: Une statue de bronze pour Félicette, la première chatte de l’espace.


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