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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2020/20–493

Dit weekend waren er twee lanceringen voorzien, maar de weersomstandigheden zorgden voor overlast. Er wordt ondertussen keihard afgeteld naar 27 mei, maar net als dit weekend kan het weer uiteraard ook op op die dag voor uitstel zorgen. NASA heeft in elk geval afgelopen week nog een zitje besteld bij de Russen voor later dit jaar. Voorlopig blijft de Soyuz de verzekerde toegang tot het ruimtestation. Dat en nog veel meer in het Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart van deze week.

En wie met deze wekelijkse ruimtevaart update niet voldoende heeft, je kan ons ook volgen via Facebook (de groep ruimtevaartnieuws).

Bij de foto: Een mooi zicht op de onbemande Cygnus-capsule en diens zonnepanelen. Cygnus NG13 werd op 11 mei van het ruimtestation losgekoppeld. Foto: NASA.


ISS – Cygnus NG13 verlaat ruimtestation.
Spaceflight Now: Cygnus departs space station, beginning extended experimental mission.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Expedition 63 Cygnus CRS 13 Release - May 11, 2020
SciNews: NG-13: S.S. Robert H. Lawrence Cygnus departure.


Chinese Kuaizhou lanceert twee Internet Of Things satellietjes.
Global Times: China launches first satellites for new generation space-borne IoT project.
NasaSpaceFlight: Kuaizhou-1A launches two satellites, one named in tribute to Wuhan.
Spaceflight Now: First two smallsats launched for Chinese data relay constellation.

De filmpjes:
CGTN: China launches first space-based IOT constellation.
SciNews: Kuaizhou-1A launches Xingyun-2 01 and 02.


ULA lancering X-37B uitgesteld door het slechte weer.
Spaceflight Now: Atlas 5 dedicated to health care workers, coronavirus victims.
Popular Mechanics: For Its Next Mission, the Secretive X-37B Will Shoot Power from Space.
SatTrackCam Leiden: OTV 6 (USSF 7), the next X-37B launch, appears to go into a 44-degree inclined orbit.

Florida Today: Launch of Air Force spaceplane from Cape Canaveral scrubbed due to weather.

Filmpjes:
ULA: Atlas V USSF-7 Mission Profile.
SciNews: Atlas V aborted launch with OTV-6 (USSF-7).


SpaceX klaar om nieuwe reeks Starlinks te lanceren. Het weer echter (nog) niet.
Teslarati: SpaceX Falcon 9 booster set for record-breaking landing after lessons learned from engine failure.

Florida Today: Launch of Air Force spaceplane from Cape Canaveral scrubbed due to weather.

Over de daaropvolgende volgende lancering:
Teslarati: SpaceX Starlink launches to debut rideshare capabilities next month.
Space News: Planet’s next six satellites will launch on upcoming SpaceX Starlink missions.


Branson verkoopt deel Virgin Galactic aandelen.
Parabolic Ac: Branson Looks to Unprofitable Virgin Galactic to Help Save Reeling Empire.
Space News: Branson to sell part of Virgin Galactic stake.
Via Satellite: Virgin Group to Sell Virgin Galactic Stock to Combat COVID-19 Losses.


Commercial Crew – Crew Dragon – Demo 2.
NASA: Crew Dragon Displays and Crew Spacesuits Ready for Mission to Space Station.
NASA: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Members Enter Preflight Quarantine.
Teslarati: NASA astronauts go on quarantine ahead of historic SpaceX launch.
Spaceflight Now: Crew Dragon capsule meets Falcon 9 rocket inside launch pad hangar.

Spaceflight Now: Dragon solar array concerns driving duration of first crewed test flight.

Teslarati: NASA shows off Tesla Model X astronaut transport vehicle ahead of historic launch.
Collect Space: Astronauts to ride NASA-adorned Tesla Model X to SpaceX launchpad.

Collect Space: 10-story-tall NASA logo being repainted for new astronaut launches.

Teslarati: SpaceX recovery team rescues stranded boater during ocean recovery drills.
Space News: Space Force troops preparing for possibility of having to rescue NASA astronauts.

Filmpjes:
Video From Space: SpaceX Demo-2 mission explained by NASA crew.
NASA: The Rocket Ranch Podcast: NASA Astronauts’ Friendship Key To History Making SpaceX Flight.
NASA: Small Steps, Giant Leaps Podcast: Launch America.

Nog dit:
Teslarati: SpaceX simulator lets you be the astronaut that docks Crew Dragon with the space station.
Scott Manley: How To Dock With ISS in SpaceX's Free Dragon Docking Simulator.


Commercial Crew – NASA koopt nog één Soyuz-zitje.
TASS: Roscosmos says signed contract with NASA on Soyuz seat for US astronaut.
NASA: NASA Completes Negotiations for Additional Soyuz Seat in Fall.
Space News: NASA signs deal for additional Soyuz seat.
Spaceflight Now: NASA inks deal with Roscosmos to ensure continuous U.S. presence on space station.
Space Policy Online: NASA, Roscosmos agree on one more Soyuz seat.

In Urania’s ruimtevaartbabbel van deze week krijg je naast de geschiedenis van Commercial Crew ook een gesprek met Bart Hendrickx over de Soyuz-capsule. Aflevering 7 vind je hier


ISS – De blogentries, Daily Summary Reports en Science Highlights.
NASA ISS Blog: U.S. Cargo Craft Departing Station Live on NASA TV Now.
NASA ISS Blog: NASA Completes Negotiations for Additional Soyuz Seat in Fall.
NASA ISS Blog: Japanese Resupply Ship, SpaceX Crew Dragon Nearing Launch Dates.
NASA ISS Blog: Flying Robots, Ultrasound Eye Scans Top Science Schedule.
NASA ISS Blog: Station Trio Checks Eyes, Keeps Lab in Tip-Top Shape.
NASA ISS Blog: Japanese Cargo, SpaceX Crew Dragon Activities Ramping Up.

NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/11/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/12/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/13/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/14/2020.

NASA: Space Station Science Highlights: Week of May 11, 2020.


ISS – Meer nieuws uit het ruimtestation.
Gewoon wat filmpjes:
NASA: Space to Ground: Fanning the Flames: 05/15/2020.
NASA: SpaceCast Weekly - May 15, 2020.
NASA: NASA Working Remotely: How Astronauts Upgraded a Complex Experiment in Space.
NASA: Expedition 63 InFlight with Chris Cassidy and CNN and HGTV.
NASA: Astronaut Chris Cassidy Meets Astrobee.

NASA: What is it like to be an Astronaut?”. De ervaringen van astronaute Serena Aunon.


ARTEMIS – SLS/Orion.
NASA: NASA Takes Preliminary Steps to Resume SLS Core Stage Testing Work.
Human Spaceflight Blog: Artemis 1 Update: SLS Core Stage Booster to Resume Green Run Preps After Coronavirus-related Hiatus...
Space News: First SLS launch now expected in late 2021.

Een filmpje:
NASA: Orion Recovery Team.

Filmpjes over het lanceerpad:
NASA: Pad 39B is Ready for Artemis I.
NASA: 3, 2, 1... Lift-Off of the Artemis 1 Mission to the Moon.
NASA: #NASAatHome Spaceport Series Episode 13: NASA's Artemis Program launch pad.
NASA: #NASAatHome Spaceport Series episode 14: NASA's Artemis Program rocket.
NASA: #NASAatHome Spaceport Series episode 15: Artemis at Kennedy Space Center.


ARTEMIS – Gateway.
Space News: NASA refines plans for launching Gateway and other Artemis elements.
TASS: Moon exploration projects could help Russia-US cooperation - Roscosmos.

NASA: Faces Behind NASA's Gateway.


ARTEMIS – Naar de Maan.
Space News: NASA advisers skeptical of agency’s ability to meet 2024 lunar landing goal.
Space Policy Online: The Elephant in the Room – Can NASA get astronauts on the  by 2024?

The Space Review: Toward a brighter future: Continuity of the Artemis program.

NASA: The Artemis Accords (of via deze link in PDF-vorm).
Space News: NASA announces Artemis Accords for international cooperation in lunar exploration.
Space Policy Online: NASA unveils “Artemis Accords”.

Nog een filmpje:
NASA: #NASAatHome: Touch Down with NASA's Human Landing System.


SpaceX – Starship SN4 met één Raptor, SN5 krijgt er drie.
Teslarati: SpaceX’s Starship rocket just took a big leap towards orbit with latest test success.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship rocket gets new Raptor engine for Starhopper-style hop test debut.
Teslarati: SpaceX’s first high-flying, triple-Raptor Starship is almost finished.
Teslarati: SpaceX is about to have a fleet of Starship rockets.

Filmpje:
Video From Space: See a SpaceX Raptor engine up-close as it's transported to Starship SN4.
What About It?: SpaceX Starship Updates – A History Of Starship Evolution.


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Zon:
KSB: De telescoop EUI aan boord van de ruimtemissie Solar Orbiter werkt verder, ondanks COVID-19.
JHU APL: Parker Solar Probe Begins Longest Science Observation Campaign.
JHU APL: Parker Solar Probe Orbit 5 - Extended Observation Campaign (filmpje).

Aarde:
ESA: BepiColombo keeping an eye on Earth from afar.

Maan:
Space News: OHB and IAI plan commercial lunar lander mission in late 2022.
Parabolic Arc: Masten Space Working on System to Help Vehicles Survive Frigid Lunar Nights.
ESA: Laser-powered rover to explore Moon’s dark shadows.

Mars:
Universe Today: Finally! InSight’s Mole is Making Slow and Steady Progress.
Spacewatch: Tianwen: China’s Mars Probe may answer Qu Yuan’s questions to heaven.
ESA: ExoMars rover upgrades and parachute tests.

Jupiter:
ESA: New evidence of watery plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Pluto:
NASA: SOFIA Finds Clues Hidden in Pluto’s Haze.

Ryugu:
EurekAlert: Hayabusa2 reveals more secrets from Ryugu.

Kometen:
ESA: The discovery of Comet SWAN by solar-watcher SOHO.
SpaceCom: A sun-watching spacecraft just might fly through tail of Comet ATLAS in rare encounter.


Debris van een Russische Fregat upper stage.
TASS: Roscosmos confirms destruction of Russian Fregat upper stage’s tank in space
Russian Space News: Destruction of the dumped block of tanks “Fregat-SB” upper stage.


Debris Chinese raket valt in Afrika neer.
Futurism: Oops: China Just Dropped a Huge Rocket Piece Back to Earth.
Futurism: Out-of-Control Chinese Rocket Reportedly Dropped Debris on Africa.

Spaceflight Now: China’s massive Long March 5B’s rocket falls out of orbit over Atlantic Ocean.
RoomEU: Debris from China's rocket may have hit African villages.
Ars Technica: Large chunks of a Chinese rocket missed New York City by about 15 minutes.

Space Policy Online: Bridenstine scolds China over Long March reentry debris.


Blackjack – Militairen werken aan eigen “Starlink”.
C4ISRNet: DARPA set to launch first Blackjack satellite later this year.


Het failliet van OneWeb. Intelsat vraag bescherming tegen schuldeisers aan.
Via Satellite: From Liftoff to Chapter 11: Inside OneWeb's Final Weeks.
Via Satellite: Industry Leaders Sound Off on OneWeb's Collapse.
Via Satellite: OneWeb's Red Flags Were Easy to Ignore.
Via Satellite: Space Force Official Says DoD Could Assist OneWeb

Space News: Shareholder urges Intelsat to avoid defaulting into bankruptcy.

Intelsat: Intelsat Undertakes Financial Restructuring to Pave the Way for Future Innovation and Growth.
Space News: Intelsat declares bankruptcy as means to fund C-band spectrum clearing.
Via Satellite: Intelsat Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection.


JWST – De puzzel is opgeplooid.
NASA: First Look: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Fully Stowed.
Zie ook dit filmpje.


Om af te ronden: Boca Chica en SpaceX.
Primal Space: Why SpaceX Bought An Entire Village (filmpje).


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