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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2020/21–494

Gisteren, zaterdag 23 mei, was het exact 10 jaar geleden dat de eerste Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart werd verspreid. Toen nog exclusief via de VVS mailinglist. Toen nog met exact 10 verwijzingen naar artikels op het wereldwijde web. Dat zijn er nu wel wat meer. Toen was er sprake van twee speciale ruimtevaartmomenten: de 50ste Ariane V lancering en Opportunity die op dat moment de langst levende Marslander werd. 

En, raar maar waar. Tien jaar geleden waren er twee ruimtevliegtuigen in een baan om de aarde. Er was de allerlaatste vlucht van Atlantis en de eerste vlucht van de X-37B. De Space Shuttle is niet meer, de X-37B vliegt ondertussen voor de zesde keer in de ruimte.

En ja, er werd toen al uitgekeken naar de eerste vlucht van een Falcon 9. Enne, met dank aan NASA dat ze voor de 10de verjaardag van de NUDR - met een Falcon 9 - terug astronauten vanuit Amerika gaan lanceren. Dat laatste, en nog veel meer, in het Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart van deze week.

Bij de foto: Bob Behnken en Douglas Hurley vertrekken naar het lanceerplatform. Op 23 mei was dat (nog eens) om te oefenen, als alles meezit zal het op woensdag 27 mei voor echt zijn. Foto: NASA/Brandon Garner.


Atlas V lanceert X-37B voor de zesde maal.
ULA: United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches the Sixth Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Space Force.
Aerojet Rocketdyne: Aerojet Rocketdyne powers second mission for US Space Force.
Boeing: Boeing-built X-37B Launches in Second Mission for U.S. Space Force.
US Space Force: USSF and ULA to honor COVID-19 responders with 'America Strong' launch dedication.

Space News: U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane off to its sixth mission.
Spaceflight Now: Upgraded X-37B spaceplane rockets into orbit aboard Atlas 5 launcher.
Defense News: US Space Force launches the mysterious X-37B space plane.
NasaSpaceFlight: ULA Atlas V launches sixth mission for X-37B spaceplane.

Het ULA Mission Overview document vind je hier (PDF).
Foto’s vind je hier.

Secure World Foundation: SWF Releases Updated Fact Sheet on the X-37B Program.

Filmpjes:
ULA: Atlas V USSF-7 Launch Highlights.
ULA: May 17 Live Broadcast: Atlas V USSF-7.
America Space: Space Force X-37B Launch on Atlas V Rocket (USSF-7 Mission).
America Space: UP CLOSE! Atlas V Launches X-37B Spaceplane on USSF-7 Mission.


Japan lanceert laatste HTV richting ISS.
JAXA: HTV 9 Mission.
NASA: Japanese Cargo Vehicle Lifts Off To Resupply Station Crew.

Japan Today: Japan launches Kounotori cargo transporter on final mission to ISS.

Spaceflight Now: Japan’s HTV ready for launch with last set of new space station solar batteries.
Spaceflight Now: Final H-2B rocket launch sends Japanese supply ship toward space station.
NasaSpaceFlight: H-IIB launches last HTV mission to International Space Station.

Spacepage: Japan lanceert HTV bevoorradingstuig.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Expedition 63 - HTV 9 JAXA Launch - May 20, 2020.
SciNews: HTV-9 launch.


Soyuz-raket gelanceerd met een Russische militaire satelliet.
TASS: Soyuz-2.1b rocket with military satellite takes off from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

NasaSpaceFlight: Russia’s Soyuz-2-1b launches missile detection satellite.
Spaceflight Now: Soyuz rocket launches Russian missile warning satellite.

Een filmpje:
Russisch Ministerie van Defensie: Lancering Soyuz-2 vanop Plesetsk.


Virgin Orbit klaar voor eerste lancering.
Virgin Orbit: Announcing the window for our launch demo.
Space News: Virgin Orbit ready for first orbital launch attempt.
Spaceflight Now: Virgin Orbit schedules its first orbital test launch this weekend.

Nog een filmpje:
Seeker: Virgin Orbit Will Soon Launch a Rocket From Mid-Air.


SpaceX stelt Starlink-lancering uit tot na Crew Dragon Demo 2.
Teslarati: SpaceX rocket recovery fleet dodges tropical storm amid Starlink launch delays.
Teslarati: SpaceX’s NASA astronaut launch debut jumps its place in line, now up next.

Spaceflight Now: SpaceX delays next Starlink mission after crew launch.
NasaSpaceFlight: Planet Labs SkySats to rideshare with SpaceX Starlink launches.

Space News: SpaceX rideshare program putting downward pressure on prices.


Commercial Cargo – Dream Chaser en Shooting Star.
Parabolic Arc: NC’s Dream Chaser Space Plane’s Shooting Star Arrives in Colorado for Integration.
SpaceWatch Global: Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Shooting Star transport vehicle readies for integration.


Commercial Crew – Aftellen naar 27 mei – Launch America!
NASA: Crew Dragon Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Complex for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Astronauts to Arrive at Kennedy on Wednesday.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Astronauts Depart Houston for Kennedy.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Arrives at Kennedy.
NASA: SpaceX Demo-2: Flight Readiness Review Underway at Kennedy.
NASA: SpaceX Demo-2 Rollout.
NASA: Rocket and Spacecraft on Launch Pad 39A for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Mission.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review to Conclude on Friday.
NASA: SpaceX Demo-2: Flight Readiness Review Continues at Kennedy.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 ‘Go’ to Proceed Toward May 27 Launch; News Conference Coming Up.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Teams Preparing for May 27 Launch.
NASA: Rocket Completes Static Fire Test Ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Mission.
NASA: NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Astronauts Rehearse for Launch Day.

Teslarati: SpaceX Crew Dragon joins Falcon 9 for last mate before astronaut launch debut.
Teslarati: SpaceX crewed launch imminent as NASA astronauts arrive at Kennedy Space Center.
Teslarati: SpaceX teases exciting look at Crew Dragon mated with Falcon 9 rocket (Photos).
Teslarati: SpaceX Crew Dragon has made its way to the launch pad (Photos).
Teslarati: SpaceX fires up rocket in final test before astronaut launch on May 27.
Teslarati: SpaceX, NASA complete one final dress rehearsal before historic liftoff

Spaceflight Now: Crew Dragon transported to launch pad 39A.
Spaceflight Now: Dragon crew arrives at Florida spaceport kick off final week of launch preps.
Spaceflight Now: Photos: Crew Dragon mated with Falcon 9 rocket.
Spaceflight Now: NASA clears SpaceX crew capsule for first astronaut mission.
Spaceflight Now: Trump to visit Kennedy Space Center for crew launch.
Spaceflight Now: Dragon crew runs through launch day dress rehearsal.
Spaceflight Now: Astronauts have a surprise name for their Crew Dragon spacecraft.

NasaSpaceFlight: Demo-2 crew arrives at Kennedy for first U.S. crew launch since 2011.
NasaSpaceFlight: Examining Crew Dragon’s launch abort modes and splashdown locations.
NasaSpaceFlight: SpaceX, Falcon 9 for Demo-2 mission conducts critical static fire test.
NasaSpaceFlight: Demo-2 passes FRR milestone ahead of historic Crew Dragon launch.

BBC News: Astronauts arrive at Kennedy for historic launch.
Space Policy Online: Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review will continue tomorrow.
Space News: SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission passes flight readiness review.
The Verge: NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th.
Florida Today: Weather forecast so-so for SpaceX and NASA launch of astronauts next week.
Space News: Trump to attend Demo-2 launch, but fewer other guests.

Collect Space: From trees to tags, astronauts start traditions before SpaceX launch.

Florida Today: SpaceX launch will boost local tourism at critical time after coronavirus downturn
BBC: Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission.
Florida Today: How Elon Musk beat Boeing in the commercial space race to launch NASA astronauts
Federal News Network: First commercial space taxi a pit stop on Musk’s Mars quest.

Filmpjes:
SciNews: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Dragon arrives at Launch Complex 39A.
America Space: Astronauts Arrive in Florida for SpaceX Demo-2 Launch.
Video From Space: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Dragon mated to Falcon 9 rocket.
SciNews: SpaceX Demo-2 Falcon 9 getting ready to launch Crew Dragon.
Video From Space: 'We are a go' for SpaceX Demo-2 launch after review, says NASA Chief.
NASA: NASA and SpaceX are 'GO' to Proceed for Launch! (volledige persconferentie).
US Launch Report: SpaceX Historic Static Fire Test - DM2 - First Manned Mission 05-22-2020.
Space Videos: SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Rehearsal ahead of Launch Day.

NASA: Know Your Crew! With Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
NASA: This is Bob Behnken.
NASA: This is Doug Hurley.
NASA: Meet our #LaunchAmerica Astronauts Flying on a SpaceX Spacecraft.

VideoFromSpace: SpaceX spacesuits are a new breed.

NASA: Launching America: Goddard's Role in Keeping Astronauts Connected to Earth.


Commercial Crew – NASA’s hoofd van de bemande ruimtevaart geeft na 5 maanden ontslag.
Space Policy Online: Doug Loverro resigns.
Space Policy Online: Loverro: “No regrets”.
Spaceflight Now: NASA’s chief of human spaceflight resigns on cusp of critical crew launch.
NasaSpaceFlight: Doug Loverro Resigns, Ken Bowersox to be Acting Human Exploration Lead.
Parabolic Arc: Congress Seeks Answers on Sudden Resignation of NASA Human Spaceflight Head.
Space News: Commercial crew launch preparations continue despite leadership shakeup.
SpaceCom: Why did NASA's human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro abruptly resign?


ISS – De blogentries, Daily Summary Reports en Science Highlights.
NASA ISS Blog: Crew Preps for Japanese Cargo, Studies Effects of Planetary Missions.
NASA ISS Blog: Japan Ready for Cargo Launch, Crew Works Science and Emergency Procedures.
NASA ISS Blog: Japanese Cargo Vehicle Lifts Off To Resupply Station Crew.
NASA ISS Blog: SpaceX Crew Preps for Launch as Japanese Cargo Heads to Station.
NASA ISS Blog: Expedition 63 Awaits Japanese Cargo and American Crew.

NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/15/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/18/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/19/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/20/2020.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/21/2020.

NASA: Space Station Science Highlights: Week of May 18, 2020.


ISS – Meer nieuws uit het ruimtestation.
NasaSpaceFlight: NASA outlines the near and far future of the Space Station.
ESA: New European Drawer Rack set for Space Station.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Space to Ground: Preparing for Launch: 05/22/2020.
NASA: SpaceCast Weekly - May 22, 2020.
NASA: #LaunchAmerica Boosts Space Station Science.
NASA: The Crop Microbiome: Healthy Food in Space.
NASA: NASA's Spacecraft Fire Safety Demonstration Project, Saffire IV.


Indische ruimtevaarders weer aan het trainen. China naar de maan ?
The Hindu: Gaganyaan trainees back at astronaut classes in Moscow

SciNews: China’s new crewed spacecraft is designed for lunar missions (filmpje).


ARTEMIS – Orion/SLS.
Lockheed Martin: Orion Exploration Class Spaceship Technology (filmpje).
NASA: #NASAatHome: Staying Fit In the Orion Spacecraft (filmpje).

Spaceflight Now: NASA will likely add a rendezvous test to the first piloted Orion space mission.

Human Spaceflight Blog: Artemis 1 update: Work resumes on prepping the SLS Core Stage Booster for Green Run Tests.


ARTEMIS – Gateway.
SpaceQ: Canada finalizing Lunar Gateway agreement with US.


ARTEMIS – Naar de maan in … .
SpaceRef: What Are The Artemis Accords And Why Do We Need Them?
SpaceWatch Global: Lunapolitics: NASA releases more details about its proposed Artemis accords.
SpaceWatch Global: Lunapolitics: Russia’s Roscosmos signals openness to US-proposed Artemis accords.

RoomEU: Protecting areas of scientific importance on the Moon

Air & Space Mag: Meet The Woman Who Will Direct the Next Moon Landing.

SpaceCom:  Colonizing Mars may require humanity to tweak its DNA.


SpaceX – Starship SN4 statische test niet voor 100% geslaagd.
Teslarati: A SpaceX Starship rocket could take to the sky for the first time later this week.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship rocket catches fire during third Raptor engine test.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship prototype in limbo after engine test lights rocket on fire.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship rocket set to reach full height for the second time ever.

Filmpjes:
Video From Space: Space Starship SN4 has another static fire test - Is a flight next?
Everyday Astronaut: 4K Slo-Mo Starship SN4 Static Fire May 19.
Everyday Astronaut: [May 19] [Potato Cam Static fire] Let's watch SpaceX static fire Starship SN-4!


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Aarde: 
ESA: Swarm probes weakening of Earth’s magnetic field.
ESA: Development of the South Atlantic Anomaly.
ESA: ESA’s oldest Earth-observer Proba 1 images Delhi airport.

Maan:
ECNS: China's Chang'e-4 probe survives 500 Earth days on Moon's far side.
CGTN: China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work on the moon for the 15th lunar day (video).

Mars:
NASA: Sol 2767: Out to Lunch.
NASA: Sol 2768: Chem-fest!
NASA: Sols 2769-2770: Staring into the Distance at 'Glasgow'.
NASA: NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Chilly Ancient Mars Buried in Rocks.
Air&Space: This Summer, Three Couww.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ1UAGy0AY0 

NASA: Meet NASA's Heather Bottntries Are Heading Off to Mars.

NASA: NASA's Perseverance Rover Goes Through Trials by Fire, Ice, Light and Sound.
NASA: Shake, Rattle and Roll: Testing NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover (filmpje).
NASA: Perseverance Presses On, Remains Targeted for Summer Launch.
NASA: Air Deliveries Bring NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Closer to Launch.
NASA: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Gets a Boost.
NASA: Meet NASA's Al Chen, Mars 2020 Entry, Descent & Landing Lead —Behind the Spacecraft – Live Q&A (filmpje).
NASA: Meet NASA's Heather Bottom, Mars 2020 Systems Engineer —Behind the Spacecraft – Live Q&A (filmpje).
SpaceWatch: Emirates Mars mission’s Hope probe due to launch on 15 july.
ESA: ExoMars rover upgrades and parachute tests.
ESA: ExoMars parachute extraction test in slow motion.

Uranus:
Physics-Astronomy: Something leaking out of Uranus, NASA data shows.

Bennu: 
NASA: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Ready for Touchdown on Asteroid Bennu.

Didymos:
JHU APL: DART Spacecraft Structure Ramps Up Integration and Testing at APL.

Kometen:
NASA: Why ESA and NASA's SOHO Spacecraft Spots So Many Comets.
NASA: Counting Comets (filmpje).


WFIRST wordt Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.
NASA: NASA Telescope Named For ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman.

Filmpje:
NASA: A New Portrait of the Cosmos is Coming.
NASA: NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope: Broadening Our Cosmic Horizons.
NASA: NASA Names Upcoming Telescope to Honor the 'Mother of Hubble'.


Ook dat nog: Misdaad vanuit de ruimte?
CBS: NASA investigating allegations of identity theft involving space station astronaut.
CBS: NASA astronaut caught in custody battle.


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