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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2021/13–540

Het jaar 2021 wordt het jaar van het ruimtetoerisme. Maar niet meteen het ruimtetoerisme dat we in 2020 voor ogen hadden. Van Blue Origin is er op dat vlak nog niet echt nieuws. En Virgin Galactic stelt dan wel een nieuw toestel voor, maar de eerste toeristen zullen alvast niet voor dit jaar zijn. Nee, ruimtetoeristen moeten we hogerop zoeken. In eerste instantie aan boord van Crew Dragon. Met Inspiration4 gaat in principe dit jaar nog gebeuren. De volledige bemanning – vier leden in totaal – werd deze week voorgesteld. Een vlucht zonder professionele astronaut. Ongetwijfeld een primeur voor de ruimtevaart.

Bij de foto: Elk jaar opnieuw denken we dat het tijdstip is aangebroken van de eerste suborbitale toeristische vlucht. Elk jaar opnieuw moeten we onze verwachtingen bijstellen. Zo ook dit jaar. Al zou Virgin Galactic dit jaar het testwerk met SpaceShipTwo hervatten. Ze stelden afgelopen week SpaceShip III voor. Ook dat toestel wordt dit jaar getest. Foto: Virgin Galactic.


SpaceX – Starship SN11 is niet meer – Wachten op BN1 en SN15.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship launch delayed to Tuesday by poor FAA planning.
Teslarati: SpaceX Starship eyes Tuesday launch after FAA communication breakdown causes delays.
Teslarati: Elon Musk talks upgrades after SpaceX Starship launches, explodes in midair.
Teslarati: SpaceX’s Starship booster-catching ‘launch tower’ begins to take shape in Texas.
Teslarati: SpaceX speeds up work on new Starship with “hundreds” of upgrades.

Space News: SpaceX crashes another Starship prototype.
Ars Technica: SpaceX loses another Starship prototype as landing sequence fails.
Spaceflight Now: SpaceX’s latest high-altitude Starship test flight ends in another explosion.
Universe Today: Latest Starship Prototype SN11 Explodes in mid-air, Raining Debris on the Launch Site.

The Science Times: SpaceX Makes Launch Tower: Will It Catch Starship Boosters With Open Arms?

Space News: Congress raises concerns about FAA’s handling of Starship launch license violation.

Filmpjes:
NasaSpaceFlight: How to Predict when Starship will Launch | NSF Explains.
NasaSpaceFlight: Super Heavy BN3 section spotted | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: SCRUB: Starship SN11 Test Flight Scrubbed.

SpaceX: Starship | SN11 | High-Altitude Flight Test.
Andere livestreams:
NasaSpaceFlight: Full Replay: Starship SN11 test flight from a foggy Boca Chica, Texas.
Everyday Astronaut: Starship SN11 exploded during landing, debris fell from the sky!

NasaSpaceFlight: Starship SN11 Explodes During Failed Landing in the Fog.
smallstars: SpaceX Starship SN11 Analysis.

Engineering Today: SpaceX Starship Flight Soars High and Explodes In The Fog | SN15 has Hundreds Of Design Improvements.
NasaSpaceFlight: The "Mystery Structure" Gains a Nosecone | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Starship SN15 Moved to High Bay - SN11 Wreckage | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Starship SN15 Progresses Toward Final Stacking - New GSE Tank Section Moved | SpaceX Boca Chica.
Video From Space: SpaceX Starship SN11 debris seen on beach after explosion.
Cosmic Perspective: SpaceX Starship SN11 launch and explosion slowmo / binaural audio.
NasaSpaceFlight: Starship SN15 Now Fully Stacked | SpaceX Boca Chica.


China lanceert aardobservatiesatelliet.
ECNS: China launches new Earth observation satellite.
ECNS: China successfully launches Gaofen-12 02 satellite (foto’s).
Space News: China launches second Gaofen-12 Earth observation satellite.
Spaceflight Now: China launches Gaofen Earth observation satellite.
NasaSpaceFlight: China launches second Gaofen 12 Earth observation satellite.

Filmpjes:
CGTN: China launches new satellite for land resources survey.
CCTV: China Launches New Earth Observation Satellite.
SciNews: Long March-4C launches Gaofen-12-02.
Video From Space: Chinese rocket's insulation tiles rain down in nighttime launch.


Virgin Galactic stelt SpaceShip III voor.
Virgin Galactic: Virgin Galactic unveils VSS Imagine, the first SpaceShip III in its growing fleet.
Virgin Galactic: Meet Dee Chester, Virgin Galactic future astronaut and one of the first people to see SpaceShip III Imagine.

Space News: Virgin Galactic unveils new suborbital spaceplane.
Collect Space: Virgin Galactic rolls out first SpaceShip III spacecraft, 'VSS Imagine'.
The Verge: Virgin Galactic unveils new SpaceShip III.
Spacepage: Maak kennis met SpaceShip III.

Virgin Galactic: Virgin Galactic and Land Rover announde global partnership extension as new Spaceship is revealed.

Aljazeera: Virgin Galactic eyes expansion despite launch delay.

Filmpjes:
Virgin Galactic: Future Of Our Fleet.
SciNews: VSS Imagine - The First Virgin Galactic SpaceShip III.


Arianespace en de concurrentie.
Le Figaro: Spatial: Paris et Rome s’unissent pour l’après-Ariane 6.


Lanceerhavens en ander raketnieuws.

Australië:
Spacewatch: Australia grants first launch facility license.

China: 
Global Times: Exclusive: First Wuhan-manufactured commercial rocket ready for launch post pandemic (Xinzhou).

Europa:
Parabolic Arc: CNES, DLR Sign Cooperative Agreement on Liquid Rocket Propulsion.
Bloomberg: Rocket Startups Craft Bespoke Launchers to Join New Space Race.
Shetland News: Historic environment agency rejects space centre plan to build at former radar base.

Verenigde Staten.
Teslarati: SpaceX ramps up Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy booster testing in Central Texas.
UPI: Vaya Space: Florida rocket company rebrands, plans bigger rocket.
NasaSpaceFlight: Blue Origin Continues to Make Launch Complex Progress for the Eventual Debut of New Glenn.


Rusland zou nieuwe (mini-)ruimtependel ontwikkelen.
Reuters: Russia has begun spaceplane project, says Soviet shuttle designer.
RoomEU: Russia to develop new uncrewed spaceplane.


Bemanning Inspiration4 compleet.
Teslarati: SpaceX, Shift4’s Inspiration4 mission reveals its final two crew members.

Space News: Inspiration4 announces crew for private SpaceX Crew Dragon mission.
Collect Space: Contest-winning crew members named for Inspiration4 spaceflight.
Florida Today: Meet the two crew members who won seats on SpaceX's Crew Dragon.
Spaceflight Now: Final two passengers named for first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth.

Spacepage: SpaceX lanceert dit jaar ruimtemissie met enkel ruimtetoeristen.

Teslarati: SpaceX to upgrade Dragon with the most immersive window ever launched into space.

The Verge: SpaceX is adding a glass dome on Crew Dragon for 360 views of space.


ISS – Crew Dragon Crew 2.
ESA: Crew-2 in gear.


ISS – De blogentries, Daily Summary Reports en Science Highlights.
NASA Space Station Blog: Station Gears Up for April Crew Swaps, Keeps Up Space Research.
NASA Space Station Blog: Human Research, Botany, Tech Demo on Station Science Schedule.
NASA Space Station Blog: Crew Dragon Relocation Preps during Botany, Nervous System Research.
NASA Space Station Blog: Nervous System, Robotics Research as Station Preps for Crew Ship Move.

NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/26/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/29/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/30/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/31/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 04/01/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 04/02/2021.

NASA: Space Station Science Highlights: Week of March 29, 2021.


ISS – Meer nieuws uit het ruimtestation.
Spaceflight Now: Busy month of crew rotations on tap at International Space Station.

TASS: ISS orbit adjusted before Soyuz MS-18 launch.

Space Daily: Russian Progress MS-14 spacecraft sets new flight duration record.

NASA: NASA TV to Air First US Commercial Crew Port Relocation on Space Station.

Sputnik Today: Russian Researchers Reveal Most Common Causes of Death Among Cosmonauts.
CNN: This is how the human heart adapts to space.
SciTechDaily: Space Travelers Will Need High-Intensity Exercise To Protect Heart Health From Long-Term Effects of Weightlessness.

Voor wie het (nog) niet moest weten:
Astronomy: How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?

Filmpjes:
NASA: Space to Ground: Scanning the Horizon: 04/02/2021.
NASA: SpaceCast Weekly 02/04/2021.
MBRSC: 2 New Emirati Astronauts to be Announced Soon.
Space Video: Expedition 64 Inflight Commercial Crew Program With Steve Stich - April 2, 2021.
NASA: Expedition 64 JAXA Space Work Campaign - March 20, 2021.


ESA’s zoektocht naar nieuwe astronauten is gestart.
ESA: Solliciteer nu om ESA-astronaut te worden.
ESA: Oproep aan alle toekomstige astronauten.
ESA: Astronaut selection (filmpje).


NASA – Commerciële ruimtestations – SNC – Bigelow.
RoomEU: SNC unveils plan to build its own commercial space station.
The Register: Sierra Nevada Corporation resurrects plans for crewed Dream Chaser spaceplane (Updates on its blow-up space station while Bigelow threatens to burst NASA's bubble).
Parabolic Arc: Bigelow Aerospace Sues NASA.

SpaceCom: NASA wants to help private space stations get off the ground.
Parabolic Arc: NASA Plans Awards on Commercial Space Stations Later this Year.


Artemis – SLS/Orion.
NasaSpaceflight: EGS synchronizing Artemis 1 Orion, SLS Booster preps with Core Stage schedule.
NasaSpaceflight: Following troubled childhood, Orion trio preparing for flight.
NasaSpaceflight: MAF continues tornado/hurricane recovery while building SLS stages under pandemic restrictions.
The Science Times: NASA Orion Spacecraft Successfully Completes First Water Drop Test.
NASA: NASA to Host Virtual Viewing of Orion Spacecraft Drop Test.

ESA: NASA and ESA logos on Orion.

GPS World: NASA analyzes navigation needs of Artemis Moon missions.


Artemis – Gateway.
NASA: We’re Fired Up! Gateway’s Propulsion System Passes First Test.


Artemis – Human Landing System.
Space News: NASA still planning HLS awards by the end of April.
Universe Today: A 1-Stage, Fully Reusable Lunar Lander Makes the Most Sense for Returning Humans to the Moon.


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Mercurius:
Astronomy: Remembering MESSENGER’s mission to Mercury, 10 years later.

Aarde:
MBRSC: DMSat-1: The First Environmental Satellite in the UAE (filmpje).
NASA: How NASA Data Helps Study Animals on the Move (filmpje).
Spaceflight Now: Remote sensing companies share satellite views of ship stuck in Suez Canal.
ESA: Second Scout gets the go-ahead.
Seeker: How AI is Tracking Illegal Fishing From Space (filmpje).
BBC: How satellite images are helping one country hand out cash.

Maan:
Spacewatch: South Korea wants to land on the moon by 2030.
Parabolic Arc: Sierra Nevada Wins NASA Contract to Power Water-Seeking VIPER Lunar Rover.
GPS World: Galileo will help Lunar Pathfinder navigate around Moon.
SpaceCom: Mangroves from space: 30 years of satellite images are helping us understand how climate change threatens these valuable forests.
Chang’e 5 en rijst – nog eens twee afleveringen :-)
CGTN: Live: Seedlings from rice seeds brought back by Chang'e-5 transplanted – Ep. 32.
CGTN: Live: Seedlings from rice seeds brought back by Chang'e-5 transplanted – Ep. 34.
RocketLab: Building a Path To The Moon (CAPSTONE) (filmpje).

Mars:
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sols 3074-3075: Forecasting High Chance of Clouds at 'Mont Mercou!'.
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sols 3076-3077: Dancing Around 'Mont Mercou'.
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sols 3078-3080: A Sandy Stop Near ‘Mont Mercou'.
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sols 3071-3073: Get Closer to 'Mont Mercou,' but Do it Backwards.
NASA: NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Takes Selfie With 'Mont Mercou'.
SciNews: Curiosity at Mont Mercou, Mars (4K UHD) (filmpje).
Supercluster: Put yourself in Curiosity’s shoes (technically, wheels.)
NASA: NASA's InSight Detects Two Sizable Quakes on Mars.
Spaceflight Now: Perseverance rover begins steps to deploy Mars helicopter.
Video From Space: Ingenuity helicopter's legs fully deployed, Perseverance watches.
SciNews: How Mars rovers take self-portraits (selfies) (filmpje).
NASA: Sensors Collect Crucial Data on Mars Landings With Arrival of Perseverance.
Space News: NASA exchanged data with China on Mars orbiters.
Spaceflight Now: China’s Tianwen 1 mission targets mid-May landing on Mars.
SpaceCom: China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft captures stunning crescent Mars photos.
IEEE Spectrum: Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover.
Spaceflight Now: Northrop Grumman to supply solid rocket motors for first Mars Ascent Vehicle.
Astrum: How Opportunity Shocked NASA Scientists.
Universe Today: Mars Spiders Form as Spring Arrives on Mars. But why?
Universe Today: Clear Signs of Recent Erosion on Mars.

Jupiter:
PhysOrg: NASA's Europa Clipper builds hardware, moves toward assembly.

Bennu:
Space News: OSIRIS-REx to make final close approach to asteroid before heading back to Earth.

Psyche:
Aerospace-Technology: Nasa takes delivery of SEP Chassis from Maxar for Psyche mission.
Spacewatch: MAXAR delivers platform for NASA’s Psyche mission.
NASA: #MissionToPsyche​: Q&A from JPL’s Spacecraft Assembly Facility (filmpje).

Voyager:
Scott Manley: The Voyager Golden Records Last Recording (filmpje).


Ruimteafval, ruimteweer, ruimtemonitoring en aanverwante.
EGSA: Galileo satellite performs collision avoidance manoeuvre.
Space News: As Astroscale prepares to launch debris-removal demo, UK eyes in-orbit servicing leadership.
NPR: Satellite Launched On Mission To Remove Space Trash.
Space News: Space Force to push conversation on spaceflight safety, orbital debris.

SpaceCom: Defunct US weather satellite breaks up in Earth orbit.

NASA: NASA, SpaceX Sign Joint Spaceflight Safety Agreement.
Space News: NASA and SpaceX sign agreement on spaceflight safety.

SpaceCom: Thousands more satellites will soon orbit Earth. We need better rules to prevent space crashes.
Live Sciences: How do tiny pieces of space junk cause incredible damage?

The Space Review: Spaceport traffic management.
The Space Review: The growing case for active debris removal.

Een reeks podcasts:
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on: Satellites vs space debris.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: Falling to Earth takes a long time.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: a topic of global concern.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: The cost of avoiding collision.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: We're launching more than ever.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: The role of reentries.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on space debris: Where today's debris came from.
ESA (Soundcloud): ESA & UNOOSA on: the impact of debris.

De bijbehorende infographics:
ESA: Satellites vs Debris.
ESA: Falling to Earth takes a long time.
ESA: The cost of avoiding collision.
ESA: We're launching more than ever.
ESA: The role of reentries.
ESA: The history of space debris creation.
ESA: The impact of space debris.

Universe Today: A new Method to Capture High-Resolution Images of Space Debris.

NSS: Space: The Final Frontier for Garbage? (over Space Guard).

RoomEU: Space weather and risk mitigation.
NOAASatellites: 5 Things: Space Weather (filmpje).

Astroscale: Astroscale's ELSA-d Mission: '7 Year Marathon for Clean Space' (filmpje).

Misschien niet helemaal hetzelfde als hierboven…
Secure World Foundation: Security and Stability of Space: What You Need to Know.
TRENDS Research and Advisory: Threats to space aren’t just weapons.


Ook dat nog – NASA veroorzaakt relletje.
Inside Outer Space: One China, One Mars: Website Stirs Scolding (Updated with NASA Response).


Om af te ronden – Twee nieuwe toeristische trekpleisters.
NASA: Delta II Added to Historic Line-up at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Rocket Garden.
ULA: United Launch Alliance Delta II Rocket Honored at Grand Opening Ceremony (filmpje).
Floriday Today: New rocket on display at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Collect Space: Apollo 13 astronauts statue touches down at Space Center Houston.


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