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Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart – Week 2021/48–575

Het jaar 2028 lijkt nog ver, maar bij NASA denkt men nu al aan de opvolger van het ISS. Dat wordt klaarblijkelijk een commercieel ruimtestation, zo blijkt uit de toewijzing van drie contracten om een ontwerp ervan verder uit te werken. Wat dit voor de internationale partners betekent? Goeie vraag. Verder waren er twee lanceringen deze week. Het weer zorgde er voor dat de lancering van een Soyuz-raket vanop de Europese lanceerbasis enkele dagen op zich liet wachten. Goed om te weten voor wie nu al uitkijkt naar de lancering van de JWST. Dat en nog veel meer in het Nieuws Uit De Ruimtevaart van deze week.

Bij de foto: Neutron wordt de nieuwe raket voor RocketLab. Origineel is wel de neuskegel. Die blijft aan de raket verbonden. Afbeelding: RocketLab


Elon Musk – SpaceX failliet als we productieproblemen Raptor niet oplossen.
CNBC: Elon Musk tells SpaceX employees that Starship engine crisis is creating a ‘risk of bankruptcy’.
SpaceCom: Starship engine 'crisis' poses possible bankruptcy risk for SpaceX, Elon Musk says: report.
Space News: SpaceX grapples with Raptor production problems.
Ars Technica: Here’s why Elon Musk asked his SpaceX employees to work Thanksgiving.
Teslarati: Elon Musk says SpaceX could soon face bankruptcy – here’s why that’s unlikely.


SpaceX lanceert Starlink-satellieten en 2 BlackSky exemplaren.
Spaceflight: SRX-2: We’re taking BlackSky to space (again).
Spaceflight Now: Two BlackSky satellites hitching ride on Starlink mission.
Spaceflight Now: Soyuz launch to add two more satellites to Europe’s Galileo navigation network.
Teslarati: SpaceX confirms Starlink launch plans hours before Thursday liftoff.
Teslarati: SpaceX breaks annual launch record with Starlink rideshare.
Space News: SpaceX breaks annual launch record as it deploys 48 more Starlink satellites.
NasaSpaceFlight: SpaceX enters busy December with Starlink launch from Florida.

Filmpjes:
SpaceX: Starlink Mission.
SciNews: SpaceX Starlink 32 launch & Falcon 9 first stage landing, 2 December 2021.


Arianespace lanceert 2 Galileo-satellieten, 10 Jaar Galileo. 10 Jaar Soyuz lanceringen vanop het CSG.
Space Daily: Galileo ground control segment ready for full operational capability.
EUSPA: EUSPA ready for satellite operations ahead of Galileo Launch 11.
ESA: Galileo satellites given green light for launch.
ESA: Galileo satellites in place for launch.

Arianespace: Flight VS26: postponement of the launch.
Arianespace: Flight VS26: launch postponed.
TASS: Launch of Soyuz-ST-B from Kourou delayed again due to weather conditions.

ESA: Two new satellites mark further enlargement of Galileo.
EUSPA: After the successful launch of 2 new Galileo satellites, the satellites operations are now ongoing.
Arianespace: VS26: Galileo successfully expands his fleet with Arianespace.
Spaceflight Now: Arianespace launches Galileo navigation satellites in final mission before Webb.
NasaSpaceFlight: Arianespace launches Soyuz ST-B with new batch of Galileo satellites.

De Arianespace Launch Kit vind je hier (PDF).

Filmpjes:
ESA: Galileo: en route to full operational capability.
EUSPA: Galileo Ground Control Centers.
Arianespace: Flight Arianespace VS26 – GALILEO FOC M9 – Sat 27-28.
CSG: Emission Live #3 : Le décollage de VS26.
SciNews: Soyuz ST-B launches Galileo FOC-M9 (23-24), SAT 27-28.
EUSPA: Galileo Launch 11: Statement from EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

Onlangs vierde Galileo zijn 10de verjaardag:
EUSPA: Galileo 10th launch anniversary: The day the European Union broke through the GNSS industry.
Zie hier het bijbehorende filmpje.
ESA: Galileo: The first 10 years (filmpje).

Ondertussen kent men ook al 10 jaar lang Soyuz-lanceringen vanop het CSG.
ESA: Ten years of Soyuz at Europe’s Spaceport.


RocketLab – Update Neutron. En ander RocketLab nieuws.
RocketLab: Rocket Lab Reveals Neutron Launch Vehicle’s Advanced Architecture.
Space News: Rocket Lab updates Neutron design.
NasaSpaceFlight: Neutron switches to methane/oxygen, 1 Meganewton Archimedes engine revealed.
SpaceCom: Rocket Lab's next-gen Neutron rocket will be reusable (and have a 'Hungry Hippo' nose cone).

Filmpjes:
RocketLab: Neutron Rocket | Major Development Update.
Scott Manley: Rocket Lab's Neutron Rocket Will Be More Reusable Than Falcon 9.

Nog wat RocketLab-nieuws (van recent tot wat langer geleden):
GovConWire: Rocket Lab Completes Planetary Systems Buy; Peter Beck Quoted.
Space News: Rocket Lab to acquire Planetary Systems Corp.
Parabolic Arc: Rocket Lab Inks Deal with Varda Space Industries to Supply Multiple Photon Spacecraft for Space Manufacturing Missions.
Space News: Rocket Lab to launch NASA smallsat using SBIR award.
Space Daily: Rocket Lab wins Space Force contract to develop new rocket system.
Space News: Pandemic delaying Rocket Lab launches.


Het Witte Huis publiceert een “framework” voor hun ruimtevaartprioriteiten.
Een PDF met als titel “United States Space Priorities Framework” vind je hier.
Space News: White House releases space priorities framework.
Breaking Defense: New White House space framework highlights military resilience amid ‘serious threat’.
The Verge: Biden administration issues new framework for space policy, with a focus on climate change.

NASA: Vice President Highlights STEM in First National Space Council Meeting.
Space News: Biden administration turns focus to space security.
Via Satellite: The First National Space Council Focuses on Space Security in the Wake of ASAT Test.
Space Policy Online: Biden-Harris space priorities framework calls for robust space enterprise, space sustainability.


ISS – Nog eens het gat in Soyuz MS-09.
Ars Technica: Russia threatens criminal charges against a NASA astronaut.


ISS – Ruimtewandeling eerst uitgesteld door ruimteafval. Defecte antenne vervangen.

Eerst uitstellen … 
Space News: NASA postpones ISS spacewalk because of debris.
TASS: NASA delays astronauts’ spacewalk over space debris approaching orbital outpost.
Spaceflight Now: NASA calls off spacewalk due to possible risk of space debris.
SpaceCom: Russian anti-satellite test has made spacewalks riskier for astronauts.

… dan wandelen.
NasaSpaceFlight: Astronauts complete spacewalk to replace faulty antenna.
SpaceCom: NASA astronauts on spacewalk replace faulty antenna outside space station.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Expedition 66 Spacewalk 78 Preview Briefing - November 29, 2021.
NASA: Expedition 66 Spacewalk 78 Animation - November 29, 2021.
NASA: NASA Spacewalk to Replace Space Station Antenna (live broadcast).


ISS – Soyuz MS-20 nadert lanceerdag.
TASS: TASS' first-ever reporter-cosmonaut, Japanese tourists to return to Earth on December 20.

Filmpje:
Yuzhny Space Center: Soyuz MS-20 in de assemblage hal.


ISS – NASA koopt drie extra Crew Dragon vluchten.
Space News: NASA to award SpaceX three more commercial crew flights.


ISS – Weldra Crew Dragons gekoppeld met het Russische segment? Via Prichal?
Teslarati: NASA wants SpaceX to dock Dragons at new Russian space station ‘node’.


ISS – De blogentries, Daily Summary Reports en Science Highlights.
NASA: Astronauts Ready for Tuesday’s Spacewalk.
NASA: NASA TV Covers Station Spacewalk Live on Tuesday.
NASA: NASA Teams Delay Spacewalk After Debris Notification.
NASA: Station Spacewalk Now Planned for Thursday.
NASA: Crew Preps for Thursday Spacewalk During Station Upkeep, Research.
NASA: Astronauts Getting Ready for Spacewalk Live on NASA TV.
NASA: NASA Astronauts Begin Spacewalk to Replace Antenna System.
NASA: NASA Astronauts Replace Antenna System Ending Spacewalk.
NASA: Flight Controllers Assessing Debris Risk to Station.
NASA: Station Separates from Debris After Orbital Maneuver.

NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/24/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/26/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/29/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/30/2021.
NASA: ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/01/2021.

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of November 29, 2021.


ISS – Meer nieuws uit het ruimtestation.
TASS: US Pegasus rocket debris to approach space station on December 3 — Roscosmos.
SpaceCom: Space station dodges space debris from decades-old Pegasus rocket.

Filmpjes:
NASA: Space to Ground: Home Improvement: 12/03/2021.
NASA: SpaceCast Weekly - December 3, 2021.
Roscosmos: Undocking Progress MS-17 and rotation of the ISS by 90°.
ESA: Workout in 360º | Cosmic Kiss  (beelden in de Cupola).


ISS – NASA en commerciële ruimtestations.
NASA OIG: NASA's Management of the International Space Station and Efforts to Commercialize Low Earth Orbit (IG-22-005) (PDF).
Space News: NASA inspector general warns of space station gap.
Space.Com: Private habitats, not just the International Space Station, may be needed to get astronauts to Mars: report.

NASA: NASA Selects Companies to Develop Commercial Destinations in Space.
NanoRacks: Nanoracks, Voyager Space, & Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract to Design Commercial Space Station.
Lockheed Martin: Nanoracks, Voyager Space, And Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract To Build First-Of-Its-Kind Commercial Space Station.
Voyager Space: Nanoracks, Voyager Space, and Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract to Build First-of-its-Kind Commercial Space Station.
Orbital Reef (Blue Origin): NASA selects Orbital Reef to develop Space Station replacement (pdf).
Northrop Grumman: Northrop Grumman Signs Agreement with NASA to Design Space Station for Low Earth Orbit.

Universe Today: NASA Plans to Retire the Space Station in 2030 and Replace it with Commercially Owned “Destinations” in Low Earth Orbit.

Filmpje:
NASA: Media Briefing: Commercial LEO Destinations.


ROSS – Het nieuwe Russische ruimtestation.
TASS: Roscosmos CEO believes 2028 will be critical for future ISS activities.
TASS:  Russia to send more spacecraft to new national orbital station than to ISS.


CSS – Nieuws uit het Chinese ruimtestation.
ECNS: China to livestream first space class from Tiangong space station.
SpaceCom: Astronauts get physical and mental workouts on Chinese space station.

Filmpjes:
Video From Space: Chinese space station living! Exercise, puzzle games & an Earth time-lapse.
CCTV: Shenzhou-13 Astronaut Uses Cutting-edge Water Dispenser in Space Station.
CCTV: Chinese Astronauts Seen Carrying out Work in Relaxed Manner Onboard Space Station.
CCTV: Chinese Astronauts Undergo Routine Health Check Up Ahead of Space Lecture.
CCTV: Chinese astronauts extend wishes to volunteers on International Volunteer Day.


Artemis – Nieuws.
NASA: NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Future Mega Moon Rocket Boosters.
NASA Artemis Blog: SLS Booster Fired up to Test Improved Design for Future Artemis Missions.
NG: Northrop Grumman Awarded NASA Booster Production and Operations Contract to Support Artemis Program.
Space News: Northrop Grumman wins NASA contract for SLS booster production.

Space News: 2022 Artemis Mission Debuts America’s Powerful New Launch Capability.


SpaceX – Starship – Werken aan een lanceerpad in Florida. Boca Chica nieuws.
SpaceCom: SpaceX starts building Starship launch pad in Florida.
CNBC: Elon Musk says SpaceX has started building a Starship launchpad on Florida’s Space Coast.

Teslarati: SpaceX tests Starship and Frankenstein ‘test tank’ simultaneously.

Filmpjes:
NasaSpaceFlight: Crews Work on Ship 20's Aft Flaps | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Booster 4's Test Preparations Continue | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Ship 20 Prepares for its Next Static Fire | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Ship 20 Aborts Static Fire Attempt | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: New Structure Assembled | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Super Heavy Booster 5 Peeks Out of the High Bay | SpaceX Boca Chica.
NasaSpaceFlight: Booster Load Spreader Moved to the Launch Site | SpaceX Boca Chica.


Nieuws uit de (inter)planetaire ruimte.

Aarde:
ESA: Sentinel-6 returning most precise data ever on sea level.
Airbus: Airbus-built MetOp-A weather satellite retires after 15 years of operations.
NASA: NASA-supported Study Confirms Importance of Southern Ocean for Absorbing CO2.
Airbus: Airbus completes second ocean satellite Sentinel-6B.

Maan:
Japan Today: Nissan unveils lunar rover prototype developed with JAXA.

Mars:
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sol 3312: Thanksgiving 10 Years Ago…
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sol 3313: Onwards and Sidewards.
NASA Curiosity Status Report: Sols 3314-3315: Bountiful, Beautiful Boulders!
Universe Today: InSight Peers Deep Below the Surface on Mars.
ECNS: Chinese, European Mars probes complete in-orbit relay communication test.
ESA: A one-way phone call at Mars.
NASA: We Asked a NASA Expert: What’s it Like Landing on Mars? (filmpje).
ESA: ESA’s Mars Express unravels mystery of martian moon using 'fake' flybys.
ESA: ExoMars: Rover escapes from sand trap (filmpje).

En nog wat Belgisch planetair nieuws, met twee filmpjes:
BIRA: RoadMap team: Dr Ann Carine Vandaele (BIRA-IASB).
BIRA: RoadMap: Investigating the role and impact of dust and clouds in the Martian atmosphere.

Itokawa: 
Ars Technica: Asteroid-sample return shows water on its rocks’ surface.


JWST – Aftellen tot de lancering.
Spaceflight Now: NASA gives green light to fuel James Webb Space Telescope.
SpaceCom: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on track for Dec. 22 launch.
NasaSpaceFlight: Seeing the universe in the Mid-Infrared with James Webb’s MIRI instrument.

Filmpje:
JWST: Elements of Webb: Beryllium Part 2, Ep 04.
STScI: JWST Mission Operations Center at STScI.


Toekomstige ruimtetelescopen.
The Space Review: A new approach to flagship space telescopes.

GAO: NASA: Lessons from Ongoing Major Projects Can Inform Management of Future Space Telescopes (pdf).


De Russische ASAT-test – GPS Dreiging.
SpaceCom: SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites forced to dodge Russian anti-satellite test debris.
SpaceCom: Can SpaceX's Starlink sue Russia for anti-satellite missile test space debris fallout?
Space Policy Online: Russian ASAT test draws more condemnation from National Space Council, DOD wants to end debris-creating tests.
Space Policy Online: Senators urge Biden Administration action on space debris.
Space News: Space Council condemns “irresponsible” Russian ASAT test.

GPS World: Russia issues threat to GPS satellites
Parabolic Arc: Russia Threatens to Destroy U.S. GPS Satellite Constellation.

Space Daily: Space Force General says daily attacks on US satellites are 'Sending a Message'.
Parabolic Arc: Committee Leaders Question Biden Administration’s Efforts to Address Space Debris Issues.

The Space Review: Space law hasn’t been changed since 1967, but the UN aims to update laws and keep space peaceful.
International Risk Governance Center: Policy Brief: Policy Options to Address Collision Risk from Space Debris (PDF).
Outer Space Institute: Report: Russian ASAT test: A preliminary discussion (pdf).


Cybersecurity.
Via Satellite: It’s Only a Matter of Time and Space Until a Satellite Takeover.
Space News: Space Force official: Satellites in orbit have become pawns in geopolitical chess games.


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