Category Archives: Space Systems

Geared Up for Launch – Immortal Data & NM Tech

An update from Immortal Data on the partnership with students at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology on a sub-orbital rocket project:

Geared Up for Launch:
Four Years of Space Engineering Takes Flight

August, 30, 2021 (New Mexico) – Innovation works hard behind the scenes, often for years, before its accomplishments see the light of day. This year marks an exciting one for Immortal Data and the students of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, as their industrial partnership is finally set to take off, with all their hard work on board. Since 2017, IDI and NM Tech students have toiled long hours, developing the payload mounting and attaching system for sub-orbital flight, using extremely strict weight and volume guidelines. Their combined efforts have resulted in a payload that not only holds IDI’s data acquisition and logging system “microDAQ and ShipsStore,” but also includes structural health monitoring capabilities.

Structural Health Monitoring is an important technology that improves flight safety and reduces operation cost of future space systems. By monitoring structural conditions in real time, information on changes and damage can be reported immediately to the support team, which allows fast decisions to be made.

According to Dr. Andrei Zagrai,

“We believe that structural health monitoring will be one of key components in re-usability of future space vehicles. We are very excited to demonstrate its feasibility and integration with the blackbox system developed by Immortal Data. It is a great opportunity to test our ideas during sub-orbital space flight.”

This partnership has been a great opportunity for not only Immortal Data, but also for their partners at NMT. Students have been able to participate in a project that will reshape the future of space safety standards.

“This project is also an excellent example of collaboration between the institute and a commercial company as it has both educational and research objectives. We have an undergraduate student team which helped to design and fabricate payload and gained much experience interacting with space engineers at Immortal Data. A graduate student and a former New Mexico Tech graduate were involved in design, implementation and validation of SHM experiment further advancing research and engineering solutions for space vehicles. We hope that our joint work will help to make spaceflight safer and affordable to everyone.”

Through blended endeavors of passion and drive, NM Tech students and IDI have crafted a piece of technology that will impact the future of space engineering for years to come. IDI ShipStore’s patented solution to accumulate, store, and share sensor data in real time, combined with the enclosure designed by NMT to withstand the rigorous stress of a space launch, is a huge achievement for both parties involved. Immortal Data will be delivering the payload this month in anticipation of the sub-orbital flight scheduled to take place in November. They continue to prove their commitment to safety in space and to the space community.About Immortal Data: Immortal Data is an affordable solution to the data collection and recovery demands of the burgeoning and budget-minded private space craft industry.

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The X-15 Rocket Plane:
Flying the First Wings into Space

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America’s New Destiny in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Aug.27.2021

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** International Space Station Crew Previews SpaceX CRS-23 ScienceNASA

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are ready for a big delivery of science experiments and supplies! From seeds to a robotic arm, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough discuss the investigations they are excited to welcome aboard station during SpaceX’s 23nd commercial resupply mission. The SpaceX CRS-23 mission is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory on August 29. Learn more about the science on this mission: https://go.nasa.gov/3lZ2Qa4

** Space Station 360 – Columbus module (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – starting with Europe’s science laboratory, Columbus. Columbus is not the Station’s largest module, but it is one of the best equipped. It is the place where European astronauts conduct most of their work on board and has an external platform that allows experiments to be exposed to the vacuum of space. In addition to science racks, Columbus offers storage space and even a new crew quarter for sleeping. Click and drag with your mouse or move your smartphone around see different angles and feel like you too are in space.

** Enter the airlock with Thomas Pesquet (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet gives a tour of the International Space Station’s airlock – the module used to prepare for and carry out spacewalks. In this video, Thomas provides an overview of the EMU spacesuit used for US spacewalks and its different components. The spacesuits can be adjusted depending on an astronaut’s size, but the gloves are customised to ensure each astronaut has maximum mobility in their hands and fingers. Thomas shows the cameras and lighting systems that allow astronauts to continue work when over the side of Earth not lit by the sun, the visors they put down during periods of harsh light and the cooling garments worn under the suits that keep their bodies at the right temperature. He also explains the equipment lock and the crew lock, where astronauts breathe in a controlled way to rid their blood of nitrogen and adjust to the lower pressure of space. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

** Amazing space station time-lapse shows Earth from Baja to South AmericaVideoFromSpace

Fly from Baja, California to the west coast of South America in this time-lapse. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured the footage from the International Space Station.

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Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Aug.20.2021

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Expedition 65 Education Inflight with Arkansas School for Math Science and Arts – August 18, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Shane Kimbrough of NASA answered pre-recorded questions from the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas August 18 in an educational in-flight event. Vande Hei and Kimbrough are in the midst of long duration missions on the complex.

** Astronauts play ‘weightless sharpshooting’ for first-ever ‘space olympics’VideoFromSpace

Watch astronauts play ‘weightless sharpshooting’ aboard the International Space Station for the first-ever ‘space olympics.’ Astronauts hold their own Summer Olympics in space https://www.space.com/astronauts-spac…

** Watch astronauts control space station’s robotic arm to capture spacecraftVideoFromSpace

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet commanded the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 to capture the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft on Aug. 12, 2021.

** Thomas tours the MLM module (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

Join ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet for a tour of the International Space Station’s Russian MLM module. The module docked to the Station on 29 July 2021, bringing with it the European Robotic Arm (ERA) that will provide unprecedented access outside the Russian segment. In this tour, Thomas explains what happened when the module arrived on Station and gives an overview of its facilities and functions. Short for Multipurpose Laboratory Module, and also known as Nauka, the module increases opportunities for science and research in microgravity. Thomas shows the hatch to access the module, its main hall and a new toilet – the third toilet for the Space Station. He also shows the scientific racks, the piloting station for ERA, a crew quarter, and a second part of the module that will be used for docking with an airlock that will allow experiments to be sent out into the vacuum of space, and a window that – once it is functional – will provide more incredible views over Earth. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

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Outpost in Orbit:
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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Aug.6.2021

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Expedition 65 National Park Service – August 6, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Megan McArthur of NASA discussed life in space during an in-flight interview August 6 with the National Park Service. McArthur launched to the orbiting outpost on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” in April and is in the midst of six-month mission.

** Nauka module’s hatch opened on space station – Peek inside  – VideoFromSpace

Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky & Pyotr Dubrov opened the hatch to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module on July 30, 2021. Russia’s Nauka module briefly tilts space station with unplanned thruster fire: https://www.space.com/nauka-module-th…

** Banjo time with Thomas Pesquet! European Space Agency, ESA

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared this video on social media with the caption: “100 days in space for #MissionAlpha. It feels like a long time ago, but we also installed new toilets shortly after arriving. I was looking at the procedures on the tablet velcroed to my thigh, and yes, this filter looked so much like a banjo, I had to. The same video specialist at ESA who edits the timelapse videos (and much, much more!), Melanie Cowan, spotted this clip from the Space Station onboard camera views, added some music and the result is… perfectly embarrassing! . True story: I actually helped Mark on this day. A little. Maybe. No one knows.” Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’ time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by the French space agency @CNES. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

** Everything You Need to Know about the Chinese Space StationDongfang Hour – YouTube

China has been swiftly assembling its Chinese space station, basically a large 60+ tons space laboratory that will be orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 350-450 km. Over the period 2021-2022 alone, 11 launches will take place, sending 3 core modules of the space station as well as 4 crewed missions (Shenzhou) and 4 cargo missions (Tianzhou). But did you know that China’s crewed spaceflight projects date all the way back to the 1960s? In the episode, we cover “everything you need to know” about the Chinese Space Station, from a historical perspective to a detailed timeline of the station assembly. All the essentials of the CSS should be covered here, but we will have other dedicated episodes to decipher more specific technical details and features of the space station.

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Outpost in Orbit:
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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – July.30.2021

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Nauka unexpectedly fires thrusters after docking, tilts space station – NASA explainsVideoFromSpace

The Nauka multipurpose module inadvertently began firing its thrusters after docking with the International Space Station. NASA public affairs officer Rob Navias explains. All the astronauts aboard are safe. — Russia’s Nauka module briefly tilts space station with unplanned thruster fire: https://www.space.com/nauka-module-th…

** Watch conversations and footage between Houston and the ISS in the dangerous event that occurred space googlevesaire

Watch the conversations between Houston and the space station and side shift footage from the direction the Space Station is in during the dangerous event at the International Space Station. At the end of the video, the astronauts also mention that the situation is stable.

** … Expedition 65 International Space Station Update…NASA Video – A real-time ISS control room report during Thursday, July 29 after the unplanned firings of the thrusters on the Nauka module.

Space Station Stable After Earlier Unplanned MLM Thruster Firing Following the docking of the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), named Nauka, to the International Space Station at 9:29 am EDT Thursday, July 29, Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station conducted leak checks between Nauka and the service module. At 12:45 pm, the flight control team noticed the unplanned firing of MLM thrusters that caused the station to move out of orientation. Ground teams have regained attitude control and the motion of the space station is stable. The crew was never and is not in any danger, and flight controllers in Mission Control Houston are monitoring the status of the space station. Updates on the space station will be provided on NASA.gov and the agency’s social media pages.

** Media Teleconference: International Space Station UpdateNASA Video – An audio briefing from NASA on Thursday, July 29th about the anomalous firing of thrusters on the Russian Nauka module, which docked with the station earlier that day.

** Expedition 65 Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka Docking – July 29, 2021 – NASA Video

The Russian “Nauka” Multipurpose Laboratory (MLM) docked to the space station July 29 following a launch from the Baikonur Cosmondrome in Kazakhstan on July 21. “Nauka”, the Russian word for science, replaced the Pirs Docking Compartment which undocked from the station July 24 and was deorbited by an unpiloted Progress supply ship after 20 years of service at the orbiting outpost. The Multipurpose Laboratory Module will serve as a research lab, docking port, and airlock for Russian segment spacewalks.

** Expedition 65 Scripps Institution of Oceanography – July 20, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Megan McArthur of NASA discussed the view of Earth from orbit and other research topics during an in-flight interview July 20 with members of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. McArthur is in the midst of a planned six-month mission aboard the complex, having launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour”.

** Orbital Flight Test-2: Crew and Science BriefingNASA’s Kennedy Space Center – An Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) virtual NASA Social “chat with NASA astronauts and learn more about the science launching aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft“.

** Pirs docking compartment departs space station in stunning time-lapseVideoFromSpace

The Pirs docking compartment and the Russian Progress 77 spacecraft were undocked from the International Space Station on July 26, 2021. Pirs arrived at the orbital outpost in 2001. [Article at Russia discards Pirs docking port to clear way for new space station module | Space.com]

** SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft re-docks with space station after changing ports VideoFromSpace

SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts NASA’s Shane Kimbrough and  Megan McArthur, JAXA’s Akihiko Hoshide and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet moved the Crew Dragon Endeavour to a new docking port on the International Space Station on July 21, 2021.

** Celebrating 20 Years of International Space Station Spacewalks NASA Johnson

On July 20, 2001, two NASA astronauts took the first “steps” out of the International Space Station’s Quest airlock, marking the start of two decades of successful spacewalks in support of station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades enabling all of the life and work onboard to take place. On the same date 32 years before this milestone spacewalk outside the space station, two Apollo astronauts were taking historic steps of their own on the lunar surface for the first time. Astronaut Mike Gernhardt tells us what it was like to follow in such momentous footsteps and how crucial innovations, like the airlock and many others, are to the future of human exploration near and far.

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Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station