Category Archives: SpaceCasts

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.24.2021

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

** Spacewalk season timelapse, episode 4European Space Agency, ESA

Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Alpha”. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide performed a spacewalk on 12 September 2021 to prepare for the installation of a new solar array on the International Space Station. The new solar arrays, called IROSA or ISS Roll-Out Solar Array, are being gradually installed over the existing arrays to boost the International Space Station’s power system. Thomas and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough prepared and installed two IROSA solar panels across three spacewalk in June. The arrays were taken from their storage area outside the Space Station and passed from spacewalker to spacewalker to the worksite. There the rolled arrays were secured, unfolded, connected and then unfurled.

** Node 1 | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available) – ESAEuropean 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 – episode five is NASA’s Node-1, also known as Unity.

Unity is the module that connects the Russian segment of the International Space Station to the other modules. Launched on 4 December 1998 inside Space Shuttle Endeavour, it was joined to the Russian Zarya module two days later, forming the basis of the International Space Station. The cylindrical module has six docking ports to connect visiting spacecraft and other modules. 

Follow Thomas: https://blogs.esa.int/exploration/it/category/astronauts/thomas-pesquet/

** Destiny laboratory – a day in the life of Thomas Pesquet – European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is sharing scenes from life on board the International Space Station during his second mission “Alpha”. He shared this video moving through NASA’s Destiny laboratory, detailing the elements of a normal day in the research module. From the exercise bike to the robotics workstation and all the research facilities, Thomas shows how astronauts work in the US space laboratory. 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.

** See the Inspiration4 crew peer through the SpaceX Crew Dragon cupola window for 1st time VideoFromSpace

The crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission were amazed as they opened the hatch of the new Cupola window on the Crew Dragon Resilience. Full Story: [https://www.space.com/spacex-inspiration4-unveil-cupola-window-video]

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Space policy roundup – Sept.21.2021

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):

International space

Webcasts:

** Tour of NASA Moon Rover South Pole Landing Site – NASA

In 2023, NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole to map and explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. Learn more: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/na…

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.14.2021Dr. Thomas Matula discussed “his two papers and ideas on space settlement and the benefits for Earth from space settlement“.

** Shenzhou-12 Taikonauts Safely Return to Earth, More News on China’s Mars UAV, Weekly Launch UpdateDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com).

This week, we discuss:
00:00 Introduction
01:00 The Shenzhou 12 crew de-orbits and returns safely to Earth
06:29 Major launch update including Space Transportation and Orienspace
18:10 Updates on China’s Mars UAV

See also the show summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 13 – 19 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** A new fleet of Moon landers will set sail next year, backed by private companies – Science/AAAS

Who knew outsourcing could extend to outer space? In some ways, that’s the aim of NASA’s $2.6-billion initiative meant to galvanize the private sector’s development of Moon landers and rovers.

** Space Café WebTalk – Law Breakfast 4 – 22. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In the latest Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, Steven Freeland and Torsten Kriening welcomed Elina Morozova and Andrzej Misztal at the wonderful ‘Coffee-Desk’ Café in Warsaw.

** Space Policy Edition: The cultural rituals of space advocacy, with Linda Billings – Planetary Radio/Planetary Society

Communication is culture, says Dr. Linda Billings, an expert in social science and space outreach. So what culture is summed by the types of space advocacy that call for pioneering, colonization and conquest of nature? Linda talks about the importance of language and context when advocating for space, and how we should consider other cultural values and frameworks for effective public engagement.

** September 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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The Space Show this week – Sept.21.2021

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dan Adamo to discuss orbital debris mitigation, Starlink, Inspiration 4 and much more.

2. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 – 1:00 pm PDT (3 pm CDT, 4 pm EDT): Hotel MarsRobert (Rob) Godwin will talk about his book on 2001: A Space Odyssey [Amazon link] and the heritage legacy of Kubrick movie.

3. Friday, Sept.24, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back Jose Ocasio-Christian news and updates for Caleus and The Community In Space LLC.

4. Sunday, Sept.26, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Open Lines. All calls welcome. Call toll free 1-866-687-7223. We want to hear from you.

Some recent shows:

** Tuesday, Sept.14.2021Dr. Thomas Matula discussed “his two papers and ideas on space settlement and the benefits for Earth from space settlement“.

** Friday, Sept.17.2021Thomas A. Olson and Walt Anderson described “their communications platform company with HQ in the UK and their nearing operations“.

** Sunday, Sept.19.2021Professor Madhu Thangavelu reviewed

his 30+ years of teaching his space architecture design and critical thinking course. He talked about then and now, students over times and more.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.17.2021

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

** Expedition 65 Inflight with Today Show – September 17, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA discussed living and working in space and other research topics during an in-flight interview September 17 with NBC’s Today Show. Kimbrough and McArthur launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” for a planned six-month science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei on setting the record for longest single spaceflight for an American NASA Johnson

With the plans for Russian spaceflight participants to visit the International Space Station as part of the MS-19 Soyuz crew in October 2021, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov will remain aboard the station until March 2022. Upon return to Earth, Mark Vande Hei will hold the record for longest single spaceflight for an American. Vande Hei talked about his mission extension and impending spaceflight record during an interview from the International Space Station.

A potential benefit to this extension is NASA gaining deeper insight into how the human body adapts to life in microgravity for longer periods of time. This research helps prepare for Artemis missions to the Moon and eventually long-duration missions to Mars, as well as provides critical opportunities for additional research to be conducted aboard the station that can benefit life on Earth.

** Spacewalk Outside the International Space StationNASA

Does your weekend include any home improvements? Ours does! On Sun. Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 UTC), watch Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet venture outside the International Space Station to perform upgrades to the orbiting lab. The duo [spent] approximately 6.5 hours in the vacuum of space preparing the space station for the installation of its third new roll-up solar array.

** Kibo | Space Station 360 (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 – this is the Kibo module.

Kibo is the Japanese module, also known as the Japanese Experiment Module or JEM. Thomas takes you through the hardware available for the astronauts and researchers on Earth and the unique airlock and storage space in Kibo.

The video is part of a series with Thomas showing each module in full 360 surround video. Click and drag with your mouse or move your smartphone around to see different angles and feel like you are in space with Thomas. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

** Quest airlock | Space Station 360 (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 – episode four is @NASA’s Quest airlock.

The Quest airlock is the Station’s smallest module, but it is vital for going on spacewalks. This is where the astronauts suit up into their spacesuits, prepare for the spacewalk and enter the airlock to go outside for maintenance, installing new equipment or science experiments.

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Space policy roundup – Sept.13.2021

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):

International space

Webcasts:

** Chinese Smartphones to Adopt Satellite Connectivity, Recap on Provincial Space PoliciesDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com). This week, we discuss:
00:00 Introduction
01:01 Chinese smartphones and satellite connectivity
11:08 Recap on provincial space policies
15:25
Two launches for China’s space program

See a summary of the program at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 6 – 12 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** NSS Town Hall: The NSS Policy Committee with Randy Gigante and Charles EllzeyNational Space Society

For our September 9 Town Hall, NSS presented two leaders from our policy committee. As a grass-roots advocacy and educational organization, the National Space Society takes positions on space activities from NASA to industry to commercial and entrepreneurial spaceflight. Did you ever wonder how the decision is made to take a position on a particular issue? The National Space Society’s Policy Committee discusses, debates, and formulates the positions that the NSS takes to advance the cause of human beings living and working in communities beyond the Earth. …

** How reforms can further accelerate the pace of Indian Space sectorGeospatial World

The Government of India has recently announced policy reforms to boost the country’s Space sector. With a clear focus on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or a self-reliant India, the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), has been formed to bridge the gap between the government and private industry. This is what the industry experts had to say about the impact of the new policy reforms.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Sept.12.2021John Bucknell talked about space solar power (SSP) and about the plans of his company Virtus Solis to develop commercial SSP.

** The Space Show – Friday, Sept.10.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed U.S. space and national security in Asia post Afghanistan.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. Sept.8.2021Stephanie Thomas of Princeton Satellite Systems spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about about fusion for in-space propulsion.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.8.2021Chris Blackerby gave an “update … on Astrocale with its life extension space hardware process plus their work on orbital debris removal“.

** Space, Climate Change, and International Cooperation | Secure World

The need for accurate and precise data on the current state of the planet has never been more urgent. Space is playing an increasingly important role in enabling us to monitor and tackle climate change, helping the global community gain a better picture of the urgency to take action.

The Secure World Foundation and the British Embassy co-hosted a webinar delving into this timely topic. It focused on the applications of space technologies, such as satellites, to help track climate change on Earth and provide critical data for scientists and policy makers, how space will fit into 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being held in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021, and the UK’s overall global leadership in climate action. The event also underscored the imperative to work through multilateral fora and international agreements to address this global priority.

** Podcast: 110 – NGSO Constellations Everywhere, Déjà Vu all Over Again, and What the Future Really HoldsConstellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

On this Constellations Podcast, we’ll talk about the exponential growth of Non-Geostationary-Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations, their commercial and go-to-market plans, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in realizing a bandwidth filled future. Well over 50,000 NGSO communications smallsats are planned for launch over the next decade. SpaceX, Amazon Project Kuiper, SES, Telesat, OneWeb and many other constellation providers are promising to transform the space industry with thousands of NGSOs beaming tens of Terabits per second to the ground to satisfy a seemingly endless demand for bandwidth. During this episode, Nathan de Ruiter, the Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada will share insights into the go-to-market plans and commercial strategy for these NGSO constellations and the implications from a business model, cost, funding and ground segment perspective.

** Space Café WebTalk – Prof. Enrico Stoll – 6. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening had the opportunity to speak with one of the industry’s “hidden gems”, Professor Enrico Stoll, who is the new Chair of Space Technology at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany’s first technical university. Born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic and with a 20-year career spanning several continents, holding academic positions in Dresden, Moscow, Massachusetts, Munich and Sydney, he is an expert in aerospace engineering and astronautics. In his current role, he researches space technology, debris removal, manufacturing in space and space robotics. This week, he and Torsten discuss TU Berlin’s legacy of space innovation as well as Professor Stoll’s own research into nano-sats and space debris. A crash course in TU Berlin’s 30-year small-sat history …

** Gordon Roesler – Why Do We Need Commercial Logistics Systems for Space?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Robots In Space founder Dr. Gordon Roesler returns to the Cold Star Project following his appearance as a speaker at the State of the Space Industrial Base 2021 event. We’re looking at the need for commercial logistics systems for space, and why the US needs to invest in these in a hurry. …

** September 10, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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