Category Archives: Space industry

The Space Show this week – Sept.23.2019

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

1. Monday, Sept. 23, 2019; 2:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm EDT): No show today as Monday is reserved for special programming.

2. Tuesday, Sept. 24 , 2019; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT):  Dr. Anahita Modiriasari will talk about lunar and Martian lava tubes.

3. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019: Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Friday, Sept. 27, 2019; 9:30-11:00 am PDT (11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT, 12:30-2:00 pm EDT): We welcome back Dallas Bienhoff will discuss cislunar development and his recent SSI discussion comments.

5. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): OPEN LINES. We want to hear from you. STEM, STEAM, SPACE, SCIENCE calls welcome. First time callers welcome. Talk about what is on your mind with space.

Some recent shows:

** The Space Show – Sun, 09/22/2019 – Space attorney Wayne White  discussed property rights and other commercial space legal issues.

** Fri, 09/20/2019Dr. David Warmflash  talked about his new book, Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow , and about “Apollo’s Biomedical Lessons, human lunar spaceflight and more”.

** Tue, 09/17/2019Kim Holder and John Jossy “provided us with their analysis of the SIS Space Settlement Conference. This was an in-depth discussion of the extraordinary two day event”.

** Mon, 09/16/2019Dr. Patricia Hynes “discussed the upcoming ISPCS Conference to be held in Las Cruces, NM from Oct. 9-10, 2019 with implications for commercial and exploratory space”.

** The Space Hotel – Wed, 09/11/2019 – John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston talk with Anatoly Zak (RussianSpaceWeb.com) about the latest Russian space news and developments.

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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – David Livingston

 

The Space Show this week – Sept.16.2019

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

1. Monday, Sept. 16, 2019; 2:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm CDT; 5:00 pm EDT): We welcome Dr. Patricia Hynes back to the program to discuss International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight  (ISPCS 2019), Oct.9-10, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT; 10-11:30 pm EDT): We welcome back both Kim Holder and John Jossy to discuss the recently held SSI Space Settlement Conference. Lots happened at this conference and Kim and John will tell us about it.

3. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019: Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4 Friday, Sept. 20, 2019; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1:00 pm CDT; 12:30-2:00 pm EDT): We welcome Dr. David Warmflash regarding his new book, Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow , plus much more.

5. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Wayne White, noted space attorney regarding property rights and other commercial space legal issues.

Some recent shows:

** The Space Show – Sun, 09/15/2019Dr. Ajay Kothari talked about “returning to the Moon and beyond with his plans and ideas”:

** The Space Show – Fri, 09/13/2019 –  Lars Osborne and Daudi Barnes discussed their company, Agile Space Propulsion, and “explained their propulsion systems, hypergolic fuel uses and why they stand out from other companies”.

** The Space Show – Tue, 09/10/2019 – Aerospace engineer Andrew Rader talked about his new book Beyond The Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars.

** The Space Show/Hotel Mars – Wed, 09/04/2019  – John Batchelor and David Livingston talked with Douglas Loverro about “the USAF, creating a Space Force, China, Mars, national security 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – David Livingston

 

SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully launches Arabsat-6A and lands all 3 boosters

SpaceX this afternoon launched a Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat-6A communications satellite from Cape Kennedy Space Center. This was the second launch of a FH but this time all 3 cores of the FH were the most up-to-date Block 5 versions. And all 3 boosters  successfully landed. The 2 side boosters landed back on pads at Cape Canaveral while the center landed on a floating platform at sea.

A clip from the SpaceX webcast showing the liftoff:

Here is the segment of the webcast with the return flights and landings of the boosters:

After a coast period, the upper stage engine fired for about 85 seconds and 5 minutes later Arabsat-6A was deployed:

Contact was later made with the satellite after the deployment.

The power of the FH sent the satellite into a long ellipse with an apogee of 90,000 km (55,500 mi) beyond Earth. The satellite will fire its on-board engine to circularize the orbit and bring it to its assigned slot in geostationary orbit (35,786 km above the equator). The initial extra high orbit will reduce the amount of fuel that the satellite needs to reach its spot as compared to a launch with, say, a Falcon 9 rocket. This extra fuel will give the satellite a few more years of operation since it needs to occasionally fire the engine to maintain its position.

The next Falcon Heavy launch is expected to lift off in June (presumably with the same two side boosters as this flight). The mission will be for the U.S. Air Force and is referred to as STP-2 (Space Test Program-2). STP-2 will carry several military and scientific research satellites including the Planetary Society’s LightSail-2 solar sail: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Flies Again; LightSail 2 Is Next! | The Planetary Society

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Videos: SpaceX Crew Dragon Demonstration-1 launch

Below are videos and images of the launch early this morning of the SpaceX Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon for the Demonstration 1 mission (DM-1). (Will add more videos as they become available). The first stage landed successfully on a platform in the Atlantic. The Dragon is scheduled to dock with the ISS at around 6 am EST Sunday, Feb.3rd. Watch the rendezvous and docking live starting at 3:30 am EST (0830 UTC) on the .

[ Update: Post-launch briefing:

A second passenger aboard the Crew Dragon enjoys weightlessness:

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The complete SpaceX/NASA joint webcast:

The first stage just after landing:

A preview video of the launch system on the pad:

A video tour of the interior of the interior:

More about the Crew Dragon:

A view of preparations for the mission:

An animation of how the Dragon will catch up with the  International Space Station:

Some screen captures during the countdown and launch:

Liftoff
Just after the first stage (left) and second stage (right) separated and the second stage engine began firing.
Test dummy Riley in the Dragon interior.
The Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon on the pad before the launch.
View of pad about 5 minutes before scheduled liftoff.

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Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age

Spaceflight roundup – Jan.2.2019

A sampling of items about the state of space development in the past year and in the coming year(s):

** Bob Zimmerman reviews the global rocket launch pace in 2018 and discusses the outlook for the new year: The 2018 global launch race plus predictions for 2019 | Behind The Black.

The most significant achievement in 2018 is clearly China’s rise as a space power. That nation had predicted it would complete 40 launches in 2018. That prediction turned out to be largely accurate. China completed 38 successful rocket launches, almost doubling its previous yearly launch record. It also fixed the issues with their biggest rocket, the Long March 5, laying the groundwork for the launch of their own space station. In addition, they launched Chang’e-4 to the Moon, aimed at being the first spacecraft to land softly on the Moon’s far side. While this is not their first lunar lander/rover, it likely initiates a much more aggressive and fast-paced planetary program for the coming years.

** Indian has set a goal of putting three astronauts into orbit by 2022: India is Going to be Sending Three People to Space in Three Years – Universe Today

During a cabinet-level meeting that took place on Friday, Dec. 25th, the government of India announced that the Indian Space Research Organization‘s (ISRO) first crewed mission to space will consist of a three-astronaut team being sent to orbit. The government also announced that they had a approved a budget of $1.4 billion to fund the development of the requisite technology and infrastructure for the program.

The decisions to send astronauts to space was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15th, during India’s Independence Day celebrations. At that time, Modi directed the ISRO to conduct a crewed mission to orbit by 2022, which would coincide with the 75th anniversary of India gaining its independence.

More about the Indian human spaceflight program:

** Tim “The Everyday Astronaut” Dodd reviews the space highlights of 2018:

** A review of the past year at TMRO.tv: 2018 Cosmic Wrapup – Orbit 11.50 – TMRO

** Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society, “takes us on a tour of the spacecraft currently exploring from within our solar system. All planets and spacecraft locations are shown at their location for January 1st, 2019.”

** Virgin Orbit, one of many companies around the world developing small rockets to orbit small satellites,  highlights developments in 2018 that will lead to their first orbital flights in 2019:

** Writer Michael Belfiore‘s TEDx talk addresses the question, “Why Space Matters?”

 

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