The launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission finally took place from Cape Canaveral using an Atlas V 401 rocket on 30 August 2012 at 0805 GMT. The launch had been delayed for five days by the onset of Tropical Storm Isaac (which later strengthened to hurricane force). Earlier the launch had been delayed for extra engine checks and by a tracking beakon issue.
Archive | August, 2012
Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon in July 1969, has passed away on 25 August, shortly after his 82nd birthday. Armstrong had been recovering from medical procedures to alleviate his coronary arteries, when complications led to his death.
Following the aborted attempt by the ATV-03 to boost the International Space Station’s orbit last week, a second attempt was made on 22 August, successfully. The ATV-03 conducted two engine firings to boost the ISS orbit to around 420 kilometres. The first engine firing took place at 0915 GMT and operated for 384 seconds to […]
Russian newswire reports (RIA Novosti and Interfax) indicate that the British pop and theatrical singing star Sarah Brightman wants to become a space tourist. According to the reports representatives of the singer, who once had a minor hit with Starship Trooper and was once the wife of Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, are currently in negotiations with US-based space tourism firm Space Adventures and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, for a seat on Soyuz flight to the International Space Station.
Radioastronomy pioneer Sir Bernard Lovell has passed away in early August at the age of 98. Lovell became famous for his association with the development and running of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope.
The Space Team at Flightglobal/Ascend sometimes discover interesting trends as part of our analysis work. One concerning western launch vehicles that has been known for a long time is that after early failures (“teething troubles”) in a launch vehicle’s career, the failure rate tends to decline a flat “nirvana” state of near zero failures. The recent announcement of Ariane 5′s flight run of 50 successes is a case in point.
London Olympics final assessment: they were “happy and glorious” for athletes, spectators and satellite TV firms alike
The London 2012 Olympic games ended on 12 August after two and a half weeks of fun and games. It was not just some of the athletes that were celebrating. Satellite companies (e.g. Eutelsat, Intelsat etc) got a windfall from all the extra leasing of their transponders to cover the demands in this high definition multi-channel age. For example, the BBC had 24 live channels covering the Olympics on satellite, online and freeview terrestrial services.
Following the launch failure of the Proton M/Breeze M whicl lost the Express MD2 and Telkom 3 satellites on 6 August, Vladimir Nesterov, head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in Moscow, has handed in his resignation, The Khrunivev firm builds and operates the Proton M launch vehicle
While India’s space programme has previously been praised for its activities that genuinely help its people i.e. remote sensing satellite applications for agriculture, satellite telecommunications applications for rural education etc. aid-giving nations are becoming increasingly irritated that India is now straying into more glamorous space activities.
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- International Space Station has fault on one of its pair of coolant loops
- Mars One colony plan enrols Lockheed Martin and SSTL to investigate unmanned precursor missions
- Launch failure: Zi Yuan 1-3/CBERS 3 imaging satellite is launched by Long March 4B but it did not enter stable orbit
- Proton M Breeze M launches Inmarsat 5F-1 comsat successfully
- Chang’e 3 enters orbit around Moon – but some moan about crashing rocket debris
- Bill on India’s unmanned Mars mission announcement causes backlash
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