The unmanned cargo freighter vessel Progress M-017M/ISS-49P was launched on a rapid approach trajectory to the International Space Station at 0741 GMT by a Soyuz U from the Baikonur launch base near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan. The rapid approach sequence involves the craft making four burns which allows the craft to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station within six hours of launch rather than the usual three day approach. Update: Progress M-017M docked with ISS aft port on Zvezda module at 1333 GMT.
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Progress M-017M cargo vessel is launched by Soyuz on a rapid approach sequence to International Space Station (Updated)
The Dragon CRS-1 has returned to Earth. The International Space Station’s robot arm unberthed Dragon CRS 1 from the Harmony module at 1119 GMT and released it at 1329 GMT on 28 October 2012. After making two burns and jettisoning its “trunk”, the Dragon CRS-1 spacecraft re-entered at 1902GMT, splashing down in the Pacific off Baja California at 1922GMT. As part of its NASA contract, the cargo, including medical samples, will be returned to the Administration.
According to a number of Russian press sources, on 19 October during a strategic exercise held by Russian forces, a number of missile firings took place. The first launch was of a SS-N-18 (Stingray) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from the Georgiy Pobedonosets Delta III class of submarine. The submarine, from the Russian Pacific Fleet was […]
While the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall (Director: Sam Mendes) does use a lot of ‘Big Brother’ surveillance technology to make us fret about the future (GPS tracking, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, networked CCTV cameras with facial recognition) it does not make special use of space technology in its plot. We can be grateful for that. At least it will avoid “errors” that past Bond films have made with respect to space technology.
China successfully launches Beidou 2-G6 (Compass G6) navigation satellite with a low perigee transfer (Corrected)
The Chinese navigation satellite, Beidou 2-G6 (Compass G6), was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on its way to its Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) position by a Long March 3C rocket flying out of the Xichang launch site. The satellite later successfully circularised its orbit into its GEO position. The launch took place at 1533GMT on 25 October 2012. The 3,800kg satellite, which uses a DFH 3B platform, is part of a mixed orbit constellation of navigation satellites. The initial transfer orbit’s perigee was very low at 158km (the initial transfer orbit observed by 34620km x 158km at 20.51 degrees inclination).
History: UK gave up impressive space programme including plans to launch UK astronauts “just to get into Europe”
There will be sadness in those “space cadets” in the United Kingdom of all ages as we note that new evidence has come to light showng just how advanced the main space launch programme in the United Kingdom promised to be before it was ignominiously cancelled in July 1960.
The Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft has docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1229 GMT on 25 October. The docking took place at the Poisk docking port. Aboard were mission commander Oleg Novitskiy, flight engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford.
It has been announced that the Russian-built Breeze M (Briz-M) upper stage that was responsible for the faulty Proton M launch in August of Telkom 3 and Express MD-2 satellites, has blown up on 16 October. The explosion is thought to have been caused by the mixing of residual hypergolic propellants which are designed to ignite on contact. NASA and the US Air Force are monitoring the debris cloud to see if it threatens the International Space Station or any other spacecraft. US Space Command has catalogued at least 80 pieces of debris.
Opinion: The madness of imprisoning earthquake scientists may halt satellite seismic forecasting research
To world scientific dismay, on 22 October, seven scientists working at the Italian National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks received jail terms of six years for “negligence” and “manslaughter” in failing to provide adequate warning of the earthquake that struck the Italian city of L’Aquila on 6 April 2009.
At 1051 GMT on 23 October a Soyuz FG rocket successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-06M/ISS-32S spacecraft into orbit from the Baikonur launch site near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan. The flight carried to the International Space Station carried mission commander Oleg Novitskiy, flight engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford on its way to the International Space Station. The flight also carried some live fish.
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