In a remote, hostile, totally alien environment, every life-sustaining resource is precious. In space, other than air, none is more precious than water.
Improving the careful use of that critical resource is the goal of the Vapor Compression Distillation Flight Experiment, which is undergoing tests during the STS-107 Space Shuttle mission launched January 16.
NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) successfully launched Saturday January 25, 2003 aboard a Pegasus XL rocket.
“Saturday’s successful launch adds to our constellation of Earth-viewing satellites that help us to understand and protect our home planet,” said Dr. Ghassem Asrar, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Earth Sciences, Washington.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Astrium will sign, on Tuesday 28 January, at ESA HQ at 02:00 p.m., a contract for the design and development of Venus Express, the first European spacecraft to visit the planet Venus.
Venus Express is scheduled for launch from the Baïkonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan during November 2005. It will be carried into space by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket and placed immediately in its transfer orbit to Venus. Its journey through space will last about 5 months for a mission duration around Venus of nearly 2 venusian years.
NASA has authorized the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., to proceed with the implementation of the Geospace missions under NASA’s existing “Living with a Star” contract with APL. The Living with a Star (LWS) program seeks to address how the variability in the sun affects life on Earth as well as its affect on space weather.
The South West Regional Authority in Ireland has secured funding from ESA to carry out trials that will provide high bandwidth broadband Internet access via satellite to remote areas of the country.
The online version of the latest NASDA REPORT (No.126, 2002 December) is now available on the URL below.
Contents of the report;
* H-IIA Rocket Flight No.4 Successfully Launched the MIDORI-II (ADEOS-II).
* Front Line of Advanced and Common Technology Research 8
* Let Us Talk to Space Challengers
* Series of World Heritage from Space 21
A new NASA satellite is ready to leave the sandy coast of Florida and head to space to catch some rays. The SORCE (Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment) mission will study our sun’s influence on our planet’s climate by measuring how the star affects the Earth’s ozone layer, atmospheric circulation, clouds, and oceans. The research data that will help us to better protect and understand our home planet.
Mission Update: Arianespace Flight 159
The last Ariane 4 to be launched by Arianespace is nearly complete in the Spaceport’s vertical assembly building.
Launch of Flight 159 is set for the early morning hours of February 12 carrying the Intelsat 907 telecommunications satellite.
The Arianespace Web site’s latest Mission Log http://www.arianespace.com provides highlights of the ongoing activity.
Today in Brussels, European Research Commissioner, Philippe Busquin, introduced the Green Paper on EU Space Policy. The Paper, prepared in co-operation with the European Space Agency (ESA), looks into Europe’s assets and weaknesses in this sector. As a basis for a broad consultation, the report tackles key issues such as the EU’s independent access to space, scientific excellence in this field, the industrial and technological base, relevant markets, human resources, the legal and institutional framework, international co-operation and environmental and security aspects.
After the initial disappointment of postponing the Rosetta mission, ESA’s Director of Science David Southwood expressed his firm determination to accept the delay and take it on as a galvanising challenge.