The Heads of space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada met in Montreal, Canada, on 26 January to review and further advance International Space Station (ISS) cooperation.
The XTAR-EUR telecommunications satellite payload for Arianespace Flight 164 was fueled at the Spaceport in French Guiana January 26 in preparation for its launch on a heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA in February.
Once in orbit, XTAR-EUR will be operated by XTAR — a joint venture of Loral Space & Communications and HISDESAT, S.A., with its telecommunications relay services offered to government users in the United States, Spain and other friendly and allied nations.
For details on the upcoming Flight 164, see our Mission Update on Arianespace’s Web site:
The International Space Station crew wrapped up another eventful week, highlighted by the mission’s first spacewalk.
Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov did a spacewalk dry run on Monday. They put on their Russian spacesuits, checked pressures and data streams and then removed them. Tuesday they focused on configuring Station systems for automated operations. Hatches in the U.S. segment were closed to isolate each module, and cameras were set up for ground controllers to monitor the interior.
The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. The order the Space Shuttles are listed in this report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future missions.
Mission: STS-114 – 17th ISS Flight (LF1) – Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window May 12 to June 3, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
No one is happy with long lines and delays at our nation’s airports. In response to the growing need to improve the National Airspace System, NASA is developing tools to ensure future air travel will be safe and efficient.
NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the MITRE Corp., McLean, Va., successfully conducted tests of the Multi-center Traffic Management Advisor (McTMA) at air traffic facilities responsible for the northeastern United States. Initial results indicate the software’s scheduling capabilities helped air traffic managers prevent bottlenecks.
A satellite that will make the first map of the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space has been selected as part of NASA’s Small Explorer program. The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission will be launched in 2008.
IBEX is the first mission designed to detect the edge of the Solar System. As the solar wind from the sun flows out beyond Pluto, it collides with the material between the stars, forming a shock front. IBEX contains two neutral atom imagers designed to detect particles from the termination shock at the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space.
ESA’s SMART-1 captured its first close-range images of the Moon this January, during a sequence of test lunar observations from an altitude between 1000 and 5000 kilometres above the lunar surface.
The residents of the International Space Station are back inside their home after venturing outside this morning. The crew performed a 5-hour, 28-minute spacewalk to install a work platform, cables and robotic and scientific experiments on the exterior of the Zvezda Service Module.
Clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov left the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock at 2:43 a.m. EST. They quickly set up tools and tethers for their excursion. With no one inside, Station systems were either deactivated or put in autonomous operation for the duration of the spacewalk. Hatches were also closed between the U.S. and Russian segments of the complex in the unlikely event the crew would not have been able to return to the outpost.
Now that the world has seen the first images of Saturn’s moon Titan, here is a chance for young people to imagine voyages to other planets. EURISY, in cooperation with UNESCO and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education is holding a competition for young sci-fi writers.
This Envisat multi-temporal image shows the municipality named after Tianjin, China’s third largest city.
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