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Title: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on November 02, 2011, 05:56:08 PM
http://spaceweather.com/ 
HISTORIC SPACE DOCKING:  China's new space station, the Tiangong 1, is making a series of pre-dawn flybys over North America this week. People who wake up to see the "Heavenly Palace" might spot a second spacecraft nearby: Shenzhou 8, an unmanned vessel launched Oct 31st is chasing the space station for China's first space docking. The rendezvous could occur as early as Nov. 2nd.

Check the Satellite Tracker http://spaceweather.com/flybys/ 

or your smartphone http://simpleflybys.com/  for local flyby times.

double flyby photos: from Bryan Murahashi of San Jose, California
http://spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Bryan-Murahashi-110211_0612_Tiangong1_Shenzhou8_Pass_Bmurahashi_1320240834.jpg

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Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Carolyn Simpson on November 18, 2011, 11:16:11 AM
Picture from China's Shenzhou satellite launched Nov 2011 Earth, Sun and Blue Kachina(?).  I figure we can't see it while it's behind the Sun and during the day we won't see it because our atmosphere reflects light blue and the only color reflected by it's emission of protons is light blue.  The only way to see it is from the Southern hemisphere or when it passes between us and a light source or Sun.  Hopefully, later it'll be visible during day when backlit by the Sun at less than 1 AU, and we might see a reddish ball or Red Kachina (?).
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: jrobert69 on November 18, 2011, 11:29:04 AM
Do you have a link for that?
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Carolyn Simpson on November 18, 2011, 11:33:08 AM
Most of the time when I post youtube links on this site, the next time I look for it, it's been spammed, so I'm afraid to post link.  Search youtube "China's Shezhou-8".
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: jrobert69 on November 18, 2011, 12:11:00 PM
Thanks, looks interesting. Would be a weird lens flare.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on November 22, 2011, 04:56:18 PM
Debris may prompt space station astronauts to take shelter.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/22/debris-may-prompt-space-station-astronauts-to-take-shelter/

November 22nd, 2011
05:45 PM ET

The International Space Station's three astronauts may need to take shelter Wednesday morning because of approaching debris, NASA said Tuesday.

The debris, a 4-inch piece of a weather satellite that China destroyed with a missile in 2007, is expected to pass within 2,800 feet of the space station at 4:43 a.m. ET Wednesday, NASA said. An impact could damage the space station, and NASA said that distance is too close for comfort.

If the prediction holds into Tuesday night, Cmdr. Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin will spend several hours sealing the station’s hatches. NASA will make the final call at 4 a.m. ET on whether to move the three-member crew in the space station into a docked Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.

NASA Television and NASA’s website would begin showing the shelter operation at 4:35 a.m.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin arrived at the space station just last week. The previous crew left the station Monday and landed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Monday’s departure of the previous crew slightly changed the station’s orbit, making a Wednesday collision with the debris possible, NASA said.

“The object had been monitored earlier but was not then a threat,” NASA said on its website.

The debris is a piece of a Chinese Fengyun weather satellite, NASA said. In January 2007, China used a land-based missile to destroy the 2,200-pound object, leaving more than 150,000 pieces of debris orbiting above Earth, NASA estimated.

The space station has had several close calls with space debris. In June 2011, an object came about 1,100 feet from the station, prompted the six astronauts aboard to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules.

In March 2009, a chunk of metal – about 5 inches across, and moving at nearly 20,000 mph – passed within three miles of the station, prompting the three-member crew into the Soyuz return ship for about 10 minutes, NASA said. The debris came from a satellite rocket motor used on an earlier space mission, NASA said.
   Post by: CNN's Jason Hanna
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: angeltoes2000 on November 22, 2011, 06:44:21 PM
Debris may prompt space station astronauts to take shelter.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/22/debris-may-prompt-space-station-astronauts-to-take-shelter/

November 22nd, 2011
05:45 PM ET

The International Space Station's three astronauts may need to take shelter Wednesday morning because of approaching debris, NASA said Tuesday.

The debris, a 4-inch piece of a weather satellite that China destroyed with a missile in 2007, is expected to pass within 2,800 feet of the space station at 4:43 a.m. ET Wednesday, NASA said. An impact could damage the space station, and NASA said that distance is too close for comfort.

If the prediction holds into Tuesday night, Cmdr. Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin will spend several hours sealing the station’s hatches. NASA will make the final call at 4 a.m. ET on whether to move the three-member crew in the space station into a docked Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.

NASA Television and NASA’s website would begin showing the shelter operation at 4:35 a.m.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin arrived at the space station just last week. The previous crew left the station Monday and landed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Monday’s departure of the previous crew slightly changed the station’s orbit, making a Wednesday collision with the debris possible, NASA said.

“The object had been monitored earlier but was not then a threat,” NASA said on its website.

The debris is a piece of a Chinese Fengyun weather satellite, NASA said. In January 2007, China used a land-based missile to destroy the 2,200-pound object, leaving more than 150,000 pieces of debris orbiting above Earth, NASA estimated.

The space station has had several close calls with space debris. In June 2011, an object came about 1,100 feet from the station, prompted the six astronauts aboard to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules.

In March 2009, a chunk of metal – about 5 inches across, and moving at nearly 20,000 mph – passed within three miles of the station, prompting the three-member crew into the Soyuz return ship for about 10 minutes, NASA said. The debris came from a satellite rocket motor used on an earlier space mission, NASA said.
   Post by: CNN's Jason Hanna


Thanks for the post Barb.  Doesn't it make you want to laugh?  back in aug/september they said they had to leave the space station in November for some other reason (maintenance?). and now they are ducking for a 4 inch piece of space junk? What is the station made of anyway that a four inch piece of floating junk could cause such an issue? and are we saying that if one compartment was hit the entire thing could implode? the whole crew must hide?     I feel like we must all be sleep walking to believe this stuff!  you know how in a weird dream, someone will say (.. all serious like ..) .. of course you need to eat the green goat, we cant file your bank statements if you dont... what?!!! .... Exactly... they must think we are zombies. 


Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Jimfarmer on November 23, 2011, 07:32:25 AM
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What is the station made of anyway that a four inch piece of floating junk could cause such an issue?

Not floating; traveling several times faster than a bullet.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on November 23, 2011, 01:27:20 PM
Debris may prompt space station astronauts to take shelter.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/22/debris-may-prompt-space-station-astronauts-to-take-shelter/

November 22nd, 2011
05:45 PM ET

The International Space Station's three astronauts may need to take shelter Wednesday morning because of approaching debris, NASA said Tuesday.

The debris, a 4-inch piece of a weather satellite that China destroyed with a missile in 2007, is expected to pass within 2,800 feet of the space station at 4:43 a.m. ET Wednesday, NASA said. An impact could damage the space station, and NASA said that distance is too close for comfort.

If the prediction holds into Tuesday night, Cmdr. Dan Burbank and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin will spend several hours sealing the station’s hatches. NASA will make the final call at 4 a.m. ET on whether to move the three-member crew in the space station into a docked Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.

NASA Television and NASA’s website would begin showing the shelter operation at 4:35 a.m.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin arrived at the space station just last week. The previous crew left the station Monday and landed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Monday’s departure of the previous crew slightly changed the station’s orbit, making a Wednesday collision with the debris possible, NASA said.

“The object had been monitored earlier but was not then a threat,” NASA said on its website.

The debris is a piece of a Chinese Fengyun weather satellite, NASA said. In January 2007, China used a land-based missile to destroy the 2,200-pound object, leaving more than 150,000 pieces of debris orbiting above Earth, NASA estimated.

The space station has had several close calls with space debris. In June 2011, an object came about 1,100 feet from the station, prompted the six astronauts aboard to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules.

In March 2009, a chunk of metal – about 5 inches across, and moving at nearly 20,000 mph – passed within three miles of the station, prompting the three-member crew into the Soyuz return ship for about 10 minutes, NASA said. The debris came from a satellite rocket motor used on an earlier space mission, NASA said.
   Post by: CNN's Jason Hanna


Thanks for the post Barb.  Doesn't it make you want to laugh?  back in aug/september they said they had to leave the space station in November for some other reason (maintenance?). and now they are ducking for a 4 inch piece of space junk? What is the station made of anyway that a four inch piece of floating junk could cause such an issue? and are we saying that if one compartment was hit the entire thing could implode? the whole crew must hide?     I feel like we must all be sleep walking to believe this stuff!  you know how in a weird dream, someone will say (.. all serious like ..) .. of course you need to eat the green goat, we cant file your bank statements if you dont... what?!!! .... Exactly... they must think we are zombies.

angeltoes, just noticed your post to me.
If NASA says something up there is a real hazard to their crews up in space then it is probably the truth.
We are not getting the whole exact truth but I do not think they exaggerate on things like this...

Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: angeltoes2000 on November 23, 2011, 02:16:47 PM

Hey Barb - not suggesting that there isn't a hazard  - thats for sure. I believe it. I'm just finding it hard to believe it is chinese space junk they are worried about.  Sorry for confusion.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on November 23, 2011, 03:06:40 PM

Hey Barb - not suggesting that there isn't a hazard  - thats for sure. I believe it. I'm just finding it hard to believe it is chinese space junk they are worried about.  Sorry for confusion.


 :)  Oh...well there is plenty of space junk to worry about ...
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on December 20, 2011, 08:10:22 AM
TIANGONG 1 AND MARS: This week, China's new space station, Tiangong 1, is making a series of bright passes through the
morning skies of North America. On Dec. 18th, Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Canada, caught the 8.5-metric-ton spaceship flying past
the planet Mars (video):

Tiangong 1 is unoccupied now, but China is planning to send Taikonauts to visit the experimental station at least once and possibly
twice in 2012. To prepare for their arrival, last Thursday automated systems onboard Tiangong 1 began a series of air quality checks
inside the station's 15-cubic meter pressurized volume.

Tiangong 1 is currently about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper (a value that will approximately double when future spacecraft
dock with it).
To see it, check Spaceweather's Simple Satellite Tracker http://spaceweather.com/flybys/

or your cell phone http://simpleflybys.com/  for local flyby times.

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http://spaceweather.com/    Spaceweather
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on February 11, 2012, 08:16:10 PM
Posting this here because Iran is part of Asia.
- Yowbarb
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http://www.space.com/14464-iran-launches-small-satellite-orbit.html

Space.com 
Iran Launches Small Earth-Watching Satellite Into Orbit: Report

by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor
Date: 03 February 2012 Time: 10:53 AM ET
Iran launched a small Earth-observing satellite into orbit today (Feb. 3), marking the country's first successful mission since a failed attempt to put a monkey in space last year, according to state news reports.
 
The Iranian Space Agency launched the new "Promise of Science and Industry" satellite into orbit today using a Safir 1-B rocket, according to a translation of a statement posted to the agency's Farsi-language website. Safir means "Ambassador" in Farsi.
 
The new Iranian satellite weighs about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and was built by students at the Sharif University of Technology, according to a report by Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency.
 
According to the Iranian Space Agency, the satellite is shaped like a cube that is nearly 20 inches (50 centimeters) wide. It is circling Earth in an elliptical orbit and passes over Iran six times a day. The satellite will fly a two-month mission and is controlled via five ground stations, one each in the cities of Karaj, Tabriz, Qeshm, Bushehr and Mashhad, Iranian space officials said.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Space_Agency   

Iranian space Agency

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(ISA, Persian: سازمان فضایی ایران Sázmán e Fazái e Irán) is Iran's governmental space agency. Iran is an active participant in the Asian space race and became an orbital-launch-capable nation in 2009. Iran is one of the 24 founding members of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which was set up in 1958.[2]


Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on February 12, 2012, 04:16:37 PM
IRANIAN SATELLITE: On Feb. 3rd, Iran launched the country's third satellite. Named "Navid," the 110-pound mini-spacecraft is meant to stay in orbit for 18 months, sending back images to Iran as it completes a revolution of Earth every 90 minutes. On Feb. 10th, veteran satellite observer Marco Langbroek photographed Navid as it passed over his home in Leiden, the Netherlands:
"It was a clear evening and I had a 71 degree elevation pass of Navid, which moves in a 250 x 375 km orbit," says Langbroek. "The satellite was invisible to the naked eye (I estimate its magnitude as +7), but my camera was able to record its faint trail moving just south of the alpha Persei star association. Measuring only 50 x 60 cm, Navid is the smallest object in orbit I have ever photographed."

Readers, although you can't see Navid, you can find out when it is flying overhead and possibly photograph it as Langbroek did. Local flyby times are available from SpaceWeather's Simple Satellite Tracker http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/?PHPSESSID=9agsbhf9ov6ej66uaqgrorsmq5

and Flybys App.
http://simpleflybys.com/

Spaceweather 12 Feb 2012




Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on June 19, 2012, 07:36:13 AM
http://www.spaceweather.com/ 

CHINESE SPACE DOCK: Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft successfully docked with the Tiangong 1 space station on Monday, making China only the third nation to perform such a maneuver. The mission's crew of three includes the first Chinese female astronaut, fighter pilot Liu Yang.
[ http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/17/us-china-space-idINBRE85E0NI20120617 ]

The newly-manned Tiangong 1 is visible in the night sky. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker or your smartphone for sighting opportunities.
http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/

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Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on June 19, 2012, 10:14:10 PM
CHINESE SPACE TRANSIT: China's space program took another leap forward this week when Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft successfully docked with the Tiangong 1 space station. Not long after the docking, which occured on Monday, June 18th, the joined craft passed directly in front of the sun over Xinzhou, China, where amateur astronomer Su Shaojie recorded the split-second transit.
"After the Shengzhou 9 successfully docked with Tiangong-1 at 14:07 Beijing time, I was happy to get this opportunity to take a picture of the two spaceship transiting the Sun," says Shaojie. "I used CalSky to predict the timing."

The mission's crew of three includes the first Chinese female astronaut, fighter pilot Liu Yang, 33. Yang, along with fellow taikonauts Commander Jing Haipeng, 46, and flight engineer, Liu Wang, 42, will spend the days ahead familiarizing themselves with their new space station, conducting scientific experiments, and practicing space dock procedures. They're expected to return to Earth before the end of the month.

The newly-manned Tiangong 1 is visible in the night sky, glowing about as brightly as a 1st magnitude star.
Check the Simple Satellite Tracker http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/
or your smartphone http://simpleflybys.com/
for sighting opportunities

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http://www.spaceweather.com/

Shengzhou 9 successfully docked with Tiangong-1 at 14:07 Beijing time.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on December 02, 2013, 07:05:08 AM
Yowbarb Note: It's been awhile since I posted news here of Asia's space program.
Missed a lot. This is definitely noteworthy so going to post this. Graphics are partly from Suspicious0bservers video of today.
Link: http://youtu.be/qQB1ORVlNfo

PHOTO: India's spacecraft Mangalyaan embarks on a 10-month journey around the sun before reaching Mars in September next year.
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http://www.newsdaily.com/environment/26b9836ea714c30ec89dc7e97c748f79/indias-spacecraft-successfully-begins-journey-to-mars
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on September 25, 2014, 01:00:40 PM
NBC News ‏@NBCNews  Sep 24
India’s Mars mission cost at $74 million, compared to NASA’s price of $671 million http://nbcnews.to/1uZtMov  pic.twitter.com/5E2L2xJAXS
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on December 04, 2014, 01:34:50 AM
http://spaceflightnow.com/2014/12/03/hayabusa-2-launches-on-audacious-asteroid-adventure/

Hayabusa 2 launches on audacious asteroid adventure


Photo: Japan’s Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission blasts off from Tanegashima Space Center aboard an H-2A rocket. Credit: JAXA

A Japanese H-2A launcher blasted off from an idyllic island spaceport Tuesday, dispatching a daring six-year expedition to bring a piece of an asteroid back to Earth.

The Hayabusa 2 mission’s roundtrip voyage began at 0422 GMT Wednesday (11:22 p.m. EST Tuesday) with a thunderous ascent from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

The 1,300-pound spacecraft rode a hydrogen-fueled H-2A rocket through clouds hanging over the seaside spaceport, leaving a twisting column of exhaust in its wake before disappearing hundreds of miles over the Pacific Ocean.

The rocket’s upper stage engine fired two times to accelerate Hayabusa 2 on a speedy departure fast enough to break free of the pull of Earth’s gravity.

The robotic explorer, packed with four stowaway landers to be deployed to the asteroid’s surface, separated from the H-2A rocket at 0609 GMT (1:09 a.m. EST). Applause could be heard in a live webcast of the launch provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, which manages the Hayabusa 2 mission.

The launch marked the opening chapter in the most ambitious mission to an asteroid ever attempted. The roundtrip journey will take six years to complete, and Hayabusa 2 promises to expand scientists’ understanding of how asteroids may have seeded Earth with water and organic molecules, the building blocks of life.

Hayabusa 2 is heading for asteroid 1999 JU3, a carbon-rich world just 900 meters — about 3,000 feet — across with a tenuous gravity field 60,000 times weaker than Earth’s.

The mission follows up on the achievements of Japan’s Hayabusa 1 probe, which made the first roundtrip flight to an asteroid from 2003 to 2010. The first Hayabusa mission encountered several crippling problems, including a fuel leak, failures in its pointing system, and a glitch with the craft’s sample collection system.

Despite the challenges, the spacecraft returned to Earth in 2010 — a few years late and carrying a fraction of the asteroid specimens intended. But Japanese scientists found microscopic samples from asteroid Itokawa — Hayabusa 1’s research subject — inside the probe’s landing vehicle.

The success vaulted Japan into the big leagues of solar system exploration.

“Many scientific milestones have been achieved from asteroid observations and samples from the asteroid Itokawa,” said Tetsuo Tanaka, associate director general of JAXA’s Lunar and Planetary Exploration Program Group. “Going to a far-off asteroid and returning with samples from it for the first time, these are tremendous technological challenges and our success in meeting them has brought worldwide admiration.”

“For the Hayabusa 2 project, Japan’s development of its own deep space exploration technology aims to lead the world in that technical field,” Tanaka said. “The Hayabusa 2 project sets new challenges for Japan’s unique technologies. How we face those challenges and how we use (the) project results will surely bring new impacts to the world.”
But Hayabusa’s troubles meant it was prudent for engineers to make changes on Hayabusa 2.

“We changed a lot of parts on Hayabusa 2,” said Hitoshi Kuninaka, JAXA’s Hayabusa 2 program manager. “We installed four reaction wheels, and Hayabusa 1 had only three. The sampling system also has some improvements. Our operations software was upgraded for better proximity operations around the asteroid.”

Hayabusa 2’s electrically-powered ion engines were upgraded to produce more thrust, and engineers installed a Ka-band antenna to beam data back to Earth at four times the rate possible on the first Hayabusa mission.

The spacecraft will arrive at the asteroid in June 2018 after swinging by Earth late next year to get a boost to the mission’s destination, which circles the sun between the orbits of Earth and Mars.

The probe will initially park itself 20 kilometers, or about 12 miles, from the asteroid for a comprehensive survey with a set of spectrometers, cameras, and other sensors to map the tiny world.

Then scientists will start to look for suitable sites on the asteroid to put down four diminutive landing drones and scoop up samples for return to Earth.

Hayabusa 2 will spend a year-and-a-half at asteroid 1999 JU3, enough time for the probe to pick up rock specimens from three different locations on the unexplored asteroid.

One of the samples is supposed to come from material excavated from beneath the asteroid’s surface. Hayabusa 2 will use explosives to fire a copper impactor into the asteroid to carve an artificial crater, exposing underground pristine rocks for the probe to pick up during a touch-and-go maneuver.

“The most difficult operations are, I think, the impactor operations,” Kuninaka said. “Scientists want to get materials from inside of the asteroid, so we developed the impactor … That is a very difficult operation. Once we release the impactor from the asteroid, it will be ignited about 40 minutes later. We cannot stop that ignition, so before the ignition the spacecraft will do an escape maneuver to the other side of the asteroid, and the time is very limited. We have to do the escape maneuver so the spacecraft will avoid serious damage from the impactor. I think that is one of the most difficult operations we have ever done.”

The spacecraft’s sampling mechanism works by shooting a small bullet into the asteroid after it dips down to the surface. When the bullet fires while Hayabusa 2’s sampling funnel is in contact with the asteroid, engineers believe bits of gravelly rock will be blasted through a tube into a collection chamber for storage inside the mission’s return capsule.

Hayabusa 2 carries four landers, including a 22-pound robot named MASCOT built by the same team that managed the Philae comet lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12.

Three other landing craft built in Japan will also descend to the asteroid during Hayabusa 2’s mission.

The landers are mobile and will use mechanisms to hop across the asteroid to study its environment from several locations.

“We are going to operate simultaneously a large group of robotics on the surface of the asteroid,” Kuninaka said. “That will be an immense engineering challenge to operate many robots at the same time on the asteroid.”

Once the mission’s work at the asteroid is complete, Hayabusa 2 will leave and head for Earth in December 2019.

Hayabusa 2 will release a container with the asteroid samples for a blazing re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere for a parachute-assisted landing in the Australian outback in December 2020.

In an interview with Spaceflight Now before the launch, Kuninaka said Hayabusa 2 has a dual purpose as a machine for scientific discovery and a testbed for new technologies that could advance space exploration.

“Learning about asteroids is important for the future of space exploration,” Kuninaka said. “This is a difficult mission, but in order for humans to expand from Earth into space, it will be necessary to meet challenges. We need a lot of technology and information about the solar system, and Hayabusa 2 will make a big step in these areas to help us be ready to plan and collaborate in the next step of space exploration.”

Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter: @StephenClark1.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on October 20, 2016, 12:33:07 AM
Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong

http://spaceweather.com/

CHINA'S NEW SPACE STATION IS NOW OCCUPIED

On Oct 18th, Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft docked with China's new space station, the Tiangong 2.
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 06:55:48 PM
https://spacewatch.global/region/asiapacific/ 

spacewtch asia pacific
BSINESS INTELLIGENCE ABOUT SPACE ACTIVITIES

Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 07:08:53 PM
https://spacewatch.global/?s=Japan  Spacewatch Global  JAPAN
Title: Re: Asia Space News
Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 07:20:09 PM
VIETNAM

https://spacewatch.global/2019/10/vietnam-formally-orders-eo-lotusat-1-from-japans-nec-and-sumitomo-corp/

Vietnam Formally Orders EO LotuSat-1 From Japan’s NEC And Sumitomo Corp.

Artist’s impression of an ASNARO-2 Earth observation satellite. Image courtesy of USEF.
The Vietnamese government has finally made the formal order for its LotuSat-1 Earth observation satellite from Japanese satellite manufacturer NEC and Sumitomo Corp. The order was made in Tokyo on Friday, 18 October 2019.

LotuSat-1 is based on the Japanese-designed ASNARO-2 Earth observation satellite, and will be used to help provide forecasting for extreme weather events as well as high-resolution remote sensing. The LotuSat-1 order is thought to be worth approximately U.S.$184 million, and NEC and Sumitomo Corp. are being paid through a state-backed loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“This contract is the symbol of the exceptional relationship between Vietnam and Japan, and I expect it to serve a role in disaster prevention and other fronts,” Chu Ngoc Anh, the Vietnamese science and technology minister, said after signing the agreement with NEC and Sumitomo Corp.

It is expected that LotuSat-1 will be launched for Vietnam by 2023, though no specific details have been provided on launch provider at the time of publication. Both NEC and Sumitomo Corp. are hoping to secure an additional order from Vietnam  for LotuSat-2 in the coming months.

The LotuSat Earth observation project for Vietnam has been in the works for several years, but has run into several problems revolving around U.S. International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) export controls and related regulatory issues in Japan and Vietnam. A number of LotuSat components are sourced from the United States, but the U.S. government expressed strong concerns about the lack of regulatory framework in Japan and Vietnam that would satisfy American policy makers that the LotuSat end users would not share sensitive technology with unauthorized third parties.

Until regulatory fixes were made in Tokyo and Hanoi the LotuSat satellite project was put on hold. The formal order on 18 October 2019 suggests that these regulatory issues have finally been resolved, with LotuSat-1 being NEC’s first foreign order.

Vietnam has expressed its wish that Vietnamese engineers be involved in the construction and integration of LotuSat-2, something that is believed to have been of concern to U.S. officials. Should NEC and Sumitomo Corp. win the LotuSat-2 order, it will be interesting to see whether Japanese and Vietnamese regulatory frameworks will allow Vietnamese involvement in its manufacture while allaying U.S. concerns.