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Yowbarb - MONITORING THE CHANGES => Spacefaring Human Race, NASA and NOAA News, and related postings => Topic started by: Yowbarb on December 09, 2011, 03:28:36 AM

Title: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on December 09, 2011, 03:28:36 AM
The US and Russia are partners in space exploration. The plan is for a Russian station to overlap and replace the ISS.
Perhaps this is where the remaining ISS crew will go. Remaining crew: American Dan Burbank, Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov.
[Note: If they left already I have no data on it.]
My opinion is the three remaining crew members on the ISS ) will be up there until the Russian OPSEK station is functional. Then -
I assume they will go aboard the Russian station.
"Multipurpose Laboratory Module...to be launched to the ISS in 2012 ...
[used as] the basis for a new space station.
" - wikipedia
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A portion of the wikipedia article on OPSEK is below, then an image of the ISS Expedition 29 Crew members with their names, who left in November and who is apparently still at the ISS.
- Yowbarb
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OPSEK
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_Piloted_Assembly_and_Experiment_Complex

The Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex (Orbitalniy Pilotiruemyi Eksperimentalniy Kompleks[1]) (OPSEK) is the planned Russian successor to the International Space Station, with the main goal of supporting deep space exploration.
Overview

Before the predicted decommissioning of the International Space Station in the late 2010's to 2020's, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) plans to detach some of its modules, such as the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (to be launched to the ISS in 2012), and use them as the basis for a new space station.[3] The main purpose of OPSEK would be to support eventual manned Mars missions. All the main components of such a Mars expedition would first dock at the station, before leaving for Mars. As a secondary role, the station would also support lunar expeditions.

On 17 June 2009, Roskosmos officially informed its ISS partner, the United States, about its intention to "build and prepare for operation the first elements of the orbital assembly and experimental piloted space complex by the end of the ISS life cycle."

According to the Russian manned spaceflight contractor RKK Energia, the new station must be able to perform the following tasks:  Large spacecraft assembly,  Flight tests and launches,     Creating, servicing and completing inter-orbital tugs; Providing medical and biological conditions required for the rehabilitation of inter-planetary expedition crews after their return to Earth orbit.
[end of wikipedia article excerpt]
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NASA
Expedition 29 Says Farewell and Undocks

"Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov say farewell to their crewmates and undock in the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft for the return home Nov. 21, 2011."

{YB Note: Highlighted in blue crew members who left the ISS in November 2011.}
To my knowledge these are the Remaining crew members:
American Dan Burbank,
Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov.
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NASA Image: Expedition 29 crew members pictured from the left on the front row are Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineer Dan Burbank. Pictured from the left on the back row are Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa, Sergei Volkov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov.

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Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: _cj_ on December 09, 2011, 05:43:16 AM
hi barb - i may have mis-read what you wrote but ISS isnt due to be decommissioned until 2016-2020

in 2009 russia announced that it would continue with its own low orbit station as a transfer point for manned missions to the moon and mars

some of the modules due to be attahced in the next few years to ISS but Russia will be detached befire the ISS is decomissioned and will form the core of the OPSEK station.

there sill be many crew rotations beofre the ISS is decomissioned - i think that it likely it will outlast the 2020 deadline

Regards,

alex
Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: Yowbarb on December 09, 2011, 06:58:38 AM
hi barb - i may have mis-read what you wrote but ISS isnt due to be decommissioned until 2016-2020

in 2009 russia announced that it would continue with its own low orbit station as a transfer point for manned missions to the moon and mars

some of the modules due to be attahced in the next few years to ISS but Russia will be detached befire the ISS is decomissioned and will form the core of the OPSEK station.

there sill be many crew rotations beofre the ISS is decomissioned - i think that it likely it will outlast the 2020 deadline

Regards,

alex

Alex, I am not going to say you are wrong... this OPSEK and the team effort of Americans and Russians in space is a new subject to me and still learning.

The wikipedia article says: ....Before the predicted decommissioning of the International Space Station in the late 2010's to 2020's.

Also I read a NASA article that posted the photo of the crew Expedition 29. Half of the (6) crew members were shuttled off there in November leaving only three, one American and two Russians.
The reason this came up is discussion on TH about how it was possible some crew members stranded up there... I don't know but I read somewhere it looked like 2012 the ISS will be de - manned.
That's when I stumbled on the info about the Russian OPSEK Mission. The Russians sending a lab up there to the ISS in 2012. The basis of a new space station and the base for sending people farther out into space.
Was saying (it appears) that any remaining crew not stranded, rather, it is possible they will be going to the OPSEK and/or working on it even if the ISS is totally de - manned .
Well I don;t remember now the exact reference on the ISS being over in 2012. Will look for it.
I may have posted it, covered it already in an earlier post.
Discussion on it (the remaining ISS crew members) in one of the Russian Phobos-Grunt Topics in PX astronomy.
At any rate there has got to be way more to this story than what is being released.
All The best,  :)
Yowbarb
Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: _cj_ on December 09, 2011, 10:22:17 PM
ISS crew 30 lis due to be launched on dec 29th i think - crew memebres are NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers

Regards,
alex
Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: Yowbarb on December 10, 2011, 01:15:06 AM
ISS crew 30 lis due to be launched on dec 29th i think - crew memebres are NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers

Regards,
alex

Thanks, it's good to get an update and the correct info...
I just viewed the video on this page, regarding ISS Crew 30. It's true, no one is going anywhere for awhile yet.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery
/index.html?collection_id=23381
Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: _cj_ on December 10, 2011, 08:16:04 AM
hi Barb,

damn i just wrote you a huge reply and managed to delete it so ill summarise it quickly

NASA's listed crew rotation out of Baikonur is mission 39 due in 2013-14 i think

Yes the ISS is due to be decommissioned 2016-2020 but because of Russia’s  stated intention to maintain a permanent space station in the form of OPSEK i cant see the US not being there.  Either with a combined effort or stand alone platform.  My view is that ISS will carry on past 2020

Now NASA's orion crew module is almost up and ready ( maybe 2013 ) which launched on the delta IV heavy would be a good lift platform for the ISS.  However i posed in a different thread that it would be too small for a mars expedition ...maybe lunar when combined with a service module

More exiting is NASA flying the falcon IX heavy next year.  This would be the launch vehicle for the Dragon crew module.  This crew module could be a 7 man transit to the ISS or as a lunar exploration mission or could form the core of a mars exploration mission.   The Falcon IX  has  already flown and the IX Heavy due next year so fingers crossed for a new space race

and of couse keep an eye out for the Space Launch System - that really will be the future but dont hold your hoped out until 2020 - the second stage J2X engine is still in testing

Regards,
alex
Title: Re: ISS Sucessor: OPSEK built by US space partner, Russia
Post by: _cj_ on January 16, 2013, 01:24:19 PM
hi barb

just a quick update,NASA has just agreed for the ESA to build the Service module for Orion
that puts it in a lunar landing territory for for the falcon heavy or a mars mission for the SLS launch platform

Regards,

alex
Title: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on January 21, 2013, 11:39:29 AM
I found out about this news from Chandra, a Town Hall Member.
Yowbarb Note: See more photos and the rest of the article at this page:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263983/Rivers-red-planet-Astonishing-new-pictures-reveal-1500km-river-ran-Mars.html
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http://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/rivers-on-the-red-planet 

Rivers on the Red PlanetJanuary 19, 2013

The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has captured astonishing new images of a 4-mile wide, 900-mile long river that that once flowed across the Red Planet. This impressive structure located in the Reull Vallis region of Mars is almost 1,000 feet deep and flanked by numerous tributaries. According to experts, the river-like channel shows a remarkable resemblance to areas on Earth affected by glacial flow. More at Mail Online.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263983/Rivers-red-planet-Astonishing-new-pictures-reveal-1500km-river-ran-Mars.html

Rivers on the red planet: Astonishing new pictures reveal a 4mile wide, 900mile long river that once ran across the Martian surface
Huge 'river-like structure' caputured by Mars Express spacecraft and is almost 1,000 feet (300m) deep
Experts say the images show a 'striking resemblance' to areas of Earth affected by glaciation
PUBLISHED:10:43 EST, 17 January 2013| UPDATED: 11:00 EST, 17 January 2013

They are yet more proof of the red planet's wet past.
 
The European Space Agency today released an astonishing series of pictures showing the remnants of a huge river than once ran across Mars.
 
Taken by the ESA’s Mars Express, they show Reull Vallis, the 'river-like structure' is believed to have formed when running water flowed in the distant martian past.

Yowbarb Note: See more photos and the rest of the article at this page:

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263983/Rivers-red-planet-Astonishing-new-pictures-reveal-1500km-river-ran-Mars.html#ixzz2Idkco98v

 
Title: Re: European Space Agency's discoveries/news 2013
Post by: enlightenme on January 21, 2013, 02:52:09 PM
Interesting info!  Thanks Barb and Chandra.
Title: Re: European Space Agency's discoveries/news 2013
Post by: Yowbarb on July 08, 2015, 05:22:39 AM
Here is our newer Topic for European Space Agency News:

https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=5684.msg85198#msg85198
Title: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on December 22, 2015, 12:18:22 AM
Yowbarb Note: I happened to be watching some late night TV (about 2 AM EST) and saw video of the Spacex company employees viewing their triumphant launch and historic vertical landing.
Space X - a private company - and their Falcon 9 historic launch and landing see video posted just below:
...video: Historic Landing of Falcon 9 First Stage at Landing Zone 1

https://youtu.be/1B6oiLNyKKI

Published on Dec 21, 2015
The very first Falcon 9 first stage has successfully landed at Landing Zone 1, formally Launch Complex 13, of Cape Canaveral after launching as part of the OG-2 return to flight mission from Space Launch Complex 40 just 10 minutes before landing.
VIDEO CREDITS: SpaceX
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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/12/spacex-orbital-rocket-lands-florida-elon-musk/421584/

Musk's Triumph: A Falcon 9 Rocket Lands Upright in Florida

At long last, SpaceX has vertically launched and landed an orbital rocket.
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on December 22, 2015, 12:27:29 AM
Excerpt: Musk's Triumph: A Falcon 9 Rocket Lands Upright in Florida

At long last, SpaceX has vertically launched and landed an orbital rocket

Robinson Meyer Dec 21, 2015 Technology

On Monday evening, for the first time in aerospace history, a rocket took off vertically from its launchpad, pierced the boundary of space and deposited its second stage into orbit, and returned intact to Earth, landing upright not far from where its journey began.

The private American company SpaceX—and its self-avowedly supervillain-esque CEO, Elon Musk— have at last seized the quarry that their company has pursued for years: VTOL, or the Vertical Take Off and Landing of an orbital rocket.

The task was completed by a Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:29 p.m. Eastern time. Even if the take-off had not gone successfully, the launch signified a return to flight for SpaceX: The company had not successfully launched a rocket since a different Falcon 9 exploded immediately after take-off in June.
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Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on February 25, 2016, 11:59:06 AM
It looks like you can watch whole episodes from this site:
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video: https://youtu.be/PWkdQ_nMWTY

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/nasa-astronaut-scott-kelly-looks-back-on-his-year-in-space-630704707866?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Looks Back on His Year in Space

Wed, Feb 24

From space, Scott Kelly talks to Lester Holt about what he's looking most forward to back here on Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station.
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on July 07, 2017, 04:44:00 AM
Yowbarb Note: NASA's asteroid deflection program enters next phase, June 30th article...
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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-s-first-asteroid-deflection-mission-enters-next-design-phase

June 30, 2017
NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense -- the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) -- is moving from concept development to preliminary design phase, following NASA’s approval on June 23.

[Continues  https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-s-first-asteroid-deflection-mission-enters-next-design-phase ]
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: MadMax on June 05, 2018, 01:48:02 PM
This could be VERY interesting !! 

What has Nasa found on Mars? Space agency to make a major announcement on Thursday about life on the red planet  ;D


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5807177/Nasa-confirms-make-major-announcement-Mars-week.html

Nasa will reveal ‘new results from Mars Curiosity rover’ at the press conference
The announcement could provide new evidence of life on the red planet
Curiosity has started drilling into the Martian surface after an 18-month hiatus

Nasa will hold a press conference to reveal its latest findings from Mars this week.

Few details have leaked about the mysterious new announcement, which will be streamed online from 7pm BST (2pm EDT) on Thursday 7 June.

Nasa is staying tight-lipped about what it has discovered on the red planet, but it has confirmed the announcement will feature ‘new science results from Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover’.

Curiosity was sent to Mars in August 2012 to to study its climate and geology as well as investigate whether the planet could sustain life or has liquid water.

It is possible the new 'science results' from the rover could relate to Martian life.

Max.


Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: R.R. Book on September 23, 2018, 11:43:37 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0Plw5IbDU

In the wake of NASA's announcement that the Mars rover's feed has gone black, am posting some of the amazing images taken in the past, many of which are included on Wayne Steiger's video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVdA0X_nQe0

(https://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/science/8441455819_2eeba16a1a_c.jpg)
cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/science/8441455819_2eeba16a1a_c.jpg

(http://thehigherlearning.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/mars-light.png)
thehigherlearning.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/mars-light.png

(https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/a5zH9HDAUC_3.zxqvf2uBQ--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NjMwO2g9NDM1O2lsPXBsYW5l/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/thesideshow/Geysers2.jpg)
https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/a5zH9HDAUC_3.zxqvf2uBQ--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NjMwO2g9NDM1O2lsPXBsYW5l/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/thesideshow/Geysers2.jpg

(https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article5926534.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Curiosity-Rover2.jpg)
https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article5926534.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Curiosity-Rover2.jpg

(http://www.spicytechnonews.com/files/cache/4/43e6f39667771de276d8fa01ac239815.jpg)
http://www.spicytechnonews.com/files/cache/4/43e6f39667771de276d8fa01ac239815.jpg

(http://www.viewzone.com/mars.oannes.jpg)
www.viewzone.com/mars.oannes.jpg

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sbGWpl1arSk/UTAXwD6mYuI/AAAAAAAAC0c/yz26f7WzN8I/s1600/Mars+Rover+Spirit+Alien+Vehcile.jpg)
4.bp.blogspot.com/-sbGWpl1arSk/UTAXwD6mYuI/AAAAAAAAC0c/yz26f7WzN8I/s1600/Mars+Rover+Spirit+Alien+Vehcile.jpg

(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/10/07/1412673103771_wps_7_The_Mars_Rover_image_whic.jpg)
https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/10/07/1412673103771_wps_7_The_Mars_Rover_image_whic.jpg

(https://www.ufo-secret.com/uploads/thumbs/d1dafec64-1.jpg)
www.ufo-secret.com/uploads/thumbs/d1dafec64-1.jpg

(http://www.marsanomalyresearch.com/evidence-reports/2005/088/5b-088-E0101728.jpg)
www.marsanomalyresearch.com/evidence-reports/2005/088/5b-088-E0101728.jpg

(https://undergroundscience.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/alien_soldier_spotted_stalking_curiosity_rover_on_mars__2315871.jpg)
https://undergroundscience.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/alien_soldier_spotted_stalking_curiosity_rover_on_mars__2315871.jpg

(http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Top-ten-weird-Mars-anomalies-150x150.jpg)
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Top-ten-weird-Mars-anomalies-150x150.jpg

Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: R.R. Book on November 02, 2018, 05:39:27 PM
NASA lost two more spacecraft this week, the Dawn and Kepler, saying that they ran out of gas...

How many have been lost now, just in the past year or so?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/1/18053366/nasa-dawn-spacecraft-dead

(https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/dawn/20141229/PIA17650-1280x800.jpg)
The Dawn space probe

(https://s.abcnews.com/images/Technology/160411_wnn_nasa_kepler_16x9_992.jpg)
The Kepler space probe

Referred by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIROKxZqP2w
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on March 06, 2019, 12:02:18 AM
This will be a merged topic including my earlier Nasa News Topics and MadMax's Nasa News 2018 etc. See the metro UK article for two videos of the space X docking.
Also, a you tube video: REPLAY: SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at the ISS with Ripley the mannequin (3/3/2019

https://youtu.be/5pNfCQtQILU

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https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/04/spacex-crew-dragon-capsule-welcomes-iss-astronaut-aboard-docking-8800176/

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule welcomes ISS astronaut aboard after docking

Astronaut Anne McClain has become the first aboard the new crew capsule

The uncrewed spacecraft launched from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 2.49am local time (7.49am UK time) on March 2 as planned, on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a dummy pilot called Ripley – a nod to Sigourney Weaver’s character in the Alien movies – loaded with sensors to feed back information on the journey’s progress. It successfully made contact with the orbiting space station where McClain was able to float inside and record a video beamed back across the internet.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/04/spacex-crew-dragon-capsule-welcomes-iss-astronaut-aboard-docking-8800176/?ito=cbshare

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on April 10, 2019, 12:24:38 AM
http://www.spaceweather.com/

PRIVATE MOON LANDING TOMORROW: When humans return to the Moon, it might not be NASA sending them. While America's next Moon rocket is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, a small Israeli company is poised to touchdown on the Moon tomorrow. Their robot named "Beresheet" is scheduled to land on Mare Serenitatis (the Sea of Serenity) on April 11th around 3 pm Eastern time. The event will be livestreamed by SpaceIL, the first private company to land on lunar soil. Robots now, humans next? Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: ilinda on April 11, 2019, 05:56:00 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/science/israel-moon-landing-beresheet.html

"Israel Moon Landing Beresheet Appears to End in Crash
"
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on April 12, 2019, 10:33:08 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/science/israel-moon-landing-beresheet.html

"Israel Moon Landing Beresheet Appears to End in Crash
"

Yes, heard about that... unmanned I hope?
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on April 30, 2019, 01:15:26 PM
https://www.space.com/x-37b-military-space-plane-otv5-600-days.html?utm_source=notification

X-37B Military Space Plane's Latest Mystery Mission Passes 600 Days
By Mike Wall 3 hours ago Spaceflight

Exactly what it's doing up there is unclear.

The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane has now been circling Earth for more than 600 days on its latest mystery mission. 

SEE [ US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane By Karl Tate March 03, 2011(Infographic)://www.space.com/75-x-37b-spaceplane.html ]

Article continued: The reusable robotic vehicle, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttle orbiters, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 7, 2017.

As of today (April 30), the space plane has been aloft for 601 days, on a mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) because it's the fifth flight of the X-37B program.

It's unclear what exactly the spacecraft is doing up there. X-37B missions are classified, and Air Force officials tend to speak of project goals in general terms, as this excerpt from the X-37B fact sheet shows: "The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold: reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth."

Still, the Air Force does divulge some payloads flying on X-37B missions. For example, we know that OTV-5 includes the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader experiment (ASETS-II), which is measuring the performance of electronics and oscillating heat pipes in the space environment.

The Air Force has at least two X-37B vehicles, both of which were built by Boeing. Each space plane is 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 9.6 feet (2.9 m) tall, with a wingspan of almost 15 feet (4.6 m). The solar-powered spacecraft have payload bays about the size of a pickup-truck bed.

[Continues: [ https://www.space.com/x-37b-military-space-plane-otv5-600-days.html?utm_source=notification ]
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on April 30, 2019, 01:21:37 PM
https://www.space.com/38077-spacex-x-37b-space-plane-launch-in-photos.html

In Photos: SpaceX Launches X-37B Space Plane, Lands Falcon 9 Rocket
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on April 30, 2019, 01:56:04 PM
2017:  SpaceX launched the X378 space plane, atop the falcon rocket.
The falcon rockets land vertically and the space plane lands horizontally. l better post this...before I lose it.
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In Photos: SpaceX Launches X-37B Space Plane, Lands Falcon 9 Rocket
By Hanneke Weitering September 07, 2017 Spaceflight
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: R.R. Book on May 01, 2019, 07:25:38 AM
The International Space Station experienced a "huge" power failure on Monday, meaning that technicians were not able to pinpoint the cause of the blackout and restore power.  The station will be uninhabitable until reliable power can be restored.

A Space-X shuttle that was scheduled to launch today to re-supply the ISS is expected to be cancelled.

This is just one more incident in a series of mishaps to the ISS over the past several months.

(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/151/590x/iss-1120952.webp?r=1556633752355)

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1120952/spacex-nasa-ISS-international-space-station-space-news

Referred by:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAWYqAJR1Y
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on May 02, 2019, 04:35:30 PM
The International Space Station experienced a "huge" power failure on Monday, meaning that technicians were not able to pinpoint the cause of the blackout and restore power.  The station will be uninhabitable until reliable power can be restored.

A Space-X shuttle that was scheduled to launch today to re-supply the ISS is expected to be cancelled.

This is just one more incident in a series of mishaps to the ISS over the past several months.

(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/151/590x/iss-1120952.webp?r=1556633752355)

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1120952/spacex-nasa-ISS-international-space-station-space-news

Referred by:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAWYqAJR1Y

R.R. true - and SpaceX is having troubles too...
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on July 22, 2019, 08:19:16 AM
http://www.spaceweather.com/

INDIAN MOON LAUNCH TODAY: India is on its way to the Moon. Earlier today, the country's space agency launched the 4-ton Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft from the edge of the Bay of Bengal. The payload contains a lunar orbiter, a lander and a 6-wheeled rover, scheduled to touch down on Sept. 7th. This marks India's first attempt to make a 'soft' landing on the Moon — a feat so far achieved only by the United States, Russia and China.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49032603
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on July 27, 2019, 10:50:21 PM
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/26/tech/spacex-starship-starhopper-test-flight/index.html

SpaceX's massive Starship prototype lifts off

New York (CNN Business)A prototype of SpaceX's Mars rocket roared to life Thursday night, lifting the vehicle into the air for a landmark test.

It was the first time the experimental craft, nicknamed "Starhopper," flew free without being tethered to the ground.
SpaceX's goal was to lift the spacecraft about 65 feet into the air before gently landing it nearby — what's SpaceX called a "hop test." It's not clear exactly how high the craft flew. Footage captured by reporters present at the South Texas launch site show fire and smoke erupting from Starhopper's massive Raptor rocket engine, obscuring the vehicle from view.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the flight was a success.

"Water towers *can* fly," he joked in a tweet, referencing Starhopper's likeness to a cylindrical water tank. He also shared views of the launch that were captured by a nearby drone and a camera near the Raptor engine.
Musk tweeted that SpaceX will next attempt a 200 meter, or 650 foot, hop test "in a week or two."

Starhopper's successful run came one day after a hop attempt was aborted three seconds after the Raptor engine fired up. The craft never left the ground, and stray flames appeared to shoot out from the top of the vehicle, but no serious damage was done. Musk said the hop test was called off because the fuel was "colder than expected," causing an issue with pressure levels inside the vehicle.
Starhopper is designed to be an early precursor to a deep-space exploration rocket called Starship, and Musk has said rapid development of the technology is a top priority for SpaceX.
The latest design for Starship, which was earlier referred to as BFR, show it riding into orbit atop the most powerful rocket booster ever built. SpaceX hopes to use the launch system to deliver massive loads of satellites into orbit, and eventually to shuttle humans out into the solar system to explore and colonize Mars.
Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire who landed a deal with SpaceX to one day use a Starship spacecraft to circle the moon, tweeted praised to Musk.
"Congrats!!! Moon is right there!" he wrote.
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 03:31:18 PM
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/record-setting-nasa-astronaut-crewmates-return-from-space-station

Feb. 6, 2020  RELEASE 20-012
Record-Setting NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Return from Space Station

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is helped out of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft just minutes after she, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, landed their Soyuz MS-13 capsule in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Koch returned to Earth after logging 328 days in space --- the longest spaceflight in history by a woman --- as a member of Expeditions 59-60-61 on the International Space Station. Skvortsov and Parmitano returned after 201 days in space where they served as Expedition 60-61 crew members onboard the station.

Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls
After setting a record for the longest single spaceflight in history by a woman, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth Thursday, along with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency).

The trio departed the International Space Station at 12:50 a.m. EST and made a safe, parachute-assisted landing at 4:12 a.m. (3:12 p.m. Kazakhstan time) southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

Koch’s extended mission will provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman as the agency plans to return humans to the Moon under the Artemis program and prepare for human exploration of Mars.

Koch launched March 14, 2019, alongside fellow NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Her first journey into space of 328 days is the second-longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut and also places her seventh on the list of cumulative time in space for American astronauts with one or more missions.

Supporting NASA’s goals for future human landings on the Moon, Koch completed 5,248 orbits of the Earth and a journey of 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent of 291 trips to the Moon and back. She conducted six spacewalks during 11 months on orbit, including the first three all-woman spacewalks, spending 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the station. She witnessed the arrival of a dozen visiting spacecraft and the departure of another dozen.

For Parmitano and Skvortsov, this landing completed a 201-day stay in space, 3,216 orbits of Earth and a journey of 85.2 million miles. They launched last July with NASA’s Andrew Morgan. Morgan also is participating in an extended duration mission on the orbiting laboratory and will return to Earth April 17.

Completing his second mission, Parmitano now has logged 367 days in space, more than any ESA astronaut in history. During his time in space for Expeditions 60 and 61, Parmitano conducted four spacewalks, totaling 25 hours and 30 minutes. He has now conducted six spacewalks in his career, totaling 33 hours and 9 minutes. Parmitano was commander of Expedition 61.

Skvortsov completed his third mission and a total of 546 days in space, placing him 15th on the all-time spaceflight endurance list.

Following post-landing medical checks, the crew will return to the recovery staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, aboard Russian helicopters. Koch and Parmitano will board a NASA plane bound for Cologne, Germany, where Parmitano will be greeted by ESA officials for his return home. Koch will continue home to Houston. Skvortsov will board a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft to return to his home in Star City, Russia.

The Expedition 61 crew contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, including improvements to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in an effort to extend its life and support its mission of looking for evidence of dark matter and testing 3D biological printers to print organ-like tissues in microgravity.

With the undocking of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft with Koch, Skvortsov, and Parmitano aboard, Expedition 62 officially began aboard the station, with NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Morgan as flight engineers and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos as station commander. They will remain on board as a three-person crew until early April, when NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin will launch to the station.

To learn more about the science Koch’s mission enabled, access video and images from her mission, and read her expectations for her readjustment to Earth, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-astronaut-s-record-setting-mission-helps-scientists-for-future-missions

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Last Updated: Feb. 7, 2020
Editor: Karen Northon
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Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 04:03:53 PM
https://www.spacex.com/news  SPACEXNEWS
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on February 07, 2020, 07:29:34 PM
https://spacewatch.global/2020/02/piece-from-raphael-roettgen/

#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed:
Why 2020 will be big for space – beyond the glamour of astronaut launches
By Raphael Roettgen

2020 promises to be a big year in space, but not only for the well-known events you keep on hearing about, such as the expected crewed launches from U.S. soil on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing’s Starliner. In the background, thousands of new space entrepreneurs are executing on business plans that take advantage of the tremendous decrease of the costs of accessing space and operating in it. Many of these entrepreneurs have important milestones in 2020.

For starters, 2020 may not only see the launch of highly trained, professional astronauts to orbit, but also of tourists, on suborbital flights on Virgin Galactic’s (SPCE:US) SpaceShipTwo and/or Blue Origin’s New Shepard. Virgin Galactic alone has 600 people who paid around US$250,000 for the chance to experience a few minutes of weightlessness – roughly the same number of people as the total of astronauts who have been to space so far.

Beyond crewed launches, there are now over a hundred start-ups working on space launch systems to lift satellites or other materials to Earth orbit or beyond. Many of them are focusing on smaller payload sizes – think hundreds of kilograms rather than the many tons that e.g.  SpaceX’s or ULA’s rockets can lift. Among the launch start-ups that are at a more advanced stage and propose maiden flights of their rockets in 2020 are Firefly Aerospace, which aims to conduct the maiden launch of its Alpha rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base (although the impact of a fire during a rocket test a few days ago on the schedule remains to be seen), and VirginOrbit, which targets the initial flight of its LauncherOne.  The latter will be air-launched from under the wing of a custom Boeing 747, which will take off from the Mojave Air & Space Port, the same location where Virgin Galactic’s flights depart. Rocket Lab, another small launcher company, which has already conducted ten successful launches of its Electron rocket, so far shows five launches on its 2020 manifest, with the first one schedule for February 12th. SpinLaunch, which uses an innovative kinetic energy system for launch, may initiate first (non-orbital) test flights in 2020. On the other hand of the rocket size spectrum, SpaceX may take its Starship vehicle to orbit by the end of 2020.
..... [ Article Continues: SEE https://spacewatch.global/2020/02/piece-from-raphael-roettgen/  ]
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: R.R. Book on February 08, 2020, 06:40:32 AM
My 6th sense is feeling a dark side to all of this.

1. To what degree is it entrepreneurial vs. governmental vs. feudal?

2. Musk's operations are less about outer space and more about earth's upper atmosphere

3. With whose permission does he stake his claim on earth's atmospheric envelope?

4. To what degree are his Starlink satellites connected to 5G?

5. There is a plan in place to redirect electrical utilities from being earth-based to coming from these satellites.

6. Will this constitute a monopoly?

7. Will we be able to decline participation and turn it off?

8. He intends to sell his satellite capability to "governments, militaries and corporations."  One wonders what governments, militaries and corporations?  Are these governments, militaries and corporations connected, as in the military-industrial complex?   

In my experience as a teacher, the smartest boy in school was also seemingly the most self-possessed, until he fell in with a dark crowd.
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: ilinda on February 08, 2020, 10:39:50 AM
I share RR's concerns.  Plus, nobody seems to be talking about the millions of bits, chunks, and pieces os space debris we humans have left up there--it's nothing but trash now, so why isn't anyone seriously discussing removing it all before even one more launch?

Than as RR mentions, how will any of the new space shots correlate or connect with the 5G phenomenon?   My 2 cents says that if we cannot solve the major problems here on the planet, then we are not ready to venture beyond Earth's surface.  Thinking of the gigantic Pacific Garbage Patch, for starters. 
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on February 09, 2020, 12:35:54 AM
Well, gals I hear you.

I am basically looking at the big picture. The spacefaring human race. That has always been an interest to me. I'm not a scientist but have a scientific streak and am not anti science...

Marshall has mentioned in books and articles that the coming passage of PX system, (if it does happen in the timeframe we have all been discussing) is devastating but survivable, as a species. He really feels the NEXT passage will not be survivalble for humankind and we earthlings will need to be moved and established on another home, another earthlike planet.  Before that happens. In the book Being, which I helped edit,  MM mentioned the spacefaring human race... It comes up again in his latest book, about to come out....

Actually getting to a goldilocks planet along with an Arc of human and animal and plant DNA and as many people as can be saved, that takes a lot of work, science, hard work and actual doingness to achieve. Long, long, LONG way to go to achieve that.
Musk talks mainly about Mars colonization as a big first step, He has stated many times he is interested in the future survival of the human race.  That is the most important thing...

Would there be corporate domination, corruption, confusion, conflict and greed?  Well yes probably, but it might not be all that bad in the long run, and it is time to move forward. 

I believe we are all immortal, we are capable of evolving, getting better. Maybe not all the millions of bodies of Earth will survive the coming catastrophes and then the one about 3,600 years later, but the new planet(s) will be a haven for human life and spirit to go to...

Well, that is how I feel. Always loved the thought of a much more modern world, and space travel.  As you know I also deeply respect everything to do with terra firma, all that we can learn about animals and plants and growing food. Preparing, cooking, canning, doing all that wondrful stuff! I admire and respect so much, anyone who can actually do that. :)  And that means you two administrators, ilinda and RR. :)
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Yowbarb on February 09, 2020, 12:42:12 AM
I share RR's concerns.  Plus, nobody seems to be talking about the millions of bits, chunks, and pieces os space debris we humans have left up there--it's nothing but trash now, so why isn't anyone seriously discussing removing it all before even one more launch?

Than as RR mentions, how will any of the new space shots correlate or connect with the 5G phenomenon?   My 2 cents says that if we cannot solve the major problems here on the planet, then we are not ready to venture beyond Earth's surface.  Thinking of the gigantic Pacific Garbage Patch, for starters.

Has enough being done to remove space junk? No of course not, but there has been some small progress. Plenty of discussion about space junk and what to do about it, in science communities. One of the articles I had posted, or at least a screen shot is about removing the junk, will look it up and post it better. Oh, I see it now, I posted it last night here:  Re: Asia Space News (updated and brought to this area)
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2020, 07:08:53 PM »

https://spacewatch.global/?s=Japan  Spacewatch Global  JAPAN

Japan’s Astroscale Receives $4.5 Million Grant From Tokyo Government For Commercial Space Debris Removal
John Sheldon January 27, 2020
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Jimfarmer on February 09, 2020, 01:20:13 AM
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how will any of the new space shots correlate or connect with the 5G phenomenon?   My 2 cents says that if we cannot solve the major problems here on the planet, then we are not ready to venture beyond Earth's surface.  Thinking of the gigantic Pacific Garbage Patch, for starters.

Two conducive processes that are progressing now:
*   Emancipation of Earth and humanity
*   Ascension

When "we" does not include "them", and after "they" make contact, then "us" will be able to fix the situation.

(My 1-cent thought)
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: ilinda on February 09, 2020, 06:30:09 PM
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how will any of the new space shots correlate or connect with the 5G phenomenon?   My 2 cents says that if we cannot solve the major problems here on the planet, then we are not ready to venture beyond Earth's surface.  Thinking of the gigantic Pacific Garbage Patch, for starters.

Two conducive processes that are progressing now:
*   Emancipation of Earth and humanity
*   Ascension

When "we" does not include "them", and after "they" make contact, then "us" will be able to fix the situation.

(My 1-cent thought)
I tend to agree with what  you say.  It's true that many of us would never dump trash into a beautiful and life-giving ocean, nor would we bring thick, black oil up from deep in the Earth, then proceed to fractionate it into numerous parcels, then disseminate it throughout the entire globe, poisoning every living thing in its path.  I could go on, but that is something some people would not even consider. 

My best guess is that Stanley Milgrim's research showed that about 2/3 of the population would do about anything, no matter how horrible, and it is that group from whom the other 1/3 need to be emancipated.

I cringe to think of "Milgrim's 2/3" being transported to a beautiful and pristine planet, only to start the process of death and destruction all over again.  Yikes.
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: ilinda on February 09, 2020, 06:56:11 PM
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Well, gals I hear you.

I am basically looking at the big picture. The spacefaring human race. That has always been an interest to me. I'm not a scientist but have a scientific streak and am not anti science...

Marshall has mentioned in books and articles that the coming passage of PX system, (if it does happen in the timeframe we have all been discussing) is devastating but survivable, as a species. He really feels the NEXT passage will not be survivalble for humankind and we earthlings will need to be moved and established on another home, another earthlike planet.  Before that happens. In the book Being, which I helped edit,  MM mentioned the spacefaring human race... It comes up again in his latest book, about to come out....

Actually getting to a goldilocks planet along with an Arc of human and animal and plant DNA and as many people as can be saved, that takes a lot of work, science, hard work and actual doingness to achieve. Long, long, LONG way to go to achieve that.
Musk talks mainly about Mars colonization as a big first step, He has stated many times he is interested in the future survival of the human race.  That is the most important thing...

Would there be corporate domination, corruption, confusion, conflict and greed?  Well yes probably, but it might not be all that bad in the long run, and it is time to move forward. 

I believe we are all immortal, we are capable of evolving, getting better. Maybe not all the millions of bodies of Earth will survive the coming catastrophes and then the one about 3,600 years later, but the new planet(s) will be a haven for human life and spirit to go to...

Well, that is how I feel. Always loved the thought of a much more modern world, and space travel.  As you know I also deeply respect everything to do with terra firma, all that we can learn about animals and plants and growing food. Preparing, cooking, canning, doing all that wondrful stuff! I admire and respect so much, anyone who can actually do that. :)  And that means you two administrators, ilinda and RR. :)
In some sci-fi scenario, if all Earthlings were invited to migrate to a beautiful and pristine new planet, I'd be inclined to stay here and try to clean up the mess Humans have made.  (Mom always told me to pick up my toys.)
Title: Re: Spacefaring Human Race, NASA, SpaceX, ESA, etc.
Post by: Jimfarmer on February 10, 2020, 01:18:41 AM
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In some sci-fi scenario, if all Earthlings were invited to migrate to a beautiful and pristine new planet, I'd be inclined to stay here and try to clean up the mess Humans have made.  (Mom always told me to pick up my toys.)

According to my understanding to date, some (Earthlings) will ascend along with Earth herself, and others will not.  Staying on the Old Earth to fix it would be a lost cause, as those (Earthlings and non-Earthlings) who will be there will not collaborate nor cooperate in such projects, as it is in their life lesson plans (over multiple life-times, in some cases) to suffer the consequences of being destructive.  Let them destroy Old Earth and complete their hard lessons;  interfering would be counter-productive in the galactic long term.

But then, it might be in your life lesson plan to have the experience of attempting to fix the Old Earth,  and failing because of the overpowering negativity of the then populace.

Both New Earth and Old Earth will be available for souls to have whatever experiences they need to progress or regress, according to their current trajectory.  In either case, some of those experiences will be pleasant, and others will be painful.