CRS-12 Dragon Returns to Earth

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CRS-12 Dragon Returns to Earth

After 30 days in space Dragon CRS-12 robotic cargo spacecraft undocked from Harmony module nadir docking port.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-12 was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 rocket from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center on August 14, 2017, at 18:31 UTC. After lasting two days space chase it reached and docked to ISS harmony nadir docking port on August 16. It delivered 2349 kg of cargo in pressurized section and 961 kg in not pressurized trunk. In spite of food, water and supplies for crew members it also delivered Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Experiment scientific device for measuring space radiation. CREAM was installed at EFU-2 slot on August 23 by robotic arm.

Preparations before planned for today’s undocking of the Dragon had started last week with packing Dragon capsule with scientific equipment and trunk of the spacecraft with trash and unwanted hardware. Last night Dragon was remotely released from Harmony and moved 10 m away from ISS with the utilization of Candarm2 robotic arm. This was done by flight specialists remotely from the ground control station.

Next phase of undocking, releasing Dragon from Canadarm2 was controlled by astronauts Paolo Nespoli (ESA-ASI) and Randy Bresnik (NASA) from Cupola module. Final “go” for Nespoli and Bresnik was given by Houston control center at 08:36 UTC. After receiving command, paolo Nespoli released Dragon at 08:40 UTC 402 km over Australia. After reaching 3 m distance from Canadarm2, Dragon performed first from three planned departure burns at 08:45 UTC. One minute later second burn was also finished and Dragon performed third burn after yaw maneuver (08:50 UTC) and exit 200 m safety zone around the Station.

Next phase begun with closing and securing doors between capsule and service module. When Dragon was passing over Indian Ocean, Dragon started its thrusters for ten minutes to reduce speed at 13:41 UTC. From that moment reentry phase begun. Spacecraft jettisoned its trunk seven minutes later. At 14:07 first two drag parachutes were deployed and at 16:15 UTC three main parachutes were deployed. Dragon reduced its speed to 17 km/h and gently touched waters of the pacific Ocean at 14:17 UTC.

Vehicle will be recovered by SpaceX ship and transported to Los Angeles. most important scientific samples will be transported by helicopter directly from ship to laboratories just after opening capsule on the ship.

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

Yesterday first artificial satellite of Saturn finished its lasting 20 years mission with destructive landing on Saturn.

Joint mission of NASA, ESA and Italian ASI space agency finally reached its end on Friday September 15, 2017. Cassini space probe launched on 15 October 1997 on the top of the Titan 401B/Centaur rocket crashed into Saturn after 162 targeted flybys of Saturn’s moons at 10:32 UTC. Finish was spectacular – Cassini entered upper atmosphere of Saturn 1900 km over the planet’s surface with speed of 113 000 km/h. Last time before crash Cassini sent telemetry data to 70 m dish of Deep Space Network antenna near Canberra, Australia shortly before its own end.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory which was responsible for controlling Cassini during mission decided to avoid unintentional crash of Cassini with one of ice covered moons of Saturn. Last fuel reserve was used to put space probe on correct orbit between 5 and 12 of September and all the effort was made to precisely hit with probe into Saturn. Scientists are considering as possible that on  few moons under ice there is a ocean with possible life forms which could be contaminated with microbes from earth which could remain inside Cassini.

Total cost of main mission (until 2008), first extended mission (2008-2010) and second extended mission (2010-2017) was $40,500,00000. Space probe sent to Earth 635 Gbits of data and discovered Methone, Pallene, Polydeuces, Daphnis, Anthe and Aegaeon moons around Saturn. Scientists also recognize, basing on data gathered by Cassini, that on Enceladus, Titan and Dione it is possible that under ice cover could be not frozen oceans.

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

Yesterday first artificial satellite of Saturn finished its lasting 20 years mission with destructive landing on Saturn.

Joint mission of NASA, ESA and Italian ASI space agency finally reached its end on Friday September 15, 2017. Cassini space probe launched on 15 October 1997 on the top of the Titan 401B/Centaur rocket crashed into Saturn after 162 targeted flybys of Saturn’s moons at 10:32 UTC. Finish was spectacular – Cassini entered upper atmosphere of Saturn 1900 km over the planet’s surface with speed of 113 000 km/h. Last time before crash Cassini sent telemetry data to 70 m dish of Deep Space Network antenna near Canberra, Australia shortly before its own end.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory which was responsible for controlling Cassini during mission decided to avoid unintentional crash of Cassini with one of ice covered moons of Saturn. Last fuel reserve was used to put space probe on correct orbit between 5 and 12 of September and all the effort was made to precisely hit with probe into Saturn. Scientists are considering as possible that on  few moons under ice there is a ocean with possible life forms which could be contaminated with microbes from earth which could remain inside Cassini.

Total cost of main mission (until 2008), first extended mission (2008-2010) and second extended mission (2010-2017) was $40,500,00000. Space probe sent to Earth 635 Gbits of data and discovered Methone, Pallene, Polydeuces, Daphnis, Anthe and Aegaeon moons around Saturn. Scientists also recognize, basing on data gathered by Cassini, that on Enceladus, Titan and Dione it is possible that under ice cover could be not frozen oceans.

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

Yesterday first artificial satellite of Saturn finished its lasting 20 years mission with destructive landing on Saturn.

Joint mission of NASA, ESA and Italian ASI space agency finally reached its end on Friday September 15, 2017. Cassini space probe launched on 15 October 1997 on the top of the Titan 401B/Centaur rocket crashed into Saturn after 162 targeted flybys of Saturn’s moons at 10:32 UTC. Finish was spectacular – Cassini entered upper atmosphere of Saturn 1900 km over the planet’s surface with speed of 113 000 km/h. Last time before crash Cassini sent telemetry data to 70 m dish of Deep Space Network antenna near Canberra, Australia shortly before its own end.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory which was responsible for controlling Cassini during mission decided to avoid unintentional crash of Cassini with one of ice covered moons of Saturn. Last fuel reserve was used to put space probe on correct orbit between 5 and 12 of September and all the effort was made to precisely hit with probe into Saturn. Scientists are considering as possible that on  few moons under ice there is a ocean with possible life forms which could be contaminated with microbes from earth which could remain inside Cassini.

Total cost of main mission (until 2008), first extended mission (2008-2010) and second extended mission (2010-2017) was $40,500,00000. Space probe sent to Earth 635 Gbits of data and discovered Methone, Pallene, Polydeuces, Daphnis, Anthe and Aegaeon moons around Saturn. Scientists also recognize, basing on data gathered by Cassini, that on Enceladus, Titan and Dione it is possible that under ice cover could be not frozen oceans.

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MS-05 docked to ISS after short space pursuit !

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MS-05 docked to ISS after short space pursuit !

Soyuz MS-05 finally reached International Space Station after lasting six hours space journey with three crew members inside: Commander Sergey Ryazansky (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer 1 Paolo Nespoli (ESA, Italy) and Flight Engineer 2 Randy Bresnik (NASA).

Soyuz-FG with MS-05 vehicle was rolled out on July 26 from assembly facility to Launch Pad 1 Gagarin’s Start. As usual crew members were preparing to mission at Baikonur facility and woke up today eight hours before launch. Fueling of the rocket begun in the morning hours as launch was planned for 15:41 UTC. Crew led by Sergey Ryazansky entered Soyuz spacecraft at 14:03 UTC. They took their places with Commander in the center (Randy Bresnik took left seat, Paolo Nespoli took place on the right side of Sergey Ryazansky), checked vehicle subsystems and prepared for sealing the hatch. At 15:05 UTC three retracting towers were released and moved away from Soyuz. At T-30′ rescue system was armed. Eight minutes later Sokol suits which were worn by crew members were sealed and pressurized, belts were secured and fastened and trio closed their visors at T-9′. Five minutes earlier telemetry data system was initialized. At T-1′ Soyuz was switched to its internal power and punctually at 15:42 UTC rocket started to raise over Baikonur.

After 2’10” of flight four boosters separated from the core of the Soyuz-FG. Fifty seconds later emergency rescue system was jettisoned along with shroud covering Soyuz spacecraft; at T+5′ core stage powered by RD-180 engine was cut off and separated on the altitude of 170 km. Upper stage ignited its RD-110 engine and continue flight to orbit. At T+9′ capsule with crew members inside separated from the upper stage. At 15:54 UTC NASA confirmed that solar panels were deployed and Soyuz started its space journey to ISS.

At 19:48 UTC Soyuz begun its rendezvous using its Kurs onboard computer. At 21:27 UTC it was 3.2 km from the station keeping correct course to perform docking scheduled for 22:00 UTC. At 21:39 UTC it reached distance of 350 m and begun its flyby maneuver and one minute later it lined itself with Rassvet module. Four minutes later flyby was over and at 21:47 UTC Soyuz was on final approach 65 m from Rassvet. At 23:51 vehicle was 21 m from International Space Station. At 21:54 UTC Soyuz docked to Rassvet with commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, NASA flight engineer Randy Bresnik and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli 405 km over Germany. Docking probe of the Soyuz was retracted and closed hooks and latches to seal the joint between Rassvet and Soyuz. After leak tests crew members will enter the Station within following hours.

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Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

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Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik were officially accepted as crew for Soyuz MS-05. 

According to TASS Russian inter-departmental commission accepted today ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (third flight to ISS), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik (both will fly to ISS for the second time in their career) as primary crew for Soyuz MS-05. Sergey Ryazansky was selected as commander of the mission, Paolo Nespoli was chosen as first flight engineer, Randolph Bresnik will take place of second flight engineer.

As backup crew Commission accepted Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos (commander) and  Mark Vande Hei (NASA – first flight engineer) and Norishige Kanai of JAXA (second flight engineer).

Launch of the Soyuz rocket with MS-05 vehicle is planned for 28th July 2017 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Launch Site 1/5. The day before flight Russian state commission will finally approve primary crew – both crews will spend last days before flight at hotel for crew members Baikonur Cosmodrome. Members of both crews will go through identical training at Baikonur and wait for final decision of State Commission.

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Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

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Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik were officially accepted as crew for Soyuz MS-05. 

According to TASS Russian inter-departmental commission accepted today ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (third flight to ISS), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik (both will fly to ISS for the second time in their career) as primary crew for Soyuz MS-05. Sergey Ryazansky was selected as commander of the mission, Paolo Nespoli was chosen as first flight engineer, Randolph Bresnik will take place of second flight engineer.

As backup crew Commission accepted Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos (commander) and  Mark Vande Hei (NASA – first flight engineer) and Norishige Kanai of JAXA (second flight engineer).

Launch of the Soyuz rocket with MS-05 vehicle is planned for 28th July 2017 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Launch Site 1/5. The day before flight Russian state commission will finally approve primary crew – both crews will spend last days before flight at hotel for crew members Baikonur Cosmodrome. Members of both crews will go through identical training at Baikonur and wait for final decision of State Commission.

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Second EOvation hackathon in Poland

Between the 26th and 27th of May in Gdansk an EOVation event was held. This hackathon focused on the use of Earth Observation data for applications in the Middle East and South Asia.

Since November 2016 the EOClimLab project is being realised in Poland, Czech Republic and Romania. The project is commissioned by ESA. It’s purpose is to use satellite data for a better or new perspective on the subject of climate change. Among several activities within the project, also hackathons are organised by the consortium. These events are called EOvations and gather not only programmers and engineers or Earth Observation (EO) specialists but also representatives from other fields, including humanities and enthusiasts. Together, participants of EOvations have to create a preliminary application concept in a short amount of time (ca. 24 hours).

Oriental hackaton

On the 26th and 27th of May the second Polish hackathon was held under the EOClimLab project in Gdańsk. This event, called “Oriental EOvation” was devoted to the use of EO data in the Middle East and Asia in the context of regional problems related to climate change.

Team work was carried out with the support of scientific, technical and business-investment experts. There were several preliminary challenges available for participants to choose from. These challenges concerned, inter alia, the issue of rising sea levels, the drought-related situations in the Middle East and the relationship between man and the surrounding environment.

At the start of the hackathon four teams were formed. Two of them after several hours decided to join forces, creating a new team.

Results of Oriental EOvation hackathon

After 24 hours of intensive work, on the 27th of May, in the afternoon the teams presented their results. There were three solutions, one of which was more hardware based and the other two focused mainly on data processing from Earth Observation satellites.

The “Syrian Rebuild Map” team was selected as a winner. This team proposed the use of several different satellite-data indicators to assess and prioritize the reconstruction of individual Syrian regions after the ongoing civil war. The application showed trends of places where drought will continue as well as places where it will be possible to develop agriculture more optimally. Members of this team demonstrated the basic features of the future application, which was appreciated by the jury.

The other two teams also achieved some results. The other proposed two concepts focused on optimizing pipelines of desalination water from the Gulf of Aqaba into Jordan and a general hardware + data flood warning system.

All teams have been rewarded with vouchers, time to work with experts, access to a satellite data cloud, access to office space and a set of microelectronic circuits and sensors.

The event was organised by Blue Dot Solutions in support of the Black Pearls VC Fund, the Gdańsk University of Technology Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the O4 Coworking, the Nauka o Klimacie webservice, and the EO Cloud Technological Partner.

Next hackathons in Poland

The next dedicated hackathons under the EOClimLab project in Gdańsk will take place in the second half of this year. This time the subject will be the use of Earth Observation data for the Pomeranian region. In Warsaw, an EOvation hackathon also took place on the 3rd – 4th of June.

The consortium of the EOCLimLab from Poland is composed of Omnilogy, Blue Dot Solutions, Orange, Integrated Solutions and Kapitech. On the Czech side the partners are Czech Invest and SpaceSystems Czech, and on the Romanian side there are three IT partners: Arobs Transilvania Software, Aries Transilvania and Indeco Soft.

Soyuz MS-03 has landed !

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Soyuz MS-03 has landed !

Commander Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned safely to Earth inside Soyuz MS-03. 

Mission of the return of two crew members was finished yesterday. For Pesquet and Novitskiy this means of their space journey inside ISS – both reached Rassvet Nadir docking port of the International Space Station inside MS-03 spacecraft on November 19, 2016, two days after launch. Both stayed in space for 196 days, Peggy Whitson after decision of NASA announced in the beginning of April, will stay longer inside ISS – until September. She will continue work with Jack Fischer (NASA) and Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos, commander of the Station since 1st June 2017). Additional crew members will arrive to ISS  inside Soyuz MS-05 with commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on July 28, 2017.

Commander Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet left Station inside Soyuz yesterday at 10:47 UTC and begun their lasting over three hours return to Earth. After three hours and successful reentry Soyuz MS-03 touched ground 145 km from Dzhezkazgan city in Kazakhstan. Both crew members were in good health, landing was done perfectly without reporting any problems. Novitskiy and Pesquet were taken to the town of Karaganda; later Novitskiy returned to Star City near Moscow while Pesquet boarded ESA aircraft and returned to Cologne, Germany.

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Soyuz MS-03 has landed !

Commander Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned safely to Earth inside Soyuz MS-03. 

Mission of the return of two crew members was finished yesterday. For Pesquet and Novitskiy this means of their space journey inside ISS – both reached Rassvet Nadir docking port of the International Space Station inside MS-03 spacecraft on November 19, 2016, two days after launch. Both stayed in space for 196 days, Peggy Whitson after decision of NASA announced in the beginning of April, will stay longer inside ISS – until September. She will continue work with Jack Fischer (NASA) and Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos, commander of the Station since 1st June 2017). Additional crew members will arrive to ISS  inside Soyuz MS-05 with commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on

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