Leaky Valves On Boeing’s New Spacecraft Are Increasing The Risk That NASA Astronauts Could Lose Access To The Space Station

NASA is preparing to name a batch of astronauts who will fly the first-ever commercial spaceships: the CST-100 Starliner built by Boeing and Crew Dragon built SpaceX. But the agency is staring down a real possibility that it might not be able to send people into space after next year. That risk likely increased after Boeing discovered a problem in a new spacecraft system the company designed for NASA. The issue — a fuel leak — appeared on June 2, as Ars Technica first reported , when Boeing test-fired four thrusters designed to propel the Starliner away from a potential launchpad emergency.

“Our team is off fixing those problems, and the result of that test series is that we will have a better and safer spacecraft,” John Mulholland, Boeing’s vice president and Starliner program manager, told reporters during a call on Wednesday.

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Here’s Why Boeing Used An Inflatable Spaceship To Test ‘Starliner’ Landing Recovery Plans

Search-and-rescue teams with NASA, Boeing and the U.S. Army hustled to assist an imaginary crew out of an inflatable space capsule at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico during a simulated recovery of Boeing’s new commercial crew vehicle in June.

Before Boeing can start launching crews to the International Space Station in its sleek new CST-100 Starliner, the company must perform a series of tests to make sure the spacecraft can safely transport astronauts to and from space. One of those tests involves a spacecraft simulator that one might mistake for a parade balloon or an oversize pool toy.

“This was actually one of our Integrated Systems Verification Tests, or ISVT,” Boeing spokesman Josh Barrett told Space.com via email.

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Boeing Starliner Test Flights Slip

Boeing announced today that the uncrewed test flight of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle will slip to the end of 2018 or early 2019, and the crewed test flight will not take place until mid-2019.  Both had been scheduled to take place this year.

NASA is anxious for the Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew systems to begin operations because its access to Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft ends next year.  NASA has had to rely on Russia for taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) since the space shuttle was terminated in 2011.

President George W. Bush directed in 2004 that the space shuttle program end as soon as construction of  ISS was completed, then expected in 2010.  The primary reason was to make the money spent on the shuttle available to execute Bush’s plan to return humans to the Moon by 2020.

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Safety Panel Warns Schedule For Commercial Crew Test Flights Still Uncertain

As NASA prepares to announce the astronauts who will fly the first commercial crew missions, an independent safety board is cautioning that it is still too soon to set dates for those flights.

NASA said in a statement last week that it will name the astronauts who will fly the crewed demo flights by Boeing and SpaceX during an event Aug. 3 at the Johnson Space Center. The event will also announce the crews for the first post-certification missions by each company, which will mark the start of routine transportation of astronauts to and from the station by Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.

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Fears of Toxic Fallout From Rocket Launches at Planned Sutherland Spaceport

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin could bring their electron rocket to the proposed site at the A’Mhoine peninsula, on the Melness Crofting Estate near Tongue.

Vertical rocket and satellite launches are planned and the UK Space Agency says the move could pave the way for spaceflights at the remote spot.

The electron rocket currently flies out of New Zealand from a peninsula in the country’s North Island, and environmental groups there previously highlighted concerns about the impact of chemicals, including kerosene, being released into the ocean by these rockets.

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Commercial Spaceships are Like ‘Driving an iPhone,’ New Astronaut Says

Nine astronauts have new travel plans aboard commercial space capsules, with their mission assignments announced earlier today (Aug. 3).

Five of those astronauts flew aboard the United States’ last set of spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), the space shuttles. But while the newly announced crews are excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Kazakhstan, they aren’t very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves.

During the press announcement of the new astronaut assignments, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked two veteran astronauts to compare their new rides to the shuttles they flew more than seven years ago.

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Meet the 9 Military Officers on NASA’s Revolutionary Space Crews

The first group of American astronauts who will fly to and from the International Space Station from U.S. soil in nearly a decade all served as military officers.

Eric Boe, Christopher Ferguson, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Josh Cassada, Sunita Williams, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins hope to usher in a new era of American space travel. They’ll head to space in aircraft that weren’t designed by NASA.

The astronauts will fly the first test flights and missions in two American-made, commercial spacecraft: Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet the agency’s safety and performance requirements, according to a news release.

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How can NASA Return to The Moon? By Making Everything Reusable, Chief Says

One thing new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has shown is that he appreciates space policy history. In his first public speech last May after taking the reins of NASA, when discussing the Trump administration’s preference to return to the Moon, Bridenstine cited a number of past human exploration programs proposed by Republican and Democratic presidents that fell by the wayside. “Times have changed,” Bridenstine said. “This will not be Lucy and the football again.”

This week Bridenstine visited Johnson Space Center for the first time as administrator. On Friday, he will unveil the first astronauts that will fly into space on board the Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Dragon commercial crew vehicles in about a year. As part of the visit, he also answered questions for an hour from a handful of media on Thursday. Ars pressed Bridenstine on why things would be different from past failures to return astronauts to the Moon or go on to Mars.

Read more at: Arstechnica

Spacex Dragon Cargo Craft Splashes Down, Delivering Space Algae and Cell Samples

The International Space Station’s crew sent a Dragon back to Earth today, filled with more than 3,800 pounds of scientific samples and equipment. SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo capsule had been hooked up to the station for just over a month, providing plenty of time for the crew to unload shipments from Earth and then load it back up for the return trip. Among the payloads were an experiment aimed at finding out whether algae grown in zero-G could produce high-value compounds, and cell samples for a study focusing on cancer treatment. After splashdown in the Pacific, the Dragon was to be hauled onto a recovery ship for its return to shore. The Dragon’s return came just hours after NASA announced the first crews for a Dragon 2 spaceship that SpaceX is testing.

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MEO Startup Methera Plans “High Density” HTS Constellation

In medium Earth orbit, the only system providing satellite broadband today is SES Networks’ constellation of 16 O3b satellites. A British startup with its own 16-satellite constellation idea wants to change that.

Methera Global Communications estimates it needs $500 million to build and launch a constellation of satellites each equipped with 40 gigabits of capacity to beam down Ka-band connectivity to highly concentrated areas.

If successful, Methera will launch its first spacecraft in 2022, with service starting that same year.

Read more at: Spacenews

Scientist Explains Why Russian Women Seldom Fly to Space

Two factors explain why Russian women seldom fly to space – national mentality and subjective low self-esteem, the chief of a section at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biomedical Problems, Mark Belakovsky, told TASS on Thursday.

Earlier it was announced that more than ten aspirants had gone through the full cycle of selection for the team of Russian cosmonauts but there were no women among them.

“There are no obstacles to women’s space missions from the physiological point of view. I believe there are two hindrances that can explain why there are no Russian women among the crewmembers of the International Space Station: national mentality and subjective low self-esteem,” Belakovsky said.

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If We Ever Want to Walk on Mars, We’d Better Get Serious About Planetary Protection

Humans have big dreams of setting foot on another planet. But before we do, we’ll need to figure out how to keep our germs to ourselves and how to protect ourselves from the life we may find there.

That’s the mandate of planetary protection, and experts in the field are already developing guidelines for human missions that will visit potentially life-supporting locales, like Mars. One of those scientists is Julie Mitchell, the planetary protection officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, who said now is the time to figure out those rules.

“We have to make sure planetary protection is included from the very beginning, which means now,” Mitchell told Space.com.

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Should the Moon Be Quarantined?

The moon and the word “astrobiology” don’t often appear in the same sentence—even with a handful of government space agencies and private corporations planning crewed forays to the lunar surface for the first time since NASA’s Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

That final Apollo lunar landing took place after it became clear the moon was lifeless—a shift from the initial landings, which subjected their crews to quarantine after returning to Earth. Those early precautions, now called “planetary protection,” were meant to prevent back contamination—the potentially catastrophic introduction of extraterrestrial organisms to Earth’s biosphere. But by the end of the Apollo program, moon-walking astronauts were only quarantined prior to leaving Earth, simply to ensure they were not incubating an infectious disease that could manifest during their high-risk missions.

Read more at: Scientific American

U.S. Space Contractor Signs Deal to Continue Buying Russian Rocket Engines

Russia has signed a deal to sell previously banned space rocket engines to the United States at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries.

U.S. lawmakers banned the use of the Russian engines for military and spy satellite launches after Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014. The ban was partially lifted due to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) space contractor’s reliance on the Russian-built engine for lifting its rockets into space.

“We signed a contract where we will supply six more RD-180 engines to our partners in 2020,” the head of Russia’s Energomash enginemaker, Igor Arbuzov, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday.

Read more at: Moscow Times

Happy Birthday, NASA! Space Agency Born 60 Years Ago

NASA was officially born 60 years ago yesterday when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation bringing the agency into existence on July 29, 1958.

The decision came after Soviet successes with the Sputnik program sparked concerns in the U.S. that American efforts in space were coming up short. The new administration was built on the framework of an existing agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), with legislation laying out eight primary goals for NASA.

“There are no blueprints or road maps which clearly mark out the course,” Lyndon B. Johnson said at the time, in his role as Senate majority leader and chairman of the Special Committee on Space and Astronautics, according to a video released by NASA to commemorate the anniversary.

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No, a Huge Meteor Did Not Threaten a US Base With Destruction

On July 25th, a fireball graced the skies over icy Greenland near Thule Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force’s northernmost base and a key to its aerospace defense strategy. The meteor released 2.1 kilotons of energy over a installation designed to detect nuclear missile launches, which led to a predictable media freakout; Fox News posted a story about the incident beneath a picture of an explosion — definitely not this one — with a mushroom cloud spilling from Earth into space:

But the freakout is wrong. Digging into the meteor incident demonstrates that it really isn’t that big of a deal. Here’s why.

First, “The energy that came in with this was very limited,” Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, told Task & Purpose.

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Space Port Meeting was Held in Burlington

Spaceport Colorado is a commercial aircraft operation looking for a horizontal launch license. We met with Ken Buck Representatives Erika Chaves and Cody LeBlanc who started off the listening session in Burlington. Those in attendance were then able to meet Dave Ruppel, airport director out of Adams County.

Those who are a part of Spaceport Colorado have produced a vehicle meant to be launched into suborbital space. The vehicle is the same size as a medium business jet. It takes off just like any other commercial flight, but then produces two sonic booms, to help get it in and out of suborbital space. While up in space they pick the angle for re-entry, and head back toward earth with the second sonic boom. It would turn a flight from Denver to Tokyo into an hour and a half flight!

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Bezos Throws Cash, Engineers At Rocket Program As Space Race Accelerates

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is racing to pull his private space company out of start-up mode and move into production amid signals that his firm’s heavy rocket set for lift-off in 2020 may slip behind schedule, according to people familiar with the project.

Blue Origin has added hundreds of engineers over the past three years and continues to ramp up in an expansion that one employee described as “hyperbolic.” The Kent, Washington-based company is looking to double its current workforce to around 3,000 employees over the next two to three years, a top customer told Reuters.

The urgency centers on a rocket dubbed New Glenn. The heavy-launch vehicle, which Bezos promises will be able to haul satellites and, eventually, people into orbit, is central to the company’s hopes of winning lucrative military and commercial contracts.

Read more at: Reuters

NASA’s Space-Suit Drama Could Delay Our Trip to the Moon

After years of planning, NASA is finally launching a new effort to send astronauts back to the moon and then onward to Mars.

The space agency is developing a new capsule spacecraft, a super-heavy rocket to boost the capsule into space, and a moon-orbiting station that, if it deploys on schedule in the mid-2020s, could serve as humanity’s main waystation for ever-longer missions farther into the solar system.

But one important piece of technology is missing: a new space suit.

Fifty-three years after astronaut Ed White stepped outside his Gemini 4 capsule on the first-ever spacewalk for an American, NASA is stuck using decades-old suits that critics say are too old, too bulky, too rigid, and too few in number for America’s new era of space exploration.

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Feature: German Astronaut Looks Forward to Working in China Space Station

“I would expect to do any type of work and take the same responsibility as any Chinese astronaut in CSS (China Space Station),” said Matthias Maurer, a German astronaut. Maurer wishes he could work in CSS one day.

At the European Astronaut Center (EAC) under European Space Agency (ESA), located near the West Germany’s city of Cologne, Maurer told Xinhua about his expectations for CSS. “I want to participate in both European and non-European experiments there. Also (to) build a live video connection so that the European public can talk with the European astronauts in the CSS and see inside,” Maurer said.

Before joining the ESA in 2010, Maurer has already boasted rich international experience by studying and working in various countries including Germany, France, Spain and Britain.

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Senate Committee Approves Space Frontier Act

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the Space Frontier Act, S. 3277, this morning on a voice vote with no debate.  Three amendments were adopted: a Cruz amendment in the nature of a substitute; an Inhofe amendment regarding spaceports; and a Peters amendment on space debris.  The next step will be a vote by the full Senate.

The bipartisan bill was introduced last week and is sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ed Markey (D-MA).  The two main topics are commercial space regulations and extending the lifetime of the International Space Station (ISS) to 2030.

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What NASA’s New Chief Says Houston’s Role will be in the Future of Space Flight

 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is in the process of visiting all of the NASA facilities across the country. On Thursday, he visited Johnson Space Center. On Friday, he will join NASA leaders to announce the first NASA astronaut crew assignments for the commercial crew vehicles.

“When we go back to the moon, we’re going to stay this time,” said Bridenstine. “And when we stay on the surface of the moon, we’re going to bring with us all of our international partners and our commercial partners, and all of that activity is going to be great for the Johnson Space Center and great for the American space program.”

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The Bold Future of the Outer Space Treaty

On June 18, 2018, in Washington, D.C., President Trump announced the development of a U.S. Space Force to “ensure American dominance in space.” The Space Force is to form a sixth branch of the U.S. military. On the same day, the UNISPACE+50 celebrations began in Vienna. Hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), participants marked half a century of UNISPACE, the UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

UNISPACE was first held in Vienna in 1968, following the passing in 1967 of the Outer Space Treaty—full name, the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. That’s right.

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NASA Inspector General Skeptical of ISS Commercialization Plans

A new report by NASA’s Office of Inspector General raises doubts about the feasibility of NASA’s plans to transfer ISS operations to the private sector in 2025.

In a report published July 30, the office also warned that NASA’s research goals may not be completed by 2024 as expected, requiring additional time on the ISS or another facility in order to meet the agency’s deep space exploration requirements.

The report was skeptical of plans, announced in the agency’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal in February and a transition report submitted to Congress in March, to end direct federal funding of ISS operations in 2025, transferring all or part of it to the private sector in a bid to save money and support the commercialization of low Earth orbit.

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Why We Need a Manned Mission to Outer Space

On July 5, the Indian Space Research Organisation carried out a technology demonstration that holds key to prospects of a manned mission to space. According to ISRO, this crew escape system is an emergency escape measure designed to quickly pull the crew module along with astronauts to a safe distance from the launch vehicle in the event of a launch abort. This test was first in a series conducted by ISRO which qualified the crew escape system. In all manned missions to space, the crew module—container that houses astronauts—is installed on the rocket’s uppermost stage. ISRO’s latest test, called pad-abort, checks whether an escape system installed on the crew module can take it away to safety should the rocket malfunction on the launchpad itself.

The implications of this test are huge. The idea of having an indigenous manned mission to space is fascinating. The plan to send an astronaut to outer space has been a dream of scientists working in the Indian space mission, and a wish of a billion

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Why the Private Spaceflight Industry Needs More Lawyers (Op-Ed)

If private companies are going to start exploring and settling the final frontier — building human outposts on the moon and Mars, launching tourists into space or even building luxury space hotels in orbit — the world will need clearer laws to govern the commercial use of space and more specialized attorneys to understand and interpret those laws.

The world already has several treaties that govern what government entities can and cannot do in space, like the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty. However, private companies don’t necessarily have to abide by the same rules.

We need law schools to prepare students for this infinite realm of property law regarding physical property, like the construction and use of spacecraft, space stations and even to attempts to colonize the moon and Mars. That preparation also extends to the vast universe of intellectual property.

Read more at: Space.com

One Possible Job for Spacex’s BFR Rocket? Taking the Air Force’s Cargo In And Out of Space

In the near future, sending military cargo in and out of space may not only be the realm of science fiction and fantasy pop culture like Star Trek and Star Wars.

In fact, Air Force Gen. Carlton Everhart, who heads Air Mobility Command, believes it could happen within the next five to 10 years, he told reporters on August 2.

Everhart visited the headquarters of SpaceX and Virgin Orbit last week — he hopes to get to the Jeff Bezos’-owned Blue Origin sometime soon — to talk about how emerging space technologies could be used by the Air Force’s air mobility fleet, which transports people, cargo and fuel all over the world.

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Cargo Bases in Space: Air Force General Wants Them Within a Decade

Within a decade, U.S. troops may get some supplies from prepositioned stocks in space — if the Air Force’s mobility commander can make his vision come true.

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II is already talking with SpaceX and other space-services companies about that and other space-related initiatives, the leader of Air Force Mobility Command told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday.

“What happens if we preposition cargo in space? I don’t have to use terrestrial means, I don’t have to use water means. I can just position in space and have a re-supplying vehicle come up and come back down. I don’t have to have people there, I just have to have the cargo there. Automated loading systems, those types of things,” Everhart said.

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Here’s Why the USAF is Suddenly Talking Cargo Drops from Space and Spying on Other Galaxies

For better or worse, the idea of an independent Space Force seems to be gaining traction within the White House, in Congress, and even the halls of the Pentagon. The Air Force stands to lose the most in any such arrangement, so, perhaps not coincidentally, some members of the service’s senior leadership seem especially keen to show that they understand that space, and potential threats to American assets up there, is an important issue. But some of the statements these individuals have made, including the idea of prepositioning supplies in geosynchronous orbit or preparing to monitor activities in other galaxies, are highly unrealistic and difficult to view seriously.

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Retired Astronaut Scott Kelly Warns Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Would Waste Money, Risk Peace

Retired NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Scott Kelly ripped Donald Trump’s proposed military “space force,” calling it a waste of money that could jeopardize peaceful space exploration.

“It’s not clear to me what the purpose is of this new branch of the military, which is going to be incredibly expensive,” Kelly said on MSNBC on Friday. “My big concern here is that space has been a place for us to work in a peaceful manner. Changing that with not any clear reason at this point is … hard to understand.”

Kelly also pointed out that space weapons are restricted by international treaties that the U.S. “has been a party to since the 1960s.”

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Trump wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has Different Idea

President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.

The Pentagon acknowledges a need to revamp its much-criticized approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space, and it is moving in that direction. But it’s unclear whether this will satisfy Trump, who wants to go even further by creating a separate military space service.

The administration intends to announce next week the results of a Pentagon study that is expected to call for creating a new military command — U.S. Space Command — to consolidate space warfighting forces and making other organizational changes short of establishing a separate service, which only Congress can do. Any legislative proposal to create a separate service would likely not be put on the table until next year.

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Space Force and International Space Law

Since the emergence of space law in the second half of the 20th century, deployment of military equipment in outer space has been the subject of intense debates in legal circles. The Outer Space Treaty expressly prohibits the placement of nuclear armament or any other type of weapons of mass destruction in orbit around Earth. Likewise, establishment of military bases or fortifications in space or on celestial bodies has been declared forbidden. This article sheds light on legal dimensions of the Trump Administration’s intention to create new branch of military called the Space Force and examines related legal considerations in light of public international law.

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The Tale Of The Russian, The Butter Knife And Space

We all know the Russians often make use of a certain ruthlessness in some of their encounters with foreign diplomats. Think Molotov. Think of the threats by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Putin that they would take military action against Sweden if it had the temerity to try and join the NATO alliance.

“This does not quite mean that we will become hysterical and we will aim our nuclear missiles at Sweden,” Putin said last year. “But we will be obliged to undertake something because we see this as an additional threat to Russia.”

Russia has behaved in much the same way on space and related military issues, including on the efforts to create international standards for conduct in space, as Frank Rose, former assistant secretary of State for arms control, verification and compliance, told an audience here at the annual deterrence conference put on by Strategic Command.

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‘Limits to Inhibit’: Remembering Challenger’s Dramatic 51F Launch, On This Day in 1985

More than three decades ago, one of the most complex Space Shuttle science missions ever undertaken hung—for the merest of seconds—on the knife’s edge between success and failure, some 67 miles (108 km) above Earth. Heading into orbit at more than 9,300 mph (15,000 km/h) on the afternoon of 29 July 1985, Challenger was in the process of launching seven astronauts and the Spacelab-2 payload of telescopes and astronomical instruments for seven days of round-the-clock science. Three weeks earlier, on 12 July, the Mission 51F crew of Commander Gordon Fullerton, Pilot Roy Bridges, Mission Specialists Karl Henize, Story Musgrave and Tony England and Payload Specialists Loren Acton and John-David Bartoe had endured a hairy on-the-pad engine shutdown, seconds before liftoff. Their second attempt to reach space would prove successful, but today stands as one of the most significant near-misses in the shuttle’s program’s 30-year lifetime.

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Russian Space Industry Scientist Allegedly Shared Top-Secret Data With NATO — Lawyer

A Russian scientist from the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building, Viktor Kudryavtsev, who was detained last month in Russia on high treason charges, was allegedly involved in sharing top-secret data with a NATO member state, his lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov told TASS citing investigation case materials.

Last Wednesday, investigators pressed high treason charges against Kudryavtsev, a scientist with the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building (TsNIImash, the parent research institute of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos).

“According to the investigation case materials that we have, Kudryavtsev had been allegedly handing over classified information to one of the NATO member-states,” his lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov told TASS.

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Review: Limiting Outer Space

In the introduction to Limiting Outer Space, editor Alexander C.T. Geppert quotes the late historian Tony Judt, who called the 1970s “the most dispiriting decade of the twentieth century.” That seems like a bit of hyperbole, given that earlier decades of the century gave us two of the bloodiest wars in human history, a major economic depression, and the rise of fascism and communism. The 1970s gave us Watergate, stagflation, malaise, and disco: not exactly uplifting, but dispiriting on a different scale from the events earlier in the century.

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“Safe Passage to Mars” Design Challenge

“Safe Passage to Mars” is a design challenge for undergraduate students. Enabling safe space exploration of Moon, Mars and beyond requires the application of the concepts of Engineering Psychology to design and build hardware (tools, devices, or equipment) which can mitigate critical human performance issues associated with long-duration spaceflight.

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10th IAASS Conference

15 – 17 May 2019 – Los Angeles, USA

The tenth IAASS Conference “Making Safety Happen” is an invitation to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics in space safety and sustainability of national and international interest. The conference is also a forum to promote mutual understanding, trust, and the widest possible international cooperation in such matters. The once exclusive “club” of nations with autonomous space access capabilities is becoming crowded with fresh, and ambitious new entrants. New commercial spaceports and near-spaceports are in operations and others are being built.

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