January 2014

NASA to Launch Next-Generation Relay Satellite Today: Watch It Live

January 23rd, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A fresh satellite for NASA's communications network is set for launch from Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Jan. 23) to bolster voice and data links between mission control, the International Space Station and a fleet of orbiting research observatories. The 3.8-ton spacecraft is scheduled to lift [...]

Space Fishing: Japan to test ‘magnetic net’ for space junk

January 15th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

Japan’s space agency is subcontracting a fishing net company to develop a technology to clean up the space junk that poses a direct threat to Earth’s communication networks. The mission is planned for 2019, with first tests scheduled for this February. Tokyo’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Nitto Seimo Co, [...]

Cygnus arrives at International Space Station

January 13th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. – Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts. A privately launched supply ship reached the International Space Station on Sunday morning, three days after blasting off from Virginia. The space station crew used a hefty robot arm to capture the Cygnus capsule as the [...]

European Space Agency Could Contribute Hardware to SNC’s Dream Chaser Space Plane

January 9th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA), following in the footsteps of the German space agency, DLR, on Jan. 8 said it had signed an agreement with Sierra Nevada Corp. to investigate a European collaboration on SNC’s Dream Chaser crew-transport vehicle. The 20-nation ESA said the one-year study with Sparks, [...]