TOMSK – Russia’s new reusable spacecraft that is being developed by the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation will be able to make up to five space flights, the rocket maker said on Wednesday.
The spacecraft’s technical design has been finalized but is yet to be officially approved, Energia deputy general designer Alexander Chernyavsky said on the sidelines of the Innovus forum.
The new reusable craft is to replace the Soyuz carrier rocket and is expected to ensure a breakthrough in t [...]
The Expedition 36 trio is continuing ongoing fluids science work and the installation of a new treadmill. On the ground in Kazakhstan, three more crew members are preparing for their May 28 launch and docking to the International Space Station.
Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy continued his work with the Capillary Flow Experiment-2, also known as Vane Gap. He worked in conjunction with scientists on the ground analyzing the behavior of a dyed fluid in specially-developed science hardware. The s [...]
Saturn's moon Titan might be in for some wild weather as it heads into its spring and summer, if two new models are correct. Scientists think that as the seasons change in Titan's northern hemisphere, waves could ripple across the moon's hydrocarbon seas, and hurricanes could begin to swirl over these areas, too. The model predicting waves tries to explain data from the moon obtained so far by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Both models help mission team members plan when and where to look for unusua [...]
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recently flipped an adapter -- no easy feat when you're talking about 1,000 pounds of aluminum -- furthering progress toward Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 in 2014 and providing early experience for Space Launch System (SLS) hardware ahead of the rocket's first flight in 2017. The flip is an important step in finishing the machining work on the adapter, which will attach NASA's Orion spacecraft to a United Launch Alliance (UL [...]
MOSCOW - Russia’s first light-class modification Angara 1.2PP carrier rocket is ready for its maiden launch, its manufacturer Khrunichev Center said on Wednesday.
The first Angara will be sent to the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia later this month, the manufacturer said in a statement, but did not give a precise launch date.
Meanwhile, the first heavy-class Angara-A5 has been completed and will soon be presented to the public, a Khrunichev spokesman said.
The project is bein [...]
Following the apparent failure of reaction wheel 4 on May 11, 2013, engineers were successful at transitioning the spacecraft from a Thruster-Controlled Safe Mode to Point Rest State at approximately 3:30 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The spacecraft has remained safe and stable in this attitude and is no longer considered to be in a critical situation.
As part of a normal spacecraft response to a pointing error, redundant electronics were automatically powered off to isolate them as a [...]
Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are installing a new treadmill in the Zvezda service module. Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy is working science and maintenance on the U.S. side of the International Space Station. The trio also conducted an emergency drill and held a conference with the ground to review the results.
On Monday, Vinogradov and Misurkin removed and disassembled an old treadmill in Zvezda. A new treadmill was delivered on the ISS Progress 51 that d [...]
This Hubble image shows the galaxy cluster Abell S1077. Galaxy clusters are large groupings of galaxies, each of them including millions of stars. They are the largest existing structures in the Universe to be held together by their gravity.
The amount of matter condensed in such groupings is so high that their gravity is enough to warp the fabric of spacetime, distorting the path that light takes when it travels through the cluster. In some cases, this phenomenon produces an effect somewhat [...]