This week, the Russian Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences held a meeting. During the meeting, the First Deputy General Designer presented a new project regarding the Russian Orbital Station. One of the main attractions of the new orbital station is the built-in artificial gravity generator.
The initial stage of development of the first Russian software for designing and managing multi-satellite systems has been completed. Development and testing is carried out by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research in cooperation with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
An announcement pertaining to robotic mini shuttle development was made as part of a presentation of a new 10 year Russian Space Agenda. This includes the creation of a new Russian space station, the lunar program with the new Orel spacecraft, a super-heavy carrier, and other inspiring initiatives.
Microsoft will contract with SpaceX, a space exploration technology company under Elon Musk, to provide satellite-based cloud services to challenge the market leader, Amazon. According to the report, Microsoft will use SpaceX’s large number of low-orbit satellites and traditional satellites at higher altitudes to help connect and deploy new services.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced plans to build a hydrogen fuel plant on the moon. There are no technical data for this project yet. While we can only guess, however, if you look at the history of space research in Japan, we can assume that by 2035 the first fuel station for interplanetary flights will actually work on the moon.
This week, NASA announced the creation of the Planet Patrol Website. The purpose of the website to aid scientists in the research of the new exoplanets in the data of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.
Roscosmos specialists have confirmed that there is an air leak on the International Space station (ISS), and its place is located in the Russian Zvezda module. The crew has yet to determine the location of the leak, but if necessary, additional oxygen can be delivered to orbit.
As early as next year, only Russian cosmonauts can be delivered by Soyuz to the International space station (ISS). The statement was made by the head of the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center. The International Space Station is a modular space station in low Earth orbit.
Roscosmos State Corporation announced that it plans to sign a contract before the end of this year pertaining to the development of the new Nucleon complex. The Nucleon complex is expected to include a space tug with the nuclear reactor on board. The first official flight is expected to take place in 2030.
Russia announced the creation of the moon GPS system. The General Director of the ISS, named after Reshetnev Nikolay Testoedov, stated that the Russian specialists are ready to create satellites for navigation on the moon. With the help of satellites created in ISS JSC, a wide range of services is provided both in Russia and far beyond its borders.
Currently, the airline industry is experiencing challenging times due to the Coronavirus. The number of infected people surpassed 15 million around the world. However, the aviation industry needs next generation technology. One of the main objectives is to have a more cost efficient fleet and also reduce the noise levels.
On July 15th, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a delay of the Mars Hope Probe lunch. The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) released the information via Twitter. The delay comes after the UAESA’s discussions with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The launch was scheduled at the Tanegashima Island, Japan.
The colonization of other planets is becoming a focus of the space agendas around the globe. In April, NASA released a new report outlining the development of selenium (on the moon), which turns it into a springboard for the preparation of the future Martian expeditions.
UFO’s continue to interest and entice many people around the globe. Some people become obsessed with the extraterrestrials living on their planet. However, there is no concrete proof of such, at least in the open source information. The classified documentation that was collected last century has not been fully released.
The Russian private company International Commercial Space announced a concept of ARGO in the Fall of 2019. The majority of the staff is from the S7 Space company, which is the first Russian commercial company providing a full service launching of spacecrafts with the use of the launch vehicles Zenit. Only now is new information pertaining to the ARGO project becaming available. ARGO will be a conjoined project between Roscosmos, Rosatom and Rostec.
NASA presented the basic principles on which the proposed international agreement on the development of the moon will be based, to which the US plans to involve a number of partner States. The announcement came via Twitter by the Director of the US Space Agency, James Bridenstine.
Engineers from the University of Central Florida and the Air Force Research Laboratory have created a super rocket engine prototype. Kareem Ahmed, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, led the research. The new system uses continuous explosions in the combustion chamber. The fuel does not burn, but explodes.
New information became available about NASA’s plans to send a miniature probe to Earth’s satellite. The launch is expected to take place in t2021 as part of the Artemis-1 mission. The original launch was supposed to take place this year, but due to coronavirus it had to be postponed until next year.
US Engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania have developed cost efficient and unique drones for space exploration. The drones are thin as paper and can travel around Mars and other planets. The work is very relevant since NASA unveiled its new Space Exploration Agenda earlier this month.
Currently, there is is a space race. Earlier this month NASA announced space exploration agenda. NASA plans to build a mobile habitable platform. The platform will accommodate voyages lasting up to 45 days.
It is expected the lunar base should become a springboard for the preparation of the landing on Mars. It will not only become a springboard for the study of the celestial body itself, but also for the development of technologies that ensure maximum autonomy of the base. Thus, specialists will have to create and perfect methods for obtaining water, oxygen and fuel from local resources. In addition, astronauts will have the opportunity to test advanced robotics.
For the first time ever, astronomers mapped the entire surface of the moon and classified all the geological structures on its surface. This is big news and the information will be one of the key tools used for further exploration and development as well as for the space mission’s components. The information became available through the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2020 release.
SpaceX announced plans to send two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27, 2020. This will be the first manned flight launched from the United States after a nearly 10-year break. “On may 27, NASA will again send American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!” – reads the tweet of Jim Bridenstine, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Patrick E. Rodi from Rice University came up with a solution for an aircraft to be able to ride a shock wave and use its power for good instead of fighting it. Dr. Rodi worked in the aerospace industry for 23 years specializing in high speed aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and vehicle design, most recently as a Lockheed Martin Fellow and as the AeroSciences Lead on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program. Currently, he is a a Professor in Practice at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.
All G7 nations continue to enhance their strategies for missions to the moon and even established colonies. Many space missions and developments has been postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. However, strategy and development is going forward. NASA published a 13 page report outlining their Plan for Sustained Exploration and Development.
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Black holes, a journey to the moon or a journey to Mars and any related Object to the terraincognita of celestial objects, has always been surprisingly intriguing to human. That’s why space travel has always been among the greatest dreams of mankind. For the first time in Iran, a music band has composed specialized music for the astronomical phenomena.
For the first time, China received laser echoes from all mirror reflectors on the Moon (A15, A14, A11, L17, L21). The information became available via 6do news on December 8. The research group successfully completed laser distance measurements between Earth and the moon. The first experiment by China took place in 2018 with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Clearly, it is not competitive with the US results achieved in the same field.
Last month, a study was published in the Astrophysical Journal by the New Horizons Plasma and Particle Team pertaining to the Slowing of the Solar Wind in the Outer Heliosphere. The main purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of how the solar wind evolves with increasing distance from the Sun as it encounters an increasing amount of interstellar material.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a budget increase to $15.866 billion. The expansion of the budget was finalized on November 28. The ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris. The national bodies who sit on ESA’s governing council are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
There is a global interest in space travel and the question experts are discussing is “what type of fuel should the space reactors run on?” Commercial projects, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, desire the conquering of other planets and even creating space colonies on the moon. Last year, SpaceX announced fashion innovator and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the Moon in 2023.
Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.
Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Russia announced their intention to create an electrode-less plasma rocket engine prototype. The engine will be made by the Russian Kurchatov Institute with a target completion date of 2021. The Kurchatov Institute is one of the leading entities in the field of nuclear energy research and development. It is named after Igor Kurchatov, who was widely known as the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project and one of the top nuclear physicists. Kurchatov is known as the “father of the Soviet atomic bomb” and later, “the father of the Soviet Nuclear Missile.
An image recently returned to NASA by the Curiosity Rover appears similar to (for lack of a better description) PVC-style plumbing pipe found here on Earth. Is it evidence of an advanced civilization which went extinct somewhere in the deep history of Mars? The photo, reproduced and enlarged in the picture above, shows a distinctly pipe-like shape inconsistent with the surrounding rocks and unusual for its lengthy, rounded and ramrod-straight form and appearance. In other words, it doesn’t look like it belongs there.