August 2014 Space News
- Retired AF officer picked for simulated mission to Mars AFNS 29 Aug 2014 -- An Air Force Institute of Technology alumnus and retired Air Force officer was selected by NASA and the University of Hawaii as one of nine team members to participate in an upcoming simulated mission to Mars.
- Edwards, NASA say goodbye to historic landmark AFNS 28 Aug 2014 -- A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program.
- Too Early for Conclusions on Galileo Satellites Incident – Russian Space Corporation RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2014 -- Rushing to conclusions on the possible causes of the Galileo satellites incident before the end of the EU-Russian investigation is both too early and inappropriate.
- Russian Defense Ministry Plans to Switch to Soyuz, Angara Rocket Carriers From 2016 RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers.
- China Aims for the Moon, Plans to Bring Back Lunar Soil RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2014 -- Chinese scientists are in the course of developing a recoverable lunar robotic spacecraft Chang’e 5 that is to reach the Moon by 2017 with a mission to deliver samples of rock and soil back to Earth.
- NASA Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Encounters Last Major Traversing En Route to Final Destination RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2014 -- NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has crossed the orbit of Neptune, the last major traversing on its way to distant dwarf planet.
- Officials Expand Space-tracking Website AFPS 25 Aug 2014 -- Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program’s Space-Track.org website.
- Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020 - Reports RIA Novosti 25 Aug 2014 -- Russia may continue working at the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020.
- Russian Cosmonauts Carry Out Science-Oriented Spacewalk Outside Space Station RIA Novosti 18 Aug 2014 -- Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev on Monday ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) to conduct a planned six-hour and 15-minute spacewalk focused on scientific experiments and routine maintenance work, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti.
- Electric Engines Keep Many Satellites in Orbit VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Among the challenges of deep-space travel is the amount of fuel needed for long flights. One of the solutions could be the electrical engine, powered by electricity from solar panels. Such engines already are in use aboard many satellites.
- Air Force, Creare develop technology to enhance space-based infrared detector operation AFNS 14 Aug 2014 -- The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The resulting technology responds to Air Force requirements for improvements in performance of electro-optical space payloads by improving components of the cryocooling system.Managed by personnel at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the multi-phase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program resulted in turbo-machine-based Brayton cryocoolers, which are ideal candidates for space-based infrared detectors because they are highly efficient, lightweight, vibration-free, multi-stage compatible and have long maintenance-free lifetimes.
- Europeans Will No Longer Resupply International Space Station VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- An unmanned European spacecraft has resupplied the International Space Station for the last time.
- Study: Astronauts Sleep Deprived, Use Sleeping Pills VOA 08 Aug 2014 -- Despite the allure of floating in a weightless environment, outer space may not be the best place to take a snooze, according to new research.
- European Satellite Achieves Historic Rendezvous with Comet VOA 06 Aug 2014 -- A European space probe has ended a decade-long race across the solar system to become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet.
- Soviet-Era Satellite Burns Up in Atmosphere After 34 Years of Service RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The Kosmos-1151, a Soviet-era satellite appears to have burned up upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, Russian Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Tuesday.
- 45th Space Wing supports SpaceX launch of AsiaSat 8 satellite AFNS 05 Aug 2014 -- The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at 4 a.m. Aug. 5.
- GPS IIF-7 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS AFPS 04 Aug 2014 -- The U.S. Air Force launched the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 11:23 p.m. EDT, Aug. 1.
- Debris of Russian Progress M-23M Drowned in Pacific Ocean RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2014 -- The unburned in dense atmosphere debris of cargo spacecraft Progress M-23M, which was undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on July 22, fell into the Pacific Ocean, a representative of the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti Friday.
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