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Space Year 2012 review: Politics – Obama survives, former astronauts relieved, while India’s UK aid will be cut

Politics was not dominated by space during 2012, but they were a factor.  The elephant in the room was, of course, November’s US Presidential Election.   Given that the swing state of Florida had a key interest, space policy was s discussion point.  However, …

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North Korea to try again with second Kwangmyonsong 3 satellite

North Korea has announced that it intends to launch the second Kwangmyonsong 3 satellite on a Unha launch vehicle from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Choslan County on the West coast of the country. Daily launch windows of 2200 to

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On a sadder note: Don’t Panic but Clive Dunn has passed away

Space geeks will know that.”Don’t Panic” is a phrase written on the cover of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the reason for which is described as partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic …

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Shuttle Endeavour is moved gingerly through the streets of Los Angeles

The Space Shuttle Endeavour was carefully moved through the streets of Los Angeles on the back of a specialist trailer vehicle on its way to its resting place at the California Science Center on 13 October.  While many cheered there was sadness for some.  Tree lovers were …

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Latest Russian space career casualty after Proton launch failure

Following the launch failure of the Proton M/Breeze M whicl lost the Express MD2 and Telkom 3 satellites on 6 August, Vladimir Nesterov, head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in Moscow, has handed in his resignation,  The Khrunivev firm builds …

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Proton M fails to place two satellites in the correct orbit

A Russian Proton M launch vehicle launched the Telkom 3 and Express MD-2 satellites at 1931 GMT on 6 August. During the launch the Briz M upper stage was to conduct five engine firings to place the satellites into a geostationary …

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Olympics has audience of billions as opening ceremony scores gold

With a total world television audience watching its coverage estimated at being well over 4 billion views, with satellites beaming pictures around the world, the London 2012 Olympic Games is expected have the largest sporting audience ever.  

The opening ceremony itself was watched by an estimated …

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Progress resupply craft to test rapid rendezvous flight profile.

When Progress M-016M launches on 01 August the craft will conduct an experiment to dock with the International Space Station during its fourth orbit instead of the usual 34th orbit. This is expected to save around 45 hours on

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Shenzhou 9 returns to Earth

SHENZHOU 9 re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and landed in Siziwang Banner county in Inner Mongolia at 0202 GMT on 29 June. The crew were reported to be in good health after their mission.…

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Vote: coolest-ever spacecraft

Well, coolest-ever fictional spacecraft, anyway. How Stuff Works is running a tournament of head-to-head pairings, and all it needs is your vote – USS Enterprise v Space Battleship, Plant Express v Serenity, Tardis v Heart of Gold, etc. So if …

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On a lighter note: Much rarer than a Venus Transit

For those of you that missed this year’s Venus Transit (the cloud over London did not really play ball on the morning of 6 June) here is another kind of Transit:  A Ford Transit.  

This joke is a green one.  …

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“Sticky” Space Systems/Loral solar array issue is likely to cause launch delays

intelsat19.jpgWhat it should look like:  Intelsat 19 with all its arrays deployed in this artist’s impression.  Courtesy: Space Systems/Loral

The recent news that Intelsat 19 has not deployed one of its solar arrays correctly is not a one off incident. …

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Thoughts on Rep Wolf’s commercial crew statement

Representative Frank Wolf, representative from Virginia’s 10th congressional district, has long been ardently opposed to a competitive contracting process for NASA’s commercial crew programme. Because Rep. Wolf chairs the House subcommittee on commerce, justice and science (CJS), he’s in a …

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Intelsat 19 Launched

Sea Launch conducted the first of three planned launches this year when its Zenit 3SL rocket launched the Intelsat 19 satellite from the Odyssey launch platform in the Pacific Ocean at 0523 GMT on 1 June. The Intelsat 19 satellite …

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Risat 1 images released

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have released some images taken by the C Band Synthetic Aperture Radar that is on their Risat-1 satellite that was launched on 26 April this year. More images can be seen here http://isro.org/pslv-c19/Imagegallery/satelliteimages.aspx#0risat himalayas.jpg

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On a sadder note: Sir Raymond Lygo passed away in March

Hyperbola would like to pay a belated short tribute to Sir Raymond Lygo who briefly figured in the UK attempt to build a reusable spaceplane.  Sir Raymond Lygo passed away in March at the age of 87.

Having briefly worked in the newspaper industry, Lygo worked …

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ANALYSIS: Football skews meanings and space revenue analysis

While your correspondent cannot call himself a huge fan of the game, by family tradition, he supports the London football team of Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR).   Nevertheless, it was to his surpise, that, during one of his irregular trips to a very tense relegation …

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SpaceX’s new spaceport

According to an FAA document published in the Federal Register, SpaceX is drafting an environmental impact statement (EIS) to build its own brand-new launch site right about here, between Port Isabel, Texas and the border with Mexico. Far as …

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World awaits North Korean satellite launch attempt

North Korea’s latest satellite launch attempt, which is set to occur from 12th April onwards, is to take place from the Tongchang-ri launch site, North of Pyongyang. The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite is to use a Unha 3 three stage launch vehicle (a derivative …

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Revolutionary change is happening for satellite operators

This Hyperbola blog post is written by guest writer and expert on the commercial satellite business, Roger Rusch, President, TelAstra, Inc. who makes his analysis of the main themes apparent at the Satellite 2012 communications satellite conference held in Washington …

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