CSExtra – Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities under way around the world. A deep space outpost on the moon’s far side holds wide appeal. Preparations for White Mars, a rugged Antarctic based analogue mission to the red planet. The U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shifts a key Atlantic weather satellite into place. ATK, the Utah-based manufacturer of solid rocket boosters, receives NASA’s praise for a cost cutting production strategy. China may operate the world’s most modern human spacecraft, but the U. S. commercial sector is racing to re-take the lead. Europe and China turn to an intermediary to settle a long running dispute over space navigation system operations. Keeping tabs on Atlantis, the last of NASA’s shuttle orbiters entering retirement. Canada offers a new generation of spacecraft robot arm. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield trains for a long International Space Station mission and the opportunity to command.
1. From Space.com: A look at the appeal of establishing a human deep space outpost on the moon’s far side. Experts in and outside of NASA believe an outpost at the Earth-Moon “L-2″ point could invite international participation and leverage ISS hardware as well as offer unexplored territory.
2. From The New York Times: White Mars, an British Antarctic expedition, could become a realistic analogue for a human mission to Mars. http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/the-journey-to-white-mars/
3. From Spaceflightnow.com: NOAA moves GOES 14, an orbiting “spare” weather satellite into position over the Atlantic to monitor hurricane activity that could impact the U. S. East Coast. The satellite will take over for GOES 13, which experienced an unexplained technical issue last month. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1210/02goes/
4. From The Deseret News of Utah: ATK, the aerospace company that produced NASA’s shuttle solid rocket boosters, wins the agency’s praise. The accolades come for the efforts to reduce the cost of propulsion hardware for the space agency’s next big project, the Space Launch System. The SLS is a cornerstone of NASA efforts to explore deep space with astronauts. ATK’s “value stream mapping” preserves quality in the cost reduction effort. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865563649/NASA-gives-ATK-a-thank-you-big-check-possible-mission-to-Mars.html
5. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: Currently, China operates the most modern orbital human space craft. Russia’s venerable Soyuz is next, but at least five newer approaches are in development, most of them with ties to the U. S. http://www.aviationnow.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_10_01_2012_p38-498823.xml
6. From Space News: Europe and China have a dispute to settle over the satellite global navigation frequencies. The two space powers agree to take their dispute to the International Telecommunications Union. http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/121002-china-and-europe-taking-navigation-dispute-the-itu.html
7. From Collectspace.com: Keeping tabs on Atlantis, the last of NASA’s retired shuttle orbiters, as it is prepared for transfer from the Kennedy Space Center to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-100212a.html
8. From Space.com: The Canadian Space Agency moves out on a news generation of robot arms for future spacecraft. Canada developed mechanical limbs for NASA’s space shuttle and the International Space Station. http://www.space.com/17859-future-space-robotic-arms-canada.html
9. From Macleans of Canada: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield prepares for a months long journey to the International Space Station that will get under way in early December and vault him into a position to become the first Canadian to command the orbital science laboratory. http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/02/building-the-perfect-spaceman/
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