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CSExtra – Monday, October 8, 2012

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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, plus a roundup of weekend happenings.  In Cape Canaveral, Fla., SpaceX begins the restoration of a U. S. International Space Station re-supply capability that was lost as NASA’s space shuttle fleet retired in 2011. The Hawthorne, Calif., based company’s un-piloted Dragon freighter lifted off for the station late Sunday. NASA announces plans to join Russia in launching astronauts to the space station for a one-year stay in the spring of 2015. An annual global assessment of government and commercial space activities finds the U. S. lead slipping for a fifth straight year. Austrian Felix Baumgarten’s record parachute jump for Red Bull is re-set for Tuesday from New Mexico.  Signals from NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, show signs it has departed the solar system. A look at major space policy activities scheduled for the week ahead.

1.  From, Oct. 7: SpaceX begins a multi-year series of commercially launched re-supply missions to the International Space Station with a lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Sunday at 8:35 p.m., EDT. The $1.6 billion contract between NASA and SpaceX for a dozen missions replaces a capability lost as NASA’s space shuttle retired in mid-2011.

A. From The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7: Regular SpaceX missions will transform U. S. space flight, allowing the private sector to inherit orbital operations. The Falcon 9/Dragon achieved its target orbit in spite of a first stage engine 1 anomaly about 80 seconds into flight.

B. From, Oct. 7: The website offers updates on the mission as the Dragon freighter maneuvers toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station early Wednesday.

C.  From The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 6:  Orbital Sciences Corp., of Dulles, Va., is poised to match SpaceX’s International Space Station delivery capability by 2013.,0,7077846.story

D. From, Oct. 6: The Dragon’s cargo includes ice cream for the space station’s three person crew. The desert is stowed in an experiment freezer.

2. From Russia Today, Oct. 6: Russia, the U. S. and their International Space Station partners agree to a one year ISS mission for a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. Tentative plans are for Russia to launch the two participants in March 2015.

A. From, Oct. 5: NASA could gain experience for human deep space exploration from a one year mission on the space station, according to space agency managers. Astronaut Mike Lopez-Alegria holds the current U. S. record for a single mission, a  215 day flight aboard the  International Space Station in 2006-07. The world’s record of 438 days was established aboard Russia’s Mir space station by cosmonaut Valery Polyakov in 1994-95. More time in orbit could prepared the U.S. for a multi-year human expedition to Mars.

3. From Space News, Oct. 5: The U. S. leads the world in space competitiveness, but that lead is slipping. according to the annual assessment from Futron Corp., 2012 Space Competitiveness Index: A Comparative Analysis of How Countries Invest in and Benefit from Space Industry. While other nations expand their capabilities, the U. S. is in a period of transition and uncertainty, the study concludes in part.

A. From The Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 6: Future investments in space technology are essential to advances useful on Earth, writes Lynn Weaver, president emeritus of Florida Institute of Technology, in an op ed.

4. From, Oct. 6: Austrian Felix Baumgarten’s record setting parachute jump for Red Bull is re-set for Tuesday because of the weather in Roswell, N. M.

A. From, Oct. 5:  Baumgarten will achieve supersonic velocities as he falls from 23 miles up.

5. From The Houston Chronicle, Oct. 5: NASA’s distant Voyager 1 spacecraft is showing distinct signs of having departed the solar system. The probe was launched in 1977 to study the outer planets.

6. From Oct. 7: A look at major space policy activities scheduled for the week ahead.

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