May 30, 2014

Space Buffs Make Contact With Discarded NASA Probe


A group of citizen scientists has commandeered a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 and had gone unused since 1997.
Today the group made first contact with the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) when the spacecraft acknowledged receiving a signal from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, says Keith Cowing, co-director of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, a group of about 20 volunteer space buffs. “We knew we could do this—it’s a vindication,” he says. “It’s sort of like reaching back in time to grab something that otherwise would have been lost.”

Cowing says that the group is now getting telemetry data from the spacecraft. Over the coming days, they will try to understand the health of the spacecraft and its 13 scientific instruments. The spacecraft was launched to study space weather and is due to make a close pass around the moon.
Next month, they plan to instigate a burn with the remaining fuel and move the spacecraft into a new orbit. Also in June, they plan to start communicating with ISEE-3 from a second radio telescope, a 21-meter dish at Morehead State University in Kentucky. This dish is more movable than the massive Arecibo telescope and can better track the spacecraft as it gets closer to Earth, Cowing says.
The ISEE-3 Reboot Project raised more than $150,000 in crowd-funding to support its volunteer efforts.

May 26, 2014

37 satellites on June 19 Yasny Dnepr launch

 37 satellites on June 19 Yasny Dnepr launch !!

Deimos 2
Deimos 2 is a small Earth observation satellite, which will carry a 75-centimeter-resolution imager provided by Satrec Initiative of South Korea.

KazEOSat 2 (DZZ-MR)
KazEOSat 2 from the Republic of Kazakhstan is utilizing the latest Earth Observation (EO) satellite technologies from EADS Astrium and its subsidiary SSTL to create a national system.

SkySat 3
SkySat-3 to 15 are commercial Earth observation satellites by Skybox Imaging.

The Russian start-up company SPUTNIX designed and built the TabletSat-Aurora technology demonstrator and earth observing satellite.

BugSat 1 (Tita)
BugSat 1 is the first technology demonstration mission for a platform of small earth observation satellites designed by the Argentinan company Satellogic S.A.

SaudiSat 4
SaudiSat 4 is a Saudi-Arabian technology demonstration satellite developed by the KACST .

Hodoyoshi 3
Hodoyoshi 3 is an experimental earth-observing micro-satellite built by the University of Tokyo. It has a 40 m ground resolution.

Hodoyoshi 4
Hodoyoshi 4 is an experimental earth-observing micro-satellite built by the University of Tokyo. It has a 5 m ground resolution.

AprizeSat 9
AprizeSat 10
LatinSat, later renamed AprizeSat, is a constellation of small Low-Earth-Orbit satellites (64 satellites planned) to achieve a global communication system of data transmission and fixed and mobile asset tracking and monitoring (GMPCS). The satellites also carry experimental payloads.

UniSat 6
 is the sixth satellite designed and manufactured by GAUSS group.

BRITE-CA 1 (CanX 3E)
BRITE-CA 2 (CanX 3F)
CanX-3 (Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiments), also known as BRITE (BRIght-star Target Explorer), is a mission planned to make photometric observations of some of the brightest starts in the sky

Perseus-M 1
Perseus-M 2
The Perseus-M satellites are small maritime surveillance satellites developed by Canopus Systems.

Flock-1c 1
Flock-1c 2
Flock-1c 3
Flock-1c 4
Flock-1c 5
Flock-1c 6
Flock-1c 7
Flock-1c 8
Flock-1c 9
Flock-1c 10
Flock-1c 11
The Flock earth observing constellation built and operated by Planet Labs (formerly Cosmogia Inc.) consists of 28 triple CubeSats.

POPSAT-HIP 1 is a triple cubesat built by Microspace Rapid Pte Ltd., Singapore. The spacecraft is to demonstrate the functionality of a high resolution optical payload and attitude control propulsion system on a Cubesat Class Nano-satellite.

TIGRISat is an Iraqi 3U CubeSat built by Iraqi students at the La Sapienza University of Rome with a mission to detect dust storms over Iraq.

Lemur 1
Lemur-1 is a low-Earth orbiting satellite, built by NanoSatisfi Inc.
Lemur-1 will be deployed from the Italian UniSat 6,

QB50P1 is one of two precursor satellites for the QB50 project, which will demonstrate the possibility of launching a network of 50 CubeSats built by Universities Teams all over the world as a primary payload on a low-cost launch vehicle to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere.

PACE (Platform for Attitude Control Experiments) is a cubesat project of the National Cheng Kung University of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

ANTELSAT is a 2U CubeSat class satellite, which has been developed by the Uruguayan Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de la República (FING), the State Faculty of Engineering, and the national telecom service provider ANTEL. It is the first Uruguayan satellite .

AeroCube 6
The AeroCube 6 cubesat is a 1 kg nanosatellite for technical research.It is built and operated by the Aerospace Corporation.

Duchifat 1
Duchifat-1 is an experimental and educational spacecraft developed and built by students of secondary schools at the Space Laboratory of the Herzliya Science Centre (HSC). It is built to the 1U CubeSat standard.

NanoSatC-Br 1
NanoSatC-Br 1 is the first CubeSat project of Brazil, developed at the Southern Regional Space Research Center  in collaboration with the Space Science Laboratory of the Federal University of Santa Maria .

PolyITAN 1
PolyITAN-1 is a CubeSat designed and built by the National Technical University of Ukraine – KPI in cooperation with the Ukrainian HAM radio community. The mission is to launch Ukrainian educational satellite build by KPI students and space exploration enthusiasts.

Source  space.skyrocket./ AMSAT FB