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_Mark Carreau

_Mark Carreau
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NASA/JAXA Rainfall Measurement Mission Giving Way To Successor 
Based on declining fuel supply estimates, NASA is targeting April for the end of its groundbreaking joint Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Antares Loss Followed By ISS Unmanned Cargo Delivery
"This launch was a big boost, literally and figuratively, for the International Space Station program in the wake of the Antares launch failure," noted Rob Navias, a NASA mission commentator, from the agency’s Mission Control Center in Houston.
Station Dodges Debris Ahead of Orbital’s Re-supply Mission Launch 

HOUSTON—Thrusters from the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 fired for 3.5 min. Oct. 27 to push the International Space Station away from orbital debris on a course calculated to pass within two tenths of a mi. of the orbiting lab.

The debris source was identified as the inactive Cosmos 2251 communications satellite that collided with a U.S. Iridium communications satellite on Feb. 10, 2009, Jay Bolden, a spokesman for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, confirmed.

Space Station Cargo Departures Set Stage For New U.S., Russian Missions 

HOUSTON—Russia’s Progress 56 re-supply capsule departed the International Space Station early Oct. 27,  clearing a second berthing port aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory for two cargo missions awaiting liftoff this week.

Progress 56, which arrived on July 23, undocked from the Russian segment’s Pirs module at 1:38 a.m. EDT. The trash-laden Russian spacecraft is scheduled to remain in orbit until Nov. 19 before making a destructive descent into the Pacific Ocean.

Global Space Economy Stable, Primed For New Growth, Competition
The global space economy, estimated at $256.2 billion, is following a stable course despite economic challenges, according to the latest assessment by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Station Dodges Debris Ahead of Orbital’s Re-supply Mission Launch 
The debris source was identified as the inactive Cosmos 2251 communications satellite that collided with a U.S. Iridium communications satellite on Feb. 10, 2009, Jay Bolden, a spokesman for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, confirmed.
Space Station Cargo Departures Set Stage for New U.S., Russian Missions 
Russia’s Progress 56 re-supply capsule departed the International Space Station early Oct. 27, clearing a second berthing port aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory for two cargo missions awaiting liftoff this week.
Orbital Eyes Oct. 27 For Third ISS Commercial Resupply Mission Launch 
Orbital’s two-stage Antares rocket and its Cygnus resupply capsule, loaded with just more than 5,000 lb. of research and technology hardware and other supplies, is set to roll to its launch pad at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia’s Eastern Shore on Oct. 24.
Russian Spacewalkers Discard Aging Hardware, Assess ISS Exterior 
Cosmonauts Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev discarded unneeded hardware from outside the International Space Station’s Russian segment, activated a materials exposure experiment and snapped photos documenting the structural condition of the exterior during a nearly 4-hr. spacewalk on Oct. 22.
Waypoint 2 Space Readies Commercial Spaceflight Training 
By March 2015, startup Waypoint 2 Space Inc. intends to begin training commercial space travelers for flight with a sequenced instruction strategy
Hurricane Bumps Space Station Resupply Plans 

HOUSTON – A team from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has secured spacecraft tracking facilities in Bermuda that are vital to U.S. International Space Station resupply launches ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo, which was forecast to reach the Bermuda island group by late Oct. 17 as a Category 4 tropical storm packing 130 mph winds.

Hurricane Bumps Space Station Resupply Plans 
A team from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia secured spacecraft tracking facilities in Bermuda that are vital to U.S. International Space Station resupply launches ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo, which was forecast to reach the North Atlantic island group by late Oct. 17 as a Category 4 tropical storm packing 130-mi.-per-hr. winds.
U.S. Spacewalk Restores ISS Power Channel 
Spacewalking NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore shuffled across the solar power truss of the International Space Station on Oct. 15 to restore full solar power to the six-person orbiting science lab and move hardware to clear the way for a future reconfiguration, including a pair of docking ports for U.S. commercial crew vehicles.
NASA Aims For Next Generation Of Oxygen Recovery Technologies 

LONDON — BAE Systems has fitted its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) to a European-made rocket as part of a demonstration for the Australian armed forces.

The August trials, announced by the company on Oct. 13, saw the APKWS guidance kit fitted to a standard 2.75-in. (70mm) rocket produced by Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ). Until now all APKWS have been fitted to Hydra rockets produced by General Dynamics.

U.S. Lunar Mission Reveals Long-Running Volcanism 
Research drawing on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests the Moon was volcanically active within the past 50 million years – or much more recently and for longer than previously thought.

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