On Space http://aviationweek.com/blog/6698/feed en Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design http://aviationweek.com/blog/briny-water-may-challenge-future-mars-spacecraft-design <div class="node-body blog-body">"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/briny-water-may-challenge-future-mars-spacecraft-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/briny-water-may-challenge-future-mars-spacecraft-design#comments Space On Space Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:17:00 +0000 1289211 at http://aviationweek.com U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-russian-astronauts-reach-international-space-station-one-year-stay <div class="node-body blog-body">"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-russian-astronauts-reach-international-space-station-one-year-stay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/u-s-russian-astronauts-reach-international-space-station-one-year-stay#comments Space On Space Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:53:00 +0000 1281211 at http://aviationweek.com Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum http://aviationweek.com/blog/kepler-achievements-recognized-national-air-and-space-museum <div class="node-body blog-body">"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/kepler-achievements-recognized-national-air-and-space-museum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/kepler-achievements-recognized-national-air-and-space-museum#comments Space On Space Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 1278591 at http://aviationweek.com SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-gwynne-shotwell-talks-raptor-falcon-9-crs-2-satellite-internet-and-more <div class="node-body blog-body">During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-gwynne-shotwell-talks-raptor-falcon-9-crs-2-satellite-internet-and-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-gwynne-shotwell-talks-raptor-falcon-9-crs-2-satellite-internet-and-more#comments Space North America On Space Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:54:00 +0000 1277791 at http://aviationweek.com NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud http://aviationweek.com/blog/nasas-maven-spacecraft-spots-martian-aurora-unexplained-dust-cloud <div class="node-body blog-body">"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/nasas-maven-spacecraft-spots-martian-aurora-unexplained-dust-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/nasas-maven-spacecraft-spots-martian-aurora-unexplained-dust-cloud#comments Space On Space Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:49:00 +0000 1276321 at http://aviationweek.com SpaceX's New Spin on Falcon 9 http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-new-spin-falcon-9 <div class="node-body blog-body">Modifications to the Falcon 9 v1.1 will lead to a new design for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-new-spin-falcon-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacexs-new-spin-falcon-9#comments Space North America On Space Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:24:00 +0000 1275641 at http://aviationweek.com Rocking Aurora Point to Large Ocean on Jupiter's moon Ganymede http://aviationweek.com/blog/rocking-aurora-point-large-ocean-jupiters-moon-ganymede <div class="node-body blog-body">"A deep ocean under the icy crust of Ganymede opens up further exciting possibilities for life beyond Earth," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/rocking-aurora-point-large-ocean-jupiters-moon-ganymede" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/rocking-aurora-point-large-ocean-jupiters-moon-ganymede#comments Space On Space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:03:00 +0000 1273881 at http://aviationweek.com Inside The World's First Space-Based Commercial Laser-Relay Service http://aviationweek.com/SpaceLaserRelay <div class="node-body blog-body">Europe's EDRS will use laser beam transmissions between low-Earth orbiting (LEO) spacecraft and commercial communications satellites in geostationary orbit to reduce the time it takes to get large quantities of remote-sensing data to the ground.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/SpaceLaserRelay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/SpaceLaserRelay#comments Space Europe On Space Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:00:00 +0000 1273641 at http://aviationweek.com U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-complete-space-station-docking-port-antenna-installations-cable-extensions <div class="node-body blog-body">"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-complete-space-station-docking-port-antenna-installations-cable-extensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/us-spacewalkers-complete-space-station-docking-port-antenna-installations-cable-extensions#comments Space On Space Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:36:00 +0000 1268761 at http://aviationweek.com Inside The Roc's Lair http://aviationweek.com/blog/inside-rocs-lair <div class="node-body blog-body">A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/inside-rocs-lair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/inside-rocs-lair#comments Space On Space Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:24:00 +0000 1266831 at http://aviationweek.com <p>First views of Stratolauncher&#39;s mighty Roc carrier aircraft</p> Saturday Spacewalk Kicks Off Addition of Commercial Crew Docking Ports to ISS http://aviationweek.com/blog/saturday-spacewalk-kicks-addition-commercial-crew-docking-ports-iss <div class="node-body blog-body">"I worked up a lather on that one," quipped NASA spacewalker Barry "Butch" Wilmore. "You guys have done just a superb job," noted Mission Control. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/saturday-spacewalk-kicks-addition-commercial-crew-docking-ports-iss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/saturday-spacewalk-kicks-addition-commercial-crew-docking-ports-iss#comments Space On Space Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:13:00 +0000 1265741 at http://aviationweek.com Plumes Spotted in Martian Atmosphere Baffle Experts http://aviationweek.com/blog/plumes-spotted-martian-atmosphere-baffle-experts <div class="node-body blog-body">"...both explanations defy our current understanding of Mars' upper atmosphere," says European led study team. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/plumes-spotted-martian-atmosphere-baffle-experts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/plumes-spotted-martian-atmosphere-baffle-experts#comments Space On Space Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:08:00 +0000 1262851 at http://aviationweek.com Russian Progress Re-supply Capsule Races Toward Space Station Docking http://aviationweek.com/blog/russian-progress-re-supply-capsule-races-toward-space-station-docking <div class="node-body blog-body">Russia's Progress 58, or M-26M, is carrying 3.1 tons of propellant, water, compressed oxygen, spare parts, research gear and other dry goods.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/russian-progress-re-supply-capsule-races-toward-space-station-docking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/russian-progress-re-supply-capsule-races-toward-space-station-docking#comments Space On Space Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:20:00 +0000 1262861 at http://aviationweek.com Dragon Capsule Returns From Fifth Contracted Space Station Resupply Mission http://aviationweek.com/blog/dragon-capsule-returns-fifth-contracted-space-station-resupply-mission <div class="node-body blog-body">The Dragon capsule splashed down under parachute, SpaceX confirmed at 7:45 p.m., EST.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/dragon-capsule-returns-fifth-contracted-space-station-resupply-mission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/dragon-capsule-returns-fifth-contracted-space-station-resupply-mission#comments Space On Space Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:06:00 +0000 1259731 at http://aviationweek.com Spacecraft Propellant Tank Lands On Brazilian Farm http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacecraft-propellant-tank-lands-brazilian-farm <div class="node-body blog-body">The object, which the Brazilian Space Agency later identified as a spacecraft propellant tank, fell 50 meters from a house.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/onspace">On Space</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacecraft-propellant-tank-lands-brazilian-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://aviationweek.com/blog/spacecraft-propellant-tank-lands-brazilian-farm#comments Space Latin America/Caribbean On Space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:24:00 +0000 1257651 at http://aviationweek.com <p>Falcon 9 upper stage being lowered onto test stand at SpaceX&#39;s facility in McGregor, Texas.</p>