The long awaited Pad Abort Test for SpaceX’s Dragon Version 2 (this will be a prototype) is scheduled to take place on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida, with the test window opening at 09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC).
On Monday, April 27 at 19:03 EDT a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket left Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40 or “SLICK-40”) carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia and the Turkmenistan government and provide communications for Central Asia. Launch is all the way at the end at 1:08:54.
The first launch of the Arianespace Ariane 5 for 2015 was completed successfully as flight VA222 lifted off from launch site Ensemble de Lancement Ariane-3 (ELA-3) with a dual payload of satellites. The THOR-7 satellite will supply communication services for the maritime sector, broadcast and television for Telenor. SICRAL-2 satellite will supply communication services for the French.
With the burn up of Venus Express in late 2014-early 2015, one of our two eyes to the inferior (inner) planets was extinguished. Unfortunately, it seems that this week, by the end of April, after nearly 11 years in space and more than 4 years and 4,000 orbits around Mercury, MESSENGER will meet its fate as well.
“HAMPTON, Va., April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., began a new phase of testing today for the Orion crew module, NASA’s next generation spacecraft. Now under development, the Orion crew exploration vehicle will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and be part of the space flight system to conduct sustained human exploration of the moon.”
“VIENNA, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire/ — In preparation for his March 26 launch, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi is the seventh orbital client for Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace.
“Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming the first private explorer to complete a second mission to space. He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures’ fifth orbital client. On his return mission, Dr. Simonyi aims to continue to make contributions toward space research, and advance civilian space travel while inspiring kids in their studies of science and math.”
“WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA signed a contract Thursday with American Tank and Vessel Inc. of Mobile, Ala., for the installation of a test cell diffuser and associated systems in the A-3 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract’s value is not to exceed $45 million.”