Kristian von Bengtson leaves Copenhagen Suborbitals
Orbital Sciences launches first operational Cygnus to International Space Station
International Space Station
International Space Station life extended to 2024
PocketQube micro-satellite shop set to go live
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In January a new supernova was spotted in the M82 galaxy – dubbed SN2014J is one of the closest supernovae to occur in the last couple of decades while active observation has been in effect. It is though to be a type Ia Supernova, formed when one of a pair of stars collapses into a […]
In the last couple of days there has been a bit of a storm surrounding the Danish amateur rocket group as CS founder Kristian von Bengtson announced that he is leaving Copenhagen Suborbitals following an apparent division of opinion with co-founder Peter Madsen. Copenhagen Suborbitals posted this statement on their website: We are sad to […]
Orbital Sciences Corporation launched their first commercial resupply mission to the ISS last Thursday. A Cygnus resupply vehicle mounted on an Antares launch system lifted off at 1.07pm EST after being delayed from December by the failure of a cooling loop on the ISS and a further day due to solar weather. Orbital’s Cygnus is […]
Friday saw the latest test of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip 2, its third flight under power after 28 unpowered glide tests. During its flight on Friday SS2 reached Mach 1.4 after a 20 second burn of its hybrid rocket engine that boosted it to a total height of 71,000 ft. This test was pretty good for […]
Good news, everyone! This week NASA announced that they plan to keep the International Space Station in operation until at least 2024. Charles Boldren, the Administrator of NASA said in a statement that by keeping the International Space Station in orbit it will allow NASA and its commercial partners to shake out design issues and […]
We recently covered some interesting news in the world of Cubesats, but did you know there’s an even smaller micro-satellite platform called a PocketQube? It was news to me, too. But I guess its also an inevitable development as the progress of miniaturisation of components marches on. Small satellites are something of a zeitgeist at present […]
The University of Michigan successfully crowdfunded their Cubesat Ambipolar Thruster on Kickstarter today, securing nearly $96,800 in funding. According to the project lead, Ben Longmier, this funding will be enough to install a more finessed thruster design on the test cubesats that will result in greater efficiency and longer mission duration. There has been a […]
It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a new article on Astronomy Aggregator, but I hope this kind of makes up for it. Last year I had the excuse of working full time and studying on my two days off, so the site didn’t get updated that much. This year I’ve been kind […]
China’s Chang’e 3 landed on the moon today, marking the first time a soft landing has been achieved there since Russia’s Luna 24 in 1976. The landing comes 14 days after the mission launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China. Hours after the lander touched down, it released the Yutu rover, which will […]
New measurements by Curiosity at Gale Crater show that Martian sediments contain almost 2% water by weight, says a study released today in Science. These measurements, taken by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument (SAM), were taken in November 2012 at a site named Rocknest. Rocknest, a sandy patch near Curiosity’s landing site, was one […]