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Sun, Jan 17, 2021

SLS Hot Fire Test Terminated Minutes Early

Onboard Software Acted Appropriately And Initiated A Safe Shutdown Of The Engines

Teams from NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program conducted a hot fire of the Artemis I core stage on Jan. 16 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. What should have happened was this... Engine ignition should have started at approximately six tenths of a second before T-0, beginning with Engine 1, then Engines 3, 4, and 2 ignited in sequence a few hundredths of a second apart. The test was expected to last about 8 minutes and included three different power levels for the engines, as well as two 30-second engine gimballing, or pivoting, movements to simulate flight steering commands. Depending on the rate propellant is burned the time was estimated to range from 485 to 493 seconds to simulate launch. But... that didn't happen.

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Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Ready For a Jolt? Six More Solar Arrays To Be Installed On ISS

Augmented Power System Will Enhance Station’s Health, Capabilities

The International Space Station’s (ISS) growing research capabilities and commercial opportunities wiill be augmented with new solar arrays to increase the orbiting laboratory’s power supply. The modification to Boeing’s ISS sustainment contract with NASA calls for them to deliver six additional solar arrays to NASA for installation beginning in 2021. The new 63-foot-by-20-foot arrays will together produce more than 120 kilowatts of electricity from the sun’s energy, enough to power more than 40 average U.S. homes.

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Sat, Jan 16, 2021

SLS Hot Fire Test Imminent

Eighth And Final Test Of The Green Run Series

NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 5 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 16, for the hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire is the eighth and final test of the Green Run series to ensure the core stage of the SLS rocket is ready to launch Artemis missions to the Moon, beginning with Artemis I. The core stage includes the liquid hydrogen tank and liquid oxygen tank, four RS-25 engines, and the computers, electronics, and avionics that serve as the “brains” of the rocket.

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Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Mannequin Skywalker Flies Again!

Blue Origin Successfully Demonstrates Crew Capsule Upgrades

It was a beautiful thing to see... Blue Origin successfully completed its 14th mission to space and back, Thursday, for the New Shepard program. On a gorgeous Thursday morning, the Blue Origin team conducted another test of the New Shepard/Blue Origin system as they edge closer to the advent of manned flight operations... which may come this year. Mission NS-14 featured a crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgrades for upcoming flights with passengers onboard.

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Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Airborne 01.15.21: DeLand FtH Cancelled, Blue Origin Flt, FAA SkyPolicing

Also: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX, Super Bowl LV, COVID-19 Test Requirement, Atlas' Last 747-8s

ANN received official confirmation that COVID concerns have again halted a sport aviation event. And lets face it this was something many of us were looking forward to. The January 30th DeLand 'Flyway to Highway' event, under the direction of the folks who conduct the annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, which was was designed to be an interim event to help the industry gather a bit before their main event next November, BUT, it’s now officially OFF.  It was a beautiful thing to see... Blue Origin successfully completed its 14th mission to space and back, Thursday, for the New Shepard program. On a gorgeous Thursday morning, the Blue Origin team conducted another test of the New Shepard/Blue Origin system as they edge closer to the advent of manned flight operations... which may come this year. Mission NS-14 featured a crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgr

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Thu, Jan 14, 2021

LaunchTime! New Shepard NS-14 Will Test Astronaut Experience Upgrades

Mannequin Skywalker Returns!

Blue Origin’s next New Shepard flight is targeting a liftoff for Thursday morning, January 14, at 0945CT from Launch Site One in West Texas. Mission NS-14 is the 14th flight for the New Shepard program. For this mission, the crew capsule will be outfitted with upgrades for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight. The upgrades include improvements to environmental features such as acoustics and temperature regulation inside the capsule, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat. The mission will also test a number of astronaut communication and safety alert systems. The capsule will be outfitted with six seats, including one occupied by Mannequin Skywalker. 

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Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Take A Break! Time For A Little R&R Aboard The ISS

Astronauts Relax After Sending Off US Cargo Ships

One U.S. crew ship and three Russian spaceships remain parked at the International Space Station after the departure of two U.S. space freighters this month. Most of the Expedition 64 crew is relaxing while a pair of cosmonauts focus on Russian maintenance and science. Five astronauts, four from NASA and one from JAXA, are taking it easy aboard the orbiting lab. The quintet kicked off the New Year loading a pair of U.S. cargo ships to wrap up their cargo missions less than a week apart. This followed a busy December full of space research to benefit humans living on and off the Earth.

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