ISS News: January 2012 Archives

Russia to postpone next manned space launch, AFP

"Krasnov said that delays came after the re-entry capsule of the Soyuz TMA-04M space ship to be used in the mission was shown in testing not to be hermetically sealed and could not be used for safety reasons. That means the next mission will have to replace it with the re-entry capsule intended for the following mission scheduled May 30, which in turn will be delayed."

Japanese scientists fear spacecraft blueprint stolen after networks penetrated by virus, Daily Mail

"The Japanese space agency has admitted that a computer virus may have stolen sensitive information from their networks - including blueprints for a spacecraft. Hackers could sell on the information or blackmail the space agency for its return. A terminal connected to networks belonging to the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was infected with a Trojan. Data that could have been revealed includes email addresses, system log-in information and, crucially, the specification and operation of the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)."

SpaceX Launch Delayed

Update on Next SpaceX Launch

"In preparation for the upcoming launch, SpaceX continues to conduct extensive testing and analysis. We believe that there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety and success of this mission. We are now working with NASA to establish a new target launch date, but note that we will continue to test and review data. We will launch when the vehicle is ready."

First Annual International Space Station R&D Conference

"Manuscripts are solicited on topics related to science and technology activities (past, present, planned and proposed) on the ISS, including but not limited to Biology and Biotechnology, Earth and Space Science, Human Research, Physical Sciences, Education Activities, and Technology and Exploration. The abstract deadline is January 15, 2012."

Keith's 6 Jan note: There is still no mention of this conference on the CASIS website even though CASIS is a co-sponsor. Abstracts are due in 10 days. Tick tock. Someone please wake CASIS up. This conference is precisely the sort of thing that it is chartered to do and yet it can't even post a simple link on its website? Not a good sign.

Top: The International Space Station flies over the face of the Moon as seen from Houston, Texas on 4 January 2012. Bottom: An Ares-1B spacecraft heads toward the Moon in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968. Larger images

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- Astronauts At The Controls: 2010 Vs 2001, earlier post
- Photos: Fixing Antennas in Space - Today and in a Past Future, earlier post
- Photo: In The Cupola, Gazing Down at Earth From Orbit, earlier post

Photo: Integration and Testing of Cygnus Service Modules

"Integration and testing of Cygnus spacecraft service modules continues at our Dulles, VA Satellite Manufacturing Facility (SMF). The service module on the left in the photo below will be used for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration flight to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year. The service module on the right will carry out the first of eight cargo resupply missions under Orbital's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA, also scheduled for later this year. A third Cygnus service module (not shown) is also undergoing integration in a separate clean room facility in the facility."

Magnetically-levitated Flies Offer Clues to Future of Life in Space

"Using powerful magnets to levitate fruit flies can provide vital clues to how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space, researchers at The University of Nottingham say. The team of scientists has shown that simulating weightlessness in fruit flies here on earth with the use of magnets causes the flies to walk more quickly -- the same effect observed during similar experiments on the International Space Station."

While NASA Flies In Circles Technology Advances Back on Earth, earlier post

"Growing perfect crystals in space (on the Space Shuttle and Space Station) has been one of NASA's favorite promotional items in its mantra of promoting the use of the ISS as a "world class laboratory". The need for large crystals grown at great expense in space is quickly vanishing due to advances made on Earth."

Keith's 4 Jan note: To be certain, while people are now finding ways to examine phenomena on Earth that were once thought to only be possible - or practical - on the ISS, there is still a vast, untapped potential for the ISS. If only NASA would get out of its own way in this regard. Meanwhile CASIS, the entity created to maximize the utilization of U.S. assets on the ISS, has a web page that is inert and has not changed for months. They do not seem to have any staff (other than a director). If they do, then CASIS has no interest in telling anyone who these people are, what they do, or how to contact them.

Keith's 5 Jan update: I tweeted this today: "@ISS_NatLab -- when will CASIS start to *do* something? bit.ly/A2Hvat". The response? "@NASAWatch CASIS in process of building staff & preparing to take over research planning. You'll have to ask them yourself for more details." I then replied "@ISS_NatLab -- in other words you - #NASA - do not really know what CASIS is doing." and the response I got was "@NASAWatch If you want details on CASIS internal plans, you will need to ask them directly. Our focus is the transition, which is underway."


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