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SPACEX CARRIES THAICOM 8 INTO ORBIT; CONDUCTS THIRD SUCCESSFUL LANDING IN A ROW
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - THAICOM 8 has successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) on May 27 at 5:39 p.m. EDT (9:39 p.m. UTC). The commercial communications satellite was carried into orbit aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle, lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch had been delayed by one day giving SpaceX time to investigate a glitch in the motion of an upper-stage engine actuator.

The launch also marks the third time in a row that SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first stage on a barge at sea. Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are leading the way on reusable launch vehicles. They hope that by reusing components from launch vehicles, they will be able to significantly lower the costs of carrying payloads into orbit, thereby opening space to a wide consumer base.

THAICOM 8 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which will cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with THAICOM 5 and THAICOM 6 at 78.5 degrees East longitude, THAICOM 8 will be ready for service within one month's time. Orbital ATK manufactured the satellite, based on its GEOStar-2 platform. THAICOM 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

This is SpaceX's sixth launch of 2016, another important milestone for the company. Despite ambitious plans, SpaceX has had difficulties historically maintaining a high launch pace. As the company's backlog has grown, satellite operators have turned to competitors to launch their spacecraft - a fact that led to Arianespace getting more contracts than SpaceX in 2015.

So far in 2016, SpaceX has conducted launches at a rate of about one per month. If the company can build on that pace, it will be able to carry out launch orders much faster, improving its competiveness in the market.

Source:  Thaicom
Associated URL: http://sitwebsites.blob.core.windows.net/thaicom-news/20160528-thcom-news1-en.pd
Source Date: May 31, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 05/31/2016

 
 
BOLIVIA TAKES OVER OPERATIONS OF TUPAC KATARI SATELLITE
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Source: Wikimedia Commons

SUCRE - Bolivian personnel have taken over the operations of the Tupac Katari satellite. Operations were officially transferred on May 25 from China, which built the satellite, to Bolivia. Bolivia's space agency (Agencia Boliviana Espacial - ABE) will operate the spacecraft.

The Bolivian government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Great Wall Industries Corporation (GWIC) of China on April 1, 2010 under which GWIC will build and launch the satellite, based on the Dong Fang Hong - 4 (DFH-4) bus, for Bolivia. The satellite launched into orbit aboard a Chinese Long March 3B launch vehicle on December 20, 2013.

As part of the agreement, China and Bolivia jointly operated the satellite for two years after it reached its intended orbit. Technicians from the two countries worked side-by-side so Bolivian officials could develop techniques need to operate a complex spacecraft. With that two year period now over, China has officially handed over operations to Bolivia.

The supports television broadcasting, communications services, and supports Bolivian government efforts to improve education, health care, and social services around the country.

Source:  Space Daily
Associated URL: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Bolivia_takes_over_operations_of_Chinese_built
Source Date: May 31, 2016
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 05/31/2016

 
 
BEAM FULLY EXPANDED AND PRESSURIZED
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Source: NASA TV

WASHINGTON - The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was expanded to its full size at 4:10 p.m. EDT on May 28. Expansion was completed as the International Space Station flew over the south Pacific at an altitude of 252 miles. Full pressurization, which involved opening eight tanks of air stored within the module, was completed 34 minutes later by NASA and Bigelow Aerospace teams working with NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams. The pressure in BEAM is now equal to that of the rest of the ISS.

During the next week, leak checks will be performed on BEAM to ensure its structural integrity. Hatch opening and Williams' first entrance into BEAM will take place about a week after leak checks are complete.

BEAM was installed to the International Space Station on April 16. It is roughly 10.5 feet in diameter and 13 feet long. During its two-year test mission, astronauts will enter the module for a few hours several times a year to retrieve sensor data and assess conditions. Expandable habitats are designed to take up less room on a rocket, but provide greater volume for living and working in space once expanded. This first in situ test of the module will allow investigators to gauge how well the habitat protects against solar radiation, space debris and contamination.

Expandable habitats offer a few advantages to rigid structures. They require less payload volume on the rocket carrying them to space than traditional structures, since they can expand after being deployed. Bigelow is the primary proponent of such a system. BEAM will be tested on the space station. The company has also partnered with ULA to launch standalone expandable habitats that could be used by various exploration agencies and possibly commercial ventures.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2016/05/28/beam-expanded-to-full-size/
Source Date: May 31, 2016
Posted: 05/31/2016

 

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