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NASA ANNOUNCES ISS CREW ASSIGNMENTS
Friday, January 19, 2018
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NASA announces ISS crew assignments

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NASA announces ISS crew assignments

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WASHINGTON - NASA has announced an updated crew assignment list for the International Space Station. The list includes additions to upcoming launches as well as some changes to previously announced assignments.

Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who previously was assigned to Expedition 58/59, has been reassigned to the Expedition 56/57 crew, launching in June. She is taking the place of astronaut Jeanette Epps, who will return to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office and be considered for assignment to future missions. Anne McClain, a member of the 2013 astronaut class, will fly on the Expedition 58/59 crew, launching in November.

Auñón-Chancellor, from Fort Collins, Colorado, joined the astronaut corps in 2009 and has been at NASA since 2006, when she became a flight surgeon. Before being selected as an astronaut, she spent more than nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for space station crew members, including water survival training in the Ukraine, and served as the deputy lead for medical operations for NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University, Auñón-Chancellor holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is board certified in internal and aerospace medicine, and earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

McClain is from Spokane, Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002. She then went on to the University of Bath in England for a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, followed by the University of Bristol in England for a master’s degree in international relations.

She was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 2002, and earned her wings as a Kiowa Warrior pilot in 2005. She served 15 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying more than 800 combat hours. McClain graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in June 2013. She has over 2,000 flight hours in more than 20 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and has logged time as a pilot in command, air mission commander, instructor pilot and test pilot.

The space station partners have shifted their focus from building the ISS to operating it. Although originally the U.S. only planned to fund ISS operations through 2015, all ISS partner nations decided to extend the station's life through 2020. More recently, the U.S., Russia, Canada, and Japan agreed to extend operations through 2024, while ESA is still deciding.

Source:  NASA
Associated URL: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-updated-crew-assignments-for-space-station-missions
Source Date: January 19, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
CHINESE LONG MARCH 11 CARRIES REMOTE SENSING SATELLITES INTO ORBIT
Friday, January 19, 2018
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Long March 11 carrying 6 satellites into orbit on Jan. 19

Source: Xinhua/Yang Xiaobo


Long March 11 carrying 6 satellites into orbit on Jan. 19

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JIUQUAN, China - A Chinese Long March 1 launch vehicle lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on January 19, 2018 at 12:12 p.m. Beijing Time (4:12 a.m. UTC; January 18 at 11:12 p.m. EST). The launch vehicle carried two commercial Jilin remote sensing satellites and four other small satellites.

The two Jilin satellites, designed Jilin-1 Video 07 and Jilin-1 Video 08, were developed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Col. Ltd. They will join eight previous Jilin satellites launched aboard three missions in October 2015, January 2017, and November 2017. The network of satellites provides remote sensing data to government and commercial customers.

This was the fourth launch for China so far in 2018, as Beijing maintains its fast launch pace as it attempts to conduct 40 launches this year. The Long March 11 is a relatively new launch vehicle to the Long March stable. The first Long March 11 lifted off in September 2015. It is a lightweight launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites and will compete with Rocket Lab's Electron, Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne as well as domestic competitors from LandSpace and Expace.

Source:  Xinhua
Associated URL: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/19/c_136908689.htm
Source Date: January 19, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
ONEWEB TAKES ON CHALLENGES AS IT WORKS TO DEPLOY MASSIVE NETWORK OF SATELLITES
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Artist's rendition of OneWeb's network of satellites

Source: OneWeb


Artist's rendition of OneWeb's network of satellites

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- As broadband data connections become an increasingly important part of society, satellite operators are working to expand their presence in the market. There are a number of innovative ways to achieve this. Some companies are relying on large GEO satellites with frequency re-use and spot beams to provide coverage. O3b uses satellites in medium-Earth orbit (MEO) to provide coverage.

OneWeb's plan to build a massive network of LEO satellites represents the third option. OneWeb hopes to succeed where other companies have failed. In the late 1990s, companies, such as Teledesic and Skybridge, announced ambitious plans to build similarly large networks of satellites to provide Internet around the world. In fact, OneWeb is using spectrum once owned by Teledesic. These companies were not able to overcome the limitations of satellite Internet when faced with competition from growing terrestrial networks.

OneWeb also faces an increasing number of challengers. LeoSat and Telesat both plan to build large networks of satellites.

However, OneWeb has plans to take on these challenges. The company is taking advantage of advances in miniaturized computer components and declining launch prices to lower its costs. OneWeb will also mass produce satellites, taking advantage of economies of scale and further reducing costs. In addition, it has attracted large investment from entrepreneurs and established companies. OneWeb has also formed partnerships with manufacturers, launch providers, and satellite operators, providing a source of capital and expertise as it moves forward.

At this time, Forecast International expects production of satellites to begin slowly before ramping up, as the company establishes its finances and tests its business model. By the early 2020s, OneWeb will produce over 100 satellites per year, enabling it to build a network of 720 satellites by the mid-2020s and achieve its goal of providing global services.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: January 18, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/18/2018

 

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