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Falcon 9 Launch Delayed Until January

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SpaceX first stage recovery drone ship. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX first stage recovery drone ship. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has delayed the CRS 5 cargo flight to the International Space Station scheduled for Friday to no earlier than Jan. 6 with Jan. 7 as a backup date.

A SpaceX spokesman said a static fire of the engine did not go as long as planned. He cited the need to conduct a second static fire, the upcoming holidays, and lighting conditions at the International Space Station as reasons for the delay.

In addition to sending a Dragon cargo ship to the space station, the flight was to attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on a barge for eventual reuse.

According to SpaceflightNow.com, the flight had already been delayed from Oct. 3, Dec. 1, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

With this latest delay, SpaceX will finish 2014 with six launches, which is double its launch rate for 2013 but about half the number planned for this year.

CASIS to Launch Immune Research Experiment to ISS

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Video Caption: This video provides an overview of a CASIS/NASA/NIH investigation focused on immune suppression for aging adults by former astronaut Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford. It will launch to the International Space Station on SpaceX-5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, no earlier than December 19, 2014.

NASA Ames to Launch Four Experiments to ISS Aboard Dragon

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SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, will launch four life science experiments to the International Space Station aboard NASA’s next commercial cargo resupply flight of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. The research missions include validation of a new capability for model organism study in space, an infection process investigation in the unique conditions of space, the first step in a multi-part study to track microbes on the space station, and an examination of immune system changes that curiously happen in both elderly people and people exposed to spaceflight.

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UK to Boost European Space Spending by £200 Million

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UK_space_agencyThe UK Space Agency is making an extra investment of over £200 million [$312.8 million] in Europe’s space programme.

  • £47.7 million to play a leading role in Europe’s Mars mission and retain leadership of Mars rover development
  • £49.2 million to give UK researchers access to the $100 billion ISS programme
  • Increased investment in telecommunications, including £56.9 million for the development of a low-cost, flexible satellite worth over £1 billion to UK industry

This will provide the UK with increased leadership in a rapidly growing global sector and build on the UK space industry’s £11.3 billion contribution to the UK economy.

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Send Your Computer Code to Space With Tim Peake

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AstroPi_LogoLONDON (UKSA PR) — Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space. Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Tim’s 6 month mission and both will be connected to a new “Astro Pi” board, loaded with a host of sensors and gadgets.

Launched today (10 Dec 2014) at an event held by the UK Space Agency, the Astro Pi competition will be officially opened at the BETT conference (21-24 January) and will be open to all primary and secondary school aged children who are resident in the United Kingdom. The competition will be supported by a comprehensive suite of teaching resources that are being developed by ESERO-UK and Raspberry Pi.

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Falcon 9 Launch Slips to NET Dec. 19, Briefing Date and Times Changed

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A Falcon 9 carries a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

A Falcon 9 carries a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (NASA PR) — The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract now is scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 19, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 12:15 p.m.

The change of launch date allows SpaceX to take extra time to ensure they do everything possible on the ground to prepare for a successful launch. Both the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon spacecraft are in good health.

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Kentucky Space Announces Exo-Medicine Mission to ISS

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Kentucky_SpaceLEXINGTON, KY (Kentucky Space PR) — Kentucky Space LLC, in partnership with the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology at Tufts University, announced today an upcoming mission, via a SpaceX launch vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 16, 2014, involving an important exomedicine experiment.

Exomedicine involves the research, development and commercialization of biomedical solutions in the microgravity environment of space for applications on Earth.

This mission, to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will analyze the
regeneration mechanisms of planarian flatworms in the microgravity environment (and absence of a geomagnetic field) of space. This experiment is a critical step in a specific regenerative medicine research and commercial pathway being pursued by the parties.

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Space Stations With Laser Beams on Them

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by Elizabeth Landau

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can speed up the flow of information between Earth and space, compared to radio signals.

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NASA Sets Pre-Launch Briefings for SpaceX’s CRS-5 Mission

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SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

UPDATE:  The launch has now slipped to no earlier than Dec. 19 and the briefings mentioned below have slipped to Dec. 18 with new times.  Details Here

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 2:31 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m.

NASA will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

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Seth Green Designs ISS Mission Patch for CASIS

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ARK3_mission_patchKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (December 8, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced the unveiling of its latest mission patch, designed by actor, creator, and producer Seth Green. The mission patch developed by Green will represent the entire cadre of CASIS investigations destined for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2015, otherwise known as Advancing Research Knowledge 3 (ARK3). CASIS is the organization responsible for overseeing research to benefit life on Earth using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

ARK3 represents the third calendar year that CASIS-sponsored investigations have been manifested for flight to the ISS National Lab. Additionally, ARK3 symbolizes a significant step forward as CASIS opens new doors to knowledge that can only be gained through microgravity research. In 2015, CASIS anticipates an abundance of research payloads will reach the station. Payloads expected to reach the station include life science investigations such as research to test bone density and muscle loss in space and non-embryonic stem cell studies to gain a better understanding of disease, which may lead to the development of new healthcare treatments and therapies. A number of projects will also be dedicated towards enhancing technologies and materials to demonstrate that the ISS is not only a unique laboratory, but a first-class research platform where investigators can conduct experiments not replicable on Earth. ARK3 represents an orbiting laboratory open to researchers from all across the country leveraging the capabilities of the ISS to benefit humanity.

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