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ATV Ready for its Re-entry Close-up

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Artist’s view of ATV-5’s destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros, 2014)

Artist’s view of ATV-5’s destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros, 2014)

PARIS (ESA PR) — As ESA’s remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera.

An ESA-led team designed and developed the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Break-Up Camera in just nine months in order to make it on board in time.

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Business Briefs: NanoRacks’ New Platform, Blue Origin’s Investment, Surrey Satellite Backs Spaceport

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The New Shepard Crew Capsule escaped to an altitude of 2,307 feet before deploying parachutes for a safe return. (Credit: Blue Origin)

The New Shepard Crew Capsule escaped to an altitude of 2,307 feet before deploying parachutes for a safe return. (Credit: Blue Origin)

A few Saturday morning commercial space updates:

NanoRacks to Sell Space on External ISS Platform. NanoRacks expects to lease space for experiments on an external platform at the International Space Station by the end of 2014. The rack, built for $10 million by Astrium North America, will be carried to the orbiting laboratory aboard a Cygnus cargo ship in October. “We finished manufacturing about a month ago … and it’s undergoing testing at the Johnson Space Center [in Houston] right now,” says NanoRacks Managing Director Jeffrey Manber. Space News

Bezos Investment in Blue Origin Tops $500 Million.  Jeff Bezos’ investment in Blue Origin is at least $500 million. “We got $25 million from the NASA commercial crew program, and that represents less than 5 percent of what our founder has put into the company,” says Bettt Alexander, the company’s director of business development. Bezos, who founded Amazon.com, can afford it; his net worth is estimated at $27.2 billion. Space News

Alexander said Blue Origin’s human spacecraft, New Shepard, is set to undergo the first of tens of suborbital flight tests starting in 2015. Those tests will be followed by orbital flights. Satellite Today

Surrey Satellite Backs UK Spaceport: The head of Surrey Satellite says he is encouraged by the UK governments decision to construct a spaceport. “I very much welcome the government’s U.K. Space Port initiative that could support a new generation of small, adaptable launchers creating the potential to bring launch costs and lead times down for SSTL’s customers,” said Martin Sweeting, executive chairman of SSTL, a Guilford, U.K.-based spacecraft manufacturer that launches an average of two small satellites per year. Aviation Week

NanoRacks Sends Experiments to ISS

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nano_racks_logoHOUSTON (NanoRacks PR) –Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) Wednesday morning after launching Sunday afternoon from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Onboard were 32 CubeSats and 10 internal payloads from NanoRacks’ customers holding dozens of research experiments onboard.

Orbital’s Cygnus was brought to orbit by a two-stage Antares rocket. Cygnus was carrying 1,664 kg of supplies, CubeSats, and research experiments for the Space Station. Cygnus will remain berthed at the ISS for about 30 days where station crew will unload the experiments and other hardware. This was Orbital Sciences’ third resupply mission to the ISS, including their Orb-D1 developmental milestone launch.

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CASIS Teams With Texas Emerging Technology Fund to Support ISS Research

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (July 17, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF), and the Governor’s Office of Aerospace and Aviation today announced a collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures in Texas seeking to use the International Space Station (ISS) for development of innovative commercial projects capable of improving life on Earth.

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UrtheCast to Place Sensors on U.S. Segment of ISS

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VANCOUVER, JULY 16 2014 (UrtheCast PR) – UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or “theCompany”) is very pleased to announce that pursuant to its agreement with NanoRacks, LLC it plans to dramatically expand its Earth Observation data stream by operating state-of-the-art sensors on the NASA segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

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CASIS Teams With Boston Red Sox Foundation

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casis_new_logoBOSTON, MA, July 16, 2014 (CASIS PR) – The Boston Red Sox Foundation today announced a truly out of this world collaborative partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. As part of an initial Partnership with the Red Sox Foundation, CASIS will add its support of the ongoing World Series Ring Raffle by adding a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The winner and three guests will receive a private tour of ISS Mission Control and the Astronaut Training Facility, as well as four passes to Space Center Houston and an authentic CASIS Mission Patch that has orbited the Earth. Airfare and hotel accommodations are also included.

This prize package will be available to those who enter the promotional code “CASIS” upon ordering their raffle tickets. These tickets are just $2 each, with a minimum of five tickets purchased, and can be found by visiting www.redsox.com/ringraffle. All proceeds from the Ring Raffle will go toward the Red Sox Foundation’s ongoing commitment to youth in our communities.

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Spaceflight, NanoRacks Partnership Launches Planet Labs Satellites

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Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)

Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)

SEATTLE (Spaceflight Inc. PR) – Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks announced today that an additional 28 Planet Labs Dove CubeSats are en route to the International Space Station on the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb-2 Mission. The satellites were manifest via the NanoRacks Space Act Agreement with NASA, and are scheduled for deployment using the self-funded NanoRacks’ CubeSat Deployers manufactured by Quad-M Inc.

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Cygnus Berths at Space Station

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The Expedition 40 crew welcomed more than a ton and a half of science, supplies and spacewalking equipment to the International Space Station Wednesday with the arrival of Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

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Antares Launches Cygnus Supply Ship to International Space Station

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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches from Pad-0A with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, Sunday, July 13, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches from Pad-0A with the Cygnus spacecraft on board, Sunday, July 13, 2014, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launched from Wallops Island, Virg., this afternoon, successfully sending a Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station. All appears nominal with the mission so far. The vehicle is set to arrive at ISS on Wednesday, July 16.

ISS Astronauts Looking Forward to Fresh Vegetables

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NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 40 commander, harvests a crop of red romaine lettuce plants in the International Space Station’s Harmony node that were grown from seed inside the Veggie facility, a low-cost plant growth chamber that uses a flat-panel light bank for plant growth and crew observation. (Credit: NASA/Alex Gerst)

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 40 commander, harvests a crop of red romaine lettuce plants in the International Space Station’s Harmony node that were grown from seed inside the Veggie facility, a low-cost plant growth chamber that uses a flat-panel light bank for plant growth and crew observation. (Credit: NASA/Alex Gerst)

by Linda Herridge
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Red romaine lettuce and other fresh vegetables could be on the menu for astronauts in the future. NASA astronaut and Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson harvested the first fresh vegetable crop, Veg-01, on June 10 from the Veggie plant growth system on the International Space Station (ISS).

“I was all smiles watching Swanson harvest his space lettuce, and I noted a great deal of excitement among the other crew members,” said Trent Smith, a project manager in the ISS Ground Processing and Research Project Office at Kennedy Space Center.

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