June 1-7, 2015 / Vol 34, No 22 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Hawai`i Hosts LDSD Mars Technology and HI-SEAS Human Analog Testing

Hawaii Mars Tests

The second Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test will be conducted off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii from the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility with a launch window beginning 07:30 HST on June 2. The JPL / NASA project will boost a saucer-shaped vehicle up to 55,000-meter altitude using an Orbital ATK Star-48 solid rocket motor and helium-filled balloon (consisting of 22 acres of plastic) to test a supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator (SIAD) and an advanced parachute. All elements will then be recovered from the Pacific Ocean by Oahu-owned and operated commercial freight vessels. These technologies have the potential to help increase the surface payload delivery capacity up to 1,500 kg, increase accessible surface area for exploration and improve landing accuracy from 10.5 km to ~1.6 km for human and robotic Mars missions, as well as large payloads returning to Earth. On Hawaii Island the 3rd Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission run by University of Hawaii is nearing an end on Mauna Loa at 2,438-meter altitude. The 6-member crew (Commander Martha Lenio, Allen Mirkadyrov, Sophie Milam, Neil Scheibelhut, Jocelyn Dunn, Zak Wilson) living in a 2-story, 384-cubic meter volume habitat from October 16, 2014 to June 12, is exploring indoor gardening techniques, water recycling, energy systems, 3D printers, crew dynamics and performance for long-duration Mars missions. (Image Credit: NASA, JPL, Caltech, University of Hawaii, HI-SEAS, Zac Wilson)


Jun 1 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 43 six-member crew conducting studies on fluid physics, earthquake effects on Earth ionosphere & sound waves helping to pinpoint micrometeoroid impacts; work will continue later this year to enable ISS to accommodate 2 commercial cargo & 2 commercial crew vehicles at any given time.

 Jun 1 — X-37B Space Plane, 312 x 325 km Earth Orbit: Fourth undisclosed mission of U.S. Air Force to conduct two experiments: electric propulsion thruster test & materials exposure in space environment.

 Jun 1 — Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon Orbit: Release 22 of LRO Data upcoming this month; craft circling Moon at 20-km altitude above unexplored South Pole to make precise measurements & 165 km at North Pole; meteor impact sites, spacecraft landing & impact sites being mapped.

 Jun 1 — Cassini, Saturn Orbit: Orbiting Saturn with 18.9-day period close to planet equatorial plane, studying Enceladus plumes, Titan atmosphere & lakes / rivers, Saturn atmosphere, icy satellites, rings, magnetosphere, dust particles, charged atomic particles, radio & plasma waves.

Jun 1 — Deep Space, Interstellar Space & Heliosheath: Voyager 1 & 2, farthest spacecraft from Earth, continue to transmit signals & communications, detect environmental changes.

 Jun 1 — XCOR Aerospace, Mojave CA: NewSpace company receiving additional US$5M investment from Haiyin Capital of China, developing Lynx suborbital craft (set to conduct test flights later this year), advancing wing design with 3D printed titanium parts & composite materials.

 Jun 1 — Clyde Space Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland: Working on various projects for ESA, Outernet Inc. of New York & National University of Singapore; Marshall Space Flight Center to continue procuring company’s various CubeSat components.

 Jun 1 — Deep Space Industries, McLean VA & Moffett Field CA: Receiving 2 NASA contracts to develop asteroid simulants & to explore methods for manufacturing propellant from asteroids; also developing 24 nanosatellite “BitSat” constellation for Dunvegan Space Systems of Georgia, USA.

JUN - AUG 2015 = All times

for terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for international terrestrial events in local time unless noted.

= All times for space events, and…

= All times for international space / astro events in Hawaii Standard Time unless noted. Add 10 hours to obtain UT (‘Universal Time;’ Greenwich, England).

Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (W), Jupiter (W), Saturn (SE); Morning Planets: Uranus (E), Neptune (ESE).

IAPS International Association of Planetary Sciences Forum Set for Kazan, Russia

calendar feature -- IAPS KazanThe Kazan Federal University (KFU), the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences and IAPS are organizing a variety of meetings and workshops June 1-7 under the banner SpaceKazan-IAPS-2015. The Forum is taking place at the historic campus of KFU in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, near the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers about 800 km east of Moscow. As a transportation hub, Kazan serves a region encompassing over 80 million people. The preliminary list of keynote and invited speakers includes Jean-Marie Torrie of OCA, Mikhail Marov of GEOKHI RAS, Jose Manuel Ferrandiz Leal of Alikante University, Ji Wu of NSSC CAS, Shuanggen Jin of SHAO CAS, Kosuke Heki of Hokkaido University, Nadir Haghighipour of University of Hawaii and many others from around the world. There will also be discussion and activities related to a wide array of upcoming, future and proposed missions like Chang’e-4/5/6, Luna Glob, Luna Resource, SELENE-2, Chandrayaan-2, European Lunar Lander, BepiColombo, Juno and JUICE. (Image Credit: IAPS, KFU, NASA, ESA, JAXA, CNSA, ROSCOSMOS)

Jun 1 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, USN Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai HI: Media Day for upcoming NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test for Mars entry vehicles.

Jun 1 — Bradford Astronomical Society, Bradford, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Uranus – George’s Planet.

Jun 1 — The National Academics, Washington DC: Meeting: National Security Space Defense and Protection.

Jun 1-5 — University of Colorado – Boulder, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA: Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets (MOP) 2015 Conference.

Jun 1-5 — University Paul Sabatier, Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology, Toulouse, France: French Astronomy Week 2015.

Jun 1-5 — University of Potsdam Department of Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam, Germany: International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars.

Jun 1-5 — Chalmers University of Technology, RadioNet3, European Union Seventh Framework Programme, Marstrand, Sweden: Conference: Galaxies of Many Colours – Star Formation Across Cosmic Time.

Jun 1-7 — International Association of Planetary Sciences (IAPS), Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia: 2nd IAPS Scientific Assembly: Observation and Understanding of the Moon, Moons & Planets (AstroGeoKazan – IAPS 2015); 2nd International Chang’E Lunar Dynamics Workshop; 9th Russia-Japan Space Workshop: Lunar Astrometry & Selenodesy, Planetary Exospheres & Space Biology; Summer School: Space Science.

Jun 1 – Aug 7 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science.

Jun 1 — Moon: 1.9° N of Saturn, 10:00.

Continued from…

Oct 15, 2014 – Jun 12 — NASA, University of Hawai`i, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 3.

May 1 – Jun 30 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, National Space Grant Foundation, Houston TX: 2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab); university-level students’ designs for functional space habitat subsystems prototypes to be submitted & evaluated.

May 26 – Jul 31 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: 2015 Exploration Science Summer Intern Program.

May 31 – Jun 5 — Technion Israeli Institute of Technology, Lewiner Institute for Theoretical Physics, Haifa, Israel: Workshop: Triple Evolution & Dynamics in Stellar and Planetary Systems.


Jun 2 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: SETI Weekly Colloquium: Atmospheric Tides and the Diurnal Cycle on Earth and other Terrestrial Planets; presented by Curt Covey, 12:00.

Jun 2 — International Space University US Alumni Association, The Science Club, AIAA National Capital Section, Washington DC: Space Cafe; featuring Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc, 19:00.

Jun 2 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia: Australia Telescope National Facility Open Meeting.

Jun 2-4 — Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy, Berlin, Germany: Workshop: Formation of the Solar System II.

Jun 2-5 — ESA, Venice, Italy: Sentinel-3 for Science Workshop.

Jun 2-12 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, USN Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai HI: Launch window for NASA to test Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) for Mars entry vehicles; planned tests will boost vehicle up to 55,000 meters using balloon & rocket stages.

Jun 2 — Moon: 9.0° N of Antares, 02:00; Full (Strawberry / Flower Moon), 06:19.

Jun 2 — Mercury: At aphelion (distance 0.4667 AU from Sun), 09:00.


Jun 3 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: The Beagle 2 Story; presented by Phil Molloy.

Jun 3 — Asteroid 2015 KM57: Near-Earth flyby (0.017 AU).

Jun 3 — Asteroid 2015 KV120: Near-Earth flyby (0.071 AU).

Jun 3 — Asteroid 2015 KN18: Near-Earth flyby (0.089 AU).


Jun 4 — AIAA, Williamsburg VA: Aerospace Today…and Tomorrow – An Executive Symposium: Reflecting on Augustine’s Laws while Shaping the Aerospace Industry.

Jun 4-5 — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Benevento, Italy: 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace (MetroAeroSpace 2015).

Jun 4 — Moon: 3.0° N of Pluto, 17:00.

Jun 4 — Asteroid 417211 (2005 XL80): Near-Earth flyby (0.098 AU).


Jun 5 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / PersonaPlesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: RSA Soyuz rocket to launch Persona reconnaissance satellite for Russia military.

Jun 5 — Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Arlington VA: Federation of Galaxy Explorers’ Galaxy Ball.

Jun 5 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: LPI Seminar Series: Tectonic Geomorphology as a Tool to Understand the Structural Geologic History of the Moon; presented by Christian Klimczak from University of Georgia.

Jun 5 — Asteroid 2015 KA122: Near-Earth flyby (0.008 AU).


Jun 6-7 — Cosmic Con, Manchester, United Kingdom: Cosmic-Con; featuring Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden, Skylab 3 Astronaut Jack Lousma, 4 time Shuttle Astronaut Kathy Thornton, 4 time Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas.

Jun 6 — Asteroid 2005 YK: Near-Earth flyby (0.061 AU).


Jun 7 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with Dan Adamo, Co-founder of Space Enterprise Institute.

Jun 7-12 — ESA, Andoya Space Center, CNES, DLR, Swedish Space Corp., Tromso, Norway: 22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research.