May 16-22, 2016 / Vol 35, No 20 / Hawai`i Island, USA

Astronautics and Astronomy Advancing at Successive CASI, RASC, CSCA Meetings in Ontario

Calendar feature - Canada CASI 2016

The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute is hosting the 17th Astronautics Conference (ASTRO 2016) May 17-19 at the Delta Hotel City Centre in the national capital Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The plenary program features Canadian and International space leaders including Canadian Space Agency President Sylvain Laporte, ESA Director General Jan Woerner, DLR  Chair of Executive Board Pascale Ehrenfreund, Mexican Space Agency Director General Francisco Jiménez, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan and NASA Chief Technologist David Miller. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is meeting for the 57th RASC General Assembly in a joint event with AstroCATS, Canada’s largest astronomy and telescope show (RASC GA2016 / AstroCATS) May 19-23 at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. The comprehensive schedule comprises exhibits, displays, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, tours and social events. Presenters include Peter Brown of Western University, Charles Ennis of RASC Sunshine Coast, Anne Hornschemeier of Goddard Research Center NASA, Robert Jedicke of Institute for Astronomy of University of Hawaii, David Levy comet hunter extraordinaire and others. The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) convenes its Annual General Meeting May 24 at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. (Image Credit: CASI, RASC, AstroCATS, CSCA, CSA, DLR, AEM, ESA)



May 16 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 47 six-member crew preparing for BEAM expansion May 25, transferring cargo from Cygnus OA-6 & loading with waste, working with WetLab-2 Module allowing crew to isolate RNA & DNA from cell cultures or tissues, Commander Kopra to speak with ABC this week, Peake to interview with CNN, both will speak with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in June; more than 3M photos have been taken by Astronauts from ISS.

May 16 — Chang’e-3 Lander & Yutu Rover, Guang Han Gong, Sinus Iridum / Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W, Moon Surface: China craft in Lunar Day 31 sending data to Earth; Chang’e-5 lander & sample return mission planned 2017 to land near Chang’e-3, Chang’e-4 orbiter to far side of Moon 2018, Chang’e-6 expected in 2020 and human Moon mission tentatively set for mid-2030s.

 May 16 — Asteroid Redirect Mission, Proposed / Near Earth Orbit: Mission still in development phase is targeting 4 potential NEAs suitable for collecting 1 boulder from surface to transfer to lunar orbit for Human science investigations; there are 14,255 known NEOs.

May 16 — SpaceX, Hawthorne CA: NewSpace company first Moon mission planned for 2nd half 2017 with GLXP contenders SpaceIL (Astrobotic also intends to utilize SpaceX), mission to Mars announced with Red Dragon landing as early as 2018, maiden launch Nov 2016 of Falcon Heavy which could send a crew-carrying spacecraft to Jupiter.

May 16 — Tethers Unlimited, Bothell WA: Developing ERASMUS food-safe plastic recycler / sterilizer / 3D printer to eliminate waste for Human deep space missions, proposing 3D printed radiation shielding and a telerobotic arm to perform automated tasks on NanoRacks payloads reducing dependency / time burden on Astronauts; CEO Robert Hoyt.

 May 16 — Swiss Space Systems (S3), Payerne, Switzerland: Advocating for spaceport in Switzerland, planning to begin commercial zero-g flights this year for 70 passengers at a time, SOAR suborbital reusable shuttle to be assembled in 2017 with testing in 2018.

MAY - JULY 2016 = 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: Mars (SE), Jupiter (S), Saturn (SW); Morning Planets: Neptune (ESE).

Korea SpaceOps 2016 Hosts International Space Agency Leaders

KARI SpaceOps 2016

Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and AIAA are holding the 14th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2016) with the theme “Expanding the Space Community” in Daejeon, South Korea on May 16-20 at the Daejeon Convention Center. Speakers include (L-R) KARI President Gwang-Rae Cho, UAE Space Agency Director General Mohamed Alahbabi, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) CEO Sandile Malinga, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier, and representatives from ESA, ISRO, DLR, CNES, JAXA, United Kingdom and Thailand. The program will focus on mission planning and management, cross support and interoperability, launch and spaceflight operations, and operations-enabling technology in ground and flight systems. There will also be a social program with a welcome reception, guided tour and closing ceremony. The awards dinner will honor New Horizons Mission Operations Team / JHU-APL, Christopher Kraft Jr. NASA Johnson Space Center (retired), and Christine Chubenko of What Webs We Weave company. KARI, founded 1989, is developing Korean Space Launch Vehicle-2 (Naro-2) to launch its planned 2018 Moon orbiter mission from Naro Space Center in South Jeolla, as well as an indigenous second-stage rocket (by March 2018), Moon lander and 10-20 kg rover (2020), an indigenous third-stage rocket (2021) and future interplanetary missions. It also operates a successful Earth observation KOMPSAT program (1999-present), sounding rocket fleet and new facilities for engine testing. (Image Credit: SpaceOps, KARI, AIAA, UAE Space Agency, NASA, SPC, et al)

 May 16 — Canadian Space Agency, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Minister of CSA and Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains to make announcement on Human spaceflight to ISS with a CSA Astronaut, and CSA President Sylvain Laporte; at Canada Aviation and Space Museum, 09:45 EDT.

May 16 — AIAA, Reston VA / Online: Voting closes today 23:59 EDT for AIAA Board of Directors and a ballot proposal to update, amend the AIAA Constitution.

May 16-19 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Incline Village NV: Conference: Biosignature Preservation and Detection in Mars Analog Environments; at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

May 16-20 — Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Titusville FL: Robotic Mining Competition; for university-level students to design and build a robot that can traverse simulated Martian terrain and perform other tasks.

May 16-20 — Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), AIAA, Daejeon, South Korea: 14th International Conference on Space Operations (Space Ops 2016).

May 16-20 — ESO, Santiago, Chile: Workshop: Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO.

May 16-20 — International Astronomical Union, Medellin, Colombia: Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference 2016.

May 16 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 BX14: Near-Earth flyby (0.058 AU).

Continued from…

Aug 28, 2015 – Aug 28, 2016 — NASA, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Mauna Loa HI: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission 4; at 2,440-meter altitude.

Feb 26 — Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC: Exhibit Open: A New Moon Rises – New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

May 3-31 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA / Online: US$50,000 fundraising campaign to fund work in education, public outreach, SETI searches.


May 17 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Charon – Pluto’s Fascinating Moon from New Horizons; Ross Beyer, 12:00.

May 17-18 — OPTUS, Intelsat, ViaSat, SSL, ITC Global, et al, Sydney, Australia: Australasia Satellite Forum 2016; at Westin Hotel.

May 17-19 — Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: 17th Astronautics Conference of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (ASTRO 2016): International Cooperation Makes Space Work; at Delta Hotel City Centre.

May 17-19 — Explore Mars Inc., Washington DC: Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) 2016; confirmed / tentative speakers include Buzz Aldrin, Ellen Stofan, Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”), Dava Newman, James Green, Miles O’Brien (PBS, CNN), Penelope Boston, ‘Astronaut Abby’ Harrison, Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne).

May 17-19 — Polytechnic University of Turin, Thales Alenia Space, ASI, ESA, CASC, Canadian Space Agency, NASA, JAXA, Turin, Italy: 5th International Workshop on Verification and Testing of Space Systems.

May 17 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 GS2: Near-Earth flyby (0.009 AU).

May 17 — Aten Asteroid 2016 JH18: Near-Earth flyby (0.035 AU).


May 18 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Colloquium: The Magnetic Musculature of Space as Revealed by MMS; Thomas Moore, 15:30.

May 18-19 — European Nodes of Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 4th European Lunar Symposium; at Trippenhuis (Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences).

May 18-19 — Geologic Society of America, Moscow ID: 68th Annual Meeting of the GSA Rocky Mountain Section.

May 18-20 — International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Melbourne FL: 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference: Safety First, Safety for All.

May 18-22 — National Space Society, Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust, San Juan, Puerto Rico: 35th Annual International Space Development Conference.

May 18-22 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Roscosmos State Corporation, Krasnoyarsk, Russia: United Nations / Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems; at Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Joint Stock Company.

May 18 — Moon: 4.9° NNE of Spica, 08:00; at apogee (distance 405,450 km), 12:00.

May 18 — Amor Asteroid 2016 HF3: Near-Earth flyby (0.022 AU).

May 18 — Amor Asteroid 2016 GF216: Near-Earth flyby (0.051 AU).


May 19 — Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation, Rising Stars Fund, W. M. Keck Observatory, Honoka’a HI: The 2015-16 El Niño: Wind on the Water and the Weather on Mauna Kea; Dr. Steven Businger, at Honoka’a People’s Theatre 19:00.

May 19, 20 — Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech/NASA, Pasadena CA: von Kármán Lecture Series 2016: Fire and Ice… and Methane – Exploring Mars and Titan Using Laboratory and Field Analogues on Earth; Dr. Morgan Cable of JPL.

May 19-20 — ESA ESTEC, International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Moon Village Workshop; at ESA Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).

May 19-22 — Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Lunar and Planetary Institute, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise ID: International Planetary Dunes Workshop: Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data.

May 19-23 — Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Canadian Astronomy Telescope Show, London, Ontario, Canada: 57th RASC General Assembly & AstroCATS; Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen to deliver opening remarks at AstroCATS on May 21.

May 19 — Mercury: At aphelion (distance 0.4667 AU), 07:00.


May 20 — ISS, Cygnus OA-6 Undocking, LEO: Cygnus freighter to be released from ISS, will undergo NASA Saffire experiment igniting a flammable material inside the Cygnus craft to better understand how potential fires can spread across a vehicle in space.

May 20-21 — ESA, CNES, si-Cluster, Athens and Patras, Greece: Act In Space – Greece; hackathon organized by the Greek space industry si-Cluster at Athens and Patras.

May 20-22 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: 2016 Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum & Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Helen Sharman’s mission to Mir.

May 20 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 JF18: Near-Earth flyby (0.093 AU).


May 21 — RSA, Launch Soyuz / Glonass M, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia: Soyuz rocket in Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage to launch Glonass M navigation satellite.

May 21-22 — Glenn Research Center, NASA, Cleveland OH: 75th Anniversary Open House.

May 21 — Moon: Full Flower / Strawberry Moon, “Blue Moon” 11:14; 5.9° N of Mars, 12:00.


May 22 — Cassini OTM-450, Saturn Orbit: Spacecraft conducts Orbital Trim Maneuver #450 today.

May 22-26 — Japan Geoscience Union, Chiba, Japan: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016; at Makuhari Messe.

May 22 — Moon: 9.5° N of Antares, 04:00; 3.2° N of Saturn, 12:00.

May 22 — Mars: At opposition, 01:00.