November 20-26, 2017 / Vol 36, No 47 / Hawai`i Island, USA

IAA / China Advance International Collaboration on Space Technology and Humans in Space

The Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) are co-organizing the 7th International Conference on Space Technology Innovation November 23-24 in Shanghai on the theme of how advanced space technology benefits society. Space professionals will focus on satellite technology, space applications, commercialization, and international cooperation and policies through plenary, technical sessions and technical visits. On Nov 27-30 IAA is also hosting 21st IAA Humans in Space Symposium in Shenzhen, China with CNSA, CSA, Beijing Institute of Technology, Space Institute of Southern China and others. The ISS and Tiangong-2 are currently providing the only platforms for Humans in Space, with Russia supplying the only human-rated launch vehicles for ISS. This Symposium will focus on advancements in human life support systems,  sharing research results and developing future collaborations. Its co-chairs are Secretary General of CNSA Tian Yulong, Chief Commander and Designer of China Manned Space Engineering Astronaut System Chen Shanguang, Director of Greece IASI Aeromedical Centre Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli, Petra Rettberg of DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine, and Vice President of Beijing Institute of Technology Changlu Zhao.  (Image Credit: IAA, CNSA, RCSSTEAP, IASI, DLR, NASA)


Nov 20 — ISS, 330-435-km LEO: Expedition 53 transferring 3,400 kg of cargo from newly arrived Cygnus OA-8 including a study to observe how plants absorb nutrients in microgravity, and 14 satellites among which are Asgardia Space Nation 1st satellite, Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration CubeSat, Integrated Solar Array & Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA)

Nov 20 — NewSpace: Astrobotic Peregrine lunar lander with more than 11 customers working toward Moon launch 2019; Planetary Resources Arkyd-6 imaging satellite being delivered to ISRO for launch to LEO next month; International Space Elevator Consortium providing updated newsletters, research opportunists, reports.

Nov 20 — Solar System: Calculations of Enceladus, geyser-riddled moon of Staurn, indicates core is porous & sponge-like allowing for liquid retention and heat production; New Horizons KBO target 2014 MU69 naming campaign underway until Dec 1.

Nov 20 — Galaxy: NANOGrav group using pulsars to try to observe low-frequency gravitational waves created by supermassive black holes; astronomers from Seoul, South Korea find Milky Way look-alike, a giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 2718 which has two bright star-forming Galaxy companions.

Nov 20 — Global: China working toward first sea launch in 2018 which would total 5 operational launch sites for country; European scientists propose Asteroid Touring Nanosat fleet to image / characterize 300 asteroids over 3 years for US$70M.

Nov 20 — USA: Scott Pace interview on National Space Council talks about Moon missions advancing National interests including international & commercial collaborations; SLS / Orion first launch slips to Dec 2019 “at best”; NASA publishes video clips from Science Vision 2050 Workshop.

Nov 20 — Hawai`i: First Interstellar Object known to visit Solar System discovered by Pan-STARRS telescope on Maui given Hawaiian name ‘Oumuamua; Big Island Video News coverage from 2017 W. M. Keck Observatory Open House.

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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Mercury (SW), Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (S); Morning Planets: Venus (ESE), Mars (ESE), Jupiter (ESE).

17th Canadian Space Summit Celebrates Canada Sesquicentennial in Ottawa

The Annual Canadian Space Summit of Canadian Space Society is being held November 21-22 at Ottawa University in observation of the 150th anniversary of Canada. With the theme Canada’s Next Space Generation the conference highlights up-and-coming leaders in industry, space engineering, science and future astronauts. A comprehensive program includes exploration of space research, space business, space policy, networking and promoting space to the public, with presentations from President of the Canadian Space Agency Sylvain Laporte, Chair of the Space Advisory Board Marie Lucy Stojak, Founder & CEO of OMX Nicole Verkindt, VP of Washington Operations and Business Development at SSL Mike Gold, Founder & CEO of Starburst Accelerator Francois Chopard, CTO of ispace inc. Kazuya Yoshida, President of exactEarth Ltd. Peter Mabson, and Executive Director of Canadian Space Commerce Association Michelle Mendes, among many others. This follows on from work at the 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference Nov 1-3 and the Canadian Space Policy Symposium on Nov 9. Canadian Space Society is a national non-profit made up of almost 300 members committed to human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond. (Image Credit: CSS, NASA)

Nov 20 — Swift, LEO: Observing gamma-ray bursts & their afterglows in gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, optical wavelengths from LEO, craft begins 14th year of operations today, launched in 2004.

Nov 20-22 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Italian Space Agency (ASI), Vienna, Austria: United Nations / Italy Workshop on the Open Universe Initiative.

Nov 20-24 — Lorentz Center, Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (IAPS), Institute of Astrophysics and Space Planetology of Rome (INAF), Leiden, The Netherlands: Workshop: The Quest for Multiple Supermassive Black Holes: A Multi-Messenger View.

Nov 20 – Dec 1 — Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), Dehradun, India: 6th International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions.

Nov 20 — Moon: 6.8° N of Mercury, 01:00; 3.0° N of Saturn, 15:00.

Continued from…

Oct 21 – Dec 4 — Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston TX: Campaign 4: Mission 3 – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA 2017); 45 day analog spaceflight / Moon / Mars mission.

NET Nov – Apr 2018 — CNSA, Tiangong-1 Earth Atmosphere Reentry, LEO: China 1st Space Lab to be disintegrated during Earth atmosphere reentry; predicted to reenter between 43°N and 43°S latitudes during this time frame.

Nov 19-21 — Moon Village Association, International Space University, Strasbourg, France: 1st International Moon Village Workshop; featuring ESA Director General Jan Wörner, ASE Europe President Michel Tognini, JAXA VP International Relations Shizuo Yamamoto, NASA Associate Administrator for Strategy and Plans Tom Cremins.

Nov 19-21 — National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Irvine CA: Meeting: Extraterrestrial Sample Analysis Facilities.


Nov 21 — CNSA, Launch Long March 6 / Jilin 1, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center: China Long March 6 rocket to launch three Jilin 1 Earth observation microsatellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co.

Nov 21 — The Space Show, Online / Tiburon CA: Dr. David Livingston talks with space historian and author Bob Zimmerman.

Nov 21-22 — Canadian Space Society, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: 17th Canadian Space Summit 2017.

Nov 21-22 — ESA, ESTEC, Noordwidjk, The Netherlands: Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation Days.

Nov 21 — Moon: At apogee (distance 406,132 km), 08:52.

Nov 21 — Aten Asteroid 234145 (2000 EW70): Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU).

Nov 21 — Apollo Asteroid 163696 (2003 EB50): Near-Earth Flyby (0.094 AU).


Nov 22-24 — United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Bonn, Germany: United Nations/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies.

Nov 22 — Moon: 2.0° N of Pluto, 09:00.

Nov 22 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 VD13: Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU).

Nov 22 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 UE43: Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU).


Nov 23-24 — Chinese Society of Astronautics, International Academy of Astronautics, Shanghai, China: 7th CSA-IAA Conference on Advanced Space Technology: Space Technology Innovation and Space Commercialization.

Nov 23-24 — ESA, University of Padua, Padua, Italy: ESA Space History Conference.

Nov 23-24 — NAOJ, Tokyo, Japan: Workshop: Observation and Theory of Neutron Star Research.

Nov 23 — Moon: 1.7° N of comet 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, 22:00.

Nov 23 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 UK7: Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU).

Nov 23 — Aten Asteroid 2009 BL71: Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU).


Nov 24 — Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station, Mauna Kea HI (2,800 meters): Star Gazing program, 18:00 22:00, weather permitting, free.


Nov 25-26 — Initiative for Interstellar Studies, British Interplanetary Society, Gloucester, United Kingdom: Starship Engineer Workshops.

Nov 25 — Apollo Asteroid 2017 VY13: Near-Earth Flyby (0.005 AU).


 Nov 26 – Dec 1 — International Astronomical Union, Coyhaique, Chile: Astrobiology 2017: Research Meeting by IAU’s Commission F3 (Astrobiology); fostering interdisciplinary collaborations for advancement of Astrobiology with researchers from astrophysics, chemistry, biology, geology, humanities, sociology.

Nov 26 — Moon: At first quarter, 07:02; 1.1° SSE of Neptune, 20:00.

Nov 26 — Apollo Asteroid 3361 Orpheus: Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU).

Nov 26 — Amor Asteroid 2017 UT4: Near-Earth Flyby (0.075 AU).