ESA Conference Explores Space for Inspiration
Sep 12 — ISS, LEO: Expedition 49 three-member crew with Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos in command transferring cargo from Progress MS-02 & MS-03, new crew members Robert Kimbrough, Andrei Borisenko & Sergey Ryzhikov on Earth preparing for launch; Space Station has been in orbit more than 6,506 days; to date 549 people have been to Space including 60 women.
Sep 12 — Hubble Space Telescope, 558-km Altitude LEO: Veteran spacecraft with 2.4-meter diameter main telescope and more than 1.2M observations, receives US$114.3M NASA contract extension with Lockheed Martin to continue operations until June 30, 2021.
Sep 12 — New Horizons, KBO 2014 MU69 Trajectory: Data from Pluto flyby reveals methane snow-capped mountains on Southern region of dwarf planet; now ~5.38B km from Earth, craft imaging bodies in Kuiper Belt, including dwarf planet 50000 Quaoar (half the diameter of Pluto ~1,110 km) and distant galaxies.
Sep 12 — ISRO, Bengaluru, India: India Space Agency very likely planning to open New Frontier by landing Chandrayaan-2 at Moon South Pole, Malapert Mountain; mission expected to launch on GSLV Mk. 2 first half of 2018 with lander, rover, orbiter to explore region, perform mineralogical & elemental studies of lunar surface.
Sep 12 — Bigelow Aerospace, Las Vegas NV: NewSpace company future vision of Moon and Mars habitats remains in focus as inflatable BEAM at ISS continues being tested / monitored, planning to launch two B330s (XBASE) by 2020 perhaps to attach to ISS, collaborating with NASA, ULA, Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation, others.
Sep 12 — ENBIO, Dublin, Ireland: Provides coatings free from volatile organic compounds to protect satellites from solar radiation; ESA expects space companies in Ireland to grow from 50 to over 80 by 2020 generating more than €150M (US$168.5M), planing to open new ESA Space Solutions Centre in Cork to support start-ups.
Sep 12 — KuangChi Science, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China: Working to launch customers to 20-30 km altitude in Traveller capsule attached to high-altitude balloon for ‘near-space’ experience from Hangzhou theme park “Future Valley” scheduled to be completed end of 2017, initial investment of US$1.5B being dedicated to project.
Sep 12-14 — UNOOSA, Government of Austria, ESA, Graz, Austria: United Nations / Austria Symposium on Integrated Space Technology Applications for Climate Change.
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (W), Mars (SW), Saturn (SW); Morning Planets: Uranus (SE), Neptune (S).
AIAA SPACE 2016 Conference to Bring 1,500 Attendees to Long Beach CA
| Sep 12-14 — Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, Greenbelt MD: Biosignatures of Extant Life on Ocean Worlds Workshop.
Sep 12-14 — Space Telescope Science Institute, American Astronomical Society, Baltimore MD: Conference: Linking Exoplanets and Disks – Bridging Compositions and Communities, Towards the Future.
Sep 12-15 — ESA Madrid, Spain: SPICE observation geometry training class; free and open to all professionals and students involved in Solar System exploration.
Sep 12-15 — Arianespace, SES, Lockheed Martin, Spacenews, ViaSatellite, Euroconsult, Paris, France: Summit for Satellite Financing; at Westin hotel.
Sep 12-15 — J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, European Union COST Action, Liblice, Czech Republic: Evolution of Chemical Complexity: From Simple Interstellar Molecules to Terrestrial Biopolymers; at Liblice Castle.
Sep 12-16 — University of Nova Gorica, International Astronomical Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia: IAU Symposium 324: New Frontiers in Black Hole Astrophysics.
Sep 12-16 — Interuniversity Consortium for Space Physics (Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale), L’Aquila, Italy: International School of Space Science Course: Planetary Interiors.
Sep 12 — Mercury: At inferior conjunction with Sun, 0.642 AU from Earth.
Sep 12 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 LX48: Near-Earth flyby (0.046 AU).
Aug 7 – Sep 30 — Airbus, Perlan Project, Teachers in Space, El Calafate, Argentina: Teachers in Space Ground Crew Education Program; team members will fly experiments at 27,500-meter altitudes in air as thin as Mars atmosphere, verify operations and retrieve data for posting to internet.
Aug 28 – Sep 18 — Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen CO: Workshop: Approaching the Stellar Astrophysical Limits of Exoplanet Detection – Getting to 10 cm/s.
Sep 1-12 — Rencontres du Vietnam, Quy Nhon University, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Quy Nhon, Vietnam: 22nd Vietnam School of Physics (VSOP-22).
Sep 10-13 — European Space Foundation, Planet PR Agency, Jasionka, Poland: European Rover Challenge.
NET Sep 13 — CNSA, Launch Long March 2F / Tiangong-2, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Inner Mongolia: Tiangong-2 Space Lab (14.4 meters long, 20,000 kg) to launch to LEO, followed by crew and cargo missions; intended to support missions of 3 crew members for 20 days.
Sep 13-16 — AIAA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aerion Technologies, et al, Long Beach CA: SPACE 2016 Conference; at Long Beach Convention Center.
Sep 13-16 — Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany: Workshop: Multiple Faces of Interstellar Dust.
Sep 13-16 — ESA, IEEE, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: 7th ESA International Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications (TTC 2016).
Sep 13-17 — Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Queenstown, New Zealand: Conference: Innovation and Discovery in Radio Astronomy – A Celebration of the Career of Ron Ekers.
Sep 14 — Langley Local History Society, Oldbury, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Lunatick Astronomy; by Andrew Lound, UK National Coordinator for the Planetary Society, 10:30.
Sep 14-15 — ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, London, United Kingdom: Conference: Space for Inspiration – ISS and Beyond; with ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Astronaut Luca Parmitano, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration David Parker.
Sep 14-15 — The National Academies, Irvine CA: Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science Meeting.
Sep 14-16 — Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland: Conference: Interstellar Shocks – Models, Observations & Experiments.
Sep 14 — Amor Asteroid 2016 QM10: Near-Earth flyby (0.094 AU).
Sep 15 — ESA, Launch Vega / PeruSat 1 & SkySat, Kourou, French Guiana: Europe Vega rocket, designated VV07, to launch PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite for Peru government and 4 SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Terra Bellas.
Sep 15 — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Space Traffic Management Conference Team, Online / Daytona Beach FL: Abstracts Due: 3rd Annual Space Traffic Management Conference: Emerging Dynamics; to be held Nov 16-18.
Sep 15 — British Interplanetary Society, London, United Kingdom: The UK Contribution to Understanding the Space Domain; Squadron Leader Ralph ‘Dinz’ Dinsley.
Sep 15-16 — The National Academies, Washington DC: Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space: Integrating Themes Meeting.
Sep 15-28 — Mars City Foundation, Mars City Design LLC, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA: Mars City PowerLab Workshop 2016; two-week Science Retreat for participants to begin tangibly building technology and tools for living on Mars; with Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin, James Erickson, Madhu Thangavelu, more.
Sep 15 — Moon: 1.1° NNW of Neptune, 10:00.
Sep 15 — Apollo Asteroid 2011 BT15: Near-Earth flyby (0.051 AU).
Sep 16 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / WorldView 4, Vandenberg AFB CA: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-062, to launch WorldView 4 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe, 11:30-11:44.
Sep 16 — Women in Aerospace, Washington DC: Aerospace 2016 Conference: The Commercialization of Space; at Marriott Metro Center.
Sep 16 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX: Lecture: NEOWISE – Mission Overview and Recent Results; Joseph Masiero of JPL, 15:30.
Sep 16 — Moon: Full (Harvest Moon), 09:05.
Sep 16 — Penumbral Eclipse of Moon: Occurs when Sun, Earth, Moon align in an almost straight line, 06:54:42-10:53:59 HST (16:54:42-20:53:59 UT).
Sep 17 — Reading Astronomical Society, Reading, United Kingdom: Odyssey Dramatic Presentation: Comets – Signposts in History.
Sep 17 — Zero Gravity Corporation, Online / Arlington VA: Last Day to Apply: Contest to fly with Zero-G; celebrating the 400th commercial zero-g flight, four winners will experience weightlessness for free.
Sep 17 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 QL44: Near-Earth flyby (0.009 AU).
Sep 18-23 — ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: 2016 CAASTRO Scientific Conference: Changing Face of Galaxies: Uncovering Transformational Physics.
Sep 18-23 — National Science Foundation, NASA Astrobiology Program, Cambridge MA: Joint NASA-NSF Ideas Lab on the Origins of Life.
Sep 18-24 — Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Padova University, Mesoamerican Centre for Theoretical Physics (MCTP) at University of Chiapas, Dolomites, Italy: Conference: Cosmic Ray Origin – Beyond the Standard Models; at Conference center of San Vito di Cadore.
Sep 18 — Moon: At perigee (distance 361,490 km), 07:09; 2.8° SSE of Uranus, 08:00.
Sep 18 — Venus: 2.4° NNE of Spica, 10:00.
Sep 18 — Amor Asteroid 2016 QS11: Near-Earth flyby (0.031 AU).