Month: November 2018
On-board camera replay of PSLV’s deployment of 31 smallsats
Q&A with Steve Clarke, deputy associate administrator for exploration in NASA’s science division (members only)
NASA picks nine companies to compete for commercial lunar lander missions
NASA announced Thursday nine companies that will be eligible to compete for up to $2.6 billion in contracts over the next decade to ferry scientific instruments and tech demo payloads to the moon aboard commercial robotic landers, a first step in what agency officials said will foster expanded private investment in deep space exploration and an eventual return of humans to the lunar surface.
Indian rocket launches 31 satellites
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Thursday and deployed in orbit a hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite designed to assess vegetation, soil conditions and pollution in rich detail, then maneuvered to a lower altitude to release 30 more smallsats, including reinforcements for Planet and Spire’s commercial Earth-observing constellations.
Live coverage: PSLV launches cluster of international satellites
SpaceX postpones California launch to wait for better weather
NASA’s InSight mission lands on Mars to study planet’s hidden interior
Live coverage: InSight probe lands on Mars
NASA’s robotic InSight spacecraft, carrying a pair of European-built science instruments, successfully landed Monday on a broad, flat equatorial Martian plain named Elysium Planitia. Touchdown was confirmed at 2:54 p.m. EST (1954 GMT) to begin a science mission focused on studying the deep interior of Mars.