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A look at a flock of 28 cubesats launched from the ISS recently.

joshbyard:

ISS Launches Largest Ever Flock of CubeSats, Data Will Be Open to Public

A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1… the largest single constellation of Earth-imaging satellites ever to launch into space, …began deploying today from the International Space Station. 

Built and operated by Planet Labs of San Francisco, the Flock 1 small satellites are individually referred to as Doves. The Dove satellites are part of a class of miniature satellites often called CubeSats. These small satellites will capture imagery of Earth for use in humanitarian, environmental and commercial applications. Data collected by the Flock 1 constellation will be universally accessible to anyone who wishes to use it.

“We believe that the democratization of information about a changing planet is the mission that we are focused on, and that, in and of itself, is going to be quite valuable for the planet,” says Robbie Schingler, co-founder of Planet Labs. “One tenet that we have is to make sure that we produce more value than we actually capture, so we have an open principle within the company with respect to anyone getting access to the data.”

(via Largest Flock of Earth-Imaging Satellites Launch into Orbit From Space Station ht crookedindifference)

News on the ISS.

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: NASA: Urgent situation aboard the International Space Station after cooling system fails; astronauts may have to perform a spacewalk in the next 24-48 hours for repairs

Happy 15th birthday to the International Space Station! [Posts have been quite this week but will resume their usual levels after tomorrow - Lee]

canadian-space-agency:

The International Space Station turns 15 on November 20! 

Since the launch of Zarya, the first module of the ISS, on November 20, 1998, five space agencies have worked together to build the orbiting science lab—one of the most complex scientific and technological endeavours ever undertaken.

Celebrate with us on November 20! For more information, visit our website and follow us on Facebook for more fun! 

Photo Credit : CSA

Just taking the olympic torch for a walk - in space.

breakingnews:

Sochi Olympic torch taken on spacewalk outside ISS

Reuters: Two Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk Saturday with the Sochi Olympic torch, making history as the torch was brought into space for the first time.

Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov carried the unlit torch through a hatch and outside the International Space Station where he then waved it triumphantly, 200 miles above Earth. 

Photo: The Olympic torch is brought into space during a spacewalk on Saturday. (NASA TV)

Russia`s plans for a post ISS era.

spaceplasma:

Russia may build its own space station after 2020 

Russian space officials say Russia may build its own orbital space station after 2020. The project will be given the go-ahead in the event Russia’s partners on the International Space Station fail to agree to extend the useful life of the ISS.

A new orbital station of Russia is under consideration. Apart from doing research, it will assemble interplanetary expedition complexes for missions to the Moon, Mars and Lagrangian points.

The Multirole Laboratory Module (MLM) is supposed to be connected to the ISS in 2014 although the project has been experiencing certain problems. The MLM, two research and power modules, the node and, possibly, the ISS service module will make up a national orbital station to operate during the period from 2020 until 2040.

 In 1986, the Soviet Union became the first country to build a permanent space station. Russia’s space station, the Mir, ended its life in 2001, when it was sent to its watery grave in the Central Pacific.

Image Credit: NASA

A look at Kirobo, currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

startstatic:

Kirobo: Toyota’s Robot Astronaut Heading for International Space Station (by ToyotaEurope)

Kirobo

Russia’s plans for a post International space station era in the 2020s.

for-all-mankind:

Russia plans to use their segment of the ISS as an idependant space station once the station is readied for decommissioning in the early 2020’s. Unlike American modules, Russian ones are designed to be refurbished in-orbit, leading to prolonged use well beyond the design life of other modules.

Once the final ROS module, Nakua, is launched, the station will then prepare to receive two additional modules for post-ISS use. Nakua will form the core of the new station, dubbed OPSEK. 

When the time comes for a controlled de-orbit, the Russian Orbital Segment will detach from the American Orbital Segment and operate independently in orbit until a new Russian crew occupies it.

Russia is planning to retain use of its modules once the International Space Station is decommissioned in the 2020s. My question, why werent the other modules also built like these to increase the Stations lifespan? Budget? Politics?

(via abcstarstuff)