NASA Nabs Emmy Nominations for SpaceX Launch, Mars Landing

The second Emmy nomination is for NASA’s coverage of the March 2019 flight of SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight.

Two NASA broadcasts for historic milestones in space exploration have nabbed Emmy nominations for interactive programming, but will the space agency take home a statue?

NASA’s coverage of its InSight landing on Mars in November 2018 earned its first 2019 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Interactive Program to recognize the agency’s news, webb education, TV and social media efforts.

InSight is the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars, using an ultra-sensitive seismometer, a heat-flow probe and other instruments. InSight is managed for NASA by JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena,” NASA officials said in a statement Friday (Sept. 13). “JPL won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission’s Grand Finale at Saturn.”

Watch: NASA’s Emmy Video for InSight Mars Landing

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Emmy Video

The second Emmy nomination is for NASA’s coverage of the March 2019 flight of SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight. During that test flight, called Demonstration Mission 1, SpaceX launched human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and back as a shakedown cruise for eventual crewed missions. It was the first privately-developed crew-capable spacecraft to visit the space station.

Related: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-1 Test Flight in Pictures

“The nomination is a result of years of preparation for the historic launch and multiple live broadcasts from NASA and SpaceX facilities across the country during each phase of the Crew Dragon’s mission to the International Space Station and its stunning return to Earth,” NASA officials said in the statement. “Throughout NASA’s coverage, the agency and SpaceX engaged social media users around the world and at local social media influencer gatherings at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.”

NASA’s Emmy nominations are part of the Creative Arts Emmys, which are being awarded this weekend (Sept. 14 and Sept. 15) at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. According to NASA, an edited version of the ceremonies will air Sept. 21 on the cable channel FXX, and will appear in the full 71st Primetime Emmys broadcast on Sept. 22.

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Exclusive: NASA astronaut reveals what life on Mars would REALLY look like

ONCE solely in the remit of science fiction, the possibility of a human settlement on Mars is becoming a reality with the likes of Elon Musk’s SpaceX …

In 2019, efforts to colonise Mars have reached new levels, with the likes of SpaceX seeking to “make life multi-planetary”, with the goal to make space travel accessible to all.

While the ambitions of programmes such as these remain to be tested to their limits, it is not beyond reason to expect major breakthroughs in manned explorations of Mars within the coming decades.

NASA is planning its own manned mission to Mars, currently pencilled in for the 2030s.

However, it will come as no surprise that a mission such as this poses challenges to the human body never before experienced.

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Space Mining Industry Global Trends and Market Forecasts to Grow at a CAGR of 23.6% by 2023

Top Companies profiled in the Space Mining Market include are Deep Space Industries (US); Planetary Resources (US); Moon Express (US); ispace …

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The Space Mining Market is expected to grow from US$ 0.65 Billion in 2018 to US$ 2.84 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 23.6%.

Top Companies profiled in the Space Mining Market include are Deep Space Industries (US); Planetary Resources (US); Moon Express (US); ispace (Japan); Asteroid Mining Corporation (UK); Shackleton Energy Company (SEC, US); Kleos Space (Luxembourg); TransAstra (US); Off World (US); SpaceFab.US (US); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, US); European Space Agency (ESA, France); Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, Japan); China National Space Administration (CNSA, China); and Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS, Russia).

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Momentus orbital shuttle service to launch on Relativity Space 3D-printed rocket

Momentus also signed on in August to SpaceX’s first small satellite ride-sharing mission. The Vigoride orbital shuttle will complete custom orbits for …

The 3D rocket printing company set to begin launching from Cape Canaveral in the next few years has partnered up with another venture-backed space company that will provide the extra boost satellites need to reach their final destination beyond low-Earth orbit.

California-based Relativity Space is currently preparing Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to begin launching its fully 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket.

On Wednesday, Relativity Space announced it has entered a launch services agreement with Momentus — the company provides in-space ferry services for spacecraft — to launch Momentus customers for up to six launches.

Laura Lariu, general counsel for Relativity Space, said this partnership furthers the company’s goals to expand access to space and opens the Terran 1 up to a wider market of spacecraft.

“Previously, it was the larger companies that had access to a specific orbit. But we’re changing all of that and leveling the playing field by partnering with Momentus,” Lariu told News 6. “By partnering with them, we’re enabling greater access to space, and are able to build a future of humanity and space even faster.”

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Under the agreement, Momentus will complete a satellite’s trip to geosynchronous orbit—more than 22,000 miles above Earth—after the spacecraft separates from the Terran 1 rocket. The agreement includes the option for five more launches.​​​ The first could happen sometime in 2021, according to Relativity.

Momentus CEO Mikhail Kokorich said the shuttle’s propulsion fuel is what sets their technology apart.

The orbital shuttle is powered by a water plasma propulsion system that pushes satellites from one orbit to another. Kokorich explained to WKMG News 6 that the Vigoride orbital shuttles are fueled by a new propulsion system using water.

The water is heated up to extremely high temperatures using solar energy, hotter than the surface of the sun, says Kokorich. The result is a super-heated gas to create thrust for the orbital shuttle to deliver spacecraft into various orbits.

“Why is this really good? Because you can use water, and water, it’s extremely convenient, it’s cheap, it’s easy to store without pressure, it’s safe,” Kokorich said, adding its 10 times less expensive than fuel for chemical or electrical propulsion systems.

“It’s much more efficient,” he said. “We need much less propellant.”

The company offers three ride options for satellites that can be used for ride-sharing payloads. The Vigoride Extended can push spacecraft up to 300 kg to GTO or up to 100 kg to lunar orbit and beyond, according to the company’s website.

“They offer in-space shuttle services, with a precision to bring satellites to more specific orbit like deep space, lunar and geosynchronous orbit,” Lariu said. “We are able to launch their satellite customers using our Terran 1 rocket, and they are able to then take those satellites to these more specific precise orbits.”

In July Momentus successfully tested its prototype shuttle in space. The test flight was called El Camino Real, after the 600-mile Spanish-built road that led to the settlement of California.

Momentus CTO Joel Sercel wrote in January that every first mission for the company “will be named after the first road, bridge, or waterway that humanity built in a given area to aid transportation to enable commerce or settlement.”

Momentus also signed on in August to SpaceX’s first small satellite ride-sharing mission. The Vigoride orbital shuttle will complete custom orbits for multiple customer satellites, according to SpaceX.

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Launch pad fire grounds Japanese rocket and ISS cargo capsule

In February, Nasa warned aerospace manufacturers SpaceX and Boeing of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, …

Jaxa was counting down toward the launch of an HTV-8 cargo ship atop an H-IIB rocket when the launch-pad fire broke out at the Tanegashima Space Centre, south of Japan’s southern Kyushu island, on Wednesday (10 September).

Representatives with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the rocket’s builder, said in a Twitter status update: “Today’s launch is postponed because we found a fire around the hole at the deck of the mobile launcher at 3:05 am JST (2:05 pm EDT/18:05 GMT). Now we are trying to extinguish a fire.”

Today’s launch is postponed because we found a fire around the hole at the deck of the mobile launcher at 3:05 a.m. JST.

Now we are trying to extinguish a fire. #H2BF8

— MHI Launch Services (@MHI_LS) September 10, 2019

Torrents of water were sprayed on the pad and the fire eventually was extinguished after two hours, but the launching was postponed pending inspections and work to establish what repairs might be needed.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, but a spokeswoman at MHI said no injuries were reported. The HTV cargo ship, carrying replacement batteries for ISS’s solar power system and 2.5 tons of crew supplies and equipment, suffered no apparent damage, according to Jaxa.

An open flame near rockets loaded with nearly 400,000 pounds (180 tonnes) of liquid hydrogen and oxygen propellants, along with four solid-fuel strap-on boosters, is potentially catastrophic, according to experts. Therefore, engineers will need to carry out a detailed inspection before the rocket and its ground support equipment can be readied for another launch attempt.

Japan has an unbroken record of success for its H-IIB rockets, with its last spacecraft being sent aloft in September 2018. Also, to date, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has launched seven HTV missions since 2009.

HTV-8 is carrying more than 4 tonnes of supplies for the ISS, including six lithium-ion batteries and a prototype Sony laser-communications system. According to Nasa officials, the astronauts onboard the ISS will install the batteries on the P6 solar array module in a spacewalk later this year to replace the ageing ones already there.

Nasa officials added the space station’s current six-person Expedition 60 crew is in good health and in no danger of running out of food or other vital supplies. And in a statement on its website, Nasa said it had informed the ISS crew and said they were “safe aboard the station and well supplied”.

There have been several occasions where supply runs to the ISS have been postponed. At the end of April, the ISS suffered a major power shortage, which caused a delayed in a supply run to the station, with shipment expected to be launched by private US aerospace manufacturer, SpaceX.

The day after (2 May), Nasa reported that one of its aluminium suppliers was delivering faulty material for 19 years, which resulted in the failure of two space missions.

In February, Nasa warned aerospace manufacturers SpaceX and Boeing of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, impacting on the US bid to revive its human spaceflight programme.

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