📡Space news of the week #42/2020

Issue 24

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Hi folks 🖖;

🍪 Cookie of the week

What better way to enjoy those first cold autumn nights than to read a good SciFi book. This is a selective list of some novels that use quite accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts. Books are organized by topics covered.


🚀 Toward orbit

  • Owner: Roscosmos
    Satellite: 3 cosmonauts
    Rocket: Soyuz 2.1a
    Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

  • Owner: SpaceX
    Satellite: Starlink, mission 13
    Rocket: Falcon 9 Block 5
    Site: Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA


🛰 Here is what you missed

👉 The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology help develop an artificial heart that is being tested on patients…[+]

👉 China released Beidu 2, its high accuracy positioning service platform. Users can benefit from this 1.2-meter positioning accuracy by just updating their phone software…[+]

👉 The Swedish government announced the decision to establish the capability to launch small satellites from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden. This is going to be used by SCC to launch small satellites into orbit next year…[+]

👉 7 countries signed the Artemis Accords, establishing practical guidelines to set space exploration cooperation. Countries are Australia, Canada, Japan, USA, Luxembourg, Italy, UK and UAE…[+]

👉 The Japanese space debris company Astroscale raised $51 million…[+]

👉 Airbus has been selected by ESA to bring the first Mars samples back to earth. Airbus received $401 million from ESA to build Earth Return Orbiter, the first-ever spacecraft to bring Martian samples back to Earth…[+]

👉 Roscosmos succeeded the first super-fast flight to ISS. The Soyuz MS-17 docked with the ISS 3h03min after leaving ground…[+]

👉 The ISS air leak is finally located using…a teabag. The leak is due to a fracture in the intersection compartment of the Russian Zvezda module…[+]

👉 Nokia received $14.1 million from NASA to provide 4G cellular service on the Moon…[+]

👉 The University of Western Australia will build an optical communication ground station capable of received high data transmission anywhere from LEO satellite to the Moon…[+]

👉 Amazon Blue Origin successfully completed the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight of the same vehicle…[+]

👉 Telesat won an $18.3 million contract from DARPA US to adapt two Airbus Arrow spacecrafts into two satellites platforms for Blackjack, an optical inter-satellite LEO constellation demonstrator…[+]


🍕Chill corner

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A riddle from Hicham:

“You are in front of a building of 100 floors and you have two identical eggs. You are asked to determine the highest floor from which an egg can be dropped without breaking. What is the minimal number of drops would you need?”


Here you are debriefed 👌. Rendezvous next week!