Space Dave Live #9
Wednesday 15th May 2019, 7pm (NZT)
Watch on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9onGvA3ghco
- Competition: Last week's Blue Origin's tweet guessed by Maree Johnson; this week: Countdown video.
SPACE CENTRE NEWS & HOUSEKEEPING
- New Patreon member: Michael Sigley
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- Thanks: Raquel & Dale Richards, & other presents.
Christies to auction Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book
Expected to cost US$7-9 million.
- Schools, Fibre
- Oreos to mark Apollo 50th Anniversary
- Rocket Lab launch - Peter Beck does the countdown but doesn't say anything else. He is pictured next to Sandy Tirtey, launch director.
Next launch in June, with monthly and eventually fortnightly launches.
- NASA internships won by NZ university students Rosemary Swears, Steven McCabe, Andrew Alder and Hammond Pearce.
- Photobioreactor arrived on May 6 with the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship.
Uses algae & photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and edible biomass.
Developed by the German Aerospace Center, it is a step toward creating a closed-loop life-support system.
- Parkinsons research on the ISS
- More info about CRS-17 science missions: youtube.com/watch?v=QmvY8ZmN0Ic
- Budget request increased by $1.6B, to fund newly-named "Artemis" (Apollo's twin sister).
- Gateway will be downsized for now. Support for sustainable lunar presence is deferred to 2028.
- SLS looks like the preferred option.
- Jim Bridenstine: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vgzz2_2-84
Blue Origin: Blue Moon
- Announced at a glitzy show, apparently targeting general press/public and politicians:
- New Glenn: 7m fairing, 45 tons to LEO, 13 tons to GTO.
1st stage: 7 BE-4 engines; liquid natural gas (hydrocarbon mixture, mostly methane)/oxygen; Reusable for up to 25 missions (down from 100).
2nd stage: 2 BE-3U vacuum optimized engines; liquid hydrogen/oxygen; Expendable
1st launch plan: 2021.
- Blue Moon: Up to 6.5 tons; Liquid hydrogen. Planned for 2024.
New B-7 engine. Liquid hydrogen and oxygen.
- Capable of carrying four rovers.
- No definite dates but possibly an uncrewed mission in 2023, crewed mission in 2024.
- ONeil colonies vs planetary settlement. Jeff talked up the Moon as a resource.
- Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to Spaceport America in New Mexico.
- Targeting space tourism, transcontinental travel.
- Taxpayers gave US$200 million to this spaceport.
- Some tests still pending, no date for commercial flights.
- Starlink launch tomorrow afternoon.
- Yusaku Maezawa is apparently broke: twitter.com/yousuck2020
- (TWAN) Mars THEMIS observes Phobos
- (TWAN) Soft robotics
- Moonquakes: phys.org/news/2019-05-moon-quaking.html
- Sustainable satellite rating system: esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Safety/Space_Debris/Recognising_sustainable_behaviour
- Congressional Budget Office Estimates a US Space Force Would Cost $3 Billion to setup, then $1.3 billion per year.
- Astronomical literacy: iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann19029/
- Antimatter in double-slit experiment: advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/5/eaav7610
- Neutron star mergers create heavy elements such as gold: nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1113-7
Everything is Fake
- Shadows on the Moon