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  •  In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC on Tuesday in Abuja showcased the research and development efforts of army schools TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School During the opening of the programme the Chief of Training Army Maj Gen Abdulsalam Ibrahim reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation The theme of the event is Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency The Dean Faculty of Arts Federal University of Lafia Prof Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving He delivered a paper titled the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment adding that it was time for the nation s army to look inward for its needs From what we have seen in the exhibition It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self reliance for Nigeria You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride We cannot continue to rely on the West You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery NASA Nigerian Army Armour School and Nigerian Army School of Infantry among others displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges
     In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC on Tuesday in Abuja showcased the research and development efforts of army schools TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School During the opening of the programme the Chief of Training Army Maj Gen Abdulsalam Ibrahim reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation The theme of the event is Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency The Dean Faculty of Arts Federal University of Lafia Prof Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving He delivered a paper titled the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment adding that it was time for the nation s army to look inward for its needs From what we have seen in the exhibition It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self reliance for Nigeria You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride We cannot continue to rely on the West You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery NASA Nigerian Army Armour School and Nigerian Army School of Infantry among others displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Army showcases local research, development efforts to tackle security challenges

    In an effort to develop local capacity to tackle contemporary security challenges, the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on Tuesday in Abuja, showcased the research and development efforts of army schools.

    TRADOC had on Monday commenced a two-day Research and Development Conference and Curriculum Harmonisation Workshop for Nigerian Army School.

    During the opening of the programme, the Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abdulsalam Ibrahim, reiterated the commitment of the army to research and development to effectively address the contemporary security challenges confronting the nation.

    The theme of the event is “Research and Development Efforts Amidst National Security Challenges” He said the army had been leveraging research and development to enhance its operational efficiency.

    The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Federal University of Lafia, Prof. Okpe Okpe who was a resource person at the event, said the question of knowledge management had become critical in the face of the current security challenges.

    Okpe said that the conduct of research for developmental purposes remained an important part of knowledge management, which according to him TRADOC Nigerian army had been driving.

    He delivered a paper titled, “the Prospects of Research and Development in the Professionalisation of Nigerian Army.” The Don said the idea was to see how innovations and inventions by army schools could be harmonised and deployed for the purposes of dealing with the security challenges facing the nation.

    He said that the Nigerian army had been relying on the importation of its weapons and equipment, adding that it was time for the nation’s army to look inward for its needs.

    “From what we have seen in the exhibition, It is clear that the Nigerian army has the capability to indigenise technology that will begin the process of self-reliance for Nigeria.

    “You can see all what have been displayed in terms of some of the equipment that you saw.

    “What we are trying to do or what the army is trying to do is to tell the world that it has the capacity and the capability, but more importantly it has the skills to do all these things in order to promote national confidence and national pride.

    “We cannot continue to rely on the West. You will recall that when the Boko Haram thing started, a number of countries abroad refused to provide Nigeria the requisite resources that it needed in order to counter it.

    “Now these have shown very clearly that until we look inwards we cannot solve our problems and we must understand it from that perspective,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Army School of Artillery (NASA), Nigerian Army Armour School, and Nigerian Army School of Infantry, among others, displayed various innovations from their research and development efforts.

    Some of the equipment displayed included Vulcar M1A latest variant produced by NASA, as well as and earo snipe and Shilka developed by its Air Defence Wing, among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System SLS a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in NASA said engineers would stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank close the valve used to fill and drain it then try to reseal it The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon following Monday s aborted effort Saturday s launch is still scheduled for 2 17 pm 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary Our team is ready Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center had said Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public an estimated 400 000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved the launch team said Shortly before 06 00 am 1000 GMT Saturday launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson had given the go ahead to start filling the rocket s tanks with cryogenic fuel About three million liters of ultra cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft And the weather appeared to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch
     As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System SLS a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in NASA said engineers would stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank close the valve used to fill and drain it then try to reseal it The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon following Monday s aborted effort Saturday s launch is still scheduled for 2 17 pm 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary Our team is ready Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center had said Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public an estimated 400 000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved the launch team said Shortly before 06 00 am 1000 GMT Saturday launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson had given the go ahead to start filling the rocket s tanks with cryogenic fuel About three million liters of ultra cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft And the weather appeared to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Fuel leak delays preparations for NASA rocket launch

    As NASA on Saturday resumed its second effort to get its new 30-story rocket off the ground and send its uncrewed test capsule toward the Moon, engineers detected a fuel leak that potentially could lead to a new delay.

    With millions around the globe and hundreds of thousands on nearby beaches waiting for the historic launch of the massive Space Launch System (SLS), a leak near the base of the rocket was found as ultra-cold liquid hydrogen was being pumped in.

    NASA said engineers would “stop flowing liquid hydrogen to the tank, close the valve used to fill and drain it,” then try to reseal it.

    The space agency offered no information on the likelihood of a new delay in the Artemis program — which aims eventually to return a human crew to the Moon — following Monday’s aborted effort.

    Saturday’s launch is still scheduled for 2:17 pm (1817 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    It can be delayed by up to two hours if necessary.

    “Our team is ready,” Jeremy Parsons, deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center, had said Friday.

    “They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one… I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align, we’ll absolutely go.

    ” Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public, an estimated 400,000 people were gathering on beaches nearby to see — and hear — the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space.

    The initial launch attempt was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket’s four main engines was too hot.

    Both issues have since been resolved, the launch team said.

    Shortly before 06:00 am (1000 GMT) Saturday, launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson had given the go-ahead to start filling the rocket’s tanks with cryogenic fuel.

    About three million liters of ultra-cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen was expected to be pumped into the spacecraft.

    And the weather appeared to be cooperating: the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time, growing to 80 percent later in the launch window.

    If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday, there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday.

    After that, the next launch window will not be until September 19, due to the Moon’s position.

    The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule, which sits atop the SLS rocket, is safe to carry astronauts in the future.

    Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration, vibration and radiation levels.

    Apollo’s twin sisterIt will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon, flying around 60 miles (100 kilometers) at its closest approach.

    The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) of 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans.

    The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule’s heat shield, which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built.

    On its return to Earth’s atmosphere, the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25,000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius) — roughly half as hot as the Sun. Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo, after whom the first Moon missions were named.

    Unlike the Apollo missions, which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972, Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface.

    Fittingly, NASA’s first woman launch director, Blackwell-Thompson, will give the final “go” for liftoff on Saturday.

    A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency, after years of delays and cost overruns.

    A government audit estimates the program’s cost will grow to $93 billion by 2025, with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping $4.

    1 billion per launch.

    The next mission, Artemis 2, will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface.

    The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest, with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.

    According to NASA chief Bill Nelson, a crewed trip to the red planet aboard Orion, which would last several years, could be attempted by the end of the 2030s.

  •  After technical issues halted its first launch attempt NASA will try again on Saturday to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its unmanned test capsule towards the Moon If the massive Space Launch System SLS lifts off successfully it will not only be awe inspiring but also historic for NASA marking the first of its Artemis program plotting a return to the Moon fifty years after the final Apollo mission The launch is scheduled for 2 17 pm local time 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a possible two hour delay if necessary Our team is ready said Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center on Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space NASA s initial launch attempt on Monday was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved and the weather appears to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 at the earliest due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sister It will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a manned trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    NASA Moon rocket ready for second attempt at liftoff
     After technical issues halted its first launch attempt NASA will try again on Saturday to get its new 30 story rocket off the ground and send its unmanned test capsule towards the Moon If the massive Space Launch System SLS lifts off successfully it will not only be awe inspiring but also historic for NASA marking the first of its Artemis program plotting a return to the Moon fifty years after the final Apollo mission The launch is scheduled for 2 17 pm local time 1817 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a possible two hour delay if necessary Our team is ready said Jeremy Parsons deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center on Friday They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align we ll absolutely go Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather on beaches nearby to see and hear the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space NASA s initial launch attempt on Monday was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket s four main engines was too hot Both issues have since been resolved and the weather appears to be cooperating the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time growing to 80 percent later in the launch window If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday After that the next launch window will not be until September 19 at the earliest due to the Moon s position The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule which sits atop the SLS rocket is safe to carry astronauts in the future Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration vibration and radiation levels Apollo s twin sister It will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon flying around 60 miles 100 kilometers at its closest approach The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit DRO of 40 000 miles beyond the Moon a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule s heat shield which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built On its return to Earth s atmosphere the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25 000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5 000 degrees Fahrenheit 2 760 degrees Celsius roughly half as hot as the Sun Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo after whom the first Moon missions were named Unlike the Apollo missions which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972 Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface Fittingly NASA s first woman launch director Charlie Blackwell Thompson will give the final go for liftoff on Saturday A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency after years of delays and cost overruns A government audit estimates the program s cost will grow to 93 billion by 2025 with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping 4 1 billion per launch The next mission Artemis 2 will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface According to NASA chief Bill Nelson a manned trip to the red planet aboard Orion which would last several years could be attempted by the end of the 2030s
    NASA Moon rocket ready for second attempt at liftoff
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    NASA Moon rocket ready for second attempt at liftoff

    After technical issues halted its first launch attempt, NASA will try again on Saturday to get its new 30-story rocket off the ground and send its unmanned test capsule towards the Moon. If the massive Space Launch System (SLS) lifts off successfully, it will not only be awe-inspiring but also historic for NASA, marking the first of its Artemis program plotting a return to the Moon, fifty years after the final Apollo mission.

    The launch is scheduled for 2:17 pm local time (1817 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with a possible two-hour delay if necessary.

    “Our team is ready,” said Jeremy Parsons, deputy manager of exploration ground systems at Kennedy Space Center, on Friday.

    “They are getting better with every attempt and actually performed superbly during launch countdown number one… I think if the conditions with weather and the hardware align, we’ll absolutely go.

    ” Though the area around the launch site will be closed to the public, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather on beaches nearby to see — and hear — the most powerful vehicle that NASA has ever launched climb into space.

    NASA’s initial launch attempt on Monday was halted after engineers detected a fuel leak and a sensor showed that one of the rocket’s four main engines was too hot.

    Both issues have since been resolved, and the weather appears to be cooperating: the US Space Force predicts a 60 percent chance of favorable weather at the scheduled liftoff time, growing to 80 percent later in the launch window.

    If something requires NASA to stand down again on Saturday, there are backup opportunities on Monday or Tuesday.

    After that, the next launch window will not be until September 19 at the earliest, due to the Moon’s position.

    The purpose of the Artemis 1 mission is to verify that the Orion capsule, which sits atop the SLS rocket, is safe to carry astronauts in the future.

    Mannequins equipped with sensors are standing in for astronauts on the mission and will record acceleration, vibration and radiation levels.

    Apollo’s twin sister It will take several days for the spacecraft to reach the Moon, flying around 60 miles (100 kilometers) at its closest approach.

    The capsule will fire its engines to get to a distant retrograde orbit (DRO) of 40,000 miles beyond the Moon, a record for a spacecraft rated to carry humans.

    The trip is expected to last around six weeks and one of its main objectives is to test the capsule’s heat shield, which at 16 feet in diameter is the largest ever built.

    On its return to Earth’s atmosphere, the heat shield will have to withstand speeds of 25,000 miles per hour and a temperature of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius) — roughly half as hot as the Sun. Artemis is named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo, after whom the first Moon missions were named.

    Unlike the Apollo missions, which sent only white men to the Moon between 1969 and 1972, Artemis missions will see the first person of color and the first woman step foot on the lunar surface.

    Fittingly, NASA’s first woman launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, will give the final “go” for liftoff on Saturday.

    A successful Artemis 1 mission will come as a huge relief to the US space agency, after years of delays and cost overruns.

    A government audit estimates the program’s cost will grow to $93 billion by 2025, with each of its first four missions clocking in at a whopping $4.

    1 billion per launch.

    The next mission, Artemis 2, will take astronauts to the Moon without landing on its surface.

    The crew of Artemis 3 is to land on the Moon in 2025 at the earliest, with later missions envisaging a lunar space station and a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.

    According to NASA chief Bill Nelson, a manned trip to the red planet aboard Orion, which would last several years, could be attempted by the end of the 2030s.

  •  NASA called off a test flight on Monday of its largest ever rocket in a setback to the ambitious program to send humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars We don t launch until it s right NASA administrator Bill Nelson said after an engine temperature issue forced liftoff from Kennedy Space Center to be scrubbed This is a very complicated machine Nelson said You don t want to light the candle until it s ready to go Alternative dates for the launch of the US space agency s uncrewed Artemis 1 mission are Friday and next Monday
    Engine issue forces NASA to scrub launch of giant Moon rocket
     NASA called off a test flight on Monday of its largest ever rocket in a setback to the ambitious program to send humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars We don t launch until it s right NASA administrator Bill Nelson said after an engine temperature issue forced liftoff from Kennedy Space Center to be scrubbed This is a very complicated machine Nelson said You don t want to light the candle until it s ready to go Alternative dates for the launch of the US space agency s uncrewed Artemis 1 mission are Friday and next Monday
    Engine issue forces NASA to scrub launch of giant Moon rocket
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    Engine issue forces NASA to scrub launch of giant Moon rocket

    NASA called off a test flight on Monday of its largest-ever rocket in a setback to the ambitious program to send humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars.“We don’t launch until it’s right,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson said after an engine temperature issue forced liftoff from Kennedy Space Center to be scrubbed.

    “This is a very complicated machine,” Nelson said.

    “You don’t want to light the candle until it’s ready to go.

    ” Alternative dates for the launch of the US space agency’s uncrewed Artemis 1 mission are Friday and next Monday.

  •  NASA s most powerful rocket yet is set to blast off Monday on the maiden voyage of a mission to take humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars Fifty years after the last time astronauts set foot on the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission the space program called Artemis is to get underway with the blast off of the uncrewed 322 foot 98 meter Space Launch System SLS rocket at 8 33 am 1233 GMT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tens of thousands of people including US Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to gather along the beach to watch the launch which has been decades in the making Hotels around Cape Canaveral are booked solid with between 100 000 and 200 000 spectators expected to attend the launch
    NASA shoots for the Moon, on its way to Mars
     NASA s most powerful rocket yet is set to blast off Monday on the maiden voyage of a mission to take humans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars Fifty years after the last time astronauts set foot on the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission the space program called Artemis is to get underway with the blast off of the uncrewed 322 foot 98 meter Space Launch System SLS rocket at 8 33 am 1233 GMT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tens of thousands of people including US Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to gather along the beach to watch the launch which has been decades in the making Hotels around Cape Canaveral are booked solid with between 100 000 and 200 000 spectators expected to attend the launch
    NASA shoots for the Moon, on its way to Mars
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    NASA shoots for the Moon, on its way to Mars

    NASA’s most powerful rocket yet is set to blast off Monday on the maiden voyage of a mission to take humans back to the Moon, and eventually to Mars.Fifty years after the last time astronauts set foot on the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission, the space program called Artemis is to get underway with the blast off of the uncrewed 322-foot (98-meter) Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at 8:33 am (1233 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    Tens of thousands of people — including US Vice President Kamala Harris — are expected to gather along the beach to watch the launch, which has been decades in the making.

    Hotels around Cape Canaveral are booked solid with between 100,000 and 200,000 spectators expected to attend the launch.

  •  The UK government on Friday officially declared a drought in several parts of England following months of record low rainfall and unprecedented temperatures in recent weeks At a meeting of the National Drought Group the government s Environment Agency said the drought trigger threshold had been met in parts of southwestern southern central and eastern England Drought was last officially declared in England in 2018 The Environment Agency on Friday published a report saying that England as a whole had its driest July since 1935 The exceptional weather comes as France is also experiencing a record drought and battling huge wildfires The Met Office the UK s meteorological authority said the period from January to June this year saw the least rainfall in England and Wales since 1976 That summer saw the use of drastic measures such as roadside standpipes and water rationing The government statement said the move to drought status was based on factors such as rainfall river flows and levels of groundwater and reservoirs and their impact on public water supply We urge everyone to manage the amount of water they are using in this exceptionally dry period National Drought Group chair Harvey Bradshaw was quoted as saying The Environment Agency and water companies will step up their actions to manage impacts and press ahead with their published drought plans including things like hosepipe bans It stressed that essential supplies of water are safe Extreme heat England and parts of Wales are severely parched and some water companies have already announced hosepipe bans The UK overall had 56 percent of its average rainfall for July Every month of the year except February has been drier than average according to the Met Office Satellite images from July released by NASA showed dried up brown areas extending across most of southern England and up the northeastern coast The source of the River Thames has dried up with the river now flowing from a point several miles downstream Meetings of the National Drought Group are convened by the government s Environment Agency which monitors water levels in rivers and groundwater The group is made up of senior decision makers from the government and water companies along with other affected groups such as farmers The Met Office on Tuesday issued an amber warning over extreme heat in parts of England and Wales from Thursday to Sunday predicting possible impacts on health transport and infrastructure Temperatures were expected to hit the mid 30s Celsius peaking on Friday and the weekend after which showers and thunderstorms were forecasts Temperatures were not expected to hit the record levels seen in July when a temperature of 40 3 Celsius was recorded in Lincolnshire in northeastern England on July 20 during an unprecedented heatwave The National Climate Information Centre said that such high temperatures in the UK were only possible due to human induced climate change
    Drought officially declared in several parts of England
     The UK government on Friday officially declared a drought in several parts of England following months of record low rainfall and unprecedented temperatures in recent weeks At a meeting of the National Drought Group the government s Environment Agency said the drought trigger threshold had been met in parts of southwestern southern central and eastern England Drought was last officially declared in England in 2018 The Environment Agency on Friday published a report saying that England as a whole had its driest July since 1935 The exceptional weather comes as France is also experiencing a record drought and battling huge wildfires The Met Office the UK s meteorological authority said the period from January to June this year saw the least rainfall in England and Wales since 1976 That summer saw the use of drastic measures such as roadside standpipes and water rationing The government statement said the move to drought status was based on factors such as rainfall river flows and levels of groundwater and reservoirs and their impact on public water supply We urge everyone to manage the amount of water they are using in this exceptionally dry period National Drought Group chair Harvey Bradshaw was quoted as saying The Environment Agency and water companies will step up their actions to manage impacts and press ahead with their published drought plans including things like hosepipe bans It stressed that essential supplies of water are safe Extreme heat England and parts of Wales are severely parched and some water companies have already announced hosepipe bans The UK overall had 56 percent of its average rainfall for July Every month of the year except February has been drier than average according to the Met Office Satellite images from July released by NASA showed dried up brown areas extending across most of southern England and up the northeastern coast The source of the River Thames has dried up with the river now flowing from a point several miles downstream Meetings of the National Drought Group are convened by the government s Environment Agency which monitors water levels in rivers and groundwater The group is made up of senior decision makers from the government and water companies along with other affected groups such as farmers The Met Office on Tuesday issued an amber warning over extreme heat in parts of England and Wales from Thursday to Sunday predicting possible impacts on health transport and infrastructure Temperatures were expected to hit the mid 30s Celsius peaking on Friday and the weekend after which showers and thunderstorms were forecasts Temperatures were not expected to hit the record levels seen in July when a temperature of 40 3 Celsius was recorded in Lincolnshire in northeastern England on July 20 during an unprecedented heatwave The National Climate Information Centre said that such high temperatures in the UK were only possible due to human induced climate change
    Drought officially declared in several parts of England
    Foreign1 month ago

    Drought officially declared in several parts of England

    The UK government on Friday officially declared a drought in several parts of England, following months of record low rainfall and unprecedented temperatures in recent weeks.

    At a meeting of the National Drought Group, the government’s Environment Agency said the “drought trigger threshold had been met” in parts of southwestern, southern, central, and eastern England.

    Drought was last officially declared in England in 2018.

    The Environment Agency on Friday published a report saying that England as a whole had its driest July since 1935.

    The exceptional weather comes as France is also experiencing a record drought and battling huge wildfires.

    The Met Office, the UK’s meteorological authority, said the period from January to June this year saw the least rainfall in England and Wales since 1976.

    That summer saw the use of drastic measures such as roadside standpipes and water rationing.

    The government statement said the move to drought status was based on factors such as rainfall, river flows, and levels of groundwater and reservoirs and their impact on public water supply.

    “We urge everyone to manage the amount of water they are using in this exceptionally dry period,” National Drought Group chair, Harvey Bradshaw, was quoted as saying.

    The Environment Agency and water companies “will step up their actions to manage impacts” and press ahead with their published drought plans, including things like hosepipe bans.

    It stressed that “essential supplies of water are safe.

    ” – ‘Extreme heat‘ –England and parts of Wales are severely parched and some water companies have already announced hosepipe bans.

    The UK overall had 56 percent of its average rainfall for July. Every month of the year except February has been drier than average, according to the Met Office.

    Satellite images from July released by NASA showed dried-up brown areas extending across most of southern England and up the northeastern coast.

    The source of the River Thames has dried up, with the river now flowing from a point several miles downstream.

    Meetings of the National Drought Group are convened by the government’s Environment Agency, which monitors water levels in rivers and groundwater.

    The group is made up of senior decision-makers from the government and water companies, along with other affected groups such as farmers.

    The Met Office on Tuesday issued an amber warning over “extreme heat” in parts of England and Wales from Thursday to Sunday, predicting possible impacts on health, transport, and infrastructure.

    Temperatures were expected to hit the mid-30s Celsius, peaking on Friday and the weekend, after which showers and thunderstorms were forecasts.

    Temperatures were not expected to hit the record levels seen in July when a temperature of 40.

    3 Celsius was recorded in Lincolnshire in northeastern England on July 20, during an unprecedented heatwave.

    The National Climate Information Centre said that such high temperatures in the UK were only possible due to human-induced climate change.

  •  South Korea s first lunar orbiter successfully launched on a year long mission to observe the Moon Seoul said Friday with the payload including a new disruption tolerant network for sending data from space Danuri a portmanteau of the Korean words for Moon and enjoy was on a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by Elon Musk s aerospace company SpaceX It aims to reach the Moon by mid December South Korea s first lunar orbiter Danuri left for space at 8 08 am on August 5 2022 Seoul s science ministry said in a tweet sharing a video of the rocket blasting off trailing a huge column of smoke and flames Danuri will be the first step towards the Moon and the farther universe it said apparently referring to the country s ambitious space program which includes plans for a Moon mission by 2030 SpaceX tweeted that the launch had been a success Deployment of KPLO confirmed it said referring to Danuri using an acronym of its official name the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter During its mission Danuri will use six different instruments including a highly sensitive camera provided by NASA to conduct research including investigating the lunar surface to identify potential landing sites One of the instruments will evaluate disruption tolerant network based space communications which according to South Korea s science ministry is a world first BTS in space Danuri will also try to develop a wireless Internet environment to link satellites or exploration spacecraft they added The lunar orbiter will stream K pop sensation BTS song Dynamite to test this wireless network Another instrument ShadowCam will record images of the permanently shaded regions around the poles of the Moon where no sunlight can reach Scientists also hope that Danuri will find hidden sources of water and ice in areas of the Moon including the permanently dark and cold regions near the poles This is a very significant milestone in the history of Korean space exploration said Lee Sang ryool head of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in a video shown before the launch Danuri is just the beginning and if we are more determined and committed to technology development for space travel we will be able to reach Mars asteroids and so on in the near future South Korean scientists say Danuri which took seven years to build will pave the way for the nation s more ambitious goal of landing on the Moon by 2030 South Korea will become the seventh country in the world to have launched an unmanned probe to the Moon an official at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute told AFP We hope to continue contributing to the global understanding of the Moon with what Danuri is set to find out Lunar ambitions Danuri was launched by a private company SpaceX but South Korea recently became one of a handful of countries to successfully launch a one tonne payload using their own rockets In June the country s homegrown three stage rocket nicknamed Nuri a decade in development at a cost of 2 trillion won 1 5 billion launched successfully and put a satellite into orbit on its second attempt after a failure last October That launch coupled with Danuri s launch Friday helps bring South Korea ever closer to achieving its space ambitions In Asia China Japan and India all have advanced space programmes and the South s nuclear armed neighbour North Korea has also demonstrated satellite launch capability Ballistic missiles and space rockets use similar technology and Pyongyang put a 300 kilogram 660 pound satellite into orbit in 2012 in what Washington condemned as a disguised missile test
    South Korea’s first lunar orbiter launched by SpaceX
     South Korea s first lunar orbiter successfully launched on a year long mission to observe the Moon Seoul said Friday with the payload including a new disruption tolerant network for sending data from space Danuri a portmanteau of the Korean words for Moon and enjoy was on a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by Elon Musk s aerospace company SpaceX It aims to reach the Moon by mid December South Korea s first lunar orbiter Danuri left for space at 8 08 am on August 5 2022 Seoul s science ministry said in a tweet sharing a video of the rocket blasting off trailing a huge column of smoke and flames Danuri will be the first step towards the Moon and the farther universe it said apparently referring to the country s ambitious space program which includes plans for a Moon mission by 2030 SpaceX tweeted that the launch had been a success Deployment of KPLO confirmed it said referring to Danuri using an acronym of its official name the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter During its mission Danuri will use six different instruments including a highly sensitive camera provided by NASA to conduct research including investigating the lunar surface to identify potential landing sites One of the instruments will evaluate disruption tolerant network based space communications which according to South Korea s science ministry is a world first BTS in space Danuri will also try to develop a wireless Internet environment to link satellites or exploration spacecraft they added The lunar orbiter will stream K pop sensation BTS song Dynamite to test this wireless network Another instrument ShadowCam will record images of the permanently shaded regions around the poles of the Moon where no sunlight can reach Scientists also hope that Danuri will find hidden sources of water and ice in areas of the Moon including the permanently dark and cold regions near the poles This is a very significant milestone in the history of Korean space exploration said Lee Sang ryool head of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in a video shown before the launch Danuri is just the beginning and if we are more determined and committed to technology development for space travel we will be able to reach Mars asteroids and so on in the near future South Korean scientists say Danuri which took seven years to build will pave the way for the nation s more ambitious goal of landing on the Moon by 2030 South Korea will become the seventh country in the world to have launched an unmanned probe to the Moon an official at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute told AFP We hope to continue contributing to the global understanding of the Moon with what Danuri is set to find out Lunar ambitions Danuri was launched by a private company SpaceX but South Korea recently became one of a handful of countries to successfully launch a one tonne payload using their own rockets In June the country s homegrown three stage rocket nicknamed Nuri a decade in development at a cost of 2 trillion won 1 5 billion launched successfully and put a satellite into orbit on its second attempt after a failure last October That launch coupled with Danuri s launch Friday helps bring South Korea ever closer to achieving its space ambitions In Asia China Japan and India all have advanced space programmes and the South s nuclear armed neighbour North Korea has also demonstrated satellite launch capability Ballistic missiles and space rockets use similar technology and Pyongyang put a 300 kilogram 660 pound satellite into orbit in 2012 in what Washington condemned as a disguised missile test
    South Korea’s first lunar orbiter launched by SpaceX
    Foreign2 months ago

    South Korea’s first lunar orbiter launched by SpaceX

    South Korea’s first lunar orbiter successfully launched on a year-long mission to observe the Moon, Seoul said Friday, with the payload including a new disruption-tolerant network for sending data from space.

    Danuri — a portmanteau of the Korean words for “Moon” and “enjoy” — was on a Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX.

    It aims to reach the Moon by mid-December.

    “South Korea’s first lunar orbiter ‘Danuri’ left for space at 8:08 am on August 5, 2022,” Seoul’s science ministry said in a tweet, sharing a video of the rocket blasting off trailing a huge column of smoke and flames.

    “Danuri will be the first step towards the Moon and the farther universe,” it said, apparently referring to the country’s ambitious space program, which includes plans for a Moon mission by 2030.

    SpaceX tweeted that the launch had been a success.

    “Deployment of KPLO confirmed,” it said, referring to Danuri using an acronym of its official name, the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter.

    During its mission, Danuri will use six different instruments, including a highly sensitive camera provided by NASA, to conduct research, including investigating the lunar surface to identify potential landing sites.

    One of the instruments will evaluate disruption-tolerant, network-based space communications, which, according to South Korea’s science ministry, is a world first.

    – BTS in space –Danuri will also try to develop a wireless Internet environment to link satellites or exploration spacecraft, they added.

    The lunar orbiter will stream K-pop sensation BTS’ song “Dynamite” to test this wireless network.

    Another instrument, ShadowCam, will record images of the permanently shaded regions around the poles of the Moon where no sunlight can reach.

    Scientists also hope that Danuri will find hidden sources of water and ice in areas of the Moon, including the permanently dark and cold regions near the poles.

    “This is a very significant milestone in the history of Korean space exploration,” said Lee Sang-ryool, head of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, in a video shown before the launch.

    “Danuri is just the beginning, and if we are more determined and committed to technology development for space travel, we will be able to reach Mars, asteroids, and so on in the near future.

    ” South Korean scientists say Danuri — which took seven years to build — will pave the way for the nation’s more ambitious goal of landing on the Moon by 2030.

    “South Korea will become the seventh country in the world to have launched an unmanned probe to the Moon,” an official at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute told AFP.

    “We hope to continue contributing to the global understanding of the Moon with what Danuri is set to find out.

    ” – Lunar ambitions –Danuri was launched by a private company — SpaceX — but South Korea recently became one of a handful of countries to successfully launch a one-tonne payload using their own rockets.

    In June, the country’s homegrown three-stage rocket nicknamed Nuri — a decade in development at a cost of 2 trillion won ($1.

    5 billion) — launched successfully and put a satellite into orbit, on its second attempt after a failure last October.

    That launch — coupled with Danuri’s launch Friday — helps bring South Korea ever closer to achieving its space ambitions.

    In Asia, China, Japan and India all have advanced space programmes — and the South’s nuclear-armed neighbour North Korea has also demonstrated satellite launch capability.

    Ballistic missiles and space rockets use similar technology and Pyongyang put a 300-kilogram (660-pound) satellite into orbit in 2012 in what Washington condemned as a disguised missile test.

  •  A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object s descent US Space Command can confirm the People s Republic of China PRC Long March 5B CZ 5B re entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10 45 am MDT on 7 30 the US military unit said on Twitter We refer you to the PRC for further details on the reentry s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal impact location it said In a statement posted to its official WeChat profile the China Manned Space Agency later gave coordinates for an impact area in the Sulu Sea about 35 miles 57 kilometers off the east coast of the Philippines Palawan Island Most of its devices were ablated and destroyed during re entry the agency said of the booster rocket which was used last Sunday to launch the second of three modules China needed to complete its new Tiangong space station Malaysia s space agency said it detected rocket debris burning up on re entry before falling in the Sulu Sea northeast of the island of Borneo The debris of the rocket caught fire while entering the Earth s airspace and the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysian airspace and could be detected in several areas including crossing the airspace around the state of Sarawak it said NASA criticism NASA administrator Bill Nelson criticized Beijing on Twitter saying the failure to share details of the rocket s descent was irresponsible and risky All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance Nelson wrote to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk especially for heavy lift vehicles like the Long March 5B which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property He added Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth The Tiangong space station is one of the crown jewels of Beijing s ambitious space program which has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon and made China only the third nation to put humans in orbit The new module propelled by the Long March 5B successfully docked with Tiangong s core module on Monday and the three astronauts who had been living in the main compartment since June successfully entered the new lab When China launched its first Tiangong module in April 2021 there was a similar frenzy around the possibility of damage caused by an unpredictable booster reentry Objects generate immense amounts of heat and friction when they enter the atmosphere which can cause them to burn up and disintegrate But larger ones such as the Long March 5B may not be destroyed entirely In 2020 debris from another Chinese rocket fell on villages in the Ivory Coast causing structural damage but no injuries or deaths China has poured billions of dollars into space flight and exploration as it seeks to build a program that reflects its stature as a rising global power
    Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth
     A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object s descent US Space Command can confirm the People s Republic of China PRC Long March 5B CZ 5B re entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10 45 am MDT on 7 30 the US military unit said on Twitter We refer you to the PRC for further details on the reentry s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal impact location it said In a statement posted to its official WeChat profile the China Manned Space Agency later gave coordinates for an impact area in the Sulu Sea about 35 miles 57 kilometers off the east coast of the Philippines Palawan Island Most of its devices were ablated and destroyed during re entry the agency said of the booster rocket which was used last Sunday to launch the second of three modules China needed to complete its new Tiangong space station Malaysia s space agency said it detected rocket debris burning up on re entry before falling in the Sulu Sea northeast of the island of Borneo The debris of the rocket caught fire while entering the Earth s airspace and the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysian airspace and could be detected in several areas including crossing the airspace around the state of Sarawak it said NASA criticism NASA administrator Bill Nelson criticized Beijing on Twitter saying the failure to share details of the rocket s descent was irresponsible and risky All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance Nelson wrote to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk especially for heavy lift vehicles like the Long March 5B which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property He added Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth The Tiangong space station is one of the crown jewels of Beijing s ambitious space program which has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon and made China only the third nation to put humans in orbit The new module propelled by the Long March 5B successfully docked with Tiangong s core module on Monday and the three astronauts who had been living in the main compartment since June successfully entered the new lab When China launched its first Tiangong module in April 2021 there was a similar frenzy around the possibility of damage caused by an unpredictable booster reentry Objects generate immense amounts of heat and friction when they enter the atmosphere which can cause them to burn up and disintegrate But larger ones such as the Long March 5B may not be destroyed entirely In 2020 debris from another Chinese rocket fell on villages in the Ivory Coast causing structural damage but no injuries or deaths China has poured billions of dollars into space flight and exploration as it seeks to build a program that reflects its stature as a rising global power
    Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth
    Foreign2 months ago

    Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth

    A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday, leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object’s descent.

    US Space Command “can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on 7/30,” the US military unit said on Twitter.

    “We refer you to the #PRC for further details on the reentry’s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal+ impact location,” it said.

    In a statement posted to its official WeChat profile, the China Manned Space Agency later gave coordinates for an impact area in the Sulu Sea, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) off the east coast of the Philippines’ Palawan Island.

    “Most of its devices were ablated and destroyed during re-entry,” the agency said of the booster rocket, which was used last Sunday to launch the second of three modules China needed to complete its new Tiangong space station.

    Malaysia’s space agency said it detected rocket debris burning up on re-entry before falling in the Sulu Sea northeast of the island of Borneo.

    “The debris of the rocket caught fire while entering the Earth’s airspace and the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysian airspace and could be detected in several areas including crossing the airspace around the state of Sarawak,” it said.

    – NASA criticism –NASA administrator Bill Nelson criticized Beijing on Twitter, saying the failure to share details of the rocket’s descent was irresponsible and risky.

    “All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices, and do their part to share this type of information in advance,” Nelson wrote, “to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk, especially for heavy-lift vehicles, like the Long March 5B, which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property.

    ” He added: “Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth”.

    The Tiangong space station is one of the crown jewels of Beijing’s ambitious space program, which has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon, and made China only the third nation to put humans in orbit.

    The new module, propelled by the Long March 5B, successfully docked with Tiangong’s core module on Monday and the three astronauts who had been living in the main compartment since June successfully entered the new lab.

    When China launched its first Tiangong module in April 2021, there was a similar frenzy around the possibility of damage caused by an unpredictable booster reentry.

    Objects generate immense amounts of heat and friction when they enter the atmosphere, which can cause them to burn up and disintegrate.

    But larger ones such as the Long March-5B may not be destroyed entirely.

    In 2020, debris from another Chinese rocket fell on villages in the Ivory Coast, causing structural damage but no injuries or deaths.

    China has poured billions of dollars into space flight and exploration as it seeks to build a program that reflects its stature as a rising global power.

  •  China launched the second of three modules needed to complete its new space station on Sunday state media reported the latest step in Beijing s ambitious space program The uncrewed craft named Wentian was launched by a Long March 5B rocket at 2 22 p m local time 0622 GMT from the Wenchang launch center on China s tropical Hainan island A quarter of an hour later an official from the China Manned Space Agency CMSA confirmed the success of the launch Hundreds of people gathered on nearby beaches to take photos of the launcher rising into the air in a plume of white smoke After about eight minutes of flight Wentian s laboratory module successfully separated from the rocket and entered its intended orbit making the launch a complete success the CMSA said Beijing launched the core module of its space station Tiangong which means heavenly palace in April 2021 At almost 60 feet 18 meters long and weighing 48 500 pounds 22 tons the new module has three sleeping areas and space for science experiments It will dock with the existing module in space a challenging operation that experts say will require several high precision manipulations and the use of a robotic arm This is the first time China has coupled such large vehicles together which is a delicate operation said Jonathan McDowell an astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics He said that until the next module arrives the space station will have a pretty unusual L shape that will require a lot of power to stay stable These are all technical challenges that the USSR pioneered with the Mir station in the late 1980s but it is new for China he told AFP But it will result in a much more capable station with the space and power to carry out more science experiments Wentian will also serve as a backup platform to control the space station in the event of a failure The third and final module is scheduled to dock in October and Tiangong which should have a useful life of at least 10 years is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year Fast track space plan Under Chinese President Xi Jinping the country s plans for its much touted space dream have been thrown into overdrive China has made great strides to catch up with the United States and Russia where astronauts and cosmonauts have decades of experience in space exploration The CSS Chinese Space Station will complete its construction in a year and a half which will be the fastest in history for any modular space station said Chen Lan an analyst at the Go Taikonauts com site which specializes in in China s space program By comparison construction of Mir and the International Space Station took 10 and 12 years respectively China s space program has already landed a rover on Mars and sent probes to the Moon In addition to a space station Beijing also plans to build a base on the Moon and send humans there by 2030 China has been barred from the International Space Station since 2011 when the United States barred NASA from engaging with the country While China does not plan to use its space station for global cooperation on the scale of the ISS Beijing has said it is open to foreign collaboration
    China launches second of three space station modules
     China launched the second of three modules needed to complete its new space station on Sunday state media reported the latest step in Beijing s ambitious space program The uncrewed craft named Wentian was launched by a Long March 5B rocket at 2 22 p m local time 0622 GMT from the Wenchang launch center on China s tropical Hainan island A quarter of an hour later an official from the China Manned Space Agency CMSA confirmed the success of the launch Hundreds of people gathered on nearby beaches to take photos of the launcher rising into the air in a plume of white smoke After about eight minutes of flight Wentian s laboratory module successfully separated from the rocket and entered its intended orbit making the launch a complete success the CMSA said Beijing launched the core module of its space station Tiangong which means heavenly palace in April 2021 At almost 60 feet 18 meters long and weighing 48 500 pounds 22 tons the new module has three sleeping areas and space for science experiments It will dock with the existing module in space a challenging operation that experts say will require several high precision manipulations and the use of a robotic arm This is the first time China has coupled such large vehicles together which is a delicate operation said Jonathan McDowell an astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics He said that until the next module arrives the space station will have a pretty unusual L shape that will require a lot of power to stay stable These are all technical challenges that the USSR pioneered with the Mir station in the late 1980s but it is new for China he told AFP But it will result in a much more capable station with the space and power to carry out more science experiments Wentian will also serve as a backup platform to control the space station in the event of a failure The third and final module is scheduled to dock in October and Tiangong which should have a useful life of at least 10 years is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year Fast track space plan Under Chinese President Xi Jinping the country s plans for its much touted space dream have been thrown into overdrive China has made great strides to catch up with the United States and Russia where astronauts and cosmonauts have decades of experience in space exploration The CSS Chinese Space Station will complete its construction in a year and a half which will be the fastest in history for any modular space station said Chen Lan an analyst at the Go Taikonauts com site which specializes in in China s space program By comparison construction of Mir and the International Space Station took 10 and 12 years respectively China s space program has already landed a rover on Mars and sent probes to the Moon In addition to a space station Beijing also plans to build a base on the Moon and send humans there by 2030 China has been barred from the International Space Station since 2011 when the United States barred NASA from engaging with the country While China does not plan to use its space station for global cooperation on the scale of the ISS Beijing has said it is open to foreign collaboration
    China launches second of three space station modules
    Foreign2 months ago

    China launches second of three space station modules

    China launched the second of three modules needed to complete its new space station on Sunday, state media reported, the latest step in Beijing's ambitious space program.

    The uncrewed craft, named Wentian, was launched by a Long March 5B rocket at 2:22 p.m. local time (0622 GMT) from the Wenchang launch center on China's tropical Hainan island.

    A quarter of an hour later, an official from the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) confirmed the "success" of the launch.

    Hundreds of people gathered on nearby beaches to take photos of the launcher rising into the air in a plume of white smoke.

    After about eight minutes of flight, "Wentian's laboratory module successfully separated from the rocket and entered its intended orbit, making the launch a complete success," the CMSA said.

    Beijing launched the core module of its space station Tiangong, which means "heavenly palace," in April 2021.

    At almost 60 feet (18 meters) long and weighing 48,500 pounds (22 tons), the new module has three sleeping areas and space for science experiments.

    It will dock with the existing module in space, a challenging operation that experts say will require several high-precision manipulations and the use of a robotic arm.

    "This is the first time China has coupled such large vehicles together, which is a delicate operation," said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

    He said that until the next module arrives, the space station will have a "pretty unusual L-shape" that will require a lot of power to stay stable.

    “These are all technical challenges that the USSR pioneered with the Mir station in the late 1980s, but it is new for China,” he told AFP.

    "But it will result in a much more capable station with the space and power to carry out more science experiments."

    Wentian will also serve as a backup platform to control the space station in the event of a failure.

    The third and final module is scheduled to dock in October, and Tiangong, which should have a useful life of at least 10 years, is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

    Fast-track space plan Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, the country's plans for its much-touted “space dream” have been thrown into overdrive.

    China has made great strides to catch up with the United States and Russia, where astronauts and cosmonauts have decades of experience in space exploration.

    "The CSS (Chinese Space Station) will complete its construction... in a year and a half, which will be the fastest in history for any modular space station," said Chen Lan, an analyst at the Go-Taikonauts.com site, which specializes in in China's space program.

    "By comparison, construction of Mir and the International Space Station took 10 and 12 years, respectively."

    China's space program has already landed a rover on Mars and sent probes to the Moon.

    In addition to a space station, Beijing also plans to build a base on the Moon and send humans there by 2030.

    China has been barred from the International Space Station since 2011, when the United States barred NASA from engaging with the country.

    While China does not plan to use its space station for global cooperation on the scale of the ISS, Beijing has said it is open to foreign collaboration.

  •  Experts in Geographic Information System GIS on Thursday trained 50 students on the use of GIS technology for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Mr Emmanuel Jeje an Acting Director Provincial Operations Support Department of Agriculture Land Reforms and Rural Development Cape Town in South Africa made this known at the training in Ibadan Oyo State capital on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that theme of the training was GIS Transforming Our World The GIS Workshop for Senior Secondary School Students was organised for Deeper Life High School and sponsored by GIS Academy Ibadan Jeje said that importance of technological knowledge have to be inculcated in education for an evolving world He highlighted the importance of GIS to various fields of human endeavours and its roles in solving challenges facing the world from climate issues to agriculture and military use GIS helps you to understand what exists and where And with GIS ability you can measure what happened in the past the present and what the future can be as well as solve problems highlighted in the SDGs Jeje said He also listed various career opportunities possible with the knowledge of GIS and how it could be deployed to security businesses solving climatic issues among others In his remarks Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Academy said the workshop was an eye opener for the students to recognise opportunities within their reach starting from where they were in their Geography class Afolayan said Geography gives them information about the earth form features activities atmosphere and so on It is a foundation for careers they are not aware of and we are bringing in Geographic information technology as an enabler so that the knowledge they have in Geography Technology can be used to solve problems He said that GIS was a technology that helps to solve spatial problems We are building on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which already itemised the problems of the world that the world needs to solve We are letting the students see how their knowledge of Geography and GIS can solve these problems Technology is being put in their hands and one of the benefits is the grant from the ESRI to all the schools in Nigeria so that their schools will have the software We are also integrating them into biodiversity projects where their school forms like citizen scientists where they will have the opportunity to use real scientific protocols to solve real problems he said Afolayan also said that it was a hybrid of several technologies and several platforms We have the global learning and observation of the environment which is a United States NASA supported project that promotes STEM with an understanding of the earth and its systems We are teaching them how to collect data and interpret it he said Afolayan said that the students were being tested already on GIS in their WAEC and JAMB examinations and the training would afford them deeper insight into their curriculum This is part of the Geography Green School projects that empower schools across Nigeria and Africa by providing technology support educational materials and tools for geo literacy Afolayan said Commenting Mr Israel Abioye a Geography teacher at the Deeper Life High School Ibadan said that the workshop had equipped the students with hands on training on GIS which according to him is part of the syllabus for third term for students in senior classes Speaking on their training experience Precious Oke and Upongbong Abasi told NAN that they have learnt relevance of GIS to many career paths and how to use the technology to solve problems in their environment NAN
    Experts train students on GIS to attain SDGs
     Experts in Geographic Information System GIS on Thursday trained 50 students on the use of GIS technology for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Mr Emmanuel Jeje an Acting Director Provincial Operations Support Department of Agriculture Land Reforms and Rural Development Cape Town in South Africa made this known at the training in Ibadan Oyo State capital on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that theme of the training was GIS Transforming Our World The GIS Workshop for Senior Secondary School Students was organised for Deeper Life High School and sponsored by GIS Academy Ibadan Jeje said that importance of technological knowledge have to be inculcated in education for an evolving world He highlighted the importance of GIS to various fields of human endeavours and its roles in solving challenges facing the world from climate issues to agriculture and military use GIS helps you to understand what exists and where And with GIS ability you can measure what happened in the past the present and what the future can be as well as solve problems highlighted in the SDGs Jeje said He also listed various career opportunities possible with the knowledge of GIS and how it could be deployed to security businesses solving climatic issues among others In his remarks Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Academy said the workshop was an eye opener for the students to recognise opportunities within their reach starting from where they were in their Geography class Afolayan said Geography gives them information about the earth form features activities atmosphere and so on It is a foundation for careers they are not aware of and we are bringing in Geographic information technology as an enabler so that the knowledge they have in Geography Technology can be used to solve problems He said that GIS was a technology that helps to solve spatial problems We are building on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which already itemised the problems of the world that the world needs to solve We are letting the students see how their knowledge of Geography and GIS can solve these problems Technology is being put in their hands and one of the benefits is the grant from the ESRI to all the schools in Nigeria so that their schools will have the software We are also integrating them into biodiversity projects where their school forms like citizen scientists where they will have the opportunity to use real scientific protocols to solve real problems he said Afolayan also said that it was a hybrid of several technologies and several platforms We have the global learning and observation of the environment which is a United States NASA supported project that promotes STEM with an understanding of the earth and its systems We are teaching them how to collect data and interpret it he said Afolayan said that the students were being tested already on GIS in their WAEC and JAMB examinations and the training would afford them deeper insight into their curriculum This is part of the Geography Green School projects that empower schools across Nigeria and Africa by providing technology support educational materials and tools for geo literacy Afolayan said Commenting Mr Israel Abioye a Geography teacher at the Deeper Life High School Ibadan said that the workshop had equipped the students with hands on training on GIS which according to him is part of the syllabus for third term for students in senior classes Speaking on their training experience Precious Oke and Upongbong Abasi told NAN that they have learnt relevance of GIS to many career paths and how to use the technology to solve problems in their environment NAN
    Experts train students on GIS to attain SDGs
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    Experts train students on GIS to attain SDGs

    Experts in Geographic Information System (GIS), on Thursday trained 50 students on the use of GIS technology for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Mr Emmanuel Jeje, an Acting Director, Provincial Operations Support, Department of Agriculture, Land Reforms and Rural Development, Cape Town in South Africa, made this known at the training in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that theme of the training was: “GIS Transforming Our World”.

    The GIS Workshop for Senior Secondary School Students was organised for Deeper Life High School and sponsored by GIS Academy, Ibadan.

    Jeje said that importance of technological knowledge have to be inculcated in education for an evolving world.

    He highlighted the importance of GIS to various fields of human endeavours and its roles in solving challenges facing the world from climate issues to agriculture and military use.

    “GIS helps you to understand what exists and where.

    “And with GIS ability, you can measure what happened in the past, the present and what the future can be as well as solve problems highlighted in the SDGs,” Jeje said.

    He also listed various career opportunities possible with the knowledge of GIS and how it could be deployed to security, businesses, solving climatic issues among others.

    In his remarks, Mr David Afolayan, the Chief Executive Officer, GIS Academy, said the workshop was an eye opener for the students to recognise opportunities within their reach, starting from where they were in their Geography class.

    Afolayan said: “Geography gives them information about the earth form, features, activities, atmosphere and so on.

    “It is a foundation for careers they are not aware of and we are bringing in Geographic information technology as an enabler so that the knowledge they have in Geography, Technology can be used to solve problems.”

    He said that GIS was a technology that helps to solve spatial problems.

    “We are building on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which already itemised the problems of the world that the world needs to solve.

    “We are letting the students see how their knowledge of Geography and GIS can solve these problems.

    “Technology is being put in their hands and one of the benefits is the grant from the ESRI to all the schools in Nigeria, so that their schools will have the software.

    “We are also integrating them into biodiversity projects where their school forms, like citizen scientists, where they will have the opportunity to use real scientific protocols to solve real problems,” he said.

    Afolayan also said that it was a hybrid of several technologies and several platforms.

    “We have the global learning and observation of the environment, which is a United States NASA supported project that promotes STEM with an understanding of the earth and its systems.

    “We are teaching them how to collect data and interpret it,” he said.

    Afolayan said that the students were being tested already on GIS in their WAEC and JAMB examinations and the training would afford them deeper insight into their curriculum.

    “This is part of the Geography Green School projects that empower schools
    across Nigeria and Africa by providing technology support, educational materials and tools for geo-literacy, ” Afolayan said.

    Commenting, Mr Israel Abioye, a Geography teacher at the Deeper Life High School, Ibadan, said that the workshop had equipped the students with hands-on training on GIS, which according to him, is part of the syllabus for third term for students in senior classes.

    Speaking on their training experience, Precious Oke and Upongbong Abasi told NAN that they have learnt relevance of GIS to many career paths and how to use the technology to solve problems in their environment.


    (NAN)