After a successful launch yesterday aboard an Indian rocket, Canada's critical Sapphire and NEOSSat satellites along with the other satellites launched have all communicated with ground control and appear to be working fine.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.(MDA), the prime contractor who built Sapphire for the Department of Defence, said that communication with the satellite has been established. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.
Yesterday morning at 7:31 a.m. EST an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota carrying seven satellites into orbit including four Canadian built satellites.
The launch was originally scheduled for 7:26 a.m. EST but was delayed 5 minutes to avoid debris in the orbital path of the rocket. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.
New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, at 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15).
The calculations using infrasound data were performed by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Read more at Space Daily.
Lieden, NL - On 30 January, CSS President Wayne A. Ellis was pleased to have been able to attend the NVR/Space Nederland-sponsored event, GAIA Mini-Symposium that was held at the Leiden University. The event included a number of interesting and knowledgable scientists and engineers who presented on many of the aspects of the future GAIA mission, which is essentially a follow-on mission to Hipparcos of the late 1980's (which I remembered learning about in my undergrad days!). Anthony Brown lectured on the building of a 3D map of our Galaxy, with some really stunning renderings; Timo Prusti from ESA explained the GAIA mission concept, design and construction; and Rudolf le Poole 'dove deeper' into describing the space system's stablility tolerances and calibration equipment - very humbling for the undersigned to grasp!
After the event, the guests were treated to various beverages, and that allowed me some time to find out more of NVR's operations.One interesting thing that I did not know was that SpaceNed comprises of mainly space industry member organizations and thus it serves as the industry 'voice' to the Dutch government, whereas NVR is primarily concerned with bringing space enthusiasts together and putting on very interesting and informative events for its members. NVR claims to have nearly 800 members and over 60 years in operation - Bravo! Certainly, the CSS can learn a lot from this organization and we hope to have more interaction in the future! Many thanks to Lex Meijer, Gerard Blaauw and board members of the NVR!