Jasmine Boland

China’s Launch Center Conduct Back-To-Back Launches Just Hours Apart

China’s Launch Center Conduct Back-To-Back Launches Just Hours Apart

This week at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, built in the Chinese province Shanxi, began with a back-to-back launch, according to media reports. The time gap between both the launches was only six hours.

Kuaizhou-1A rocket was used for both the launches at the same launch center. During the first launch, an Earth-imaging satellite called Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B was deployed. The satellite was designed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd.

In the second launch event, six satellites were boarded on Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The group includes Spacety-16 and Spacety-17: the pair to be used for monitoring of Polar Regions and disaster prevention. The other two satellites, HEAD-2A and HEAD-2B, will be used for environmental monitoring and a means of communication for the Skywalker Constellation during the crisis. The remaining two satellites, Tianqi-4A and Tianqi-4B, will support IoT-based applications and also deliver data transmission & emergency communication services. ExPace, a commercial subsidiary of CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation), is the manufacturer of the above-mentioned satellites.

The state media reported that those sequential launches within a short period have marked progress for the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

On a related note, China launched an imaging satellite last month, which is capable of capturing high-resolution 3D shots. The country has recently shared some high-resolution images captured by the Gaofen-7 satellite. The resolution of the images captured by the satellite is enough to locate a single person from the height of around 500 Kilometers.

China is revamping orbital imaging capabilities with a planned launch of a constellation of 14 satellites and Gaofen-7 is the latest launch among that set. Space tech industries, such as Planets, are propelling hundreds of satellites to offer real-time imagery for multiple terrestrial businesses. Therefore, China also desires to have its proprietary imagery system in the space.

With the successful deployment of each new satellite in the constellation, the imaging capabilities of the system get improved at a significant rate. Gaofen-7 landforms with multispectral cameras for capturing detailed 3D images of landforms and structures.

SpaceChain To Send Blockchain Technology To ISS For Fintech Market

SpaceChain To Send Blockchain Technology To ISS For Fintech Market

In the recent time, SpaceChain declared that its blockchain technology is headed to the ISS (International Space Station), onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the course of CRS-19 commercial resupply service operation. This is the foremost technology manifestation of blockchain hardware on the space station and it will be positioned in Nanoracks’ marketable platform on the ISS. This was the third blockchain payload released in the space by SpaceChain in the last 2 Years, advancing SpaceChain’s dream of a decentralized orbital collection for business and fintech applications. This ISS manifestation mission was possible through Nanoracks and Space Act agreement with NASA. Once the payload is activated, it will display the receipt, sanction, and retransmission of blockchain transactions, forming “multisig” transactions—which need several signature approvals to complete and will increase the security of the operation.

Through Nanoracks’ commercial platform, all the data will be directly uplinked and downlinked. SpaceChain’s application adds the remoteness and safety of space infrastructure to blockchain technology to lay the groundwork for the latest generation of products developed on its technology. This landmark underscores SpaceChain’s obligation to address land-based pivotal infrastructure concerns while speeding up technology advancement, global collaboration, and approving space as a service for contemporary businesses. Previously this year, SpaceChain was granted funding by the ESA (European Space Agency) to further advance and recognize commercial use-cases for satellite blockchain technology.

On a similar note, SpaceChain was in news for partnering with Biteeu for space-based data backups. This collaboration focuses on improving data protection and security through space-based storage solutions. Reportedly, Biteeu is a licensed and cooperative cryptocurrency exchange in the EU (European Union). Biteeu would be backing up the data on SpaceChain’s blockchain-authorized satellite consignments, making it the first cryptocurrency exchange to do so.

Astronomers Are Trying To Figure Out Bennu’s Particle Explosion Event

Astronomers Are Trying To Figure Out Bennu’s Particle Explosion Event

NASA has found its OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft to be orbiting the large asteroid Bennu to detect a slight disturbance in the rover the moment it nears Earth. The rover has mapped the asteroid’s rocky surface using its cameras and other necessary instruments so as to help find the correct spot for landing that is expected to happen by next year. The moment the landing position is chosen, OSIRIS-REx will kiss Bennu and collect the sample before it returns to Earth in 2023. The samples from Bennu are expected to modernize our understanding of asteroids, especially the ones that are closer to our planet and considered to be a threat. The space agency has made many discoveries including the recent explosion of particles from the asteroid’s surface.

No active asteroid has ever been closely observed but an astronomer Carl Hergenrother from the University of Arizona and the other scientist had proposed the asteroid to be a dead body and this notion is found to be changing. In January, the navigation cameras on OSIRIS-REx had spotted ejection events and the particles were found to form a cloud of gnats around Bennu. The spacecraft has since then captured many such ejection events on several occasions. The asteroid may not have a heated core necessary for geological activity but it is a zombie sneezing out small particles. A few particles orbit like a moon and return to the surface while the rest escape into the empty space. The extreme temperature changes or micrometeoroids are found to eject particles. Bennu still remains a mystery that the astronomers want to explore.

On a similar note, NASA had stated that it has found the potential landing sites on asteroid 101955 Bennu. There are 4 landing locations that the NASA mission planners have found for the Osiris-REX spacecraft’s touchdown. The Bennu team plans to collect 60 Grams of material for return to Earth. The four sites have been named Kingfisher, Osprey, Nightingale, and Sandpiper as a tribute to native birds of Egypt. The Osiris-REX team is going to start the survey of the four sites.

Artificial Intelligence-Integrated CIMON Could Simplify Space Crew Tasks

Artificial Intelligence-Integrated CIMON Could Simplify Space Crew Tasks

The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) has collected many firsts of the primary mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission is the first-ever autonomous free-floating robot to function when aboard the station. It is believed to become the first smart astronaut assistant. However, the CIMON is something rare than Alexa for space. Another CIMON-2 that was launched boarding the SpaceX ISS resupply mission is expected to help the astronauts in a number of ways by lending a helping hand in space work, especially when it comes to practical experiments. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus, and IBM have together created CIMON for astronaut assistance like keeping track of tasks, retrieving information, and reducing social issues.

The current mission’s goal was to check if CIMON can actually assist the astronauts and provide the necessary support during space experiments. CIMON-2 is found to be made more capable of using better software and hardware based on the mission’s outcome. The product is found to have an emotional intelligence side added just like the IBM Watson Tone Analyzer to understand the communication between CIMON and the astronauts. CIMON could become a robotic countermeasure for groupthink wherein a group works together cordially. The objective is to help provide a product that can emotionally connect with the space crew and save time that is very important while in space.CIMON is like a mobile documentarian that can record plus perform other activities on the space station. CIMON will be staying on the ISS and there are plans to extend its mission to Mars, Moon, and other celestial bodies.

In a similar context, the Air Force Space Command is planning on using the commercial sector’s artificial intelligence potentials to computerize daily tasks and free up airmen for warfighting. AI is believed to help the air force well-manage satellite maintenance tasks. The room for error would be drastically reduced while using the AI and it can help discover a lot more about the empty space.