New ships Russia: Soyuz TMA-MS, Progress MS, PCA and PTK NP Rus.
New ships USA: Cygnus, Dragon, CST-100, Orion.
Existing ships of Russia: Progress M, Soyuz TMA-M.
Existing ships of the United States: no.
Signus together with Soyuz TMA-M
Soyuz TMA-MC is a Russian multi-seater spacecraft for flight in earth orbit.
New upgraded version of the spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-M”. The update will affect almost every system of manned spacecraft. The first launch is planned no earlier than 2016.
The main points of the program of modernization of the spacecraft:
the energy-conversion efficiency of solar cells, will be enhanced through the use of more efficient Photovoltaic cells;
the reliability of rendezvous and docking of spacecraft with the space station due to the change in engine installation of the mooring and orientation. Continue reading
Matt Taylor – the adventures of Rosetta
Caught the comet British astrophysicist Matt Taylor told the guests of the festival 360° about the Rosetta mission. about why study comets in General, and about their own role in this Grand project. We have selected a few interesting quotes from Kinot-speech for those who for some reason missed the lecture or watched the broadcast.
About comets in General
I will tell you about their history, about their view on what the Rosetta mission, because I am only a small part of a huge team. So why do we study comets?
This film, created by Polish Studio Platige Image jointly with ESA] was released shortly before docking of the probe Philae from the comet. Its task is to explain the purpose of our mission. We hope to learn more about the evolution of the Solar system – where did we come from? Therefore, it is important to understand how on Earth there was water.
Here’s what we know about comets after all observations. Their Central core is very small if to compare with the “tail” of dust and gas that the comet emits. Continue reading
Astronomers at the Australian national University has discovered the largest known planetary systems. Therein, except for the Central star has a large planet.
This planet makes a complete revolution around the sun in nearly a million years. This gas giant is at a distance of one billion kilometers from the star, which exceeds in 140 times the distance between Pluto and the Sun. Reported by the BBC.
Thus far, there are only a few of these planetary systems.
The exoplanet, which received the designation 2MASS J2126-8140 has a lot of 12-15 Jupiter. It was discovered in the programme of observations of young stars and brown dwarfs in the immediate galactic environment of the Sun. Astronomers came to realize that they see not two independent object at the same distance from the Sun is about 100 light years away, a planetary system.
“We were very surprised by the discovery of an object with such a relatively small mass so far from the Central star. Unlike Solar, this system could not occur from a huge gas-dust clouds,” says Dr. Simon Murphy from the Australian national University. Continue reading