L-38 hours. Planetary Society prepares to test solar sailing spacecraft.

Wednesday’s flight of an Atlas V rocket marks the fourth flight of the X-37B/OTV program. However, the flight also marks another significant milestone in space history, as the first of an eventual series of three solar-sail spacecraft are launched on a demonstration mission.

The Planetary Society’s LightSail is a privately-funded spacecraft designed to test solar sailing technologies in low-earth orbit. The 3U cubesat - for three 10 cubic centimeter unit - will deploy a 344 square foot (or 32 square meters) Mylar sail that is only .0045 millimeters thick. That mind-bogglingly thin material is easier to think of as one fourth the thickness of the average garbage bag.

LightSail will not remain on orbit long enough to test solar sailing capabilities; instead, it will test deployment procedures and flight hardware in preparation for 2016′s launch of LightSail-1.

LightSail-1, the second of three solar sailing spacecraft the Society plans on launching, will remain on orbit for over a year, changing its orbit by the pressure of the sun hitting its sails. Provided that mission is successful, a final LightSail spacecraft will launch sometime the following year towards the L1 Lagrangian point. Both follow up missions are scheduled to fly on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

For more information on The Planetary Society’s LightSail mission, click here.
The society has also created a popular Kickstarter page where, if you donate at the $35 level, you receive a fragment of Mylar material just light what is flown on LightSail.

For the last decade, ULA has launched cubesats as secondary payloads from Atlas V and Delta IV rockets; the satellites fill in as extra ballast the rocket otherwise would carry as dead weight.

Wednesday’s flight of the OTV - officially dubbed AFSPC-5 - will be no different, carrying ten CubeSats into orbit. Aside from LightSail, nine of these are developed and funded by the U.S. Naval Academy, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Aerospace Corporation. They will test a variety of space based technologies, including CubeSat-based computer server communications, micro plasma thruster testing, and ground system calibration.

Launch of the AFSPC-5 mission with the X-37B/OTV-4 and LightSail spacecrafts is at 10:45 AM EDT Wednesday, 20 May, 2015. There is a 60% chance of favorable weather conditions at the start of the four-hour launch window.

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Still feeling the effects of launch fever? So are we!

WATCH UP-CLOSE with our fleet of remote cameras for the May 20 launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V on the Air Force AFSPC-5 mission, which delivered the X-37B spaceplane (OTV-4) & The Planetary Society Lightsail “A” to orbit.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Air Force

ULA - Atlas 5 / AFSPC-5 launch poster.

May 22, 2015

Launches of the USAF X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
May 20, 2015 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force Space Command 5 (AFSPC-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 11:05 a.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-41. The rocket carried the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle or OTV, a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force. 

“ULA is honored to launch this unique spacecraft for the U.S Air Force. Congratulations to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on today’s successful launch! The seamless integration between the Air Force, Boeing, and the entire mission team culminated in today’s successful launch of the AFSPC-5 mission” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs.

Atlas V AFSPC-5 Launch Highlights
This Atlas V mission also includes the Aft Bulkhead Carrier (ABC) carrying the National Reconnaissance Office’s (NRO’s) Ultra Lightweight Technology and Research Auxiliary Satellite (ULTRASat).  ULTRASat is composed of 10 CubeSats managed by the NRO and NASA. “The ABC contained 8 P-Pods that released 10 CubeSats that were successfully delivered. The CubeSats were developed by the U.S Naval Academy, the Aerospace Corporation, Air Force Research Laboratory, The Planetary Society and California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo to conduct various on orbit experiments” said Sponnick.

This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V 501 configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) , which includes a 5.4-meter-diameter payload fairing. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine, and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine. This was ULA’s sixth launch of the 501 configuration, and ULA’s 54th mission to launch on an Atlas V rocket.

ULA’s next launch is the Atlas V GPS IIF-10 mission for the U. S. Air Force, scheduled for July 15 from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

USAF X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.

With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 90 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at http://www.ulalaunch.com. Join the conversation at http://www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, http://twitter.com/ulalaunch and http://instagram.com/ulalaunch.

Images, Video, Text, Credits: ULA/USAF.

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Naša študenta razstavljata v Celju
// Our students exhibiting in Celje

FOKUS v prerezu je tradicionalna majska razstava, ki je bila doslej namenjena predstavitvi mentorjev fotografske delavnice Celje FOKUS. Letos prvič se kažejo rezultati večletnega ustvarjanja delavnice, saj v ospredje postavlja presek delovanja fotografov mlajše generacije Andreja Lamuta, Katre Petriček in Bojana Mijatovića, na katere je udeležba na delavnici Celje Fokus imela pomemben vpliv.

Lokacija: Galerija Plevnik – Kronkowska
Razlagova ulica 9, Celje
Odpiralni čas:
torek - petek: 15.30 - 19.00 ure // sobota: 10. – 12. ure
Na ogled do 30. maja 2015.
Več info na
: Celje Fokus

Naslednji dogodek spremljevalnega programa festivala avtorske fotografije Celje Fokus bo 12. junija, ko bomo odprli razstavo Interrogations Donalda Webra.

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Both AFSPC-5/OTV-4/X-37B and The Planetary Society's LightSail have reached their respective orbits successfully.

This was the 22nd consecutive Atlas V mission to have launched on time since 2012.


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Still feeling the effects of launch fever? So are we!

WATCH UP-CLOSE with our fleet of remote cameras for the May 20 launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V on the Air Force AFSPC-5 mission, which delivered the X-37B spaceplane (OTV-4) & The Planetary Society Lightsail “A” to orbit. 

Watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_SKINJ2Iwc&feature=autoshare

Get the story- http://www.americaspace.com/?p=82222