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Thursday, September 10, 2009

UP, UP, and Away (H-IIB TF1) - And a test too (Ares I rocket motor)

Hope Japan has a successful flight to the ISS.
- LRK -

Launch Result of HTV Demonstration Flight
aboard H-IIB Launch Vehicle Test Flight (H-IIB TF1)

September 11, 2009 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-II
Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight aboard the H-IIB Launch
Vehicle Test Flight (H-IIB TF1) at 2:01:46 a.m. on September 11, 2009
(Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The
launch azimuth was 108.5 degrees.

The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 15 minutes and 10
seconds after liftoff, the separation of the HTV Demonstration Flight
was confirmed.
We would like to express our profound appreciation for the cooperation
and support of all related personnel and organizations that helped
contribute to the success1ful launch of the H-IIB TF1.

At the time of the launch, the weather was cloudy, a wind speed was
1.3 meters/second from the west and the temperature was 24.5 degrees

Watched the test on NASA TV. A lot of smoke and a successful test.
- LRK -

NASA and ATK Successfully Test Ares First Stage Motor

NASA and industry partners lit up the Utah sky today with the initial
full scale, full-duration test firing of the first motor for the Ares
I rocket. The Ares I is a crew launch vehicle in development for
NASA's Constellation Program.

> News Release


Watching Shuttle preparations for Discovery's first landing opportunity.
- LRK -

Shuttle returning - watching NASA TV

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Sept. 10, 2009

Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston

RELEASE: 09-203


HOUSTON -- Advances in the fight against food poisoning, new methods
for delivering medicine to cancer cells, and better materials for
future spacecraft are among the results published in a NASA report
detailing scientific research accomplishments made aboard the
International Space Station during its first eight years.

The report includes more than 100 science experiments ranging from
bone studies to materials' research.

"This report represents a record of science accomplishments during
assembly and summarizes peer-reviewed publications to date," said
Julie Robinson, program scientist for the station at NASA's Johnson
Space Center in Houston. "As we enter the final year of station
assembly, this report highlights the capabilities and opportunities
for space station research after assembly is complete."

One of the most compelling results reported is the confirmation that
the ability of common germs to cause disease increases during
spaceflight, but that changing the growth environment of the bacteria
can control this virulence. The Effect of Spaceflight on Microbial
Gene Expression and Virulence experiment identified increased
virulence of space-flown Salmonella typhimurium, a leading cause of
food poisoning. New research on subsequent station missions will
target development of a vaccine for this widespread malady.

Another experiment produced a potential medical advance, demonstrating
a new and powerful method for delivering drugs to targets in the
human body. Microgravity research on the station was vital to
development of miniature, liquid-filled balloons the size of blood
cells that can deliver medicine directly to cancer cells. The
research was conducted for the Microencapsulation Electrostatic
Processing System experiment.

In today's space news from SpaceRef:

-- NASA and ATK Successfully Test Ares First Stage Motor (With Video)

"NASA and industry engineers lit up the Utah sky Thursday with the
initial full-scale, full-
duration test firing of the first stage motor for the Ares I rocket.
The Ares I is a crew launch
vehicle in development for NASA's Constellation Program."


NASA considers ISS Bigelow module
By Rob Coppinger

NASA is considering attaching a Bigelow Aerospace inflatable module to
the International Space Station, in a return to a concept the agency
had more than a decade ago.

In 1997 the US space agency examined the possible attachment of its
Transhab inflatable module to the ISS, but abandoned the technology
project. Transhab would have been used for crew quarters.

Bigelow took the NASA Transhab technology and developed it for its own
orbital complex concept and launched two technology demonstrators,
Genesis I and II, which were successfully launched using Russian
rockets in 2006 and 2007.

From 2012 Bigelow wants to lease to governments, companies and
tourists the use of its private space stations for research and

In 2007 Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert Bigelow announced an $11.9
million price tag for four weeks at his space station in 2007 dollars,
excluding the cost of transport.

However, internal NASA documents passed to Flightglobal show the US
space agency is now interested in attaching a Bigelow module, but
neither the company or NASA were available for comment.

The interest in the Bigelow technology follows NASA's decision to
permanently attach its Italian-designed and built Raffaello
multipurpose logistics module to the ISS.




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