Three Goals of Parker Solar Probe

Bill Jelen

August 13, 2018

Filtered by Category: NASA

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Launched yesterday morning, the Parker Solar Probe begins a 7 year mission to study the Sun. The first milestone is eight weeks away when the probe uses its instruments to study Venus.

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NASA's Zurbuchen Praises ULA Team For Textbook Launch

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Moments after the Parker Solar Probe was energy-positive, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate held an impromptu session with media gathered at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site.

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Antares Speeds Cygnus to ISS with OA-9 Launch

As we disembark the buses we hear “Check item 347,” and remember that the OA-9 launch team has been on the job since 10:00 pm, 5 hours earlier than us. The clouds are broken and allow us glimpses of stars, but we are also able to see clouds lighting up, and an occasional flash from a storm just offshore.

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Antares at Sunset, May 19, 2018.  Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space

What's in the OA-9 Cygnus?

Resupply mission OA-9 will carry a mix of cargo weighing 3,350 Kg (7,385 lbs.) plus an array of Cube SATS.  This version of the Cygnus is the Enhanced Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) with an empty weight of 3,375 Kg, standing 639 cm tall (20 ft) and controlled with 32 thrusters.  After delivering supplies it will be reloaded with approximately 3,200 Kg of disposal cargo before departing the ISS.  The typical resupply mission carries crew provisions, food, scientific experiments, EVA supplies and vehicle hardware.  So what's in the OA-9 Cygnus?

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GOES-S to Assist Pacific Hurricane Hunters

A United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket lifted the GOES-S weather-tracking satellite to orbit. The launch occurred at the top of the launch window, 5:02 PM on March 1, 2018. The weather was perfect - the 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron announced a 0% probability of violating weather constraints. The rocket was flying with the extra-large fairing that is five meters in diameter instead of the usual four. Because of the mass of the satellite, four external solid rocket boosters were attached to the Atlas V to provide additional lift. Those extra engines provided a beautiful white trail of smoke as the rocket ascended.

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