Tim Peake’s ISS experiments, Falcon 9 and Progress Spacecraft launches

151220-spacex1SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch by a day to maximize chances for landing

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with 11 Orbcomm telecommunication satellites for a day, to wait for a better chance to land the rocket’s first-stage booster after liftoff.

The commercial rocket company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said the decision to put off Sunday’s scheduled launch attempt was made after a review of the mission parameters. In a tweet, he said an analysis of probabilistic Monte Carlo simulations showed there was a “10 percent higher chance of a good landing” on Monday night.

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The eight tests Major Tim Peake will undergo in space as a human guinea pig

Long-term space flight is fraught with health implications. From loss of muscle mass to brittle bones and immune system dysfunction, astronauts face a string of possible after-effects of a long stint on the International Space Station (ISS).

So one of Maj Peake’s many roles on the ISS will be human guinea pig – subjecting himself to several physiological experiments for the European Space Agency (ESA) so see just what long-term space flight does to the human body.

In total, he will undergo 23 tests including eight by the ESA and 15 where he will have a smaller role in research undertaken by US, Japanese and Canadian teams.

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Russia ready to launch upgraded Progress Spacecraft

photo_12-19-07-e1450657940647Russia’s Progress-MS cargo spacecraft, an improved version of the Progress-M vehicle, is all set to conduct its debut flight on Monday, Dec. 21. Launch will take place at 3:44 a.m. EDT (8:44 GMT) from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft will start a two-day trip to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

The mission, Progress MS-1 (designated Progress 62 by NASA), will deliver about 2.5 tons of cargo, including dry cargo, propellant, water and compressed oxygen. It will take a standard two-day route to ISS instead of an express six-hour path because mission controllers want to perform detailed in-orbit testing of the craft prior to docking with the orbital outpost.

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