• Canada to lead Combined Task Force 150

    Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay today announced that Canada will be next in the rotation to lead Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), a naval coalition task force currently operating in the Middle East from June until September 2008.

    This deployment includes three Canadian warships and more than 850 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women. They will be assigned to monitor shipping, and help detect, deter and protect against unauthorized activity.

    Canada’s rotation of command of the Task Force will be followed by the Danes who are assuming command in September.

  • NASA Gives "Go" for Space Shuttle Launch on March 11

    NASA senior managers completed a review Friday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected March 11 as the official launch date for the STS-123 mission. Commander Dominic Gorie and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 2:28 a.m. EDT.

    During the 16-day mission, the crew will deliver and install the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre. Five spacewalks will be conducted during the flight.

  • B-2 Crashes on Takeoff From Guam

    A B-2 stealth bomber crashed on takeoff from Andersen AFB, Guam, on Saturday morning, the U.S. Air Force reported.

    The Spirit of Kansas, Tail No. 89-0127, was the first B-2 bomber to crash from the fleet of 21 built by Northrop Grumman Corp.

    The two pilots ejected. One was in stable condition with unspecified injuries at a naval hospital in Guam, while the other was released after a medical evaluation, TSgt. Tom Czerwinski of Pacific Air Forces public affairs office said.

    The aircraft was one in a flight of four B-2s that was returning to Whiteman AFB, Mo., following a deployment that began Oct. 5, Czerwinski said. They were being replaced in the constant bomber presence role at Andersen by six B-52s.

  • B-2 Stealth Bomber Crashes in Guam

    The Air Force on Saturday was investigating the cause of a crash in which a B-2 stealth bomber plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on Saturday, the first time one crashed, Air Force officials said.

    "We recovered both pilots in good health," retired Air Force Capt. Chuck Nash told FOX News of the crew members, who ejected from the bomber before it crashed.

    The billion-dollar aircraft was taking off with three others on their last flight out of Guam after a four-month deployment, part of a continuous U.S. bomber presence in the western Pacific. After the crash, the other three bombers were being kept on Guam, said Maj. Eric Hilliard at Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii. There are only 21 B-2 stealth bombers in existence.

    "Today's crash represents 5 percent of that B-2 stealth bomber inventory," Nash said.

  • Shuttle Safely Returns Home

    Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew returned to Earth on Wednesday, wrapping up a 5 million-mile journey highlighted by the successful delivery of a new European lab to the international space station.

    The shuttle and its seven astronauts landed at 9:07 a.m. at NASA's spaceport at Kennedy Space Center, where the crew's families and top space program managers gathered to welcome them home.

    Commander Stephen Frick safely guided Atlantis down through a sky dotted with thin, wispy clouds and onto the runway.

    "We're extremely happy to be home," Frick told Mission Control.

  • Endeavour Arrives at Launch Pad, Countdown Test Set

    After safely reaching its launch pad Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the space shuttle Endeavour now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-123 mission. A full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from Feb. 23 to 25.

    The shuttle arrived at the pad at approximately 4:45 a.m. EST Monday on top of a giant vehicle called the crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter began carrying Endeavour out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:24 p.m. Sunday, traveling less than 1 mph during the 3.4 mile journey. Endeavour was secured and firmly on the launch pad at 6:22 a.m.

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Set to Land Wednesday

    The space shuttle Atlantis crew is expected to complete a 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

    The STS-122 mission began Feb. 7 and delivered the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the station. Columbus expands the station's research facilities and provides scientists around the world with the ability to conduct a variety of life, physical and materials science experiments. The mission also included three spacewalks, the delivery of a new crew member to the station and the return of another astronaut after his nearly four month stay aboard the complex.

  • AMSAT Astronaut Training Update

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team coordinated two amateur radio school contact simulations between students at Bay Area Charter Elementary in the Houston area and astronauts Mike Fincke, KE5AIT and Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA at JSC. The two sessions took place on Friday, February 8 via the JSC W5RRR repeater. These two contacts were retransmitted on the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP). They were also fed into the Echolink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers and received 8 connections, including 2 link nodes and one repeater node from the U.S., Japan, and the Ukraine.

  • US Navy to Shoot Down Spy Satellite

    Taking a page from Hollywood science fiction, the Pentagon said Thursday it will try to shoot down a dying, bus-sized U.S. spy satellite loaded with toxic fuel on a collision course with the Earth.

    The military hopes to smash the satellite as soon as next week — just before it enters Earth's atmosphere — with a single missile fired from a Navy cruiser in the northern Pacific Ocean.

    The dramatic maneuver may well trigger international concerns, and U.S. officials have begun notifying other countries of the plan — stressing that it does not signal the start of a new American anti-satellite weapons program.

    Military and administration officials said the satellite is carrying fuel called hydrazine that could injure or even kill people who are near it when it hits the ground. That reason alone, they said, convinced President Bush to order the shoot-down.

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour to Move to Launch Pad Monday

    Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 18, as preparations move forward for the STS-123 mission. Endeavour is targeted to lift off March 11 on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

    The first motion of the shuttle out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building is scheduled for 7 a.m. EST. The fully assembled space shuttle, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be mounted on a mobile launcher platform and delivered to the pad on top of a crawler transporter. The crawler will travel slower than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey. The process is expected to take approximately six hours.

    NASA Television's media channel will air live coverage of Endeavour's rollout to the launch pad beginning at 6:30 a.m. Live coverage of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission will continue to air on NASA TV's public channel. Video highlights of the rollout will air on the NASA TV Video File.

  • ARISS-Europe Amateur Radio Antennas Reach Orbit

    When the Shuttle Atlantis launched on Thursday, February 8 the European Space Agency's Columbus module was on its way for delivery at the International Space Station. The amateur radio antennas mounted on the exterior open a new phase of amateur radio in space. While it will take several months to complete the ham shack aboard the Columbus module the first step has been taken.

    Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chairman, and AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs was quite pleased at this milestone and told the team, "I would like to extend my congrat-ulations to the ARISS-Europe team on today's successful launch of our newest on-orbit hardware delivery, the additional ARISS antennas!"

  • Air Ambulance Crashes in Temagami

    Two pilots and a critical-care paramedic remained in hospital Saturday after their helicopter responding to an emergency in northern Ontario crashed near Temagami, Ont.

    A spokeswoman for Ornge, which co-ordinates the air ambulance system in Ontario, says the injuries are non-life-threatening.

    A second paramedic involved in the crash was released.

    The four-man crew was on its way late Friday to meet a land ambulance involved in transporting a badly injured snowmobiler, who had smashed into a dock on the middle of Rib Lake.

  • Shuttle Atlantis Begins Mission to the Space Station

    Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew lifted off at 2:45 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 7 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to begin the STS-122 mission to the International Space Station.

    During the 11-day flight, Commander Steve Frick and his six crewmates will install the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory on the station. Columbus will expand the research facilities of the station and provide scientists around the world with the ability to conduct a variety of life, physical and materials science experiments. The mission will include three spacewalks, delivery of a new crew member to the station and the return of another astronaut after nearly four months aboard the complex.

    Shortly before launch, Frick thanked the teams that helped make the launch possible.

  • NASA Unveils $17.6 Billion Budget

    NASA announced a $17.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2009 to continue exploring the solar system, building the International Space Station, studying Earth from space and conducting aeronautics research.

    NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale said the increase for NASA's 2009 budget demonstrates President Bush's commitment to the agency's missions. With the increase, NASA still accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

    The NASA budget includes $5.78 billion for the space shuttle and space station programs, $4.44 billion for science, $3.5 billion for development of new manned spacecraft systems and $447 million for aeronautics research.

  • ISS Repeater Re-activated

    The ISS cross band repeater is on and functioning as of this announcement. It is on Uplink - 437.800FM Downlink - 145.800FM. It is quite strong and can be heard well on a simple setup.

  • NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

    News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis. The STS-122 mission to the International Space Station is set to lift off at 2:45 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 7.

    On Monday, Feb. 4, the seven Atlantis crew members are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at 10:30 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Steve Frick makes a brief statement to media. Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy's news center by 8 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

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