Space travel trend: The fascination of space – culture

The beginning of the end of the dream began on January 28, 1986 at 4:39 pm. At this point the space shuttle exploded Challenger shortly after the start because of a defective sealing ring. All seven crew members died, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.

The mission was planned as a new start for space travel, which had reached a low point 17 years after the moon landing and the public-interest contest between the Soviet Union and the USA, which had been declared a matter of national honor, but which had fallen asleep. Instead of a moon base and a future in the stars, space travel seemed to consist only of boring experiments and a better local transport system called the Space Shuttle Program. The teacher Christa McAuliffe, however, was supposed to arouse new interest in the subject in school children.

The tragic story of the mission, which ended before it really began, is currently being told on Netflix in the documentary series “Challenger – The Final Flight”. Since the 50th anniversary of the moon landing last year, the media interest in space travel has been as great as the members of the Challenger had dreamed of: The film “Astronaut” with Richard Dreyfuss started this week, last year “Proxima – The Astronaut” . Disney Plus is currently running the series “The Right Stuff” about the beginnings of NASA, and Damien Chazelle filmed the moon landing with Ryan Gosling two years ago. And then there are the planetary pajamas, astronaut shirts and NASA jackets that the big fashion chains are throwing into their closets.

Where does it come from, this great current fascination for space travel?

Even the countdown before the launch of a rocket aligns the whole present with a spectacular event, a better future. Perhaps it is this euphoria, this spirit of optimism that is sorely missed in view of the current catastrophes Corona, Trump and climate change. Space travel borrowed the dramaturgical effect of the countdown to the rocket launch for its self-staging from the cinema, from Fritz Lang’s film “Woman in the Moon” from 1929. The physicist and writer Daniel Mellem tells this story in his recently published debut novel “The invention of Countdowns “about the rocket developer Hermann Oberth. So you can also find it in literature, the longing for the pioneering age, of course, it was responsible for utopias even before the cinema.

Space travel was thought ahead as a metaphor for the ascension long before it was realized

The fascination for space travel reflects the desire for undoubted heroes who are strapped to the tips of former war weapons and continue in space where the undoubted heroes of the American western, the cowboys invented in their well-known form by the cinema, are opening up new lands and the subsequent order of the same had ceased. In addition, those years were a time of political upheaval that one can only wish for today in the fight against climate change and other problems. Rock music, the hippie movement and New Hollywood called the conservative worldview into question, while at the same time the photographic view from the small windows of the Mercury– and Apollo– Space capsules and, from the surface of the moon, made the earth appear for the first time as the famous blue point it can be imagined as today.

At the time, the threateningly empty foreground of the moon in particular corrected some perspectives on the earth, and perhaps it is more than a nice coincidence that the Federal Ministry of the Interior was expanded to include a department for environmental protection for the first time in the year of the moon landing.

“For All Mankind” at Apple Plus shows how clearly these political upheavals and the utopian potential of this time were related to space travel. The series tells an alternate story of space travel, in which Russians and Americans compete not only on the size and range of their missiles, but also on gender equality. A second season is due to appear later this year, and it is precisely this “What if …” moment that explains the continuing nostalgic interest in the space era.

What if the space program had continued with the consistency of those early years?

Perhaps this unfulfilled promise and possibly also unfulfillable promises of the rocket age is part of the fascination. Because when you leave the earth, all life-world standards of time and space lose their meaning. The duration of journeys to distant stars, even with theoretically physically achievable fractions of the speed of light, is outside the human lifetime. But space travel never got to that point.

What if you thought the future as openly as it was then?

In one of his many glosses on space, the philosopher Hans Blumenberg described how space travel had been thought in advance as a metaphor for the ascension long before it was realized. The media longing does not only reveal the desire for a time that promised a better future. It also has a dark side, the secret desire to escape all earthly limitations of space and time, vulnerable bodies and complicated politics, and to flee into a state of eternal being. Like that Voyager– Space probes, which were also launched in that glorified time and will now shoot through nowhere for tens of thousands of years.

The new films and series are reminiscent of these dreams, and back then, too, it was books, such as the novels Jules Verne, and films, such as Fritz Lang’s, that made the utopian appear conceivable and ultimately also feasible. What if you not only projected these new fictions into the stars, not transfigured them in terms of salvation history, but applied them to earthly conditions and thought the future as openly as it was then?

The longing for the stars holds a utopian potential in store that is very much needed on earth. Perhaps then you wouldn’t even have to want to leave it.


BepiColombo: Flyby an der Venus

A second Venus fly-by in August 2021 at a distance of 550 kilometers should keep BepiColombo on course. And finally, it will pass Mercury itself six more times before the probes can begin the actual work. Once arrived, the MPO and MMO will separate and move into different orbits. From February 2026, they will then measure the planet as precisely as it has never been possible before.

Seven earth years of flight, one earth year of research

Now it is not that nobody has paid a visit to Mercury so far. 40 years ago the American space agency NASA first sent a probe to the planet. Mariner 10 managed to roughly scan almost half of the planet’s surface in its three flyby flights. However, because the results were quite unsatisfactory, the Messenger probe recently swung into orbit and collected data between 2011 and 2015. The mission also raised new questions. BepiColombo should help answer them.

It is important to find out as much as possible about the internal structure, surface and atmosphere as well as magnetic fields of Mercury. Because the planet is hot and, strange as it sounds, more difficult for an orbiter to reach than far-off Saturn, it is the least explored of all the rocky planets in the inner solar system.

On October 20, 2018, BepiColombo was launched from the launch facility of the European Space Agency ESA in Kourou in French Guyana on board an Ariane 5 rocket. The mission is named after space engineer Giuseppe Colombo – nicknamed Bepi – and is expected to take a good earth year. So about four Mercury years.


Germans build hydrogen cars at a dumping price – that’s how much it should cost

They know how to shoot a person into space. Now the clever minds of German space travel are showing a car that not only drives absolutely clean. It should also be super cheap.

Reaching for the stars is their job. Now the inventors from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are igniting a rocket that is supposed to stay on earth. The SLRV (Safe Light Regional Vehicle), which the researchers have just presented on a test track, has several trump cards.

Body in sandwich construction

With a length of 3.80 meters, the decidedly flat SLRV (for low air resistance) lies pretty much exactly between a VW Up and the Polo. Even so, the car only weighs 450 kg. In addition, weight was saved wherever possible. Take the body, for example: it is only 90 kg light, but should still offer a high level of passive safety. The secret lies, among other things, in its sandwich construction (a lightweight construction made of different materials with different properties, in the case of the SLRV: steel and foam), which has not yet been used in car construction. But the DLR researchers want to change that: They want to optimize production technologies so that more sandwiches could be on the streets in the future.

Hybrid of fuel cell and battery

It also runs with a clean fuel cell drive: only water vapor comes out of the exhaust. The fuel cell is connected to a battery that provides additional thrust when starting or overtaking. The whole system is significantly lighter than a conventional electric drive, say the researchers. It should enable a range of 400 km and a top speed of 120 km / h.

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Clean car at a dumping price

Probably the biggest highlight, however, are the costs: The development team expects a price of only 15,000 euros and very low maintenance costs on top of that. Those who drive the SLRV for ten years only pay about ten cents per kilometer – significantly less than for conventional cars.

However, it is still unclear when the rocket will launch.


“NetSat” project: Mini-satellite breakthrough – What Germany can do better than Elon Musk

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Breakthrough of mini satellites – what Germany can do better than Elon Musk

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Which insights the formation flight should bring

Four dwarf satellites from the Center for Telematics in Würzburg were successfully sent into space on board a Russian Soyuz launcher. At an altitude of 600 kilometers, they should now form themselves independently for their mission.

Würzburg developers have sent four small satellites into space with a Soyuz rocket. This is an important step in international competition – because the project succeeds in what was previously impossible. That should even make SpaceX boss Musk jealous.

Dhe world premiere begins with a chance to fly. On Monday, four small satellites the size of a shoe box were launched into space with a Russian Soyuz rocket. The main payload at launch was three large communications satellites for the Russians. In addition, mini satellites developed and built in Würzburg also flew into space.

For the first time, the NetSat project aims to make satellites fly in formation and steer themselves in the process. An automatic group dance in space.

After a successful launch of the rocket from the Plesezk space station, initial data indicated that the mission was going well. The satellites will be deployed at an altitude of 575 kilometers.

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The satellites, each weighing four kilograms, were developed under the leadership of the internationally renowned Professor Klaus Schilling at the Würzburg Center for Telematics (ZfT) and the company S4 (Smart Small Satellite Systems).

Germany is speaking out in the international competition for smaller satellites with a special technological feature. Huge swarms of satellites are currently being planned in dozens of projects around the world.

Self-organized satellite fleet

It is becoming apparent that more and more small and micro satellites are being launched that will take over their tasks as a joint fleet. The Würzburg researchers are considered experts in the miniaturization of satellites and can also test them.

The satellites are not supposed to fly in space one-dimensionally like in the past, like a string of pearls, or two-dimensionally next to each other, but three-dimensional as a world premiere.

The fleet is largely self-organized. The satellites are not constantly steered from control centers from Earth. Thanks to three-dimensional flight, three-dimensional images from space would also be possible in the future, for example for analyzing thunderstorm or ash clouds during a volcanic eruption.

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The four satellites of the NetSat mission are said to rotate as a formation in orbit as they orbit the earth. The satellites also communicate with one another. Such a scenario has never been realized before.

Not even from the US company SpaceX owned by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, which has quickly risen to become the world’s largest satellite operator with its Starlink project, which is supposed to offer internet services worldwide.

“Franconia in space, who would have thought”

As Professor Schilling said in Würzburg, the four satellites should approach each other within 20 meters at the end of the test campaign. “There are excellent prospects in earth observation and telecommunications,” said Schilling.

Cooperation between larger satellites and smaller fleets is also conceivable. The economic prospects for future multi-satellite systems, such as the Internet of Things or improved climate forecasts and better information for agriculture, are particularly exciting.

Schilling spoke out in favor of setting up a highly automated satellite production also in Germany, “preferably in Bavaria”, in order not to fall behind in relation to the USA or China. It should be able to produce “around 1000 satellites in a year” in a highly automated manner.

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In Würzburg it has already been possible to manufacture and test mini satellites with robotic assistance. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder paid tribute to the successes of the Würzburg researchers in a video of greeting. “Franconia in space, who would have thought,” said the CSU politician. Space technology is becoming more and more important.

As it was said at the presentation of the NetSat project, a future satellite construction factory in Germany would not be possible without government support. Germany could build up a national, independent competence via a satellite factory and use its technical competence.

“It is important that we play in this new space sector,” said Schilling. He pointed out that considerable know-how in mini satellite construction had already been accumulated in the vicinity of Würzburg University. As early as 2005, the first German mini satellite “Uwe” flew into space with an edge length of ten centimeters.


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Crashing ‘meteorite’ reveals NASA satellite from 1964 | NOW

Last weekend, an American observatory observed a small object skimming toward Earth. At first it was thought that this was a meteorite, but further investigation showed that it was a no longer functioning NASA satellite from 1964.

OGO-1 was the first of a series of six missions and is now the last of the OGO family to return to Earth. OGO-2 to OGO-6 appeared years ago in various places on earth.

The satellite was initially observed by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, USA. They reported the observation to the American space agency NASA, which examined the object and compared measurements with the European space agency ESA.

Based on these measurements, the trajectory of the object could be determined and thus where and when it would enter the atmosphere.

On Saturday, the object entered the atmosphere between Tahiti and the Cook Islands, a little further east than previously calculated. The ‘return’ happened at 10:44 pm Dutch time, 25 minutes earlier than predicted.

OGO-1 is the last of series to come home

The satellite was designed to study the Earth’s magnetic field. The OGO-1 was launched in September 1964 and then operated for five years.

After those five years, the device stopped sending data to Earth and went into standby mode. In 1971, the entire mission ended and the satellite continued to orbit the Earth like space junk.


df: Florida is preparing for Hurricane Isaias – Panorama

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Last weekend, the first Atlantic hurricane this season hit the US coast in Texas. Now parts of Florida are preparing for «Isaias». The storm could also have an impact on space travel.

On the east coast of Florida there is a hurricane warning due to “Isaias”. Photo: Uncredited / NOAA / AP / dpa

Washington – The US Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning due to an approaching cyclone for the east coast of Florida. According to the National Hurricane Center, tidal waves, flooding and high wind speeds can occur on the coast.

The hurricane “Isaias” of the lowest strength 1 coming from the direction of the Bahamas will pass close to the east coast of the US state from Saturday evening (local time), it said. According to the forecast, the storm should not hit the US mainland directly.

“Even if the eye of the storm stays off the coast, there will of course be effects,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a press conference on Saturday. Florida be fully prepared.

DeSantis had already asked citizens in the affected areas on Friday to stock up on water, food and necessary medication for at least seven days. There could also be power outages, he warned. DeSantis imposed a state of emergency for the districts on the east coast that are likely to be affected – among other things, to give the authorities greater powers to prepare for the storm. US President Donald Trump approved the declaration of emergency, as the White House announced on Saturday.

The hurricane hit parts of the island chain of the Bahamas on Saturday, where a hurricane warning was also issued for the center and the northeast, and brought gusts of wind of 120 kilometers per hour and more with it. According to local media reports, “Isaias” tore up the roofs of poor settlements and uprooted trees. The Abaco Islands in the north of the Bahamas had already been hit by “Dorian”, a hurricane of the highest category 5, last year. According to estimates by the Red Cross, around 13,000 homes were badly damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of people died. On some islands, residents still live in tents. According to official information, debris was to be removed before the arrival of “Isaias”, who was moving at almost 20 kilometers an hour towards the northwest.

Off the Florida coast, the storm should turn northeast and weaken. On Thursday, “Isaias” caused property damage and power outages as a weaker tropical storm in the Caribbean US suburb of Puerto Rico.

The weather could also affect the return of two astronauts from the ISS. It was planned that Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley would undock from the International Space Station on Sunday night (CEST) and land with a capsule in the sea off Florida on Sunday. The two took off from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida at the end of May with the “Crew Dragon” developed by SpaceX – after a break of almost nine years, it was the first time that astronauts flew from the USA to the ISS, and the first time that they were carried by a private space company.

Last weekend, the first Atlantic hurricane this season hit the US coast in Texas and brought heavy rains with it. Like Florida, Texas is one of the US states that are currently particularly affected by the corona pandemic.

US meteorologists expect an above-average active hurricane season over the Atlantic this year. From June to the end of November there could be up to ten hurricanes, up to six of them very strong, the National Weather Service said at the end of May. On average there are six hurricanes over the Atlantic each year, three of which develop into storms of great strength.

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Mars 2020: “Perservance” should research breathing technology – knowledge

The US space agency Nasa sent another ambitious spacecraft to Mars on Thursday. The main component of the mission is the robotic rover Perseverance (in German: endurance), which will touch down in the Jezero crater of the Red Planet in February of the coming year and search for traces of life for at least one year in Mars, i.e. 687 Earth days. The rover is also said to collect samples of Mars rock that will later be sent to Earth. The rover started from Cape Canaveral on board one Atlas-V-Rocket.

At first glance, the new, more than two billion euro Mars vehicle looks astonishingly similar to previous NASA rovers, for example the twin vehicles Spirit and Opportunitywho have completed true marathons on Mars well beyond the planned mission duration. The design with six independently working wheels and solar cells on the back is obviously a successful design for exploring extraterrestrial worlds.

The rover is said to test oxygen – the technology could enable people on Mars to breathe

Has seven instruments Perseverance on board, including a stereoscopic wide-angle camera and a camera that can explore chemical compositions from a distance. There is also a radar device and other sensors for the analysis of the Martian rock. Also interesting is a device called Moxie, which is designed to test oxygen from the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. The technology could one day serve to supply the first people on Mars with oxygen.

Despite its similarity to previous robots, NASA emphasizes that Perseverance has more advanced technology on board, for example an autopilot that detects and avoids obstacles.

The fixation on the Red Planet is viewed critically

Globally, the new NASA rover is part of the third mission within a few weeks that is heading for the Red Planet. On July 19, the United Arab Emirates launched a probe to orbit Mars. China followed on July 23 with the mission Tianwen-1that brought both an orbiter and a rover to Mars.

In space circles, however, the fixation on the red planet is also viewed critically. Since the first Mars missions over 50 years ago, many dozen rockets have launched into the Red Planet and deployed probes, landing gear and robots. Mars is the best explored extraterrestrial celestial body in space. It has been scanned, drilled and driven countless times. Quite a few planetary researchers find that other places in the solar system are worth a closer look, including Venus and various moons of the large planets Saturn and Jupiter. Part of the fascination with Mars comes from the idea of ​​one day landing people there. The United Arab Emirates, for example, are planning to build the first colony on Mars by 2117 at the latest – a project whose scientific meaning seems questionable, since today’s (and future) technology can research Mars more precisely and efficiently than local astronauts could ever.


United Arab Emirates send probe towards Mars

Emirates launch first space mission to Mars

Tanegashima/Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the first Arab nation to successfully send a spacecraft towards Mars. A Japanese-made H2A rocket took off from the southern Japanese spaceport on Tanegashima Island on Monday morning (local time), as the Japanese TV broadcaster NHK reported.

In February 2021, the probe is scheduled to reach orbit around the Red Planet after seven months. The Mars mission is entitled “Al-Amal” (hope). The launch vehicle had actually been scheduled for last week, but had to be postponed due to bad weather.

The goal of the mission is to capture the first complete picture of the Martian climate over a complete Martian year. The 1350 kilogram spacecraft is supposed to observe the atmosphere, weather changes and the changing of the seasons.

The researchers also want to use the results to investigate why the water on Mars has disappeared. For the first time, researchers at more than 200 universities and institutes should have the opportunity to observe the Martian atmosphere at any time of the day or season.

On its journey to Mars, the spacecraft travels 450 million kilometers and flies at about 121,000 kilometers per hour. In addition to scientific knowledge, the Mars mission should also advance the UAE’s economy and education sector. The Emirates want to become more independent of oil in the future and are strongly expanding their space program. In the fall of last year, the Emirates sent their first astronaut to the International Space Station.

The head of the mission, Omran Sharaf, previously thanked Japan for the support. The order from the United Arab Emirates to launch the H2A rocket developed by the Japanese industrial group Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the fourth that Asian high-tech has been able to bring in from abroad. There is fierce competition for the spacecraft business. Japan wants to get involved.

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New opportunity for a German space station

Berlin The plans for a German space station become concrete. In autumn, the industry association BDI, together with shipbuilding companies, plans to present a concept for a launch site for mini-rockets. The industry has since given up on the original idea of ​​finding a location on land, for example at Rostock-Laage Airport. A floating platform in the North Sea should serve as a launch site.

“We have had many discussions with the maritime industry. An offshore platform as a launch site is technically feasible, ”said Matthias Wachter, space expert at the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), the Handelsblatt. The maritime industry is currently working on the specification for the platform, “which will also carry a first price tag,” says Wachter.

After the summer break, the BDI would negotiate with the Ministry of Economy. From the BDI’s point of view, a launch site for mini-rockets is necessary so that the local space companies can also take off on business.

A lively start-up scene has been developing in Germany for a few years. These new space companies build mini satellites and develop small rockets. It’s about earth observation and communication applications via satellite: Like in the USA, companies like Planet and Ororatech, like HyImpulse and Rocket Factory want to make money in space – based on the example of Tesla founder Elon Musk with his SpaceX rockets.

But then Corona came. Suddenly, nobody had any capital or orders left for high-flying space projects. “The new space sector has been dramatically affected by the corona crisis,” Joachim Lang, General Manager of the BDI, sounded the alarm at the end of March: 80 percent of these start-ups feared their demise.


But now the worries are gone – thanks to the state. The Federal Ministry of Economics is pushing ahead with the strategy it announced last autumn at the European space agency Esa and is courageously promoting the commercialization of space.

The three German rocket start-ups HyImpulse, Isar Aerospace Technologies and Rocket Factory each receive € 500,000 in funding to further develop their small rockets, known as “microlauncher”, by spring 2021. One or two of these three companies receive millions of grants through a competition so that they can actually launch into space.

Thomas Jarzombek, space coordinator at the Ministry of Economics, has revived the dream of the German Mini-SpaceX. “We are focusing on the commercialization of space travel, as NASA is already successfully doing,” said Jarzombek.

The state should no longer develop everything itself, but should in future buy services from start-ups. What the German new space scene is still missing is a launch site, such as the planned floating platform in the North Sea.

New orbits for small satellites

Not only the rocket developers, but also satellite producers like Thomas Grübler from Ororatech would be happy. “It would be good to have a Microlauncher starting point somewhere nearby in Europe,” he told Handelsblatt. Because: “It is no longer easy to get the satellites overseas in corona times.”


It would be a great opportunity for Germany to strengthen its position as a space nation. “It would of course be easier if it were a floating platform in the sea because rocket launches are less of a problem there than on land,” says Grübler.

Another advantage of launches on the North Sea would be that they could open up other orbits. Ororatech, for example, builds earth observation satellites to detect forest fires at an early stage. “We noticed that forest fires usually break out in the afternoon,” said Grübler.

It would therefore make sense to take satellite images between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see early where larger fires have occurred in more isolated areas. But so far no satellites have been placed in the appropriate orbit. The large rockets from SpaceX or the Ariane of Esa rarely fly there.

The US company Planet, which builds and operates mini satellites and has a subsidiary in Berlin, would also like to see a microlauncher industry and launch site in Europe. Because then additional space launches would be possible. “This will not only bring cost benefits, but will also allow us to optimize the launch date and orbit,” said Martin Polak, director of public institutions business at Planet, an American earth observation company.

There are several locations in Europe for which space stations are currently being planned. “But they are often difficult to reach or are outside the EU,” says Wachter. The planned locations include a Portuguese Azores island, two locations in Great Britain and possible starting places in Norway and Sweden.

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Germany’s space heavyweight is promoting a major European space project.

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At many of the 36 locations in Europe, it is already clear that there will be too few slots for starts, Wachter advertises for the floating North Sea platform. He also thinks it makes little sense if the state on the one hand promotes the development of microlaunchers, but then does not build the infrastructure for starts.

Does Europe need a major project?

Germany’s space heavyweight, the Bremen company OHB, is also promoting a major European space project. “Germany should use the EU Council Presidency to launch a third flagship program in addition to the Galileo and Copernicus programs,” OHB boss Marco Fuchs told Handelsblatt. The program was supposed to be a “telecom constellation”, consisting of thousands of small satellites that were launched into space with microlaunchers.

In contrast to today’s large satellites, the small cheap satellites would often have to be replaced and supplemented. The Microlauncher from Rocket Factory, in which OHB has a stake, should ideally launch new mini satellites every two weeks, so the vision. In this way, Europe could keep in touch with the StarX project from SpaceX, Fuchs said. Starlink is a satellite network through which North America is to be supplied with Internet services.

The BDI believes that the New Space programs are necessary if Europe wants to make progress in digitization. “Without satellite communication, home office, video calls and webinars would not be possible on a large scale,” argues a BDI position paper.

The corona pandemic could not possibly crash the New Space scene – on the contrary, it could trigger its boom.

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