Blue Origin Videocast. Cygnus Fire. Space Junk Catcher. Bob Zimmerman,

Jun 15, 2016, 06:00 AM

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#BlueOrigin Videocast. #Cygnus Fire. Space Junk Catcher. Bob Zimmerman,

“Blue Origin will webcast live its next flight of New Shepard June 13, 2016 at 8:55 am Robert Zimmerman The competition heats up: Blue Origin’s fourth test flight of its #NewShepard suborbital spacecraft will take place this Friday, and will be webcast live. No time announced yet, but the place to see it will be the Blue Origin website.”

“Cygnus to depart ISS, then start a fire June 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm Robert Zimmerman “A fire in space: Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule is scheduled to leave ISS on Tuesday, when shortly thereafter it will begin a controlled fire experiment. “Saffire-I provides a new way to study a realistic fire on a spacecraft. This hasn’t been possible in the past because the risks for performing such studies on crewed spacecraft are too high. Instruments on the returning Cygnus will measure flame growth, oxygen use and more. Results could determine microgravity flammability limits for several spacecraft materials, help to validate #NASA’s material selection criteria, and help scientists understand how microgravity and limited oxygen affect flame size. The investigation is crucial for the safety of current and future space missions. – See more at: “The departure is scheduled for 9 am (eastern), and will aired live by NASA.”

“Europe develops net gun to capture space junk June 11, 2016 at 9:09 am Robert Zimmerman The competition heats up: A Polish company has developed a gun for firing a net to capture space junk, and has demonstrated its operation by capturing a flying drone at a space junk conference. There is a video at the link showing the capture. They have also tested this technology on a vomit comet, and hope to launch a full scale model by 2023.”