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Hope Probe successfully lifts off in historic mission to Mars - BroadcastProME.com
The United Arab Emirates has created history with the successful launch of the Emirates Mars Missions Hope Probe from the
The Hope Probe successfully lifted off at 01:58 am UAE time on July 20, after the countdown for the last 10 seconds was done in Arabic. The United Arab Emirates has created history with the successful launch of the Emirates Mars Missions Hope Probe from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, thus becoming the first interplanetary mission by any Arab country. After liftoff, the Hope Probe successfully detached from the launch rocket, and first signals were received by the Control Center at Al Khawaneej in Dubai. The first command from the ground control station was also transmitted to the Probe to deploy its solar panels, operate its satellite navigation systems, and launch its missile propulsion systems, effectively marking the start of the Probe’s journey to the Red Planet. The journey is expected to last seven months, travelling a distance of 493m km, before entering the Martian orbit in February 2021, coinciding with UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The Hope Probe successfully lifted off at 01:58 am UAE time on July 20, after the countdown for the last 10 seconds was done in Arabic. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said: “The UAE has created history with an unprecedented Arab space achievement. We rely on the UAEs youth and they never disappoint… they have made us all proud and have ushered in a new era in our history. The journey has begun … and the mission has just commenced Next stop: The Red Planet.” HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said: The UAE has strengthened its position as a country that creates the future and embraces hope. I congratulate the Emirati people for the historic achievement. Our global position is further enhanced, thanks to the efforts of our people. He added: The success of this launch is a culmination of five decades of accomplishments across different fields for the UAE. Today, were reaping what our founding fathers have sowed by creating qualified Emirati talents which are helping us compete with the world. The UAE is winning the bet, and our people have proved their ability to achieve the impossible. The future is much greater and better. The Probes launch was delayed twice due to unstable weather conditions at the launch site in Tanegashima Island in Japan. Thick cloud cover and cold air layers disrupted the two previous launch dates on July 15 and 17. The launch window was until August 3 2020. The Probe will collect essential data, and provide the first comprehensive and complete picture of the climatic conditions on Mars throughout the year, the atmosphere changes during the day and between seasons of the year, monitoring Mars weather phenomena, temperature changes and climate patterns, in addition to revealing the causes behind surface erosion of the Red Planet. The Hope Probe will collect this massive data on Mars and transmit it to the scientific data centre in the UAE. The scientific team of the project in the UAE will index and analyze this data so that it will be shared with the scientific community to serve humanity. The Hope Probe is carrying three instruments – the Emirates eXploration Imager [EXI], a digital camera that will capture high-resolution images of Mars along with measuring water ice and ozone in the lower atmosphere through the UV bands; the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer [EMIRS] to measure the global distribution of dust, ice cloud, and water vapour in the Martian lower atmosphere; and the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer [EMUS], which will measure oxygen and carbon monoxide in the thermosphere and the variability of hydrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere.
Rocket Lab deploys satellites for NASA, NRO and UNSW Canberra on 12th Electron Mission - BroadcastProME.com
Rocket Lab, a space systems company and a global major in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its 12th
This launch is the first conducted by Rocket Lab since Covid-19 national restrictions were eased earlier this month. Rocket Lab, a space systems company and a global major in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its 12th Electron mission and deployed satellites to orbit for NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space. The Dont Stop Me Now mission launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealands M?hia Peninsula on June 13, 2020. The mission was Rocket Labs 12th Electron launch and continued the companys record of 100% mission success for customers since Electrons first orbital mission in January 2018. Rocket Lab has now deployed 53 satellites to orbit with the Electron launch vehicle. This launch is the first conducted by Rocket Lab since Covid-19 national restrictions were eased earlier this month, demonstrating the companys rapid launch and responsive space capability for small satellite customers. The satellites deployed as part of this rideshare mission include NASAs ANDESITE (Ad-Hoc Network Demonstration for Extended Satellite-Based Inquiry and Other Team Endeavors) satellite created by students and professors at Boston University to study Earths magnetic field as part of NASAs CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI); three payloads designed, built and operated by the NRO; and the M2 Pathfinder satellite, a collaboration between the UNSW Canberra Space and the Australian Government, to test communications architecture and other technologies. This latest mission marks the second time NASA and the NRO have launched payloads on Electron, following dedicated missions for each organisation in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Rocket Lab founder and chief executive, Peter Beck, said the mission highlighted Electrons continued ability to meet the needs of government missions, whether payloads required a dedicated mission or could fly as part of rideshare. It was a privilege to once again provide access to space for the NRO and NASA, and to welcome UNSW Canberra Space to orbit for the first time, commented Beck. Missions like this one are a testament to the flexibility we offer small satellite operators through our ability to deploy multiple payloads to precise and individual orbits on the same launch. This collaborative mission was also a great demonstration of Rocket Labs capability in meeting the unique national security needs of the NRO, while on the same mission making space easy and accessible for educational payloads from NASA and UNSW Canberra. Im also incredibly proud of the way our team has quickly adapted to working safely and efficiently to ensure our customers remain connected to space through the challenges posed by Covid-19. With the pandemic restrictions now easing, Rocket Lab has also returned to full production of Electron launch vehicles and Photon satellites. Rocket Lab is now delivering a launch vehicle off the production line every 18 days to meet a busy launch manifest for the rest of the year. Final checks are being completed in the lead up to Rocket Labs first launch from its new U.S. launch site, Launch Complex 2 in Virginia a dedicated mission in partnership with the Department of Defenses Space Test Program, and the Space and Missile Systems Centers Small Launch and Targets Division. The mission is scheduled for Q3 2020. Details of Rocket Labs next launch from Launch Complex 1 will be announced shortly.