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News Archive / Author: Tomasz Nowakowski

Tomasz Nowakowski is the owner of Astro Watch, one of the premier astronomy and science-related blogs on the internet. Nowakowski reached out to SpaceFlight Insider in an effort to have the two space-related websites collaborate. Nowakowski's generous offer was gratefully received with the two organizations now working to better relay important developments as they pertain to space exploration.

Articles By Tomasz Nowakowski

  • China returns to flight with a secretive launch of three satellites

    October 1st, 2017

    China performed a secretive launch of a Long March 2C rocket on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, ending the country’s three-month period without any orbital missions. The launch vehicle, carrying three Yaogan-30 01 satellites, lifted off at 04:21 UTC (0:21 a.m. EDT) from the LC3 Launch Complex at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in Sichuan province.

  • Proton-M blasts off from Baikonur with AsiaSat 9 telecom satellite

    September 28th, 2017

    International Launch Services (ILS) successfully conducted its third mission this year, launching its workhorse Proton-M rocket carrying the AsiaSat 9 communications satellite into orbit. The launcher lifted off at exactly 18:52 UTC (14:52 EDT) on Thursday, September 28, from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Soyuz-2.1b launches GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit

    September 23rd, 2017

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket successfully sent the newest GLONASS-M into orbit on Friday, September 22, in order to replenish the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The launch took place at 0:03 UTC (8:03 p.m. EDT Sept. 21) from Site 43/4 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Newly discovered football field-sized asteroid to pass by Earth on Monday

    September 23rd, 2017

    A newly detected football field-sized asteroid, designated 2017 RW1, is slated to miss our planet on Monday, September 25, 2017. The space rock, estimated to be 34–110 meters in diameter, is expected to fly by Earth at a distance of approximately 10.9 lunar distances (LD), or 4.19 million kilometers.

  • In the footsteps of SpaceX: Chinese company eyes development of reusable rocket

    September 19th, 2017

    A Chinese startup company appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has recently laid out its own project of a reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country’s first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in the future.

  • Russia sees Vostochny Cosmodrome as deep space exploration hub

    September 12th, 2017

    Russia intends to launch deep space exploration spacecraft from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East. Latest statements made by Russian officials show that Roscosmos plans to push forward with construction of the required infrastructure for interplanetary missions.

  • Proton-M launches from Baikonur with Amazonas 5 telecom satellite

    September 11th, 2017

    International Launch Services (ILS) has successfully launched into space its Proton-M rocket carrying the Amazonas 5 communications satellite for Spanish operator Hispasat. The launch was conducted on Sept. 11 at 19:23 GMT (3:23 p.m. EDT) from Site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • FINESSE mission to investigate atmospheres of hundreds of alien worlds

    September 5th, 2017

    One of NASA’s proposed missions, known as the Fast INfrared Exoplanet Spectroscopy Survey Explorer (FINESSE), could greatly improve our understanding of extrasolar worlds. If selected for development, the spacecraft will investigate at least 500 exoplanet atmospheres, providing detailed information about climate processes on distant alien planets.

  • Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detects strong winds on Venus

    September 2nd, 2017

    Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft orbiting Venus has spotted extremely strong winds near the planet’s equator blowing at speeds of over 178 mph (286 km/h). The newly discovered, high-velocity winds could provide important hints about the dynamics of the Venusian atmosphere.

  • Proposed SPHEREx mission to conduct all-sky infrared spectral survey

    August 31st, 2017

    NASA has recently chosen six proposed astrophysics missions to proceed on to concept studies. Among them is the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization, and Ices Explorer, or SPHEREx, which aims to unlock the mysteries of the universe by performing the first all-sky near-infrared spectral survey. The previous all-sky infrared survey missions were photometry studies.

  • NICER and LISA could confirm or disprove predictions of general relativity

    August 26th, 2017

    Two astrophysical missions, NICER and LISA, could soon change humanity's understanding of the universe. Scientists hope both instruments will help answer fundamental questions about the universe, testing many aspects of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

  • Proton-M launches military satellite into orbit

    August 17th, 2017

    A military communications satellite, known as Blagovest 11L, has been successfully launched into space by a Proton-M / Briz-M heavy-lift rocket. The launch vehicle thundered off from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at exactly 4:07 a.m. local time on Thursday, Aug. 17 (22:07 GMT / 6:07 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16).

  • International Lunar Observatory to offer a new astrophysical perspective

    August 12th, 2017

    Scheduled to be sent to the south pole of the Moon sometime in 2019, the International Lunar Observatory is expected to conduct the first astrophysical observations from the lunar surface. The mission managers hope that it will offer a brand new astrophysical perspective for scientists worldwide.

  • China eyes manned lunar landing by 2036

    August 9th, 2017

    Recent and rather bold statements made by Chinese officials suggest that the country is moving forward toward its goal of sending Taikonauts to the surface of the Moon.

  • Lockheed Martin provides details into use of Shuttle-era cargo pods for proposed cislunar habitat

    August 8th, 2017

    Lockheed Martin was recently selected by NASA to build a full-scale prototype of a cislunar habitat. The development of the habitation module is part of the Phase II contract for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program.