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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Russia outlines ambitious plans for its state and commercial space programs. NASA joins with the Canadian Space Agency to demonstrate robotic satellite re-fueling techniques outside the International Space Station. A collaboration between NASA and General Motors on Robonaut 2, a robot in development within the station, produces a new glove to overcome workplace problems with repetitive motion. New satellite and launch service orders mean $1 billion for Southern California’s aerospace industry. Tune in a solar storm. A meteorite crashes through the roof of a Norwegian vacation home. A career in aerospace launches an unusual career change.
1. From Russia Today: Russia outlines plans to reach the moon with cosmonauts by 2030 and dispatch spacecraft to Venus, Mars and Jupiter. The federal space agency, Roscosmos, has submitted the strategy to the government. Russia’s Soyuz and Proton rockets would be replaced. Russia would open a new launch complex. http://rt.com/news/space-mars-moon-roscosmos-477/
A From Ria Novosti of Russia: Russia’s new space development strategy is intended to increase the nation’s share of the global space market from less than one percent to 10 percent by 2030. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120313/172134725.html
2. From Space News: NASA and the Canadian Space Agency join forces on the International Space Station to demonstrate technologies leading to future robotic satellite re-fueling and servicing spacecraft. http://www.spacenews.com/civil/nasa-completes-first-robotic-satellite-servicing-demonstration-iss.html
A. From the New York Times: NASA’s collaboration with General Motors on Robonaut 2 produces a glove that could prevent human assembly line injuries linked to repetitive motion. Robonaut 2 was launched to the space station in 2011. The glove incorporates a muscle assistance device. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/general-motors-and-nasa-pair-up-to-design-interstellar-work-glove/
3. From the Los Angeles Times: Southern California aerospace industries look to $1 billion from satellites and launch services sales to customers in Mexico and Hong Kong. The transactions involved four satellites. Boeing and SpaceX make the deals. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-satellite-contract-20120314,0,1776487.story
4. From the Coalition for Space Exploration: What does a solar storm sound like? Give a listen. http://spacecoalition.com/blog/listen-sountrack-of-the-sun
5. From Space.com: In Norway, a meteorite crashes through the roof of a home. Fortunately for the Thomassen family, the damaged residence was a holiday cabin. http://www.space.com/14893-meteorite-crash-oslo-norway.html
6. From Huntsville Times: Bonny Schumaker, former NASA rocket scientist and airline pilot, is returning to her youthful passion, animal rescue. http://blog.al.com/live/2012/03/bonny_schumaker_one_womans_jou.html
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