Thursday, 4 October 2007

International Sputnik Day on Oct 4, 2007

find the schedule at http://sputnik.irmielin.org and enjoy the day.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Сообщение ТАСС - 4.10.1957 г.

В течение ряда лет в Советском Союзе ведутся научно-исследовательские и опытно-конструкторские работы по созданию искусственных спутников Земли.

Как уже сообщалось в печати, первые пуски спутников в СССР были намечены к осуществлению в соответствии с программой научных исследований Международного геофизического года.

В результате большой напряженной работы научно-исследовательских институтов и конструкторских бюро создан первый в мире искусственный спутник Земли. 4 октября 1957 года в СССР произведен успешный запуск первого спутника. По предварительным данным, ракета-носитель сообщила спутнику необходимую орбитальную скорость около 8.000 метров в секунду. В настоящее время спутник описывает эллиптические траектории вокруг Земли и его полет можно наблюдать в лучах восходящего и заходящего Солнца при помощи простейших оптических инструментов (биноклей, подзорных труб и т. п.).

Согласно расчетам, которые сейчас уточняются прямыми наблюдениями, спутник будет двигаться на высотах до 900 километров над поверхностью Земли; время одного полного оборота спутника будет 1 час 35 минут, угол наклона орбиты к плоскости экватора равен 65°. Над районом города Москвы 5 октября 1957 года спутник пройдет дважды — в 1 час 46 мин. ночи и в 6 час. 42 мин. утра по московскому времени. Сообщения о последующем движении первого искусственного спутника, запущенного в СССР 4 октября, будут передаваться регулярно широковещательными радиостанциями.

Спутник имеет форму шара диаметром 58 см и весом 83,6 кг. На нем установлены два радиопередатчика, непрерывно излучающие радиосигналы с частотой 20,005 и 40,002 мегагерц (длина волны около 15 и 7,5 метра соответственно). Мощности передатчиков обеспечивают уверенный прием радиосигналов широким кругом радиолюбителей. Сигналы имеют вид телеграфных посылок длительностью около 0,3 сек., с паузой такой же длительности. Посылка сигнала одной частоты производится во время паузы сигнала другой частоты.

Научные станции, расположенные в различных точках Советского Союза, ведут наблюдение за спутником и определяют элементы его траектории. Так как плотность разреженных верхних слоев атмосферы достоверно неизвестна, в настоящее время нет данных для точного определения времени существования спутника и места его вхождения в плотные слои атмосферы. Расчеты показали, что вследствие огромной скорости спутника в конце своего существования он сгорит при достижении плотных слоев атмосферы на высоте нескольких десятков километров.

В России еще в конце 19 века трудами выдающегося ученого К. Э. Циолковского была впервые научно обоснована возможность осуществления космических полетов при помощи ракет.

Успешным запуском первого созданного человеком спутника Земли вносится крупнейший вклад в сокровищницу мировой науки и культуры. Научный эксперимент, осуществляемый на такой большой высоте, имеет громадное значение для познания свойств космического пространства и изучения Земли как планеты нашей солнечной системы.

В течение Международного геофизического года Советский Союз предполагает осуществить пуски еще нескольких искусственных спутников Земли. Эти последующие спутники будут иметь увеличенные габарит и вес и на них будет проведена широкая программа научных исследований.

Искусственные спутники Земли проложат дорогу к межпланетным путешествиям и, по-видимому, нашим современникам суждено быть свидетелями того, как освобожденный в сознательный труд людей нового, социалистического общества делает реальностью самые дерзновенные мечты человечества.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Collection of Events and Links

I've got overwelming feedback during the last few days and such just compile a list of links here.

Hobby Astronomer works on detecting 2000 satellites this year (why not 2007 satellites?). His FTP site contains all 40,000 (or so) images he obtained since January 1, 2007
http://www.castor2.ca

PostMoskau, Karl-Marx-Allee 34, D-10178 Berlin 7pm, Oct 4
Exhibiton opening Veronika Kellndorfer: Diorama / Nähe und Ferne - Zum 50. Jahrestag des Erstflugs des Sputnik.
http://www.das-moskau.com/

Oct 4 Peter Harrison Planetarium, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London, plays the Barcelona-based 'laptop-classical' musician, Murcof, will perform his new album 'Cosmos' [show sold out]
http://www.myspace.com/murcof
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/astronomy/planetarium.html

Sputnik Resource for US educators
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/sputnik/index.html

Chicago Adler Planetarium, 7 pm, Oct. 4, talk by Sergei Kruschev, son of Nikita
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/support/membership/documents/Sputnikflyer.pdf

World Space Week by UC Berkley and Stanford University starts on Oct 4
http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/segway/WSW.html

Braunschweiger Gruppe "Kultur und Raumfahrt" wird das Sputnik-Jubiläum am 1. November 2007 nach dem Vortrag von Sigmund Jähn nachfeiern.
http://www.kultur-raumfahrt.de

Monday, 1 October 2007

Международный форум "Космос: наука и проблемы XXI века"




Friday, 28 September 2007

Sputnik on Swiss radio, in Lausanne and in Toulouse

press release:

Sunday October 7, 2007: to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik (on October 4, 1957 by the USSR), Espace 2, the Swiss National cultural radio, organizes the 1st Night of listening: listening to space and listening to others (espionage or extraterrestrial life). This special broadcast will take place from 8 PM for 4 hours - on the air and in public - at the Studio 15 of the radio in Lausanne. With guests, documentaries, live sound performances.... The Night of listening is presented and produced by David Collin and Anne Gillot, and organized in collaboration with Maison d'Ailleurs.

In public at the Studio 15, Radio Suisse Romande, av. du Temple 40, 1010 Lausanne, and on the air on Espace 2. Entry is free, but please reserve by calling 0840 222 123 or by email at espace2@rsr.ch. Program on: http://www.rsr.ch/espace-2/sonar/selectedDate/7/10/2007#dimanche

The Cité de l'Espace (http://www.cite-espace.com/content/gb/) opens a new exhibition to celebrate Sputnik, and will also propose the show created by Maison d'Ailleurs "Back to the Stars" (in collaboration with the European Space Agency). From October 5th in Toulouse!



(image courtesy: Flash Gordon, Maison d'Ailleurs)

New York Times Special

No, the New York Times won't miss the chance to put up articles by John Noble Wilford, John Schwartz, Randy Kennedy, Guy Gugliotta, William Broad, Cornelia Dean, Kenneth Chang, Warren Leary, Hentry Fountain and Claudia Dreyfus. Wow. I fear that's much to much - but let's try to read it at: http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2007/09/25/science/index.html.
Thank You Marc Böhlen, for suggesting it!


(image source: Logo of the New York Times)

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Russian Space Web on Sputnik

The upcoming anniversary motivates Anatoly Zak to put another interesting update to his website http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sputnik.html. In lengthy articles he discusses Sputnik's origins, Object D, the rocket R7, ground control units, flight preparations, the Sputnik mission, the aftermath and people behind the Sputnik. The information is extensive and also includes references (which are really important and often ignored on the web). Okay - let's go there and read.



(image composition: Anatoly Zak, russianspaceweb.com)

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Asif Siddiqi's website

Yes, there is another website worth mentioning out there: Asif Siddiqi, currently teaching at Fordham, NYC, is a historian by profession, wrote several books on the subject of space technology development and has transferred some of his knowledge to his well made, informative website.

What I really like about the information which he makes available online is, that it is something you won't find in an wikipedia article. I have to repeat on this occasion, that because of the often "flat" information in wikipedia I personally like to read books a lot and therefore I like libraries.

Somehow I didn't come yet accross Siddiqis writings but it seems like I should get hold of his books, especially Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge (2003). Right now I'll just print out his website and you may as well: http://home.earthlink.net/~sovietwebspace/SovietWebSpace/sputnik/sputnik.html.

Ah, I think there might be another reason to buy the book: The website doesn't have references for the sources (I'm sure they are existing). But – to end this – did you see the link section?

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Sputnik Watch or Watch the Sputnik!

There are diverse approaches towards Sputnik and the more I dig into the topic I'm realizing that there is a broad range of pop-cultural artefacts. They obviously illustrate the broad cultural impact Sputnik had, and actually if you type in the word 'Sputnik' in search engines, you may get a lot of results which refer to these pop-cultural artefacts.

Alan, who is a collector of vintage watches (and I ask myself - will there be vintage mobile phone collectors in the future - because I read time from the mobile, not from a watch) has found one of the Sputnik commemoration watches made by the First Moscow Watch Factory in the 1950s. To present this watch publicly he compiled a great website explaining the Sputnik satellites reverberations from the perspective of the collected watch: "The Earth is clearly in the center with the Soviet Union in red. The graphic includes Madagascar and Ceylon. The seconds hand could represent Sputnik herself orbiting around the Earth, her path marked by the thin red circle. You can see there are rocket ships marking off the hour increments, except at 12, 3, 6 and 9 (Sputnik was launched by the rocket R-7 Semyorka). I like how the numbers expand a bit toward the periphery of the dial in a style symbolizing our expanding Universe; that is my interpretation." (Alan)

So here we go: http://alanwatch.homestead.com/sputnik.html


(Image Source: http://alanwatch.homestead.com)

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Sputnik 50 years ago (website by John P. Mitchell)



Don P. Mitchell, an expert for computer graphics does not only write an interesting blog and website on subjects like Nikola Tesla, computer graphics, or the Soviet Venus program. He also recently published a detailed article on the Sputnik launch, including many outstanding images, which you may not find on the usual suspects' websites.

You may read it at: http://www.mentallandscape.com/S_Sputnik.htm

(image source: Website screenshot)



Friday, 7 September 2007

The Deep Beep-Beep: Short Plays Inspired by Sputnik

If you happen to be around Lafayette, close to Denver, Colorado, USA you might want to see, what the Theatre Company of Lafayette thinks and plays regarding Sputnik. Here's what there press announcement says:

"Before the space shuttles, before man walked on the moon, the Soviet Union launched a basketball-sized satellite named Sputnik I into orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, thus starting the Space Age and the U.S.-USSR Space Race. Sputnik weighed only 183 pounds and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth, but it caught the world's attention and the American public off-guard.

For the 50th anniversary of the launch, Theater Company of Lafayette is presenting The Deep Beep-Beep: Short Plays Inspired by Sputnik, an ingenious dramatic romp that presents multiple perspectives on the dawn of the Space Age. Eight outstanding playwrights were commissioned to write plays that considered the impact of Sputnik and the ensuing Space Race.

When: Oct. 12-13, 15, 19-20, 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: The Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, USA"

Ah, not to forget their URL: http://www.tclstage.org



(Image Source: "Chosen" by Nora Douglass, TCL)

Monday, 13 August 2007

Im Zeichen des Sputnik. Internationale Konferenz zum 50. Jahrestag des ersten künstlichen Erdtrabanten

Sorry, only in German but to me the program seems really amazing!

Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF)
Osteuropa-Institut und Peter Szondi-Institut der Freien Universität
Berlin
in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Zeiss Großplanetarium Berlin und dem Deutsch-Russischen Museum Karlshorst, Berlin


Im Zeichen des Sputnik. Internationale Konferenz zum 50. Jahrestag des ersten künstlichen Erdtrabanten
28.09.2007-30.09.2007, Zeiss Großplanetarium Berlin, Prenzlauer Allee
80, 10405 Berlin

Als am 4. Oktober 1957 der erste künstliche Trabant der Erde in seine Umlaufbahn gestartet war, löste er im Westen den "Sputnik-Schock" aus, während er für die Sowjetunion eine neue "kosmische Ära" der Menschheit einleitete. Doch der Sputnikflug markierte darüber hinaus tiefgreifende längerfristige Veränderungen, die auf der interdisziplinären Konferenz kultur- und wissenschaftsgeschichtlich untersucht werden. Das Themenspektrum reicht vom "Kosmos" als populärwissenschaftlichen Projektionsraum über die ästhetischen Aneignungen und medialen Auswirkungen der Raumfahrt sowie die politischen Instrumentalisierungen im Kalten Krieg bis zum Sputnik als Gedächtnisort in der postmodernen Geschichtskultur.


Freitag, 28. September 2007, Eröffnungsveranstaltung
19.30 Begrüßung durch die Organisatoren
19.45 Grußworte: Georg Witte (Direktor Osteuropa-Institut und Peter Szondi-Institut, FU Berlin), Hans-Friedger Lachmann (Planetariumsleiter)
20.00 Eröffnungsvortrag: Angela Schwarz (Universität Siegen): Das Tor in eine neue Dimension? Sputnik, Schock und die Popularität der Naturwissenschaften
21.00 Lesung Ulrich Woelk: Sputnikspuren - Im Orbit der Literatur
22.00 Empfang im Foyer des Großplanetariums und Sondervorführungen Sternhimmel

Samstag, 29. September 2007
10.30-12.30 1. Sektion: "Wissenschaftliche Weltanschauung" und religiöse Kosmologie, Moderation: Igor J. Polianski (ZZF Potsdam)
Todd Weir (Queen's University Belfast): Kosmos als Weltanschauung: Der Monismus als wissenschaftliches und gesellschaftliches Kampfprogramm
Safia Azzouni (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin): Der Weltuntergang wird verschoben: Die Wirkung des Halleyschen Kometen 1910 auf die populärwissenschaftliche Literatur.
Miranda Jakisa (Humboldt-Universität Berlin): Der Ozean im All: Religion und Wissenschaft auf Solaris
12.30-14.00 Mittagspause
14.00-16.00 2. Sektion: Wissenschaft und Wissensgesellschaft im kosmischen Zeitalter, Moderation: Daniel Speich (MPI Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin)
Alexander C. T. Geppert (Freie Universität Berlin): Anfang - oder Ende des planetarischen Zeitalters? Der Sputnik-Schock als Realitäts-Effekt, 1945-1957
Annett Jubara (Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): Der andere Sputnik-Schock. Die sowjetische Wissensgesellschaft und ihr Angriff auf das Weltanschauungsmonopol.
Rüdiger Zill (Einstein Forum Potsdam): Die Erforschung der Rückseite des Mondes durch reines Denken. Kometen und Trabanten in der Philosophie
16.00-16.30 Kaffeepause
16.30-18.30 3. Sektion: Ästhetische Aneignungen des Weltalls und der Raumfahrt Moderation: Heike Winkel (Freie Universität Berlin)
Konstantin Bogdanov (Universität Konstanz): Gagarin in der Musik
Ingo Schauermann (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen): Kosmosutopien nach dem Flug von Sputnik. Anmerkungen zur sowjetischen Kunst
Matthias Schwartz (Freie Universität Berlin): Kosmos als Gefühl. Zur sowjetischen Science Fiction nach 1957
20.00 Abendveranstaltung: Zum Mond und zurück. Raumfahrt in der deutschen Science Fiction
Podiumsdiskussion und Lesung mit Erik Simon (Dresden), Karlheinz Steinmüller (Berlin) und Rainer Eisfeld (Osnabrück)

Sonntag, 30. September 2007
10.30-12.30 4. Sektion: Weltraumfahrt in der Cold War Culture, Moderation: Matthias Schwartz (Freie Universität Berlin)
Karsten Werth (Stuttgart): Die Mercury Seven. Amerikas Kalte Krieger im Weltraum
Julia Richers (Universität Basel): Himmelssturm, Raumfahrt und "kosmische" Symbolik in der visuellen Kultur der Sowjetunion
Igor J. Polianski (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam): Heiliger Himmel - unheilige Raketen. Kosmos und Naturanschauung in der DDR
12.30-14.00 Mittagessen
14.00-16.00 5. Sektion: Der Sputnik und der mediale Wandel Moderation: Miranda Jakisa (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
Tomás Glanc (Karls-Universität Prag): Die mediale Darstellung der Kosmosreisen
Thilo Elsner (Sternwarte Bochum): Vom ,Sputnik-Keller' zum Weltraumnachrichtenplatz. Über die Berichterstattungspflicht der Wissenschaft in der Mediengesellschaft
Frank Hartmann (Universität Wien): Sputnik und die Globalisierung des Weltbildes
16.00-16.30 Kaffeepause
16.30-18.30 6. Sektion: Der Kosmos als temporale Kategorie Moderation: Thomas Schaarschmidt (ZZF Potsdam)
Birgit Menzel (Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): Zurück aus der Zukunft. Der sowjetische Raumfahrtmythos als Parodie? Zu Aleksej Fedorcenkos mockumentary "Pervye na lune" ("Die Ersten auf dem Mond")
Luca Di Blasi (Universität Siegen): Der Kosmos als Archiv
Martin Sabrow (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam): Fortschritt und gefühlte Zeit im Sozialismus
18.30 Abschlussdiskussion


Um eine kurze schriftliche Anmeldung per Email bei den Organisatoren der Konferenz bis zum 20. September 2007 wird gebeten.

Ansprechpartner und Kontaktadressen:

Igor J. Polianski
polianski@zzf-pdm.de
Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (ZZF)
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam
www.zzf-pdm.de

Matthias Schwartz
schwartz@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Peter Szondi-Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende
Literaturwissenschaft
Osteuropa-Institut Freie Universität Berlin
Garystr. 55
14195 Berlin
http://www.oei.fu-berlin.de

(image source: Zeiss Grossplanetarium Berlin, F.-M. Arndt)

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Paul Dickson: Sputnik - The Shock of the Century


Paul Dickson writes: "Sputnik: The Shock of the Century will be re-issued by Walker and Co. in June as a hardback and as a paperback from Berkeley Books in September in time for the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launch on October 4, 1957 It is also the basis for the new feature film by David Hoffman entitled The Fever of '57 which I co-wrote with David. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2007."

I think, the film was mentioned before in this blog, so just a few words about the book: It is a very good basic reading, introducing you to the major people who were involved on the American side and describing their decision making but also featuring a lot of anecdotes that give you a feeling for how the time was. It is not so strong (in my opinion) on the Soviet side, which als has to do with the fact that at the time of its writing there were not so many sources available (I'm talking about the "old" print run, not this current one).

I think, there is another book worth to be mentioned, which might be interesting for you, if you want to go further into details and understand more about the American-Soviet cold war logics and relations. Have a look into the more academic ...the Heavens and the Earth - A political History of the Space Age by Walther McDougall from 1985, which I also found a very good book that discusses even more of the general context.

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Sputnik 50 - Kosmos, Kommunismus, Kalter Krieg

Sputnik 50 - cosmos, communism, cold war - The history of space travel in two political systems is an exhibition which starts on August 10th at the observatory in Bochum, Germany (www.sternwarte-bochum.de). The Bochum Observatory was the first in Western Germany that received the Sputnik signal in 1957. (At that time it was basically received in the private flat of the director Kaminski). There is more information to be released soon, so check their website http://www.sputnik50.de for details.

(Image (c) Sternwarte Bochum)

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Organizational Committee for Sputik Celebrations

Roskomos has issued a press release with an extensive list of people who form the organisational committee for the 50th Anniversary of the Sputnik launch. Among the usual suspects (Space agency officials; federal, local officials and so on) you also find Korolevs daugther Natalya S. Koroleva and grandson Sergei W. Korolev. The cultural program called for the painter Yuri A. Pokhodaev (*1927), who does paintings like "In the open Kosmos" or for the composer Vladimir V. Solovev (For some reason there seems to be a TV moderator of the same name, who also already interviewed Vladmir Putin, but no composer...). No additional details were given.

(image source: Pokhadaev: "In the open Kosmos" (1977), http://www.artrussia.ru/russian/artists/works.php?id=74&foa=f&page=1, source: http://www.roscosmos.ru/topNews2007.asp )

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Sputnik Blog Companion

Jennifer Levasseur has created a blog and website called Sputnik: 50 years of space flight history and has a growing repository of material which might be interesting for readers of this blog as well. The most interesting for me were a collection of pop cultural objects, videos and audio recordings regarding the Sputnik satellite, and a link to a section of Sputnik related songs at Atomic Platters selected by Cold War civilian veterans Ken Sitz and Bill Geerhart and Curtis Samson, and last but not least some recent Russian stamps on the 50th Sputnik anniversary. But hey, these are just some of my favourites from her digs - make sure to visit Jennifers blog at http://www.benandjenniferlevasseur.com/SputnikHistory.html.

(Image Source: benandjenniferlevasseur.com)

Sunday, 27 May 2007

Anatoly Zak, editor of Russianspaceweb.com promotes a new addition to his already large and interesting to read compilation of Soviet and Russian Space information.
He writes: "Fifty years ago, on May 15, 1957, now legendary R-7 rocket blasted off for the first time. It gave rise to the most enduring family of rockets in the history of space exploration. Until now, the original configuration of the rocket could only be seen on grainy photographs and line art diagrams. Here, with the help of the latest computer technology, the effort is made to recreate this amazing machine with photorealistic quality and historic accuracy."

You can see the 3D model of R7 on his webpage: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/r7.html
The only sad thing is, that he put his copyright notice over the whole image, but he might have had his experiences.

(Image Credit: The R-7 ballistic missile during pre-launch processing inside MIK-2 processing area in Baikonur circa 1957. Anatoly Zak's archive)

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Lidorenko.ru

The website Lidorenko.ru (in Russian) has plenty of ressources of one of the engineers behind Sputnik I, II. Nikolai Stepanovich Lidorenko (*1916) worked on the autonomous energy supply of Sputnik I and for Sputnik II his team worked out the life support for Laika. He was one of the close collaborators of Korolev. The website was established on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Сайт Lidorenko.ru имеет массу полезных материалов одного из инженеров за Спутник I, II. Николай Степанович Лидоренко (*1916) работал над автономного энергоснабжения первого искусственного спутника Земли и для Спутники II он с коллективом разработали системы которые обеспечивали жизнедеятельность. Он был одним из ближайших соратников Королев. Сайт создан по случаю его дня рождения 90-м.



(Image source: Lidorenko.ru)

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Sputnik Replica from Geneve to St. Petersburg


From a press release of the International Telecommunication Union:

"Geneva, 13 April 2007 — The 46th anniversary of the first human spaceflight was celebrated as Cosmonautics Day yesterday, 12 April. This year also marks the 50th anniversary since the first artificial satellite was put into geocentric orbit. (...)

In a videoconference hook-up between ITU headquarters in Geneva and the A.S. Popov Museum of Communication in St Petersburg, Russia, the Minister of the Russian Federation for Information Technologies and Communications, Mr Leonid Reiman and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré exchanged views on the revolutionary developments heralded by those early spaceflights. A replica of Sputnik 1 was presented to ITU and will be transported to Geneva from St Petersburg."

(source: http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2007/06.html, image source: (c) ITU)

Unfortunately no details are given, when the replica will travel and how it will travel. People could line up in streets with posters and celebrate.

Monday, 2 April 2007

Baloon Passepartout

To simulate Martian Conditions the Austrain project PolAres will launch a high altitude baloon on October 4, 2007 also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik Launch.

Mission parameters

• Balloon size on ground: 2m, Burst diameter 13 m
• Payload mass: 1-2 kg
• Target altitude: 30-40 km, Balloon gas: Helium
• Envisioned launch date for the full scale test: October 2007
• Major components (as of late 2006):
o Instrument package: GPS logger, Cameras for full side and
downwards view, Dosimeter, Meteorological acquisition hardware
o Telemetry for real-time data relay
• Operations
o Mission control center for tracking, telemetry and telecommand
o Search & Recovery team

More Details on the launch site etc. can be found in the near future at their Website: http://www.polares.org/cms/paballon.phtml. They also have this beautiful image material which isn't directly related to Sputnik but I didn't want to spare you this:







(Image Sources: Oesterreichisches Weltraumforum, Photographer: A. Koehler)

Friday, 23 March 2007

Заседание организационного комитета / Putting together an organization committee

"Заседание организационного комитета по подготовке и проведению празднования 100-летия со дня рождения С.П. Королева, 150-летия со дня рождения К.Э. Циолковского и 50-летия запуска первого искусственного спутника Земли.

17 ноября 2006 в Федеральном космическом агентстве прошло заседание организационного комитета по подготовке и проведению празднования 100-летия со дня рождения С.П. Королева, 150-летия со дня рождения К.Э. Циолковского и 50-летия запуска первого искусственного спутника Земли.

Открыл заседание Председатель организационного комитета-руководитель Федерального космического агентства А.Н.Перминов.

С докладом выступил заместитель оргкомитета - заместитель руководителя Федерального космического агентства В.А.Давыдов. В своем выступлении Виталий Давыдов осветил состояние дел с реализацией первоочередных мероприятий плана, в том числе непосредственно связанных с первой юбилейной датой – 100-летием со дня рождения С.П. Королева.

В ходе заседания были заслушаны доклады и сообщения представителей федеральных и региональных органов исполнительной власти, Российской академии наук и общественных организаций о ходе подготовки и реализации плана мероприятий, посвященного празднованию 100-летия со дня рождения С.П. Королева, 150-летия со дня рождения К.Э. Циолковского и 50-летия запуска первого искусственного спутника Земли."

Source: http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=1950, image: (c) ROSKOSMOS

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences conference / Oct 2-6, 2007

"IKI preliminary announcement.

The launch of the first Sputnik satellite 50 years ago opened the door to the space era for all of us. The traditional October “Space Science Week” which was annually held at IKI, will be devoted to the 50th Sputnik anniversary this year and will become a part of the large international scientific forum “Space Science and the problems of the 21st century”. The aim of this forum is to bring together the expertises of scientists, who are working in different fields of space physics, astrophysics, planetary research, life sciences, space policy and space exploration. The program will consist of a number of invited talks and short contributed oral presentations. We would like to organize discussions on a couple of open and debated issues in space science and space policy.
First two days of the Forum (October 2 and 3, 2007) will be held at Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI, Moscow, Russia). The plenary meeting will be held at the Headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences on 4-5 of October (Leninskiy Prospekt 32a). An exhibition of space science instruments and presentation of space projects will be held at IKI on October, 1-6." by Email from Andrei Sadovski

http://www.iki.rssi.ru/eng/2007.htm

image (c) IKI

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

UNCOPUOS and IAF celebrate Sputnik in Paris / March 21, 2007

"Following a joint initiative from Gérard Brachet, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and IAF President, James Zimmerman, the IAF would like to invite you to a special event to celebrate these anniversaries. This event is being organised in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL)."

The program (PDF) includes live connection with the International Space Station.

Venue: UNESCO, Main Auditorium, 125 Avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris
Date: March 21, 2007, 5-7 pm

Source: http://www.iafastro.com/index.php?id=124, Image: (c) IAF

Saturday, 3 March 2007

IHY, Russia, Zvenigorod / Nov 5-10, 2007

November 5 - 10, 2007 the International IHY Symposium International Heliophysical Year: New insights into Solar-Terrestrial Physics" combined with the Sputniks' 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held in Zvenigorod, near Moscow. Conference place is the Pension “Zvenigorodskiy” of Russian Academy of Sciences, situated 56 km from Moscow on the Moskva river.

The celebration and symposium is organized by the "Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation" of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Details of the Sputnik celebration part are not yet published. (as of March 3 2007)

Website IHY Moscow/ Zvenigorod

sources: image 1 (c) IHY, image 2 (c) Alexander Shipilin under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Sputnik Movie


The American director David Hoffmann is producing a documentary on the occasion of Sputnik's 50th anniversary. He has made plenty of television documentaries, many of them on military and aircraft history. The Blog, which introduces the movie, also mentions Paul Dickinsons book "Sputnik – The Shock of the Century" (Berlkley books NYC) as a source of inspiracion. http://www.sputnikmovie.com/ is the website.

Who is in it?

"Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. " and many other. Let's see, what they have to say (what hasn't been said before.)

Paul Dickinsons book is highly recommended for a introductory reading by the way...

image (c) David Hoffman

Sunday, 25 February 2007

What happened to... ?

In October 2004 the launch of 50 nano satallites has been announced by the ESA (see BBC coverage).So What happened to it?

I've asked the press staff from ESA but they didn't reply until now (5 days later). Saw some other people blogging this and repeating the old 2004 news but no recent medias news.