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Fri, 9 Oct 2015 08:06:00 +0100
The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue. “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. The haze particles themselves are likely gray or red, but the way they scatter blue light has gotten the attention of the New Horizons...
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:38:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV06 The LISA Pathfinder deep-space science payload for Arianespace's next mission with its Vega launcher has been delivered to South America for an early December liftoff from the Spaceport. LISA Pathfinder was shipped from Airbus Defence and Space's Stevenage, U.K. facility for delivery to French Guiana, where it touched down at Cayenne's Felix Eboue Airport this morning aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. After being lofted on December 2 by Vega, LISA Pathfi...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 23:09:00 +0100
NASA is leading our nation and the world on a journey to Mars, and Thursday the agency released a detailed outline of that plan in its report, "NASA's Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration." "NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Today, we are publishing additional details about our journey to Mars plan and how we are aligning all of our work in support of this goal. In the coming...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 20:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 13 CubeSats lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 Oct. 8 at 5:49 a.m. PDT. Designated NROL-55, the mission is in support of national defense. This is ULA's 10th launch in 2015 and the 101st successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Congratulations on today's successful launch of NROL-55! ULA is honored to have collaborated with the NRO Office of Space Lau...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:15:00 +0100
Manufacturing and assembly of the spacecraft structure that will take NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to its ultimate destination 1 million miles from Earth was successfully completed July 1 at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Redondo Beach facility. Northrop Grumman is working with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and leads the industry team that designs and develops the Webb Telescope's optics, sunshield and spacecraft. The spacecraft structure, or bus, ...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:55:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA227 The Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15 telecommunications satellites are now in French Guiana – setting the stage for Arianespace’s next heavy-lift mission, which is scheduled for an early November liftoff. Arabsat-6B was delivered to Felix Eboué International Airport near French Guiana’s capital city of Cayenne earlier this month via cargo aircraft. It joins GSAT-15 in French Guiana, which previously was airlifted to the South American country in pre...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:05:00 +0100
LISA Pathfinder will conduct in-flight testing of the concept of low-frequency gravitational wave detection: it will put two test masses in a near-perfect gravitational free-fall, and control and measure their motion with unprecedented accuracy. To do this it will use inertial sensors, a laser metrology system, a drag-free control system and an ultra-precise micro-propulsion system. The mission aims to demonstrate, in a space environment, that free-falling bodies follow geodesics in space-tim...
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:43:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered never-before-seen features within the dusty disk surrounding the young, nearby star AU Microscopii (AU Mic).The fast-moving, wave-like structures are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted in a circumstellar disk, said researchers of a new analysis. This new, unexplained phenomenon may provide valuable clues about how planets form in...
Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0100
At a press conference held in Jerusalem today, alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE, SpaceIL announced a significant milestone in its race to the moon: securing a "ticket to the moon" on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher, with a mission scheduled for the second half of 2017. With this, SpaceIL becomes the first team to produce a verified launch contract in the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, and aims to accomplish not only the fi...
Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:15:00 +0100
As part of the celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) cut the ribbon on a newly renovated Electronics Manufacturing Facility (EMF) at its Space Systems Company campus in Littleton, Colorado. The Oct. 2 opening marks the completion of the facility's significant two-year revamp. The 28,000-sq.-ft. Electronics Manufacturing Facility provides development, fabrication and environmental test of spacecraft electronics and is a sign of Lockheed Martin's momentum in the...
Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:34:00 +0100
The International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a major update to the station docking system standard. First released in 2010, the docking standard established a common station-to-spacecraft equipment interface to enable spacecraft of multiple types to dock to the space station. "The latest additions to the docking standard further open the door for contributions by international agencies, as well as commercial enterprises for the International Space Station...
Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0100
Ball Aerospace, prime contractor for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), has integrated the propulsion subsystem onto the BCP-100 spacecraft bus and begun system performance and environmental testing as the project heads toward a 2016 launch date. The Green Propellant Infusion Mission aims to revolutionize spaceflight by demonstrating improved overall propellant efficiency while reducing the toxic handling concerns associated with the traditional hydrazine propellant. The Ball-le...
Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:15:00 +0100
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drilled its eighth hole on Mars, and its fifth since reaching Mount Sharp one year ago. The drilling of the hole 2.6-inches (65 millimeters) deep in a rock the team labeled "Big Sky" is part of a multi-day, multi-step sequence that will result in the analysis of the Martian rock's ingredients in the rover's two onboard laboratories – the Chemistry and Mineralogy X-Ray diffractometer (CheMin) and the Sample Analysis ...
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:55:00 +0100
United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched its 100th mission today with an Atlas V rocket carrying the Morelos-3 satellite for Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation. The mission, procured for Mexico by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, launched at 6:28 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41. "Congratulations to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation on today's successful delivery of the Morelos-3 ...
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:04:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided critical launch vehicle and satellite payload hardware for the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Commercial Launch Services launch of Mexico's Morelos-3 satellite aboard an Atlas V. Morelos-3 will be the second satellite that comprises the MEXSAT communications satellite system. MEXSAT is a constellation of satellites owned by Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, and op...
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0100
A Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702HP (high power) satellite launched today will soon be part of the world's most capable and advanced mobile satellite system. The satellite, named Morelos-3, is transmitting initial on-orbit signals as it makes its way to its final orbital location within Mexico's new Mexsat system. The Ministry of Communications and Transportation commissioned Mexsat - a state-of-the-art satellite-based mobile telecommunications system. Mexsat increases communications capabilities for n...
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:06:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Commercial Launch Services today successfully launched the Morelos-3 satellite for Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation. At 6:28 a.m. EDT, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 421 rocketed into space from Space Launch Complex 41, carrying Mexico's next-generation communications satellite into orbit. The launch marks ULA 's 100th mission since the company was formed in late 2006 and the 57th Atlas V launch since the vehicle's inaugural mission in...
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:06:00 +0100
Since its arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been surveying the surface and the environment of this curiously shaped body. But for a long time, a portion of the nucleus -- the dark, cold regions around the comet's south pole -- remained inaccessible to almost all instruments on the spacecraft. Due to a combination of its double-lobed shape and the inclination of its rotation axis, Rosetta's comet has a very peculiar s...
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:49:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed its rollout of the nation's next-generation weather data system, which may help enable the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) to make even more precise and timely weather predictions. The company's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System II (AWIPS II) is now operational at all NWS offices across the U.S. and its territories, providing advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities. "The development and rollout of AWIPS II builds on Ray...
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:20:00 +0100
Indra will be in charge of storing at its data center in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) the images of the future optical Earth observation satellite, the Sentinel-2B, which is planned to be launched into orbit in 2016. The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded in 2013 to Indra an initial contract for implementing at its facilities one of the main data Processing and Archiving Centers (PAC) of the Sentinel-2A satellite mission ground segment. Now ESA expands the contract to include data manage...
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