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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:29:00 +0100
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of ground-based observatories in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity a century ago, and scientists have been attempting to detect them for 50 years. Einstein pictured these waves as ripples in the fabric of space-time p...
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, played a vital role in Wednesday's successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket launched a classified satellite, designated NROL-45, for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in support of a national defense mission. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta IV include cutting-edge technologies from across the company. Contributions include...
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:00 +0100
ESA is thrilled to learn that gravitational waves have been detected, and is looking forward to starting its mission to test technologies that could extend the study of these exotic waves to space. Gravitational waves are elusive no more: an exciting breakthrough that has been 100 years in the making. In November 1915, Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity, introducing a dramatic change of perspective in the physical understanding of one of the four fundamental interac...
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:22:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 on Feb. 10 at 3:40 a.m. PST . Designated NROL-45, the mission is in support of national defense. "Congratulations to the ULA team and our U.S. Air Force and NRO partners on the launch of NROL-45," said Laura Maginnis , ULA vice president of Custom Services. "This is our second successful launch within five days for our U.S. government customer,...
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:09:00 +0100
Transported aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo airliner that touched down at Félix Eboué Airport near the capital city of Cayenne on Friday, the SSL-built (Space Systems Loral) satellite was then transferred via road to the Spaceport’s payload preparation facilities. EUTELSAT 65 West A began initial pre-launch processing during the weekend, including a fit-check with the adapter that will serve as its interface with Ariane 5. Based on the SSL 1300 satellite de...
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0100
A newly formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this new image from ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. Dust particles in the vast clouds that surround the star HD 97300 diffuse its light, like a car headlight in enveloping fog, and create the reflection nebula IC 2631. Although HD 97300 is in the spotlight for now, the very dust that makes it so hard to miss heralds the birth of additional, potentially scene-stealing, future stars. The glowing region in this new image from th...
Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:05:00 +0100
New Partnership Will Leverage Eutelsat's Successful European Broadband Business and ViaSat's Advanced Broadband Technologies and Consumer ISP Business Expertise CARLSBAD, Calif. and PARIS, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced an agreement to create a joint venture combining Eutelsat's current European broadband business with ViaSat's industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service P...
Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:00:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space is celebrating today the signing with the European Space Agency (ESA), for the contract worth EUR450 million, to build the Sentinel-3C and D environmental monitoring and oceanographic satellites for the European program Copernicus. Thales Alenia Space is once again prime contractor for these two new satellites, as for the Sentinel-3A and 3B satellites, with responsibility for design, development, integration and testing. These satellites are compatible with the European l...
Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:30:00 +0100
Both ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 class satellites are geostationary satellites and operate in the high capacity Ka-band frequencies. ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 will each weigh approximately 6,400 kg at launch, and will be injected into geostationary transfer orbit by the Ariane 5 ECA, respectively, during the first quarter of 2017 and by late 2019/early 2020. Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif. is the build partner on both satellites. These launches will take place at the Guiana Space Center,...
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites , today announced that the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite, designed and built for Eutelsat , one of the world's leading satellite operators, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana , where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace . The advanced high throughput satellite will be used by Eutelsat to provide new broadcast and broadband services in Brazil and across Latin America ....
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:30:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, will exhibit a wide range of the company's products and advanced capabilities during the Singapore Airshow 2016. The biennial airshow takes place at the Changi Exhibition Centre, February 16-21, 2016. The show has become an increasingly important platform for the global aerospace and defense industry in the Asia Pacific region. The Orbital ATK display is located in the U.S. Pavilion, stand Q79. Participation ...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:35:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force today completed the GPS IIF constellation with the launch of the 12th Boeing-built satellite. Following on-orbit tests, GPS IIF-12 will be formally declared operational in approximately one month, making it the 50th GPS satellite Boeing will have delivered on orbit to the Air Force. Since the first launch on May 27, 2010, the GPS IIFs have advanced the Air Force's Global Positioning System modernization program by improving accuracy and security whi...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0100
United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GPS IIF-12 Satellite for U.S. Air Force CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched its first mission of the year with an Atlas V rocket carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-12 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Feb. 5 at 8:38 a.m. EST . GPS IIF-12 is the final satellite in the IIF-block of satellites, whic...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:50:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed integrated hardware to today's successful launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and the GPS Block IIF satellite payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is the twelfth and final GPS IIF satellite in the constellation. The dozen Block IIF GPS satellites replace older, first-generation GPS satellites and provide improved accuracy, signal strength and ...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:47:00 +0100
Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space. Carrying a suite of cutting-edge instruments, Sentinel-3A is set to join the Sentinel-1A radar satellite and the Sentinel-2A high-resolution optical satellite in orbit to monitor the health of our planet. This latest multitalented mission will measure Earth's oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to moni...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:42:00 +0100
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency's James Webb Space Telescope. "Scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to install these incredible, nearly perfect mirrors that will focus light from previously hidden realms of planetary atm...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0100
Kongsberg Gallium, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, announced today that they will be changing their name to Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd., effective immediately. The move is part of a comprehensive rebranding strategy to more effectively align the Company’s name with its future strategy and functional role as part of the Kongsberg family of companies. The Company’s ownership and staff has not changed.  “We fel...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100
There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA's Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this, solving a long-standing mystery. Comets are the icy remnants left over from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. A total of eight comets have now been visited by spacecraft and, thanks to these missions, we have built up a picture of the basic properties of these cosmic time capsules. While some questions have been answered, others have b...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Engineers at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently proved their design for the world's most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite can operate in and withstand the harsh conditions it will experience on orbit. On December 23, Lockheed Martin's first GPS III satellite for the U.S. Air Force completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing, validating the design of the entire assembled satellite. TVAC is a rigorous test designed to prove a satellite's integrity and operational ca...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:32:00 +0100
ESA's Expose facility was retrieved today from outside the International Space Station by cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergei Volkov, who were completing a spacewalk to place new experiments on the outpost's hull. Expose is a series of chemistry laboratories that place samples in the harsh environment of space unprotected. Subjected to vacuum, radiation, temperature differences and the full blast of our Sun's energy, 46 species of small organisms and over 150 organic compounds have returne...
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