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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:55:00 +0100
The shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometers (621,400 miles) per hour. The cosmic butterfly pictured i...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:25:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered on schedule the telescope structure for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Aug. 24 to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, paving the way for the integration of the 18 hexagonal mirrors that will help scientists observe the formation of the first stars and galaxies over 13.5 billion years ago. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and leads the industry team that designs and develops the Webb Te...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:43:00 +0100
Following the decision of the State Review Board, the Proton M/Breeze M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) carrying the Inmarsat- 5 F3 telecommunications spacecraft was rolled out to the Launch Facility, Area 200 earlier this morning of August 25. Here, the ILV was erected vertically onto the launch table and Khrunichev together with other space-industry companies, commenced Day 1 of countdown operations. Ground processing for the upcoming launch is proceeding on schedule. According to the Russ...
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study on-orbit robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled, to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing. "The Dragonfly program gives SSL the ...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:18:00 +0100
Half of the residents of the International Space Station will take a spin around their orbital neighborhood in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft on Friday, Aug. 28. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:45 a.m. EDT. Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos will move the Soyuz from the station's Poisk module to the Zvezda docking port. The relocation maneuver will begin with...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:03:00 +0100
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement through implementation of Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) of several structural elements and the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V launch vehicle. OVI significantly reduces the number of lifting operations performed at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Cape Canaveral , taking them off the critical path and allowing for reduced time between launches. Relocati...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Last Friday, 21 August, ESA's billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode. After launch on 19 December 2013 and a six-month long in-orbit commissioning period, the satellite started routine scientific operations on 25 July 2014. Located at the Lagrange point L2, 1.5 million km from Earth, Gaia surveys stars and many other astronomical objects as it spins, observing circular swathes of the sky. By repeatedly measuring the positions of t...
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) scientists are packing three times the power density into a key satellite cooling system whose previous design is already the lightest in its class. This project continues the company's effort to reduce component size, enabling compact, higher-power spacecraft payloads and smaller sensor platforms back on Earth. Highly sophisticated electronics like satellite sensors and cameras need to be cooled to detect what they're designed to capture, even to temperatures as l...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:27:00 +0100
The first U.S. mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth is another step closer to its fall 2016 launch, with the delivery of three cameras that will image and map the giant space rock. A camera suite that will allow NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to see a near-Earth asteroid, map it, and pick a safe and interesting place to touch the surface and collect a sample, has arrived at Lockheed Martin Space Sy...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:07:00 +0100
On 20 August 2015 the Director General of ESO, Tim de Zeeuw, and the Director General of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, signed a cooperation agreement between the two organisations at ESO's offices in Santiago, Chile. The ESA Director General was accompanied by Alvaro Gimenez, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at ESA, and Fabio Favata, Head of the ESA Programme Coordination Office. There is considerable overlap of interests between ESO, pre-eminent in ground-based astronomy, and ESA,...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:32:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that it recently signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to produce propellant and pressurant tanks for Lockheed Martin's updated A2100 satellite platform. The five-year contract continues a 20-year relationship between Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin for satellite fuel tanks produced by the company's Space Systems Group in Commerce, California. "We have been a valued and trusted supplier to Loc...
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:15:00 +0100
Open star clusters like the one seen here are not just perfect subjects for pretty pictures. Most stars form within clusters and these clusters can be used by astronomers as laboratories to study how stars evolve and die. The cluster captured here by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory is known as IC 4651, and the stars born within it now display a wide variety of characteristics. The loose speckling of stars in this new ESO image is the open star cluster IC 46...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0100
NASA's Johnson Space Center has awarded to Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a contract extension with a potential value of $101.9 million . Raytheon will continue to provide operations, maintenance and engineering services for up to four years to NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), facilities that are critical to safe human spaceflight. The NBL is the deep water pool astronauts use for spacewalk training. The SVMF hosts full-size mockups and simulators for t...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the leading provider of satellite services, was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite, Intelsat 34, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will begin firing its main th...
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0100
The EUTELSAT 8 West B communications satellite was successfully launched today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space is the program prime contractor, working on behalf of Eutelsat Communications, one of the world's leading satellite operators. EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 25th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat and the 74th satellite in the Spacebus family to enter service. This high-capacity satellite will be positio...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:16:00 +0100
An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA225 occurred on 20 August at 20:34 GMT (22:34 CEST, 17:34 local time). Eutelsat-8 West B, with a mass of 5782 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. Following a series of burns controlled by Ariane's computer, the Syld...
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:48:00 +0100
The build-up of another Ariane 5 began this week in French Guiana, initiating preparations for Arianespace's fifth heavy-lift flight of 2015 from the Spaceport. Using the well-established procedures employed since Ariane 5's introduction in the mid-1990s, the vehicle's core cryogenic stage was positioned over a mobile launch table inside the Launcher Integration Building. It was followed by rollout of the two solid propellant boosters for mating with the erected core cryogenic stage. This...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:38:00 +0100
NASA has selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America's space program. The selected proposals for unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies will investigate challenges in the areas of solar cell operations at high temperatures, atmospheric entry model development, synthetic biology applications for space exploration and dynamic tensegrity-based space structures. Tensegrity is a property o...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:37:00 +0100
A very special week is about to begin for approximately 30 students from Aalborg University, in Denmark, as their satellite - AAUSAT5 - waits to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday 19 August*. A few weeks later, AAUSAT5 will be deployed into orbit around Earth, marking the first ESA student CubeSat mission ever launched from the ISS: the pilot project of ESA's 'Fly Your Satellite from the ISS!' education programme. AAUSAT5, a CubeSat satellite entirely built ...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:51:00 +0100
The fourth heavy-lift Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2015 is now complete as Arianespace sustains the mission cadence with its full launcher family, which also includes the medium-weight Soyuz and light-lift Vega. During activity at the Spaceport's Ariane 5 Final Assembly Building in French Guiana, both passengers for next week's dual-payload mission to geostationary transfer orbit - EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - have been installed atop their launcher, completing the build-up process. This c...
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