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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:37:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission have marked a new milestone in French Guiana, with the EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite undergoing its initial fit-check with launcher hardware. This important step during Arianespace Ariane 5 mission campaigns at the Spaceport validated the compatibility of Eutelsat Communications' EUTELSAT 8 West B with the cone-shaped adapter that will be used in its integration on the heavy-lift launcher. ...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:03:00 +0100
NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories Inc., of El Segundo, California, to provide biomedical, medical and health services in support of all human spaceflight programs at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The work supports ongoing research aboard the International Space Station and helps enable the journey to Mars. The Human Health and Performance contract begins Oct. 1 and has a maximum potential value of $1.44 billion, including a five-year base period followed by one three-year op...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0100
Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL), today announced that TASC, an Engility company has been awarded a $67 million contract to provide systems engineering and integration (SE&I) for the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, the agency responsible for ensuring the space-based satellite navigation system is operational. The contract, known as the GPS SE&I, has a two-year base with options to extend TASC's support to 6.5 years with a value of more than $200 million. The aw...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:19:00 +0100
StemRad, Ltd. and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad's radiation shielding technology - originally designed for first-responders - could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions. This collaboration is part of Lockheed Martin's ongoing effort to establish international partnerships for human exploration of deep-space. As designed now, the StemRad 360 Gamma is a wearable vest that protects first-respo...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:00 +0100
Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have crossed the Atlantic, touching down in French Guiana ahead of their joint launch this September. The delicate navigation satellites made their journey within environmentally controlled containers, having passed a gamut of tests to confirm their readiness for space. The pair left ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, last Thursday by road for to Luxembourg Findel Airport. On Friday morning the duo flew by Luxair 747 a...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0100
On 26 July at 09:30 GMT (11:30 CEST), ESA handed control of Europe's last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4, to EUMETSAT This follows the launch of the satellite on 15 July aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, and the Launch and Early Orbit Phase carried out by ESA's European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, on EUMETSAT's behalf. During the last 11 days, the satellite was moved into geostationary orbit and the various elements of its platform ...
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:22:00 +0100
A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and launched a fragment of the disk outward at a speed of about 40 million miles per hour. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is tracking this cosmic clump, which appears to be picking up speed as it moves out. The double star system PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 – or B1259 for short – contains a star about 30 times as massive as the Sun and a pulsar, an ultra-dense neutron star left behi...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:25:00 +0100
Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders. "We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now -- 10 days after closest approach -- we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. "With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV vehicle and the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7) satellite that launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. "Orbital ATK's contributions to the launch vehicle and satellite demonstrate the broad range of reliable systems we offer," said Charlie Pre...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:19:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA226 Arianespace is maintaining its 2015 mission pace as components for another Ariane 5 have arrived in French Guiana - with the latest heavy-lift vehicle scheduled to orbit two telecommunications spacecraft during September: NBN Co 1A for Australia's National Broadband Network, and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean satellite operator ARSAT. The launcher elements were delivered this week aboard the MN Toucan, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off sea-going vessels utilized for the tra...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:20:00 +0100
Boeing's [NYSE: BA] seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite is now in orbit and will soon provide the U.S. and allied militaries with 17 percent more secure communications bandwidth than its predecessors thanks to a payload upgrade. "Every WGS that we deliver increases the ability of U.S. and allied forces to reliably transmit vital information," said Dan Hart, Boeing vice president, Government Space Systems. "By utilizing commercial processes, we are able to offer greater capacity at ...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:48:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:07 p.m. EDT today from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA's seventh launch in 2015 and the second successful ULA launch in just eight days. Today marks ULA's 98th successful one-at-a-time launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Kudos to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on today's successful launch and o...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:13:00 +0100
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another "Earth."The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, li...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:17:00 +0100
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been used to detect the most distant clouds of star-forming gas yet found in normal galaxies in the early Universe. The new observations allow astronomers to start to see how the first galaxies were built up and how they cleared the cosmic fog during the era of reionisation. This is the first time that such galaxies are seen as more than just faint blobs. When the first galaxies started to form a few hundred million years after t...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:46:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 launch are now in full swing, with the mission's two satellite passengers - EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 - undergoing checkout procedures at the Spaceport. These pre-launch activities kicked off this month, following separate arrivals of the two spacecraft - both of which were delivered to French Guiana's Felix Eboue Airport via cargo jetliner. After their subsequent transfers by road to the Spaceport, preparatio...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:53:00 +0100
Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan have arrived at the International Space Station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT Wednesday (3:02 a.m.,...
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:10:00 +0100
A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and TeleCommunication Systems (NASDAQ: TSYS) team has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the information assurance elements of the Low Cost Terminal (LCT). Completion of the CDR clears the way for the team to build hardware and software for the information assurance element or end cryptographic unit. LCT is an initiative to develop an affordable terminal for protected extremely high frequency (EHF) communicat...
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:12:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 The EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission is now in French Guiana, enabling payload preparations to begin for a scheduled August 20 flight from the Spaceport. This relay platform for Eutelsat Communications was transported from Nice Airport in France aboard a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft, which arrived in French Guiana at Cayenne's Felix Eboue Airport. After transportation by road to the Spaceport, the Thale...
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite, part of Inmarsat's Global Xpress network. The demonstrations to securely transmit high-data-rate information have involved ten major U.S. Department of Defense customer groups on fast-moving platforms and with users at multiple locations. Among these tests has been the successful sending and receiving of real-time high-definition video through ro...
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:48:00 +0100
The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, as the prime contractor to develop and build the JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) spacecraft. JUICE is the first large mission of the ESA Cosmic Vision programme, with a launch date in 2022. “JUICE will address the question: are there current habitats outside Earth in the Solar System with the necessary conditions to sustain life?” said François Auque...
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