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Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:05:00 +0100
The International Launch Services (ILS) Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concluded its work, concurring with the most probable cause and the associated corrective action plan which were identified by the Russian Interagency Commission (IAC) as a result of the May 16 Proton launch vehicle failure carrying the Centenario spacecraft. The members of the FROB reviewed the findings and conclusions from the IAC along with results from testing and investigations that the IAC directed to be perform...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:16:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing. This finding opens a new piece of discovery space in the extrasolar planet hunt: to uncover planets as far from their central stars as Jupiter and Saturn are from our sun. The Hubble and Keck Observatory results will appear in two papers in the Jul...
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:30:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Eutelsat Communications' EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite is being "topped off" this week at the Spaceport, in preparation for its August 20 launch from French Guiana on Ariane 5 Flight VA225. Fueling activity for the EUTELSAT 8 West B spacecraft is occurring in the S5B preparation hall at Arianespace's South American operations base, readying the satellite for its subsequent integration in the upper position of the Ariane 5 heavy-lift workhorse's dual-pay...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:30:00 +0100
The world's largest ground-based solar telescope is one step closer to operation with the acceptance of the deformable mirror engineered by AOA Xinetics, a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii, will offer unprecedented high-resolution images of the sun using the latest adaptive optics technology to provide its distortion-free imaging. Led by the National Solar Obse...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:15:00 +0100
NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency's larger missions. The selected proposals, three Astrophysics Small Explorer missions and two Explorer Missions of Opportunity, will study polarized X-ray emissions from neutron star-black hole binary systems, the exponential expansion of space in the early universe, galaxies in the early universe, and star ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:14:00 +0100
Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data. Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to its star to sustain life, is a mere 21 light-years away. While the planet itself can't be seen directly, even by telescopes, the star it orbits is visible to the naked eye in dark skies in the Cassiopeia constellation, near the North Star. ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:00:00 +0100
Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of the data returned by Rosetta's lander Philae last November. Early results from Philae's first suite of scientific observations of Comet 67P/Churyumov--Gerasimenko were published today in a special edition of the journal Science. Data were obta...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft's fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion's first test flight on Dec. 5, 2014. A finished Orion spacecraft has three fairings, or panels, that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent into space. For the purposes of collecting data during these tests, only one fairing was...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:41:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be heading for space a third time, as part of Expeditions 52 and 53 to the International Space Station. He will be launched on a Soyuz vehicle in May 2017 on a five-month mission. The new mission is part of a barter agreement between NASA and Italy's ASI space agency involving ESA astronauts. It will be ASI's third long-duration flight, following Luca Parmitano's Volare in 2013 and Samantha Cristoforetti's Futura this year. Paolo's first spaceflight was his...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:27:00 +0100
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully completed a maneuver on July 29, 2015, to put the spacecraft in the right place on Sept. 28, 2016, for supporting arrival of the InSight Mars lander mission. The maneuver's engine burn began at 6:21:31 a.m. PDT (13:21:31 UTC) and lasted for 75 seconds. With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year. ...
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:11:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV06 Elements have arrived in French Guiana for the next Vega launcher, which is scheduled for a November mission from the Spaceport to deploy Europe's LISA Pathfinder - a pioneering scientific spacecraft that will set the stage for observing the Universe in a completely new way. The Zefiro 23 and Zefiro 9 stages for Arianespace's lightweight launcher were delivered to French Guiana this month aboard the MN Toucan, one of two ships regularly utilized for transporting Arianesp...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:08:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has installed the first operational hardware for the Global Positioning System's Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. The new ground command and control system will significantly modernize U.S. GPS capabilities and manage the next generation of GPS satellites. Installation of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS) hardware was completed in early July at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado , the eventual home for the new GPS OCX Master Control Station....
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0100
The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help to explain the mystery of why many young stars seem to have more of this chemical element than expected. This new finding fills in a long-missing piece in the puzzle representing our galaxy's chemical evolution, and is a big step forward for astronomers trying to understand the amount...
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...
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Applied Physics Laboratory: The Space Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a division of The Johns Hopkins University, as a preeminent university resource for space systems, defines and implements solutions to important problems in both the civilian and national security arenas through the development and application of space science, engineering, and technology. [APL jobs]
ASI: (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) The Italian Space Agency is a government agency founded for the purpose of identifying, coordinating, and managing italian space programs.
AST: The FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST)'s mission is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during a commercial launch or re-entry activity and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation.
Arabsat: (Arab Satellite Communications Organization) ARABSAT since 1976 has been serving the satellite-based telecommunications, information, cultural, and educational needs of the member states of the Arab League. [Arabsat jobs]
Austrian Space Agency: The Austrian Space Agency, ASA, serves the Federal Ministry of Science and Transport as a service institution for the coordination of space activities in Austria.
Canadian Space Agency: The Canadian Space Agency is a departmental agency of the Government of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. [CSA jobs]
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CAST: Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) is a primary research center and spacecraft development base for Chinese Space technology endeavour. To date the academy has successfully developed and launched 52 satellites of various kinds.
CCSDS: The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) is an international organization of space agencies interested in mutually developing standard data handling techniques to support space research, including space science and applications, conducted exclusively for peaceful purposes.
Center for Space Studies: The Center for Space Studies (CEE) has operated the Satellite Tracking Station located in Santiago, providing telemetry, tracking and command support (TT&C) to more than 350 space missions. The Center for Space Studies also develops a national program that involves the use of satellite technology applied to research, and other needs of Chile.
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales: French National Space Agency. Since 1960, CNES is responsible for the definition of the French space policy and for its implementation. (This site is in French). [CNES jobs]
CEOS: The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) membership encompasses the world's government agencies responsible for civil Earth Observation (EO) satellite programs, along with agencies that receive and process data acquired remotely from space.
CONAE: The Argentine National Commission on Space Activities mandate includes the planning and implementation of all actions related to the peaceful applications of outer space and space knowledge, for which it has the exclusive use and control of national space activities.
Cospas-Sarsat: The Cospas-Sarsat international satellite system for search and rescue consists of a constellation of satellites in polar orbit and a network of ground receiving stations, which provide distress alert and location information to appropriate rescue authorities for maritime, aviation and land users in distress.
CRESTech: A consortium of academic researchers, industry leaders and government, The Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech) is committed to bridging the gap between pure science and the successful application of science and technology in profitable new businesses.
David Florida Laboratory:  The David Florida Laboratory (DFL) is Canada's world-class national facility for spacecraft assembly, integration and test. It is maintained and operated by the Canadian Space Agency.
DLR: (German Aerospace Research Establishment) Three future-oriented fields of research form the key areas of DLR activities: aviation, space flight and energy technology. The DLR institutes develop new technologies, perform scientific investigations, test materials and equipment - mostly in cooperation: with industry and universities, with national and international partners. [DLR jobs]
Draper Laboratory: Draper Laboratory is recognized for its excellence in space guidance, navigation, and control for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These roles encompass major responsibilities in NASA's manned space programs, including the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and other space systems and components for various defense and commercial unmanned space programs. [Draper Laboratory jobs]
EUMETSAT: EUMETSAT's primary objective is to establish, maintain and exploit European systems of operational meteorological satellites. EUMETSAT is responsible for the launch and operation of the satellites and for delivering satellite data to end users as well as contributing to the operational monitoring of climate and the detection of global climate change. [Eumetsat jobs]
European Space Agency: The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organization composed of 14 Member States which aims to provide for and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and operational space applications systems. [ESA jobs]
European Union Satellite Centre: The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union dedicated to the exploitation and production of information derived primarily from the analysis of earth observation space imagery in support of Union decision-making in the field of "second pillar", the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). [EUSC jobs]
Federal Communications Commission: The mission of this independent US government agency is to encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. In response to direction from the Congress, the FCC develops and implements policy concerning interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. [FCC jobs]
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)'s mission is the study of the origin, evolution, and ultimate fate of the universe. More than 300 professional scientists, supported by some 500 technical, engineering, and administrative staff, pursue a broad range of research, organized by divisions. [CfA jobs]
IKI: As the leading organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the field of investigations of Outer Space, Solar System planets and other objects of the Universe, Space Research Institute (IKI) is primary in charge of long-range planning and elaboration of space research programs of which a considerable part is performed within the framework of international space research cooperation.
INPE: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (National Institute for Space Research) of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology.
Institute for Applied Space Research: The Institute for Applied Space Research is a chartered Institute of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the George Washington University. IASR is dedicated to providing GWU with a center for research and development in the field of space communications.
INTA: INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial) is a public research institution dependant of the State Secretary of Defense. The Institute is dedicated to aerospace research and space science as well as to the technological development in other industrial areas. [INTA jobs]
International Space Science Institute: The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern has been established to further interdisciplinary studies and interpretation of the very complex experimental data which originate from multiexperiment satellites, already launched or due to be launched over the next several years by different space agencies.
Intersputnik: Intersputnik is an international intergovernmental organization established in 1971 to operate a global commercial satellite-based telecommunications system. Today, Intersputnik has 23 member nations and provides high-quality international, regional and national communication services in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Intersputnik's users are over 100 state-run and private telecommunications and broadcasting organisations world-wide.
IPAC: The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) exists to carry out large, data-intensive processing tasks of critical importance to NASA's infrared astronomy program, and to provide scientific expertise on those projects to the astronomical community.
ISAS: The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) is a central institute dedicated for space and astronautical science in Japan. It has been continuously conducting space science research by making the maximum use of its own flight capabilities and opportunities.
ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) executes its space programme through its establishments located in different places in India. The main objective of ISRO space programme includes development of satellites, launch vehicles, Sounding Rockets and supported ground systems. [ISRO jobs]
ITU: The International Telecommunication Union headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. [ITU jobs]
JAXA: On October 1, 2003, ISAS, NAL and NASDA were merged into one independent administrative institution: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The consolidation of these three formerly independent organizations will allow a continuous and systematic approach to space exploration, from basic research to development and practical application. [JAXA jobs]
JPL: Managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. JPL spacecraft have visited all known planets except Pluto (a Pluto mission is currently under study for the early part of the next decade). In addition to its work for NASA, JPL conducts tasks for a variety of other US federal agencies. [JPL jobs]
KARI: The main research and development areas of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI) are largely classified into development of aircraft, artificial satellites and rockets. KARI also performs the quality assurance business for aircraft and space devices in accordance with delegation from the government.
LASP: The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has been an active participant in the U.S. space program since the early 1950s. Members of LASP conduct fundamental research in the atmospheric and planetary sciences, develop space instrumentation, and create computer information systems for space operations. [LASP jobs]
MITRE: The MITRE Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit company that provides technical support to the US government. [MITRE jobs]
Mullard Space Science Laboratory: As the UK's largest University space physics institute, it includes professionally-staffed electronic, mechanical and software engineering groups and has designed and built instruments for more than 30 orbiting spacecraft and 200 sounding rockets. [MSSL jobs]
NASA: Home page of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Here you will find links to the various agency's field centers. [NASA jobs]
National Center for Microgravity Research: The National Center for Microgravity Research on Fluids and Combustion principal activities both at CWRU's Case School of Engineering and at NASA Glenn Research Center are fundamental research and technology development, science program outreach and development, scientific support to NASA principal investigators, technology transfer to industry, and public education initiatives. [NCMR jobs]
National Radio Astronomy Observatory: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research organization. The NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific community. [NRAO jobs]
Netherlands Space Office: The Netherlands Space Office acts as the Dutch agency for space affairs. The NSO is the face of the Dutch space community for international space organisations like ESA, NASA and JAXA as well as the central point of contact for the space community within the Netherlands.
NLR: The Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) provides expert contributions to activities in aerospace and related fields. NLR independently renders services to government departments and international agencies, aerospace industries and aircraft and spacecraft operators. Customers include various organizations based in the Netherlands, in Europe and elsewhere. [NLR jobs]
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration home page. The NOAA Mission: To describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment, and conserve and manage wisely the Nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. [NOAA jobs]
Norwegian Space Center: The Norwegian Space Centre is a foundation cooperating closely with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to support the development of Norwegian industry and for development and demonstration of space applications, and to optimize conditions for national space research.
Novespace: Novespace, a joint-stock venture created in 1986 by the French Space Agency (CNES), was formed with two objectives in mind: to disseminate space technologies to other industrial sectors and to promote microgravity as a valuable tool for scientific experimentation and research.
NSAU: The National Space Agency of Ukraine is in charge of the organization and development of space activities in Ukraine and under its jurisdiction abroad.
Ohio Aerospace Institute: The Ohio Aerospace Institute is a consortium of nine Ohio universities, NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and private companies. OAI's mission is to be a collaborative network of university, industry and government, focused on the creation, integration, application and communication of aerospace related knowledge and the commercialization of related technologies. [OAI jobs]
ONERA: ONERA is a scientific and technical public establishment managed according to industrial and commercial practice, placed under the supervision of the French Minister of Defense. Its mission is to develop and guide aerospace research; design, develop and implement the facilities it requires to conduct its research and testing; publish and promote the results of its research; and contribute to the education of engineers and scientists. [ONERA jobs]
PSRI: The Planetary Sciences Research Institute (PSRI) is dedicated to the development of high sensitivity, high precision, stable isotope instrumentation and methodology for laboratory and space projects, and the application of those methods to studies of extraterrestrial samples, diamonds, environmental and ecological problems. [PSRI jobs]
ROSA: Established in 1991 by the Romanian Government, ROSA (Romanian Space Agency) is an independent public institution. ROSA is authorized to establish research and development centres oriented on specific objectives of the Romanian Space Programme.
Russian Federal Space Agency: The Russian Space Agency (RSA) was created on February 25,1992 by Decree issued by the President of the Russian Federation. RSA is the federal body of executive authority which defines implementation of state policy in space research and exploration for peaceful purposes and execution of Federal space program. The main goal of RSA is to provide effective solutions to social and economical tasks and promoting Russia's interests on the international space arena.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is joined with the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) to form the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where more than 300 scientists are engaged in a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, Earth and space sciences, and science education. [SAO jobs]
Space Telescope Science Institute: The Space Telescope Science Institute is the astronomical research center responsible for operating the Hubble Space Telescope as an international observatory. [STScI jobs]
SRC: Space Research Centre, SRC is the Scientific institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences established in 1977. Space Research Centre activities comprise the designing, preparation and realization of space experiments in the context of international cooperation.
SRON: The mission of Space Research Organization Netherlands (SRON) is to initiate, to develop, to build and to use internationally outstanding instruments for scientific research in and from space. [SRON jobs]
Swedish Institute of Space Physics: The Swedish Institute of Space Physics is a governmental research institute. The primary task is to carry out basic research, education, and associated observatory activities in space physics. [IRF jobs]
Swedish Space Corporation: SSC is a government-owned limited company with activities covering the entire range of space-related work from feasibility studies to operational applications of space technology. Systems engineering and management are the major activities of the company, but SSC also designs and develops high-technology hardware and software in-house, especially for use in space vehicles and in satellite ground stations. [SSC jobs]
Swiss Propulsion Laboratory: The Swiss Propulsion Laboratory (SPL), founded in autumn 1998 as a non-profit organization, is running integrated programs focusing on research and development of space-technology in Switzerland. SPL aims to develop, build and run reasonable priced systems to transport small civilian payloads into a low-earth orbit (LEO).
UCAR: The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a not-for-profit university membership consortium which carries out programs to benefit the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences. Various UCAR activities are also funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, and the Federal Aviation Administration. [UCAR jobs]
UK Space Agency: The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.
UNOOSA: The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

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