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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:56:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar, is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other. The finding suggests that quasars—the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly host two central supermassive black holes, which fall into orbit about one another as a result of the merger between two galaxies. Like a pair of whirling skaters, the black-...
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. Under the team's response to the ADF's tender request, Australia has the opportunity to gain access to Northrop Grumman's Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only managing, operating and monitoring system that has already been...
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:35:00 +0100
An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M successfully placed the Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite into a super-synchronous transfer orbit (SSTO) today. The spacecraft was launched for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. I-5 F3 is the third of Inmarsat's next-generation Global Xpress satellites, which launched on an ILS Proton. This marks the third Proton launch of the year and the 5th SSTO mission for ILS, a leader in providing launch ...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, here on Monday, August 31, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 6:07 a.m. and 6:51 a.m. EDT. We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Erika for potential impact to launch. Early-rising Californians may be particularly interested in the webcast to watch one of their "hometown" satellites launch live. Th...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:10:00 +0100
When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 satellite, which is now in orbit, becomes fully operational later this year it will provide the technology and coverage necessary for worldwide high-speed broadband access. Inmarsat-5 F3 sent signals from space following its launch yesterday on an International Launch Services Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After reaching final orbit, the spacecraft will undergo testing and checkout before becoming operational. "The Inmarsat Global Xpress ...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:29:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The new 14,174 square-foot facility will serve as the hub for interfacing with and controlling rockets, their payloads and associated launch pad support systems during flight operations at Wallops. "The Wallops launch range mission set has seen steady growth, transformation and...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:27:00 +0100
Europe's latest Galileo satellites are fully fuelled, leaving them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for their 11 September launch. Galileo 9 and 10 are due to launch atop a Soyuz launcher at 02:08 GMT on 11 September (04:08 CEST; 23:08 local time, 10 September) from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Technicians donned spacesuit-like SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble) suits to fill each satellite with sufficient hydrazine fuel for thei...
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:02:00 +0100
NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. The test series wrapped up Thursday with a seventh hot fire test of a developmental RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The test ran for a full-duration 535 seconds. "The completion of this test series is an important step in getting SLS ready...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral , LLC (SSL) today announced that a high performance satellite designed and built for Australia's new nbn(tm) broadband network has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana , where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace . The high capacity broadband satellite, which will provide service to more than 200,000 Australians, demonstrates SSL's leadership in providing satellites for high speed internet access. SSL has provided the...
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:50:00 +0100
Early September will see the very first force-feedback-based teleoperation of a rover-based robotic arm system on Earth from the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above our heads. Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will take control of the Interact Centaur rover, which incorporates a pair of arms to perform precision operations. In the process Andreas will make use of haptic control - providing him with force feedback to let him feel for himself as the robotic arms encounter ...
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,...
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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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