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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...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA Orion team has secured the 2,700 lb. Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) Orion crew module into its structural assembly tool, also known as the "birdcage." The crew module is the living quarters for astronauts and the backbone for many of Orion's systems such as propulsion, avionics and parachutes. "The structure shown here is 500 pounds lighter than its Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) counterpart," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion vice president and ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:21:00 +0100
With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the 'to do list' and the propulsion team is already decontaminating their equipment before returning home. Official confirmation of the new launch date had to come before the team could start this delicate operation. The hydrazine fuel is extremely toxic so only a few specialists remained in the cleanroom during ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ) today announced it received final Hart-Scott-Rodino regulatory approval and completed its acquisition of GATR Technologies (GATR), a manufacturer of next-generation deployable satellite communication terminal solutions based in Huntsville, Alabama. Cubic completed the acquisition of GATR on February 2, 2016 for a purchase price of $232.5 million. GATR Technologies will operate within the Cubic Global Defense business unit and greatly expands the company's footp...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used the ALMA and IRAM telescopes to make the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a novel technique to observations of an object nicknamed the Flying Saucer they find that the grains are much colder than expected: -266 degrees Celsius. This surprising result suggests that models of these discs may need to be revised. The international team, led by Stephane Guilloteau ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0100
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract for JCSAT-17, a satellite based on the A2100 common design. "We've built a number of satellites for SJC and we're honored that they have placed their trust in us again," said Carl Marchetto, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "And with the sale of an additional A2100, it adds yet another satellite to our healthy backlog." JCSAT-17 is an S band satellit...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:46:00 +0100
The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018. These small satellite secondary payloads will carry science and technology investigations to help pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars. SLS’ first flight, referred to as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), provides the rare opportunity for these small experiments to rea...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to see. Very distant astronomical objects appear much redder when observed on Earth due to an effect known as redshift, so this sensitivity to red light enables the camera to detect objects many billions of light years ...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:08:00 +0100
The human body is made for living on Earth - take away the constant pull of gravity and muscles and bones begin to waste away. Living in space is hard on astronauts and ways must be found to keep them fit and safe. Bedrest study ESA and NASA are planning to confine human subjects to bed for 60 days in 2017 in Cologne, Germany to probe the effects of spaceflight, with periods in a centrifuge to test if artificial gravity can keep them healthy. Bedrest studies offer a way of testing measure...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:38:00 +0100
Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages. These two satellites were launched together on 11 September last year. Once safely in orbit and their systems activated, their navigation payloads and search and rescue transponders were subjected to a rigorous process of in-orbit testing, to ensure their performance reached the necessary specifications to become part of the Galileo system. Radio-frequency measurements of the Galileo signa...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:40:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space Belgium announced today that it has signed a contract with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), prime contractor for the Ariane 6 launcher on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), to particpate in development of the range safety system for Ariane 6, including a qualification launch. The new Ariane 6 launcher was approved by ESA's ministerial-level council meeting in December 2014 to ensure that Europe retains its leadership in the fast-growing commercial launch services mar...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:22:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s second flight of 2016 has completed its basic build-up, marking a key milestone as preparations advance for this early March mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana – which will carry the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite. During activity this week inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, the “upper composite” – consisting of its cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay – was installed a...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has announced that it will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond. Harris' fully digital navigation payload will add value to the U.S. Air Force's GPS mission by offering enhanced performance and enabling on-orbit reprogramming. The all-digital payload expands on the advanced features of the current 70-percent digital solution Harris provides for Lockheed Martin's GPS III SV 1-8 satellites. The features provide great...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:49:00 +0100
Indra has been awarded the contract to expand the Hispasat ground segment for an amount of more than 5 million euros and an execution period extending until January 2017. The company will prepare the ground segment so that it can carry out the monitoring and control of the new Hispasat 1F and Amazonas 5 satellites. Among other tasks, the company will supply four ground stations. Two of them will be installed in the Hispasat control center in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) while another will be put i...
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:36:00 +0100
International Launch Services (ILS) successfully placed the EUTELSAT 9B satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, for Eutelsat Communications of Paris, France. With this mission, ILS, a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, completed its 92nd Proton launch overall and 1st Proton launch of 2016. Since its maiden flight in 1965, this was the 410th aggregate launch for the Proton vehicle, including both Federal and commerc...
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:05:00 +0100
The European Data Relay System's first laser terminal has reached space aboard its host satellite and is now under way to its final operating position. EDRS-A was launched on 29 January as part of the Eutelsat-9B telecom satellite at 22:20 GMT (23:20 CET, 04:20 30 January local time) atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The satellite was released at 07:32 GMT today, around 36 000 km over the equator, and is now moving towards its final geostationary position at 9oE over Europe, ...
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Aerospace Industries Association:  The AIA Space Office provides Congress, federal agencies, and many other organizations with an authoritative source for guidance on domestic and international space matters. As such, better representation of member issues throughout these segments of government and industry has become a major focus of AIA's advocacy.
 
American Astronomical Society:  The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The basic objective of the AAS is to promote the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. The membership (~6,500) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. Includes a job listings page.
 
American Astronautical Society:  Formed in 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. They are also committed to strengthening the global space program through cooperation with international space organizations.
 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: The AIAA is a national professional society with over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries serving the aerospace engineering community. The mission of the AIAA is to serve the profession and to benefit the Institute's individual members and member institutions. Has a career and placement service for members.
 
AMSAT: The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) is a non-profit volunteer organization which designs, builds and operates experimental satellites and promotes space education. Its vision is to deploy high earth orbit satellite systems that offer daily coverage by 2009 and continuous coverage by 2012.
 
Archimedes Institute: The Archimedes Institute conducts sophisticated analysis of aerospace policy issues and implements related private policy initiatives such as claim registration, lien filings, and international treaty revision. The Institute provides through its web site an extensive library of space law and policy documents, including international agreements, domestic legislation, reports, academic monographs, and a substantial bibliography of aerospace resources. The Institute also maintains a forum for space policy issues and over 200 links to other space policy, media and business entities.
 
Argentine Association for Space Technology: The Argentine Association for Space Technology (Asociación Argentina de Tecnología Espacial, AATE) is a non-profit organization based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Its goals is to promote, cooperate and develop the space activities in Argentina, jointly with international institutions with a complete respect to the pacific uses of space.
 
Association of Space Explorers: The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 300 individuals from 29 nations who have flown in space. Founded in 1985, ASE's mission is to provide a forum for professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in space, support space science and exploration for the benefit of all, promote education in science and engineering, foster greater environmental awareness, and encourage international cooperation in the human exploration of space.
 
British Interplanetary Society: Founded in 1933, The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) is the world's longest established organisation devoted solely to supporting and promoting the exploration of space and astronautics. The BIS is financially independent, has charitable status and obtains its main income from a worldwide membership. The Society's headquarters are situated in central London.
 
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute: The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) is a non-profit scientific and technical organization devoted to the advancement of the art, science and engineering relating to aeronautics, astronautics, and associated technologies and their applications. The Institute consists of Branches across Canada, specialist Sections, and constituent Societies which cater to related technologies.
 
CODSIA: The Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA) was formed in 1964 by industry associations having common interests in the defense and space fields and provides a central channel of communications for improving industry-wide consideration of the many policies, regulations, implementation problems, procedures and questions involved in federal procurement actions.
 
COSPAR: After the USSR launched its first Earth Satellite in 1957, the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) established its Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) during an international meeting in London in 1958. COSPAR's objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.
 
Earth and Space Foundation: The Earth and Space Foundation is an international charity that funds scientific exploration that helps us both understand the Earth's environment and explore the frontier of space, bringing the environmental and space exploration communities together to address the challenges facing society. Since its establishment in 1994 the Foundation has helped support over 50 projects around the world.
 
EURISY: The Eurisy Association was founded in 1989 as part of Europe's preparations for International Space Year (ISY-92). In 1993, the Association's members decided that EURISY should continue its work, given that raising public awareness of the value of European space activities was a long-term task requiring an extended effort. EURISY's mission is to promote education and information activities for the advancement of space technology and its applications in Europe.
 
European Space Policy Institute: ESPI will identify and develop research themes relevant to European space policy, which will be used to initiate, support and promote political and societal debate fostering public awareness of the importance of space-based infrastructures and services. The tasks of the Institute are multidisciplinary in nature while linked to space policy, thereby federating know-how, skills and knowledge to conduct comprehensive and independent policy research for the benefit of space operators in Europe.
 
Eurospace:  Eurospace was created in 1961, at the dawn of the European space era, as the Organisation of the European Space Industry. It is an international non-profit association whose members are the main European industrial space companies. Its members represent 90% of the total space turnover of the European space industry.  On April 22nd, 2004, EUROSPACE has become the Space subsidiary of the AeroSpace Industries Association of Europe (ASD).
 
FSRI: The Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) was established by Florida’s governor and legislature to promote collaboration among the state’s academic institutions, industry, and federal agencies to support statewide aerospace-oriented economic and academic development.
 
Global VSAT Forum: The Global VSAT Forum is an association of key companies involved in the business of delivering advanced digital fixed satellite systems and services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. The Forum is independent and non-profit and has a global remit. It is also non-partisan - any companies or organisations with an interest in the VSAT industry are encouraged to join. Also has a job opportunities page.
 
International Academy of Astronautics: The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was founded in Stockholm on August16, 1960. Since that time, IAA has brought together the world's foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.
 
International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety: The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), legally established 16 April 2004 in  the Netherlands, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety.
 
International Association of Space Entrepreneurs: IASE is a membership trade association specifically focused on the particular needs of space entrepreneurs and on the global development of future space entrepreneurs. IASE's Mission is to promote global entrepreneurship in the space industry through concerted efforts in business, public policy, and education.
 
International Astronautical Federation: Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) encourages the advancement of knowledge about space and the development and application of space assets for the benefit of humanity. The IAF is a non-governmental association, with members drawn from government organizations, industry, professional associations, research centres and learned societies from all over the world. Today, the IAF has 161 members from 45 countries.
 
ISSAT:  ISSAT is an association based in Toulouse whose main objectives are to promote French and European space skills and competences and to stimulate interest for space with young people. Of particular interest is their very comprehensive space training directory (in French).
 
Mobile Satellite Users Association: The MSUA is a non-profit corporation devoted to fostering effective communication worldwide among users of mobile satellite services (MSS), suppliers of equipment and services, the owners of the satellite systems and the various governmental entities that may have an impact on the future of the industry.
 
Moon Society: The Moon Society is a non-profit educational and scientific foundation formed to further scientific study and development of the moon.
 
National Space Society: The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  The NSS has more than 22,000 members, and 75 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  The NSS, founded in 1974 by Wernher von Braun, is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space.
 
OURS Foundation: The primary purpose of the OURS Foundation is to introduce, nurture and expand a cultural dimension to humanity's astronautical endeavors. This task will be manifested through the identification, investigation, support and realization of related cultural, astronautical, humanitarian, environmental and educational activities which may take place both on and off planet Earth, and which are deemed as beneficial to the development and advancement of human civilization in this new environment.
 
The Planetary Society: Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980 to advance the exploration of the solar system and to continue the search for extraterrestrial life. With members in over 125 countries, the Society is the largest space interest group in the world.
 
Satellite Industry Association: The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is a U.S.-based trade association representing  the leading satellite service providers, manufacturers, launch services companies and ground equipment suppliers throughout the world. The SIA is the unified voice of the commercial satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite community.
 
Society of Satellite Professionals International: The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is a non-profit organization devoted to professionals in the field of satellite communications. Has a career page.
 
Space Foundation: The Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Foundation manages the on-site NASA Educational Resource Center; offers two distinct Master's in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University; and has trained more than 30,000 teachers since 1986 on Teaching With Space through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences.
 
Space Frontier Foundation: The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization dedicated to the human settlement of space in our lifetime. The Space Frontier Foundation is a media and policy organization composed of space activists, scientists and engineers, media and political professionals, entrepreneurs, and citizens from all backgrounds and all nations.
 
Space Library: Started 2004 in Japan. Virtual Library is on the Web. The Real Library is located in the center of Fujisawa, Japan. 'milspace' news mail (English and Japanese mixed version) is distributed to the aerospace community for free at least once a week.
 
Space Studies Board: The Space Studies Board (SSB) provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications. The Board conducts advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.
 
Space Studies Institute: Founded in 1977, the Space Studies Institute's mission is to open the energy and material resources of space for human benefit within our lifetime. SSI's first commitment is to complete the missing technological links to make possible the productive use of the abundant resources in space. Its second goal is to promote the formation of private, governmental, or multi-national programs to use space resources responsibly and carefully, avoiding environmental damage.
 
Universities Space Research Association: USRA provides a mechanism through which universities can cooperate effectively with one another, with the government, and with other organizations to further space science and technology, and to promote education in these areas.
 

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