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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0100
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC -  The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded a contract worth $1.35 million to Neptec Design Group to continue work on Canada's contribution to ASTRO-H, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) next-generation space observatory, scheduled to be launched in late 2015. Neptec is building the Canadian ASTRO-H Metrology System (CAMS), which is an innovative measuring system that will help better calibrate the observatory's main telescope and significantly enhance the i...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:00 +0100
NASA Astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio have completed a short spacewalk to replace a failed Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) back up computer. They began the re-pressurization of the Quest airlock at 11:32 a.m. EDT signifying the excursion’s end time. The backup computer failed April 11 after a routine health check by the Mission Control team in Houston. While the primary computer continues operating flawlessly NASA managers ordered Wednesday’s spacewalk repair to e...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0100
Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, is preparing for the launch of KazEOSat-1 (formerly known as DZZ-HR), which is due to lift off on 28 April 2014 into low Sun-synchronous orbit (about 700 km from Earth) on-board a Vega launcher from the European spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). KazEOSat-1 is the Republic of Kazakhstan’s first Earth observation satellite. It was built entirely by Airbus Defence and Space and is a very high-resolution (1 met...
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:09:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA219 The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth flight to service the International Space Station is now being assembled in French Guiana, preparing the launcher for its 2014 mission with another European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) cargo resupply vessel. Build-up procedures commenced this week in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building with positioning of the core cryogenic stage over its mobile launch table, then the subsequent rollout of Ariane 5&rs...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:09:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV03 Arianespace’s Vega mission with DZZ-HR, Kazakhstan’s first Earth observation satellite, is entering the final preparation phase for a nighttime liftoff next week from the Spaceport in French Guiana. This will be the light-lift Vega’s third flight, once again demonstrating its capability to accommodate a full range of payloads as the smallest member in Arianespace’s launcher family – operating along with the medium-lift Soyuz and heavywe...
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