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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:38:00 +0100
In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. "It's almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the system from a lower-energy state to a higher-energy one," s...
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0100
PALO ALTO, CA -  Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was one of 14 companies qualified by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to compete for work with U.S. Government agencies to host government payloads on commercial satellites.  The SMC awarded SSL two indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts for both geostationary (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO)/Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) missions that will streamline the c...
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:25:00 +0100
MCLEAN, Va. -  Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS)  (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) has been awarded an $8,245,160 firm-fixed-price COMSATCOM Pathfinder contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) based in Los Angeles, California. The contract will provide on-orbit transponders to support Ku-band communications for U.S. Africa Command. Pathfinder is viewed as an innovative business model available to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for ...
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0100
Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Chandra, one of NASA's current "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe. Wi...
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0100
Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA's aerospace industry partners for the agency's Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their Space Act Agreements with the agency. NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move ahead with plans to develop the first American spacecraft designed to carry people into space since the space shuttle....
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