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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:45:00 +0100
The Galileo satellites’ integration with Soyuz is shown in this series of photos, beginning with the upper composite’s transfer to the dedicated launch complex in French Guiana for this medium-lift launcher (left). At center, the upper composite is hoisted inside the mobile gantry, where it is integrated with Soyuz (right) to complete the launcher build-up for Arianespace’s Flight VS09. “Doresa” and “Milena” – the first two Galileo FOC (Full...
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0100
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27176 . XS-1 has a reusable booster that when coupled with an expendable upper stage provides affo...
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:46:00 +0100
WASHINGTON  -  Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1, which is the brightest X-ray source in a galaxy known as Messier 82. Most black holes formed by dying stars are modestly-sized, measuring up to around 25 times the mass of our sun. And most large galax...
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:23:00 +0100
DULLES, Va -  Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The company also noted that it is nearing the launch of ...
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:50:00 +0100
Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday. The fuelling of the two satellites, allowing them to fine-tune their orbits and maintain their altitude over the course of their 12-year lifetimes, took place on 7–8 August.  Engineers donned protective SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble) suits to fill the satellites with hydrazin...
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