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Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:38:00 +0100
MacDonald , Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") ( TSX:MDA ), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed a contract amendment with the Canadian Space Agency for CA$10.5 million, to provide on-going support for the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS). This amendment relates to MDA's March 2013 announcement. The Mobile Servicing System comprises Canadarm2, the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator and the Mob...
Tue, 2 Jun 2015 16:55:00 +0100
A preliminary statement from the Russian State Commission investigating the cause of the May 16 Proton failure with the Centenario satellite was issued by Roscosmos on May 29th. According to the Roscosmos statement, the Russian State Commission concluded that the mission anomaly was traced to a failure of the Stage 3 steering engine due to increased vibration loads. Under the direction of Roscosmos head Igor Komarov, Khrunichev and its subsidiaries are developing an action plan to addre...
Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0100
Rosetta's continued close study of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has revealed an unexpected process at work, causing the rapid breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecules spewing from the comet's surface. ESA's Rosetta mission arrived at the comet in August last year. Since then, it has been orbiting or flying past the comet at distances from as far as several hundred kilometres down to as little as 8 km. While doing so, it has been collecting data on every aspect of the comet's environme...
Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:26:00 +0100
ESA's goal of removing a derelict satellite from orbit is picking up pace, as a mission design is assembled to be put before European ministers next year for approval. The e.Deorbit mission came through ESA's Clean Space initiative, tasked with reducing the environmental impact of the space industry in both the terrestrial and orbital realms. Space debris levels are increasing relentlessly, as colliding objects bequeath more debris and further collisions. Conserving the heavily trafficked ...
Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:18:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA224 A payload's arrival in French Guiana for an upcoming Spaceport launch always is a notable event, and the recent delivery of the Star One C4 satellite for Ariane 5's flight this July has great significance - as it will mark SSL's (Space Systems Loral) 50th mission with Arianespace. Star One C4 was designed and built by SSL for Embratel Star One, based on the SSL 1300 platform that provides high power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and techno...
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