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Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:22:00 +0100
Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star -- our sun -- other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared in families with two or more stars. Researchers wanting to know more about the complex influences of multiple stars on planets have come up with two new case studies: a planet found to have three parents, and another with four. The discoveries were made using instruments fitted to te...
Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:09:00 +0100
Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by a phenomenon referred to as cosmic precipitation. Cosmic precipitation is not a weather event, as we commonly associate the word -- rain, sleet, or snow. Rather, it is a mechanism that allows hot gas to produce showers of cool gas clouds that fall into a galaxy. Researchers have analyzed X-rays from more than 200 galaxy clusters, and be...
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:49:00 +0100
After studying the recent explosive break-up of a US satellite, ESA space debris experts have concluded this event does not increase the collision risk to nearby ESA missions in any meaningful way. The US Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Programme Flight 13 (DMSP-13) broke up into some 40 pieces on 3 February. The military weather satellite was in a low-Earth orbit - commonly used by Earth observation missions and some communication satellites - at more than 800 km altitude. #et#quot;T...
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed a number of design and development milestones for a nuclear-hardened command and control system, one year after receiving a $134 million U.S. Air Force contract to provide secure communications between the president, senior military leaders and the bomber fleet. The program to upgrade the satellite terminals for the protected communications network has successfully passed system requirements and preliminary design reviews. Raytheon received the co...
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0100
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) announced today that, during its third quarter of fiscal 2015, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $1.1 million order for satellite communications equipment and services. The equipment will be used by one of the largest pan-regional mobile network operators (MNOs) to upgrade and significantly expand its infrastructure throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The CDM-625A platform was chosen for the...
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