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Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:35:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force today completed the GPS IIF constellation with the launch of the 12th Boeing-built satellite. Following on-orbit tests, GPS IIF-12 will be formally declared operational in approximately one month, making it the 50th GPS satellite Boeing will have delivered on orbit to the Air Force. Since the first launch on May 27, 2010, the GPS IIFs have advanced the Air Force's Global Positioning System modernization program by improving accuracy and security whi...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:00:00 +0100
United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches GPS IIF-12 Satellite for U.S. Air Force CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched its first mission of the year with an Atlas V rocket carrying the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-12 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Feb. 5 at 8:38 a.m. EST . GPS IIF-12 is the final satellite in the IIF-block of satellites, whic...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:50:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed integrated hardware to today's successful launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket and the GPS Block IIF satellite payload from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is the twelfth and final GPS IIF satellite in the constellation. The dozen Block IIF GPS satellites replace older, first-generation GPS satellites and provide improved accuracy, signal strength and ...
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:47:00 +0100
Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space. Carrying a suite of cutting-edge instruments, Sentinel-3A is set to join the Sentinel-1A radar satellite and the Sentinel-2A high-resolution optical satellite in orbit to monitor the health of our planet. This latest multitalented mission will measure Earth's oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to moni...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:42:00 +0100
The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency's James Webb Space Telescope. "Scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to install these incredible, nearly perfect mirrors that will focus light from previously hidden realms of planetary atm...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0100
Kongsberg Gallium, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, announced today that they will be changing their name to Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd., effective immediately. The move is part of a comprehensive rebranding strategy to more effectively align the Company’s name with its future strategy and functional role as part of the Kongsberg family of companies. The Company’s ownership and staff has not changed.  “We fel...
Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0100
There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA's Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this, solving a long-standing mystery. Comets are the icy remnants left over from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. A total of eight comets have now been visited by spacecraft and, thanks to these missions, we have built up a picture of the basic properties of these cosmic time capsules. While some questions have been answered, others have b...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Engineers at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently proved their design for the world's most powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite can operate in and withstand the harsh conditions it will experience on orbit. On December 23, Lockheed Martin's first GPS III satellite for the U.S. Air Force completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing, validating the design of the entire assembled satellite. TVAC is a rigorous test designed to prove a satellite's integrity and operational ca...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:32:00 +0100
ESA's Expose facility was retrieved today from outside the International Space Station by cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergei Volkov, who were completing a spacewalk to place new experiments on the outpost's hull. Expose is a series of chemistry laboratories that place samples in the harsh environment of space unprotected. Subjected to vacuum, radiation, temperature differences and the full blast of our Sun's energy, 46 species of small organisms and over 150 organic compounds have returne...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA Orion team has secured the 2,700 lb. Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) Orion crew module into its structural assembly tool, also known as the "birdcage." The crew module is the living quarters for astronauts and the backbone for many of Orion's systems such as propulsion, avionics and parachutes. "The structure shown here is 500 pounds lighter than its Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) counterpart," said Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion vice president and ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:21:00 +0100
With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the 'to do list' and the propulsion team is already decontaminating their equipment before returning home. Official confirmation of the new launch date had to come before the team could start this delicate operation. The hydrazine fuel is extremely toxic so only a few specialists remained in the cleanroom during ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ) today announced it received final Hart-Scott-Rodino regulatory approval and completed its acquisition of GATR Technologies (GATR), a manufacturer of next-generation deployable satellite communication terminal solutions based in Huntsville, Alabama. Cubic completed the acquisition of GATR on February 2, 2016 for a purchase price of $232.5 million. GATR Technologies will operate within the Cubic Global Defense business unit and greatly expands the company's footp...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used the ALMA and IRAM telescopes to make the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a novel technique to observations of an object nicknamed the Flying Saucer they find that the grains are much colder than expected: -266 degrees Celsius. This surprising result suggests that models of these discs may need to be revised. The international team, led by Stephane Guilloteau ...
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0100
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract for JCSAT-17, a satellite based on the A2100 common design. "We've built a number of satellites for SJC and we're honored that they have placed their trust in us again," said Carl Marchetto, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "And with the sale of an additional A2100, it adds yet another satellite to our healthy backlog." JCSAT-17 is an S band satellit...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:46:00 +0100
The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018. These small satellite secondary payloads will carry science and technology investigations to help pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars. SLS’ first flight, referred to as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), provides the rare opportunity for these small experiments to rea...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0100
A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to see. Very distant astronomical objects appear much redder when observed on Earth due to an effect known as redshift, so this sensitivity to red light enables the camera to detect objects many billions of light years ...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:08:00 +0100
The human body is made for living on Earth - take away the constant pull of gravity and muscles and bones begin to waste away. Living in space is hard on astronauts and ways must be found to keep them fit and safe. Bedrest study ESA and NASA are planning to confine human subjects to bed for 60 days in 2017 in Cologne, Germany to probe the effects of spaceflight, with periods in a centrifuge to test if artificial gravity can keep them healthy. Bedrest studies offer a way of testing measure...
Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:38:00 +0100
Europe's ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages. These two satellites were launched together on 11 September last year. Once safely in orbit and their systems activated, their navigation payloads and search and rescue transponders were subjected to a rigorous process of in-orbit testing, to ensure their performance reached the necessary specifications to become part of the Galileo system. Radio-frequency measurements of the Galileo signa...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:40:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space Belgium announced today that it has signed a contract with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), prime contractor for the Ariane 6 launcher on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), to particpate in development of the range safety system for Ariane 6, including a qualification launch. The new Ariane 6 launcher was approved by ESA's ministerial-level council meeting in December 2014 to ensure that Europe retains its leadership in the fast-growing commercial launch services mar...
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:22:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s second flight of 2016 has completed its basic build-up, marking a key milestone as preparations advance for this early March mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana – which will carry the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite. During activity this week inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building for Ariane 5, the “upper composite” – consisting of its cryogenic upper stage and equipment bay – was installed a...
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