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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Raytheon a $131 million contract for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Dual Frequency Operations (DFO) Segment 1.  Under this contract, Raytheon will enhance overall system capability as the FAA moves toward a dual frequency system. WAAS is the United States' Satellite-Based Augmentation System designed to promote air traffic safety. In continuous operation since 2003, the WAAS signal au...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 +0100
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has signed two contracts with EarthSTAR Inc., a subsidiary of EarthView Image Inc., totaling approximately CA$10 million. The first contract is a multi-year extension of RADARSAT-2 distribution rights. In addition, the contract includes exclusive distribution rights for China, effective November 11, 2014. The RADARSAT-2 information will be used ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. At that time, the comet and Mars were about 149 million miles from Earth. The comet image is a composite o...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:15:00 +0100
Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) is one of four companies awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) of government satellites. The goal of the contract, known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Commercial Provisioning (CP) study, is to provide USAF Space Command with a detailed plan for leveraging commercial TT&C facilities and cap...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:49:00 +0100
It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. "The rest of the galaxy is done maturing," said Kartik Sheth o...
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