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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:14:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA Kepler data have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b orbits its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our sun once every 780 days. Most of the more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets discovered to date are much closer to their stars and have much shorter orbital periods. "Finding Kepler-421b was a stroke of luck," says lead author David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "The ...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:22:00 +0100
WASHINGTON -  Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. However, few Earthlings had any idea what was going on. "If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier,...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0100
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth and were thought to be ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres because of their high temperatures where water turns into a measurable vapor. These so-called &ld...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:50:00 +0100
Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able consistently to reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity. After landing, the vehicle tipped sideways as planned to its final water safing state in a nearly horizontal p...
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:33:00 +0100
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad. For example, the iconic Hubble Space Telescope — arguably the greatest telescope in history and certainly the most recognized — was proposed in the 1940s. Its development began in the 1970s and it launched in 1990. Similarly, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch in 2018, 23 years after work began on the concept. And if approved for development, the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telesco...
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Aerojet Corporation: Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a major aerospace/defense contractor specializing in missile and space propulsion, and defense and armaments. [Aerojet jobs]
 
Alaska Aerospace Corporation: The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) core business area is space launch, and it developed, owns, and operates the Kodiak Launch Complex, a state-of-the-industry spaceport on Kodiak Island, Alaska, that provides access to space for commercial and government interests. [AAC jobs]
 
Andøya Rocket Range: (ARR), which was founded in 1962, is the world's northernmost permanent facility for launching sounding rockets and balloons. Andøya Rocket Range is an operational unit in Norwegian Space Centre.
 
Andrews Space: Andrews Space, Inc. is a privately held company developing new and innovative space transportation solutions for government and commercial markets. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Andrews' technical competencies include product/system development, space system design, propulsion system design, systems engineering, and business analysis. [Andrews Space jobs]
 
Arianespace: Arianespace is the commercial launch services leader, holding more than 50 percent of the world market for satellites to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Created as the first commercial space transportation company in 1980, Arianespace has signed contracts for 250 satellite payloads. [Arianespace jobs]
 
Armadillo Aerospace: Armadillo Aerospace is a leading developer of reusable rocket powered vehicles. We are focused on VTVL (vertical takeoff, vertical landing) suborbital research and passenger flights, with an eye towards eventual paths to orbit.
 
Asia Pacific Space Centre: Asia Pacific Space Centre is an international commercial space launch services company that is planning to develop a commercial launch space centre on the Australian Territory of Christmas Island. APSC will develop a spaceport facility and a commercial satellite launch capability with use of a Russian launch system. [APSC jobs]
 
Astrotech: Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC), formerly SPACEHAB, Inc., has led the commercial space industry for 25 years, preparing and sending satellites, cargo and science into space. [Astrotech jobs]
 
Astrox Corporation: Established in 1987, Astrox is capable if providing quality research related to Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO), and TSTO vehicle designs, hypersonic aircraft and missile design, rocket system design, aviation systems, computational fluid dynamics, theoretical fluid mechanics and advanced studies for workstations.
 
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Bigelow Aerospace: Bigelow Aerospace vision is to play a major role in drastically altering the current restricted environment surrounding private ownership and use of space stations by making habitable space stations affordable for corporate communities. [Bigelow jobs]
 
Blue Origin: Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin is developing New Shepard, a rocket-propelled vehicle designed to routinely fly multiple astronauts into suborbital space at competitive prices. In addition to providing the public with opportunities to experience spaceflight, New Shepard will also provide frequent opportunities for researchers to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment.
 
Bristol Aerospace: Bristol Aerospace Limited is a leading Canadian aerospace company. The Black Brant family of sounding rockets, manufactured by Bristol Aerospace, is used for studying the upper atmosphere or conducting micro-gravity research. As well, Bristol plays a key role in the development, manufacture, integration and packaging of space payloads for sounding rockets and NASA's space shuttle program. Bristol is currently involved in small satellite development for the Canadian Space Agency. [Bristol Aerospace jobs]
 
Bristol Spaceplanes: Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, based in Bristol, England, was formed in 1991 to provide technical assistance to commercial organisations and aerospace companies interested in low cost satellite launches, and in tourism in space. Since then it has prepared plans to develop the Ascender sub-orbital spaceplane, and an experienced core design team has been formed.
 
California Spaceport: The California Spaceport is a commercially operated complex on Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Spaceport provides commercial payload processing and launch alternatives to cost conscious customers with either polar or ballistic space launch programs.
 
Coleman Aerospace: Coleman Aerospace has experience in missile system fabrication and integration, flight operations, mission planning, and launch management services. [Coleman Aerospace jobs]
 
Ecliptic Enterprises: Ecliptic's popular RocketCamT imaging systems and related data-transport systems are used routinely on launch vehicles, spacecraft and other remote platforms in the air-land-sea arenas to provide dramatic engineering and PR-quality color video.  Ecliptic pursues and supports other special projects involving aerospace avionics, ground systems and small space payloads and instrumentation. [Ecliptic jobs]
 
E'Prime Aerospace: E'Prime Aerospace Corporation (EPAC) was established in February, 1987, to capitalize on the worldwide demand for commercial satellite launching services. EPAC has succeeded in evolving the technology of the Peacekeeper ICBM into a commercial launch vehicle and is marketing a range of launch vehicles with payload capabilities from small communications satellites up to large multipurpose satellites of 20,000 pounds into a geosynchronous earth orbit.
 
Eurockot: A joint venture of EADS Astrium and Khrunichev Space Center and performs launches of satellites into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) for institutional and commercial satellite operators.
 
HMX: HMX principals have extensive experience in innovative launch vehicle design. HMX is conducting proprietary research for a new commercial space venture, and preparing to assist an industry team developing a new bipropellant rocket engine for a space launch vehicle with thrust levels above 30,000 pounds.
 
International Launch Services: International Launch Services (ILS) provides mission management and launch services for the global commercial satellite industry using the premier heavy lift vehicle, the Proton. [ILS jobs]
 
Interorbital Systems: Founded in 1996, Interorbital Systems (IOS) is located at the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center in Mojave, California. IOS  manufactures everything in-house, including liquid rocket engines, tankage, and guidance systems. At present, IOS is developing low-cost sounding rockets. Flight tests are in progress. The Research Series and Tachyon Series rockets will soon be available to anyone looking for a low-cost sub-orbital launcher.
 
JP Aerospace: JPA intends to be the first amateur organization to place a payload into space. The current project is to launch a rocket with a scientific payload to an altitude of 50 miles. This will be accomplished by lofting a launch system to an altitude of 100,000 feet by balloon.
 
Kelly Space & Technology: Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) is an engineering design and technology development company incorporated in April 1993 under the laws of the State of California for the purpose of developing a family of low cost, reusable, commercial suborbital and orbital launch vehicles.
 
Masten Space Systems: Masten Space Systems is developing a line of Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) launch vehicles that provide reduced costs and a larger range of mission options by focusing on development and operational processes that ensure speed to market and extremely fast turn around times. [Masten jobs]
 
Orbital Sciences Corporation: Orbital offers a wide variety of launch vehicles for various mission types and payload sizes. These include the Pegasus launch vehicle, the medium payload Taurus launch vehicle, smaller suborbital rockets, and the next-generation X-34 reusable launch vehicle. [Orbital jobs]
 
Rocketplane Global: Rocketplane Global is building a highly robust and flexible space launch system based upon rocket powered aircraft and applying in-flight propellant transfer to enable inexpensive satellite launches. The new vehicles thus created will revolutionize space launch and enable greater commercial opportunities in space. This system will open the space frontier to many new and exciting applications. [Rocketplane jobs]
 
Sea Launch: Sea Launch Company, LLC, is an international partnership of American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses that provides a reliable, cost effective, heavy lift launch service for commercial customers. [Sea Launch jobs]
 
Solar Skiff: Founded in 2004, Solar Skiff is a start-up spaceplane company based in southeast Wyoming, U.S.A. Their focus is the incremental development of a safe and practical reusable launch vehicle based on sound aeronautical and astronautical principles, with the potential for high-speed intercontinental transport, single-stage-to-orbit, lunar, and interplanetary operations.
 
Space Vector Corporation: Over the past 30 years, Space Vector has launched 37 rockets in support of various scientific and defense related projects with an enviable 94% success rate. Many of their vehicles are boosted by refurbished Minuteman motors that have proven to be very reliable and cost effective. [Space Vector jobs]
 
Space Operations: Founded in 2010, Space Operations, Inc. (SOI) was established to satisfy a growing world-wide demand for a reliable and affordable spacecraft vehicle with capacity for carrying flight crews and vital cargo into space.
 
SpaceWorks Enterprises: SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is an aerospace engineering concept design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space transportation systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications. [SpaceWorks jobs]
 
SpaceX:  SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is located in the heart of the aerospace industry in Southern California. [SpaceX jobs]
 
Starchaser Industries: Starchaser Industries is a privately held, high technology company that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of products and services which enable new space related business opportunities by providing safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the Space Tourism and micro-satellite launch markets. [Starchaser jobs]
 
Starsem:  Created in 1996, Starsem offers the Soyuz for a broad range of mission needs, including satellite telecommunications systems, scientific spacecraft, and Earth observation / meteorological platforms.
 
Swiss Space Systems: Swiss Space Systems Holding SA is a Swiss company founded in Payerne in 2012, which groups and supervises the activities of its companies. Group S3 aims to develop, build, certify and operate suborbital shuttles to deploy small satellites up to 250 kg. The company currently has 50 employees and its overall budget up to the first satellite launch is approximately CHF 250 m. [S3 jobs]
 
TGV Rockets: TGV Rockets is an innovative start-up company pioneering a unique new class of reusable, low cost, piloted sub-orbital rocket. TGV Rockets will market vehicles and services to industry, researchers, military organizations and interested individuals. TGV Rockets intend to dominate the high altitude and sub-orbital research operations market, providing high value to customers and investors. [TGV jobs]
 
TransOrbital:  Transorbital® is the first private company to be authorized by the US State Department for commercial flights to the Moon and authorized by NOAA to image the Earth on the way there.
 
UTRON: UTRON is a small, closely held Virginia based corporation founded in 1989. UTRON personnel are experts at high velocity launch technologies, launching masses ranging in size from gms to kilograms to velocities over 7 km/s. UTRON is actively putting together a consortium of partners to pursue gun launch to space. [UTRON jobs]
 
Virgin Galactic: Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson's Virgin Group which plans to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public, along with suborbital space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Further in the future Virgin Galactic hopes to offer orbital human spaceflights as well. [Virgin Galactic jobs]
 
XCOR Aerospace: XCOR is focused on the research, development and production of safe, reliable, reusable launch vehicles (RLVs), rocket engines and rocket propulsion systems. In just eleven years the firm has developed and built twelve different rocket engines and built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft. [XCOR jobs]
 

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