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Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:17:00 +0100
For the 11th launch of 2015 from the Guiana Space Center, the Vega light launcher on its overall sixth mission, this time on behalf of ESA, will orbit the LISA Pathfinder technology demonstrator, into an elliptical low earth orbit for a mission to the L1 Lagrange point. With this seventh launch of the year overall for European Governments, this time focusing on space research and science, Arianespace, once again, reflects the company's assigned mission of ensuring independent access to space ...
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:13:00 +0100
One of the most recognizable constellations in the sky is Orion, the Hunter. Among Orion’s best-known features is the “belt,” consisting of three bright stars in a line, each of which can be seen without a telescope. The westernmost star in Orion’s belt is known officially as Delta Orionis. (Since it has been observed for centuries by sky-watchers around the world, it also goes by many other names in various cultures, like “Mintaka”.) Modern astronomers...
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:36:00 +0100
NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory's construction. In the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland this week, the engineering team used a robot arm to lift and lower the hexagonal-shaped segment that measures just over 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) across and weighs approximately 88 pounds (40 kilograms). After being pieced together, the 18 primary mirror segme...
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0100
The two ExoMars spacecraft of the 2016 mission are being prepared for shipping to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ahead of their launch in March. A joint endeavour with Russia's Roscosmos space agency, ExoMars comprises two missions. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli make up the 2016 mission, while the 2018 mission will combine a rover and a surface science platform. Both missions will be launched on Russian Proton rockets from Baikonur. TGO and Schiaparelli are undergoing...
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0100
A team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. These observations show how the unexpectedly large size of the particles of dust surrounding the star enable it to lose an enormous amount of mass as it begins to die. This process, understood now for the first time, is necessary to prepare such gigantic stars to meet explosive demises as supernovae. VY Canis Majoris is a stellar goliath, a red hyper...
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:12:00 +0100
Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected hints of periodic changes in the brightness of a so-called "active" galaxy, whose emissions are powered by a supersized black hole. If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first years-long cyclic gamma-ray emission ever detected from any galaxy, which could provide new insights into physical processes near the black hole. "Looking at many years of data from Fermi's Large Area Telesco...
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:47:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space announced today that the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft is about to leave the clean rooms at its plant in Cannes, where it is completing integration and testing, for shipment to the launch base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launch campaign will then start, including propellant filling, final functional tests and mating with the launcher, for a launch scheduled in March 2016. ExoMars is a joint endeavor between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:23:00 +0100
A NASA instrument to monitor aerosols, the ozone layer, and other gases in our atmosphere from space arrived Friday, Nov. 20 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instrument will now begin final preparations for launch to the International Space Station. The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III on the International Space Station, or SAGE III on ISS, was shipped to Florida from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The SAGE III instrument, developed at NASA Lang...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:12:00 +0100
Last week, NASA announced that it had selected Virgin Galactic as a partner in its Collaborative Opportunities program. As part of this new partnership, NASA will provide Virgin Galactic with technical expertise and access to test facilities to aid the development of our LauncherOne small satellite launch service. Specifically, NASA's Ames Research Center experts will provide analysis, simulation, and expertise related to LauncherOne's concept of operations, aerodynamics system, thermal protecti...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:35:00 +0100
Researchers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered the first gamma-ray pulsar in a galaxy other than our own. The object sets a new record for the most luminous gamma-ray pulsar known.  The pulsar lies in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that orbits our Milky Way and is located 163,000 light-years away. The Tarantula Nebula is the largest, most active and most complex star-formation region in our galactic ne...
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:38:00 +0100
NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. This is the second in a series of four guaranteed orders NASA will make under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. The Boeing Company of Houston received its first crew mission order in May. "It's really exciting to see SpaceX and Boein...
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:43:00 +0100
The latest satellite for the European Commission's Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month. Carrying a suite of state-of-the-art instruments, Sentinel-3A is set to provide an unprecedented step forward in the Copernicus marine, land, atmosphere and climate change services. The satellite began its two-day journey from Thales Alenia Space in Cannes to Nice airport by lorry during the night. An Antonov aircraft...
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully completed three preliminary launch readiness events which are important milestones in preparing to launch the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) system. The new system will benefit millions of people worldwide who rely on GPS for its positioning, navigation, and timing capabilities. The three exercise events, completed over the summer, demonstrated the maturity and readiness of Raytheon's cyber-hardened Launch and Checkout System (LCS) to sup...
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0100
ESO's VISTA survey telescope has spied a horde of previously hidden massive galaxies that existed when the Universe was in its infancy. By discovering and studying more of these galaxies than ever before, astronomers have, for the first time, found out exactly when such monster galaxies first appeared. Just counting the number of galaxies in a patch of sky provides a way to test astronomers' theories of galaxy formation and evolution. However, such a simple task becomes increasingly hard as a...
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:49:00 +0100
Through a contract signed today with the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space continues to develop Eurostar Neo, its new generation of platforms for geostationary telecommunication satellites. Under phase C/D of the NEOSAT programme, this contract will lead to the development of the complete Eurostar Neo product line. The NEOSAT programme was initiated by ESA and the French space agency CNES through the Investments for the Future Programme (PIA) and continues today, with ...
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:30:00 +0100
One of the most recognizable constellations in the sky is Orion, the Hunter. Among Orion’s best-known features is the “belt,” consisting of three bright stars in a line, each of which can be seen without a telescope. The westernmost star in Orion’s belt is known officially as Delta Orionis. (Since it has been observed for centuries by sky-watchers around the world, it also goes by many other names in various cultures, like “Mintaka”.) Modern astronomers...
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:00:00 +0100
Joint forces are using Joint Enterprise Network Manager, or JENM, a software application that manages lower tactical radio networks, to support the operational test of the Mobile User Objective System, or MUOS, the next generation of military satellite communication. The Navy's MUOS provides smartphone-like services to joint forces, with a beyond-line-of-sight data link that enables them to talk, text and share critical mission data seamlessly over MUOS-capable software defined radios, from a...
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:27:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with BTRC, (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) to build the telecommunications satellite, Bangabandhu, winning the contract against an international field of competitors. This satellite will narrow the digital divide, as it will take broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas and introduce profitable services, including direct-to-home services, across the country and over the region. As program ...
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0100
One year since Philae made its historic landing on a comet, mission teams remain hopeful for renewed contact with the lander, while also looking ahead to next year's grand finale: making a controlled impact of the Rosetta orbiter on the comet. Rosetta arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014, and after an initial survey and selection of a landing site, Philae was delivered to the surface on 12 November. After touching down in the Agilkia region as planned, Philae did not...
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:08:00 +0100
International Launch Services (ILS) announces a Multi-Launch Agreement with Intelsat (NYSE: I), the world's leading provider of satellite services, for five ILS Proton missions through 2023 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Multi-Launch Agreement is designed to provide Intelsat with increased flexibility in their fleet management and the necessary launch schedule assurance that they require. The five satellites, yet to be designated, will be launched using the Proton Breeze M l...
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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 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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