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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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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:09:58 EDT
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:56:18 EDT
Take a look at how the stunning comet mission inspired and futuristic world-building film got off the ground. The Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen stars in the short film.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:56:01 EDT
On Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the Paragon Space Development Corporation. See photos and video.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:27:07 EDT
Alan Eustace dove from a high-altitude balloon soaring at approximately 135,000 feet. Felix Baumgartner held the record at 128,000 feet.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:13:08 EDT
A private spacesuit company and an astronaut-training organization are teaming up to give private astronauts on simulated spacewalks a more spacelike experience.
Tue, 08 May 2012 10:55:43 EDT
Total solar eclipses are one of nature’s grandest events. What is a total solar eclipse? How do they work? And when is the next one? We explain.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:51:26 EDT
The Game of Thrones actor stars in "Ambition": a futuristic 'look back' at the science the first mission to 'catch a comet' provided, giving birth to human world-building.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:01:11 EDT
Massing 37oz, with a wide 8.4° field of view and 5mm of exit pupil, these are excellent ‘grab and go’ binoculars for anything outdoors. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:59:21 EDT
Massing 27oz, with a 6.8° field of view and 7.1mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are great for young astronomers. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:57:33 EDT
Massing 35oz, with a 5.8° field of view and 7mm of exit pupil, these binoculars are fine for astronomy but can be used in daytime for other hobbies and sports. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:55:45 EDT
Massing 88oz, with a 4.4° field of view and 4.6mm of exit pupil, these optically wonderful binoculars deliver the universe at night and the sunlit world in daylight. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:56:04 EDT
The Oberwerk Mariner 8x40 is our Editors' Choice for best small binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:55:47 EDT
Celestron’s Skymaster 8x56 is our Editors’ Choice for best medium-sized binoculars for astronomy. Read our full review and find more top picks here.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:56:14 EDT
A good pair of binoculars can help stargazers get the most out of the night sky. Find out which type of binoculars you need in our Buyer's Guide.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:39:20 EDT
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:51:05 EDT
Massing 156oz, with a 3° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these optically sweet monsters belong on a tripod. They are actually 2 side-by-side refractor telescopes. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:48:24 EDT
Massing 76oz, with a 3.2° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these rubber-coated binoculars, plus a sturdy tripod, will bring you close to the night sky, plus animals and sports in daylight. Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody shows you around.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:34:35 EDT
Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:32:09 EDT
A partial solar eclipse darkened the skies above much of North America this evening.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:43:07 EDT
The moon blocked out part of the sun on Oct. 23, 2014 to create a stunning partial solar eclipse visible to observers across the United States.

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