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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:07:00 +0100
The ground segment supplied by Thales will provide Qatari ground and naval forces with a long-range communications capability to enhance national security and protect vital interests. Satellite communication (satcom) systems are an important component of a military force’s voice and data communications capability in the theatre of operations. The military satcom network complements existing military radio communications systems. As a consequence, Thales will supply the systems needed to trans...
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:56:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA220 Arianespace continued Ariane 5’s track record of success with another heavy-lift mission performed today from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which orbited a pair of telecommunications satellites for Latin America: Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload; and ARSAT-1. Both spacecraft were deployed into geostationary transfer orbits following their ascent from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with Intelsat 30 released nearly 28 minutes after liftoff, and ARSAT-...
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 03:07:00 +0100
The Boeing [NYSE: BA]-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:24 a.m. PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The X-37B was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Dec. 11, 2012.   “We congratulate the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base on this third successful OTV mission,” said Ken Torok...
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:00:00 +0100
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites , today announced that a satellite designed and built for Intelsat , was launched yesterday and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.  The satellite, Intelsat 30, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana .  It will begin firing its main thruster later today in order to start maneu...
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:39:00 +0100
Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists by engaging them in hands-on technology development opportunities needed for future missions. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate created the ECI to enable a highly collaborative, joint-partnering work environment between the best ...
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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:14:17 EDT
See photos and images of the Mars-bound comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will buzz the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. Comet Siding Spring was discovered in January 2013. Its pass through the inner solar system will be closely watched by Mars probes.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:20:02 EDT
There's a certain irony to the observation that Tom Hanks today may be better known for flying to the moon than Alan Bean, who actually went there. The actor and director celebrates Bean and laments his anonymity in the pages of "The New Yorker."
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:53:39 EDT
Astronauts and innovators, including SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk, are descending upon MIT this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the university's aeronautics and astronautics department.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:46:06 EDT
The sun fired off an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:07:09 EDT
A highly magnetized neutron Star named SGR J1550-5418 erupted with a series of powerful x-ray and gamma-ray flares on Jan 22, 2009. NASA's Swift satellite observed the outburst over the course of 6 days.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:39:35 EDT
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Opportunity rover have beamed back amazing views of a comet that made an extremely close pass of the Red Planet on Sunday (Oct. 19).
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:46:22 EDT
Some skywatchers captured incredible views of the Orionid meteor shower earlier this week, but even if you can't catch the peaking shower outside tonight (Oct. 21), you can still see it live online.
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 17:18:16 EDT
NASA officials will air a Russian spacewalk live via NASA TV on Wednesday (Oct. 22). You can watch the spacewalk live starting at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT).
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:52:05 EST
Slooh will host a live webcast of the Orionid meteor shower starting tonight (Oct. 21) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 Oct. 22 GMT). Watch it live here.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:13:53 EDT
NASA's Opportunity Rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had their cameras fixated on comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) on October 19th, 2014.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:54:05 EDT
Find out what the partial solar eclipse of Oct. 23, 2014 might look like from around North America using these sky maps and images.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:53:53 EDT
A potentially amazing partial solar eclipse is due to darken skies above North America Thursday (Oct. 23), and you can build and easy tool to help you view it safely.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:26:02 EDT
This space wallpaper depicts the formation of a galaxy cluster in the early Universe.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:33:42 EDT
NASA engineers, researchers from Brigham Young University and origami expert Robert Lang are developing origami-inspired solar panel arrays that fold and unfold.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:31:31 EDT
Three spacecraft at Mars survived a close brush with a comet that buzzed by the Red Planet Sunday (Oct. 19), while scientists on Earth captured some amazing images of the comet's close pass.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:16:30 EDT
If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:50:12 EDT
Warning: Do not look directly at the Sun. On October 23rd, 2014, most of the North America will be treated to the eclipse. Viewing from the eastern U.S. will be especially beautiful, weather permitting, due to it occurring at the end of the day.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:15:36 EDT
Nearly all of North America will experience the solar eclipse. People who live east of a line running from roughly Quebec City to Montauk Point, New York, will miss out, since the sun will set before the dark disc of the moon begins to encroach upon it.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:33:15 EDT
Without proper regulation, the moon risks becoming an extra-planetary Wild West.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:07:45 EDT
Last week's lunar eclipse wasn't just a show for Earthlings, NASA's MESSENGER mission was also watching from Mercury, 66 million miles away.

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