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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
We are proud to announce the third annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will be held in Rome from the 30th-31st January 2018. Download Conference Agenda | Register to attend this Conference Reconnaissance and Surveillance are key to developing clear and accurate maritime situational awareness. In order to maximise their ISR range, Navies and Maritime agencies around the globe are looking beyond the atmosphere to provide new and advanced surveillance capabil...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
The propulsion system of the light-weight Angara 1.2 Launch Vehicle Service Module, manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center (part of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation), completed successful hot-fire testing at the Federal State Enterprise "Rocket & Space Industry Research & Test Center" (RSI RTC) test facility (Peresvet, Moscow Region). The hot-fire tests are the most important and final stage of ground based propulsion system tests prior to flight testing. During the tests, specialists from...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017. ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. The Webb telescope will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, and will study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. Harris' team helped safeguard the telescope in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and ensured uninterrupted testing - including ...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, contributed to the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as it lifted off Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, carrying the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft. Orbital ATK's contributions to the Delta II include nine Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 40) and a large composite fairing for the rocket. This event marks the penultimate launch of the Delta II rocket. It i...
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists speculated that lava would flow freely in lakes on the starlit side and become hardened on the face of perpetual darkness. The lava on the dayside would reflect radiation from th...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
Today, NASA launched NOAA's next-generation polar satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, into space. Two Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) weather programs are mission-critical components of the satellite's mission: the JPSS Common Ground System and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite sensor. Svalbard, Norway, is home to part of a global network of receiving stations that process and distribute polar satellite data to users worldwide. Photo taken at Kongsberg Satellite Services plateau, ...
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the whole launch mission. It is the first contract of the company in Spain in the launchers segment. After three decades of activity in the space sector participating i...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old. This outstanding source was first identified by ESA's Herschel space observatory, and later exposed in greater detail with the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The earliest galaxies in the 13.8 billion-year history of our cosmos starte...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019. Thirteen "early release" programmes were chosen from more than 100 proposals after a competitive peer-review selection process within the astronomical community. The programmes have been allocated nearly 500 hours of obs...
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Civil Agencies and International Organizations

Applied Physics Laboratory: The Space Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a division of The Johns Hopkins University, as a preeminent university resource for space systems, defines and implements solutions to important problems in both the civilian and national security arenas through the development and application of space science, engineering, and technology. [APL jobs]
ASI: (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) The Italian Space Agency is a government agency founded for the purpose of identifying, coordinating, and managing italian space programs.
AST: The FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST)'s mission is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during a commercial launch or re-entry activity and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation.
Arabsat: (Arab Satellite Communications Organization) ARABSAT since 1976 has been serving the satellite-based telecommunications, information, cultural, and educational needs of the member states of the Arab League. [Arabsat jobs]
Austrian Space Agency: The Austrian Space Agency, ASA, serves the Federal Ministry of Science and Transport as a service institution for the coordination of space activities in Austria.
Canadian Space Agency: The Canadian Space Agency is a departmental agency of the Government of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. [CSA jobs]
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CAST: Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) is a primary research center and spacecraft development base for Chinese Space technology endeavour. To date the academy has successfully developed and launched 52 satellites of various kinds.
CCSDS: The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) is an international organization of space agencies interested in mutually developing standard data handling techniques to support space research, including space science and applications, conducted exclusively for peaceful purposes.
Center for Space Studies: The Center for Space Studies (CEE) has operated the Satellite Tracking Station located in Santiago, providing telemetry, tracking and command support (TT&C) to more than 350 space missions. The Center for Space Studies also develops a national program that involves the use of satellite technology applied to research, and other needs of Chile.
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales: French National Space Agency. Since 1960, CNES is responsible for the definition of the French space policy and for its implementation. (This site is in French). [CNES jobs]
CEOS: The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) membership encompasses the world's government agencies responsible for civil Earth Observation (EO) satellite programs, along with agencies that receive and process data acquired remotely from space.
CONAE: The Argentine National Commission on Space Activities mandate includes the planning and implementation of all actions related to the peaceful applications of outer space and space knowledge, for which it has the exclusive use and control of national space activities.
Cospas-Sarsat: The Cospas-Sarsat international satellite system for search and rescue consists of a constellation of satellites in polar orbit and a network of ground receiving stations, which provide distress alert and location information to appropriate rescue authorities for maritime, aviation and land users in distress.
CRESTech: A consortium of academic researchers, industry leaders and government, The Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech) is committed to bridging the gap between pure science and the successful application of science and technology in profitable new businesses.
David Florida Laboratory:  The David Florida Laboratory (DFL) is Canada's world-class national facility for spacecraft assembly, integration and test. It is maintained and operated by the Canadian Space Agency.
DLR: (German Aerospace Research Establishment) Three future-oriented fields of research form the key areas of DLR activities: aviation, space flight and energy technology. The DLR institutes develop new technologies, perform scientific investigations, test materials and equipment - mostly in cooperation: with industry and universities, with national and international partners. [DLR jobs]
Draper Laboratory: Draper Laboratory is recognized for its excellence in space guidance, navigation, and control for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These roles encompass major responsibilities in NASA's manned space programs, including the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and other space systems and components for various defense and commercial unmanned space programs. [Draper Laboratory jobs]
EUMETSAT: EUMETSAT's primary objective is to establish, maintain and exploit European systems of operational meteorological satellites. EUMETSAT is responsible for the launch and operation of the satellites and for delivering satellite data to end users as well as contributing to the operational monitoring of climate and the detection of global climate change. [Eumetsat jobs]
European Space Agency: The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organization composed of 14 Member States which aims to provide for and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and operational space applications systems. [ESA jobs]
European Union Satellite Centre: The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union dedicated to the exploitation and production of information derived primarily from the analysis of earth observation space imagery in support of Union decision-making in the field of "second pillar", the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). [EUSC jobs]
Federal Communications Commission: The mission of this independent US government agency is to encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest. In response to direction from the Congress, the FCC develops and implements policy concerning interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. [FCC jobs]
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)'s mission is the study of the origin, evolution, and ultimate fate of the universe. More than 300 professional scientists, supported by some 500 technical, engineering, and administrative staff, pursue a broad range of research, organized by divisions. [CfA jobs]
IKI: As the leading organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the field of investigations of Outer Space, Solar System planets and other objects of the Universe, Space Research Institute (IKI) is primary in charge of long-range planning and elaboration of space research programs of which a considerable part is performed within the framework of international space research cooperation.
INPE: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (National Institute for Space Research) of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology.
Institute for Applied Space Research: The Institute for Applied Space Research is a chartered Institute of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the George Washington University. IASR is dedicated to providing GWU with a center for research and development in the field of space communications.
INTA: INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial) is a public research institution dependant of the State Secretary of Defense. The Institute is dedicated to aerospace research and space science as well as to the technological development in other industrial areas. [INTA jobs]
International Space Science Institute: The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern has been established to further interdisciplinary studies and interpretation of the very complex experimental data which originate from multiexperiment satellites, already launched or due to be launched over the next several years by different space agencies.
Intersputnik: Intersputnik is an international intergovernmental organization established in 1971 to operate a global commercial satellite-based telecommunications system. Today, Intersputnik has 23 member nations and provides high-quality international, regional and national communication services in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Intersputnik's users are over 100 state-run and private telecommunications and broadcasting organisations world-wide.
IPAC: The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) exists to carry out large, data-intensive processing tasks of critical importance to NASA's infrared astronomy program, and to provide scientific expertise on those projects to the astronomical community.
ISAS: The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) is a central institute dedicated for space and astronautical science in Japan. It has been continuously conducting space science research by making the maximum use of its own flight capabilities and opportunities.
ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) executes its space programme through its establishments located in different places in India. The main objective of ISRO space programme includes development of satellites, launch vehicles, Sounding Rockets and supported ground systems. [ISRO jobs]
ITU: The International Telecommunication Union headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services. [ITU jobs]
JAXA: On October 1, 2003, ISAS, NAL and NASDA were merged into one independent administrative institution: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The consolidation of these three formerly independent organizations will allow a continuous and systematic approach to space exploration, from basic research to development and practical application. [JAXA jobs]
JPL: Managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. JPL spacecraft have visited all known planets except Pluto (a Pluto mission is currently under study for the early part of the next decade). In addition to its work for NASA, JPL conducts tasks for a variety of other US federal agencies. [JPL jobs]
KARI: The main research and development areas of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI) are largely classified into development of aircraft, artificial satellites and rockets. KARI also performs the quality assurance business for aircraft and space devices in accordance with delegation from the government.
LASP: The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has been an active participant in the U.S. space program since the early 1950s. Members of LASP conduct fundamental research in the atmospheric and planetary sciences, develop space instrumentation, and create computer information systems for space operations. [LASP jobs]
MITRE: The MITRE Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit company that provides technical support to the US government. [MITRE jobs]
Mullard Space Science Laboratory: As the UK's largest University space physics institute, it includes professionally-staffed electronic, mechanical and software engineering groups and has designed and built instruments for more than 30 orbiting spacecraft and 200 sounding rockets. [MSSL jobs]
NASA: Home page of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Here you will find links to the various agency's field centers. [NASA jobs]
National Center for Microgravity Research: The National Center for Microgravity Research on Fluids and Combustion principal activities both at CWRU's Case School of Engineering and at NASA Glenn Research Center are fundamental research and technology development, science program outreach and development, scientific support to NASA principal investigators, technology transfer to industry, and public education initiatives. [NCMR jobs]
National Radio Astronomy Observatory: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated by Associated Universities, Inc., a nonprofit research organization. The NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific community. [NRAO jobs]
Netherlands Space Office: The Netherlands Space Office acts as the Dutch agency for space affairs. The NSO is the face of the Dutch space community for international space organisations like ESA, NASA and JAXA as well as the central point of contact for the space community within the Netherlands.
NLR: The Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) provides expert contributions to activities in aerospace and related fields. NLR independently renders services to government departments and international agencies, aerospace industries and aircraft and spacecraft operators. Customers include various organizations based in the Netherlands, in Europe and elsewhere. [NLR jobs]
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration home page. The NOAA Mission: To describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment, and conserve and manage wisely the Nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. [NOAA jobs]
Norwegian Space Center: The Norwegian Space Centre is a foundation cooperating closely with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to support the development of Norwegian industry and for development and demonstration of space applications, and to optimize conditions for national space research.
Novespace: Novespace, a joint-stock venture created in 1986 by the French Space Agency (CNES), was formed with two objectives in mind: to disseminate space technologies to other industrial sectors and to promote microgravity as a valuable tool for scientific experimentation and research.
NSAU: The National Space Agency of Ukraine is in charge of the organization and development of space activities in Ukraine and under its jurisdiction abroad.
Ohio Aerospace Institute: The Ohio Aerospace Institute is a consortium of nine Ohio universities, NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and private companies. OAI's mission is to be a collaborative network of university, industry and government, focused on the creation, integration, application and communication of aerospace related knowledge and the commercialization of related technologies. [OAI jobs]
ONERA: ONERA is a scientific and technical public establishment managed according to industrial and commercial practice, placed under the supervision of the French Minister of Defense. Its mission is to develop and guide aerospace research; design, develop and implement the facilities it requires to conduct its research and testing; publish and promote the results of its research; and contribute to the education of engineers and scientists. [ONERA jobs]
PSRI: The Planetary Sciences Research Institute (PSRI) is dedicated to the development of high sensitivity, high precision, stable isotope instrumentation and methodology for laboratory and space projects, and the application of those methods to studies of extraterrestrial samples, diamonds, environmental and ecological problems. [PSRI jobs]
ROSA: Established in 1991 by the Romanian Government, ROSA (Romanian Space Agency) is an independent public institution. ROSA is authorized to establish research and development centres oriented on specific objectives of the Romanian Space Programme.
Russian Federal Space Agency: The Russian Space Agency (RSA) was created on February 25,1992 by Decree issued by the President of the Russian Federation. RSA is the federal body of executive authority which defines implementation of state policy in space research and exploration for peaceful purposes and execution of Federal space program. The main goal of RSA is to provide effective solutions to social and economical tasks and promoting Russia's interests on the international space arena.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is joined with the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) to form the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where more than 300 scientists are engaged in a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, Earth and space sciences, and science education. [SAO jobs]
Space Telescope Science Institute: The Space Telescope Science Institute is the astronomical research center responsible for operating the Hubble Space Telescope as an international observatory. [STScI jobs]
SRC: Space Research Centre, SRC is the Scientific institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences established in 1977. Space Research Centre activities comprise the designing, preparation and realization of space experiments in the context of international cooperation.
SRON: The mission of Space Research Organization Netherlands (SRON) is to initiate, to develop, to build and to use internationally outstanding instruments for scientific research in and from space. [SRON jobs]
Swedish Institute of Space Physics: The Swedish Institute of Space Physics is a governmental research institute. The primary task is to carry out basic research, education, and associated observatory activities in space physics. [IRF jobs]
Swedish Space Corporation: SSC is a government-owned limited company with activities covering the entire range of space-related work from feasibility studies to operational applications of space technology. Systems engineering and management are the major activities of the company, but SSC also designs and develops high-technology hardware and software in-house, especially for use in space vehicles and in satellite ground stations. [SSC jobs]
Swiss Propulsion Laboratory: The Swiss Propulsion Laboratory (SPL), founded in autumn 1998 as a non-profit organization, is running integrated programs focusing on research and development of space-technology in Switzerland. SPL aims to develop, build and run reasonable priced systems to transport small civilian payloads into a low-earth orbit (LEO).
UCAR: The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a not-for-profit university membership consortium which carries out programs to benefit the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences. Various UCAR activities are also funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, and the Federal Aviation Administration. [UCAR jobs]
UK Space Agency: The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.
UNOOSA: The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

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