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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:28:00 +0100
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency's Journey to Mars. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Mart...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:44:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Next Generation Land Mobile Radio contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Linthicum Heights, Maryland. This is a firm-fixed-price contract with indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) components. The contract has a one-year base period, beginning Sept. 1, and four one-year options that total approximately $1.8 million. The IDIQ portion of the contract has a maximum value of $7.3 million. The total contract value, including all options, is approximately $9.1 millio...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:00:00 +0100
Boeing has delivered one of the world's most advanced satellite communications systems to Mexico, one that opens high-speed data and voice communications to the entire country including some previously unserved areas. After successfully completing its final tests, the Mexsat system was today formally accepted by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Mexsat provides 3G+ voice and data services to mobile terminals on land, air and sea, enhancing the country's national security, ...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:00:00 +0100
An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits. Liftoff of flight VA232 occurred on 24 August at 22:16 GMT (19:16 local time, 00:16 CEST on 25 August) from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Intelsat-33e, with a mass at liftoff of 6600 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier inside the fairing, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. ...
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0100
When it comes to transmitting sensitive information in highly contested areas, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites are proving their value, achieving 100 years of combined successful operations. Designed as a protected, global network, the first Milstar launched in 1994 aboard a Titan IV rocket. Since then, the constellation has served as a critical resource for troops and national leaders in delivering secure and reliable communications. In 2010, the fi...
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman will supply its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit-L (Scalable SIRU(tm)-L) for sensor pointing/stabilization and attitude control on the SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. This contract marks the first international application of the new Scalable SIRU(tm)-L con...
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:37:00 +0100
Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth's surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers could induce such eclipses at will? That's the scientific vision behind ESA's double-satellite Proba-3, the world's first precision formation-flying mission, planned for launch in 2019. An 'occulter' satellite will fly 150 m ahead of a second...
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:46:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that two satellites the company designed, built and tested for the U.S. Air Force were successfully deployed following their launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on August 19, 2016. The satellites were the third and fourth for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) and comprise Air Force Space Command Mission Number Si...
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:51:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 Aug. 19 at 12:52 a.m. EDT. This is ULA's seventh launch in 2016 and the 110th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Thank you to the ULA, Air Force and industry partners for the outstanding teamwork and flawless execution that made today's mission a success," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services. "...
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:34:00 +0100
An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Following a seven-year journey to Saturn, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in January 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet. Since then, Cassini and Huygens have returned a wealth of information on the...
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:06:00 +0100
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive study. Launch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. E...
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:28:00 +0100
The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit. CubeSats are nanosatellites of standardised dimensions based on multiple 10-cm-sided cubes, which ESA is employing for both educational and technology-demonstration purposes. "The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that sim...
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the AstroMesh(r) radar antenna reflector for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite. The antenna reflector, furnished by Astro Aerospace, is part of the NISAR L-band synthetic aperture radar managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scheduled to launch in 2021, NISAR will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual L-Band and S-Band frequencies, pr...
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:34:00 +0100
Dark matter, the mysterious substance that constitutes most of the material universe, remains as elusive as ever. Although experiments on the ground and in space have yet to find a trace of dark matter, the results are helping scientists rule out some of the many theoretical possibilities. Three studies published earlier this year, using six or more years of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, have broadened the mission's dark matter hunt using some novel approaches. &...
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that a satellite designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation , a leading satellite operator based in Japan , was launched on Saturday night and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite, JCSAT-16, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida . JCSAT-16, which wi...
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:31:00 +0100
A pioneering Earth observation satellite for Peru has made initial contact with launcher hardware as PerúSAT-1 completes its fit-check in preparation for a September 16 liftoff from French Guiana aboard an Arianespace Vega launch vehicle. The fit-check is a regular milestone during mission preparations at Arianespace’s Spaceport launch site in French Guiana, verifying the physical matchup of a payload with the hardware that serves as its interface when integrated on the launche...
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0100
Schiaparelli, the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission, will target the Meridiani Planum region for its October landing, as seen in this mosaic created from Mars Express images. The landing ellipse, measuring 100 x 15 km, is located close to the equator, in the southern highlands of Mars. The region was chosen based on its relatively flat and smooth characteristics, as indicated in the topography map, in order to satisfy landing safety...
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:33:00 +0100
Today global technology leader Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala launched a space-based workforce training program to develop emerging leaders in the UAE space industry. Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program for early career professionals across the UAE aerospace industry will run for the next four months and includes training in the UAE and the United States. The program begins in the UAE with training in "space foundations" and moves into mor...
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:25:00 +0100
A new micro-size cryocooler from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is enabling quick-startup infrared (IR) sensors for missile and sensor applications. Cryocoolers are standard components in IR-sensing platforms, from space observation to weapons targeting, and this new highly-compact product enables faster activation and smaller packaging. "The Fast Cool Down Microcryocooler makes sure our military can have rapid-reaction systems, from missile to passive sensor applications," said Dr. Jeffrey Olso...
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0100
The small smattering of bright blue stars in the upper left of this vast new 615 megapixel ESO image is the perfect cosmic laboratory in which to study the life and death of stars. Known as Messier 18 this star cluster contains stars that formed together from the same massive cloud of gas and dust. This image, which also features red clouds of glowing hydrogen and dark filaments of dust, was captured by the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) located at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. Messier 18 w...
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Space-related associations and institutes


Aerospace Industries Association:  The AIA Space Office provides Congress, federal agencies, and many other organizations with an authoritative source for guidance on domestic and international space matters. As such, better representation of member issues throughout these segments of government and industry has become a major focus of AIA's advocacy.
 
American Astronomical Society:  The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The basic objective of the AAS is to promote the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. The membership (~6,500) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. Includes a job listings page.
 
American Astronautical Society:  Formed in 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. They are also committed to strengthening the global space program through cooperation with international space organizations.
 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: The AIAA is a national professional society with over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries serving the aerospace engineering community. The mission of the AIAA is to serve the profession and to benefit the Institute's individual members and member institutions. Has a career and placement service for members.
 
AMSAT: The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) is a non-profit volunteer organization which designs, builds and operates experimental satellites and promotes space education. Its vision is to deploy high earth orbit satellite systems that offer daily coverage by 2009 and continuous coverage by 2012.
 
Archimedes Institute: The Archimedes Institute conducts sophisticated analysis of aerospace policy issues and implements related private policy initiatives such as claim registration, lien filings, and international treaty revision. The Institute provides through its web site an extensive library of space law and policy documents, including international agreements, domestic legislation, reports, academic monographs, and a substantial bibliography of aerospace resources. The Institute also maintains a forum for space policy issues and over 200 links to other space policy, media and business entities.
 
Argentine Association for Space Technology: The Argentine Association for Space Technology (Asociación Argentina de Tecnología Espacial, AATE) is a non-profit organization based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Its goals is to promote, cooperate and develop the space activities in Argentina, jointly with international institutions with a complete respect to the pacific uses of space.
 
Association of Space Explorers: The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 300 individuals from 29 nations who have flown in space. Founded in 1985, ASE's mission is to provide a forum for professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in space, support space science and exploration for the benefit of all, promote education in science and engineering, foster greater environmental awareness, and encourage international cooperation in the human exploration of space.
 
British Interplanetary Society: Founded in 1933, The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) is the world's longest established organisation devoted solely to supporting and promoting the exploration of space and astronautics. The BIS is financially independent, has charitable status and obtains its main income from a worldwide membership. The Society's headquarters are situated in central London.
 
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute: The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) is a non-profit scientific and technical organization devoted to the advancement of the art, science and engineering relating to aeronautics, astronautics, and associated technologies and their applications. The Institute consists of Branches across Canada, specialist Sections, and constituent Societies which cater to related technologies.
 
CODSIA: The Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA) was formed in 1964 by industry associations having common interests in the defense and space fields and provides a central channel of communications for improving industry-wide consideration of the many policies, regulations, implementation problems, procedures and questions involved in federal procurement actions.
 
COSPAR: After the USSR launched its first Earth Satellite in 1957, the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) established its Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) during an international meeting in London in 1958. COSPAR's objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.
 
Earth and Space Foundation: The Earth and Space Foundation is an international charity that funds scientific exploration that helps us both understand the Earth's environment and explore the frontier of space, bringing the environmental and space exploration communities together to address the challenges facing society. Since its establishment in 1994 the Foundation has helped support over 50 projects around the world.
 
EURISY: The Eurisy Association was founded in 1989 as part of Europe's preparations for International Space Year (ISY-92). In 1993, the Association's members decided that EURISY should continue its work, given that raising public awareness of the value of European space activities was a long-term task requiring an extended effort. EURISY's mission is to promote education and information activities for the advancement of space technology and its applications in Europe.
 
European Space Policy Institute: ESPI will identify and develop research themes relevant to European space policy, which will be used to initiate, support and promote political and societal debate fostering public awareness of the importance of space-based infrastructures and services. The tasks of the Institute are multidisciplinary in nature while linked to space policy, thereby federating know-how, skills and knowledge to conduct comprehensive and independent policy research for the benefit of space operators in Europe.
 
Eurospace:  Eurospace was created in 1961, at the dawn of the European space era, as the Organisation of the European Space Industry. It is an international non-profit association whose members are the main European industrial space companies. Its members represent 90% of the total space turnover of the European space industry.  On April 22nd, 2004, EUROSPACE has become the Space subsidiary of the AeroSpace Industries Association of Europe (ASD).
 
FSRI: The Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) was established by Florida’s governor and legislature to promote collaboration among the state’s academic institutions, industry, and federal agencies to support statewide aerospace-oriented economic and academic development.
 
Global VSAT Forum: The Global VSAT Forum is an association of key companies involved in the business of delivering advanced digital fixed satellite systems and services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. The Forum is independent and non-profit and has a global remit. It is also non-partisan - any companies or organisations with an interest in the VSAT industry are encouraged to join. Also has a job opportunities page.
 
International Academy of Astronautics: The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was founded in Stockholm on August16, 1960. Since that time, IAA has brought together the world's foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.
 
International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety: The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), legally established 16 April 2004 in  the Netherlands, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety.
 
International Association of Space Entrepreneurs: IASE is a membership trade association specifically focused on the particular needs of space entrepreneurs and on the global development of future space entrepreneurs. IASE's Mission is to promote global entrepreneurship in the space industry through concerted efforts in business, public policy, and education.
 
International Astronautical Federation: Founded in 1951, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) encourages the advancement of knowledge about space and the development and application of space assets for the benefit of humanity. The IAF is a non-governmental association, with members drawn from government organizations, industry, professional associations, research centres and learned societies from all over the world. Today, the IAF has 161 members from 45 countries.
 
ISSAT:  ISSAT is an association based in Toulouse whose main objectives are to promote French and European space skills and competences and to stimulate interest for space with young people. Of particular interest is their very comprehensive space training directory (in French).
 
Mobile Satellite Users Association: The MSUA is a non-profit corporation devoted to fostering effective communication worldwide among users of mobile satellite services (MSS), suppliers of equipment and services, the owners of the satellite systems and the various governmental entities that may have an impact on the future of the industry.
 
Moon Society: The Moon Society is a non-profit educational and scientific foundation formed to further scientific study and development of the moon.
 
National Space Society: The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  The NSS has more than 22,000 members, and 75 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.  The NSS, founded in 1974 by Wernher von Braun, is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space.
 
OURS Foundation: The primary purpose of the OURS Foundation is to introduce, nurture and expand a cultural dimension to humanity's astronautical endeavors. This task will be manifested through the identification, investigation, support and realization of related cultural, astronautical, humanitarian, environmental and educational activities which may take place both on and off planet Earth, and which are deemed as beneficial to the development and advancement of human civilization in this new environment.
 
The Planetary Society: Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980 to advance the exploration of the solar system and to continue the search for extraterrestrial life. With members in over 125 countries, the Society is the largest space interest group in the world.
 
Satellite Industry Association: The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is a U.S.-based trade association representing  the leading satellite service providers, manufacturers, launch services companies and ground equipment suppliers throughout the world. The SIA is the unified voice of the commercial satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite community.
 
Society of Satellite Professionals International: The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) is a non-profit organization devoted to professionals in the field of satellite communications. Has a career page.
 
Space Foundation: The Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Foundation manages the on-site NASA Educational Resource Center; offers two distinct Master's in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University; and has trained more than 30,000 teachers since 1986 on Teaching With Space through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences.
 
Space Frontier Foundation: The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization dedicated to the human settlement of space in our lifetime. The Space Frontier Foundation is a media and policy organization composed of space activists, scientists and engineers, media and political professionals, entrepreneurs, and citizens from all backgrounds and all nations.
 
Space Library: Started 2004 in Japan. Virtual Library is on the Web. The Real Library is located in the center of Fujisawa, Japan. 'milspace' news mail (English and Japanese mixed version) is distributed to the aerospace community for free at least once a week.
 
Space Studies Board: The Space Studies Board (SSB) provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications. The Board conducts advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.
 
Space Studies Institute: Founded in 1977, the Space Studies Institute's mission is to open the energy and material resources of space for human benefit within our lifetime. SSI's first commitment is to complete the missing technological links to make possible the productive use of the abundant resources in space. Its second goal is to promote the formation of private, governmental, or multi-national programs to use space resources responsibly and carefully, avoiding environmental damage.
 
Universities Space Research Association: USRA provides a mechanism through which universities can cooperate effectively with one another, with the government, and with other organizations to further space science and technology, and to promote education in these areas.
 

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