Latest Space News
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defense. The new SBIRS ground system serves as the nerve center for the constellation, collecting large amounts of data from the satellite's powerful sensors and converting it into actionable reports for defense, intelligence and civil applications....
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:23:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract to Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. Restore-L is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. The contract has a firm-fixed-price and includes a three-year core period and a two-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity portion. The total maximum value of the contract is $127 million. Space Systems/Loral will provide space...
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Arianespace today launched a Vega rocket on a commercial mission to deliver a Turkish Earth observation satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Vega's eighth flawless mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 13:51 GMT on 5 December (14:51 CET; 10:51 local time). With a mass at liftoff of 1060 kg, Gokturk-1 was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 57 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega's upper stage. Complying with debris regulation...
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today's important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control. Today, VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd Ericsson as well as flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in WhiteKnightTwo. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight-particularly the 10 minutes of free fli...
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation ( NYSE: CUB ), today announced that its subsidiary GATR Technologies (GATR), which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division, received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Defense, Transportation and Cybersecurity category at the 2016 CONNECT MIP Awards that took place at an awards ceremony on Dec. 1, in San Diego. In its 29 th year, the annual awards program continues its tradition of honoring San Diego's leaders of innovation and ground...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:21:00 +0100
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed a Progress cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been lost. The spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday on a Soyuz rocket, but experienced an anomaly around six and a half minutes into its flight. Six crew members living aboard the space station are safe and have been informed of the mission's status. Both the Russian and U.S. segments of the station continue to operate normally ...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:53:00 +0100
A contract to build a laboratory at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been awarded to W.M. Jordan Co. in Newport News by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The $95.6-million agreement is for construction of the Measurement Systems Laboratory, which is scheduled for completion in late 2019. The contract is the largest awarded for NASA Langley in recent history. The 175,000-square-foot lab will be the biggest of the new facilities built so far as part of NASA L...
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:07:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force's multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment - known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) -- into a modern, high-performance command and control system. On Octob...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:29:00 +0100
LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has entered into a strategic agreement with the Globalsat Group, the leading Pan-American satellite services provider, to market the fastest, most secure and widest coverage HTS data network in the world. The Globalsat Group is an award-winning industry leader delivering mission-critical, voice, data and M2M/IoT solutions. Through this agreement, LeoSat will provide the Globalsat Gro...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0100
Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced the acquisition of Vocality International, a leading provider of embedded technology that unifies communications platforms, enhances voice quality, increases video performance and optimizes data throughput. The addition of Vocality, which is headquartered in Shackleford, United Kingdom, further expands Cubic Mission Solutions' (CMS) portfolio in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) for sec...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0100
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to a quantum effect known as vacuum birefringence. A team led by Roberto Mignani from INAF Milan (Italy) and from the University of Zielona ...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:25:00 +0100
The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and “topped off” with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Arianespace’s mission to Sun-synchronous orbit on December 5. Designated Flight VV08 in Arianespace’s numbering system, this Vega launch is to deploy GÖKTÜRK-1 during a mission lasting just under two hours. With Vega now in full commercial operation, Fligh...
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100
Following a competitive bidding process, Safran Electronics & Defense, the European leader in navigation systems, was selected by Airbus Safran Launchers to supply the SpaceNaute inertial reference system for Ariane 6, the new-generation launch vehicle now being developed for the European Space Agency (ESA). The first systems will be delivered in time for the first Ariane 6 launch, scheduled for 2020. Safran Electronics & Defense will ramp-up production to sustain an annual rate of 11 launche...
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:51:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that it has begun a public-private partnership with NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. The CIRAS program will advance key technologies for in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of large space structures that will help the agency meet its goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system....
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 +0100
ESA's new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations. The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO, a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos, arrived at Mars on 19 October. Its elliptical orbit takes it from 230-310 km above the surface to around 98 000 km every 4.2 days. It spent the last two orbits during 20-28 November testing its four science instruments for the first time since arrival, and making important...
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:32:00 +0100
Madrid -  The engineering and technology group SENER and Thales Alenia Space start effectively their pioneering agreement to execute a joint business plan that will lead the Spanish industry in the development of optical payloads for space missions. The strategic agreement, signed by the CEO of Thales Alenia Space Spain, Eduardo Bellido, the Space and Defence Director of SENER, Diego Rodríguez, and the Vice President for Science and Earth Observation of Thales Alenia Space France, Hervé...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:26:00 +0100
NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the space station. The mission launched Sept. 21, 2014, and had recently passed its original decommissioning date. ISS-RapidScat used the unique vantage point of the space station to provide near-real-time monitoring of ocean winds, which are critical in determining regional weather patterns. Its measurements of wind speed and dire...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:20:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it successfully completed its sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Known as OA-5, the mission marked the company's return to flight operations from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia and the second time Cygnus(tm) has been used as a platform for conducting research in space. "The OA-5 mission was filled with numerous accomplishments," said Frank ...
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:21:00 +0100
Preparations for Arianespace’s latest mission at the service of Earth observation are entering their final phase, with the GÖKTÜRK-1 optical satellite now transferred to the launch zone for integration on its lightweight Vega launcher. During activity in French Guiana yesterday, GÖKTÜRK-1 was moved by a special transporter vehicle to the Spaceport’s SLV launch site.  The spacecraft – which previously had been encapsulated in a protective payload fa...
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:16:00 +0100
First Phase in Dramatic Endgame for Long-Lived Cassini Spacecraft A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft's orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet's equator and rings. And on Nov. 30, following a gravitational nudge from Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini will enter the first phase of the mission's dramatic endgame. Launched in 1997, Cassini has been touring the Satu...
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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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