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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:36:00 +0100
Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving. During prolonged night, when the surface is lit only by blue Earthlight, temperatures dip below -170C. Some locations at higher latitudes have shorter nights, though others have much longer or even permanent darkness. Numerous robotic missions have perished during this prolonged cold. Russia'...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:19:00 +0100
Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny-a big bundle of debris amassed from exploded stars. We Earthlings are essentially just little clumps of stardust, too, albeit with very complex chemistry. And because outer space is a very dusty place, that makes things very difficult for astronomers and astrophysicists who are trying to peer farther across the universe or deep into the center of our own galaxy to learn more about their structure, formation and evolution. Buildi...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0100
From its final orbit location 22,000 miles above the equator, the third Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back down to Earth, a milestone known as "first light."   The satellite was launched on Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and is the third in a series of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites that the U.S. Air Force uses to provide faster and more accurate missile ...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:47:00 +0100
Space Situational Awareness remains a key priority for armed forces capable of operating above the Earth. Space is now extremely contested, congested and competitive as more and more countries and organisation gain access to space technology. However, high amounts of orbiting traffic is not the only threat; space weather, debris and ground based electronic and cyber threats could also have a massive impact on our operations by disrupting satellite activity and therefore military ability on the...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:33:00 +0100
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 launch of 2017 has been rescheduled for March 23, as continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented today’s transfer of the heavy-lift vehicle to its ELA-3 launch zone. If the situation permits, the mission – designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s numbering system – will lift off on March 23 as early as possible within the following window: Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time Between ...
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:30:00 +0100
Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet. Sudden and short-lived outbursts were observed frequently during Rosetta's two-year mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Although their exact trigger has been much debated, the outbursts seem to point back to the collapse of weak, eroded surfaces, with the sudden exposure and heating of volatile m...
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0100
ESA's Swarm satellites are seeing fine details in one of the most difficult layers of Earth's magnetic field to unpick - as well as our planet's magnetic history imprinted on Earth's crust. Earth's magnetic field can be thought of as a huge cocoon, protecting us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard our planet in solar wind. Without it, life as we know it would not exist. Most of the field is generated at depths greater than 3000 km by the movement of molten iron in ...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:21:00 +0100
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC (TS&I), was awarded a $9.98 million contract from the French Space Agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), to provide infrared detectors and electronics for the European Space Agency (ESA) JUICE mission to Jupiter. JUICE is expected to launch in 2022 and reach Jupiter in 2030 to undertake a three and a half year study of Jupiter and three of its moons: Callisto, Ga...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:57:00 +0100
Serionix, a startup fundamentally changing the way we look at air, received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life support systems. The same technology is on its way into consumer products expected to launch within the year. Poor indoor air quality is widely associated with significant negative health impacts; however, as awareness of this connection increases, Serionix is committed to making air fresher...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:02:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, provided propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies to enable the successful launch of both the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket and the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite that was launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. "Orbital ATK's is proud to contribute a number of key technologies to ULA's Delta IV launch vehicle," said Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ...
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:01:00 +0100
Arianespace’s dual-payload mission to orbit telecommunications satellites for Brazil and South Korea has been given the go-ahead for a March 21 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 relay platforms. The approval came at the completion of today’s Launch Readiness Review, which confirmed the “go” status of Ariane 5, its two payloads, the Spaceport launch infrastructure and the network of flight trajectory tracking stations. Th...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:45:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 18 at 8:18 p.m. EDT. "This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF." said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit." This mission was launched aboard a Delta...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:42:00 +0100
Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite launched into orbit today and will provide the United States and six allied nations with increased communications capabilities to prevent, protect against and respond to attacks. The WGS-9 satellite was funded through an agreement between the United States and Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and will also serve Australia (which funded the WGS-6 satellite). Each partner country gains access t...
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:14:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make two more spacewalks under NASA's plans to maintain the International Space Station during his mission. Though intended for the end of March and April, the dates may change because the sorties require equipment yet to be launched on a Cygnus supply vessel. The first will see Thomas and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough head outside to install a new computer, work on the electrical power distribution system, and disconnect a docking adapter to allow its mo...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0100
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining the giant planet's turbulent atmosphere, enormous magnetosphere, its set of tenuous dark rings and its sa...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest tests were carried out 5-7 March from a different orbit, and included checking procedures associated with ...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:28:00 +0100
French Guiana has welcomed another payload for Arianespace’s fast-paced mission schedule in 2017 with yesterday's arrival of SES-15 – the first hybrid satellite for SES, which will be launched in April by a medium-lift Soyuz. SES-15 was delivered by a cargo jetliner that landed at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne. After unloading in its protective shipping container, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. Designed and manufactured b...
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:17:00 +0100
Cobham's products and services contributed to the recent successful orbital deployment of Iridium NEXT satellites. Cobham's antennas, motion control solutions, and RadHard microelectronics enable various Iridium NEXT systems. Iridium NEXT is the company's next-generation satellite constellation which replaces and enhances Iridium's existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites. "Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is proud to contribute to the next generation of commercial telecommunication...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0100
New observations indicate that massive, star-forming galaxies during the peak epoch of galaxy formation, 10 billion years ago, were dominated by baryonic or "normal" matter. This is in stark contrast to present-day galaxies, where the effects of mysterious dark matter seem to be much greater. This surprising result was obtained using ESO's Very Large Telescope and suggests that dark matter was less influential in the early Universe than it is today. The research is presented in four papers, one ...
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:36:00 +0100
Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya. The data were relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where...
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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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