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Fri, 26 May 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet’s surface than previously thought. “We are excited to share these early discoveries, which help us better understand what makes Jupit...
Fri, 26 May 2017 07:47:00 +0100
Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ have signed a global alliance agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation, multi-constellation open service and secure Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers. The effort will support the critical mission needs of military, government and critical national infrastructure. Rockwell Collins is a global leader in secure military GPS receivers and QinetiQ is a recognized expert in the field of open service solutions with access to critic...
Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) navigation system has provided critical capabilities for the attitude control of NASA's Cassini spacecraft throughout its unprecedented journey to Saturn, including the first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet and its icy rings. On April 26, Cassini traveled through the 1,500-mile wide gap between Saturn and its rings, coming closer to Saturn than any previous spacecraft - within approximately 1,900 miles of the planet's cloud tops a...
Thu, 25 May 2017 08:39:00 +0100
BAE Systems Australia will deliver a major capability improvement to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with the upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals in a four year, $30 million project. The upgrade of maritime satellite communications terminals (MASTIS - Maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System) will provide a major enhancement to the RAN operations and life at sea. The upgrade will be undertaken at BAE Systems facilities at Edinburgh Parks ...
Thu, 25 May 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST. Electron lifted-off at 16:20 NZST from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. It was the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site in the world. "It has been an incredible day and I'm immensely proud of our talented team," said Peter Beck, CEO and founder of Rocket Lab. "We're one of a few companies to ever deve...
Wed, 24 May 2017 17:10:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying a small expendable upper stage to launch small (3,000 pound/1,361 kg) satellites into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development. Once the spaceplane - called Phantom ...
Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, and coasted towards Mars for three days. Much of the six-minute descent on 19 October went as expected: the module entered the atmosphere correctly, with t...
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:08:00 +0100
Europasat, the "Inmarsat S-band / Hellas Sat 3" telecommunication satellite, has been shipped to the Kourou launch pad in French Guyana to be launched by Ariane 5 rocket in June. This condominium satellite for Inmarsat and Hellas Sat will provide Mobile Satellite Services (MSS), Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) and Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS). The payload designed for Inmarsat will deliver an S-band service across all 28 member states of the European Union, plus Norway and Switzerland, w...
Wed, 24 May 2017 08:22:00 +0100
The Spaceport’s ability to support Arianespace’s launch cadence by enabling multiple missions to be readied in parallel is demonstrated once again with the two Ariane 5s currently undergoing processing in French Guiana. Inside the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the Ariane 5 for Flight VA238 is taking shape for a June 28 liftoff with a dual-satellite payload: the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S multi-mission relay satellite for Inmarsat and Hellas-Sat; and the Indian Sp...
Tue, 23 May 2017 17:50:00 +0100
SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced the successful integration of NASA's Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. GOLD will employ an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph to measure densities and temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere in response to Sun-Earth interaction. It is aimed at revolutionizing scientists' understanding of this part of the space environment and its impacts on low Earth orbit satellite drag (a forc...
Tue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for technology maturation and risk reduction in support of next-generation navigation systems. Under the $49 million contract from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Northrop Grumman will provide the preliminary hardware and software architecture design for the Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS)-Modernization, or EGI-M, technology. The modernized system ...
Mon, 22 May 2017 15:54:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12 year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration's Wide Area Augmentation System which enhances the reliability and accuracy of Global Positioning System signals for directing air travel. The Raytheon-developed payload is a key element of the WAAS System, which offers commercial, business, and general aviation pilots more direct flight paths, greater runway capability a...
Mon, 22 May 2017 15:43:00 +0100
GomSpace ApS ("GomSpace") a subsidiary of GomSpace Group AB (publ) (the "Company") has entered a delivery contract with the American company SpaceQuest, Ltd. SpaceQuest, one of the pioneers and leaders in microsatellite technologies and solutions, has placed an order with GomSpace for the delivery of two advanced 3U nanosatellite platforms, associated software and payload components for a total amount of USD $325,000. The nanosatellite platforms will feature fully flight proven core subsystem...
Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The casting of the secondary mirror blank for ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been completed by SCHOTT at Mainz, Germany. The completed mirror will be 4.2 metres in diameter and weigh 3.5 tonnes. It will be the largest secondary mirror ever employed on a telescope and also the largest convex mirror ever produced. ESO's 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will be the largest telescope of its kind ever built when it achieves first light in 2024. A new milestone has now been reach...
Mon, 22 May 2017 09:14:00 +0100
Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments. In reality, stars, gas and dust can orbit black holes for long periods of time, until a major disruption pushes the material in. A merger of two galaxies is one such disruption. As the galaxies combine and their central black holes approach each other, gas and dust in the vicinity are pushed onto their respective black holes. An enormous amount of high-energy radiation is released as material spira...
Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 +0100
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company announced today AirSatOne, a satellite communications (satcom) service provider for aviation, has become a new reseller partner for the ViaSat in-flight internet service to large-cabin, business aviation aircraft. AirSatOne will offer competitive airtime packages and provide support for aircraft operators. ViaSat is a trusted brand in the business aviation market, offering world-class connectivity solutions for ove...
Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 +0100
The report, now available on ASDReports, "Satellite Payloads Market by Orbit Type (LEO, MEO, GEO), Payload Type (Communication, Imaging, Navigation), Vehicle Type (Small, Medium to Heavy), Payload Weight (Low, Medium, High), Frequency Band, Application, & Region - Global Forecasts to 2022", The satellite payloads market is estimated to be USD 11.84 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 18.15 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.92% during the forecast period. Increased demand for hosted paylo...
Fri, 19 May 2017 08:06:00 +0100
Arianespace has orbited the SES-15 telecommunications satellite for European operator SES. Liftoff took place on Thursday, May 18 at 8:54 a.m. (local time in Kourou) from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Today’s launch was the fifth of the year for Arianespace, and the second by Soyuz from CSG to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), as well as the first Arianespace launch carrying a satellite with all-electric propulsion. Through this latest ...
Thu, 18 May 2017 20:30:00 +0100
The Boeing [NYSE: BA] SES-15 satellite, launched today, will bolster connectivity for Wi-Fi and entertainment services on flights over North America, Mexico and Central America. It will also serve the government, enterprise and maritime sectors. This 702-model satellite also demonstrates that using 3-D printed parts can improve affordability and production. More than 50 such metallic parts are on the vehicle in the primary structure. “With its all-electric propulsion, and inclusion...
Thu, 18 May 2017 08:09:00 +0100
Authorization has been given for tomorrow’s Arianespace Soyuz launch from French Guiana, providing the “all clear” for this medium-lift mission that will orbit a telecommunications satellite for European-based operator SES. The approval was granted today after the regular pre-launch review for Arianespace flights – which confirmed the readiness of Soyuz and its SES-15 satellite passenger, the launch site and associated infrastructure at the Spaceport, as well as the ...
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