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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...
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:04:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today. Vita stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy's ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA. In Italian, "vita" means "life", reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space - one of the ...
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the EchoStar XXI satellite, designed and built for EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). The satellite will be used for mobile voice and data communications services in Europe. "EchoStar and SSL have worked together for ...
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:53:00 +0100
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. Launch is targeted for April 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total cost for NASA to launch SWOT is approximately $112 million, which includes the launch service; spacecraft processing; payload integration; and tracking, data and telemetry s...
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:05:00 +0100
Arianespace’s year-ending heavy-lift flight of 2016 from the Spaceport will orbit two passengers based on the SSL 1300 relay platform built by Space Systems Loral (SSL), with the second of these spacecraft now delivered to French Guiana. The Star One D1 satellite arrived this week aboard a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner, which landed at Félix Eboué International Airport near French Guiana’s capital city of Cayenne. It now has begun the pre-launch preparation proce...
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:51:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that its Cygnus(tm) spacecraft successfully unberthed from the International Space Station, starting the second phase of its mission before it reenters Earth's atmosphere. Orbiting on its own, free of the ISS, the "S.S. Alan Poindexter" Cygnus will conduct two secondary mission objectives as part of its flight program: the Saffire-II payload experiment and the deployment of CubeSats to enhance weather ...
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