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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:40:00 +0100
Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module's descent to the Red Planet's surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts. Early indications from both the radio signals captured by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), an experimental telescope array located near Pune, India, and from orbit by ESA's Mars Express, suggested the module had successfully completed most steps of its ...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:55:00 +0100
The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA's ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet, while contact has not yet been confirmed with the mission's test lander from the surface. TGO's Mars orbit Insertion burn lasted from 13:05 to 15:24 GMT on 19 October, reducing the spacecraft's speed and direction by more than 1.5 km/s. The TGO is now on its planned orbit around Mars. European Space Agency ...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:03:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $255 million contract for development and production readiness of its next generation precision landing system. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System uses GPS satellite navigation to provide more accurate landing guidance for manned and unmanned aircraft, replacing radar and beacons used in older systems. This contract was announced by the Department of Defense on Sept. 21. The contract includes options which, if exercised, wou...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:18:00 +0100
Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time). The Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, is scheduled to dock to the Poisk module of the space station at 5:59 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. NASA Television coverag...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:38:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its AntaresTM rocket carrying a CygnusTM spacecraft today at 7:45 p.m. EDT, marking its return to flight operations from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's sixth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-5, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to astronauts ...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:17:00 +0100
New global images of Mars from the MAVEN mission show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior. They include the first images of "nightglow" that can be used to show how winds circulate at high altitudes. Additionally, dayside ultraviolet imagery from the spacecraft shows how ozone amounts change over the seasons and how afternoon clouds form over giant Martian volcanoes. The images were taken by the Imaging UltraV...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:29:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has worked with the Air Force to develop an advanced telescope that already is revolutionizing space situational awareness and helping prevent potential collisions with satellites or planet Earth. At an event tomorrow in New Mexico, DARPA will formally transition its Space Surveillance Telescope, or SST, from an agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by U.S. Air Force Space Command, which has announced plans to opera...
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:28:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced it is prepared to launch the company's AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM cargo spacecraft. Pending completion of final vehicle testing and acceptable local weather conditions, the Antares launch of the mission, designated OA-5, will take place on October 16 with lift-off scheduled for 8:03 p.m. EDT. The OA-5 mission will be Orbital ATK's fifth operational cargo delivery mission for NASA and mark...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:59:00 +0100
Next week, ESA's ExoMars has just a single chance to get captured by Mars' gravity. The spacecraft and the mission controllers who will make it so are ready for arrival. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on a multiyear mission to understand the methane and other gases in Mars' atmosphere at low levels and could be evidence for possible biological or geological activity. The 3.7 tonne mothership is carrying the 577 kg Schiaparelli lander that will test key technologies in preparation for ESA...
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:31:00 +0100
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and The Boeing Company today unveiled an updated aerodynamic configuration of the Atlas V that will launch Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule for NASA after encountering unique challenges with aerodynamic stability and loads. This new configuration incorporates an aeroskirt aft of the spacecraft, extending the Starliner Service Module cylindrical surface to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the integrated launch configuration and bring loads margins back ...
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0100
The moon experiences a heavier bombardment by small meteoroids than models had predicted, according to new observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The result implies that lunar surface features thought to be young because they have relatively few impact craters may be even younger than previous estimates. The finding also implies that equipment placed on the moon for long durations -- such as a lunar base -- may have to be made sturdier. While a direct hit from...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX's development is delivered in "blocks," with Block 0 comprising the Launch and Checkout System to take GPS III satellites into early orbi...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:53:00 +0100
SMi Reports (2016.10.12, London, UK): SMi have just announced, places are filling up fast for what is expected to be the biggest Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition to date. Global MilSatCom2016, taking place in London on the 8th-10th of November 2016 will bring together over 450 of the industry’s key senior military representatives alongside the world’s leading SatCom solution providers and operators. There will be over 120 military and government attendees from Australi...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0100
Ancient stars, of a type known as RR Lyrae, have been discovered in the centre of the Milky Way for the first time, using ESO's infrared VISTA telescope. RR Lyrae stars typically reside in ancient stellar populations over 10 billion years old. Their discovery suggests that the bulging centre of the Milky Way likely grew through the merging of primordial star clusters. These stars may even be the remains of the most massive and oldest surviving star cluster of the entire Milky Way. A team led ...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0100
As the ExoMars Schiaparelli module descends onto Mars on 19 October it will capture 15 images of the approaching surface. Scientists have simulated the view we can expect to see from the descent camera. Schiaparelli will separate from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on 16 October, with some six million km still to travel before entering the atmosphere of Mars at 14:42 GMT three days later. Its descent will take just under six minutes, using a heatshield, parachute, thrusters and a c...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:45:00 +0100
Nearly 21 years after its launch, a Lockheed Martin-built satellite within the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) recently turned its attention to a new mission-supporting the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole, where communicating with the rest of the world has always been a challenge. Amundsen-Scott Station's location at 90 degrees south, right at the South Pole, makes communications with the remote science station difficult. Even for or...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:30:00 +0100
DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2016-- Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced the company has been awarded its first contract with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris:ETL) to build the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite. The company will team with Airbus Defence and Space to build EUTELSAT 5 West B, marking the first time the two have partnered on satellite work. Relying on the two companies' extensive heritage in the satellit...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0100
CopaSAT, a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that is has received a contract to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with managed satellite services to Coast Guard Cutter Healy and Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star. The contract started 1-October for a term of five years. HEALY is designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, providing more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, ocean...
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:13:00 +0100
ESA and GomSpace Sign Contract to Launch Advanced Nanosatellite. GomSpace and ESA have signed a contract to continue development, launch and operations of the GOMX-4B spacecraft to be launched before the end of 2017. The satellite will demonstrate key capabilities required for future nano-satellite constellations. The contract value is 1.2 MEUR. The satellite will be a so called 6U cubesat with dimension of 20x30x10 cm and weight of approximately 8 kilograms. The satellite will be launched...
Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:50:00 +0100
This week, the commands that will govern the Schiaparelli lander's descent and touchdown on Mars were uploaded to ESA's ExoMars spacecraft, enroute to the Red Planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter has been carrying the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator since launch on 14 March. Upon arrival on 19 October, Schiaparelli will test the technology needed for Europe's 2020 rover to land, while its parent craft brakes into an elliptical orbit around Mars. This week's uploading was cond...
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Launch Systems & Space Transportation

Aerojet Corporation: Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a major aerospace/defense contractor specializing in missile and space propulsion, and defense and armaments. [Aerojet jobs]
Alaska Aerospace Corporation: The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) core business area is space launch, and it developed, owns, and operates the Kodiak Launch Complex, a state-of-the-industry spaceport on Kodiak Island, Alaska, that provides access to space for commercial and government interests. [AAC jobs]
Andøya Rocket Range: (ARR), which was founded in 1962, is the world's northernmost permanent facility for launching sounding rockets and balloons. Andøya Rocket Range is an operational unit in Norwegian Space Centre.
Andrews Space: Andrews Space, Inc. is a privately held company developing new and innovative space transportation solutions for government and commercial markets. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Andrews' technical competencies include product/system development, space system design, propulsion system design, systems engineering, and business analysis. [Andrews Space jobs]
Arianespace: Arianespace is the commercial launch services leader, holding more than 50 percent of the world market for satellites to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Created as the first commercial space transportation company in 1980, Arianespace has signed contracts for 250 satellite payloads. [Arianespace jobs]
Armadillo Aerospace: Armadillo Aerospace is a leading developer of reusable rocket powered vehicles. We are focused on VTVL (vertical takeoff, vertical landing) suborbital research and passenger flights, with an eye towards eventual paths to orbit.
Asia Pacific Space Centre: Asia Pacific Space Centre is an international commercial space launch services company that is planning to develop a commercial launch space centre on the Australian Territory of Christmas Island. APSC will develop a spaceport facility and a commercial satellite launch capability with use of a Russian launch system. [APSC jobs]
Astrotech: Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC), formerly SPACEHAB, Inc., has led the commercial space industry for 25 years, preparing and sending satellites, cargo and science into space. [Astrotech jobs]
Astrox Corporation: Established in 1987, Astrox is capable if providing quality research related to Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO), and TSTO vehicle designs, hypersonic aircraft and missile design, rocket system design, aviation systems, computational fluid dynamics, theoretical fluid mechanics and advanced studies for workstations.
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Bigelow Aerospace: Bigelow Aerospace vision is to play a major role in drastically altering the current restricted environment surrounding private ownership and use of space stations by making habitable space stations affordable for corporate communities. [Bigelow jobs]
Blue Origin: Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by founder Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin is developing New Shepard, a rocket-propelled vehicle designed to routinely fly multiple astronauts into suborbital space at competitive prices. In addition to providing the public with opportunities to experience spaceflight, New Shepard will also provide frequent opportunities for researchers to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment.
Bristol Aerospace: Bristol Aerospace Limited is a leading Canadian aerospace company. The Black Brant family of sounding rockets, manufactured by Bristol Aerospace, is used for studying the upper atmosphere or conducting micro-gravity research. As well, Bristol plays a key role in the development, manufacture, integration and packaging of space payloads for sounding rockets and NASA's space shuttle program. Bristol is currently involved in small satellite development for the Canadian Space Agency. [Bristol Aerospace jobs]
Bristol Spaceplanes: Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, based in Bristol, England, was formed in 1991 to provide technical assistance to commercial organisations and aerospace companies interested in low cost satellite launches, and in tourism in space. Since then it has prepared plans to develop the Ascender sub-orbital spaceplane, and an experienced core design team has been formed.
California Spaceport: The California Spaceport is a commercially operated complex on Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Spaceport provides commercial payload processing and launch alternatives to cost conscious customers with either polar or ballistic space launch programs.
Coleman Aerospace: Coleman Aerospace has experience in missile system fabrication and integration, flight operations, mission planning, and launch management services. [Coleman Aerospace jobs]
Ecliptic Enterprises: Ecliptic's popular RocketCamT imaging systems and related data-transport systems are used routinely on launch vehicles, spacecraft and other remote platforms in the air-land-sea arenas to provide dramatic engineering and PR-quality color video.  Ecliptic pursues and supports other special projects involving aerospace avionics, ground systems and small space payloads and instrumentation. [Ecliptic jobs]
E'Prime Aerospace: E'Prime Aerospace Corporation (EPAC) was established in February, 1987, to capitalize on the worldwide demand for commercial satellite launching services. EPAC has succeeded in evolving the technology of the Peacekeeper ICBM into a commercial launch vehicle and is marketing a range of launch vehicles with payload capabilities from small communications satellites up to large multipurpose satellites of 20,000 pounds into a geosynchronous earth orbit.
Eurockot: A joint venture of EADS Astrium and Khrunichev Space Center and performs launches of satellites into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) for institutional and commercial satellite operators.
HMX: HMX principals have extensive experience in innovative launch vehicle design. HMX is conducting proprietary research for a new commercial space venture, and preparing to assist an industry team developing a new bipropellant rocket engine for a space launch vehicle with thrust levels above 30,000 pounds.
International Launch Services: International Launch Services (ILS) provides mission management and launch services for the global commercial satellite industry using the premier heavy lift vehicle, the Proton. [ILS jobs]
Interorbital Systems: Founded in 1996, Interorbital Systems (IOS) is located at the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center in Mojave, California. IOS  manufactures everything in-house, including liquid rocket engines, tankage, and guidance systems. At present, IOS is developing low-cost sounding rockets. Flight tests are in progress. The Research Series and Tachyon Series rockets will soon be available to anyone looking for a low-cost sub-orbital launcher.
JP Aerospace: JPA intends to be the first amateur organization to place a payload into space. The current project is to launch a rocket with a scientific payload to an altitude of 50 miles. This will be accomplished by lofting a launch system to an altitude of 100,000 feet by balloon.
Kelly Space & Technology: Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) is an engineering design and technology development company incorporated in April 1993 under the laws of the State of California for the purpose of developing a family of low cost, reusable, commercial suborbital and orbital launch vehicles.
Masten Space Systems: Masten Space Systems is developing a line of Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) launch vehicles that provide reduced costs and a larger range of mission options by focusing on development and operational processes that ensure speed to market and extremely fast turn around times. [Masten jobs]
Orbital Sciences Corporation: Orbital offers a wide variety of launch vehicles for various mission types and payload sizes. These include the Pegasus launch vehicle, the medium payload Taurus launch vehicle, smaller suborbital rockets, and the next-generation X-34 reusable launch vehicle. [Orbital jobs]
Rocketplane Global: Rocketplane Global is building a highly robust and flexible space launch system based upon rocket powered aircraft and applying in-flight propellant transfer to enable inexpensive satellite launches. The new vehicles thus created will revolutionize space launch and enable greater commercial opportunities in space. This system will open the space frontier to many new and exciting applications. [Rocketplane jobs]
Sea Launch: Sea Launch Company, LLC, is an international partnership of American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses that provides a reliable, cost effective, heavy lift launch service for commercial customers. [Sea Launch jobs]
Solar Skiff: Founded in 2004, Solar Skiff is a start-up spaceplane company based in southeast Wyoming, U.S.A. Their focus is the incremental development of a safe and practical reusable launch vehicle based on sound aeronautical and astronautical principles, with the potential for high-speed intercontinental transport, single-stage-to-orbit, lunar, and interplanetary operations.
Space Vector Corporation: Over the past 30 years, Space Vector has launched 37 rockets in support of various scientific and defense related projects with an enviable 94% success rate. Many of their vehicles are boosted by refurbished Minuteman motors that have proven to be very reliable and cost effective. [Space Vector jobs]
Space Operations: Founded in 2010, Space Operations, Inc. (SOI) was established to satisfy a growing world-wide demand for a reliable and affordable spacecraft vehicle with capacity for carrying flight crews and vital cargo into space.
SpaceWorks Enterprises: SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is an aerospace engineering concept design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space transportation systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications. [SpaceWorks jobs]
SpaceX:  SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is located in the heart of the aerospace industry in Southern California. [SpaceX jobs]
Starchaser Industries: Starchaser Industries is a privately held, high technology company that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of products and services which enable new space related business opportunities by providing safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the Space Tourism and micro-satellite launch markets. [Starchaser jobs]
Starsem:  Created in 1996, Starsem offers the Soyuz for a broad range of mission needs, including satellite telecommunications systems, scientific spacecraft, and Earth observation / meteorological platforms.
Swiss Space Systems: Swiss Space Systems Holding SA is a Swiss company founded in Payerne in 2012, which groups and supervises the activities of its companies. Group S3 aims to develop, build, certify and operate suborbital shuttles to deploy small satellites up to 250 kg. The company currently has 50 employees and its overall budget up to the first satellite launch is approximately CHF 250 m. [S3 jobs]
TGV Rockets: TGV Rockets is an innovative start-up company pioneering a unique new class of reusable, low cost, piloted sub-orbital rocket. TGV Rockets will market vehicles and services to industry, researchers, military organizations and interested individuals. TGV Rockets intend to dominate the high altitude and sub-orbital research operations market, providing high value to customers and investors. [TGV jobs]
TransOrbital:  Transorbital® is the first private company to be authorized by the US State Department for commercial flights to the Moon and authorized by NOAA to image the Earth on the way there.
UTRON: UTRON is a small, closely held Virginia based corporation founded in 1989. UTRON personnel are experts at high velocity launch technologies, launching masses ranging in size from gms to kilograms to velocities over 7 km/s. UTRON is actively putting together a consortium of partners to pursue gun launch to space. [UTRON jobs]
Virgin Galactic: Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson's Virgin Group which plans to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public, along with suborbital space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Further in the future Virgin Galactic hopes to offer orbital human spaceflights as well. [Virgin Galactic jobs]
XCOR Aerospace: XCOR is focused on the research, development and production of safe, reliable, reusable launch vehicles (RLVs), rocket engines and rocket propulsion systems. In just eleven years the firm has developed and built twelve different rocket engines and built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft. [XCOR jobs]

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