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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0100
Observations of "Jellyfish galaxies" with ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly. The results appeared today in the journal Nature. An Italian-led team o...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0100
DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe's industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defense and intelligence missions. The contract is expected to deliver $83.0 million USD in incremental revenue to Dig...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosphere on 19 October 2014, but instead they found what turned out to be the imprint of a solar event. ...
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:38:00 +0100
Friedrichshafen, Germany -  ND SATCOM announces full interoperability with General Dynamics Mission Systems Fortress® LTE solutions. Validation testing confirmed excellent interoperability between the Fortress decentralized network architecture for autonomous LTE deployables and SKYWAN satellite mesh capabilities for a resilient and bandwidth efficient distributed network of sites with full end-to-end network communications and mobility The combined platform provides an ideal suite for transportable and fixed LTE ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:44:00 +0100
Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today's 12:31 p.m. EDT launch. Carrying more than 6,400 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies, the spacecraft lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the company's 12th commercial resupply mission. It will arrive at the space station...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:47:00 +0100
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today that it intends to expand the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. The company received an order for approximately US$3 million from a global provider of defense products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to a leading air force between 2018 and 2022. Built to military standard (MIL-STD), the 30-cm antenna (MPT30) will deliver data communications via satel...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:31:00 +0100
Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard to human spaceflight and space exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, which is why ESA has made cosmic radiation a focus of its research programme. Radiation poses a risk to the human body in the form of cancer, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular problems and tissue degeneration. Beyond Earth's magnetic field, its full force is a barrier to human exploration of the Solar System. "Crewmembers may be exposed to different ...
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0100
The payload module of MetOp-C, developed and built by Airbus in Germany, was delivered to Toulouse after it completed a series of tests at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The satellite, weighing in at four tonnes, is now almost complete after successful coupling of its payload and service module. In preparation for the launch scheduled for October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana, MetOp-C will undergo a further series of radio-electr...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +0100
A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Built for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia , the satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and se...
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:27:00 +0100
The Amazonas 5 satellite for HISPASAT of Madrid, Spain, arrived at the Baikonur Cosmdrome in Kazakhstan aboard an Antonov cargo jet on August 8 in preparation for mission integration and launch aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle in September. The satellite will be used for both video content delivery and internet connectivity, among other services, in Latin America. The launch of Amazonas 5 will be the 95th ILS Proton mission and the 30th with a Space Systems Loral (SSL) satellite. ...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 22:30:00 +0100
NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies. The proposed missions would study gamma-ray and X-ray emissions from clusters of galaxies and neutron star systems, as well as infrared emissions from galaxies in the early universe and atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets outside of our solar system. The selected proposals, three Medium-Class Explorers missions and three Explorers Missions of Opportunity, call for focused scientific investigations an...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 22:01:00 +0100
Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) business, completed a successful Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the nine meter L-band reflectors for two Airbus Inmarsat-6 series satellites. The success of the PDR is a significant milestone for the Inmarsat-6 program. With the preliminary design of the L-band reflectors now set, Astro Aerospace will continue maturing the design in preparation for the Critical Design Review (CDR) later this year. "We are proud to support Airb...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:52:00 +0100
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet. Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 12:22 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14. The spacecraft's point of closest approach to Saturn during these passes will be between about 1,010 and 1,060 miles (1,630 and 1,710 kilometers) above Saturn's cloud t...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0100
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has delivered the third of 10 advanced navigation payloads to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), which will increase accuracy, signal power and jamming resistance for U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites. The advanced navigation payloads feature a Mission Data Unit (MDU) with a unique 70-percent digital design that links atomic clocks, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters - enabling signals three times more accurate than those on current GPS satellites. ...
Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:31:00 +0100
SMi Group’s 19th Global MilSatCom Conference will showcase exclusive presentations from the UK Ministry of Defence and Airbus. This comes at a relevant time with the UK MoD recently granting Airbus a contract to oversee the manufacture, assembly, integration and launch of Skynet 6. This acquisition will fill the capacity gap as the Skynet 5 constellation approaches its end-of-life, and will deliver sovereign and secure satcom capability for the UK. In an exclusive host nation addre...
Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0100
Scientists will get a better understanding of our planet's carbon cycle and vegetation health through a first-of-a-kind NASA instrument built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCARB) mission will use an advanced infrared spectrograph hosted on a commercial geosynchronous satellite. The project is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Berrien Moore at the University of Oklahoma. "Lockheed Martin has the right skills to make GeoCARB a success, bringing to...
Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:49:00 +0100
The International Space Station is a unique scientific platform enabling researchers from around the world to develop experiments that could not be performed on Earth. A line of unpiloted resupply spacecraft keeps this work going, supporting efforts to enable future human and robotic exploration of destinations well beyond low-Earth orbit. The next mission to the space station will be the 12th commercial resupply services flight for SpaceX. Liftoff is targeted for Aug. 13 at approximately 12:...
Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0100
SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) for the design, manufacture and testing of solar array panels for the proposed Europa Clipper Mission. NASA's planned Europa mission will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa and investigate whether the...
Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received $8 million in orders for specialized products in support of a satellite global position (GPS) anti-jamming, interference and protection system. Kratos is an industry leader in microwave electronic products, satellite communication, command, control, RF interference identification and geolocation. The specialized products to be delivered under these contra...
Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes. "This result is exciting because it shows that a common trait of most of the atmospheres in our solar system -- a warm stratosphere -- also can be found in exoplanet atmospheres," said Mark Marley, study co-author based at NASA's Ames Research Center in Cali...
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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:32:15 GMT
We're just days away from the solar eclipse and if you want to watch, you need to protect your eyes. An Effingham County man knows all too well what can happen if you don't and hopes his story saves someone else's sight.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:09:01 GMT
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship completed a flawless rendezvous with the International Space Station early Wednesday, bringing more than 3 tons of supplies and equipment to the lab complex along with 20 mice and ice cream treats for the station crew. With the Dragon holding position just 30 feet from the lab complex, astronaut Jack Fischer, operating the station's robot arm, locked onto a grapple fixture at 6:52 a.m. EDT as the two spacecraft sailed 250 miles above the south Pacific Ocean just north of New Zealand.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:37:18 GMT
Cassini will soon destroy itself in Saturn's atmosphere, but its dramatic death plunge is all for the good of science. At the ripe old age of 19, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will die next month.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:59:47 GMT
This false-color image, captured on June 25, 2017, by an instrument aboard the Landsat-8 satellite, shows a cloud phenomenon called von Karman vortices above the South Atlantic. Rotating winds paint the sky with a series of cotton-candy spirals in a new satellite image over the South Atlantic.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:40:52 GMT
Live from the International Space Station astronaut Paolo Nespoli spoke to the gathering of 80 young people through amateur radio at Radio Society of Great Britain's event in Gilwell Park, on Tuesday . The radio enthusiasts spent the week at the scouting activity centre for the seventh prestigious Youngsters on the Air summer camp.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:30:13 GMT
Until 11:59pm today, NASA is accepting submissions for a social media message to send to the Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 is the single most distant human-made object ever, and the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, and Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to fly by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:17:07 GMT
Public-private partnerships in space travel hold much promise, and greater cost-efficiency, but government should be transparent about the risks and inevitable failures. On Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, conducted a successful launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, or ISS, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket returning safely to SpaceX's landing zone at Cape Canaveral.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:35:52 GMT
Now the University of Winnipeg biological sciences professor is on her way, after putting a $20,000 down payment on a flight with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial space flights. "I always wanted to float in space, and see a pebble float, and see black space, and watch the Earth curve, and you know, watch the weather and the whole deal."
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:56:49 GMT
A school in Pennsylvania is not allowing kids to be outside during next week's solar eclipse because they are afraid of potential harm to students who look at the sun. A school in Pennsylvania is not allowing kids to be outside during next week's solar eclipse because they are afraid of potential harm to students who look at the sun.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:45:32 GMT
Astronauts have always had to pack light. Luckily, when they've visited the moon or lived on the International Space Station, Earth is literally in sight.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:28:33 GMT
NASA's record-shattering astronaut Peggy Whitson will return to Earth next month after a momentous extended visit to the International Space Station . Whitson connected with Space.com from the orbiting laboratory on Aug. 9 to discuss the highlights of her mission - including the solar eclipse of Aug. 21 - and what her life will be like back on Earth.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:11:45 GMT
Some Marshall University students and faculty will participate in a project to launch high-altitude balloons during next week's solar eclipse. Marshall says the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium chose the team to launch a helium-filled balloon next Monday in southern Illinois.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:55:33 GMT
A group of Boy Scouts from Arlington Heights reached for the stars with a recent biology experiment on how DNA mutates. The Boy Scouts' Space Bus serves as a mobile lab where they can conduct experiments, teach lessons and hands on training.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:27:10 GMT
Researcher Tiina Jaaskelainen points out a possible sighting of wildlife aboard the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it traverses the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017. As the icebreaker entered Victoria Strait, deep inside the Northwest Passage, those onboard looked for a shadow moving in the distance or a flash of pale yellow in the expanse of white that would signal the presence of the world's largest land predator.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:01:18 GMT
The Dragon - due at the station Wednesday - is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time. There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream for the station's crew of six, as well as ice cream candy bars.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:01:17 GMT
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launches from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. The mission of the spacecraft is a cargo and supply delivery to the International Space Station.

 
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