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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:24:00 +0100
Wildlife habitats close to airports pose a serious risk to safety at takeoff and landing. Thanks to ESA, a new service lets airports use satellites to identify and manage these areas. Developed by Ascend XYZ in Denmark with ESA's help, the service uses free images and data from Earth observation satellites combined with smart software. Several airports in Denmark have tested the Ascend software and found it far easier to use than existing complicated standalone systems. Focusing on ris...
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:34:00 +0100
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 26, southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA immediately. Dragon then will be prepared for a return trip to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for pro...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:28:00 +0100
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency's Journey to Mars. Mars 2020 is targeted for launch in July 2020 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Mart...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:44:00 +0100
NASA has awarded the Next Generation Land Mobile Radio contract to Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Linthicum Heights, Maryland. This is a firm-fixed-price contract with indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) components. The contract has a one-year base period, beginning Sept. 1, and four one-year options that total approximately $1.8 million. The IDIQ portion of the contract has a maximum value of $7.3 million. The total contract value, including all options, is approximately $9.1 millio...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:00:00 +0100
Boeing has delivered one of the world's most advanced satellite communications systems to Mexico, one that opens high-speed data and voice communications to the entire country including some previously unserved areas. After successfully completing its final tests, the Mexsat system was today formally accepted by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Mexsat provides 3G+ voice and data services to mobile terminals on land, air and sea, enhancing the country's national security, ...
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:00:00 +0100
An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits. Liftoff of flight VA232 occurred on 24 August at 22:16 GMT (19:16 local time, 00:16 CEST on 25 August) from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Intelsat-33e, with a mass at liftoff of 6600 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier inside the fairing, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. ...
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0100
When it comes to transmitting sensitive information in highly contested areas, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites are proving their value, achieving 100 years of combined successful operations. Designed as a protected, global network, the first Milstar launched in 1994 aboard a Titan IV rocket. Since then, the constellation has served as a critical resource for troops and national leaders in delivering secure and reliable communications. In 2010, the fi...
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract from OHB System AG to supply the space inertial reference system for Germany's SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. Northrop Grumman will supply its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit-L (Scalable SIRU(tm)-L) for sensor pointing/stabilization and attitude control on the SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system. This contract marks the first international application of the new Scalable SIRU(tm)-L con...
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:37:00 +0100
Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth's surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers could induce such eclipses at will? That's the scientific vision behind ESA's double-satellite Proba-3, the world's first precision formation-flying mission, planned for launch in 2019. An 'occulter' satellite will fly 150 m ahead of a second...
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:46:00 +0100
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that two satellites the company designed, built and tested for the U.S. Air Force were successfully deployed following their launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on August 19, 2016. The satellites were the third and fourth for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) and comprise Air Force Space Command Mission Number Si...
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:51:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 Aug. 19 at 12:52 a.m. EDT. This is ULA's seventh launch in 2016 and the 110th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Thank you to the ULA, Air Force and industry partners for the outstanding teamwork and flawless execution that made today's mission a success," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services. "...
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:34:00 +0100
An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Following a seven-year journey to Saturn, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini orbiter delivered Europe's Huygens probe to the surface of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan in January 2005, just a few months after becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around the giant gas planet. Since then, Cassini and Huygens have returned a wealth of information on the...
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:06:00 +0100
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive study. Launch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. E...
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:28:00 +0100
The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit. CubeSats are nanosatellites of standardised dimensions based on multiple 10-cm-sided cubes, which ESA is employing for both educational and technology-demonstration purposes. "The ability to autonomously rendezvous and dock CubeSats could enable in-orbit assembly of larger structures that sim...
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:00:00 +0100
Astro Aerospace, a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the AstroMesh(r) radar antenna reflector for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite. The antenna reflector, furnished by Astro Aerospace, is part of the NISAR L-band synthetic aperture radar managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scheduled to launch in 2021, NISAR will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual L-Band and S-Band frequencies, pr...
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:34:00 +0100
Dark matter, the mysterious substance that constitutes most of the material universe, remains as elusive as ever. Although experiments on the ground and in space have yet to find a trace of dark matter, the results are helping scientists rule out some of the many theoretical possibilities. Three studies published earlier this year, using six or more years of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, have broadened the mission's dark matter hunt using some novel approaches. &...
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that a satellite designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation , a leading satellite operator based in Japan , was launched on Saturday night and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite, JCSAT-16, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida . JCSAT-16, which wi...
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:31:00 +0100
A pioneering Earth observation satellite for Peru has made initial contact with launcher hardware as PerúSAT-1 completes its fit-check in preparation for a September 16 liftoff from French Guiana aboard an Arianespace Vega launch vehicle. The fit-check is a regular milestone during mission preparations at Arianespace’s Spaceport launch site in French Guiana, verifying the physical matchup of a payload with the hardware that serves as its interface when integrated on the launche...
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0100
Schiaparelli, the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission, will target the Meridiani Planum region for its October landing, as seen in this mosaic created from Mars Express images. The landing ellipse, measuring 100 x 15 km, is located close to the equator, in the southern highlands of Mars. The region was chosen based on its relatively flat and smooth characteristics, as indicated in the topography map, in order to satisfy landing safety...
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:33:00 +0100
Today global technology leader Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala launched a space-based workforce training program to develop emerging leaders in the UAE space industry. Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program for early career professionals across the UAE aerospace industry will run for the next four months and includes training in the UAE and the United States. The program begins in the UAE with training in "space foundations" and moves into mor...
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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:40:00 EDT
A powerful signal has been spotted coming from the vicinity of a sunlike star, and now astronomers are trying to figure out what it means.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:13:00 EDT
The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is thought to be leftover radiation from the Big Bang, or the time when the universe began.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:50:00 EDT
Astronomers have discovered several more objects in the extreme outer solar system whose orbital characteristics hint at the existence of an unseen "perturber" in those dark depths — a hypothetical world larger than Earth dubbed Planet Nine.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:56:00 EDT
Mercury has a very diverse surface, with some areas boasting young-looking terrain and others that are heavily cratered, but scientists couldn't explain why the planet's surface had such stark differences — until now.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:58:00 EDT
See our complete coverage of planet Proxima b. This Earth-sized alien world, discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, may be able to host life.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:46:00 EDT
On Sept. 1, the moon will pass in front of the sun, creating a brilliant ring of sunlight (an event known as an annular eclipse) visible from areas around the southern Indian Ocean.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:00:00 EDT
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission — which is scheduled to launch Sept. 8 — aims to send samples of the potentially Earth-threatening asteroid Bennu back to Earth in 2023. See the latest launch news here.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:34:00 EDT
Asteroid 2016 QA2 came within 53,000 miles of Earth's surface on August 28th, 2016. It was estimated to be between 52-170 feet wide (16-52 meters), according to the Minor Planet Center.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:23:00 EDT
NASA's Juno spacecraft whizzed by Jupiter on Saturday (Aug. 27), successfully completing the first — and closest — of 36 orbital flybys planned for the duration of the probe's mission.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:23:00 EDT
A football flown for five months on board the International Space Station is now a symbol of the next Super Bowl. Astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned from a record 340-day expedition on the station, handed off the flown football at Space Center Houston.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:14:00 EDT
A crew of six "astronauts" returned to Earth Sunday (Aug. 28), after a year-long mock mission to Mars.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT
After a full year of living in isolation, six crew members for the HI-SEAS program returned to civilization on Aug. 28. The mission will help NASA prepare to send astronauts to distant locations like Mars.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT
Space.com got to see NASA's asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in the "clean room" ahead of the probe's planned Sept. 8 launch.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT
Take a trip inside the clean room with NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid-sampling spacecraft ahead of its Sept. 8, 2016 launch.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:08:00 EDT
Space.com reporter Calla Cofield travels to Hawaii to see six crew members on a mock Mars mission come back to Earth.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT
After twelve months living in a habitat on the rocky slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, having limited contact with the outside world, six crew members for the HI-SEAS program will return to civilization today.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT
See the best photos on Space.com this week, including artist's illustrations of the newfound nearby exoplanet Proxima b, "Star Trek" actor George Takei on a zero-g flight and SpaceX putting its first-ever landed rocket on display.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:20:00 EDT
Tonight (Aug. 27), look toward the western horizon just after sunset to see Venus and Jupiter get up close and personal, plus a parade of planets. No telescope required!
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT
Astronomers found a possibly Earth-like planet around the sun's nearest stellar neighbor and astronaut Jeff Williams broke the American record for most total days spent in space. Here are the most amazing things that happened in the universe this week.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:00:00 EDT
The two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, will dance together on Aug. 27, 2016, in their closest encounter until 2065. Here's how to see them.

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