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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it was selected to provide two high power satellites to SiriusXM , the world's largest radio company measured by revenue. The next generation satellites, SXM-7 and SXM-8, will replace the XM-3 and XM-4 satellites in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and will help ensure continuous and reliable delivery of SiriusXM's audio entertainment and data services to more than 30.6 million subscr...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:24:00 +0100
After a more than 250-mile road trip in a cleanroom-on-wheels, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered DigitalGlobe's (NYSE: DGI) WorldView-4 satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Lockheed Martin-built WorldView-4 was transported by truck in a special container that mimics the environment of the cleanroom where the satellite was manufactured. The route is planned by a vehicle outfitted with LIDAR technology that can detect low overpasses, branches and other hazards. Before shipping, th...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +0100
Detailed analysis of data collected by Rosetta show that comets are the ancient leftovers of early Solar System formation, and not younger fragments resulting from subsequent collisions between other, larger bodies. Understanding how and when objects like Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took shape is of utmost importance in determining how exactly they can be used to interpret the formation and early evolution of our Solar System. A new study addressing this question led by Bjorn Davidsson...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:27:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 July 28 at 8:37 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-61, the mission is in support of national defense. This is ULA's 6th launch in 2016 and the 109th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "Thank you to the entire mission team for years of hard work and collaboration on today's successful launch of NROL-61. We are proud the U.S. ...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:12:00 +0100
Following a lengthy firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October. ExoMars made its first critical manoeuvre since its 14 March launch this morning, firing its engine for 52 minutes to help it intercept Mars on 19 October. ExoMars, a joint mission with Russia's Roscosmos, was launched on 14 March and has already travelled well over half way of its nearly 500 million km journey. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:59:00 +0100
New NASA-funded research suggests that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may be the mysterious heat source behind Jupiter’s surprisingly high upper atmospheric temperatures. Here on Earth, sunlight heats the atmosphere at altitudes well above the surface—for example, at 250 miles above our planet where the International Space Station orbits. Scientists have been stumped as to why temperatures in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere are comparable to those found at Earth, yet Jupiter is...
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:11:00 +0100
As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home. Launching in 2017-2018, TESS will identify planets orbiting the brightest stars just outside our solar system using what’s known as the transit method. When a planet passes in front of, or transits, its parent star, it blocks some of the star's light. TESS searches for these telltale dips in brightness, which can reveal the planet'...
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0100
Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic binary star. In the system AR Scorpii a rapidly spinning white dwarf star powers electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red dwarf star, and cause the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio. The research will ...
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0100
HawkEye 360, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) are collaborating to apply HawkEye 360's radio frequency (RF) detection and mapping technology in new markets. HawkEye 360 plans to deploy a constellation of small satellites in low-Earth orbit at less than 600 km (383 miles) from the Earth's surface, to identify, locate and analyze RF signals globally. Pending various regulatory approvals of this system and its capabilities, Lockheed Martin and HawkE...
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the Intelsat 36 satellite, designed and built for Intelsat S.A (NYSE: I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana , where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace . The satellite will be used to provide media and content distribution serv...
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:18:00 +0100
Our RAD750 single-board computer helped the Juno spacecraft travel 2 billion miles to study our biggest planetary neighbor. With a magnetic field 20,000 times stronger than that of Earth, Jupiter presents a hostile environment for any nearby satellite electronics. Despite the challenging conditions, on July 4, 2016, NASA's Juno satellite established orbit around the massive gas giant to study its structure and evolution, thanks in part to our radiation-hardened RAD750(r) single-board computer...
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:35:00 +0100
The protective shipping container with Intelsat 33e is unloaded from a chartered An-124 jetliner at Félix Eboué Airport, which was followed by the satellite’s transfer by road to the Spaceport. One of two Intelsat satellites that will be orbited on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 mission has been delivered to the Spaceport, advancing pre-launch activities for this August 24 heavy-lift flight to the payload preparation phase. Intelsat 33e “touched down” i...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:29:00 +0100
A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked by tweets led scientists to confirm that the Milky Way’s central bulge of stars forms an “X” shape. The newly published study uses data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The unconventional collaboration started in May 2015 when Dustin Lang, an astronomer at the Dunlap Institute of the University of Toronto, posted galaxy maps t...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:19:00 +0100
Cobham will provide motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. Hauppauge, NY - Cobham recently received an award from Northrop Grumman valued at approximately $8 million for motion control technology for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) instrument to be flown on the Joint Polar Satellite System 3 (JPSS-3) and 4 (JPSS-4) satellites. The work will ...
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0100
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it has received $20.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build robotic arm flight hardware for the first phase of the agency's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. SSL is receiving the funds through MDA US Systems, a division of MDA managed by SSL, and is working with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which ...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:24:00 +0100
NASA is joining with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to operate a new institute charged with researching and developing innovative approaches to reduce risks to humans on long-duration exploration missions, including NASA's Journey to Mars. Work under the Translational Research Institute Cooperative Agreement, overseen by NASA's Human Research Program, begins Oct. 1. Translational research is an interdisciplinary model of research that focuses on translating fundamental research co...
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:08:00 +0100
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets. Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found on gaseous worlds. "The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium enve...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:58:00 +0100
Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key element of the new system launched to orbit with Monday's Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station, ensuring it is in place for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's November mission to the Station. As a general rule, radiation exposure increases with altitude - peo...
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:23:00 +0100
An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Among the findings tallying 197 initial planet candidates, scientists have confirmed 104 planets outside our solar system. Among the confirmed is a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky. The planets, all between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth by diameter, are orbiting the M dwarf star K2-72, found 181 l...
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:08:00 +0100
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for one of several Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) conceptual study efforts to develop concepts for a potential future orbiter. In the four-month study, the Northrop Grumman team is thoroughly evaluating a range of potential solutions using a variety of the company's production and heritage spacecraft platforms and designs. The study's focus is NeMO mission objectives and requirements, including ...
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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:29:00 EDT
Powerful X-rays released by the most massive black holes can reveal a great deal about how galaxies grow and form. NASA's NuSTAR space telescope has identified some of the most powerful producers.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:47:00 EDT
Mattel's Barbie is headed out of this world.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:16:00 EDT
Something in the deep reaches of space is pulling Earth's galactic neighborhood toward it. What is this so-called Great Attractor, and will it eventually swallow up our cosmic home?
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:38:00 EDT
Venus is visible very low in the western evening sky right now — and it will become more and more visible in the coming days and weeks, so let's get into a fuller explanation of what is to come.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:53:00 EDT
In this column, we'll look at the ultimate in astronomy gadgets: GOTO telescopes, which find and track objects otherwise impossible to spot under light-polluted skies, offering new observing activities for both beginner and seasoned stargazers.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:54:00 EDT
Four years ago, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum swapped out NASA space shuttles, trading the orbiter Enterprise for its sister ship Discovery. Now "Star Trek," the inspiration for the earlier shuttle's name, has done the same.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:24:00 EDT
Elon Musk's private spaceflight company, SpaceX, is another step closer to making its Falcon 9 rockets fully reusable. The company announced yesterday the first test firing of a Falcon 9 rocket engine that had already been launched and landed.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:24:00 EDT
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) will look for organics on asteroid Bennu. The NASA team explains how they developed and tested the instrument.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:19:00 EDT
A Falcon 9 first stage, which has already flown a mission for the private spaceflight company, was run through a full duration test firing on July 28, 2016. The test occurred at SpaceX's rocket development facility in Texas.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:04:00 EDT
Tadpole galaxies, such as LEDA 36252 pictured here, are rare cosmic splendors.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:00:00 EDT
A convergence of reality and science fiction took center stage at NASA's Kennedy Space Center last week, during a salute to the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Star Trek" franchise.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:00:00 EDT
Taking a spacewalk is no float in the park, but new space boots created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) might make working outside a spacecraft safer.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:00:00 EDT
On a tranquil Hawaii vacation, astrophotographer Mike Beck took a chance road trip — where he captured this image of the glimmering orange night sky.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:00:00 EDT
A new mathematical formula predicts the ratio of particular molecules in the atmospheres of far-off planets, letting researchers more easily tell when something unusual is happening there.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:17:00 EDT
Stars usually form in dense stellar nurseries with many other stars for company, but a baby star has been found by itself, erupting in a void with no siblings in sight.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:10:00 EDT
The first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket remains on schedule for the fall of 2018 despite delays in one key element of the Orion spacecraft it will launch.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:04:00 EDT
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has announced its shortlist of entries, from more than 4,500 submissions. Here are a few of our favorites, including some starry skies over snowy landscapes, and colorful deep-space objects.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:47:00 EDT
The Air Force said July 22 it still plans to launch the next Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system in 2021.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:21:00 EDT
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is scheduled to launch in 2017 or 2018, will observe at least 200,000 relatively nearby stars, and it should end up finding thousands of alien worlds, NASA officials said.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 EDT
The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast Thursday (July 28) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Friday) about the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which peaks overnight Thursday to Friday (July 29).

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