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Ultra-fast Satellite Computer Inaugurated By University Of Stuttgart
2013-08-05 09:23:57

AlphaGalileo Foundation One of the quickestand most compact satellite computers in the work was inaugurated today at the University of Stuttgart. The computer is the centrepiece of the ultra-modernsmall satellite platform "Flying Laptop", which was developed by students at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart with the support of the Baden-Wurttemberg space industry. At the beginning of 2014, the Stuttgart small satellite with three camera systems is to record,...

Alphasat Experiences Simulated Conditions It Will Face In Space
2013-02-08 13:45:00

ESA Tucked away in a vacuum chamber for several months, Europe´s largest telecom satellite has faced the harsh conditions it will deal with once it is launched into space this summer. Testing at Intespace in Toulouse, France, simulated conditions close to those Alphasat will experience in flight, including the intense cold of its transfer orbits in the early stages of the mission. Not only was Alphasat´s ability to control its temperature tested, but other features were...

Russian Rocket Launches Six Satellites From French Guiana
2011-12-18 05:31:40

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off this weekend from French Guiana´s Sinamary spaceport, only the second time a Soyuz rocket has ever lifted off from the European Space Agency´s (ESA) new launch facility in South America. The rocket carried six low-orbit military-industrial satellites into space, including France´s Pleiades 1 satellite, designed to generate 3D and color images for both military and industrial use. The satellite has been designed to take pictures on the ground...

Clear Forecast For Weather-monitoring Mission
2011-11-08 09:54:39

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology — MetOp-B is set for launch next May. The Meteorological Operational satellite program is providing weather data services for monitoring the climate and improving weather forecasts. The first satellite in the series, MetOp-A, was launched in 2006. It continues to collect data on Earth´s temperature, humidity, wind speed, ozone and trace gases such as carbon...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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