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TechDemoSat-1
2014-08-13 02:30:40

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released a video from a camera mounted on an exterior panel of TechDemoSat-1, which shows the satellite moments after separation from the Fregat upper stage of its Soyuz-2 launcher, and as it begins its first orbit in Space. TechDemoSat-1 was launched on 8th July 2014, and is an in-orbit technology demonstration mission, carrying innovative payloads for British academia and industry. The video capture starts...

TechDemoSat-1 selfie
2014-07-26 03:45:39

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released an image taken by an inspection camera on board TechDemoSat-1 to mark the completion of the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) for the satellite, which was launched on 8th July. The image was taken minutes after separation of the satellite from the Soyuz-2 launcher and shows a view of the Earth from space, with the spacecraft’s Antenna Pointing Mechanism in shot. The inspection camera which...

Mars Rover Uncovers Evidence Of Ancient Wet Environments On The Red Planet
2014-06-25 04:17:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA has opted to send the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to a crater-rim ridgeline after orbital observations uncovered evidence of a water-related mineral at the site, officials from the US space agency announced on Tuesday. During a survey of the planet’s surface, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected a spectrum with the signature of aluminum bound to oxygen and hydrogen. That discovery led to the deployment of the...

Mars Pioneer Behind Failed Beagle 2 Mission Passes Away
2014-05-09 04:48:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Colin Pillinger, the British space scientist best known for a failed 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died at the age of 70, his family and colleagues confirmed to various media outlets on Thursday. According to BBC News, Pillinger suffered a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma while at his Cambridge home. He later passed away at Addenbrooke's Hospital without regaining consciousness, his family said in a...

From Red Mars To Green Earth
2014-04-15 13:36:50

ESA How can a sensor for analyzing the atmosphere of Mars help us to cut greenhouse emissions on Earth? By going where no human or machine has been before. Parts of our planet are so hostile they are unreachable. But if we are to understand Earth’s atmosphere it is vital we monitor factors such as gases around industrial chimneys and erupting volcanoes. A new portable device created by the young space scientist Hugh Mortimer promises a greener future by readily analyzing the...

UK Space Agency Invests Into Development Of Air-breathing Rocket Engine
2013-07-16 11:45:46

ESA The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine -- intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane -- following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology. The 60 million euros investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE. Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine...

World’s First 'Phonesat' Successfully Launched Into Orbit
2013-02-26 20:56:50

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited [ Watch The Video The World´s First Smartphone In Space ] STRaND-1, a nanosatellite carrying a smartphone, has successfully launched into Space from India today. - STRaND-1 will fly the world's first smartphone in orbit and is the UK´s first CubeSat launched. - The satellite flies a Google Nexus One smartphone, a new Linux-based high-speed processor and attitude & orbit control system, and two novel propulsion systems (8 pulsed...

Bernard Lovell Was Not Brainwashed
2013-01-31 13:13:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A writer for the magazine Physics World, a publication of the Institute of Physics, says that late British astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell was not "brainwashed" by the Soviets, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. Attempting to clear this legend up once and for all, Richard Corfield wrote in this month's edition of the international monthly magazine about how rumors of Lovell's brainwashing are, in-fact, just rumors. As the story...

Fourth Galileo Satellite Now At French Guiana Launch Site
2012-08-21 09:40:50

The next two Galileo satellites are now in place at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, being prepared for their shared launch this autumn. The fourth Galileo satellite flight model arrived at Cayenne Airport in French Guiana on Friday 17 August, flown from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome aboard an Ilyushin aircraft. Cocooned inside a protective air-conditioned container, the satellite was then transported to the preparation facility at the Guiana Space Centre to join the...


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