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2010-10-04 06:35:00

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne satellite launching rocket has suffered a setback. The future of LauncherOne, which had once attracted 110 million dollars in investment from Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment, is now in doubt after its manager departed the program. LauncherOne was to be air-lifted and launched from Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The rocket would take satellites weighing up to 440 pounds into low-Earth orbit for 1 to 2 million dollars. Aabar Investment offered...

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2010-09-28 12:30:00

A $158 million project to launch three new British spacecraft to take pictures of the surface of the Earth has been announced. The satellites will be able to see details down to just a few feet at their best resolution. The spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has joined up with its data processing subsidiary, DMCii, to produce the venture. Nations will be able to buy time on the spacecraft if they need to as well. "This constellation of three satellites will be...

2010-06-17 10:47:26

David Williams, Acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, will chair the ESA Council for the next year, effective from July 1. He was unanimously elected as Chairman of the ESA Council at the 215th ESA Council meeting, held in Paris, France, on June 16/17. He will take over from Maurici Lucena of Spain. David Williams leads the UK Space Agency, which manages all UK civil space activities. The UK Space Agency was launched on April 1, replacing the British National Space Centre (BNSC),...

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2010-05-11 09:15:00

SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on October 29th, 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the...

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2010-03-23 12:35:00

British officials have announced the formation of the new UK Space Agency (UKSA), a multi-million dollar organization that will oversee all space-related activity in the country starting on April 1. The announcement, which also included the unveiling of the UKSA logo and plans for a new $60 million International Space Innovation Center (ISIC) facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, was made during a March 23 conference in London. The ISIC will be located within the European Space Agency facility...

2010-03-23 08:30:00

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) welcomes the British Government's response to Lord Drayson's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report. This morning, Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills announced a program of support that included the launch of the UK's first national space agency, a small satellite program to showcase state of the art technologies to the world, and the formation of a working group to give serious consideration to a dedicated UK...

2010-03-15 09:30:08

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Dutch Space BV have joined forces to develop and exploit an innovative small geostationary platform that is specifically designed to utilize excess launch vehicle capacity, creating opportunities for lower cost geostationary missions. Under a teaming agreement announced today, SSTL will market the Dutch Space CX2 satellite platform under the name GMP-CX as part of its geostationary mission product range. Measuring just 1.25m high and with a...

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2010-01-29 09:52:25

British company DMCii is using satellites to acquire new images of the Congo rainforests from space, validating a system that can map the vast Congo Basin every year to measure changes in its forest cover. If adopted, the new system will provide more accurate and up to date information for forest management, policy making and programs such as the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) throughout the region. Spanning 2 million square kilometers, the forests...

2009-12-01 07:06:06

Sir Martin Sweeting of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been awarded the Faraday Medal, the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) most prestigious award, for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of satellite technology. The Faraday Medal was established to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers. It is awarded by the IET for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering, or for...

2009-08-18 13:03:35

Defense contractor BAE said 314 employees in Minnesota would be laid off due to a canceled contract for a non-line-of-sight cannon. These layoffs come as a result of the partial termination notice and stop-work orders the company received for its Future Combat Systems manned ground vehicle program contracts, company spokeswoman Kelly Golden said, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday. The cancellation is part of a sweeping review of defense spending, the newspaper said. Recently, U.S....


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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