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Mars Mission Agreement Signed By NASA And French Space Agency
2014-02-11 10:47:06

Dwayne Brown / Michael Braukus - NASA NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission. "This new agreement strengthens the partnership between NASA and CNES in planetary science research, and builds on more than 20...

Spaceflight Bed Rest Study Completed By Volunteer Pillownauts
2013-10-23 03:30:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Volunteers recently finished their third and last session of bed rest studies for the European Space Agency (ESA) and can now return to their normal lives – once their bodies have recuperated from the experience. The volunteers spent 21 days in bed with their feet up in the interest of spaceflight and science. Astronauts sometimes need days to recuperate from the effects of living in weightlessness after returning from a long...

Jason-1 Satellite Decommissioned
2013-07-03 14:48:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than 11 years ago, NASA launched the Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite into orbit in a joint venture with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The satellite would be used to map sea levels, wave height and wind speed from miles above the ocean's surface. Since that time, one successor satellite, the Jason-2, has been sent into space to supplement this information. The Jason-3 is expected to launch in 2015. Two weeks...

2013-07-03 12:21:08

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the "Great Blue Way" of the world's ocean for 11 1/2 years. The successful joint NASA and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite was decommissioned this week following the loss of its last remaining transmitter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Launched Dec. 7, 2001, and designed...

Sensors For Seafaring Satellite Shipped By NASA
2013-05-23 15:21:07

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Three NASA-built instruments that are integral components of the next in a series of U.S./European ocean altimetry satellites have arrived in France for integration with their spacecraft in preparation for a 2015 launch. Jason-3 will extend the two-decade series of satellites that are tracking global sea level changes and enabling more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts. The three instruments are a microwave radiometer and two location-finding...

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...

Soyuz Rocket Launches Second Pleiades Satellite
2012-12-03 05:23:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Soyuz rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite has lifted off from a spaceport in French Guiana, officials from the Russian national space agency (Roscosmos) announced on Sunday. According to RIA Novosti reports, the Russian Soyuz ST-a carrier rocket and its payload, the multi-purpose European observation satellite Pleiades 1B, lifted off at 6:03 Moscow time on Sunday. The launch had been scheduled for Saturday morning,...

New Date Set For Metop Launch
2012-06-30 10:06:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a new launch date for its latest edition to its polar-orbiting satellite group, Metop. The new launch date is set for Metop-B satellite on September 19, 2012, when it will be lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. ESA said the satellite is being stored in a controlled environment in the Starsem facilities in Baikonur, and it will be subject to a set of tests and activities before its...

How Space Technology Animates Hollywood
2012-06-05 09:29:19

If you´ve been to see Wrath of the Titans, then you´ve watched it in action. A computer programmer is using software he developed to control spacecraft to help animators make more realistic computer games and movies. Originally designed to help guide satellites, the software now helps computers to render human movements smoothly and realistically. It turns out that movements controlled effortlessly by our brains — picking up a cup, touching our toes or doing a little...

Images Of Envisat Taken, ESA Still Scrambling To Make Contact
2012-04-20 11:21:16

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) lost contact with its flagship Earth observing satellite almost two weeks ago, but the space agency hasn't skipped a beat in trying to make contact with Envisat. The recovery team at ESA is using every source available to try and determine if Envisat has entered its "safe mode."  This mode sees that the satellite placed its solar panels in a position so that it can draw power from the Sun. ESA said on Friday that...