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Researchers Document Auroral Turbulence Using Nanosatellite Radar Receiver
2012-03-23 07:20:41

Researchers from SRI International and the University of Michigan have taken the first-ever measurement of naturally occurring auroral turbulence recorded using a nanosatellite radar receiver. The research was done with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Initiative. The distinctive radar echoes recorded on March 8 were taken with the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) CubeSat. The RAX nanonsatellite measured turbulence over...

2012-02-15 04:03:22

NASA has selected 33 small satellites to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2013 and 2014. The proposed CubeSats come from universities across the country, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, NASA field centers and Department of Defense organizations. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds. The...

2012-02-15 04:01:00

Monday's successful maiden flight of ESA´s new Vega rocket from Europe´s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, opens a new set of launch services — including two of the Sentinel satellites for GMES. According to contracts signed in December, Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on this new light launcher. These launches are foreseen in 2014—15. The Sentinel missions are based on a constellation of two satellites to maximize coverage of Earth. The two...

Central And Eastern Europe Make History With Small Satellites
2012-02-14 04:40:28

The first satellites entirely designed and built by Hungary, Poland, and Romania are now orbiting Earth after today´s successful maiden flight of ESA's small Vega launcher. The latest addition to Europe´s versatile family of space launchers, Vega carried nine satellites, seven of them built by European universities. This group of ESA-sponsored educational CubeSats included Goliat from Romania, PW-Sat from Poland and Masat-1 from Hungary. The unique opportunity to launch the...

Watch Online: Vega Qualification Flight
2012-02-12 05:06:08

Join us for the first qualification flight of the Vega launch vehicle on Monday 13 February, with a launch window open from 11:00 to 12:30 CET (10:00 to 11:30 GMT). Vega will lift off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to release nine satellites into orbit and add a new capability to Europe's fleet of launch systems. Live transmission starts at 10:40 CET. The payload consists of two Italian satellites — ASI´s LARES laser relativity satellite and the University of...

2012-02-03 08:32:32

NASA is seeking proposals for flight demonstrations of small satellite technologies with the goal of increasing the technical capabilities and range of uses for this emerging category of spacecraft. Small satellites typically weigh less than 400 pounds (180 kg) and are generally launched as secondary payloads on rockets carrying larger spacecraft. The small satellite category includes softball-sized "CubeSats," which are standardized, small, cube-shaped spacecraft that can carry small...

Vega Rocket Ready For First Flight
2012-01-19 09:00:28

Final checkout of Europe´s new Vega launcher was completed last Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation of the P80 first stage on the launch pad. The two solid-propellant second and third stages were added to the vehicle, followed by the AVUM — Attitude & Vernier Upper Module — liquid-propellant fourth stage. All four stages...


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