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2009-01-21 09:04:00

KIRUNA, Sweden, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Universal Space Network (USN) have reached an agreement in which SSC will acquire all the shares of US-based USN. The two companies have been working in close cooperation for the last ten years, providing satellite owners with access to a cohesive network of ground stations that provide near-global coverage of any spacecraft orbit. PrioraNet, the trademarked name of this worldwide satellite tracking service, has...

2008-02-11 12:34:16

In an attempt to find answers about motion sickness, scientists intend to launch 60 tiny fish on a zero gravity rocket ride from above the Arctic Circle on Monday. Tomas Hedqvist, project manager for Sweden's Esrange Space Centre, told Reuters that the baby cichlid fish will head 260 km (160 miles) into the air on an 11-metre (36-foot) two-stage rocket, where they will experience six minutes of weightlessness. Experimenters Reinhard Hilbig and Ralf Anken of the University of...

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2005-05-02 22:36:13

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- The British Skylark rocket engine saw its final launch Monday in northernmost Sweden after rocketing into space more than 400 times over five decades. The last Skylark blasted off at 7 a.m. when the unmanned sounding rocket Maser 10 was launched into space from the Esrange pad, said Johanna Bergstrom-Roos, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Space Corporation. The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was delayed because of bad weather. "Everything went well,"...

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2005-03-02 07:48:45

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- The reported risk of a hole in the ozone layer appearing over the Arctic this winter has been overstated, a Swedish researcher said Wednesday. "The stratosphere in the Arctic region has been unusually cold this winter," said Donal Murtagh, a professor of global environmental measurements at the Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg. Murtagh also is the lead director for atmospheric science research for the Swedish orbital observatory Odin, which orbits the...

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2005-02-16 14:02:07

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- U.S. space agency NASA plans to launch several massive helium balloons from a northern Sweden launch pad this summer, officials said Wednesday. The balloon campaign will begin either in May or June when a large - and heavy - telescope will be launched, along with a test flight of a newly developed long-last balloon vehicle. NASA plans to launch balloons for westward flights, from Esrange to Alaska. The giant helium-filled balloons have a volume of up to 1.3...

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2004-12-11 11:03:50

ESA -- European launchers have come to be associated with French Guiana - powerful large rockets that lift-off from the steamy-hot equatorial base at Kourou. But ESA also uses much smaller launchers that rise into space from the snow-covered tundra of northern Sweden. EuroNews has covered the most recent launch of one of these Maxus sounding rockets. "Esrange is today the operational base of the Swedish Space Corporation and it is here that we launch sounding rockets, large stratospheric...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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