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New Explorer Mission Chooses The 'Goldilocks Orbit'
2013-08-01 08:05:06

NASA Principal Investigator George Ricker likes to call it the "Goldilocks orbit" -- it's not too close to Earth and her Moon, and it's not too far. In fact, it's just right. And as a result of this never-before-used orbit -- advanced and fine-tuned by NASA engineers and other members of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) team -- the Explorer mission led by Ricker will be perfectly positioned to map the locations of more than 500 transiting exoplanets, extrasolar planets...

Asteroid Spin May Reveal Clues About Its Future Orbital Path
2013-02-12 11:46:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On February 15, astronomers will have an exciting opportunity with a record-setting close approach of an asteroid.  The research team, using the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and NASA telescopes, will gain a key clue that will help predict the future of this natural cosmic orbiter. Discovered just a year ago, the 150-foot-wide asteroid, called 2012 DA14, will pass only 17,200 miles from the Earth on Friday, which...

Running On Fumes
2012-07-04 16:41:34

When you consider the cost of launching a satellite, it´s small wonder that ESA is looking to keep them working as long as possible. For satellites offering communications services that are bought and paid for, this extended life is critical. Now there is a solution. Communication satellites are often placed in the unique ℠geostationary orbit´, almost 36 000 km above the equator where their speed matches Earth´s 24-hour spin. From our viewpoint, they appear to sit...

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2010-05-18 13:19:21

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) passed a major milestone on May 14, when it completed its post-launch check out and officially began its five-year science mission to study the sun. During a commissioning ceremony held in the SDO Mission Operations Center at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., mission engineers declared that the spacecraft has transitioned fully from engineering operations into science operations. All three of the instruments aboard have successfully passed...

2008-10-10 15:00:07

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) has completed final testing on the SES New Skies NSS-9 commercial communications satellite, the company announced today. Orbital's engineering team completed all pre-shipment procedures late last week for the NSS-9 satellite, which will be stored at the company's Dulles, VA facilities until the company is notified of the launch date. Orbital stated that the spacecraft was designed, manufactured and tested in approximately 22 months from the start of the...

2008-10-10 12:00:07

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) announced today that it will release its third quarter 2008 financial results prior to the opening of the market on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Orbital will also conduct a conference call with financial analysts and investors the same morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). The conference call will be hosted by: -- Mr. David W. Thompson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer -- Mr. Garrett E. Pierce, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer...

2008-10-07 12:00:15

-- Company Signs Long-Term Lease for First Phase of Chandler Expansion Plan That Would Support a 50% Growth in Employment During the Next Decade -- -- Fast-Growing Space Technology Company Also Renewing Lease on Current Facility for Another 11 Years -- Orbital Sciences Corporation Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528 Public and Investor Relations beneski.barron@orbital.com Logo: http://www.orbital.com Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB), one of the world's leading space technology...

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2008-09-22 13:55:00

Japanese scientists are devoting themselves to cracking the greatest sci-fi vision of all: the space elevator. The space elevator is one of the most tantalizing concepts: cables stronger and lighter than any fiber yet woven, tethered to the ground and disappearing beyond the atmosphere to a satellite docking station in geosynchronous orbit above Earth. The 22,000 mile-long cables "” or flat ribbons "” will run the elevator carriages themselves requiring huge breakthroughs in...

2008-08-18 12:00:42

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB), the world's leading manufacturer of smaller-sized geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellites, announced today that the AMC-21 satellite, which is based on the company's STAR-2 platform, was successfully launched into orbit during a mission that took place on Thursday, August 14, 2008. In conjunction with the program's prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space, Orbital built, integrated and tested the AMC-21 spacecraft for SES Americom. The satellite...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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