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2009-04-23 08:52:27

Tests conducted on Planck at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have confirmed that the satellite's subsystems work perfectly, and the helium dilution cooler tanks have now been filled. While the final clean-up continues, the solar array has been checked, the satellite has been integrated with its launcher adapter and fuelling is complete. The last of the system reference tests, of the telemetry and telecommand subsystem, was completed on 17 March. The tests, carried out over the...

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2009-04-14 09:48:18

Herschel's three scientific instruments have passed their functional tests and are 'good to go'. This marks another milestone in the steady progress being made in preparing the satellite for launch. All three of Herschel's instruments, the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) and the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared (HIFI), underwent short functional tests to verify the health of the instruments after transport to...

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2009-03-30 13:20:00

On 3 April, ESA astronomers will take part in "˜Around the world in 80 telescopes', a unique live webcast which will be part of the "˜100 Hours of Astronomy' cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Viewers will have a peek into ESA's XMM-Newton and Integral satellite control rooms in Spain. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2009 as the 'International Year of Astronomy' (IYA 2009). This global program was initiated by the...

2009-03-11 09:45:00

Focus on the Satellite Industry Opportunities and Market Trends LANHAM, Md., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: ISYS) and Chief Executive Officer John B. Higginbotham are featured today in an interview (click here for the webcast) with Juan Costello, senior analyst of the Wall Street Reporter. During this in-depth interview, Mr. Higginbotham discusses Integral Systems' recent acquisition of the satID technology and product line, emerging market trends in...

2009-03-09 08:58:00

Focus on the Satellite Industry Opportunities and Market Trends LANHAM, Md., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: ISYS) and Chief Executive Officer John B. Higginbotham are featured today in an interview (click here for the webcast) with Juan Costello, senior analyst of the Wall Street Reporter. During this in-depth interview, Mr. Higginbotham discusses Integral Systems' recent acquisition of the satID technology and product line, emerging market trends in...

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2009-03-06 14:38:30

The Kourou spaceport in French Guiana is gearing up to send Europe's Herschel and Planck space telescopes into orbit next month, BBC News reported. The satellite observatories are part of a 10-year joint program worth over $2 billion and will come face to face for the first time during their arrival in the S1 preparation hall at Kourou. Thomas Passvogel, the Herschel-Planck project manger with the European Space Agency (ESA), said the two were once at a technical center in Holland at the same...

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2009-03-03 08:35:00

With less than two weeks to go before ESA's gravity mission launches, activities at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome are in full swing. Last week was particularly intense with a number of important tests being carried out. Firstly, the satellite's ion propulsion valves were successfully checked. Although some of the valves had been dormant for almost two years, all went well. By counteracting drag along GOCE's exceptionally low orbit above the Earth, the specialized ion propulsion system is integral...

2009-03-02 06:50:00

Adams Brings Technology Commercialization and Extensive Legal Expertise to Integral Systems LANHAM, Md., March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISYS) announced today that it has appointed R. Miller Adams as General Counsel. "We are pleased to have Miller join Integral Systems as our in-house general counsel," said John B. Higginbotham, chief executive officer, Integral Systems, Inc. "Miller brings to Integral Systems extensive legal experience, proven business...

2009-02-24 12:03:00

Acquisition Adds Geolocation Capabilities to Integral Systems' Product Line & Includes Technology Support Agreement with QinetiQ Group PLC and Agreement to Pursue Teaming Arrangements with QinetiQ North America for Defense and Intelligence Markets LANHAM, Md., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc. (Integral) (Nasdaq: ISYS) announced today that it has purchased the intellectual property and other assets relating to the satID product line from U.K.-based QinetiQ Group...

2009-02-20 12:21:35

Planck, ESA's microwave observatory that will study the relic radiation of the Big Bang, was shipped from Lige, Belgium, to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 18 February. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched in tandem with ESA's Herschel infrared observatory on 16 April. The spacecraft took off from Lige airport on board an Antonov cargo plane early in the morning on 18 February and arrived at its destination that evening. This follows the earlier shipment of its...


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Gamma-Ray Astronomy -- Gamma-ray astronomy is the astronomical study of gamma rays. Long before experiments could detect gamma rays emitted by cosmic sources, scientists had known that the universe should be producing these photons. Work by Feenberg and Primakoff in 1948, Hayakawa and Hutchinson in 1952, and, especially, Morrison in 1958 had led scientists to believe that a number of different processes which were occurring in the universe would result in gamma-ray emission. These...

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