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2014-07-28 16:21:24

PALO ALTO, CA, July 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected by the Department of the Air Force Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center as one of three companies to study ways to accommodate an instrument to monitor air pollutants over North America on a commercial satellite. The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Mission Study is the second Delivery Order to be awarded...

2014-07-28 08:22:54

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ORS-1 satellite is the first and only dedicated space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability for USCENTCOM (U.S. Central Command); successfully demonstrating tactical ISR from space. Designed to meet a one-year mission life requirement, UTC Aerospace Systems announced that the satellite has entered its fourth year on orbit. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)....

TechDemoSat-1 selfie
2014-07-26 03:45:39

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released an image taken by an inspection camera on board TechDemoSat-1 to mark the completion of the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) for the satellite, which was launched on 8th July. The image was taken minutes after separation of the satellite from the Soyuz-2 launcher and shows a view of the Earth from space, with the spacecraft’s Antenna Pointing Mechanism in shot. The inspection camera which...

geckos in space
2014-07-29 04:02:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: July 29, 2014 4AM After losing contact with a satellite filled with geckos taking part in an unusual reproductive experiment late last week, Russian space officials have re-established communication with the Photon-M probe, various media outlets have confirmed. According to BBC News reports, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) successfully regained contact with the satellite on Saturday night, and has since...

2014-07-24 23:13:42

Leading Satellite Phone Service Provider’s Next Education Series Session to Feature Innovative Leader Portsmouth, NH (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 GlobaFone, a leading multi-carrier satellite service provider announced today the next free webinar in their Education Series: ‘Introduction to Thuraya. Thuraya is a Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) network based in Dubai offering satellite service across Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Solutions under the Thuraya umbrella...

Galileo’s Post-launch Team Stand Ready For Launch
2014-07-24 03:59:37

ESA Galileo’s post-launch team at ESA have finalized their preparations for taking control of the twin satellites being launched next month. The next pair of Galileo satellites are due to be launched together on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on 21 August, advancing the deployment of Europe’s own satellite navigation constellation. Following launch, the most crucial point in the flight comes when the two satellites separate from their upper stage – and the ‘Launch and...

2014-07-22 16:24:43

LONDON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report:Nanosatellite and Microsatellite Market [Geographic Information system, Payload, Space Science, Satellite Communication, Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing, Scientific Research, Reconnaissance, Satellite Launch] - Worldwide Market Forecast (2014 -...

2014-07-16 23:00:53

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. Sparks, Nev. (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. The satellites, which will replenish the current first generation ORBCOMM constellation, were...

Satellite Imagery A Promising Tool To Monitor Arctic Polar Bears
2014-07-10 03:14:50

PLOS Polar bear population estimates based on satellite images are similar to aerial estimates, according to a study published July 9, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Seth Stapleton from United States Geological Survey and colleagues. The potentially severe impacts of climate change in the Arctic may threaten regional wildlife. Scientists trying to develop efficient and effective wildlife monitoring techniques to track Arctic populations face great challenges, including the...

2014-07-08 23:13:47

Eu:CROPIS spacecraft to launch on a Spaceflight SHERPA vehicle in 2017. Seattle (PRWEB) July 08, 2014 Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has signed the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to a launch services agreement for the Eu:CROPIS mission. The Eu:CROPIS spacecraft is scheduled for a rideshare launch on a Spaceflight SHERPA vehicle in 2017. Seeking to simulate the differing levels of gravity on Mars and the...


Latest Satellite Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lagrangian Point -- In Lagrangian mechanics, a Lagrangian point (or L-point) is one of five positions in space where the gravitational fields of two bodies of substantial but differing mass combine to form a point at which a third body of negligible mass would be stationary relative to the two bodies. Bodies at the L-point will not move relative to the parent bodies if they are not perturbed by other gravitational forces. They are sometimes also referred to as libration points. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Orbit -- An orbit is the path that an object makes around another object under the influence of some force. The classical example is that of the solar system, where the Earth, other planets, asteroids, comets, and smaller pieces of rubble are in orbit around the Sun; and moons are in orbit around planets. These days, many artificial satellites are in orbit around the Earth. Understanding orbits There are a few common ways of understanding orbits. -- As the object moves, it...

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