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Laser Communication Mission Launch Scheduled For 2017
2013-12-04 11:51:19

[ Watch The Video: LCRD: From Vision to Reality ] NASA NASA’s next laser communication mission recently passed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), another major milestone towards the launch of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) scheduled for 2017. The PDR is a major agency evaluation milestone of the engineering plan to execute the build and launch of LCRD onboard a Space Systems Loral commercial satellite. “The board concluded that the LCRD review was a...

Fourth Time's A Charm As SpaceX Successfully Puts SES-8 In Orbit
2013-12-04 06:10:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX can breathe a sigh of relief after a late day launch on December 3 successfully put its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket into space and set an SES-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Elon Musk and his space transport company had been trying to put the Luxembourg, Germany-owned SES-8 satellite into orbit since last Monday, Nov 25. But a series of glitches forced SpaceX to scrub three separate...

Using Talk Radio To Track Space Debris
2013-12-02 12:42:54

[ Watch the Video: Listening Up For Space Debris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Top-40 mixes being played over the FM airwaves are helping scientists locate space junk orbiting around our planet. Australian astronomers are using pop songs, talk radio and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to help prevent catastrophic space junk collisions. As radio waves bounce around, they deflect off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, which the team is able to take...

SpaceX Scrubs Thanksgiving SES-8 Launch Due To Thrust Issues
2013-12-02 09:10:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: Monday, Dec 2, 2013 (9:10 a.m.) SpaceX has once again opened a launch window to put an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket along with its SES-8 satellite payload into space. The next scheduled attempt will take place this evening -- Dec 2, 2013. Last Thursday, after the space transport company’s second scrubbed launch attempt, officials said it would likely be a few days before another launch window would open for the...

2013-11-28 23:21:27

Startup Magnitude.IO helps schools access Nanosatisfi's private satellites to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 28, 2013 A pair of diminutive cube satellites weighing no more than a few pounds were deployed last week from the International Space Station with hopes to usher in a 21st century revolution in education. Secondary school and College students across the country will have the ability to use the satellites in curriculum...

2013-11-28 20:20:07

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. and Telebras formally signed a contract, today (November 28), to supply the Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system. The R$ 1.3 billion contract provides for the system to be delivered by the end of 2016. The project involves the Ministries of Communications, of Defense, and of Science and Technology. The satellite will be operated by Telebras on the K...

Swarm Trio Completes First Phase Of Their Mission
2013-11-26 13:35:29

[ Watch The Video: Swarm: A New Constellation in the Sky ] ESA Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission. Over the weekend, ground controllers at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany shepherded the three satellites through multiple checks, ensuring that all systems were working as expected. The fog-shrouded launch of Swarm on 22 November brought the three...

Precipitation Satellite Delivered To Japan For 2014 Launch
2013-11-25 12:06:21

NASA An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan, where it now will undergo launch preparations. A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport, about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 23. The spacecraft, the size of a small...

SES-8 Satellite Launch Scrubbed Due To SpaceX Rocket Malfunction
2013-11-26 06:00:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update: Nov. 26, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) SpaceX has postponed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday due to a technical issue. During the 65-minute launch window, SpaceX made three attempts to get the rocket off the ground, but on each attempt, mission controllers were met with a glitch. Monday’s launch attempt was to put an SES-owned TV satellite into geostationary transfer orbit some 22,000 miles...

Swarm Constellation On Its Way To Monitor Earth’s Magnetic Field
2013-11-22 10:58:23

[ Watch The Video: Swarm Mission’s Liftoff ] ESA ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon. For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere. The Swarm satellites will give us unprecedented insights into the complex workings of the magnetic shield that protects our biosphere from charged particles and cosmic...


Latest Satellite Reference Libraries

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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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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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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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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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