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Primary GOES-R Instrument Cleared For Installation
2013-10-31 12:41:00

[ Watch the Video: The Future of Weather Monitoring ] NASA A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and is a significant improvement over instruments on NOAA’s current...

2013-10-30 23:00:16

Leading Independent Satellite Phone Data Services Suite Now Includes Blogging Service for Sailors and Other Remote Travelers at No Additional Cost Maryville, TN (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 RedPort Global, the leader in advancing satellite data speeds and services, and SailBlogs, the leading provider of geo-blogging services for sailors and other expedition travelers, today announced that SailBlogs Premium Basic will be included at no additional cost as part of every new and renewing XGate...

2013-10-28 23:00:07

RedPort hardware and services bring satellite-optimized email, web, weather and social media services to Thuraya. Maryville, TN (PRWEB) October 29, 2013 Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator and RedPort Global, a leader in data and throughput optimization services, today announced the successful certification of the RedPort Optimizer satellite Wi-Fi router and the RedPort XGate satellite email and data service software. Thuraya’s users can now...

Gaia Mission Postponed Glitch
2013-10-24 10:33:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has delayed the launch of its Gaia mission due to a glitch found in another satellite already in orbit. The technical issue is pushing back the Gaia launch date from November 20 to anywhere between December 17 to January 5, 2014. Gaia shares some of the same components involved in the technical glitch found in the working satellite in space. ESA said that prompt notification of this problem allowed...

Weather Satellites Captured Chelyabinsk Meteor Data
2013-10-23 07:39:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Environmental satellites tasked with studying Earth’s weather accidentally captured data of an extraterrestrial kind this past February. Scientists studying the Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail over Russia’s Ural Mountains on February 15, 2013 have been able to track the trajectory of the fireball using these weather satellites. Publishing their work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), study...

GOCE Mission Comes To An End
2013-10-22 13:11:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission has come to an end. ESA said that after mapping the Earth's gravity for four years the satellite has finally run out of fuel, effectively ending the mission. GOCE's gradiometer instrument was the first of its kind in space and it helped to map variations in Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. GOCE...

ESA’s Swarm Constellation Fueled For Launch
2013-10-16 11:31:27

[ Watch The Video: Swarm Launch: Simultaneous Separation ] ESA With launch just a month away, ESA’s Swarm constellation has been fueled. Engineers will soon be focusing on the careful task of attaching the three identical satellites to the upper stage of the rocket for simultaneous release into orbit around Earth. The Swarm satellites and all the equipment needed to prepare them for liftoff arrived at the Plesetsk launch complex in Russia just over three weeks ago. The cargo...

SpaceX Grasshopper Half Mile Test Launch
2013-10-14 11:22:08

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper’s Half-Mile Test Flight ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle keeps making leaps and bounds, with its latest test taking it nearly a half-mile into the sky. The Grasshopper is a modified Falcon 9 rocket designed to both take off and land vertically. SpaceX has been testing out its new launch vehicle one step at a time by slowly launching it higher and higher to see whether it can maintain stability as it gets...

2013-10-12 23:02:54

The global market for telecommunication components, modules, and devices used in satellite technologies was valued at $18.5 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $19.5 billion in 2013. BCC Research projects the market to grow to $21.4 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9% from 2013 to 2018. Wellesley, MA (PRWEB) October 12, 2013 According to a new technical market research report, Global Markets for Satellite Technologies from BCC Research...

NASA Lunar Explorer Now In Orbit Around The Moon
2013-10-10 04:07:32

[ Watch the Video: LADEE Is Now In Orbit Around The Moon ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) probe successfully achieved orbit around the moon on Sunday, officials from the US space agency confirmed earlier this week. LADEE blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia on September 6, beginning the first leg of a month-long journey to the moon aboard a Minotaur 5 rocket. The probe entered Earth’s...


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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