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Space Station Astronauts Launch Techedsat
2012-10-05 08:35:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A small cube-like satellite launched from the International Space Station on Thursday and it has NASA engineers, student interns and amateur radio enthusiasts around the world listening. TechEdSat was released from the new Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer aboard the space station at 11:44 am EDT. The small satellite measures only 4 inches to a side and carries a ham radio transmitter. Developed by a group of student...

US Air Force Launches GPS Satellite Into Space Aboard Delta IV Rocket
2012-10-04 10:25:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Air Force launched a GPS satellite aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket at 8:10 a.m. this morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station℠s Launch Complex 37. The GPS is designed to join an existing suite of navigational tools in use by the military. Boeing, which developed the USAF satellite, said it will provide highly accurate time, location and velocity information. Called GPS IIF-3, it is the third of 12 GPS satellites...

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Thruster
2012-08-17 13:13:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some MIT engineers have taken the old cliche “Good things come in small packages” to heart, creating a rocket thruster no larger than an American penny or postage stamp. These thrusters, which operate on jets of ion beams, could soon power some of the tiniest satellites in space. These “micro thrusters” were created by Paulo Lozano, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT....

2012-08-14 07:49:38

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds. Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's...

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2012-08-11 09:19:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced that it has chosen three teams for small spacecraft technology demonstration missions. The space agency chose the teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. It said the space technology flights are expected to start taking place sometime between 2014 and 2015. All of the selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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