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Lightning Study To Be The Subject Of NASA Firefly Mission
2013-11-16 04:39:20

[ Watch the Video: Firefly Mission to Study Lightning ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is preparing to launch an inexpensive, football-sized probe to study lightning, including its effects on the atmosphere and the possible link between the phenomenon and powerful energy bursts known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), the US space agency announced on Friday. The probe has been dubbed Firefly, and it is currently scheduled for a launch later...

2013-10-02 23:30:19

Flexure Engineering is inviting space scientists, engineers and researchers from around the world to present at and attend the 3rd International Workshop on LunarCubes (LCW 3) scheduled to be held November 13-15, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. New York, NY (PRWEB) October 02, 2013 Russell Cox, Director of Research at Flexure Engineering, announced today that, "We’re pioneering a series of three workshops to further the state of lunar and space exploration and we’re excited to...

Threat Of Space Debris On Human Spacecraft
2013-09-28 08:25:22

NASA More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft. The rising population of space debris increases the potential danger to all space vehicles, but especially to the International Space Station, space shuttles and other spacecraft with humans aboard. NASA takes the threat of collisions with space...

Space Weather Damaging Satellites
2013-09-16 14:32:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists say space weather could be causing some satellite malfunctions due to high-energy electrons. Space weather is a biproduct of solar activity. When an eruption takes place on the sun's surface, it ejects charged particles which sometimes head straight towards Earth. MIT researchers writing in the journal Space Weather say this phenomenon is causing some geostationary satellites to experience failures despite efforts to protect...

Student Interns Finish Preliminary Design Of NASA CubeSat Mission
2013-09-12 05:32:12

[ Watch the Video: NASA Interns Build CubeSat ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Student interns have completed their 10-week term at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The team of eight college students and three high school students started designing a CubeSat under the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD). Their CubeSat, which is a miniaturized satellite for space research, could one day be launched into orbit. Although the interns began work...

Giving CubeSats Greater Reach In Space
2013-09-07 04:49:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With personal electronics, smaller is almost always better. The same is becoming true with satellite technology – which is shrinking to about the size of a shoebox. Making space exploration cheaper and more accessible, “CubeSats” and other small satellites can be launched into orbit at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional satellites. Miniaturization has its limitations, however, such as a satellite’s communication...


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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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.