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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...

Kids Are The Stars
2013-08-23 07:15:21

NASA It is one thing to be inspired; it is another thing to inspire someone else. It is in another league to lead an entire elementary school in building a real spacecraft to fly in space. That is exactly what Joe Pellegrino is doing with the approximately 400 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students, including his son Felix, at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, Va. "My rewarding space career started with my seventh grade physics teacher, who lit the fire inside me to...

Restoration To At-Risk Areas Directed By NASA's Landsat Satellite Data
2013-08-21 10:21:57

NASA While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analyzed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil – and where to focus emergency restoration efforts. "The map looked like a big red blob," said Penny Luehring, the U.S. Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response and watershed improvement program leader, based in Albuquerque, N.M. Red means...

Now Spend Afterlife In Orbit Thanks To Elysium Space
2013-08-12 09:33:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Greek mythology, Elysium is the realm designated for the heroic and the brave to live once they pass into the afterlife. Now one San Francisco company of the same name wants to bring this same kind of treatment to the general public for under $2,000 a piece. As many look to make their way into outer space, Elysium Space makes the experience relatively affordable for those who have already passed on. For $1,990 the...


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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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