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Galileo satellites meet
2014-08-18 14:54:29

European Space Agency Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday. The fueling of the two satellites, allowing them to fine-tune their orbits and maintain their altitude over the course of their 12-year lifetimes, took place on 7–8 August. Engineers donned protective SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble) suits to fill the satellites with...

TechDemoSat-1
2014-08-13 02:30:40

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released a video from a camera mounted on an exterior panel of TechDemoSat-1, which shows the satellite moments after separation from the Fregat upper stage of its Soyuz-2 launcher, and as it begins its first orbit in Space. TechDemoSat-1 was launched on 8th July 2014, and is an in-orbit technology demonstration mission, carrying innovative payloads for British academia and industry. The video capture starts...

2014-06-24 12:22:09

This launch marks the initial stage of the Perseus Constellation deployment, Dauria's first space monitoring and remote sensing satellite constellation MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information services has successfully delivered two Perseus-M spacecraft into low earth orbit. These satellites will be combined with Dauria's DX1 spacecraft and eight Perseus-O...

Latest Galileo Satellite Has Arrived At ESA’s Test Center
2014-04-30 04:24:24

ESA Europe’s latest Galileo navigation satellite has arrived at the Agency’s technical center in the Netherlands for testing, as the previous two satellites are prepared for shipping to French Guiana for launch this summer. The new satellite traveled safely enclosed within an air-conditioned and environmentally controlled container from manufacturer OHB in Bremen, Germany, to ESA’s Technical Centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The container was unsealed only once the...

First Galileo Position Fixes To Be Certified By ESA
2014-03-13 13:18:34

ESA To mark the first anniversary of Galileo’s historic first satnav positioning measurement, ESA plans to award certificates to groups who picked up signals from the four satellites in orbit to perform their own fixes. In 2011 and 2012 the first four satellites were launched – the minimum number needed for navigation fixes. On 12 March 2013, Galileo’s space and ground elements came together for the first time to perform the historic first determination of a ground location –...

Roscosmos Launches New Version Of Soyuz Rocket
2013-12-29 07:58:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online After numerous delays earlier in the week, Russia successfully launched the Soyuz-2.1v, an upgraded version of its venerable series of spacecraft, at 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT) on Saturday. According to RIA Novosti, the rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia. The launch had originally been scheduled for Monday, but was delayed repeatedly due to concerns over a possible engine malfunction....

Arianespace To Launch Four Internet Communications Satellites From French Guiana
2013-06-24 07:53:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Four satellites that are to be lifted in space aboard a Soyuz medium-lift ST-B rocket received final clearance for a Monday launch from the Kourou launch facility in French Guiana. The launch, scheduled for 2:53 p.m. EDT (3:53 p.m. local time), will send four communications satellites into orbit for O3b Networks. The “go” status for today’s launch of Soyuz and its payload was confirmed on Sunday after a launch readiness...

Third Galileo Satellite Transmits Test Signals
2012-12-04 14:52:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Third Galileo satellite has sent its first test navigation signals back to Earth, and has broadcasted signals across all three Galileo bands. The pair of Galileo satellites launched this fall join two others that were launched in October 2011. The first set have reached their final orbital position and are in the middle of testing. The third satellite, known as FM3, transmitted its first...

Soyuz Rocket Launches Second Pleiades Satellite
2012-12-03 05:23:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Soyuz rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite has lifted off from a spaceport in French Guiana, officials from the Russian national space agency (Roscosmos) announced on Sunday. According to RIA Novosti reports, the Russian Soyuz ST-a carrier rocket and its payload, the multi-purpose European observation satellite Pleiades 1B, lifted off at 6:03 Moscow time on Sunday. The launch had been scheduled for Saturday morning,...

Galileo Satellites Join The Soyuz Rocket On Pad For Friday Launch
2012-10-10 10:01:08

The two Galileo satellites and their upper stage have been enclosed within their protective fairing, and moved to join the Soyuz rocket on the launch pad. The halves of the fairing were sealed together around the satellites, their supporting dispenser and Fregat-MT upper stage on Friday, within the Upper Composite Integration Stand of building S3B of Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. Yesterday, the Upper Composite was moved to the launch site, for vertical mating to its...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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