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2010-12-13 11:15:00

Interfax reported that Russia's space agency had delayed the launch of a European satellite after a rocket crashed off the coast of Hawaii last weekend. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on Friday that initial preparations for the European satellite launch were "on schedule" but that the launch date would be set after the investigation. The agency said that the Proton rocket could fly again in the last week of December after investigators have cleared the rocket from...

2010-12-03 09:00:00

PARIS, December 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, today announced that Thales Alenia Space has been commissioned to build the W3D satellite that will replace the W3B spacecraft lost after its launch on October 28. The delivery schedule of the new 56-transponder satellite has been fixed to 24 months, enabling Eutelsat to plan for commercial availability from early 2013. Based on the Spacebus...

2010-10-30 08:25:00

Eutelsat said its most recent spacecraft failed less than 24 hours before being launched on an Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The Paris-based satellite operator said the W3B platform developed a leaked in its propellant system and could not raise itself into orbit. The spacecraft would have been stationed high above the equator at 16 degrees East, to help provide TV, radio, Internet and other data services to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean islands. Eutelsat has...

Word of the Day
  • 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.