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2014-09-08 04:20:06

A2100 satellite family now offers side-by-side dual launch and a reprogrammable mission processor PARIS, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced two major upgrades to the A2100 family of satellites that provide broadband, mobile and military communications, as well as GPS services to millions of people around the globe. With more than 40 satellites currently flying, the Lockheed Martin A2100 is undergoing a modernization to reduce cost and speed...

2014-09-08 00:20:29

CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has reached a comprehensive settlement of all outstanding claims related to its litigation with Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and Loral Space & Communications Inc. for breach of contract and patent infringement. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20091216/VIASATLOGO In April 2014 a U.S. District Court in San Diego determined that SS/L breached its non-disclosure agreement with ViaSat by disclosing...

2014-09-05 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar...

listening to the sun
2014-09-04 12:25:52

Kasha Patel, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Robert Alexander spends parts of his day listening to a soft white noise, similar to water falling on the outside of a house during a rainstorm. Every once in a while, he hears an anomalous sound and marks the corresponding time in the audio file. Alexander is listening to the sun’s magnetic field and marking potential areas of interest. After only ten minutes, he has listened to one month’s worth of data. Alexander is a PhD...

2014-09-04 08:20:31

EchoStar 105 to Provide 24 Ku-band Transponders Covering North and Central America ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation --a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), a leading global satellite services provider and developer of hybrid video delivery technologies--has chosen Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, to construct the EchoStar 105 satellite....

2014-09-02 16:21:36

PALO ALTO, CA, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced that it was selected by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to work with U.S. Government agencies to host government payloads on commercial satellites. The SMC awarded SSL an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for both geostationary (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO)/Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) missions. Valued at a...

2014-09-02 12:21:32

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation now is open for the launch of the third NASA contracted cargo resupply flight from Virginia to the International Space Station by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Orbital-3 cargo resupply mission will launch no earlier than 12:10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 14, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility....

2014-09-01 08:22:36

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") announced today an agreement with Onlime GmbH ("Onlime") for additional transponder capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite. Under the terms of the agreement, Onlime expands capacity on AFRICASAT-1a to support their continuous growth in the African markets. Onlime, that brought together CET Teleport and the Limeline Group earlier this year, operates one of the...

Mars rover Opportunity
2014-08-30 08:04:54

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory. The resets, including a dozen this month, interfere with the rover's planned science activities, even though recovery from each incident is completed within a day or two. Flash memory retains data even when power is off. It is the type used for storing photos and songs on...

Space Launch System
2014-08-29 03:00:08

Megan Davidson, Marshall Space Flight Center Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the series, will help NASA engineers understand how loud the SLS vehicle will be during liftoff. Data from the test series will be used to design the water sound suppression system that reduces liftoff vibrations on the vehicle.  SLS will be the most...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

Andrew Feustel
2012-09-17 09:28:01

Andrew Feustel is a NASA astronaut and an American Geophysicist. He was born Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel on August 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Orion High School and subsequently received an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. During this time, he worked at International Autoworks as an auto mechanic. He then transferred to Purdue University, where joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as a...

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