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Soyuz Ready With Galileo Satellites For Milestone Launch
2011-10-13 11:06:56

International space cooperation will be highlighted in a historic event on 20 October: the launch of Europe´s first Galileo navigation satellites on Russia´s first Soyuz rocket to depart from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is scheduled for Thursday, 20 October at 12:34 CEST (11:34 GMT, 07:34 local time). The launch will be the first time that Russia´s venerable Soyuz vehicle has ascended from European territory, adding a trusted workhorse to...

First Vega Starts Journey To Europe’s Spaceport
2011-10-04 12:12:24

The first elements of Europe´s new Vega small launcher left Italy last Thursday to begin their long journey to Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, marking the final step towards its inaugural flight in January. After several intense weeks of checking the hardware and equipment — and the shipping paperwork — Vega´s Zefiro-23 and Zefiro-9 motors and the AVUM fourth stage were carefully packed and left Avio´s facility in Colleferro, where they were built....

Ariane 5’s Fifth Launch Of 2011
2011-09-21 23:50:49

    This evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Arabsat-5C and SES-2, into their planned transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA204, the 60th Ariane 5 mission, came at 23:38 CEST (21:38 GMT; 18:38 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.6 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 957 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites...

Strike Postpones Kourou Satellite Launch
2011-09-21 07:51:37

  A strike at the Kourou space center in French Guiana has forced the launch of an Ariane-5 rocket with two communication satellites aboard to be postponed until further notice, the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) said on Wednesday. The launch would have marked the 60th mission of Ariane 5. It was to carry the satellites Arabsat-5C and SES-2 into orbit, but the strike, initiated by Telezpazio, a business at the base specializing in radars, forced authorities to scrap the...

Image 1 - First Galileo Satellite Arrives In French Guiana
2011-09-12 07:45:44

  The first Galileo navigation satellite has arrived in Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready to begin preparations for launch on 20 October. Packed within its protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite landed at Cayenne Rochambeau Airport aboard an Antonov aircraft at 06:45 local time on Wednesday 7 September, having departed from Thales Alenia Space Italy´s Rome facility, where it was built. A Thales and ESA team stood ready to receive it, having flown...

GRAIL on the Launchpad
2011-09-09 06:40:25

  Thursday´s scheduled launch of the Delta II rocket carrying NASA´s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), which was postponed to Friday morning at 9:16 a.m., has been postponed again until Saturday, September 10. NASA delayed the initial launch due to upper-level winds that may have posed a threat. The space agency said the high winds at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida prevented a launch opportunity at 8:37 a.m. on Thursday. The agency pushed...

2011-08-29 16:00:00

Conference to include technology luminaries such as JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford, Google Chrome Team reps, and Ben Savage, creator of the SpacePort engine, as keynote speaker San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) August 29, 2011 Silicon Valley International Game Developers Association is today announcing the worldâs first-ever HTML5 developer conference. The conference, which will take place on September 27 at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, will bring together thought leaders...

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2011-08-08 12:00:00

Early Sunday morning, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Astra-1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-110R, into their planned transfer orbits. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.6 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 959 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 27 minutes and 38 minutes after liftoff,...

2011-08-04 11:29:00

DENVER, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that The Boeing Company has selected ULA's Atlas V rocket to launch its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. "We are pleased Boeing selected the Atlas V rocket and believe it is the right vehicle to help usher in the new commercial era in human spaceflight," said George Sowers, ULA's vice president of business development. "The Atlas V is a cost-effective, reliable vehicle and ULA stands ready to...

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2011-05-23 07:30:00

An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off on May 20 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, ST-2 and GSAT-8, into their planned transfer orbits. Flight VA202 was the third Ariane 5 launch of 2011. Liftoff of the 58th Ariane 5 mission came at 22:38 CEST (20:38 GMT; 17:38 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 947 km and an inclination of 2.5º. The...


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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