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2010-08-05 11:15:00

Yesterday evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Nilesat-201 and Rascom-QAF1R, into geostationary transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight V196, the 52nd Ariane 5 mission, took place at 22:59 CEST (20:59 GMT; 17:59 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 919 km and an inclination of 2º. The satellites were...

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2010-04-06 10:40:00

A timeline of the most critical events around the launch of ESA's CryoSat-2 satellite, scheduled for 15:57 CEST on Thursday, April 8, 2010. CryoSat-2 will be placed into orbit 717 km above Earth by a Russian Dnepr rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. About 16 minutes after launch, scheduled for 15:57 CEST, CryoSat-2 will separate from the upper stage of the booster. Just a few seconds later, the satellite's radio transmitter will automatically come to life and...

2010-02-23 08:19:05

NASA has increased the support contract to the Virginia Space Flight Authority/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., to provide launch services for expendable launch vehicles. The indefinite delivery, indefinite-quantity, with fixed price and cost reimbursable task orders contract addition has a potential value of approximately $43 million through May 3, 2014. Current and long-term capabilities of Wallops are being enhanced to provide launch...

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2010-02-15 15:04:02

Interfax news agency reported on Friday that the first launch of a Russian space rocket from a site has been delayed. A modified Soyuz cargo ship has been expected to lift off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana by the end of this year.  Its closeness to the equator means that not as much fuel is needed to reach a geostationary orbit, as apposed to the amount needed to launch from Russia's Baikonur site in Kazakhstan. The new cargo ship can carry up to 3 tons of payload into orbit,...

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2010-01-12 12:40:00

Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists and researchers beyond Earth's atmosphere, Reuters reported. Cecil Field has one of the biggest runways in Florida at 12,500-feet long and 200-feet wide. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which worked to get its commercial spaceport licensing for four years, plans to offer the runway to a range of commercial space operators including Virgin...

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2009-10-30 07:00:00

Last night, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on a journey to place two telecommunications satellites, NSS-12 and Thor 6, into geostationary transfer orbits. Flight V192 was the sixth Ariane 5 launch of 2009 and the fourth dual-payload mission. Liftoff of the 48th Ariane 5 mission took place at the start of the launch window: 21:00 CET (20:00 UTC; 17:00 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at...

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2009-10-02 19:25:00

Yesterday evening, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Amazonas 2 and ComSatBw-1, into geostationary transfer orbits. Lift-off of flight V191, the 47th Ariane 5 launch, took place at 23:59 CEST (21:59 UTC; 18:59 French Guiana). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 786 km and an inclination of 3º. The satellites...

2009-09-08 19:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, on behalf of the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, successfully launched the PAN satellite at 5:35 p.m. EDT, today from Space Launch Complex- 41 as a commercial launch service. This launch marks the 10th overall mission for ULA in 2009 and the third Atlas V mission of the year. "ULA is proud to have played a critical role in the success of this important mission," said Mark Wilkins, ULA vice...

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2009-08-24 06:40:00

Early on the morning of August 22, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, JCSat-12 and Optus D3, into geostationary transfer orbits. Lift-off of flight V190 took place at 00:09 CEST/Paris (22:09 UTC/GMT [21 August]; 19:09 UTC-3/French Guiana [21 August]). The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 250 km, an apogee altitude at injection of 35 786 km and an inclination of two degrees. The...

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2009-07-12 11:15:00

Tourism experts say Hawaii could be the first state where space travelers use rocket planes to get from one place to another, The Associated Press reported. For instance, travelers hopping from the Big Island to Oahu, rather than launching and landing in the same spot, planners envision the planes taking off in one place, traveling through space, and then coming down in another. Space travelers could island hop from Hawaii to Japan in 45 minutes within a decade's time. Chuck Lauer, vice...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.