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2011-08-18 05:50:00

In an attempt to observe their nation from outer space, recently Nigeria launched two satellites with the help of a Russian Dnepr rocket. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan praised the launch, calling the event, "Another milestone in our nation's effort to solve national problems through space technology," according to the BBC. The satellites, named NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, were built in the UK at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with the aid of 26 Nigerian engineers who...

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2011-02-19 05:42:13

Europe's EarthCARE space laser mission was giving a green light to move forward with the program, despite a likely 30 percent increase in the program's final costs, BBC News reports. The satellite will be put into orbit to study what type of role clouds and atmospheric particles have in a changing climate. The European Space Agency (ESA), however, is having a tough time finding a workable design for the satellite's lidar instrument, which now means the total project budget will top $800...

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2011-01-24 09:25:00

Engineers in the UK are planning to send a smartphone into orbit in order to determine whether or not the device's components can survive space travel and perhaps even be used to operate satellites. The project, which has been dubbed 'STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator)', is being headed up by researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and is scheduled to be launched into the Earth's orbit later this year. The goal is...

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2010-12-28 08:00:00

ESA's GIOVE-A satellite "“ the first prototype of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system "“ is still working well after five years in space. The first "ËœGalileo In-Orbit Validation Element', GIOVE-A, was launched on 28 December 2005 by a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, carrying a prototype rubidium atomic clock designed for the Galileo constellation. It was joined on 27 April 2008 by GIOVE-B, equipped with an ultra-precise passive hydrogen maser design...

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2010-09-28 12:30:00

A $158 million project to launch three new British spacecraft to take pictures of the surface of the Earth has been announced. The satellites will be able to see details down to just a few feet at their best resolution. The spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has joined up with its data processing subsidiary, DMCii, to produce the venture. Nations will be able to buy time on the spacecraft if they need to as well. "This constellation of three satellites will be...

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2010-05-11 09:15:00

SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on October 29th, 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the...

2010-03-23 08:30:00

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) welcomes the British Government's response to Lord Drayson's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report. This morning, Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills announced a program of support that included the launch of the UK's first national space agency, a small satellite program to showcase state of the art technologies to the world, and the formation of a working group to give serious consideration to a dedicated UK...

2010-03-15 09:30:08

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Dutch Space BV have joined forces to develop and exploit an innovative small geostationary platform that is specifically designed to utilize excess launch vehicle capacity, creating opportunities for lower cost geostationary missions. Under a teaming agreement announced today, SSTL will market the Dutch Space CX2 satellite platform under the name GMP-CX as part of its geostationary mission product range. Measuring just 1.25m high and with a...

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2010-01-29 09:52:25

British company DMCii is using satellites to acquire new images of the Congo rainforests from space, validating a system that can map the vast Congo Basin every year to measure changes in its forest cover. If adopted, the new system will provide more accurate and up to date information for forest management, policy making and programs such as the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) throughout the region. Spanning 2 million square kilometers, the forests...

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2010-01-27 11:06:16

Yesterday, Mr Ren© Oosterlinck, ESA's Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, signed the first three contracts for the Galileo full operational capability phase. This event marks the start of building the Galileo operational infrastructure. The signing ceremony took place at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk (The Netherlands) in the presence of Mr Matthias Ruete, Director General "ËœEnergy and Transport' of 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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