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2009-06-22 09:35:00

Following an agreement between ESA, Krunichev Space Centre and Eurockot Launch Services, ESA's next Earth Explorer mission SMOS and a secondary payload, the technology demonstrator Proba-2 satellite, will now launch on November 2 2009. The new November launch date follows a rescheduling of the previously announced date of September 9. Both the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite and the secondary payload Proba-2, which is ESA's second Project for Onboard Autonomy mission,...

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2009-04-27 10:40:00

Following confirmation from Eurockot Launch Services that they will launch ESA's SMOS mission on September 9 this year, the satellite has just been taken out of storage "“ providing an opportunity for the media to view the satellite before it is prepared for shipment to the launch site in Russia. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is the next Earth Explorer in line for liftoff after the successful launch of the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation...

2009-04-21 07:00:00

Customers Can Transparently Encrypt Sensitive Data without Changing Applications REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- News Facts Continuing to deliver comprehensive data protection, Oracle(R) Advanced Security is now certified with leading hardware security modules (HSM) from SafeNet, the nCipher product line from Thales, as well as enterprise key management capability from RSA, Oracle announced today. By using the Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle...

2009-03-12 14:02:00

PARIS, March 12 /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 W3C satellite. Eutelsat will select the launcher for the satellite separately at a later stage. The rapid order of W3C follows Eutelsat's decision taken in January 2009 not to integrate the W2M satellite into its fleet following a major anomaly which occurred during its...

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2009-03-03 08:35:00

With less than two weeks to go before ESA's gravity mission launches, activities at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome are in full swing. Last week was particularly intense with a number of important tests being carried out. Firstly, the satellite's ion propulsion valves were successfully checked. Although some of the valves had been dormant for almost two years, all went well. By counteracting drag along GOCE's exceptionally low orbit above the Earth, the specialized ion propulsion system is integral...

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2009-02-09 11:20:00

The European Space Agency is in the final stages of preparing to launch its Herschel spacecraft after more than 20 years of development. Herschel will soon become the largest telescope mirror in space, overshadowing the Hubble space telescope. "The mirror is an enormous piece of hardware," Thomas Passvogel, ESA's program manager on the Herschel space observatory, told BBC News. "It's a ceramic mirror; it's the biggest piece ever made from silicon carbide. It's very hard but much, much...

2008-12-18 09:51:00

DENVER, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Thales Alenia Space of Italy announced today they are forming a strategic partnership to jointly develop and deliver a new family of space-based remote sensing systems for customers around the world. The joint business agreement leverages each company's resources, talents, programs and customer partnerships in a way that allows Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and Thales Alenia Space to expand their respective...

2008-12-18 07:18:00

YOKNEAM, Israel, December 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CMT Medical Technologies Ltd ("CMT"), a specialist in high-resolution digital imaging solutions for the medical industry announced today its Board of Directors are to support an offer made by Thales Group, a leading international electronics and systems company, to purchase 50.1% to 100% of CMT shares at a price of EUR5.65 per share, reflecting a Company value of EUR21.5 million. Thales is a world leader in the manufacturing of...

2008-10-29 15:00:22

DULLES, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeoEye, Inc. , a premier provider of satellite and aerial imagery and geospatial information, announced today that on October 15, it signed a multi-year agreement with Rome-based Telespazio S.p.A. appointing Telespazio as GeoEye's new Commercial Regional Affiliate for the region of Europe and North Africa. Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales company, will produce, market and sell Earth imagery and related products and services from GeoEye's...

2008-10-17 06:00:16

Thales has won a $36.7m contract from the Abu Dhabi Airports Company to integrate communications at Abu Dhabi International Airport's new air traffic control center tower. France-based Thales will provide integrated advanced A automation features needed for air traffic control and airport ground control systems and aeronautical information systems. Richard Deakin, senior vice president of Thales Air Systems, said: "With one of the biggest airport infrastructure developments ever conceived...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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