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2011-03-20 06:49:15

Alphabus has met Alphasat. Europe's largest telecom satellite is taking shape with final assembly and testing ready to begin in Toulouse, France. Planned for launch in late 2012 on Ariane 5, Alphasat will provide advanced mobile communication links for commercial operator Inmarsat. The Alphabus platform, developed by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space under a joint ESA and French space agency (CNES) contract, is Europe's coordinated response to the increased market demand for larger...

2011-02-18 08:20:33

It won't be quite like walking on the Moon, but one French company is hoping to bring some bounce to your step with the help of ESA. A spin-off company of Toulouse-based ARTEC Aerospace in France, CAP-K uses damping devices in the soles and heels of shoes to absorb shock and improve stability. The technology, originally developed for Europe's Ariane launcher, is compact and affordable. ESA's Technology Transfer Programme funded a feasibility study to help ARTEC and CAP-K research ways to...

2011-01-14 14:39:46

ATV-2 is almost ready for launch on 15 February from Europe's Spaceport. It will be the heaviest load ever lofted into space by the Ariane 5 rocket, making the 200th flight of the European launcher even more spectacular. ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle space ferry, named after the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, is now fully fuelled, its oxygen tanks are filled and most of the cargo from ESA and NASA is placed inside. Only last-minute cargo of up to 400 kg will be...

2010-11-24 06:26:35

Another milestone in the development of ESA's Gaia spacecraft has been passed with the successful conclusion of two parallel test programs during October. These tests demonstrated that Gaia's focal plane assembly (FPA) - the 'eyes' of the spacecraft - is structurally and functionally fit for flight. Gaia has been designed to map the entire sky with unprecedented accuracy. Over its 5-year mission, it will repeatedly observe 1 thousand million stars in order to pinpoint their positions and...

2009-06-17 06:50:00

MonicsNET(R) System to provide automatic monitoring for NATO Advanced Satcom Network Monitoring and Control TOULOUSE, France, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems Europe (ISE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integral Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISYS), today announced a contract to provide the MonicsNET(R) Satellite Carrier Monitoring system to ACTIA-SODIELEC, prime contractor for NATO's Advanced Satcom Network Monitoring and Control (ASNMC) capability program. MonicsNET is a product...

2009-06-10 09:00:00

TOULOUSE, France, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharing news about space every day with as many people as possible across the world; this is the vocation of Enjoy Space. Designed and established by the Cite de l'espace (the space adventure theme park in Toulouse - France), Enjoy Space is the new internet site all about space open to one and all. Enjoy Space is an online extension of the Cite de l'espace, which aims at providing the keys to understanding and finding out about current events in...

2009-02-03 08:00:00

Intellectual property based on breakthrough research from a team led by Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif at the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre, Canada. TOULOUSE, France and ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerenis Therapeutics SA (Cerenis), a privately held pharmaceutical company developing HDL-related compounds for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, today announced that it has in-licensed intellectual property supporting an investigational new treatment of...

2008-11-13 09:00:36

OSLO, TOULOUSE, France and PARIS, November 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Oslo Cancer Cluster today signed a groundbreaking strategic agreement with the Toulouse Canceropole and Cancer-Bio-Sante Cluster which will lead to an integrated effort to become the leading cancer centers in Europe for developing new cancer therapies. The signatories were Philippe Douste-Blazy, President of Canceropole Toulouse Association, former mayor of Toulouse and former French foreign minister, Jean-Pierre Saintouil, CEO of...

2008-06-19 09:30:34

ESA's Jules Verne ATV was used for the first time yesterday to transfer in one step 811 kg of refueling propellant to the International Space Station while the two vehicles orbited Earth at 28 000 km/h. With this premiere for Europe, Jules Verne becomes the first western spaceship to succeed in refueling another space infrastructure in orbit. It took less than half an hour to automatically transfer about 280 kg of the Russian UDMH (Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine) propellant fuel and 530 kg...

2005-11-23 15:50:00

TOULOUSE, France -- Laurence Theil lounges around in bed, with attendants to massage her back and bring her breakfast on a tray. But it isn't exactly a life of leisure: The French nurse has spent 50 straight days confined to bed for space research. She is not allowed to stand or sit up, ever; a 24-hour surveillance camera makes sure of that. She showers lying down and even jogs in bed, strapped into a vertical treadmill that makes her feel she's running up a wall. "Running while you're on...

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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.