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2011-11-22 04:27:46

[ Watch the Video ] The most recent evaluations of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project confirmed all systems go for a third generation upgrade of the orbiting communications network. TDRS-K is scheduled for launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the fall of 2012. Approval to move forward came during a recent Agency Project Management Council (APMC) meeting at NASA Headquarters. "I am very proud of the entire TDRS civil servant and contractor...

NASA To Demonstrate Communications Via Laser Beam
2011-09-23 08:02:44

  It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes. A new optical communications system that NASA plans to demonstrate in 2016 will lead the way and even allow the streaming of high-definition video from distances beyond the Moon. This dramatically enhanced transmission speed will be demonstrated by the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD), one of three projects selected by...

2011-07-05 07:00:00

MELBOURNE, Fla., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Highlights: Harris systems and mission payloads have been onboard every space shuttle, beginning with Columbia's maiden flight in 1981. Space Coast-headquartered Harris has supported NASA programs for half a century. Harris has advanced technology developed for NASA and applied it today's satellites. Advanced audio systems developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) will head to the International Space Station (ISS) when Atlantis blasts off...

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2011-03-04 11:00:00

NASA awarded the option for the Space Network Expansion-East, under the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment contract, to General Dynamics C4 Systems of Scottsdale, Ariz.The cost-plus-award fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity option has a total estimated value of $32.7 million. The period of performance is from March 1, 2011, through Sept. 2, 2015. The base contract was awarded on June 15, 2010.The Space Network Ground Segment is part of NASA's Space Network. The agency's...

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2011-01-26 14:17:03

After Ariane 5 lofts ATV Johannes Kepler into space on 15 February, ESA's Artemis data relay satellite will be ready for action. Artemis will provide communications between Johannes Kepler and the ATV Control Centre (ATV-CC) in Toulouse, France. Hovering some 36 000 km above the equator at 21.4ºE, Artemis will route telemetry and commands to and from the control center whenever the satellite sees the International Space Station or ATV. During every ATV-2 orbit, there is...

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2010-06-28 07:26:47

Satellite supported important research and medical missions in Antarctica for more than a decade After a long career providing communications support, NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring. From 1983 to 1998, TDRS-1 allowed NASA to talk to other satellites in orbit. From 1998 to 2009, NASA reassigned TDRS-1 to support the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its U.S. Antarctic Program partners to perform scientific, educational, and operational endeavors. Launched...

2010-06-26 07:14:56

After a long and successful career providing communications support, NASA's groundbreaking Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 1 is retiring. On Sunday, June 27, NASA will shut down the satellite that launched into orbit during space shuttle Challenger's maiden voyage (STS-6) in April 1983. From 1983 to 1998, TDRS-1 provided NASA with the ability to communicate with other satellites in orbit. NASA reassigned TDRS-1 in 1998 to support the National Science Foundation's (NSF) U.S. Antarctic...

2010-06-24 07:00:00

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a five-year, $140 million contract by General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) to modernize the ground segment of the satellite communications network used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Harris is a member of the General Dynamics-led team that won the NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)...

2010-06-17 11:37:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a seven-year contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center for the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project. The company will modernize the ground system and network for NASA's Tracking Data and Relay Satellite (TDRS) constellation. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity...


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2012-05-12 09:26:09

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 13, 1995 at 9:41 AM EDT and landed at Kennedy on July 22 at 8:02 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 143 times at an altitude of 160 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 3.7 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, and 5 seconds. The primary objective of the mission was accomplished when the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-G was deployed from the orbiter payload bay about six hours after...

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2012-03-24 09:31:31

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 13, 1989 at 9:67 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on March 18 at 6:35 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 80 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, and 50 seconds. The crew photographed Earth with a handheld IMAX camera. The launch manifested for February 18 was reassessed for a late February/early March launch to...

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2012-03-03 12:37:51

The first flight of space shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 4, 1983 at 1:30 PM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 9, 1983 at 10:53 AM (PST). Challenger orbited 81 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.1 million miles. Mission duration was 5 days, 0 hours, 23 minutes, and 42 seconds. The launch was originally set for January 20 and was delayed by a hydrogen leak into the engine compartment...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.