Current Satellite News
August 11th, 2008
CTV's Channel 9 Chopper Given Latitude
Latitude Technologies SkyNode(r) S200-011 satellite voice and 2-way data equipment and Latitudes LWS Sentinel tracking system have been selected by Talon Helicopters for use on C-FTHU known across the British Columbia Lower Mainland as Chopper 9, the flagship eye-in-the-sky news and traffic helicopter of the Vancouver affiliate of CTV, Canadas largest television network. Talon operates the Bell 206L-4 for CTV.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Reveals Peony Nebula Star
The brightest known star is a massive star called Eta Carina. However, a new runner-up, now the second-brightest star in our galaxy, has been discovered in the galaxy's dusty and frenzied interior. This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the star in the central region of our Milky Way. Dubbed the Peony nebula star, this blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns. The reigning champ, Eta Carina, produces the equivalent of 4.7 million suns worth of light. However, astronomers say these estimates are uncertain, and it's possible that the Peony nebula star could be even brighter than Eta Carina. If the Peony star is so bright, why doesn't it stand out more in this view? The answer is dust. This star is located in a very dusty region jam packed with stars. In fact, there could be other super bright stars still hidden deep in the stellar crowd. Spitzer's infrared eyes allowed it to pierce the dust and assess the Peony nebula star's true brightness. Likewise, infrared data from the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope in Chile were integral in calculating the Peony nebula star's luminosity. The image below is courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Potsdam Univ.
State Of Florida Proposed By Space Command To Take Over SLC 36
Air Force Space Command has proposed an action to make Space Launch Complex (SLC) 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, available for operational use by the State of Florida, subject to completion of the environmental impact analysis. The proposed action would grant the state access to the property under a real-estate license for an initial term of five years.
SeaMobile Lets You See Your Programs At Sea
This is vacation time for most people, and those fortunate enough to go on a cruise may enjoy an added bonus from Wave Entertainment Network, a division of SeaMobile? Enterprises.
BADR-6 Sat Becomes ARABSAT's Own
The BADR-6 satellite, built by EADS Astrium, has been handed over to ARABSAT as part of the in-orbit delivery contract. The satellite has now entered commercial service. BADR-6 is the third spacecraft built by Astrium for ARABSAT, the communications satellite operator based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Cassini Will Film Saturn's Moon 'Water Show'
Reports from NASA indicate that the fractures, or "tiger stripes," where icy jets erupt on Saturn's moon Enceladus will be the target of a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft on Monday, August 11. And they're talking close when it's only 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the surface!
Andrews Space Plug and Play Isn't For Kids
Andrews Space (Andrews) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $1.5M to develop plug and play spacecraft subsystems and demonstrate integrated spacecraft capability.?