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May 27th, 2009
Three's Not A Crowd — Soyuz Launch Taking More Folk To ISS
Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew were successfully launched in a Soyuz TMA-15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:34 a.m. EDT Wednesday to start their six-month stay in space.
Memphis/Shelby County Gets Push(y) with SkyTerra to Deal With Emergencies
Folks in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee, should sleep easier since SkyTerra [OTCBB: SKYT] announced today that the Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) , is deploying push-to-talk satellite services via SkyTerra.
Talia's MENA Focus On Display @ Nigerian-based Exhibition
Talia, a provider of iDirect services in the Middle East and Africa, will unveil expanded African services at the West African International Telecommunications & Information Technology Exhibition (WAfriTel) conference in Lagos, June 2nd through 4th, 2009.
Here's Looking @ Earth: Rain Forest Decimation — Alarming, As Usual...
The state of Rondonia in western Brazil is one of the most deforested parts of the Amazon.
Comm-For-Rails A Starling Specialty
Starling Advanced Communications is unveiling StarRail, the newest entry in its portfolio of flat-panel satellite antennas for "Broadband on the Move" at CommunicAsia 2009, June 16-19 in Singapore at booth #6E1-01 — StarRail provides broadband communications aboard high-speed trains.
Iron Lines + Black Holes, Courtesy Of XMM-Newton
From the European Space Agency's "Science & Technology" site, the ESA reports that spectral analysis of XMM-Newton observations of 1H0707-495 (a narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxy) has, for the first time, revealed the presence of broad K and L iron lines.
Gravity Ain't No Gotcha For GOCE
ESA's gravity mission GOCE has achieved a first in the history of satellite technology — the sophisticated electric propulsion system has shown that it is able to keep the satellite completely free from drag as it cuts through the remnants of Earth's atmosphere, paving the way for the best gravity data ever.
ScanEagle SUAV Signs On In Canada
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], with its wholly owned subsidiary Insitu, has announced the first U.S. $25 million in contracts to Canadian companies as part of a government order for small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) services.
Dayton Delighted — UAV Center Gained
The Dayton region landed a big victory last Wednesday, as the state is awarding $3 million to create the Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Exploitation in the region.
Curiosity May Well Have Killed The Cat — But It Also Won A NASA Contest For Student
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, has a new name, thanks to a sixth-grade student from Kansas — 12-year old Clara Ma from the Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa submitted the winning entry, "Curiosity." As her prize, Ma wins a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where she will be invited to sign her name directly onto the rover as it is being assembled.
digiGO! — DTV Systems Get Realtime Coder Options From Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz has expanded its R&S SFU broadcast test system by adding two realtime coder options for digital TV systems.