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August 24th, 2009
Getting In The Front Of The Line As A Thuraya SP Is IEC Telecom Group
IEC Telecom Group has cemented into place their Tier 1 service provider level for Thuraya products and services worldwide.
'Nother Ariane 5 Arrives @ Spaceport For Arianespace' 191st Flight
Launcher elements for the sixth mission in 2009 with Arianespace's Ariane 5 in 2009 are now at the Spaceport and are ready for assembly as the newest heavy-lift vehicle.
Iridium SatPhones Integrated Into Newfoundland + Labrador Motorist Services
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is establishing an Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium)-based satellite phone service for motorists on the Trans-Labrador Highway.
Here's Looking @ Earth: Greecian Fires Flame Fiercely
Flames raced through the forests northeast of Athens, Greece, on August 22, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image.
KazSat-1 Going Nowhere...
Kazakhstan's first satellite, KazSat-1, has been placed into orbit for a 'space burial,' the country's mission control reported last Friday.
Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Worner, Chairman of the Executive Board of German Aerospace Center (DLR), have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) concerning mutual cooperation for satellite disaster monitoring.
Cassini Captures: Shadowy Encounters
Saturn's moon Tethys casts a shadow on the planet's A ring alongside the larger shadow cast by the planet itself in this image taken as Saturn approached its August 2009 equinox.
TacSat-3 Goes From Calibration To Validation Testing
Last Monday, Tactical Satellite-3 completed its critical calibration phase almost three months after launch, and the program team now prepares the 880-pound spacecraft for the crucial validation stage.
Here's Looking @ Earth... Hilda Happening, Hawai'i Bound
Tropical Storm Hilda formed over the weekend and is continuing to strengthen, as is evident in infrared satellite imagery from NASA’s Aqua satellite.
South Korea To Give SatLaunch Another Shot
Heejin Koo at Bloomberg.net reports that South Korea will attempt to complete its first space launch today, a week after aborting the mission minutes before liftoff because a pressure gauge malfunctioned.
Set To Expand Is Mobile Communication Acceleration
Expand Networks will exhibit the latest innovations in acceleration techniques for U.S. Air Force communications at AFITC 2009.
Discovery Does Dress Rehearsal
Space shuttle Discovery is in the final stages of preparation before its flight to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Moving On Up . . . (Actually, Maintaining) @ NASA
He's already been the acting director since March, but now it's official that NASA has named Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., as the director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Sending Stimulus to SkyTerra for Spending
It's official, SkyTerra Safety Access LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyTerra (OTCBB: SKYT) filed with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Getting Sirius at the Dock — iPhone and iPod (SatBroadcasting)
Sirius XM, the satellite radio service provider, is set to introduce a satellite radio dock called XM SkyDock for the iPhone and iPod Touch, says the XMFan.com website. The company has scheduled a press event on Wednesday to talk about new products.
Patroller Passes Propitiously
The Patroller Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Sagem and Stemme recently completed a series of eight test flights ending with a 10 hour flight.
ABI Analyzes STBs For Emerging Technologies (SatBroadcasting: Research)
In line with the global phenomenon of switching over from analog to digital TV services, set-top boxes (STBs) now have a more crucial role in the home for accessing of entertainment and information services provided by television service operators.
Empire Challenge 09 No Game For Northrop Grumman's Interoperability Demo
Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully demonstrated Joint STARS and E-2 Hawkeye interoperability between manned and unmanned platforms during a recent virtual joint military demonstration involving U.S. and coalition forces.
Flight Control AHC For UAVs With Crossbow
Crossbow Technology, Inc. announced the Company's single-card AHC525 Attitude Heading Reference is now available for integration within UAV flight control systems.
More Discoveries for ISS, Courtesy Of Discovery Shuttle + Astrium
The U.S. space shuttle Discovery is set to carry three new research facilities to the International Space Station (ISS), which will enable more on board science to occur.
Taking Spaceflight To The Personal + Commercial Level
At the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), a panel titled “Space Operations: Lessons Learned & Opportunities for Innovation”?will be chaired by James Van Laak, Federal Aviation Administration — its members will include Jerry Miller, United Space Alliance; Julia Tizard, Virgin Galactic; James M. Heflin, NASA Johnson Space Center; and Steve Landeene, New Mexico Spaceport Authority.
NASA To Go "Outside" For Spatial Excursions??
In an unprecedented move, the U.S. space program may turn to private contractors for much of the work now handled by government workers, officials say.
An Icy Blast From The U.S.A.F. Propels Breakthrough
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and NASA recently announced the launch of an environmentally-friendly, safe propellant comprised of aluminum powder and water ice (ALICE).
digiGO! — The Digital (R)Evolution™
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