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A Compact, Orbital Debris Sensor From The NRL Receives U.S. Patent
The fundamental concept for the orbital debris detection sensor is to create a continuous light sheet by using a collimated light source, such as a low power laser, and a conic mirror.
 
Stratasys + CubeSat Offer A CubeSat Challenge
Airbus has produced more than 1000 flight parts on their Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems for use on A350 XWB aircraft.
 
Tempus Global Data Congratz U.S. House Science Committee On Passage Of HR1561
“Weather observation and forecasting is a universal need. It is not a political issue since weather affects everyone."—Alan Hall, Chairman + CEO, Tempus Global Data
 
Lockheed Martin's Skunk In The Desert... Skunk Works To Make A Revolutionary Leap Possible
Spawned widespread speculation that one day unmanned systems will dominate warfighting, taking the place of traditional combat systems not just in the air but on the ground and beneath the sea.
 
UK Space Agency + Ofcom Sign MOU + Added Bonus w/Insurance Premium Tax Exemption For UK Spacecraft Operators
MOU will see the UK Space Agency and Ofcom forming a CEO-level liaison group and a space spectrum advisory committee to develop a close and transparent relationship.
 
Satellite Sustainment Contract Awarded To Lockheed Martin Space System Company
Lockheed Martin will provide sustainment of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Milstar, and Defense Satellite Communications System III.
 
Garbage In Garbage Out...SpaceX Takes Out The ISS' Trash + Makes A Splash
The month-long mission ended with a successful, if damp, landing and the 3,100lb of completed scientific experiments, broken hardware, and dirty clothes has been successfully retrieved.
 
The ‘CAPEd’ Crusader: Goddard Technologist Advances CubeSat Concept for Planetary Exploration
The spacecraft, including the service module and entry probe, would weigh less than 11 pounds and measure no more than 4 inches on a side.
 
NASA's SMAP Possesses Multi Talents...Tests Soil Moisture + Can Determine Frozen Or Thawed
"Fourteen years after the concept for a NASA mission to map global soil moisture was first proposed, SMAP now has formally transitioned to routine science operations,"
 
United Arab Shipping + Marlink's VSAT Begins A New Generation Of Connecting To Ultra-Large Containerships
UASC will benefit from unlimited traffic volume on its Marlink VSAT services, with data speeds guaranteed
 
Harris' Falcon III® Successfully Demonstrates MUOS Waveform By Operating On-Air
MUOS waveform operated on-air between two Falcon III® radios and
to add MUOS waveform to fielded radios requires software-only upgrade.
 
Second Launch Update Re: CubeSats Separation ... ULA + U.S.A.F.  Launch Is A Go For X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle
Second update regarding CubeSat separation.
 
Space + Missile Systems Center Successfully Launches the AFSPC-5 Mission From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
When there's a launch there are always several agencies/companies involved, and subsequently an announcement from each. Here's the latest from the U.S.A.F.
 
Telenor Announces New Head Of Asia Region + He's A Norwegian National
"Morten brings his vast experience from the global mobile industry to the role as head of our operations in Asia."
 
X2nSat + Spaceport America Sign MOA... The First VSAT Provider To Build For the Next Generation
"I truly believe the world is a better place when the unconnected are connected."
 
Hosted Payload Alliance To Testify Before House Committee... Increase Awareness Of Benefits
She noted, "this is a great opportunity to get the message out and ensure the HPA is in the forefront."
 
The Domino Effect...Launch Of Inmarsat’s Third Global Xpress Satellite Delayed Due To Failure Of Centenario Satellite
“This is the third time our Global Xpress program has suffered launch delays because of Proton launch failures."
 
NASA's OPALS Facilitates Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
NASA's Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) on the space station has been conducting cutting-edge research on data transmission since June 2014.
 
Alabama Interns' Software Code Assists In Nepal... SERVIR Team's Hi-Res Imaging Sends Support Recovery 
It is allowing the recipien to receive and print the images and provide them to Nepal government agencies to guide recovery efforts and help those in need.
 
ESA's Memories... Forty Years Ago... The Evolution From A Ground Station In Spain To The Estrack Network
Four decades of tracking creates memories.