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Azerspace/Africasat-1a Communications Satellite Successfully Launched

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that the company-built Azerspace/Africasat-1a commercial communications satellite was successfully launched into orbit on February 7, 2013 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Lift-off took place at 4:36 p.m. (EST) and the satellite successfully separated […]

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The world’s First Smartphone in Space ‘STRaND-1’ Ready for Launch

A UK mission, jointly developed by the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), to send the world’s first smartphone satellite into orbit, is due to launch on 25th February. The unique and innovative satellite, called STRaND-1 (the Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), is a 30cm CubeSat weighing […]

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Africasat-1a Communications Satellite Set for Launch Aboard Ariane Rocket

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that it is in final preparations for the launch of the Azerspace/Africasat-1a commercial communications satellite for Azercosmos, Open Joint Stock Company of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Designed, manufactured and tested at Orbital’s Dulles, Virginia […]

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Eutelsat moves into new-generation in-flight connectivity services via KA-SAT

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces the launch of a new aeronautical mobile service called Eutelsat Air Access designed to accelerate the deployment by commercial airlines operating in Europe of in-flight connectivity for passengers. Delivering speeds of up to 100 Mbps per airliner, Eutelsat Air Access will be available from mid-2013. The new service uses […]

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Boeing TDRS-K Relay Satellite Sends 1st Signals from Space

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K, demonstrating that the vehicle is functioning and ready to use its internal engine to boost it to its operational geosynchronous orbit. After reaching final orbit, it will undergo three months of tests and calibration before being put into operation by […]

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Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Completes GMD Flight Test

Boeing, working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, today returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. “Today’s test signals the next step in GMD’s future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among […]

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SSTL to build satellites for FORMOSAT-7’s global weather forecasting programme

SSTL has been awarded the contract by the National Space Organization (NSPO) in Taiwan for the design and manufacture of up to twelve satellite platforms for the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 constellation. The contract was awarded in an open international competition, with SSTL providing the most cost-effective solution. The FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 mission is a joint civil programme between NSPO […]

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Orbital`s OBV Rocket Successfully Launched for MDI System Test

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that its Orbital Booster Vehicle (OBV), which is the booster rocket for the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), was successfully launched as part of a test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. Orbital provides the OBV as part of an industry team led by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) for the […]

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SORCE Heliophysics Science Satellite Celebrates Ten Years in Orbit

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch and successful operation of the company-built Solar and Radiation Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite. Ten years ago today, SORCE was launched into orbit aboard Orbital’s Pegasus rocket in a mission that originated […]

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Network Manager delivers further Airspace Design improvements in December

Substantial savings have been made in Europe’s ATM network, thanks to the latest European Route Network Improvement Plan. 2012’s AIRAC – Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control – cycle release of 13 December 2012, saw the delivery of 36 packages of airspace design improvements which made for savings of 113 000 nautical miles flown less compared […]