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Archive for August, 2012

NASA’s Jupiter-bound Juno changes its orbit

August 31st, 2012 by

NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully performed its first deep-space maneuver. This first firing of Juno’s main engine is one of two planned to refine the spacecraft’s trajectory, setting the stage for a gravity assist from a flyby of Earth on 9 October 2013. Juno will arrive at Jupiter on 4 July 2016.Other Posts:Two more companies apply for Euro S-band spectrumBoeing, Northrop Grumman Perform Orbital Express DemonstrationsU.S. military plans conjunction analysis for all manoeuvrable satellitesAnalyst Predicts ‘Tough Quarter’ for BSkyBMultiChoice SA Chooses OpenTVAll You Want to Know About ISP, Radio, and Satellite TV BroadcastingDebris found in ISS rotary jointBall Aerospace completes STPSat-2 pre-shipment review

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50 years of U.S. space based military weather satellite systems

August 31st, 2012 by

The U.S. Defense Weather Systems Directorate is celebrating 50 years of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. On 23 August 1962 the National Reconnaissance Office’s classified Program 417 launched its first successful low altitude cloud imagery satellite into space and began a new era of military satellite weather.Other Posts:Northrop Grumman joins Hosted Payloads AllianceMetOp-A ceases direct high-res picture transmissionCalian Announces $15 Million RFT ContractInmarsat Profit Nearly Doubles In 2006Medvedev wants fast proposals on how to solve space industry problemsWGS-2 healthy after launchFirst flight of Indian cryo engine in JanuaryPseudo-satellites allow accurate navigation in Helsinki harbour

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Atlas V successfully launches NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission

August 30th, 2012 by

Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP); Date: 30 August 2012, 0805 UTC; Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The first RBSP spacecraft separated from the rocket’s Centaur booster 1 hour, 18 minutes after launch. The second spacecraft followed 12 minutes later.

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Kanopus-B sends first Earth imagery

August 30th, 2012 by

Russia’s remote sensing satellite Kanopus-B, launched a month ago, has taken its first photos of the Earth’s surface, the Federal Space Agency Roskosmos said.

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NASA’s Dawn prepares for trip to dwarf planet Ceres

August 30th, 2012 by

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta on 5 September (UTC) to start its two-and-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres.

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Physics World takes a look at Hayabusa 2

August 30th, 2012 by

Hayabusa 2, JAXA’s second attempt at collecting material from an asteroid, will be launched in 2014 with a view to settling on the targeted asteroid, named 1999 JU3, in mid-2018 before arriving back on Earth in 2020, Physics World reports.

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