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RapidEye Constellation racks up 10 years of in orbit operations

August 29th, 2018 by

The RapidEye Constellation of five SSTL-built Earth Observation satellite were launched into a 630km Low Earth Orbit on a Dnepr launch vehicle from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 29 August 2008.

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Jason-2 turns 10

June 21st, 2018 by

Designed for a three-to-five-year mission, the joint U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) on the Jason-2 satellite has marked its 10th year in orbit .

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10 years ago: Yubileiny launched

May 30th, 2018 by

Ten years ago, ISS-Reshetnev’s small satellite Yubileiny was launched into space from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Having a mass of just 45 kilograms, it was placed on a low Earth orbit from where transmitted amateur radio signals for four years.

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10 years of laser communications in space

February 21st, 2018 by

On 21 February 2008, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link.

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Forty years of Meteosat

November 23rd, 2017 by

ESA’s first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orbit and laid the foundations for European and world co-operation in meteorology that continues today.

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TerraSARX completes ten years of operations

June 14th, 2017 by

Designed to operate for five years, Airbus’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite TerraSAR-X has achieved ten years of flawless operations in orbit providing high-resolution radar images in all weather conditions 24 hours a day.

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