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Archive for February 3rd, 2007

How many rocket explosions does it take to unscrew a light bulb?

February 3rd, 2007 by

“It’s amazing. There was some damage to the pad, but the bridge is fine and the light bulbs in the hangar are still on and working.” — Sea Launch spokeswoman Paula Korn about the explosion of a Zenit-3SL aboard the company’s launch platform

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Com Dev expands plant

February 3rd, 2007 by

Com Dev International Ltd. plans a C$4-million (EUR2.6 million, US$3.4 million) expansion of its Cambridge, Ontario/Canada plant that will expand its size by 22 percent.

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Xicom power amplifiers ordered

February 3rd, 2007 by

Radyne Corporation announced that its Xicom Technology subsidiary received orders totalling US$4.0 million for power amplifiers for a follow on procurement for the Ground Multi-Band Terminal (GMT) and World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) programmes.

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Alliant Techsystems (Launch Systems) results Q3 FY2007

February 3rd, 2007 by

Alliant Techsystems reported financial results for the second quarter of the company’s fiscal year 2007.

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ESA develops space weather tool to protect satellites

February 3rd, 2007 by

Since early 2005, SEISOP (Space Environment Information System for Operations), a space-weather monitoring and forecasting tool under development at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, has been successfully providing near-real-time space weather reports for Integral, ESA’s gamma-ray space observatory. In 2007, SEISOP will enter operational development aimed at providing all ESA missions with the same vital space weather updates, the agency said.

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Several new Russian nanosatellites planned

February 3rd, 2007 by

Several Russian institutes plan to launch small experimental satellites, officials said at a conference devoted to space exploration at the Bauman state technical university in Moscow.

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NASA moon-impactor mission passes major review

February 3rd, 2007 by

NASA officials approved critical elements of a moon impact mission scheduled to launch in October 2008. NASA’s unmanned Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will strike the moon near its south pole in January 2009 in order to search for water and other materials,

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Experiment aboard Kiku No. 8 doesn’t work

February 3rd, 2007 by

One of the telecommunications systems aboard the recently launched Japanese experimental satellite Kiku No. 8 (ETS VIII) so far couldn’t be activated.

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