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Archive for October 23rd, 2008

PSLV brings Indian probe on its way to the moon

October 23rd, 2008 by

Rocket: PSLV; Payload: Chandrayaan-1; Date: 22 October, 0052 UTC; Site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C11, successfully launched the 1,380 kg Chandrayaan-1 moon probe into a 255 km x 22,860 km x 17.9 degrees transfer orbit.

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Arianespace to launch Rascom-QAF 1R

October 23rd, 2008 by

Arianespace and Thales Alenia Space announced the signature of a launch contract for the pan-African communications satellite, Rascom-QAF 1R. In addition, tentative dates have been set for the next two Ariane 5 flights.

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Contact with XMM-Newton lost

October 23rd, 2008 by

During last weekend ESA lost contact with its XMM-Newton X-ray observatory. However, a feeble radio signal has been heard, and ground-based observations confirm that the spacecraft is intact. XMM-Newton has operated faultlessly in orbit for almost nine years, close to its design life-time.

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Lockheed Martin delivers enhanced SBIRS flight software

October 23rd, 2008 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered the latest block of flight software for the first geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) spacecraft in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) programme.

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Harris awarded continuation contract for satellite control network

October 23rd, 2008 by

Harris Corporation has been awarded a US$60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to continue work under the first-year option for the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) programme.

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Jury awards ICO at least US$371 million in Boeing lawsuit

October 23rd, 2008 by

ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (ICO) was awarded at least US$371 million in its litigation with The Boeing Company and Boeing Satellite Systems International (Boeing and BSSI).

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