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Archive for June 2nd, 2010

Rokot successfully launches Japan’s SERVIS-2

June 2nd, 2010 by

Rocket: Rokot/Briz KM; Payload: SERVIS-2 (Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System 2); Date: 2 June 2010, 0159 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The spacecraft was injected into a Sun-synchronous orbit of 1,200 km altitude.

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First Falcon 9 test launch now expected on 4 June

June 2nd, 2010 by

SpaceX said it is now targeting 4 June for its first test launch attempt of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The four-hour launch window opens at 1500 UTC.

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TAS wins Iridium NEXT contract (maybe with a little help from Coface)

June 2nd, 2010 by

Iridium Communications said it chose Thales Alenia Space over Lockheed Martin Corp. to design its its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, and announced a financing plan for the project.

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First SBSS satellite shipped to Vandenberg

June 2nd, 2010 by

Boeing and its teammate Ball Aerospace and Technologies has announced that the first Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite has been shipped to Vandenberg Air Force Base and is scheduled to launch on 8 July.

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Ekspress-AM1 to continue operations for the time being

June 2nd, 2010 by

Russian Satellite Communications Company is not planning to take the partially defunct Ekspress-AM1 satellite out of service or move it to a different orbital slot, Intersputnik said.

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Why Antenna Manufacturers Are Right In Saying You Should Upgrade to a New Digital Off-Air Antenna

June 2nd, 2010 by

While cable and satellite program providers will continue to serve the great majority of homes as the primary signal source, missing HD local reception, compression issues, higher costs, billing add-ons, service outages, contact difficulties, in-home service waits and no shows have left many of these subscribers looking to off-air antennas as good additions and alternatives. Most TV consumers think of antennas as low-tech devices, but there is more behind some of the newer antenna designs than just bent metal and plastic.

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