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Archive for May, 2012

Dragon concludes test flight with successful splashdown

May 31st, 2012 by

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 1542 UTC west of Baja California, Mexico, marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station.

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Preparations underway for X-37B landing

May 31st, 2012 by

Preparations for the second landing of the X-37B, the U.S. Air Force’s unmanned, reusable space plane, are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Boeing gets DARPA contract for air launch system

May 31st, 2012 by

Boeing has been awarded an 18-month study contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to evaluate technologies for on-demand small satellite launch systems.

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin GPS III flight operations contract

May 31st, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) a US$68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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NuSTAR pre-launch details

May 30th, 2012 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. The mission will study everything from massive black holes to our own Sun. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than 13 June.Other Posts:Thales Alenia Space to deliver Giove-B satellite to ESAHayabusa to return to Earth on 13 JuneLaunch of SERVIS-2 set for JuneHow To Start A Forum For Cable TV Providers?Russia starts equipment delivery to French GuyanaMany Business Strategies For 2010 Include Satellite TV in the LineupChinese rocket engine completes initial testsWildBlue Names Gary S. Howard To Board of Directors

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ISS-Reshetnev completes Gonets-M and MiR

May 30th, 2012 by

Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems finished building two Gonets-M satellites and a small spacecraft MiR. On 28 May they arrived at the Plesetsk cosmodrome to undergo pre-launch preparations.Other Posts:Four more GLONASS satellites to be launched next monthMDA to provide “technology solutions” for Boeing 702B satellitesDnepr launch ban expected to be lifted soonSatellite Systems Corp. launches Dominion Test InstrumentsSatellite TV Comparison – Cable VS Satellite TV PackagesSES Astra extends distribution of Astra2Connect to PolandNSR examines government, military demand for satellite capacityWGS-4 encapsulated in payload fairing

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