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Archive for June 26th, 2012

Delay of the day: Delta IV/NROL-15

June 26th, 2012 by

Due to the forecast for Tropical Storm Debby, the launch of a Delta 4 carrying a national security payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is delayed 24 hours.
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NASA adds Antares to Launch Services II contract

June 26th, 2012 by

NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions.
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SpaceX’s Merlin 1D engine achieves full mission duration firing

June 26th, 2012 by

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced that its Merlin 1D engine has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp).
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Intelsat 19 solar array likely damaged

June 26th, 2012 by

Intelsat S.A. confirmed that the south solar array on Intelsat 19 has deployed and the satellite was successfully transferred to geostationary orbit. All of the satellite’s communications antennas are now in their operational positions, and the communications payload is being tested.
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NOAA: data from new satellite implemented in record time

June 26th, 2012 by

Data flowing from a new generation of instruments onboard the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint NASA/NOAA mission, are being used in NOAA’s global numerical weather forecast system a record seven months after launch, nearly three times faster than previous missions.
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White House greenlights telecoms satellite sale to Vietnam

June 26th, 2012 by

The White House has issued a Presidential Determination on Vietnam by U.S. President Barack Obama. The president’s action clears the way for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) board of directors to move forward with a US$125.8 million direct loan to Vietnam to support their purchase of a U.S.-manufactured telecommunications and television satellite.
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