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Archive for April, 2013

Checkout is underway with O3b Networks’ four satellites

April 30th, 2013 by

The first four satellites to serve O3b Networks in providing emerging market connectivity world-wide have entered their checkout phase at the Spaceport, readying them for a June flight on Arianespace’s fifth mission from French Guiana with its medium-lift Soyuz launcher.

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Opportunity in standby as commanding moratorium ends

April 30th, 2013 by

During a moratorium on commanding this month while Mars passed nearly behind the sun – a phase called solar conjunction — NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered a type of standby mode.

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First Astrium Eurostar satellite sets in-orbit longevity record

April 30th, 2013 by

The first Eurostar satellite, Inmarsat-2 F1, designed and built by Astrium, was retired from operational service this week and safely decommissioned after it had completed a long and flawless mission in geostationary orbit. It operated for 22.5 years – far outliving its projected life-span of 10 years.

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Aireon signs long-term data services contract with NAV CANADA

April 30th, 2013 by

Aireon LLC, the developer of the world’s first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system, announced that it has finalised a long-term commercial data services contract with NAV CANADA.

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Failed hydraulic pump caused Sea Launch failure

April 29th, 2013 by

Following the unsuccessful launch of the SL-48 mission on 1 February 2013 (UTC), Sea Launch and Energia Logistics Ltd. (ELUS) formed a Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) to review the contractor findings and agree on root cause and appropriate corrective actions to prevent recurrence.

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ATK solid rocket boosters complete major SLS programme milestone

April 29th, 2013 by

ATK has successfully completed its solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with NASA for the new Space Launch System (SLS). The PDR milestone indicates the booster design is on track to support first flight of the SLS in 2017.

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