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Archive for July 25th, 2013

Alphasat, INSAT 3D launched

July 25th, 2013 by

Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Alphasat, INSAT 3D; Date: 25 July 2013, 1954 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Both satellites were successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit in yet another flawless Ariane 5 mission.

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Next Ariane 5 mission is being readied

July 25th, 2013 by

The next Ariane mission, designated Flight VA215 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, is to carry the Eutelsat 25B/Es’hail-1 and GSAT-7 telecommunications satellites on 29 August.

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ULA busy preparing launches

July 25th, 2013 by

During the last eight days, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) team has completed five major processing activities, including one launch, on three different launch pads at both Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB).

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Lockheed Martin ships near infrared camera for JWST

July 25th, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly and testing of the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and has shipped the instrument to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

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First results from Kepler recovery tests

July 25th, 2013 by

On 18 July NASA’s Kepler team initiated exploratory recovery tests on the spacecraft’s two failed wheels. The recovery tests are a series of steps to characterise the performance of Reaction Wheels (RW) 4 and 2, and to determine if either could be returned to operation.

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Skycorp (re-)introduces Spacecraft Life Extension System

July 25th, 2013 by

Skycorp Incorporated (again) introduced the Spacecraft Life Extension System (SLES), which is to extend the useful lifetime of Geostationary (GEO) satellites.

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