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Archive for May 19th, 2014

Galileo satellites fit into dispenser

May 19th, 2014 by

The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch later in 2014 after making initial contact with the medium-lift mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana.

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AR to provide upper-stage propulsion for Thunderbolt

May 19th, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne has received a contract from Stratolaunch Systems Corporation (SSC) to provide six RL10C-1 production engines, with an option to provide an additional six RL10C-1 production engines at a later date, for the third stage of a commercial air-launch system. The inaugural launch of Thunderbolt, the air-launch vehicle designed and developed for SSC, is scheduled for 2018.

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Orbital begins production of Thaicom 8

May 19th, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that Thaicom PCL has authorised the company to begin the development, manufacturing, integration and testing process for the Thaicom 8 commercial communications satellite.

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NASA awards radiation budget instrument contract

May 19th, 2014 by

NASA has awarded ITT Space Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Exelis, Inc. a contract to provide the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), a scanning radiometer capable of measuring Earth’s reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation.

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System design of European service module for Orion approved by ESA

May 19th, 2014 by

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved Airbus Defence and Space’s system design of the European Service Module (ESM) for the American human Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Orion, containing the critical propulsion, power supply and components of the life-support systems of the spacecraft.

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Fully qualified flash memory optimises satellite data storage

May 19th, 2014 by

The flash memory Solid-State Recorder (SSR) products of Airbus Defense and Space have passed all NASA space qualification test requirements successfully. In addition, the company’s flash-based SSR has exceeded 20 months of operation in orbit onboard SPOT 6, the first commercial satellite to deploy this technology.

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