Tag Archives: Spacecraft

Exelis Delivers Infrared Sounder to NOAA; Eric Webster Comments

Exelis has delivered the cross-track infrared sounder to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for installation in the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The sounder is designed to produce atmospheric temperature and moisture data for weather and climate prediction, Exelis said Friday. “This advanced hyperspectral technology is providing improvements to …

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Northrop Grumman Reflector Launched with NASA’s Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite; John Alvarez Comments

Northrop Grumman has incorporated a reflector system into NASA’s recently launched soil moisture mapping satellite in order to help the spacecraft collect data upon deployment. The AstroMesh-Lite reflector, developed by Northrop’s Astro Aerospace company, is designed for high frequency communications and radar applications, Northrop Grumman said Tuesday. “Ultra-lightweight technology is …

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Boeing Completes NASA Certification Baseline Review for Crew Transportation Systems; John Mulholland Comments

Boeing has completed a certification baseline review of NASA‘s human space transportation systems as part of a series of preparations for crewed missions to the International Space Station. NASA approved the review to validate the baseline design of the Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and related components, NASA said Dec. 1. …

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Space Systems/Loral Launches New Satellite for Intelsat; John Celli Comments

Space Systems/Loral has launched a new satellite built for Intelsat into space for an initiative to provide distribution services in South America and the Caribbean regions. The Intelsat 30 satellite also achieved post-launch maneuvering in orbit after its launch on board Ariane 5 from the European Spaceport in the French Guiana, SSL said Friday. SSL designed the Intelsat 30 based …

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Boeing Completes Crew Transportation System Tests for NASA

Boeing has concluded the development and testing phase of a commercial crew transportation system the company built for NASA. The testing represents the final milestone for the the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket under Boeing’s four-year agreement with NASA, the space agency said Friday. NASA intends for the spacecraft to transport crew members …

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Boeing, SpaceX Get NASA Green Light for Commercial Crew Contract Work

Boeing and SpaceX have been told by NASA to continue work under the agency’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program to help transport U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The agency said Thursday it instructed the companies to proceed despite a pending protest with the Government Accountability Office because a halt to work could “delay meeting critical crew …

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Joseph Comberiate: APL Builds Model to Track RF Interference From ‘Space Bubbles’

Phycisists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed a computer model to predict how radio interference source in the atmosphere could affect communications. APL physicists designed the model to detect the movement of “space bubbles” after they form and predict the plasma bubble’s course by collecting data from satellite-based systems and using …

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Lockheed-Built CLIO Satellite Launches Into Space

A satellite that Lockheed Martin designed and built for the U.S. government launched into space Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The CLIO satellite took off aboard a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V launch vehicle, Lockheed said Tuesday. CLIO incorporates Lockheed’s A2100 satellite bus with solar arrays, propulsion system and core electronics.

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