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Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 09, 2022
Lockheed Martin recently validated prototype communications radio technology for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) during a recent test milestone. The NGI's mission is to protect the U.S. homeland from increasing and evolving intercontinental ballistic missile threats. Critically, the interceptor and its components must be able to receive and share data from the ground and throughout t
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Taiyuan, China (XNA) Aug 05, 2022
China successfully launched a terrestrial ecosystem carbon monitoring satellite and two other satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province Thursday. The satellites were launched at 11:08 a.m. (Beijing Time) by a Long March-4B carrier rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. The carbon monitoring satellite is mainly used for terrestria
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 05, 2022
A new study uses data from the ECOSTRESS instrument aboard the space station to better understand why some parts of a wildfire burn more intensely than others. Even in drought-stricken California, not all areas face the same degree of wildfire risk. A recent study featuring data from NASA's ECOSTRESS mission found relationships between the intensity of a wildfire and the water stress in pl
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Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 09, 2022
Spaceflight Inc., the leading global launch services provider, has announced it signed an agreement with SAB Launch Services S.r.l. (SAB LS) to fly its Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) on Arianespace Vega missions. The agreement extends Spaceflight launch capacity on European missions managed by Arianespace for Spaceflight's OTV-based services on launches starting as soon as next year. Th
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Logan UT (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
Commercial Space Technologies Ltd (CST) has signed an agreement with Australian launch provider, Gilmour Space Technologies, to offer a launch capacity of up to 50 kilograms on their Eris Block 1 vehicle. The combination of Gilmour Space's orbital launch services and full CST oversight will offer an affordable launch solution to satellite customers needing access to custom low earth orbits
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Midland TX (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
AST SpaceMobile, Inc. ("AST SpaceMobile") (NASDAQ: ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has announced that its BlueWalker 3 test satellite (BW3) has arrived at Cape Canaveral. The satellite recently departed an off-site testing facility in California after collecting flight data for the upcoming plann
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Burlington VT (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
With the most popular, revenue-generating orbits increasingly congested, Benchmark Space Systems has unveiled a breakthrough Collision Avoidance (ColA) Kit, featuring its heritage propulsion technology in a condensed package, that is easily and affordably deployed aboard electric propulsion (EP) and non-propulsive microsatellites and OTVs to help them quickly steer clear of approaching spacecraf
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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 10, 2022
NASA has announced a new round of opportunities through the agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for CubeSat developers, including educational institutions, to conduct scientific investigations and technology demonstrations in space and contribute to the agency's exploration goals. "Small satellites, such as CubeSats play a valuable role in the agency's educational, science, and techn
Wednesday, 10 August 2022 06:26

Keeping space centre’s cool

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Exposed! International Space Station tests organisms, materials in space
EXPOSE-R2 flight hardware with dried cells of Chroococcidiopsis sp. 029 mixed with Martian regolith analog to simulate Mars-like conditions for the BIOMEX experiment on response of melanin-containing fungi to space. After exposure, the cells were returned to Earth and rehydrated for DNA sequencing. Credit: Roscosmos/ESA

Space may look empty, but it contains extreme temperatures, high levels of background radiation, micrometeoroids, and the unfiltered glare of the sun. In addition, materials and equipment on the outside of the International Space Station are exposed to atomic oxygen (AO) and other charged particles as it orbits the Earth at the very edge of our atmosphere.

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