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Latest News: 19 Dec 2014


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Russia launches spy satellite for undisclosed customer
19 Dec 2014 - Rocket: Strela; Payload: Kondor-E2; Date: 19 December, 0443 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The radar imaging satellites was successfully deployed to its target orbit. >>>

MUOS-3 encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing
19 Dec 2014 - The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing on 18 December. It is scheduled to launch 20 January aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Millennium Space Systems qualifies AQUILA M8 satellite structure
19 Dec 2014 - Millennium Space Systems announced the completion of structural qualification of its AQUILA M8 satellite structure. AQUILA M8--under development for a confidential customer--joins Millennium's AQUILA platform product line, supporting missions of up to 3000 kg total mass in low, medium and geostationary Earth orbits (LEO, MEO and GEO). >>>

Airbus DS breaks world in-orbit longevity record
19 Dec 2014 - Inmarsat-2 F2, the second Eurostar satellite designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space, was retired from operational service and safely decommissioned this week after completing a record breaking flawless commercial mission in geostationary orbit of 23.5 years. >>>

NASA's Kepler makes first exoplanet find of new mission
19 Dec 2014 - NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds. >>>

NASA Glenn Research Center completes stirling generator
19 Dec 2014 - Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center recently assembled an engineering model Stirling power system using valuable assets that became available after the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) flight project was cancelled in late 2013. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Inmarsat transmits record-setting 10 Mbps in L-band
19 Dec 2014 - Inmarsat confirmed the U.S. Government Business Unit's successful testing of its on-demand lease service using the prototype L-band Advanced Communications Element (LACE) terminal. >>>

 

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