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Latest News: 21 Nov 2014


 LAUNCHES Up 

Seconds flight of China's Kuaizhou rocket
21 Nov 2014 - Rocket: Kuaizhou; Payload: Kuaizhou II; Date: 21 November 2014, 0637 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite will be used to monitor natural disasters and provide disaster-relief information, Xinhua news agency said. >>>

Vega VV04 launch of IXV rescheduled
21 Nov 2014 - Based on joint work by ESA and CNES, the date for the IXV mission to be launched by Vega has been set for 11 February 2015. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

RedEye 3D prints functional antenna arrays for COSMIC-2 satellites
21 Nov 2014 - RedEye, a Stratasys company and provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing services, has partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to 3D print 30 antenna array supports for the FORMOSAT-7 Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC-2) satellite mission. >>>

NASA's SMAP to use Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh reflector
21 Nov 2014 - Intended to effortlessly spin on-orbit at nearly 15 revolutions per minute collecting data, Northrop Grumman's lightweight mesh reflector has been successfully installed on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft and delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for launch in January 2015. >>>

Ball Aerospace avionics and antenna hardware for Orion test flight
21 Nov 2014 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. said it is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4 December. >>>

MAVEN in safehold mode
21 Nov 2014 - NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter went into safehold mode on Wednesday, 19 November. Safehold was triggered by a timing conflict between commands. >>>

 

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