Daily Archives: 15.09.2020

National Team completes System Requirements Review to define its integrated human landing system design

(14 September 2020 – Blue Origin) The Human Landing System (HLS) National Team, led by Blue Origin with partners Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, has completed its System Requirements Review (SRR). SRR is the first program “gated milestone,” which marks the successful baselining of the requirements for the mission, space vehicles, and ground segment.The design proceeded to the NASA ...

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Paradigm’s HORNET100GX satellite terminal available for Inmarsat Global Xpress

(14 September 2020 – Paradigm Communications Systems) Paradigm Communications Systems has announced that the rugged, quick deploy HORNET100GX is available for operation on the Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite network as a highly efficient Land Terminal Efficiency Group 2 terminal. Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has issued Type Approval of the HORNET100GX for use on all GX ...

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Observations with the Herschel Space Observatory reveal the composition of the largest Uranian moons

(14 September 2020 – Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) More than 230 years ago astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus and two of its moons. Using the Herschel Space Observatory, a group of astronomers led by Örs H. Detre of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy now has succeeded in determining physical properties of the five main moons of ...

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Thales Alenia Space to provide key technology to HERA, ESA’s planetary defence mission

(15 September 2020 – Thales) Thales Alenia Space has been selected by OHB, prime contractor, and the European Space Agency (ESA), to provide the Communications system as well as the Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit (PCDU) for the HERA mission. Named after the Greek goddess of marriage, HERA, European contribution to AIDA international cooperation (Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment, the ...

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FSB-1 Test Fire Completed for Future SLS Artemis Deep-Space Missions

FSB-1 roars to life at 1:05 p.m. MDT (3:05 p.m. EDT) Wednesday. Photo Credit:NASA In the final test of its kind before Artemis-1, a full-scale motor analog for one of the five-segment Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) that will provide over three-quarters of the liftoff muscle for the first Space Launch System (SLS) was put through its paces earlier today (Wednesday, 2 ...

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NROL-44 Investigation Underway, As ULA Prepares for Last Delta IV Heavy Missions

 Beautiful view of the Mobile Service Tower (MST) having retracted away from the Delta IV Heavy rocket, ahead of NROL-44. Photo Credit: ULAAlmost a week since its most recent attempt to get airborne was cut short at T-3 seconds, a mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket stands poised on Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., ready ...

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Remembering the First Shuttle Night Landing, OTD in 1983 (Part 1)

On 5 September 1983, 37 years ago tonight, Challenger completed the first night-time landing of the Space Shuttle Program. Photo Credit: NASAForty minutes past midnight at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on this day in September 1983, a ghostly black-and-white glider swept silently out of the dark desert sky and alighted on concrete Runway 22. It was Challenger, returning to ...

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HyperScout 2 in space: first hyperspectral-thermal camera with artificial intelligence

(3 September 2020 – cosine) This morning at 03:51 CEST, a Vega launch vehicle carried two FSSCat nanosatellites into orbit, one of which houses the brand new HyperScout 2 instrument. This advanced remote sensing system has two unique aspects. Firstly, it is equipped with both a spectral channel operating at visible wavelengths and a multispectral channel operating in the thermal ...

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Northrop Grumman developing ground station prototypes for US Army’s TITAN program

(1 September 2020 – Northrop Grumman) Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Defense Innovation Unit and the U.S. Army Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office to develop two prototype ground stations for the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) system. The TITAN system will be a scalable and expeditionary intelligence ground station that will leverage space, high altitude, ...

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