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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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Boeing to offer Inmarsat-4 satellite communications bandwidth to commercial customers

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Responding to global demand for mobile satellite communications bandwidth, Boeing has been certified by Inmarsat to offer commercial customers a variety of capabilities – including 3G, Voice over Internet Protocol, streaming video, direct dialing and secure communications – through Inmarsat’s Inmarsat-4 L-band service. Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing…

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NASA transfers operational control of environmental sattelite

Posted March 4, 2013 by

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions. Suomi NPP continues the observations of Earth from space…

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NASA selects education support contractor

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NASA has selected Paragon Tec Inc. of Cleveland to support educational programs at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, NASA Headquarters in Washington, and other NASA centers, as necessary. The NASA Glenn Education Support Services contract will help advance high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The contract begins April 1 with an…

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Aerojet hosts NASA, Lockheed Martin Orion Program leadership to discuss next-generation spacecraft progress

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Aerojet announced March 1 , a that it hosted NASA and Lockheed Martin program leadership at its Redmond facility on Feb. 27 to recognize Aerojet contributions to the Orion program and to discuss progress on America’s next-generation spacecraft. More than 100 employees gathered in Redmond to hear NASA Orion Crew and Service Module Manager, Charlie…

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NASA’s Van Allen probes reveal a new radiation belt around Earth

Posted March 1, 2013 by

NASA’s Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space. Previous observations of Earth’s Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van…

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ViaSat Ka-band mobile satellite antenna system receives FAA, international certification

Posted February 27, 2013 by

The VR-12 Ka-band satellite antenna system from ViaSat Inc. has passed industry standard DO-160G testing that meets FAA and international regulations covering electrical and electronic equipment installed on commercial aircraft. This standard applies to virtually every aircraft, ranging from general aviation and business jets, helicopters, and commercial jets, to civilian aircraft modified for government use….

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NASA student Mars project wins education award

Posted February 27, 2013 by

A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science. NASA’s Mars Student Imaging Project, a component of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate education and outreach activities, enables students from fifth grade through college to take an image of…

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Inspiration Mars to pursue human mission to the Red Planet in 2018

Posted February 27, 2013 by

A unique window of opportunity for humankind will open in January 2018, and the Inspiration Mars Foundation intends to seize it, announcing plans Feb. 27 to pursue a challenging manned mission to Mars and back. This historic 501-day journey around the Red Planet is made possible by a rare planetary alignment that occurs five years…

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NASA’s NuSTAR helps solve riddle of black hole spin

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Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun. The supermassive black hole lies at the dust and gas-filled heart of…

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