A private mission to place telescopes at the South Pole of the Moon has been announced. The International Lunar Observatory (ILO)/Moon Express lander mission will carry the ILO telescope made by the International Lunar Observatory Association to the surface of the moon as early as 2016. Moon Express Inc will produce a lander for the mission which will also prospect for lunar mineral resources. […]
Archive | July, 2013
While officially not disclosing their identities or clients, Orbital Sciences Corporation, has signed two contracts for three satellites. According to Space News the identies of these satellites are Thaicom 8 for Thaicom, and two satellites for DirecTV to provide services for the Innova/Sky Mexico service.
A Long March 4C (CZ-4C) launch vehicle successfully launched three Chinese satellites at 2337 GMT on 19 July from the Taiyuan launch site in China. The spacecraft carried on this launch included the Shiyan Weizing 7 spacecraft which is designed to scan for orbital debris; the Chuang Xin 3 (CX-3) spacecraft which is designed as an experimental communications satellite: and […]
A space walking astronaut had a lucky escape on 16 July when his space suit began to fill with globules of water. Astronaut Luca Parmitano (ESA) along with Chris Cassidy (NASA) were performing a spacewalk which began at 1157 GMT on 16 July for cabling tasks on the outside of the International Space Station. While Parmitano […]
UK Space Conference: Air-breathing rocket takes headlines but it is size of UK space ambition that is most breathtaking
The biennial UK Space Conference was held this year at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow in July. During the conference, which was organised by the UK Space Agency, there was an emphasis on how innovation and enterprise could promote growth in the space industry. And the UK space industry’s ambition is […]
China successfully launched the Shi Jian 11-05 satellite on a Long March 2C into a low Earth orbit at 0927 GMT on 15 July from the Jiuquan Space Launch Centre in China. This is the fifth in the series of Shi Jian 11 satellites. The fourth example in the series was lost during the Long March […]
Avanti Commnications, the London-based firm which offers Ka-band broadband communicaions coverage across the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East using its Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 communcations satellites, suffered a share-price drop of 40% ending up at 145p by the close on 10 July after the firm revealed that it would not make its revenue targets. The following day, when it became known that Avanti’s CEO David Williams was buying his own firm;s shares, Avanti’s stock price rose 14%.
This image released today by the European Space Agency shows adeployment test of the solar wings on the latest Galileo navigation satellitebeing carried out ESA’s technical hub in the Netherlands. The 1 x 5 m solarwings carry more than 2,500 state-of-the-art gallium arsenide solar cells topower the satellite during its 12-year working life. A counterweighted […]
The European Space Agency’s next big science mission – an attempt to unlock the secrets of the so-called “dark matter” invisible to normal telescopes but and its sister mystery, “dark energy”, which may hold the key to the Universe’s apparently accelerating expansion – has entered its full industrial phase, with the selection of Thales Alenia […]
Main US anti-ballistic missile defence system appears to have less than a 50:50 chance of an interception
The US Missile Defence Agency has admitted that its latest test of its anti-ballistic missile interceptor missile failed to strike its target. The test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defence System missile occured on 5 July. It involved launching a target “ballistic” missile from the Kwajelein Atoll launch site in the Pacific followed by the launch intereptor missile carrying an upgraded (Capability Enhancement 1) Exoatrmospheric Kill Vehicle from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Unfortunately the planned interception and destruction of the target missile failed to take place.
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