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Published: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 0:23:01 PST

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MDA to Provide Communications Subsystem to Sierra Nevada Corporation for Dream Chaser® Transportation Spacecraft to Support the ISS

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:27:56

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received an Authorization to Proceed on a multi-million dollar contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).



Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast 26 July 2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:36:13

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast 26 July 2017



DARPA Awards Rocket Crafters Contract to Design, Develop and Test Large-Scale Hybrid Rocket Engine

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:22:48

Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced today it has been awarded a $542,600 research contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).



Dolores Martos Joins Telesat As Regional VP, Latin America and Caribbean Sales

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:08:38

Telesat announced today the appointment of Dolores Martos as Regional Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean Sales. Dolores is a highly regarded and experienced sales executive who has held senior positions in several leading satellite companies.



Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance Announce Mission to the Moon

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:01:19

Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance Announce Mission to the Moon



Telesat Reports Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:51:02

Telesat Canada today announced its financial results for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2017. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) unless otherwise noted.



Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast 25 July 2017

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:03:34

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast 25 July 2017



Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:58:37

Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos



Airborne Telescopes to Study Sun & Mercury During Solar Eclipse

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:14:10

Airborne Telescopes to Study Sun & Mercury During Solar Eclipse



Cosmologists Produce New Maps of Dark Matter Dynamics

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:13:07

Cosmologists Produce New Maps of Dark Matter Dynamics



ETL To Deliver Flexible Redundancy for L-band and ASI signals at IBC

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:11:52

ETL To Deliver Flexible Redundancy for L-band and ASI signals at IBC



Space Data Association Provides Endorsement for GVF Minimum Antenna Performance Requirements

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:10:41

Space Data Association Provides Endorsement for GVF Minimum Antenna Performance Requirements



Robotic Assembly and Manufacturing in Space Comes One Step Closer

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:08:18

Robotic Assembly and Manufacturing in Space Comes One Step Closer



NASA, Techshot and Tupperware Brands Team Up to Improve Plant Growth Aboard the International Space Station

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:06:21

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Techshot Inc., and Tupperware Brands Corporation (Tupperware) are jointly developing an improved system for growing plants aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Since 2014, astronaut farmers aboard the ISS have been growing a variety of leafy vegetables and colorful flowers inside the Vegetable Production System, otherwise known as the 'Veggie' facility. However, NASA is always seeking to improve upon existing technologies, while reducing its need for resources such as crew time. In an effort to reduce the frequency that an astronaut must water plants growing in space, Dr. Howard Levine and his colleagues at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) began exploring new design concepts for the component of Veggie that holds the root structure of the plants, the so-called 'plant pillows.' Research at KSC led to a semi-hydroponic design concept dubbed the Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS). Iconic kitchen and housewares brand Tupperware and Techshot Inc., a commercial space company, partnered to further develop the concept and manufacture spaceflight-qualified PONDS plant growth units for use aboard the ISS next year. Tupperware is applying its deep knowledge and longstanding success of design for manufacturability, injection molding, and food-safe construction materials to yield a system that utilizes capillary forces and unusual geometries to replace gravity. The result is a product that is expected to provide plants grown in space with a near functionally-equivalent growing environment to their terrestrial counterparts. "Tupperware products are designed to enrich lifestyles," said Tupperware Brands Vice President of Research and Innovation David Kusuma. "It has been both exciting and an honor for us to leverage our existing smart technology features to enhance the creativity and foundation that Dr. Levine and NASA initiated with the PONDS project, while making a small contribution to advancing sustainable vegetation growth during space exploration." With nearly 30 years of experience developing equipment for human spaceflight, Techshot is assisting with requirements for management, safety, verification and integration tasks. It also is providing Tupperware designers with access to subject matter experts in areas such as low-gravity fluidics. "It's been great working closely with the talented teams of engineers, designers and scientists at NASA and Tupperware on the PONDS project," said Techshot Launch Operations Director Dave Reed. "Techshot is eager to help get this new technology approved for flight to the ISS and, perhaps, beyond." Up to six of the new units can be installed in Veggie at one time. Like the plant pillows they will replace, the PONDS devices are envisioned to be single use items, which will be discarded after the plants are grown and harvested on orbit. Initial units are expected to launch to the station in the third and fourth quarters of next year aboard two successive flights of commercial uncrewed SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft. About Techshot Techshot Inc., has been developing new technologies for the aerospace, defense and medical industries since 1988. Its devices have flown aboard parabolic-flight aircraft, sub-orbital rockets, space shuttles, the SpaceX Cargo Dragon and the International Space Station. The Techshot Bone Densitometer, used to X-ray mice, is in use on the ISS this summer, and the company's 3D space BioFabrication Facility, expected to launch to the station late next year, may one day create tissues and organs for patients on earth and astronauts on deep space missions. Its Space Act Agreement with NASA permits t[...]



CubeCab To Launch 1,000 Satellites For ThumbSat

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:05:42

In the largest single agreement to date, educational satellite company ThumbSat has agreed to launch 1,000 of its satellites on CubeCab's Cab-3A rocket family.