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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Galileo Satellites Fail To Reach Proper Orbit

Arianespace Begins Inquiry, Soyuz Launches Suspended

A pair of navigation satellites launched last week by Arianespace from its spaceport in French Guiana failed to reach their proper orbits, prompting the formation of an investigative committee to look into the launch.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Lockheed Martin To Establish Space Debris Tracking Site

Partners With Australian Company To Set Up The Facility In Western Australia

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Embry-Riddle, ISU Reinforce Cooperation

New MoU Signed Solidifying Relationship Between The Two Organizations

The Commercial Space Operations program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and International Space University (ISU) recently executed a new memorandum of understanding, solidifying a relationship in place since 2003 that provides new opportunities for both institutions and their students.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit

Probe En Route To Historic Encounter With Pluto

NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

NASA Awards Option On Test And Operations Support Contract

Jacobs Technology To Continue To Provide Overall Management, Implementation

NASA has exercised the first option to extend the period of performance of its Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN, to September 30, 2016.

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Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Update: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Self-Destructs During Test

Musk: 'Rockets Are Tricky'

A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage in the company's "Grasshopper" configuration self-destructed during a test flight Friday in McGregor, TX. In a statement posted on Twitter, SpaceX said that the vehicle stayed within in its designated test area, and there were no injuries.

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Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Gone West: Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel

Served As Mission Specialist, Pilot, And Mission Commander

Former NASA astronaut Steven R. Nagel, who served as a mission specialist on his first space shuttle flight, pilot on his second and commanded his final two, died Aug. 21 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

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Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Airborne 08.25.14: SpaceX Setback, AMA Fights FAA, Redbird Migration 2014

Also: Copperstate Fly-In, No-Fly List Changes, Volcano Alert, Inhofe Campaigns In RV-8

In an initial report, ANN space correspondent, Wes Oleszewski, said that on the evening of August 22nd, a SpaceX a Falcon 9R veered off of its planned flight profile and was automatically destroyed by the Flight Termination System at their McGregor, Texas test facility. The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has filed a Petition for Review in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft published in the Federal Register on June 25th. Registration is now open for the 4th annual Migration Conference, hosted by Redbird. The conference will be held at the Redbird Skyport, San Marcos Municipal Airport in San Marcos, Texas October 28th - 29th. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

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Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Arianespace Serves The Galileo Constellation And EU's Ambitions In Space

Contracs Signed For Three Launches To Step Up Deployment Of Navigation Satellite Constellation

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, convened at the Guiana Space Center, European spaceport, to sign a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES in order to step up the deployment of the European navigation system Galileo, the European Union’s flagship program.

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Mon, Aug 25, 2014

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

SMAP Spacecraft Will Launch This Winter

About 60 percent of California is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most dire classification. The agency issued the same warning to Texas and the southeastern United States in 2012. California’s last two winters have been among the driest since records began in 1879.

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