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ESA Galileo satellites launch into wrong orbit

Two European Space Agency navigation satellites launched into the wrong orbit last weekend. The satellites were meant to be the fifth and sixth in Europe’s Galileo global positioning system, a network of 30 satellites expected to be up and running by 2020. They launched from French Guinea on a…

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£1.18m MoD ship order for Gresham

Gresham Power Electronics of Wiltshire has secured a £1.18m order from Korea based Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to supply un-interruptable power supply (UPS) systems for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Tide class tankers, currently being built by Daewoo. To be delivered to the MoD, each tanker…

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Space: ESA approves plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope, which will be the largest of its kind ever built. Costing about €1 billion, the flagship project will launch in 2028. It will weigh in at 5 tonnes, be about 12 metres long and will…

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Quantum transmission sent through space

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites. Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That’s because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which…

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NASA selects five universities for X-Hab deep space challenge

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions. They are part of the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. The idea is to encourage studies in spaceflight-related disciplines, and also to…

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Thales Alenia Space expands into the UK space industry

Thales Alenia Space has announced the acquisition of the “space activities” of Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) Limited, which is part of Cohort plc. Thales Alenia Space UK expects the deal will boost growth in systems engineering and research and technology. “Our decision to come to the UK, motivated by…

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Space: NASA beams HD video from Space Station via laser

NASA has successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument. The US space agency says the transmission of the “Hello, World!” video was the first 175-megabit communication for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS). It…

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