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YG-9 YaoGan Weixing-9 = CZ-4C - 5.03.10 07:55 ДМВ - Цзюцюань
 
Насколько понял, по мотивам запуска сабжа конверт:

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4c0abe970100hfbj.html

[color=orange]P.S. Пытался вставить - не получилось :( [/color]
SpaceX Falcon 9
 
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/001/100314gallery/

Falcon 9 lights main engines on launch pad
SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: March 13, 2010


The nine first stage engines on the 154-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket ignited Saturday for 3.5 seconds, one of the final preflight tests for the new privately-developed booster before its scheduled April launch. The static fire occurred at 12:30 p.m. EST at Cape Canaveral, Fla.


[color=orange]P.S. Фото там интересные[/color]
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http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2010/03/european-officials-poised-to-remove.html

Saturday, March 13, 2010
European Officials Poised To Remove Chinese Payloads From Galileo Sats

http://www.spacenews.com/policy/100312-officials-poised-remove-chinese-payloads-galileo.html
05:33 PM ET

European Officials Poised To Remove Chinese Payloads From Galileo Sats


MUNICH, Germany — The European Commission appears set to order the builders of the initial four Galileo navigation satellites, now in final assembly, to remove their Chinese-built search-and-rescue payloads as part of an evolving security and technology-independence policy, European government and industry officials said.

Similar motivations will prevent the builders of the full 30-satellite Galileo constellation from purchasing search-and-rescue terminals from Canada’s Com Dev despite Canada’s status as an associate member of the 18-nation European Space Agency and Com Dev’s acknowledged expertise in the technology, officials said.

Galileo program managers, anticipating a commission ruling they say they still have not received, have begun designing replacement hardware that would have the same weight as the Chinese gear and would not further delay delivery of the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation spacecraft.

The four satellites are in final assembly and test by a manufacturing consortium led by Astrium Satellites and Thales Alenia Space. Their launch date has recently slipped to early 2011 for the first two, and mid-2011 for the remaining pair.

A European Union decision to offload the Chinese-built hardware could serve as a metaphor for the European Commission’s relations with China in the Galileo program.

When Galileo was viewed as a private-sector development with public-sector financial participation, European Commission program managers sought Chinese participation in pursuit of Chinese cash in the short term and privileged access to China’s market for positioning and timing applications in the longer term.

That business model collapsed, however, and Galileo was transformed into a 100 percent taxpayer-financed project. Galileo’s managers also became aware of the security considerations implicit in the construction of a global positioning, navigation and timing satellite network.

China was, in effect, disinvited from Galileo, a decision that was reinforced by China’s move to build its own global system, called Beidou/Compass.

At the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit here March 10, a Chinese government official bluntly asked the European Commission why it no longer wanted to work with China, and when China’s cash investment in Galileo would be returned.

Paul Verhoef, the European Commission’s satellite navigation program manager, sought to explain.

Europe’s decision to invite China to invest in Galileo, Verhoef said, “was with a number of purposes in mind, and in a different context. Some nations [outside Europe] wanted to participate in the construction of the system as part of a public-private partnership. But Galileo subsequently was made into a public procurement with public-procurement rules.”

Verhoef added: “China’s ambitions also had changed. China originally said it was designing is own smaller, regional system for military use. Then China moved to a global civil system. It is one thing to work together in one context. It is quite another in another context. But our two systems can still cooperate.”

The former Galileo partners are now embroiled in a dispute over the radio frequencies their separate navigation constellations will use for their encrypted, quasi-military service, which for Galileo is called the Public Regulated Service (PRS). Chinese officials refer to their PRS equivalent simply as the Authorized Service.

Satellite navigation system sponsors would like to be able to locate their government-only service on radio spectrum not used by any other navigation system. That way, they can jam all other navigation signals in a conflict zone or during an emergency while retaining the use of their own service.

“For the authorized service, spectral separation is beneficial,” said Jiao Wenhai of the China Satellite Navigation Office in Beijing during a March 10 presentation here. “But due to the limits of the spectrum, it is difficult to achieve.”

China has begun deploying its Beidou/Compass satellites. The full system is designed to include five geostationary-orbit satellites, three satellites in inclined geosynchronous orbit for northern coverage and 27 satellites operating in medium Earth orbit. An initial capacity to serve Asia is expected to be in place by 2012, with full system deployment by 2020, Jiao said.

In an interview, Jiao said that despite some two years of negotiations with Europe and the United States to find separate spectrum slices for the U.S. GPS military code, Europe’s PRS and the Chinese Authorized Service, no solution has been found because of the physical limits of available radio spectrum.

Europe and the United States agreed on the locations of their encrypted services in 2004. Verhoef said Europe and Russia — whose Glonass constellation is nearing full in-orbit operational status — are “well advanced” on the issue. “We’re still in discussions with China,” he said.

[color=orange]P.S. Даже не знал, что Китай принимает участие в создании Galileo[/color]
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/management/government-law/public-sector/news/index.cfm?newsid=19278

MoD extends
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http://www.physorg.com/news186852270.html

Air Force eyes mini-thrusters for use in satellite propulsion
March 3, 2010

[img]http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/hires/20583.jpg[/img]

[color=yellow]A prototype of a miniature electrospray thruster with four rows of ion emitters is shown here. The thruster is contained within two black plates each measuring about one square inch. Credit: Dr. Paulo Lozano, MIT[/color]

Mini-thrusters or miniature, electric propulsion systems are being developed, which could make it easier for the Air Force's small satellites, including the latest CubeSats, to perform space maneuvers and undertake formidable tasks like searching for planets beyond our solar system.

With Air Force Office of Scientific Research funding, researchers led by Dr. Paulo Lozano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are considering the advantages of electric propulsion over more traditional chemical rocketry. As a result, they have discovered "ionic liquid ion sources" which are the core elements of the mini-thruster.

In addition to the benefits anticipated for small satellites, the technology may have applicability in completely different areas.

"Fast-moving ions coming out from the mini-thrusters can be used to etch semiconductors to create patterns in the nanometer scale, to fabricate computer chips or small mechanical devices," said Lozano.

The team is interested in the properties that allow advances in travel between different orbits in space and the ability for spacecraft to self-destruct upon controlled re-entry, therefore preventing the creation of additional space debris.

Lozano predicts that he will have a mini-thruster prototype developed in about four or five months and he expects the technology to become a reality in the next two years. He plans to begin measuring the velocity of the ions and their energy as soon as the prototype is ready to determine the thrust and efficiency of the engine. Later this year, the team will begin looking at how to integrate mini-thrusters to flight hardware.


Provided by Air Force Office of Scientific Research
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Swedish_Nanospace_Leads_The_European_Development­_Consortium_999.html

Swedish Nanospace Leads The European Development Consortium

by Staff Writers
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Feb 12, 2010
Measuring the amount of remaining fuel in a car is easy. Doing the same on a satellite in orbit, however, is more complicated. Since 2007, NanoSpace has developed a concept for this purpose. European Space Agency (ESA) now invests 2 million EUR in the continued development of the system, a project which will be managed by NanoSpace and involve partners in Germany, Norway and France.
The propellant of a telecommunication satellite in orbit is normally enough for 15 years' operation. When it runs out of propellant, the satellite is replaced.

With the uncertainty in presently used gauging systems, a six months' margin is typically needed when taking a satellite out of operation. With a more precise gauging system, the operational time could be extended.

"A working satellite in orbit could be worth a 100,000 EUR a day. A system that contributes to more reliable planning and extended satellite lifetime would be very valuable for satellite owners", says Tor-Arne Gronland, CEO of NanoSpace.

"One difficulty is the weightlessness, which causes the liquid propellant to virtually fly around in the tank", says Pelle Rangsten, head of engineering and project manager at NanoSpace. "As in all space business, the requirements for accuracy and reliability are also extremely high."

NanoSpace already has a patent for the propellant gauging system, one important aspect on which ESA based its decision. NanoSpace also has a leading position in Europe in its field, micro-electro-mechanical systems for space applications.

Among other projects, NanoSpace has delivered advanced rocket thrusters to the Swedish Prisma satellites, scheduled to be launched in April 2010.
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http://www.examiner.com/x-5429-DC-Space-News-Examiner~y2010m3d1-New-Arlingtonbased-satellite-service-plans-first-launch

New Arlington-based satellite service plans first launch
March 1, 5:05 PMDC Space News Examiner

A new satellite service named OverHorizon, based in Arlington, Va., has selected a European rocket to launch its first communications satellite into orbit, according to a press statement released by Arianespace.

OverHorizon is a new satellite operator addressing the global mobile broadband satellite communication market.

OverHorizon has chosen European satellite launch service Arianespace to launch its first communications satellite, OHO-1, into Earth orbit.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and James Gerow, president of OverHorizon LLC, announced Monday the signature of the launch service contract for the OHO-1 satellite.

OHO-1 will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit in mid-2012, using an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. Orbital Sciences Corp. and Thales Alenia Space will build the satellite jointly.

OHO-1 will weigh about 3,200 kilograms at launch, and will carry a Ku-band payload for two-way broadband communications with small terminals. These terminals can be installed on moving vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, etc. The satellite’s design life exceeds 15 years.
WGS 3 = Delta IV-M+ (5,4) - 6.12.09 04:47 ДМВ - Canaveral
 
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2010/03/05/Air-Force-accepts-WGS-3-from-Boeing/UPI-22481267800215/

Air Force accepts WGS-3 from Boeing
Published: March. 5, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Share EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 5 (UPI) -- Boeing marked a milestone with its third Wideband Global Satellite Communication system following a successful transfer of control to the U.S. Air Force.

U.S. defense contractor Boeing has been conducting functionality and payload tests of the WGS-3 Block II military communications satellite after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Boeing says the WGS-3 passed the on-orbit tests and was transferred to the Air Force. The WGS-3 is designed to provide military users with next-generation broadband communication capabilities.

"Knowledge is power, especially on the battlefield, where the ability to quickly communicate large amounts of information can make a world of difference to mission success," Air Force Col. Don Robbins, WGS group commander, said in a statement.

"With their wide bandwidth and high throughput, WGS satellites are game-changers that give our warfighters a distinct advantage."
GOES 15 -Delta 4 Medium+(4,2)- 5.03.10 02:57 ДМВ -Canaveral
 
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/mar/HQ_10-056_GOES-P_launch.html

NASA and NOAA's GOES-P Satellite Successfully Launched   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-P, lifted off Thursday aboard a Delta IV rocket at 6:57 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite joins four other similar spacecraft to improve weather forecasting and monitoring of environmental events.

Approximately four hours and 21 minutes after liftoff, the spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle. The NASA Deep Space Network tracking site in Canberra, Western Australia, monitored the spacecraft separation.

"It's a great day for NASA and NOAA, as this last launch completes the spacecraft in the GOES N-P series," said Andre Dress, the NASA GOES Deputy Project Manager. "It means the hard work and dedication from this team during the past 12-plus years all has been worth it. Our review of the spacecraft and launch vehicle data shows that GOES-P is in a nominal transfer orbit with all spacecraft systems functioning properly."

GOES-P is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. On March 13, GOES-P is scheduled to be placed in its final orbit and renamed GOES-15.

NOAA has two operational GOES satellites hovering 22,300 miles above the equator -- GOES-12 in the east and GOES-11 in the west. Each provides continuous observations of environmental conditions in North, Central and South America and the surrounding oceans. GOES-13 is being moved to replace GOES-12, which will be positioned to provide coverage for South America as part of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems, or GEOSS.

NASA contracted with Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of Seal Beach, Calif., to build and launch the GOES-P spacecraft. Approximately 20 days after launch, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems will turn engineering control over to NASA. About five months later, NASA will transfer operational control of GOES-15 to NOAA. The satellite will be checked out and stored on-orbit. It will be available for activation should one of the operational GOES satellites degrade or exhaust their fuel.

NOAA manages the GOES program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and distributes environmental satellite data for the United States. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., procures and manages the design, development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a cost reimbursable basis. NASA's Launch Services Program at the NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida supported the GOES-P launch in an advisory role.
8 Марта!
 
Прекрасных, милых дам-форумчанок - с праздником!
Всего Вам самого светлого!
С уважением, Павел Акулаев
YG-9 YaoGan Weixing-9 = CZ-4C - 5.03.10 07:55 ДМВ - Цзюцюань
 
http://news.china.com.cn/rollnews/2010-03/04/content_865037.htm

Гугль дает перевод, что начата заправка топливом
План китайских космических пусков
 
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-03/04/c_13196678.htm

China plans to launch second lunar probe in October
English.news.cn   2010-03-04 10:53:22
BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- China plans to launch the Chang'e-2, the country's second lunar probe, in October this year, an expert said Thursday.

The satellite would be launched on a Long March 3-C carrier rocket, said Liang Xiaohong, Party chief of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Liang's remarks came just one day after Qi Faren, former chief designer of China's Shenzhou spaceships, said the country would launch an unmanned space module, Tiangong-1, in 2011.

Tiangong-1 is expected to accomplish the country's first space docking and is regarded as an essential step toward building a space station.

A spokesman of China's space program said in February last year that the country had planned to launch the unmanned module into orbit as early as the end of 2010.

Qi said the delay was due to technical reasons.
YaoGan Weixing-7 - CZ-2D - 9.12.09 11:42 ДМВ - Цзюцюань
 
А так:

[img]http://img2.laibafile.cn/laiba/images/16567651/12612759172043503103/A/1/m.jpg[/img]
YaoGan Weixing-7 - CZ-2D - 9.12.09 11:42 ДМВ - Цзюцюань
 
Нашел на просторах инета

[img]http://img2.laibafile.cn/laiba/images/16567651/12612759172043503103/A/1/o.jpg[/img]

Пытаюсь перевести :twisted:
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http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2010/03/china-to-launch-space-station-module.html

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
China to Launch Space Station Module

March 3, 2010
China to Launch Space Station Module
By MARK McDONALD

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/world/asia/04space.html

HONG KONG — The Heavenly Palace, the first module in China’s permanent space station, will be launched next year, a senior aerospace official confirmed Wednesday.

The official, Qi Faren, said the craft, an orbiting laboratory known in Mandarin as Tiangong-1, would initially serve as a docking station for other spacecraft. His remarks were carried by Xinhua, the official news agency.

A model of Tiangong-1 was publicly unveiled during New Year celebrations last year. The 8.5-ton laboratory is expected to be 30 feet long, with a crew of three taikonauts, the Chinese term for astronauts.

The China National Space Administration said it plans three docking missions with the lab next year.

The space agency’s long-range plans include a 20-ton permanent space station that will incorporate Tiangong-1, as well as a separate lunar mission by 2022.

China successfully launched its first satellite in April 1970, a craft called Dong Fang Hong-1, or The East Is Red, which was sent into orbit by a Long March-1 rocket. China’s first manned spacecraft went aloft in October 2003 and made 14 orbits of the Earth. The country’s first spacewalk took place 18 months ago.

Aerospace experts and military officials say the Chinese military space program has made major advancements in recent years, notably when it tested an antisatellite system in 2007, using a ballistic missile to shoot down one of its own weather satellites 540 miles up.

Charles P. Vick, a senior analyst at GlobalSecurity.org, said in a white paper that China’s “space station programs have clearly won out in government planning priorities over the lunar aspirations.”

China has long insisted that its intentions in space are peaceful, although the head of the Chinese Air Force, Gen. Xu Qiliang, appeared to have gone somewhat off-message when he said in November that international “military competition has shifted towards space.”

“Such a shift is a major trend now, and such expansion is a historical inevitability,” he said, in remarks quoted by state-run media. “To some extent, if you control space you can also control the land and the sea, and you will be in an advantageous position.”

Meanwhile, American military planners have expressed concerns and uncertainty about China’s intentions.

“Where they’re heading I think is one of those things that a lot of people would like to understand better, what their goals and objectives are,” said Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, the head of United States Strategic Command, following General Xu’s remarks. “But they certainly are on a fast track to improve their capabilities.

“Clearly, I think what we’ve all come to understand is that space is a contested domain. It used to be looked at like a sanctuary. And clearly that’s not the case today.”
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Thales_Alenia_Space_To_Build_Jason_3_Operational­_Oceanographic_Satellite_999.html

Thales Alenia Space To Build Jason-3 Operational Oceanographic Satellite

by Staff Writers
Cannes, France (SPX) Feb 25, 2010

Thales Alenia Space announced to have signed with French Space Agency (CNES), the contract to build the Jason-3 satellite.
The Jason-3 operational oceanographic mission involves a quadripartite collaboration between the two meteorological organizations Eumetsat and NOAA, acting as the leaders of the program, and CNES and its American counterpart NASA.

Jason-3 will allow the continuity of high precision ocean topography measurements beyond TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2, which are now operational in orbit. It will also provide a bridge to an operational mission to enable the continuation of multi-decadal ocean topography measurements. Jason 3 will offer the same ocean measurement accuracy as Jason 2, including near coastal zones, as well as lakes and rivers.

Based on the Proteus platform, Jason-3 features the Poseidon-3B altimeter, also developed by Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse. The Poseidon-3B dual-frequency altimeter continues to be the key instrument in this spaceborne observation programme. Included in the core mission, Jason-3 will embark the DORIS precise orbit determination system, an Advanced Microwave Radiometer (AMR), a GPS payload (GPSP), and a Laser Retro-reflector Array (LRA).

The satellite will be placed in the same orbit as Jason-2, at an altitude of 1,336 kilometres with an inclination of 66 degrees, to provide virtually blanket coverage of all ice-free ocean surfaces. Its weight at launch is 553 kilogrammes, with 550 W of power and pointing accuracy of 0.15 degrees (half-cone). Its launch is expected for mid 2013 for a mission life of 3 years.

Thales Alenia Space is Europe's leader in climate change monitoring and is at the heart of environmental initiatives. The company, as a key player, has helped oceanography to become operational. The huge system of surface and deep-water currents drives massive exchanges of heat and energy through all the oceans of the planet and can be considered as one of the main engines of Earth's climate. Poseidon altimeters played a key role in the depiction and understanding of this phenomenon.

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission, built by Thales Alenia Space and launched in November 2009, will provide regular maps of sea surface salinity, showing where and when large amounts of fresh waters are introduced in the cycle, for instance through rains, about 90% of which are estimated to fall over open sea.

To complete the global understanding of the water cycle, CryoSat, will feature a unique instrument, the Siral interferometry radar altimeter - to monitor the thickness of sea ice and ice shelf's.

Through GMES and the Sentinel satellites program, Thales Alenia Space is already working on the next generation of satellites that will continue monitoring the water cycle at a global scale. For more than 20 years, Thales Alenia Space has been in the forefront of efforts to meet major environmental challenges, whether meteorological or oceanographic. The company is also a worldwide leader in high-performance optical and radar payloads, for civil and military use.
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ICESat_Notable_Moments_In_Science_999.html

ICESat's Notable Moments In Science

by Staff Writers
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 25, 2010

Over the last decade, NASA has launched a series of satellites to monitor the health of our planet. One such satellite - the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) - has provided a sustained, big-picture look at ice thickness at Earth's polar regions.
Now, after seven years in orbit and 15 laser-operation campaigns, ICESat has stopped collecting science data. The last of three lasers on the satellite's Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) ceased emitting light on Oct. 11, 2009. Attempts to restart the lasers have ended, and NASA is pursing options for satellite decommissioning.

"ICESat's loss is disappointing and it comes at a critical time," said Tom Wagner, cryosphere program manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

"But we can't lose sight of the fact that ICESat and its team of talented scientists and engineers helped us see the Earth's polar ice caps in a new way. Those observations are feeding a new generation of models to help us figure out where the planet is headed.????"

As the world's first laser-altimeter satellite, ICESat has measured Earth's surface and atmosphere in "unprecedented 3-D detail," said Jay Zwally, ICESat's project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

"ICESat has been an outstanding success, despite disappointing limitations in the laser lifetimes. Scientific advances have been made in measuring changes in the mass of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, polar sea ice thickness, vegetation-canopy heights, and the heights of clouds and aerosols."

In the Arctic, for example, scientists used ICESat to map Greenland's dramatic surface elevation, rising to 4,000 meters above sea level. They watched as thin, seasonal sea ice replaced thick, older sea ice as the dominant type in the Arctic Ocean.

In Antarctica, scientists achieved a comprehensive inventory of lakes that actively drain or fill under the ice. At both poles, they have tracked glaciers along the coast of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets as they empty into the sea.

Despite the end of ICESat's mission, NASA's observations of Earth's polar regions continue. Operation Ice Bridge began in 2009, becoming the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. For the next five years, instruments on NASA aircraft will target areas of rapid change to yield an unprecedented 3-D view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves, and sea ice. The mission will bridge the gap in satellite data until the launch of ICESat-2, planned for 2015.

"Operation Ice Bridge is allowing us to get much higher resolution data over smaller, targeted regions," said Lora Koenig of NASA Goddard, and acting project scientist for the Ice Bridge mission.

Targeted information from aircraft combined with the broad and consistent coverage from satellites contribute to a more complete understanding of Earth's response to climate change, helping scientists make better predictions of what the future might hold.
Astra 3B,COMSATBw 2-Ariane 5ECA- 22.05.10 02:01 ЛМВ -Kourou
 
French Guiana Welcomes The Second Passenger For Ariane 5's Upcoming Mission by Staff Writers
Kourou, French Guianad (SPX) Feb 25, 2010

Both payloads for Arianespace's initial Ariane 5 flight of 2010 are now in French Guiana, following last week's arrival of COMSATBw-2 at Rochambeau International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne.
COMSATBw-2 is a secure relay platform that will deliver key services for the German Bundeswehr (German armed forces), and is a follow-on spacecraft to COMSATBw-1 - which was orbited by Ariane 5 in October 2009.

Together, the COMSATBw satellites will provide a secure broadband network which guarantees uninterrupted communications between the government, military authorities and armed forces deployed around the world.

Based on the Spacebus 3000B2 platform, COMSATBw-2 was designed, integrated and tested by satellite prime contractor Thales Alenia Space on behalf of EADS Astrium - which is the program's space segment prime contractor.

With this spacecraft's delivery to French Guiana, COMSATBw-2 joins its "sister" payload for the upcoming mission - ASTRA 3B, which currently is undergoing pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport. ASTRA 3B was built by Astrium for commercial telecommunications operator SES ASTRA.

An Ariane 5 ECA will orbit COMSATBw-2 and ASTRA 3B from Europe's Spaceport on March 24. This year-opening flight will initiate Arianespace's busy launch schedule in 2010, which plans for seven missions with the heavy-lift vehicle.
Метеор-М №1+6 спутников – 17.09.2009 - Союз-2.1Б/Фрегат - Байконур, (успешно)
 
http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30696:sas-second-satellite-delivers&catid=260:telecoms&Itemid=59

SA's second satellite delivers

SA received the first live images from its second satellite, Sumbandila, this week.

SA's progression into space started over a decade ago and the country expects to make further strides in this area, says Lunga Ngqengelele, acting head of communications for the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
These images represent just the first development expected from the satellite, adds Ngqengelele.
He says the next step is to use the images to serve many functions in SA and help address certain needs.
“It can help the country in many ways. It can help SA in dealing with climate change, we can detect the movement of people in terms of informal settlements and then agriculturally can determine which land can still be used,” explains Ngqengelele.
The DST says the satellite can collect images during national emergencies, such as floods and fires, and can also map infrastructure and land use, and measure the water levels of dams.
“So the next step just depends on what we want to find out. Based on what the government wants, we will be able to get the images,” states Ngqengelele.
The DST says the satellite carries a secondary communication payload from the Department of Communications, in addition to the camera, since, according to Ngqengelele, government will also use the satellite for communications.
SA now also has the chance to provide images to other countries, just as it had once paid for satellite images that only other countries could provide. Ngqengelele says: “In the long run, we hope to assist other African countries with the satellite and we expect that they will get images from us. Basically, it's an investment for us and it is moving forward.”

Great success

World Wide Worx Strategy MD Steven Ambrose says: “The pictures are a reflection of South African technical prowess and perseverance despite all manner of obstacles in the realisation of the project. The high-resolution and the fact that these are being received by a South African organisation, from a largely South African satellite, is a great success.
“The main developments going forward will be in the science and research that the satellite facilitates or enables. It also provides impetus for further development in the education arena around space technology and imaging, which will be good for government and industry in SA,” says Ambrose, describing what else should be expected from Sumbandila.
He adds that the success in launching this satellite and now receiving pictures from it puts the country in the “space race” in a small way. It will allow for imaging of SA to a degree that wasn't possible before.
GOES 15 -Delta 4 Medium+(4,2)- 5.03.10 02:57 ДМВ -Canaveral
 
http://www.physorg.com/news186084383.html

NASA, NOAA ready GOES-P satellite for launch
February 22, 2010

NASA is preparing to launch the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-P (GOES-P) from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch is targeted for March 2, during a launch window from 6:19 to 7:19 p.m. EST.

"GOES are the backbone of NOAA's severe weather forecasts, monitoring fast-changing conditions in the atmosphere that spawn hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other hazards," said Steve Kirkner, GOES program manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

GOES-P is the third and final spacecraft to be launched in the GOES N Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites. The GOES satellites continuously provide observations of more than 50 percent of the Earth, including the continental United States, providing weather monitoring and forecast operations and a continuous and reliable stream of environmental information and severe weather warnings.

In addition to weather forecasting on Earth, a key instrument onboard GOES-P, the Solar X-Ray Imager (SXI), will help NOAA continue monitoring solar conditions.

"The SXI is improving our forecasts and warnings for solar disturbances, protecting billions of dollars worth of commercial and government assets in space and on the ground, and lessening the brunt of power surges for the satellite-based electronics and communications industry," said Tom Bodgan, director of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colo.

GOES-P joins a system of weather satellites that provide timely environmental information to meteorologists and the public. The GOES system provides data used to graphically display the intensity, path and size of storms. Early warning of impending severe weather enhances the public's ability to take shelter and protect property.

GOES-P will be launched on board a United Launch Alliance Delta IV (4, 2) launch vehicle under a FAA commercial license. The satellite will be turned over to NASA after the successful checkout is completed by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, El Segundo Calif.

Currently, NOAA operates GOES-12, (GOES East) and GOES-11 (GOES-West.) In late April, NOAA will activate GOES-13 to replace GOES-12 and will drift eastward from 105 degrees West longitude to 75 degrees West longitude. NOAA plans to move GOES-12 to 60 degrees West longitude to provide coverage for South America as part of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). NASA handed over GOES-14, launched last June, to NOAA on December 14, 2009. It will remain in normal mode at the 105W storage longitude to provide operational X-ray Sensor coverage to NOAA's SWPC.

Once in orbit GOES-P will be designated GOES-15, checked out and then stored on-orbit and ready for activation should one of the operational GOES satellites degrade or exhaust their fuel.

NOAA manages the GOES program, establishes requirements, provides all funding and distributes environmental satellite data for the United States. NASA Goddard procures and manages the design, development and launch of the satellites for NOAA on a cost reimbursable basis. Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems built GOES-P.


Provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's GOES-P meteorological satellite is lifted into the mobile service tower at Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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