WBMSAT News Bits 12/12/2014

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A pair of RD-180 engines mounted to the base of an Atlas 5 rocket core. Credit: NASA Kennedy – Space News

Compromise appropriations bill includes $220 million for RD-180 replacement, despite Air Force objections.
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/06/2014

The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: ULA photo – Space News

House-Senate conference measure prohibits future use of a Russian-built RD180 rocket engine that today routinely launches U.S. national security satellites.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/28/2014

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Credit: European Space Agency graphic – Space News

Despite growing concern about orbital debris, and language in U.S. national space policy directing government agencies to study debris cleanup technologies, industry worries not enough is being done to implement the policy.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/21/2014

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5th Galileo satellite orbiting earth – esa artist’s concept – esa

U.S warns EU that any preferential treatment it gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network may violate WTO agreements.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/14/2014

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Feds lift export ban on commercial satellites.
[The Hill – 11/10/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/07/2014

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Wreckage of SpaceShipTwo. Credit: CNN/KABC video capture – Space News

Branson empire reverberates from shock of space-craft crash.
[Space News – 11/06/2014]
Real problem behind Virgin Galactic’s test flight disaster is bad business.
[Space News – 11/05/2014]

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Be A Giant

Fee-fi-fo-fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he live, or be he dead
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

That’s your new mantra at home — after you buy one of Florian Pucher’s Landcarpets. The carpets are based on actual satellite images. They’re not cheap, but they are unique.

So what do you do with ceilings? A Big Bang Print is probably a good idea. Costs less, too.

WBMSAT News Bits 10/31/2014

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New study finds growth of African economies and markets threatened by mobile industry’s drive to access critical C-band satellite spectrum.
[Satellite Markets & Research – 10/29/2014]

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Big Boom on Wallops

This sucks. Critical failure for NASA tonight.

The statement from Orbital

Orbital Sciences Corporation confirms that today’s Antares rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was not successful. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), the vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. According to NASA’s emergency operations officials, there were no casualties and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island. Orbital has formed an anomaly investigation board, which will work in close coordination with all appropriate government agencies, to determine the cause of today’s mishap.

Is not nearly as creative and thoughtful as the one from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate

Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success. Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback. Today’s launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station.

WBMSAT News Bits 10/17/2014

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ABS-2 Credit: Space Systems/Loral photo – Space News

Asia Broadcast Satellite files $214 million insurance claim for bad Russian beam on its ABS-2 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral.
[Space News – 10/17/2014]

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