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U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Completes On-Orbit Deployment of Modernized GPS Satellite in Record Time

Satellite Declared Operational for Military and Civil Users Worldwide DENVER, Jan. 16 -- The modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 20, 2007, has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe, following a record-setting on-orbit deployment by a joint U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin...

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BAE Systems Radiation-Hardened Computers Aboard Worldview-1 Satellite

17 Oct 2007 MANASSAS, Virginia - Two BAE Systems RAD750(TM) radiation-hardened single-board computers are managing the command and control functions onboard the WorldView-1 satellite, launched Sept. 18 aboard a Delta II rocket. WorldView-1 was built by Ball Aerospace and owned and operated by DigitalGlobe in Colorado. It is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's NextView program,...

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Space Systems/Loral-Designed Satellites for Globalstar Mobile Voice and Data Services to be Launched

Final Four Satellites Built by Space Systems/Loral-led Consortium, Will Augment Existing LEO Satellite Constellation PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 17 / - Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications and the world's leading commercial satellite provider, today announced that the final four SS/L designed satellites built for Globalstar, Inc. are scheduled to be launched...

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Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3a Satellite Begins Service for B-SAT Customers

NEWTOWN, Pa., Oct. 1 -- The BSAT-3a broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), is now operational for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) following successful on- orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The BSAT-3a communications payload contains 12 130-W Ku-band channels (eight operating at one time). With a design life of more...

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-27A Powers New-Generation Imaging Satellite to Orbit

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Sept. 18 / / -- A Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A boosted a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket into space today from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket carried WorldView-1, the first of two next-generation satellites that are part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's NextView program. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp....

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Morgan Advanced Ceramics Supplies Ceramic Components for NASA's Orbital Wide-Angle Light-Collector (OWL)

Leading ceramic component manufacturer, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, has secured a contract with Photek to supply hexagonal ceramic insulators for intensifiers used in NASA's OWL mission. OWL is the world's first earth-orbiting system designed to study air showers initiated by ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECR). The use of ceramic in the OWL's 'eyes' will allow an accurate image of these particles...

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Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3a Satellite Ready for Launch

NEWTOWN, Pa., Aug. 10 / - The BSAT-3a broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan, is ready for its scheduled launch on Aug. 14 aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle provided by Arianespace. BSAT-3a, which is set for liftoff at 7:44 p.m. EDT, will be located at orbital location 110 degrees East...

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Iridium® Announces First Development Partners for 'NEXT'

Multi-Year Program to Launch Next-Generation Satellite Constellation Begins BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 7 / -- Iridium-® Satellite has contracted with seven key partners in the beginning phase of designing and developing its Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. These first partners -- Avaliant, Boeing, General Dynamics, KinetX, MicroSat Systems, Inc. (MSI) and Trident Sensors -- will work with Iridium...

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Ball Aerospace Prepares to Ship WorldView I

BOULDER, Colo., July 30 / -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed assembly and performance testing of WorldView I, the remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe-®. Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) have completed their comprehensive pre-shipment review and the satellite is being readied for delivery to California's...

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