View of Mission Operations Control Room During the Apollo 13 Mission

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Failure Is Not An Option

Gene Kranz (foreground, back to camera), an Apollo 13 Flight Director, watches Apollo 13 astronaut and lunar module pilot Fred Haise onscreen in the Mission Operations Control Room, during the mission’s fourth television transmission on the evening of April 13, 1970. Shortly after the transmission, an explosion occurred that ended any hope of a lunar landing and jeopardized the lives of the crew.

Image Credit: NASA

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UN Secretary-General message on world Maritime Day

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On this year’s observance of World Maritime Day, which is dedicated to orchestrating an effective response to piracy, our thoughts must be with the 339 seafarers from 16 ships who are currently in the hands of pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. May they be released unharmed and returned to their families soon.

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Space Systems/Loral Built QuetzSat-1 Satellite Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

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Procured by SES, QuetzSat-1 is a high-power communications satellite with coverage of Mexico, North America, and Central America, which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and will be used in part by Dish Mexico, an EchoStar joint venture, for Direct-To-Home (DTH) services in Mexico. The Ku-band satellite is scheduled for launch in 2011 and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. Based on the flight-proven SS/L 1300 satellite platform, which provides flexibility for a broad range of applications, the satellite will be located at 77 degrees West

PALO ALTO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 09/30/11 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the QuetzSat-1 satellite, procured by SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays early this morning, following yesterday’s successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Tomorrow, it will begin the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.

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Local College Kids to mix it with Gold Cup elite

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World Match Racing Tour points leader Ian Williams (left) will be gunning for a second Argo Group Gold Cup crown in Hamilton
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By Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette

Bermuda college kids Peter Miller and Lance Fraser will mix it up with the world’s elite match racing sailors during the opening round of the Argo Group Gold Cup. The promising Bermuda sailors have both been placed in groups comprised of past King Edward VII Gold Cup winners.

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ESA centrifuge opens door to high-gravity worlds

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30 September 2011
Astronauts’ jobs sometimes weigh heavy on them: crews returning from space briefly endure ‘g-loading’ more than four times Earth normal. Scientists interested in hypergravity need to create it for minutes, days or even weeks at a time. Fortunately, ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge does just that.

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Galileo In Orbit Validation phase

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At the end of October a Soyuz will be launched from Europe’s Space Port in French Guiana for the first time, carrying into orbit the first pair of so-called IOV satellites. IOV stand for In-Orbit Validation: it’s the phase when the Galileo system will be assessed through tests using the operations of two experimental satellites (GIOVE A and B already on orbit) and a mini constellation of four operational satellites and their related ground infrastructure. These first 2 Galileo satellites will be sent to the first orbital plane on Medium earth Orbit, followed by another 2 in the second orbital plane next year.

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THRANE & THRANE SHIPS 20,000TH SAILOR FLEETBROADBAND TERMINAL

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Milestone terminal delivered to certified partner ESL in Germany

Thrane & Thrane’s success in the world of FleetBroadband continues today as the leading satellite communication equipment manufacturer ships it’s 20,000th FleetBroadband terminal since the launch of Inmarsat’s flagship service in November 2007. The terminal is for Thrane & Thrane’s German certified partner European Satellite Link (ESL) GmbH, who will be installing it on a vessel owned by German shipping company Reederei Claus-Peter Offen.

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