Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Launched

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket streaks away from Space Launch Complex 41 into the night sky over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K, TDRS-K, to orbit.

The TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services.

Photo credit: NASA/Glenn Benson

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Boeing TDRS-K Relay Satellite Sends 1st Signals from Space

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Provides critical communications links for NASA, US space programs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 30, 2013 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-K, demonstrating that the vehicle is functioning and ready to use its internal engine to boost it to its operational geosynchronous orbit. After reaching final orbit, it will undergo three months of tests and calibration before being put into operation by NASA to provide critical communications relay services to NASA and other U.S. space programs.

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100th F-35 On Lockheed Martin’s Production Line

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 30, 2013 – Assembly of the 100th Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II is well underway at the F-35 production facility here. F-35 technicians are in the final phase of building the wings that will be installed on the 100th aircraft known as AF-41. AF-41, a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, is one of more than 89 F-35s in various stages of completion on Lockheed Martin production lines Fort Worth and Marietta, Ga., and supplier locations across the world. The jet will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force and is slated for pilot training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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New High-speed TACLANE-1G Encryptor by General Dynamics Now Certified by NSA

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TACLANE-1G encryptor operates in vehicles, offices or anywhere government personnel deploy.

TAUNTON, Mass., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems’ new TACLANE®-1G (KG-175G) encryptor is now certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified information at the Top Secret level and below. The high-speed encryptor secures large data and image files 40 times faster than information moving through a commercial 4G network and weighs just eight pounds.

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The most successful combat aircraft of all time gets the Haynes treatment

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Q. What can weigh more than 40 elephants, is wider than half a football pitch and can travel more than half way around the world without stopping?

 

A. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

 

The B-52 Stratofortress is one of the most impressive aviation developments of the last century, an aeroplane that has a combat history spanning more than four decades, has set world records throughout its 50 years of operational use, and is arguably the most successful combat aircraft of all time.

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Title Testing adhesives for solar cells
Copyright ESA-Guus Schoonewille
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Samples for a test campaign evaluating a new European cover glass adhesive for solar cells. The adhesive is placed between a glass ‘sandwich’ and subjected to a long duration space simulation, up to 10 000 hours long, to check for darkening due to radiation degradation. Such darkening would result in a loss of light transmission leading to a reduced power output.

30 January 2013

ESA engineer Mei Mei Stienstra holds a tray of glass samples that have been exposed to simulated space conditions for more than a year. The test campaign assessed a new type of European-made adhesive to keep protective cover glass stuck in place on solar cells.

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