Two new satellites join the Galileo constellation

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Title Galileo satellites launched
Released 27/03/2015 3:08 pm
Copyright Arianespace

At 3 min 29 sec after the launch of Galileo’s Soyuz the protective launcher fairing is jettisoned, revealing the two Galileo satellites attached to their dispenser atop the Fregat upper stage that will haul them most of the way into medium-Earth orbit.
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28 March 2015

The EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair.

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ESA’s spaceplane back on dry land

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Title IXV hoisted onto dry land
Released 27/03/2015 2:27 pm
Copyright ESA

ESA’s recovered IXV spaceplane arrived at the Port of Livorno in Italy on 26 March 2015 and will be taken to Turin for final analysis.

Hardware will be removed for engineers to evaluate the reusability of components and the effects of heat, pressure and shock during the mission.

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, was launched on a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 11 February 2015. Released into a suborbital trajectory, it flew autonomously, reentering and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean after 100 minutes.
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27 March 2015

ESA’s recovered IXV spaceplane arrived at the Port of Livorno in Italy yesterday and is set to be taken to Turin for final analysis.

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Boarding the Soyuz Spacecraft on Launch Day

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Expedition 43 Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), top, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, center, and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos wave farewell as they board the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft ahead of their launch to the International Space Station, Friday, March 27, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year in space and return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. Most expeditions to the space station last four to six months. By doubling the length of this mission, researchers hope to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight. This knowledge is critical as NASA looks toward human journeys deeper into the solar system, including to and from Mars, which could last 500 days or longer.

The Soyuz is set to lift off at 3:42 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 27 on a six-hour, four-orbit flight to the station.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Boeing, ANA Finalize Order for Three 787-10 Dreamliners

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First Asian airline to operate all three members of 787 family

SEATTLE, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing’s newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners.

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The Tory Attack Ad Labour Tried to Ban


The Tory Attack Ad Labour Tried to Ban
by technoguido

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This Tory attack ad featuring old footage of the two Eds in the Treasury has been pulled from YouTube. It features footage from the documentary ‘We are the Treasury’, which was broadcast in 1997 and traced the early day of McMental’s stewardship of the economy. The documentary surfaced recently on the Telegraph website featuring footage of Ed Balls smoking and spinning while Ed Miliband gurned like an amphetamine fuelled hippo.

When Panorama tried to use the clips in 2007, they were met with the full might of McBride’s Treasury spin team, as detailed here.

Guido understands that STV have come under intense pressure from ‘a third party’- believed to be Labour – to have the footage scrubbed from the internet. This is now the only place you can see it…
technoguido | March 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm | Categories: Guido Fawkes, GuyNews | URL:

Microsoft Shakes Down Public Sector for Dosh


Microsoft Shakes Down Public Sector for Dosh
by technoguido

Large software providers such as Microsoft and Oracle are stepping up their “audit review” raids on public sector customers, propping up their dwindling licensing sales with fines for licencing agreement non-compliance. According to a report by Cerno, 39% of local authorities have been subjected to review in the the last 20 months, with 60% of them forced to cough up heavy penalties. Paid for out of public funds.

Some public sector organisations are starting to see the benefit of moving away from expensive propriety IT solutions, with their moves to open source and in-house solutions forcing big software companies to find other ways of squeezing them for cash. The user rights of public sector IT contracts are extremely complex and often misunderstood, leaving the door open for software companies to swoop in and levy fines for arrears in license fees and support.

Is the software mafia’s grip beginning to slip?
technoguido | March 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Tags: Microsoft, Oracle, Techno Guido | Categories: Techno Guido | URL:

NASA’s Hubble, Chandra Find Clues that May Help Identify Dark Matter


Here are images of six different galaxy clusters taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (blue) and Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) in a study of how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. A total of 72 large cluster collisions were studied.
Image Credit: NASA and ESA

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought. Researchers say this finding narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.

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Bristow Horizons: March 2015


From Service to Savings, Airnorth Acquisition brings New Possibilities for Bristow Clients

At Bristow, we constantly look for new ways to enhance customer service and increase cost savings for our clients. This past February, Bristow Helicopters Australia affirmed its commitment to this goal by acquiring an 85-percent controlling interest of Airnorth, the largest regional airline in Northern Australia.

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