Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
The NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The mission will measure changes in how mass is redistributed within and among Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land and ice sheets, as well as within Earth itself. GRACE-FO is sharing its ride to orbit with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as part of a commercial rideshare agreement.
Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched at 12:47 p.m. PDT Tuesday from the California coast.

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Tomorrow’s solar cell

30% efficiency solar cell

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  • Title 30% efficiency solar cell
  • Released 23/05/2018 8:26 am
  • Copyright Azur Space
  • DescriptionSolar cells have a hard life in space – their efficiency at converting sunlight into energy at the end of their time there is more prized than their initial efficiency. This next generation solar cell having an area of around 30 sq. cm boosts the beginning of life efficiency of up to 30.9% and end of life efficiency to 27.5% – and in the future designers expect to push this figure above 30%.

 

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Recent U.S. Army Awards for AeroVironment Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems and Services Bring Total Contract Value to $111 Million since August 2017; Include First Switchblade Order for U.S. Marine Corps

  • $78 million has been funded since August 2017
  • Awards for hardware and contractor logistics support approved through Urgent Need Statements, reflecting high priority requirements
  • AeroVironment provides full system capability, including Switchblade systems, operator training, support and logistics

 

 

TAMPA, Fla., At SOFIC,  May 22, 2018 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced the receipt of contract awards in April 2018 from the United States Army for procurement of the company’s Switchblade® Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) that bring the total value of Switchblade awards to $111,054,202 since August 2017.  The contract awards were funded through Urgent Need Statements and include the first Switchblade order from the United States Marine Corps.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal will manage the contracts, for which $78,095,737 has been funded.

The total value of Switchblade hardware awards is $67,763,386.  Hardware deliveries under initial awards began in December 2017 and are expected to continue through September 2018.  The total value of Switchblade CLS awards is $43,290,816, covering three years of services .

“Switchblade is a highly effective and mature smart weapon system that delivers unmatched force protection and precision strike capabilities to American forces with minimal to no collateral effects,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment.  “Man-portable and lightweight, Switchblade is a uniquely powerful LMAMS solution for today’s complex combat environments.  AeroVironment stands ready, with a battle-proven product, supply chain and production system, to respond rapidly to this and future requirements to ensure U.S. and allied forces can proceed with certainty.”

Deployed by United States forces for more than five years, the AeroVironment Switchblade provides warfighters with rapid-response force protection and precision strike capabilities up to 10 kilometers from its launch location.  Its high precision, combined with specialized effects and wave-off capability, means Switchblade can minimize or even eliminate collateral damage. The upgraded Block 10C Switchblade incorporates additional enhancements based on feedback from users.

Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) provides single purpose and multimode warheads for the Switchblade program.

 

About AeroVironment Tactical Missile Systems

Switchblade forms the basis of AeroVironment’s emerging family of Tactical Missile Systems.  Switchblade is a rapid launch, high precision, force protection loitering missile that minimizes collateral damage.  Designed initially for dismounted infantry operations, Switchblade spawned a number of variants in production and development for new customers and new applications.  BlackwingTM is a variant of Switchblade designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for longer missions and can be launched from submerged submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles.

About AeroVironment, Inc. (AV)

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty.  Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems, and serves militaries, government agencies, businesses and consumers. For more information visit www.avinc.com.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company’s expertise in rocket propulsion technology and energetics materials enables the production of state-of-the-art infrared countermeasures, illumination devices and other products that meet the wide variety of needs of our nation’s defenders and our nation’s most trusted allies. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.

Delta diversity

Zambezi Delta diversity

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  • Title Zambezi Delta diversity
  • Released 22/05/2018 12:00 pm
  • Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  • DescriptionCovering 3000 sq km, the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique is one of the most diverse and productive river delta systems in the world. This unique wetland, which is protected under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, features a broad alluvial plain with vast mosaics of grassland, woods, deep swamps and extensive mangroves. Recognised as a global biodiversity conservation hotspot, this remarkable delta is home to a myriad of wildlife, from big mammals such as buffaloes, lions and elephants to water birds such as fish eagles and flamingos, to marine species such as dolphins and freshwater fish. As well as this rich biodiversity, this extraordinary delta not only provides a source of food for Mozambique, but also protects the coast from flooding.

 

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Lockheed Martin’s Fifth AEHF Protected Communications Satellite Completes Launch Environment Test

AEHF SV4 in test conifugration with AEHF V5 in thermal test fixture inside DELTA chamber.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently put its fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite through its paces in realistic simulations of its future launch experience. The satellite completed the tests successfully and is now in system-level testing in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2019.

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Michele Evans Named Aeronautics Deputy Executive Vice President

BETHESDA, Md., May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced Michele Evans has been named Deputy Executive Vice President for its Aeronautics business area, effective June 4. Evans will report to the business area’s Executive Vice President, Orlando Carvalho, and will be based at the Aeronautics headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Milan Bergamo cranks up the heat on seasonal services

Milan Bergamo Airport, Italy’s third largest airport by annual passenger numbers, is once again adding new links and offering further enhancements to its route network throughout the summer season. In addition to seven new services – two of which fill white spots on the airport’s route map – the Italian gateway will be resuming a notable 19 seasonal operations in the coming weeks.

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Steve Jurczyk Appointed NASA Associate Administrator; Krista Paquin Retires; Melanie W. Saunders Named Acting Deputy Associate Administrator

Steve Jurczyk Appointed NASA Associate Administrator; Krista Paquin Retires; Melanie W. Saunders Named Acting Deputy Associate Administrator

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NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has named Steve Jurczyk as associate administrator, the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant position. Jurczyk has been serving in the position in an acting capacity since March 10. In addition, Deputy Associate Administrator Krista Paquin will retire from NASA at the end of May. Melanie W. Saunders has been assigned as the acting deputy associate administrator, effective June 10.

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