Lockheed Martin’s First Smart Satellites are Tiny with Big Missions

Lockheed Martin's nanosatellite bus, the LM 50, will host the first SmartSat-enabled missions set for delivery this year.

Tech that enables new missions and capability with a software push will be ready for launch this year

DENVER, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit. Satellites that launched one, ten or even fifteen years ago largely have the same capability they had when they lifted off. That’s changing with new architecture that will let users add capability and assign new missions with a software push, just like adding an app on a smartphone. This new tech, called SmartSat, is a software-defined satellite architecture that will boost capability for payloads on several pioneering nanosats ready for launch this year.

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Grande America oil spill imaged

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  • Title Grande America oil spill imaged
  • Released 20/03/2019 5:05 pm
  • Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  • DescriptionCaptured just yesterday, 19 March, at 17:11 GMT (18:11 CET) by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, this image shows the oil spill from the Grande America vessel. The Italian container ship, carrying 2200 tonnes of heavy fuel, caught fire and sank in the Atlantic, about 300 km off the French coast on 12 March.

 

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ANA Receives First A380 from Airbus

  • Ceremony held in Toulouse, France to commemorate the occasion.
  • The latest addition to ANA’s fleet solidifies the airline’s partnership with Airbus.

TOULOUSE, March 20, 2019 – All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircrafts. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.

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Budapest Airport comes out on top at the CEESAR Awards

Budapest Airport celebrated last night after being awarded not one but two awards at this year’s CEESAR Aviation Awards in Poznań, Poland. The Hungarian gateway came out on top to take the titles: Highlight of the Year in CEE – The Dynamic Development of Budapest Airport and Most Remarkable Airport Expansion, as well as being an integral player in the Route of the Year Award – Budapest to New York JFK, awarded to LOT Polish Airlines.

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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

Asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 19, created by combining two images from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft
This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images taken on board NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each image.
Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter its flight and sample collection plans, due to the rough terrain.

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Letter from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Airlines, Passengers and the Aviation Community

 

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Boeing and the Lion Air Group today announced the airline purchased 50 of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 10 airplane, which will be the most fuel-efficient and profitable single-aisle jet in the aviation industry. This rendering shows the airplane in the carrier’s livery. (Boeing illustration) (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

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