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2009

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Satellites Sense Miner Health and Location

Country: The Netherlands
Mining operations are often conducted in remote locations, making it difficult for corporations to monitor activity from a central facility. Mining equipment can break down unexpectedly, causing downtime that cuts into revenue. EstrellaSat, a Dutch start-up company, has developed a satellite-based...

Poppies Just Look Different from Space

Since 1999, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime has made extensive use of satellite imagery in its Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICPM), helping national governments and the international community monitor and track the production of illicit crops. ICPM assists the governments of...

2009 - U.S. Launch, Human

Country: United States
The Space Shuttle, also known as the Space Transportation System (STS), consists of an active fleet of three orbiters: Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. The Shuttles are the United States’ primary method of transferring crew, supplies, and new modules to the ISS. The February 2003 Columbia...

2009 - U.S. Launch, Payload

Country: United States
 Seven different American-operated launch vehicle families performed 24 orbital launches in 2009: the Atlas V, Delta II, Delta IV, Falcon 1, Minotaur I, Space Shuttle, and Taurus XL. These vehicles are capable of placing payloads into orbit, ranging from small satellites to major elements...

2009 - Suborbital Payload Launch

Country: United States
There is growing interest in suborbital reusable launch vehicles to conduct experiments and research. Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California, is developing the Extreme Altitude series of unmanned suborbital vehicles to carry experimental payloads. The company is offering to launch payloads at a...

2009 - Sounding Rockets

Country: United States
NASA and other civil space agencies use sounding rockets extensively to launch payloads briefly above the upper atmosphere for astronomy, atmospheric science, and microgravity science applications. NASA operates these programs out of its Sounding Rockets Program Office at the Wallops Flight...

2009 - Bigelow Space Stations

Topic: Bigelow
Country: United States
Another type of in-space platform currently under development is Bigelow Aerospace’s Sundancer, an inflatable habitat tentatively scheduled for launch in 2011. Sundancer builds upon the success of the Genesis I and II demonstration modules, launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Sundancer is...

2009 - GPS

Country: United States
The U.S. Navigation Signal Timing and Ranging Global Positioning System (NAVSTAR GPS or simply GPS) was developed and deployed by the U.S. Air Force and remains the only fully operational global satellite-based navigation network. The fleet, consisting of 30 satellites operating in MEO, has been in...

2009 - U.S. Suborbital

Country: United States
Although no suborbital human-rated vehicles flew in 2009, there was considerable progress by several companies actively developing such vehicles. Among the most visible of these was the formal unveiling in December 2009 of SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital vehicle built by The Spaceship Company, a joint...

Integrating Gaming with GPS

Country: United States
The satellite-based GPS network provides the basis for a number of new products. Garmin, Magellan, and other manufacturers have created innovative units such as a waterproof handheld GPS device for golfers that calculates distances to the green and other points on a golf course, providing the user...