EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT RESPONSE TO THE FIRST EDITION OF THE DSTV EUTELSAT STAR AWARDS

Student response to the DStvEutelsat Star Awards organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat Communications, has exceeded all expectations for its first edition. With final submissions coming in on 26 August, the total number of entries from secondary school students reached more than 500.

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NASA Langley’s Bell UH-1H Huey Helicopter Returns

NASA Langley's Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter returned to the Center Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, after a five-year long stint supporting space shuttle operations at Kennedy Space Center. The KSC work added another chapter to the Huey's more than 40-year history. It was manufactured in 1968 and, according to records, spent part of its life as a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) helicopter in Viet Nam. The helicopter, whose call sign is N535NA, arrived at NASA Langley in 1991 as a replacement for another helicopter used primarily for drop model testing. The Huey's first mission upon its return is to support ALHAT or Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology research. ALHAT is developing technologies that will allow future spacecraft to automatically identify and navigate to a safe landing site while detecting potential hazards during descent to the surface. Image Credit: NASA/George Homich

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Ariane flight with ATV Edoardo Amaldi: Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle begins its preparations for launch on Ariane 5

The preparation campaign for Europe's third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has begun in French Guiana as this large cargo resupply spacecraft is readied for a spring 2012 Ariane 5 launch by Arianespace to service the International Space Station.

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Ariane flight with ATV Edoardo Amaldi: Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle begins its preparations for launch on Ariane 5

The preparation campaign for Europe's third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) has begun in French Guiana as this large cargo resupply spacecraft is readied for a spring 2012 Ariane 5 launch by Arianespace to service the International Space Station.

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Arianespace Flight VA204: Ariane 5 ECA – Arabsat 5C – SES-2; Supplementary checks

Arianespace has decided to carry out supplementary checks on the engine powering the ESC-A cryogenic upper-stage in order to guarantee the highest level of quality of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher to be used on Flight VA204. These operations will take a few days, after which the launch date of VA204 will be announced.

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