ISDLA-1 is delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for integration on its Ariane 5 launcher

The ISDLA-1 satellite, which is one of two passengers for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 flight, has been delivered to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – marking a new step toward this mission’s payload integration.

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Telephone Operator Services transition across AFSPC

Air Force Space Command telephone operator services will be removed and replaced by automated tools at the beginning of the new fiscal year, with each base developing their own transition plans.

The Air Force and the entire Department of Defense have experienced increased budgetary pressure over the last several years.  In response to these budgetary pressures, AFSPC has examined numerous functions and services that could be performed more efficiently and with less cost.  One area studied was the Telephone Operator Services.

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Milky Way Viewed From the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image from the International Space Station and posted it to social media on Sept. 28, 2014, writing, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange." Aboard the space station, the six-person Expedition 41 crew is currently preparing for two spacewalks set for Oct. 7 and 15. During the first six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, slated to begin on Oct. 7 around 8:10 a.m. EDT, Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst will transfer a previously uninstalled pump module from its temporary stowage location to the External Stowage Platform-2. The two spacewalkers also will install the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly that adds the capability to provide “keep-alive” power to the system that moves the station’s robotic arm between worksites. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore will join Wiseman for the second Expedition 41 spacewalk on Oct. 15. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

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