Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Build-up of the Ariane 5 payload “stack” continues for Arianespace’s August 29 mission

EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1 has been installed atop the SYLDA dispenser system during integration activity at the Spaceport, positioning this satellite for its ride as the upper passenger in Ariane 5's payload "stack" for the August 29 Arianespace heavy-lift mission.

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Orion Spacecraft Stationary Recovery Test at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia

On August 15, 2013, at the Naval Station Norfolk near NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, NASA and the U.S. Navy conducted a stationary recovery test on the Orion boilerplate test article in the water near a U.S. Navy ship. NASA and the U.S. Navy are conducting tests to prepare for recovery of the Orion crew module and forward bay cover on its return from a deep space mission. The stationary recovery tests allow the teams to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes, the hardware and the test personnel in a controlled environment. During the test, the U.S Navy Dive Team checked the capsule for hazards while sailors from the USS Arlington approached the capsule in inflatable boats, and towed it back to the ship’s flooded well deck. A second test will be conducted next year in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. > Read More Image Credit: NASA

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High-speed ice impact

Slow motion views of a high-speed planetary penetrator impact into 10 tonnes of ice at 341 m/s. The test was conducted on 11 July 2013 at the rocket sled test facility at the Ministry of Defence Pendine site in Wales, UK. The tests were conducted as part of ESA’s Core Technology Programme under the Future Missions Preparation Office. They are being led by Astrium UK, with involvement by Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Qinetiq and Rapid Space Technologies.

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