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August 14, 2017
Upper Atmospheric Mission SPORTs an Aerospace Sensor
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
The U.S. and Brazil are teaming up to study scintillation in the ionosphere, a phenomena that affects radio signals, disrupting communications and GPS navigation. Aerospace is providing a sensor for this international CubeSat mission, dubbed SPORT, that will be deployed off the International Space Station. The ionosphere is a portion of Earth's atmosphere where radiation from the sun creates a lot of electrically charged particles called plasma. The density of the plasma varies depending on the season, ... read more

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Vega orbits two Earth observation satellites
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NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle
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Manmade aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns
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Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
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SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
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