TerreStar applauds Harper govt’s mobile satellite service and AWS-4 decision

Montreal, Canada (SPX) Dec 20, 2014

In response to the decision by Industry Minister James Moore, TerreStar Solutions’ President, Andre Tremblay said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Harper and Industry Minister James Moore for this decision which supports wireless services in rural and remote communities and spurs wireless competition in Canada, thereby lowering wireless prices for Canadians and producing new jobs in this high tec —> Read More Here

State Spaceports Receive Federal Funding

Anchorage, AK (SPX) Dec 20, 2014

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) will receive half of the $6 million in the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Omnibus Bill (HR83) for state owned spaceports.

AAC has been working with the Alaska congressional delegation for the past two years to establish a program to support non-Federal spaceports that provide launch services in support of the national security space program, —> Read More Here

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Dec 18, 2014

Stevenson Astrosat, one of Scotland’s most ambitious space technology companies, is accelerating into spacecraft systems in the latest rocket-powered boost to its business growth trajectory.

The Edinburgh-based company, which almost uniquely in the UK merges satellite and ground-based data to provide valuable information to a wide range of sectors, already has a thriving earth observation —> Read More Here

Arianespace sets new operational benchmarks on its latest Soyuz success

Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 20, 2014

The latest Arianespace Soyuz mission has deployed the next four satellites for O3b Networks’ pioneering connectivity service on a flight performed from the Spaceport in French Guiana, wrapped up an historic 12 months of commercial launch services for Arianespace.

The 2-hr., 22-min. flight began with the propulsion of Soyuz’ basic three-stage launch vehicle, and was followed by multiple bur —> Read More Here

Opportunity drives on in no-flash mode

Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 20, 2014

Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards ‘Marathon Valley,’ a location assumed to have abundant clay minerals only about a half-mile (800 meters) to the south.

With the continuing Flash memory problems on the rover, the project has chosen to operate the rover without using the non-volatile Flash storage system and instead rely on the volatile random access memory —> Read More Here

Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds

Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people’s comments affect our health. “When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones — families, friends and romantic partners — for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think,” said one author. —> Read More Here

Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older. A study found that although more than 90 per cent of research participants owned a computer or had daily Internet access, just 18 per cent used applications on this technology to help manage their diabetes. While almost half owned smartphones, only 5 per cent used them to manage their disease. —> Read More Here

Reducing emergency surgery cuts health care costs

Researchers have determined the hospital costs and risk of death for emergency surgery and compared it to the same operation when performed in a planned, elective manner for three common surgical procedures: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, coronary artery bypass graft and colon resection. The research indicates that reducing emergency surgery for three common procedures by 10 percent could cut $1 billion in health care costs over 10 years. —> Read More Here

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