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In 1988, Robin Williams greeted the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery with “Good morning, Discovery!” Williams’ greeting on Day 2 of the STS-26 mission was a take on his performance as Adrian Cronauer in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam,” which received general release that same year. The actor and comedian was discovered dead in his home Aug. 11  at 63. Credit: collectSpace

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Special Report | Small Sat Launch Opportunities on the Rise

Launch opportunities for small satellites are multiplying rapidly as new and existing vehicles offer an expanding array of services.

For years, small-satellite program managers have been signing up to piggyback on U.S. government and commercial flights as well as Russian and Indian rockets. Now, program managers are eager to explore new opportunities to fly as secondary payloads on new launch vehicles, including the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon 9, Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares and Lockheed Martin Athena. In addition, Virgin Galactic announced plans in July to develop an air-launched rocket to serve the small-satellite market and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is preparing to release cubesats in September from a robotic arm attached to the international space station’s Kibo experimental module.

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Aug. 11

 
PROFILE: Scott Whatmough, vice president, integrated communications systems, Raytheon
 
Coverage of the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah. 
Coverage of AIAA Space conference in San Diego

 
Aug. 18
 
Not publishing
 

Aug. 25
 
PROFILE: Carey Smith, president, Honeywell Technology solutions

SPOTLIGHT: Busek Co., a Massachusetts propulsion provider
 
SPECIAL REPORT ON MISSILE DEFENSE: Coverage at the Space and Missile Defense conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Updates possible on Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Standard Missile -3 and Aegis Ashore programs.
 
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite scheduled to launch Aug. 13 aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket 
  
Two Galileo navigation satellites slated to launch Aug. 22 on a Soyuz provided by Arianespace.

 

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