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August 20, 2014
Northrop Grumman Developing XS-1 Spaceplane For DARPA
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Northrop Grumman with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program. XS-1has a reusable booster that when coupled with an expendable upper stage provides affordable, available and responsive space lift for 3,000-pound class spacecraft into low Earth orbit. Reusable boosters with aircraft-like operations provide a breakthrough in space lift ... read more
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Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure
A new ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence of undergoing a past shock event from i ... more

Belka and Strelka, the canine cosmonauts
Space capsules with animals on board preceded manned space flights, with the first experiments on mammals in spacecraft taking place as early as 1948, leading, in time, to the flight of the two most ... more

Russian Cosmonauts Conclude EVA Ahead of Schedule
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev successfully concluded a spacewalk, where they conducted science experiments using equipment on the exterior of the International Space Stati ... more
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Arianespace Soyuz ready to launch European GPS satellites
"Doresa" and "Milena" - the first two Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites - are ready for their ride to orbit this week, as preparations for Arianespace's Soyuz Flight VS09 move int ... more


Solar salad, anyone?
An Arizona State University alumna has devised the largest catalog ever produced for stellar compositions. Called the Hypatia Catalog, after one of the first female astronomers who lived ~350 AD in ... more
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Next gen satellite to be tested during Arctic Shield 2014
From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infra ... more

3 SOPS bids farewell to oldest DSCS satellite
As a cadre of 3rd Space Operations Squadron members looked on, 3 SOPS Commander, Lt. Col. Chris Todd, shut down the final remaining components of a Defense Satellite Communications System satellite ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Ground X-Vehicle Program Aims to Break The "More Armor" Paradigm

General Hyten takes control of AFSPC

Aerojet Rocketdyne To Develop Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

World must act to halt Iraq 'genocide': Yazidi leader's son

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

SM-6 missile undergoes follow-on testing


Sun's activity influences natural climate change
For the first time, a research team has been able to reconstruct the solar activity at the end of the last ice age, around 20,000-10,000 years ago, by analysing trace elements in ice cores in Greenl ... more

Navy orders laser weapon for USMC testing
Raytheon is to develop a vehicle-based laser system for U.S. Marine Corps testing under an Office of Naval Research program. ... more

Curiosity rover slowed by 'Hidden Valley' sand trap on Mars
Slick sands in Hidden Valley have delayed the Mars rover Curiosity's planned ascent of a nearby mountain. With suboptimal traction between the valley floor and the rover's tires, engineers are being forced to consider alternative routes ... more
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Robotic-assisted imaging will help in daily hospital practice
While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In ... more

On the frontiers of cyborg science
No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human ... more
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Four dead, several missing in Japan landslides

Japan volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami: study

Urgent action needed to tackle Sahel's lack of rainfall: UN

'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury: study


From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Nature's artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life's robust molecular machines. Scientists at Rice University have now employed their unique theories to show how the interplay be ... more

Three Radars are Better than One
Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely w ... more

Dust - and the microbes hitching rides on it - influences rain, climate
Dusty air blowing across the Pacific from Asia and Africa plays a critical role in precipitation patterns throughout the drought-stricken western U.S. Today, a scientist will present new research su ... more

Geologists warn of mega quake for north Chile
North Chile is at risk of a mega earthquake after a tremor in April released only some of the tension building along a high-risk fault zone since 1877, researchers said Wednesday. ... more

China's first private rocket firm aims for market
Hu Zhenyu, 21, founder of Link Space, China's first private rocket firm, does not want people to call him a "rocket scientist" but a rocket entrepreneur. Rocket launches have traditionally bee ... more


ISS Spacewalkers Deploy Nanosatellite, Install and Retrieve Science
Two Expedition 40 spacewalkers, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, wrapped up a 5-hour, 11-minute excursion outside the International Space Station at 3:13 p.m. EDT Monday. Flight Engineers Alexander ... more

Orbital Completes Third Cargo Delivery Mission to ISS for NASA
Orbital Sciences has announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight comp ... more
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