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June 28, 2017
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India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures



New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties. Proper functioning of these clocks is crucial to provide accurate navigation to the Indian armed forces. Last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accepted the problems with three atomic clocks onboard one of the satellites of Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNS ... read more

EXO WORLDS
NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017
Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception. That generally is not a problem. For one thing, the space station is ... more
ROBO SPACE
Snake robot could help maintain space station, explore moon
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Scientists at SINTEF, a research institute in Norway, are working on designs for a snake robot that could one day carry out maintenance missions on the space station and explore lava tubes on the moon. ... more
ROBO SPACE
AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
How do you get a robot to recognize a surprise? That's a question artificial intelligence researchers are mulling, especially as A.I. begins to change space research. A new article in the jour ... more
ROBO SPACE
Personalized exoskeletons are taking support one step farther
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Researchers have developed an exoskeleton system that provides personalized support for its user. In healthy volunteers, the optimized exoskeleton reduced energy expenditure during walking by 24%, o ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Modified Proton-M carrier rocket to be first launched in 2019
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday. The Proton-M is ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
India, Portugal Shake Hands on Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lisbon agreed with Portuguese authorities on creation of alliance to advance space research, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement o ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of ligh ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
'Pompom' Stars May Solve Quasar Puzzle
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Gas filaments surrounding stars like the strands of a pompom may be the answer to a 30-year old mystery: why quasars twinkle. Dr. Mark Walker from Manly Astrophysics along with collaborators a ... more
TECH SPACE
A chemical solution to shrink digital data storage
Cleveland OH (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Chemists at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to possibly store digital data in half the space current systems require. From supercomputers to smartphones, the amount of data pe ... more
TECH SPACE
Seeing the forest through the trees with a new LiDAR system
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR - whose name originated as a combination of "light" and "radar" - capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring b ... more


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WATER WORLD
Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study
Paris (AFP) June 26, 2017
Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Paleontologists identify extinction event among marine megafauna
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
The disappearance of terrestrial megafauna - like wooly mammoths and saber tooth tigers - during the last ice age is well documented. Now, scientists have found evidence that marine megafauna also suffered a previously unknown extinction event. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. Able to operate in ordinary, room- ... more
ENERGY TECH
A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has implications in teleco ... more



India, Portugal Shake Hands on Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lisbon agreed with Portuguese authorities on creation of alliance to advance space research, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. India, Portugal sing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of space, according to the statement. "During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ... more
Novosibirsk (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos May Provide Indian Astronauts With Training in Future
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017
Return to the blue
Fort Carson CO (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
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Modified Proton-M carrier rocket to be first launched in 2019
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday. The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian and foreign satellites into orbit since it was first commissioned into service in 2001. ... more
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Amtrak to SpaceX Launch, Wifi hack, Spectacular trip, But where's my SatPhone...
Michoud MS (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
SLS Core Stage Production Continues for Rocket's First Flight
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
Putin: Russia, Brazil Consider Joint Space Launches From Brazilian Spaceport
Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team scientists are considering for features seen just outside the crater rim's crest above "Perseverance Valley," which is carved into the inner slope ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
Laser-targeting AI Yields More Mars Science
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
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China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carrying Shijian-18 communication satellite, the rocket was vertically transferred to the launch area at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday. Shijian-18 will test ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China's New Space Station
Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
China to launch four more probes before 2021
SES Restores Capacity from AMC-9 Satellite
Luxembourg (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
SES has been able to draw on its global satellite fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites to rapidly restore customers capacity following a significant anomaly affecting the AMC-9 satellite on Saturday 17 June 2017. SES immediately engaged with customers and was able to quickly offer a restoration capacity plan to transfer services to alternative satellites and minimise disruption. By la ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
Arlington, VA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to boost competitiveness
Ottawa (AFP) June 13, 2017
Trudeau under pressure to reject China bid for satellite firm
Equipping form with function
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Common toys such as steerable cars or waving wind-up figures are available as 3D-printable models, which also contain their mechanical components. However, these mechanical structures are optimized to fit exactly one particular shape of the toy. If designers want to reuse such a mechanism with different shapes, the necessary manual adjustments to the individual components are often unmanag ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Seeing the forest through the trees with a new LiDAR system
Cleveland OH (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
A chemical solution to shrink digital data storage
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Lightweight steel production breakthrough: Brittle phases controlled
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NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
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Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
New branch in family tree of exoplanets discovered
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light-Switch Effect at Uranus
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft's data to learn more about the icy planet. Their new study suggests that Uranus' magnetosphere, the region defined by the planet's magnetic field and the material trapped inside it, gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet. It' ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 20, 2017
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Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study
Paris (AFP) June 26, 2017
Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday. The findings add to growing concern among scientists that the global watermark is climbing more rapidly than forecast only a few years ago, with potentially dev ... more
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India's Answer to GPS Runs Into Serious Technical Failures
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties. Proper functioning of these clocks is crucial to provide accurate navigation to the Indian armed forces. Last year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) accepted the ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Lockheed Martin nears completion of GPS III satellite
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
New reports confirm near-perfect performance record for civil GPS service
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 20, 2017
India to Make Native Navigation System Mandatory For All Aircraft
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russia's Lavochkin Research and Production Association is ready to work with China on designing lunar exploration missions, including orbital and return ones, Sergei Lemeshevsky, the Russian company's director general, told Sputnik on Thursday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), said on Wednesday that China an ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
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Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find
The Hague (AFP) June 26, 2017
Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system. "Meteorites are very special because we do not have rocks of this age on earth," said geologist Leo Kriegsman from the Naturalis biodiversity centre in Leiden in a YouTube video marking the occasion. The fist-sized meteo ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Impact Threat from Asteroid Apophis Cannot Be Ruled Out
Belfast, UK (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Queen's University scientist warns of asteroid danger
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
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Comb and Copter system maps atmospheric gases
Boulder CO (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmospheric gas plumes over kilometer distances. The system uses an eye-safe laser instrument to send light that "combs" the air to a flying multi-copter and analyzes the colors of light absorbed along ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
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Lancaster UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
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Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
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Study suggests solar eruptions hit planet Earth like a sneeze
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
New analysis of plasma clouds ejected by the sun suggest solar eruptions behave like a sneeze. Until now, astronomers looked at cloud-like structures of coronal mass ejections as single entities. The latest research - detailed in the journal Scientific Reports - suggest CMEs are more like a sneeze or dust cloud, a collection of millions of individual plasma parcels, each acting indepe ... more
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
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Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
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