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December 15, 2017
TECH SPACE
Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system



Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the space-based space surveillance Block 10 satellite. The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense and worth more than $21.9 million under the terms of the contract, is classified as a cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Space Based Space Surveillance, or SBSS, Block 10 satellite operates 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with a clear and unobstructed view o ... read more

EXO WORLDS
NASA uses AI to uncover eighth planet circling distant star
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The plan ... more
ROBO SPACE
Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin and NEC Corp have announced that Lockheed Martin will use NEC's System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain. SIAT's advanced analytics engine uses data collected ... more
EXO WORLDS
No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers
Paris (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
RS-25 Engine Test is Giant Step for 3-D Printing
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., and NASA completed hot-fire testing of an RS-25 rocket engine containing its largest additively manufactured component to date. ... more
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MICROSAT BLITZ
NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date
Van Horn, TX (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
NanoRacks is pleased to have taken part in yet another successful Blue Origin New Shepard space vehicle mission. This morning marked New Shepard's 7th flight, and the third flight in which NanoRacks ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Two Embry-Riddle Research Payloads Traveled to Suborbital Space on Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket
Daytona Beach FL (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
For less than four minutes at the edge of space, T-cells from mice in an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University experiment in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Med ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
APL Monitoring Instrument Rides into Space
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
The newest realm of space travel is closer to home than many think, but still shrouded in mystery. And while Earth's upper atmosphere may soon be a destination for tourists, scientists from the John ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
NASA Funds Flight for Space Medical Technology on Blue Origin
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable space vehicle on Dec. 12 carrying a medical technology that could potentially treat chest trauma in a space environment. The New Shep ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth
Paris (ESA) Dec 15, 2017
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in b ... more
TIME AND SPACE
New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
The startling similarity between the physical laws describing electric phenomena and those describing magnetic phenomena has been known since the 19th century. However, one piece that would make the ... more


Herschel Data Links Mysterious Quasar Winds to Furious Starbursts

TIME AND SPACE
Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Found
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Eduardo Banados used Carnegie's Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. It resides in a luminous quasar and it ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Neutron stars on the brink of collapse
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When a very massive star dies, its core contracts. In a supernova explosion, the star's outer layers are expelled, leaving behind an ultra-compact neutron star. For the first time, the LIGO and Virg ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Model of Galaxy and Star Cluster Formation Is Rectified
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When galaxy clusters and globular star clusters form, a phenomenon called "violent relaxation" occurs. After interacting intensely, the thousands or even millions of bodies reach a state of relative ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
RIT Professor to study cosmic evolution with Webb Telescope
Rochester NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology astrophysicist Jeyhan Kartaltepe will be one of the first scientists to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope soon after it launches in spring 2019. The Webb telesc ... more



NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council. The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group (UAG) was signed by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Dec. 6, and subsequently announced in the Federal Register. I ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
PARC to Partner with Commercial Space Leader to Accelerate Space R and D
Paris (ESA) Dec 15, 2017
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth
Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Two astronauts, cosmonaut return from five-month ISS mission
RS-25 Engine Test is Giant Step for 3-D Printing
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., and NASA completed hot-fire testing of an RS-25 rocket engine containing its largest additively manufactured component to date. Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing, will help lower the cost of future missions of NASA's powerful Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket. "This test demonstrates the v ... more
Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Russia's Fregat Upper Stage Fail Caused by Incorrect Software Operation
Designing future human space exploration on Hawaii's lava fields
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
On the lava fields of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a team of NASA researchers and partners have been busy doing science in a most unusual way. They were studying the biology and geology of this remarkable terrain while simulating a realistic mission to the surface of Mars. The conditions were so real that many of the expected challenges of otherworldly exploration were recreated, including a ... more
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Green Light for Continued Operations of ESA Science Missions
Noordwijk, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has approved indicative extensions, up to 2019-2020, for the operation of eight scientific missions. During its meeting at ESA Headquarters in Paris, on 21-22 November, the SPC approved indicative extensions for the continued operation of five ESA-led missions: Gaia, INTEGRAL, Mars Express, SOHO, and XMM-Newton. This followed a comprehensive review o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New business incubators will help space industry grow
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
mu Space becomes first Thai startup to acquire satellite license
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Regulation and compliance for nontraditional space missions
Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the space-based space surveillance Block 10 satellite. The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense and worth more than $21.9 million under the terms of the contract, is classified as a cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Space Based Space Surveil ... more
Grenoble, France (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Brittle starfish shows how to make tough ceramics
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Army taps Northrop Grumman for new radar risk reduction work
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Life's building blocks observed in spacelike environment
College Park, Maryland (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on Earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new study, published this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, from AIP Publishing, shows that a numb ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
NASA uses AI to uncover eighth planet circling distant star
Paris (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Does New Horizons' Next Target Have a Moon?
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons' next flyby target - a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto - might be either peanut-shaped or even two objects orbiting one another. Now new data hints that 2014 MU69 might have company: a small moon. That's the latest theory coming from NASA's New Horizons team, as it continues to analyze telescope data on th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
Juno probes the depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
New mechanism to explain how El Nino influences East Asian and WN Pacific climate
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Western North Pacific anomalous anticyclone (WNPAC, or referred to as Philippine Sea anomalous anticyclone) is the most important anomalous circulation pattern connecting El Nin~o and East Asian-western North Pacific monsoon. WNPAC begins from the El Nin~o mature winter to the following summer and thus is one of the most long-lasting anomalous circulation patterns over the entire tropical ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers establish long-sought source of ocean methane
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Sea levels will rise, but scientists not sure how high
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Southern Ocean drives massive bloom of tiny phytoplankton
First GPS 3 satellite receives commands from new OCX ground control segment
Denver CA (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force's modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite. On November 2, 2017, GPS III Space Vehicle 01 (GPS III SV01), the first of 10 GPS III satellites designed by Lo ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
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Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers analyze thousands of hours of Apollo mission audio
Miami (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time - processes indicative of an active, evolving world. "The m ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
OSIRIS-REx cruising towards rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research shows why meteroids explode before they reach Earth
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Ceres' bright spots suggest the dwarf planet is geologically active
'Smoke rings' in the ocean spotted from space
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have spotted the equivalent of smoke-rings in the ocean which they think could 'suck-up' small marine creatures and carry them at high speed and for long distances across the ocean. The ocean is full of eddies, swirling motions some tens to hundreds of kilometres across, which mix the water and carry it across the average currents. The 'sm ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
APL Monitoring Instrument Rides into Space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Space weather, EarthScope, and protecting the national electrical grid
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
It's not often geology and national security wind up in the same sentence. Most people don't think about electrical power in connection to either the ground under their feet or solar flares overhead, but Dr. Adam Schultz of Oregon State University, and EarthScope Magnetotelluric Program Lead Scientist, says that connection presents a clear and present risk that power utilities need to consider ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
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RIT Professor to study cosmic evolution with Webb Telescope
Rochester NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology astrophysicist Jeyhan Kartaltepe will be one of the first scientists to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope soon after it launches in spring 2019. The Webb telescope is regarded by many as the powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, with sensitive infrared detectors designed to peer 13.5 billion years into the universe's history. Kartaltepe, as ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Model of Galaxy and Star Cluster Formation Is Rectified
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Neutron stars on the brink of collapse
Honolulu HI (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Galaxy Orbits in the Local Supercluster
Herschel Data Links Mysterious Quasar Winds to Furious Starbursts
Noordwijk, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Astronomers have used ESA's Herschel Space Observatory to solve a decades-old mystery about the origin of powerful cool gas winds in the hot environs of quasars. The evidence linking these powerful winds to star formation in the quasar host galaxies may also help resolve the mystery of why the size of galaxies in the universe appears to be capped. Since their discovery in the 1960s quasars ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Most Distant Supermassive Black Hole Found
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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