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February 27, 2017
AEROSPACE
NASA wind tunnel tests Lockheed Martin X-Plane concept



Cleveland OH (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin begin the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The agency is testing a nine percent scale model of Lockheed Martin's X-plane design in Glenn's 8' x 6' Supersonic Wind Tunnel. During the next eight weeks, engineers will expose the model to wind speeds ranging from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6 (approx ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
MDA to Acquire DigitalGlobe
San Francisco CA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd and DigitalGlobe, have announced a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA will acquire DigitalGlobe for US$35.00 per share in a combination of cas ... more
FARM NEWS
SpaceX delivers BAM-FX to ISS for Zero Gravity Solutions
Boca Raton FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications for agriculture on Earth, ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
In just two years' time, a team of NASA engineers accomplished what some thought impossible: the group created a smaller, more capable "brain" for smaller spacecraft. Led by Project Manager an ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
Vega flight opportunity for multiple small satellites
Paris (ESA) Feb 27, 2017
Europe's Vega small launcher is set to demonstrate its extended capability to deploy multiple light satellites using its new versatile Small Satellites Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser, in the secon ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE
Rare 'Ring of Fire' eclipse to cross Southern Hemisphere
Washington (UPI) Feb 25, 2017
The sky above parts of Earth's Southern Hemisphere will be illuminated Sunday in a "ring of fire" during the first solar eclipse of 2017, NASA said. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Surprising Dunes on Comet Chury
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Surprising images from the Rosetta spacecraft show the presence of dune-like patterns on the surface of comet Chury. Researchers at the Laboratoire de Physique et Mecanique des Milieux Heterogenes ( ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
CubeSats: Shaping Possibilities in Space
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
For more than a decade, CubeSats, or small satellites, have paved the way to low-Earth orbit for commercial companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. These small satellites ... more
MARSDAILY
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
The US space agency said Friday it is considering putting astronauts on an upcoming test flight of the deep space capsule Orion as it aims to orbit the Moon. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
U.K., France to upgrade long-range Storm Shadow missiles
London (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Defense ministers from Britain and France inked a $183 million deal with MBDA Missile Systems to upgrade existing air-launched, long-range missiles. ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Space aggressors jam AF, allies' systems
Schriever AFB CO (AFNS) Feb 24, 2017
The 26th Space Aggressor Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base is always gearing up for the next exercise in replicating enemy action against space-based and space-enabled systems. Teams of adversary ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras
Poker Flat Research Range AK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The first of four sounding rockets scheduled for launch from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to examine the structure of auroras was launched at 5:14 a.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2017. The Black Brant ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission
Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
A hit Hollywood film often leads to a sequel. Sometimes those movies do well, but rarely will they eclipse the original. Undaunted by those odds, NASA is set to reboot a successful study of Earth's ... more
SPACEMART
Kacific places order with Boeing for a high throughput satellite
Singapore (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd (Kacific) has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from The Boeing Company (Boeing) based on the 702 satellite platform. This condominium satellite will be shared wit ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are ... more

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Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, told Sputnik. "We are speaki ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA selects proposals for first-ever Space Technology Research Institutes
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility
Moscow (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Russian cargo ship docks with space station
SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
An unmanned cargo ship packed with food and supplies for astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station Thursday, a day after SpaceX aborted the process due to a GPS problem. This time, the Dragon cargo ship made a "perfect approach to the capture point," a NASA commentator said, and was grabbed by the station's robotic arm at 5:44 am (1044 GMT). Astronauts Thomas Pesquet o ... more
Poker Flat Research Range AK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Sounding Rocket Flies in Alaska to Study Auroras
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 21, 2017
Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Energia to make 2 modifications of Federatsiya spaceship
Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour crater, about to leave the rim and get back on the plains of Meridiani. The rover is not leaving the crater, just setting up for faster progress south along the rim toward the next major scientific objective, the gully now less than a kilometer away. Opportunity completed the last in-situ (contact) measurements on Sol 4638 (Feb. 9, 2017) ... more
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Dublin, Ireland (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
Beijing (XNA) Feb 21, 2017
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
Beijing (XNA) Jan 31, 2017
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
Beijing (XNA) Jan 18, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
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Kacific places order with Boeing for a high throughput satellite
Singapore (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd (Kacific) has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from The Boeing Company (Boeing) based on the 702 satellite platform. This condominium satellite will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Kacific closed a US$147 million financing round in late 2016 with a mix of equity, debt and customer prepayments which covers the purchase of ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 22, 2017
ESA affirms Open Access policy for images, videos and data
McLean, VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Iridium Announces Target Date for Second Launch of Iridium NEXT
Rome (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2017
Italy, Russia working closely on Mars exploration, Earth monitoring satellites
Terahertz chips a new way of seeing through matter
Princeton NJ (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Electromagnetic pulses lasting one millionth of a millionth of a second may hold the key to advances in medical imaging, communications and drug development. But the pulses, called terahertz waves, have long required elaborate and expensive equipment to use. Now, researchers at Princeton University have drastically shrunk much of that equipment: moving from a tabletop setup with lasers and mirro ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA team develops modular avionics systems for small missions
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New metamaterial is first to achieve performance as predicted by theoretical bounds
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Designing new materials from 'small' data
Does Pluto Have The Ingredients For Life?
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Pluto has long been viewed as a distant, cold and mostly dead world, but the first spacecraft to pass by it last year revealed many surprises about this distant dwarf planet. Data from the New Horizons flyby finished downloading to Earth in October, and while it will take many years for scientists to complete their inventory and model the results, early studies offer intriguing hints of its comp ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
From Rocks, Evidence of a 'Chaotic Solar System'
Munich, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Ultracool Dwarf and the Seven Planets
Paris (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review. On Feb. 15, NASA's Europa multiple-flyby mission successfully completed its Key Decision Point-B review. This NASA decision permits the mission to move forward into its preliminary design phase, known as "Phase B," begin ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 10, 2017
NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
Laurel MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby
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Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans - that's the central message a leading marine ecologist delivered in Boston during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Sc ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Basking sharks seek out winter sun
Paris (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro to privatize water utility
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign. All drivers in the Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture must install a China-developed satellite navigation system called Beidou "to prevent theft, but also primarily to maintai ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2017
UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit
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India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sourc ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits
Origin of spooky meteor noises reappraised by researchers
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
When a meteor is about to conk your neighborhood and gives fair warning by emitting sizzling, rustling and hissing sounds as it descends, you might think that the universe is being sporting. But these auditory warnings, which do occur, seem contrary to the laws of physics if they are caused by the friction of the fast-moving meteor or asteroid plunging into Earth's atmosphere. Because soun ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Surprising Dunes on Comet Chury
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New data about 2 distant asteroids give a clue to the possible 'Planet Nine'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres
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'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are subject to extremely high pressures and temperatures. Furthermore, research indicates that the slow creeping flow of hot buoyant rocks - moving several centimeters per year - carries heat away f ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
MDA to Acquire DigitalGlobe
Huntsville AL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
NASA to launch sequel to successful Lightning Study Mission
Ottobrunn, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite
NSF to Fund a Nationwide Effort to Capture the Eclipse
Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The National Science Foundation to provide critical funding to nationwide eclipse data-gathering effort. The Citizen Continental America Telescopic Eclipse project, or Citizen CATE for short, will be deploying at least 56 identical telescopes across the path of totality thanks to the financial backing of the National Science Foundation. The NSF is providing the largest contribution for the ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 25, 2017
Rare 'Ring of Fire' eclipse to cross Southern Hemisphere
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017
Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'
Madison WI (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun. The finding, published Feb. 23, 2017 in the journal Nature, is important because it provides the firs ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Experiments call origin of Earth's iron into question
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
NASA's fermi finds possible dark matter ties in andromeda galaxy
East Lansing MI (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus
First trace of differences between matter and 'ordinary' antimatter
Cracow, Poland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The world around us is mainly constructed of baryons, particles composed of three quarks. Why are there no antibaryons, since just after the Big Bang, matter and antimatter came into being in exactly the same amounts? A lot points to the fact that after many decades of research, physicists are closer to the answer to this question. In the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment the first ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Changes of supermassive black hole in the center of NGC 2617 galaxy
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Why it will take supercomputers, AI to solve time travel conundrum
Warwick, UK (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Molecular phenomenon discovered by advanced NMR facility


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