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June 22, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace signs its initial launch contract for the new Vega C launcher
Paris (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Arianespace, which is sharing a chalet with ArianeGroup at this year's Paris Air Show, is focused on the future with the announcement of a first contract for the future Vega C launcher, while gearing up for the operation of Ariane 6. With an order book of 53 launches for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and fully engaged in marketing Ariane 6, Arianespace continues to prove its ability to satisfy ... more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites
Paris (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launchers will orbit the four satellites in this constellation from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as from mid-2020. By delivering images of each point on the globe several times a day, these ext ... more

InterDrone 2017 Sept 6-8 Las Vegas
After an impressive show last year (3,518 delegates from 54 nations and rave reviews) InterDrone returns to Las Vegas Sept. 6-8 in a premier location. It will feature 125+ sessions for engineers, software developers, executives, investors, regulators and commercial drone "buyers and flyers" in more than a dozen vertical market segments. Three distinct tracks define the event in 2017: Drone TechCon for builders; Drone Enterprise for those using drones for commercial activities; and Drone Cinema where image quality and range are paramount. 4,000+ attendees from 6 continents and 180+ exhibitors. Receive a $100 discount off the prevailing rate of the 3-day pass by inserting the code FLYIT when prompted at www.interdrone.com

MARSDAILY
Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017 - In an image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Martian rover Curiosity can been seen as a bright blue speck ascending the rocky terrain of Mount Sharp. The image was taken by the orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on June 5 and shared online this week. Curiosity spent the end of last month and early June exploring active sand dunes among ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Making waves with the hot electrons within Earth's radiation belts
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Encircling the Earth, within its magnetosphere, are two concentric, doughnut-shaped radiation belts known as the Van Allen belts. The Van Allen belts swell and recede in response to incoming energy from the sun, sometimes billowing far enough to expose orbiting satellites and other spacecraft to damaging radiation that can disrupt electronic communications and navigation signals, as well as elec ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Sofradir designs supersize near infrared detector for space observation
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Sofradir has announced it is developing its first very large format (2048x2048) 15um-pitch infrared detector. The supersize IR detector is designed for future scientific space observation equipment and state-of-the-art Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT) for ground observation aimed at tackling major scientific challenges. The ALFA 2Kx2K (Astronomy Large Focal Array) 15um pitch short-wave inf ... more

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EARTH OBSERVATION
Watching cities grow
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Three million measurement points in one square kilometer: Prof. Xiaoxiang Zhu and her team have set a world record in information retrieval from satellite data. Thanks to new algorithms, the researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) succeeded in making four-dimensional point clouds of Berlin, Las Vegas, Paris and Washington, D.C. from images stacks of the TerraSAR-X radar satelli ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellite image showcases centuries of desertification in India
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017 - A new image from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite showcases the extreme aridity of India's Thar Desert. Geologic and archaeological analysis suggests the region, which encompasses more than 123,000 square miles in India and Pakistan, was once green and lush. Centuries of farms have depleted water resources and taxed the soil, slowly drying out the land. ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA's IMERG
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - At least 156 people in Bangladesh were killed during the past week by landslides and floods caused by heavy rainfall. NASA calculated the amount of rain that has fallen using data from satellites. Monsoon rainfall has been especially heavy over this area that includes southeastern Bangladesh, northeastern India and western Burma (Myanmar). This disaster follows quickly on the heels of dead ... more

Nuclear decommissioning and used fuel market map 2017

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EARTH OBSERVATION
A smokestack to the Northern Hemisphere stratosphere
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Aerosol is currently a hot topic both in scientific community. Scientists know it as a particulate matter, cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) or ice nuclei (IN) while aerosol is known to general public as PM2.5/10 as environmental pollution has become an increasing concern. Stratospheric aerosol, however, very far away from the Earth surface, receives too much less attention, partly because i ... more

EXO WORLDS
Europe okays project to seek alien life
Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017 - Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host. "The PLATO mission will address fundamental questions such as 'how common are Earth-like planets?' and 'is our solar system unusual or even unique?'," the University of Warwick, whose scientists will take part in the project, said on Wednes ... more

EXO WORLDS
Finding new Earths: PLATO spacecraft to be built
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - The planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO has reached an important milestone: Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the official adoption of the mission. After a three year definition phase following the mission's selection in 2014, PLATO is now fit for implementation. The launch is scheduled for the end of 2026. In its at least four year lifetime, the spacecra ... more

EXO WORLDS
NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017 - NASA revealed Monday 10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets that could potentially have liquid water and support life. The Kepler mission team released a survey of 219 potential exoplanets - planets outside of our solar system - that had been detected by the space observatory launched in 2009 to scan the Milky Way galaxy. Ten of the new discoveries were orbiting their suns at a distance sim ... more

SOLAR SCIENCE
Megamovie Project debuts simulator for August 21 total Solar Eclipse
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Are you wondering what the total solar eclipse in late summer will look like from your patio? Or where to travel to get the best view of the eclipse? You can enter the ZIP code or name of your city or town and see an animation of how the Sun will move across the sky over a three-hour period - sped up 1,000 or 4,000 times - and how much of a bite will be taken out of the Sun by the eclipsin ... more

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SPACE MEDICINE
Keeping the rhythm in space
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017 - Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known. Now researchers are learning how our internal clock similarly adjusts to the restrictions of space. An ESA-sponsored experiment has found that while you can take the body out of Earth, you can't take an ... more

TECH SPACE
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - Some problems are so challenging to solve that even the most advanced computers need weeks, not seconds, to process them. Now a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Notre Dame has created a new computing system that aims to tackle one of computing's hardest problems in a fraction of the time. "We wanted to find a way to solve a problem without usin ... more

TECH SPACE
Study explains how jewel scarab beetles appear golden
Washington (UPI) Jun 16, 2017 - The jewel scarab beetles of Central America appear as if they've been carved from pure gold. New research explains how. Scientists at the University of Exeter in Great Britain conducted experiments that suggest the beetle's unique "optical signature" is created by the color, texture and structure of its exoskeleton. The beetle's uniquely textured exoskeleton alters the polarizati ... more

SPACEMART
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2017 - The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the PLATO exoplanet hunter moves into development. These important milestones were decided upon during a meeting of ESA's Science Programme Committee today, and ensure the continuation of ESA's Cosmic Vision plan through the next two decades. ... more

MICROSAT BLITZ
GomSpace to supply disruptive spectrum monitoring system based on nanosatellites
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 22, 2017 - GomSpace has been selected by and has entered into a procurement contract with UnseenLabs SAS to develop and deliver a system based on nanosatellites to provide disruptive spectrum monitoring services from space. GomSpace will deliver the system to UnseenLabs into orbit as a turn-key solution with the launch date expected to happen in second half 2018. The system will operate innovative pa ... more

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