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October 25, 2016
NASA Establishes the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - NASA announces the addition of its newest virtual institute to advance the field of small spacecraft systems. The Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI), hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, will leverage the growing small spacecraft community, promote innovation, identify emerging technology opportunities, and provide an efficient channel for communicat ... more

The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate or is it
Oxford, UK (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - Five years ago, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three astronomers for their discovery, in the late 1990s, that the universe is expanding at an accelerating pace. Their conclusions were based on analysis of Type Ia supernovae - the spectacular thermonuclear explosion of dying stars - picked up by the Hubble space telescope and large ground-based telescopes. It led to the widesprea ... more

6th Annual Modular Construction Summit for Oil and Gas Agenda - December 7-9 - Houston

NASA Shakes Up Orion Test Article for the Journey to Mars
Sandusky OH (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - How do you know if a spacecraft can hold up to the intense vibrations of launching atop the world's most powerful rocket? You shake it on the world's most powerful vibration table. Engineers at NASA Glenn's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio recently finished a series of tests on a full-size test version of Orion's service module to verify that it can withstand the vibrations it will exp ... more

Antares Rides Again
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - The Orbital ATK Antares launch vehicle was designed to provide services similar to the venerable Delta II, a favorite NASA launch system that is being retired. Antares is basically a two-stage vehicle with an option for a third stage. It is primarily a low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch system with an 8,000 kg payload capacity. The design and development were internally funded by the compa ... more

Extraterrestrial impact preceded ancient global warming event
Troy NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today. Sorting through samples of sediment from the time period, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered evidence of the strike in the form of micro ... more

Nuclear Plant Digitalization Conference - Nov 15-16 - Charlotte NC USA

Astronomers Predict Birthplace of Rosetta's Comet
London, Canada (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - When the Rosetta spacecraft successfully touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 30, 2016, the news was shared globally via Twitter in dozens of languages. Citizens the world over were engaged by the astronomical achievement, and now the European Space Agency and NASA are eager to learn as much as possible about the critically important celestial body of ice. Using sta ... more

Scientists simplify model for human behavior in automation
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - Human unpredictability is a problem in the increasingly automated systems people use every day. Scientists from Nanjing Institute of Technology's School of Automation in China and the University of California, Merced's School of Engineering partnered to find a programming solution for erratic human behavior. "In a human-machine control system, the human operator participates in the control ... more

Tracking waves from sunspots gives new solar insight
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - While it often seems unvarying from our viewpoint on Earth, the sun is constantly changing. Material courses through not only the star itself, but throughout its expansive atmosphere. Understanding the dance of this charged gas is a key part of better understanding our sun - how it heats up its atmosphere, how it creates a steady flow of solar wind streaming outward in all directions, and how ma ... more

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Inmarsat Aviation and SITAONAIR to invest in future of aviation cockpit communications
London, UK (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - Inmarsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to appoint SITAONAIR as a distribution partner for its next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety aviation service. A pre-agreement between the two companies has outlined the intention for SITAONAIR to supply commercial airlines and business aviation operators with SwiftBroadband-Safety, an advanced new service from Inmarsat that will tran ... more

Oldest known planet-forming disk found
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 25, 2016 - A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers, including Carnegie's Jonathan Gagne, joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground for exoplanets. They found a star surrounded by the oldest known circumstellar disk - a primordial ring of gas and dust that orbits around a young star and from which planets can form as the material collides and aggregates. Led by Steven Silv ... more

+ Mysterious cosmic objects erupting in x-rays discovered

+ Mission Prepares for Next Jupiter Pass

+ Uranus may have two undiscovered moons

+ New 3D design for mobile microbatteries

+ Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter

+ New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon

+ Study explains strength gap between graphene, carbon fiber

+ Quantum computers: 10-fold boost in stability achieved

+ Ames Laboratory scientists gain insight on mechanism of unconventional superconductivity

+ 360-degree electronic holographic display

+ Curious tilt of the Sun traced to undiscovered planet

+ European craft crashed on Mars, possibly exploded: ESA

+ Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

+ Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

+ Scientists use Moon to study dinosaur killer

+ Small impacts are reworking the moon's soil faster than scientists thoug

+ Cosmological Mystery Solved by Map of Voids and Superclusters

+ No GPS, no problem: Next-generation navigation

+ 2016 Ends with Three Supermoons

+ DARPA to transfer Space Surveillance Telescope to US Air Force

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