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May 24, 2017
EXO WORLDS
NASA Scientist Parlays Experience to Build Ocean Worlds Instrument
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2017 - An instrument originally developed to search for organic molecules on Mars is being repurposed to potentially hunt for life on a handful of moons in the outer solar system that appear to host oceans, geysers and vents of ice volcanoes. Will Brinckerhoff, a NASA scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, helped build a mass spectrometer for the European Space Agenc ... more

SPACE TRAVEL
SDL-Supported SmallSat Launched from International Space Station
Logan, UT (SPX) May 24, 2017 - The Air Force Research Laboratory successfully deployed its Satellite for High Accuracy Radar Calibration, also known as SHARC, into a low-Earth orbit from the International Space Station. Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory developed the SHARC flight software, radio interface circuit board, and provided fabrication and assembly expertise for the satellite's main subsystems. ... 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

ROCKET SCIENCE
Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017 - Plasma propulsion is an important and efficient technology used to control spacecraft for Earth observation, communications and fundamental exploration of outer space. Plasma propulsion systems use electric power to ionize propellant gas and transform it into the fourth state of matter, known as plasma. Electrically charged ions and electrons are accelerated in an exhaust beam to generate ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
GSLV to launch US-India NISAR EO Satellite
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 24, 2017 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) will jointly put a $1.5 billion satellite into orbit in 2021 using GSLV, a rocket for which the US slapped sanctions on India. Weighing 2,200 kilogram, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (abbreviated as NISAR) is the world's most expensive earth imaging satellite. It has been deve ... more

SPACE TRAVEL
'Victory' for US astronauts on critical spacewalk to replace power box
Miami (AFP) May 23, 2017 - Two US astronauts successfully completed Tuesday what NASA described as a "critical" spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station. "We have declared victory," NASA commentator Rob Navias said about two hours into the emergency spacewalk by space station commander Peggy Whitson, 57, and flight engineer Jack Fischer, 43. The reason for th ... 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

SPACE TRAVEL
NASA Acting Administrator Statement on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017 - The following is a statement from NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday: "Today, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the federal government. At $19.1 billion, we have a very positive budget that retains the same parameters we saw in March, and which reflects the president's confidence in our directio ... more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Russia aims for 15 remote sensing satellites in orbit by 2020
Bocharov Ruchey, Russia (Sputnik) May 24, 2017 - Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the remote sensing technologies must be used to boost the Russian defense and security, develop the economy and social sphere, and increase the quality of the state's governance. The number of operating Russian remote sensing satellites orbiting the Earth will reach 15 by 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday. Currently, a ... more

TIME AND SPACE
VLA reveals new object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 24, 2017 - Pointing the Very Large Array (VLA) at a famous galaxy for the first time in two decades, a team of astronomers got a big surprise, finding that a bright new object had appeared near the galaxy's core. The object, the scientists concluded, is either a very rare type of supernova explosion or, more likely, an outburst from a second supermassive black hole closely orbiting the galaxy's primary, ce ... more

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
How tornado-shaped flow in a dynamo strengthens the magnetic field
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017 - The massive, churning core of conducting liquids in stars and some planets creates a dynamo that generates the planetary body's magnetic field. Researchers aim to better understand these dynamos through computer simulations and by recreating them in the laboratory using canisters of rapidly spinning, liquid sodium. A new simulation based on the von-Karman-Sodium (VKS) dynamo experiment, ru ... more

ROBO SPACE
AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017 - Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more

DRAGON SPACE
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017 - A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more

ENERGY TECH
Advancing next-generation Stable, safe, smart, sustainable batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 22, 2017 - Next-generation rechargeable batteries are promising candidates for state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries owing to their high energy density and preferred cost efficiency. For instance, Lithium-sulfur batteries, which are featured by their theoretically 10 times higher capacity and 5 times higher energy density, are reviving in both the academic and the industry. Shu Lei Chou and colleagues fro ... more

ENERGY TECH
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017 - Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be produced from renewable sources of sunlight and water. A group of Japanese researchers has developed a photocatalyst that increases hydrogen production tenfold. The discovery was made by a joint research team led by Associate Professor TACHIKAWA Takashi (Molecular Photoscience Research Center, Kobe University) and Professor MAJIMA Tet ... 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


DISASTER MANAGEMENT
NASA Lab's Life-Saving Work
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017 - Some NASA missions fundamentally change the world of science or help win Nobel prizes, but only one helps save thousands of lives worldwide every year. Employees at NASA's Search and Rescue office spend their days advancing systems critical to locating and saving people in distress, whether from an aviation, marine or other outdoor incident. The office is the primary research and developme ... more

ICE WORLD
Antarctica 'greening' due to climate change
Exeter UK (SPX) May 22, 2017 - Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found. Few plants live on the continent, but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years. A team including scientists from the University of Exeter used moss bank cores - which are well preserved in Antarctica's cold conditions - from an area spanning abou ... more

EXO WORLDS
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017 - There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, Davis. A synestia, they propose, would be a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock, formed as planet-sized objects smash into each other. And at one point early in its history, ... more

EXO WORLDS
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 22, 2017 - Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope identified a regular pattern in the orbits of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that confirmed suspected details about the orbit of its outermost and least understood planet, TRAPPIST-1h. TRAPPIST-1 is only eight percent the mass of our sun, making it a cooler and less luminous star. It's home to seven Earth-size planets, three of which orb ... more

SPACEMART
AsiaSat 9 ready for shipment
Hong Kong (SPX) May 22, 2017 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) achieved critical milestone of the AsiaSat 9 program with the successful conclusion of the Satellite Pre-Ship Review (SPSR) meeting with Space Systems Loral (SSL) on 7 April 2017. Both AsiaSat and SSL agreed that AsiaSat 9 is ready for shipment to the launch site as soon as required. During the meeting, performance data of the spa ... more

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