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April 25, 2017
AEROSPACE
Pressurized Perlan glider reaches new high altitude on journey to edge of space
Minden, NV (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,61 ... more

SPACE TRAVEL
Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team to develop long-term methods that could help sustain pioneers working in deep space. Agency researchers believe while there are many challenges for human exploration beyond Earth, they are conv ... more

Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC

EXO WORLDS
In experiments on Earth, testing possible building blocks of alien life
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - Scientists are attempting to identify the amino acids--building blocks that make proteins and support all life on Earth--that might feasibly form the basis of extraterrestrial life. The researchers have analyzed how an assortment of 15 amino acids, some found here on Earth in living organisms and some not found in living organisms on Earth, hold up in the face of extreme conditions found on othe ... more

EXO WORLDS
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - One of the most successful techniques presently in use for detecting expolantes is the search for transits. Similar to the way the Moon cuts off the light of the Sun during an eclipse, a transit is produced when a planet orbiting a distant star cuts off a small fraction of its light when it passes between us and the star. There are many projects dedicated to detecting and monitoring small variat ... more

SATURN DAILY
Cassini completes final Titan flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 25, 2017 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet. The spacecraft made its 127th and final close approach to Titan on April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT [06:08 UTC] on April 22), passing at an altitude of about 608 miles (979 kilometers) above the moon's surface. Cassini ... 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
AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017 - The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society. The essays, covering a broad swath of scientific disciplines and written by notable scientists in their fields, discuss the critical role of research, the growing importance of data and the ... more

SPACE TRAVEL
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017 - US President Donald Trump congratulated NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new space record on Monday, but expressed disdain for a particular rigor of space life - drinking recycled urine. Whitson, 57, marked 534 days in orbit and counting on Monday, beating NASA's previous record-holder Jeff Williams, but remains still far short of the world title, which belongs to Russian cosmonau ... more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Fermi catches gamma-ray flashes from tropical storms
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. These events, called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), last less than a millisecond and produce gamma rays with tens of millions of times the energy of visible light. Since its launch in 2008, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has recorded more than 4,000 TG ... more

Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC

27 th Space Cryogenics Workshop - July 5-7, 2017 - Oak Brook, Illinois

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Cassini, Voyager missions suggest new picture of sun's interaction with galaxy
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - New data from NASA's Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are surrounded by a giant, rounded system of magnetic field from the sun - calling into question the alternate view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind the sun in the shape of a long comet tail. The s ... more

SOLAR SCIENCE
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017 - The solar flux is considered the fundamental energy source of earth's climate system on long time scales. In recent decades, some studies have noted that the tiny variations in solar activity could be amplified by the nonlinear process in climate system. Therefore, the astronomy factors, such as solar activity, present intriguing and cutting-edge questions to better understand climate chan ... more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security and Humanitarian Missions
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 21, 2017 - SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian and defence missions around the world. The Rapid Response Vehicle is the world's first mobile platform to offer collaborative communications technolog ... more

TECH SPACE
'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017 - Stress sensors are important tools when it comes to evaluating the robustness of a material facing strong mechanical forces. OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress. Such light-based sensing molecules, also called photolum ... more

TECH SPACE
Leybold simplifies repairs and maintenance through Augmented Reality
Bornheim, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017 - Leybold GmbH, a German company of the Atlas Copco Group, is the first vacuum pump manufacturer to test the diverse application possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR). While executing tasks, service technicians obtain useful additional information and graphical documentation, partly in 3D. Leybold plans to extend the scalable AR apps to other product areas such as training, repair and maintenanc ... 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


CHIP TECH
Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017 - In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion worldwide on wafers that serve as the substrates for microelectronics components, which can be turned into transistors, light-emitting diodes, and other electronic and photonic devices. A new technique developed by MI ... more

AEROSPACE
Boeing pulls out of 'unfair' Belgian F-16 fighter replacement bid
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017 - Boeing will not participate in Belgium's effort to replace its F-16 fleet, leaving rival Lockheed Martin and other European contractors in the competition, the company said this week. The aerospace manufacturer responded to the Belgian request for proposal with its F/A-18 Super Hornet, a multirole fighter marketed as a 4th-plus-generation aircraft. The plane has been viewed as a more co ... more

NANO TECH
Nanoparticles remain unpredictable
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017 - The nanotech industry is booming. Every year, several thousands of tonnes of man-made nanoparticles are produced worldwide; sooner or later, a certain part of them will end up in bodies of water or soil. But even experts find it difficult to say exactly what happens to them there. It is a complex question, not only because there are many different types of man-made (engineered) nanoparticles, bu ... more

EXO WORLDS
Lack of Oxygen Not a Showstopper For Life
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017 - The hot springs of Yellowstone National Park may be extreme environments, but they are host to a diversity of microbes that could shed light on the evolution of life on Earth and, perhaps, what lurks on distant planets. While photosynthetic life cannot tolerate the high temperatures of hot springs, microorganisms that are chemosynthetic - meaning they rely solely on chemicals, rather than ... more

MARSDAILY
Danish Martian Experts Get Their Hands on a Piece of 'Black Beauty'
Copenhagen (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017 - Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but meteorites have been, by far, the most frequent visitors from outer space on Earth. Recently, one which has been dubbed "Black Beauty" landed in the hands of Danish researchers. The Natural History Museum (NHM) in Copenhagen has obtained a piece of Mars: it has procured a piece of a famous Martian meteorite, known as "Black Beauty." The NHM acquired ... more

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