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

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February 18, 2017
SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior
Miami (AFP) Feb 18, 2017 - SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff Saturday due to a "slightly odd" technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine. The delay was made "out of an abundance of caution," a SpaceX spokesman said, and came a day after engineers discovered a small helium leak in the engine's second stage. "All systems go, except the ... more

Next SpaceX mission will deliver slew of experiment payloads to ISS
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - NASA's first cargo resupply mission of 2017 is poised to lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida loaded with almost 5,500 pounds of science experiments, research equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station and its resident astronauts. The gear is packed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule that will fly into orbit aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. It will take two da ... more

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Art and space enter a new dimension
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017 - ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth. Michelangelo Pistoletto is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of the Italian Arte Povera contemporary art movement and is widely regarded as o ... more

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

Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries - small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper published in the January issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Sri Narayan and Derek Moy of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute outline how they developed an alteration to t ... more

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SwRI scientist studies geology of Ceres to understand origin of organics
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a paper published in the Feb. 17, ... more

Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Columbia, MD (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - Though not visible to the naked eye or even with binoculars, the green-tailed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (HMP) did not escape the gaze of the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory. Scientists from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at Arecibo Observatory have been studying the comet with radar to better unde ... more

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration
Ashburn VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has introduced the space industry's first COTS-based solution for measuring microgravity acceleration. Previously, the measurement of microgravity acceleration has required costly custom-designed electronic systems. What's more, the high cost of these solutions has encouraged the sharing of this capability by multiple users on-board the micrograv ... more

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

Students play key biomedical research role in space
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - Several students are playing significant roles in the upcoming launch of a SpaceX rocket carrying two CU Boulder payloads - one designed to help researchers better understand and perhaps outsmart dangerous infections like MRSA, another to help increase the proliferation of stem cells in space, a potential boon for biomedical therapy on Earth. Shelby Bottoms and Ben Lewis, both master's stu ... more

Iridium Announces Target Date for Second Launch of Iridium NEXT
McLean, VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017 - Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX's launch manifest as a result of last year's September 1st anomaly. This second launch will deliver another ten Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth-orbit ... more

Lockheed Martin to build additional Trident II missiles
Washington (UPI) Feb 15, 2017 - Lockheed Martin received a $540 million contract modification for Trident II ballistic fleet missile production and deployed system support. The modification supports production efforts for the U.S. Navy and the British Royal Navy. The Trident II is currently equipped on the U.S. Navy's Ohio-class submarines as well as the Royal Navy's Vanguard-class submarines. The U.S. Departme ... more

Thales, Bharat Dynamics ink STARStreak capability transfer deal
London (UPI) Feb 15, 2017 - Thales Group and Indian state-owned contractor Bharat Dynamics have signed off on exploring the transfer of technology for the STARStreak missile capability. A memorandum of understanding was inked by representatives from both parties in the presence of U.K. defense procurement leaders at the Aero India conference in Bengaluru. Under the agreement, Thales officials in Britain will suppo ... more

Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Feb 15, 2017 - Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more

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

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Fossil discovery rewrites understanding of reproductive evolution
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Feb 15, 2017 - A remarkable 250 million-year-old "terrible-headed lizard" fossil found in China shows an embryo inside the mother - clear evidence for live birth. Head of The University of Queensland's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and co-author Professor Jonathan Aitchison said the fossil unexpectedly provided the first evidence for live birth in an animal group previously thought to exclus ... more

New study explains decade of glacial growth in New Zealand
Victoria, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 15, 2017 - Globally, glaciers have been on the retreat for several decades. Between 1983 and 2008, however, at least 58 New Zealand glaciers grew in size. Scientists have struggled to explain their advance, but new analysis suggest a regional climate anomaly, a period of unusually cold temperatures, encouraged their growth. "Glaciers advancing is very unusual - especially in this period wh ... more

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills
Manila (AFP) Feb 15, 2017 - Quake-prone countries around the Pacific Ocean Wednesday began a joint exercise testing their ability to deliver timely warnings of approaching tsunamis to tens of millions of people living along the coast. The annual "Pacific Wave" exercise is taking place in a region where nearly eight in 10 of the world's tsunamis - giant waves usually caused by underwater earthquakes - occur, the UN Ed ... more

Graphene foam gets big and tough
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 15, 2017 - A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. Better yet, it can be made in just about any shape and size, they reported, demonstrating a screw-shaped piece of the highly conductive foam. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour tested its ... more

UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017 - A new study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel method for fabrication of world's thinnest oxide semiconductor that is just one atom thick. This may open up new possibilities for thin, transparent, and flexible electronic devices, such as ultra-small sensors. This new ultra-thin oxide semiconductors was created by a team of scientists, led by Professor Zonghoon Lee of Materials S ... more

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