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March 23, 2017
NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraf ... more

NASA taking first steps toward high-speed space internet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems. They could enable much higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and Earth, such as scientific data downlink and astronaut communications. "LCRD is the next step in implementing NASA's vision of using optical communications for both near-Earth and ... more

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NASA selects CubeSat, SmallSat mission concept studies
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth's moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets. For these studies, small satellites are defined as less than 180 kilograms in mass (about 400 pounds). CubeSats are built to standard specifications of 1 unit (U), ... more

Spaceport America sets new record for student launched sounding rocket
Spaceport America NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Spaceport America and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab announced a record-breaking rocket launch took place at 9:23 am MST from Spaceport America's Vertical Launch Complex-1 on the East Campus in New Mexico on March 4, 2017. USC students and Alumni cheered alongside Spaceport America crewmembers as the Fathom II rocket soared past th ... more

New study maps space dust in 3-D
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Berkeley Lab-led research raises new questions about properties of dust in local and distant reaches of Milky Way. Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny-a big bundle of debris amassed from exploded stars. We Earthlings are essentially just little clumps of stardust, too, albeit with very complex chemistry. And because outer space is a very dusty place, that makes things ... more

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MAXUS - Europe's largest sounding rocket to be launched from Esrange
Esrange, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - At the beginning of April, Europe's largest sounding rocket will blast off from Esrange Space Center. For the first time in seven years, SSC is launching a MAXUS rocket carrying a payload that will provide microgravity conditions during 12 minutes to scientific research experiments. MAXUS 9 rocket measures 15.5 meters long, including payload and motor. The motor is now in place on the launch pad ... more

SES and Intersat to provide internet connectivity across Africa
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - SES and Intersat have signed a multi-year agreement to deliver internet services across Africa. Intersat, one of the largest providers of internet solutions on the African continent, will be providing broadband connectivity to businesses and consumers via SES's NSS-12 satellite, located at 57 degrees East. The latest agreement with SES includes a new C-band capacity lease, infrastructure s ... more

Russia, China could cooperate on developing reusable rockets
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2017 - South China Morning Post reported that China is developing a rocket whose first stage will be designed to be reusable. Such a rocket will be capable of competing with the rocket designed by Elon Musks's SpaceX. Russian military expert Vasily Kashin spoke to Sputnik China about this development. China has not yet decided on the basic design of its returning rocket. What is known is that the ... more

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India gets indigenously built hypersonic wind tunnel
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2017 - The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday commissioned the world's third-largest hypersonic wind tunnel in Thiruvananthapuram. It will be put to use in optimizing the design and development of space transportation systems. Dedicated to the memory of noted scientist Satish Dhawan, the two facilities, a 1-meter Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and a 1-meter Shock Tunnel, will be used to study t ... more

Rocket Lab raises $75M in funding for scaling up production of electron rocket
Huntington Beach CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Rocket Lab has announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the round brings the total funding Rocket Lab has received to date to $148 million, with the comp ... more

Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research. The study, published in Nature Communications and funded by Wellcome, involved 24 volunteers navigating a simulation of Soho in central London while undergoing brain scans. The researchers investigated activity in the hippocampus, ... more

The many faces of Rosetta's comet 67P
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017 - Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place - full of growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders. Moving material buried some features on the comet's surface while exhuming others. "As comets approach th ... more

Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017 - Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' orientation. In a new study, researchers from NASA's Dawn mission calculate that the axial tilt of Ceres - the angle at which it spins as it journeys around the sun - varies widely over the course of ... more

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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets. Stars of different shapes and sizes are all born in huge star-forming regions. Scientists know that when a protoplanetary disc around a relatively small star is very close to a massive star, the larger star can evaporate parts of the pr ... more

Does the universe have a rest frame?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017 - Physics is sometimes closer to philosophy when it comes to understanding the universe. Donald Chang from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China, attempts to elucidate whether the universe has a resting frame. The results have recently been published in EPJ Plus. To answer this tricky question, he has developed an experiment to precisely evaluate particle mass. This is design ... more

Microorganisms in the subsurface seabed on evolutionary standby
Aarhus C, Denmark (SPX) Mar 21, 2017 - Researchers at the Center for Geomicrobiology at Aarhus University, Denmark, have sequenced the genomes of several microorganisms inhabiting the subsurface seabed in Aarhus Bay. The results reveal the extreme evolutionary regime controlling microbial life in the deep biosphere. Microbial evolution is arrested in the subsurface seabed as cells are buried in under a continuously growing laye ... more

Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics
Dallas TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017 - For several years, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical properties might make them suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power next-generation electronic devices. They recently found one such material, but it was nothing anyone expected. In an article published online March 10 in the ... more

Transparent ceramics make super-hard windows
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Mar 21, 2017 - Scientists have synthesised the first transparent sample of a popular industrial ceramic at DESY. The result is a super-hard window made of cubic silicon nitride that can potentially be used under extreme conditions like in engines, as the Japanese-German team writes in the journal Scientific Reports. Cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) forms under high pressure and is the second hardest trans ... more

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