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October 30, 2012
ROCKET SCIENCE
Orbiting Gas Stations for Satellites
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2012
One of the things that makes space applications so expensive is the fact that we cannot service satellites once they get to orbit. The moment a satellite leaves the ground it is destined to survive, or not survive, based solely on what it is carrying and how well it operates. If all of the subsystems work properly, then its expect performance is realized for as long as its propellant lasts. Once the propellant is depleted, the mission is over. At least this has been the way space operations have w ... read more

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TIME AND SPACE

Researchers look beyond space and time to cope with quantum theory
Physicists have proposed an experiment that could force us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behaviour of the Universe. The proposal comes from an international team of researchers f ... more
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MARSDAILY

Curiosity on Mars sits on rocks similar to those found in marshes in Mexico
Millions of years ago fire and water forged the gypsum rocks locked in at Cuatro Cienegas, a Mexican valley similar to the Martian crater where NASA's Rover Curiosity roams. A team of researchers ha ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Galactic Thief: "I Would Have Gotten Away With It, If It Weren't for Those Meddling Astronomers"
One of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way almost got away with theft. However, new simulations convicted the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) of stealing stars from its neighbor, the Small Magellanic ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL

Voyager observes magnetic field fluctuations in heliosheath
As they near the outer reaches of the solar system, for the past several years the two Voyager spacecraft have been sending back observations that challenge scientists' views of the physics at the e ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble
Using a brand-new radio telescope, astronomers have produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole. The observations were ... more
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TECH SPACE

Boeing on Schedule to Deliver Next-Gen Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
Boeing is on schedule to deliver the next-generation series of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), which will increase NASA's signal processing and transmission capabilities among the Hubble ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Gaia launcher separation test and Payload Module acceptance vibration tests completed
Testing of the separation of the Gaia Service Module from its Launch Vehicle Adapter has been completed, as have the acceptance vibration tests on the Payload Module. Two more important test c ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

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ROBO SPACE

Canada, NASA in space rover talks
The Canadian Space Agency says it's in talks with NASA to launch a rover beyond Earth orbit aboard NASA's huge new deep space rocket. ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

China unveils large radio telescope in Shanghai
A massive radio telescope for use in space observation was unveiled Sunday at the foot of Sheshan Mountain in Shanghai. The telescope will be used to track and collect data from satellites and space ... more
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TECH SPACE

Russian Briz-M booster falls apart in orbit
Russia's Space Defense Forces have confirmed that the Briz-M propellant upper stage fell apart in the near-Earth orbit on October 16. Space Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Monday the ... more
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SPACEMART

MEASAT HD Bouquet Reaches 34 Channels
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") has announced an agreement with Encompass Digital Media ("Encompass") for the addition of HISTORY North East Asia regional feed on MEASAT's HD video nei ... more
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SPACEMART

Quantifying the Benefits of Hosted Payloads
Last month I was a presenter at the Hosted Payload Summit in Washington, DC. Part of my presentation included an analysis conducted by the Avascent Group that quantified the benefits of the hosted p ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

EUTELSAT 21B and Star One C3 Set For Ariane 5 November Launch
The two satellite passengers to be carried on Arianespace's Flight VA210 - the sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2012 from French Guiana - are undergoing checkout at the Spaceport for their November 9 lifto ... more
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GPS NEWS

Telit Introduces LTE Module Expanding Automotive Product Line with 4G for North American and European Markets
Telit Wireless Solutions has announced the introduction of the LE920 LTE module for European and North American OEM automotive and aftermarket segments. The new 920 form factor measures 34x40x2.8mm ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE

ORBITEC's Rocket Engine Soars Above the Mojave Desert
Orbital Technologies has successfully flight-tested its new rocket engine and technologies in Mojave, CA. ORBITEC integrated its Vortex Liquid Rocket Engine into a launch vehicle airframe designed a ... more
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24/7 News Coverage
What agricultural 'ecosystems on steroids' are doing to the air

Geologists Shed Light on Formation of Alaska Range

From hurricanes to drought, LatAm's volatile climate

Volcano erupts in Cape Verde

Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state

Himalaya tectonic dam with a discharge

Seychelles poachers go nutty for erotic shaped seed

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MOON DAILY

Study: Moon basin formed by giant impact
A flattened 1,800-mile-wide section of the moon was likely caused by a collision with an asteroid the size of Austria, Japanese researchers say. ... more
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TECH SPACE

U.S. unveils new supercomputer
Graphic processing units first created for computer gaming have been used to create one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, U.S. officials say. ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

S. Korea sets new window for rocket launch
South Korea said Monday it would make another atempt to send a satellite into space next month after a scheduled rocket launch last week was cancelled because of a technical glitch. ... more
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LAUNCH PAD

SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission
The unmanned SpaceX capsule made a safe splashdown in the Pacific Sunday after successfully delivering its first commercial payload to the International Space Station. ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

STEREO Reaches New Milestone At Its Sixth Anniversary
On the evening of Oct. 25, 2006, the twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft launched into space, destined for fairly simple orbits: both circle the sun like Earth does, STE ... more
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DEEP IMPACT

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid
In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you'd better hope that it's blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight - and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surf ... more
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STATION NEWS

Packed Week Ahead for Six-Member Crew
Friday was Expedition 33's first full day together as a six-member crew. Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko welcomed new Flight Engineers Kevin Ford, Oleg ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Monster galaxy may have been stirred up by black-hole mischief
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have obtained a remarkable new view of a whopper of an elliptical galaxy, with a core bigger than any seen before. There are two intriguing expl ... more
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    GPS NEWS

    China launches another satellite for independent navigation system
    China successfully launched another satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 11:33 p.m. Beijing Time Thursday, the launch center said. The satellite ... more
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    SPACE TRAVEL

    New NASA Online Science Resource Available for Educators and Students
    NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system, and the universe into their schools and homes. Called NASA Wavelength, the site features ... more
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    IRON AND ICE

    Whizzing Asteroid Turns Rocket Scientists' Heads
    International leaders in asteroid and comet research are gathering at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Friday, Feb. 15, for a special "viewing party" that will climax with asteroid 2012 ... more
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    SPACEMART

    Antitrust Clearance for Sale of SSL Received by Loral and MDA
    Loral Space and Communications Inc. has announced that Loral and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) have received notice from the Department of Justice that it has completed its review o ... more
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    LAUNCH PAD

    Payload preparations begin for Arianespace's next Soyuz flight from French Guiana
    The Pleiades 1B payload for Arianespace's fourth Soyuz mission from French Guiana is now undergoing its pre-launch checkout at the Spaceport, readying this Earth observation satellite for a late-nig ... more
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    SPACE TRAVEL

    'First' Pakistan astronaut wants to make peace in space
    Once you've been to both poles, skydived over Mount Everest and set up your country's first consulate in Monaco, the question is: what next? ... more
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    LAUNCH PAD

    Launcher assembly begins for Arianespace's seventh Ariane 5 mission in 2012
    Initial build-up is underway at the Spaceport for Arianespace's seventh Ariane 5 to be launched from French Guiana this year, initiating preparations to support this mid-December flight with the Sky ... more
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    MARSDAILY

    Baumgartner: Mars travel a waste of money
    Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner says he believes NASA's Mars mission is a waste of money that could be used for "saving our planet." ... more
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