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January 03, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX sets launch date for Falcon 9 RTF



Washington DC (AFP) Jan 03, 2017
SpaceX says it has determined the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again as early as Sunday. An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded September 1 in Cape Canaveral, destroying a satellite that Facebook planned to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa. That marked a setback for the California-based private space firm and its founder Elon Musk, who wants to revolutionize the launch industry by making rocket components reusable. ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of NOAA's GOES-S Weather Satellite
Lockheed Martin has completed assembly of NOAA's GOES-S weather satellite and is now beginning critical mechanical and environmental testing of the spacecraft. GOES-S is the second of four next-gene ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX concluded accident investigation, to start launching rockets again
SpaceX has identified the anomaly responsible for the explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 1, 2016, and is now ready to resume its launch schedule starting Jan. 8. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Tech show looks beyond 'smart,' to new 'realities'
The mega-extravaganza of the tech world in Las Vegas is showcasing an array of new devices that get smarts from computer chips, sensors and artificial intelligence, but go further by opening doors to augmented or virtual realities. ... more
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IRON AND ICE
Quadrantid meteor shower to peak this week in North America
A fireworks-type display of Quadrantid meteors will likely peak in North America on Tuesday or Wednesday. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve
The batteries that store the energy generated by the International Space Station's four solar panel arrays are being replaced. The initial work, which will be executed by the space station's robotic arm Dextre, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2
The launch of Russia's Progress MS-05 space freighter to the International Space Station (ISS) is preliminary set for February 2, 2017, although it could be postponed, a space industry source told R ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) uses solid motors of 139 ton capacity for PSLV/GSLV flights and 200 ton capacity for the GSLV Mk III flights as part of their first stage. These motors are ... more
TECH SPACE
Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan
The Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, has created a new miniature electrostatic discharge measurement unit that can help extend the lifespan ... more


China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

DRAGON SPACE
China sees rapid development of space science and technology
China's space industry has witnessed rapid progress since 2011, said a white paper issued Tuesday by the State Council Information Office. The white paper, titled "China's Space Activities in ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences
China on Tuesday issued a white paper summarizing international cooperation on space sciences since 2011 and the key areas for further cooperation in the next five years. The white paper issue ... more
Space station battery replacements to begin New Year's Eve
The batteries that store the energy generated by the International Space Station's four solar panel arrays are being replaced. The initial work, which will be executed by the space station's robotic arm Dextre, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve. Over the course of two weeks, the space station's 12 older nickel-hydrogen will be replaced by six new lithium-ion power packs, which wer ... more
'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

Launch of Russia's new progress spacecraft set for February 2

Tech show looks beyond 'smart,' to new 'realities'

Europe and Russia looking at Space Tug Project
Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) plans to help the Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia in the practical implementation of a project to create a space tug, head of Airbus DS in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said. According to him, the prospective space tug can be used in commercial aeronautics, and its creation could change scheme of launching, ... more
India to develop large scale solid fuel mixer

SpaceX concluded accident investigation, to start launching rockets again

SpaceX sets launch date for Falcon 9 RTF

Odyssey recovering from precautionary pause in activity
NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been in service at Mars since October 2001, put itself into safe mode - a protective standby status - on Dec. 26, while remaining in communication with Earth. The Odyssey project team has diagnosed the cause - an uncertainty aboard the spacecraft about its orientation with regard to Earth and the sun - and is restoring the orbiter to full operations. ... more
Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

All eyes on Trump over Mars

Opportunity performs several drives to ancient gully

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office
China is planning to conduct the first orbiting and roving exploration of Mars by 2020, the country's State Council Information Office (SCIO) said Tuesday in a report. "China intends to execute its first Mars exploration operation, and grasp key technologies for orbiting, landing and roving exploration. It plans to launch the first Mars probe by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving explor ... more
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

China sees rapid development of space science and technology

Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Airbus DS and Energia eye new medium-class satellite platform
Europe's largest aerospace group Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will develop and manufacture an advanced medium-class satellite platform in cooperation with Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, head of Airbus DS in Russia Vladimir Terekhov said. "This platform is our latest product created jointly by our industrial cooperation, that is why it does not even hav ... more
OneWeb announces key funding form SoftBank Group and other investors

Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

SoftBank delivers first $1 bn of Trump pledge, to space firm

Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan
The Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, has created a new miniature electrostatic discharge measurement unit that can help extend the lifespan of satellite electronic equipment, the company said Tuesday in a statement. "A miniature measurement unit for the electrostatic discharge parameters, created by the Russian Space Systems holding ... more
'Just the first stage': unique 3D-printed Siberian satellite to orbit Earth

Saab, UAE sign radar support deal

European Defense Agency to explore 3D printing feasibility

InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
The blob can learn and teach
It isn't an animal, a plant, or a fungus. The slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) is a strange, creeping, bloblike organism made up of one giant cell. Though it has no brain, it can learn from experience, as biologists at the Research Centre on Animal Cognition (CNRS, Universite Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier) previously demonstrated.1 Now the same team of scientists has gone a step further, pr ... more
Searching a sea of 'noise' to find exoplanets - using only data as a guide

Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

Exciting new creatures discovered on ocean floor

Exploring Pluto and the Wild Back Yonder
As 2016 ends, I can't help but point out an interesting symmetry in where the mission has recently been and where we are going. Exactly two years ago we had just taken New Horizons out of cruise hibernation to begin preparations for the Pluto flyby. And exactly two years from now we will be on final approach to our next flyby, which will culminate with a very close approach to a small Kuiper Bel ... more
Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

Research Offers Clues About the Timing of Jupiter's Formation

Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea mining
Last spring, researchers made Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea minings with the discovery of what was surely a new species of octopod, crawling along the seafloor at a record-breaking ocean depth of more than 4,000 meters (about 2.5 miles) off Necker Island near Hawaii. The octopod's colorless and squishy appearance immediately inspired the nickname "Casper." Now, a ... more
Zimbabwe water crisis gives rise to backdoor sellers

Bangladeshi fishermen claim Myanmar navy attacked trawler

Damascenes struggle after clashes cut off water

China to offer global satellite navigation service by 2020
China plans to form a BeiDou network consisting of 35 satellites for global navigation services by 2020, said a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday. The country plans to start providing basic services to countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road in 2018, said the document titled "China's Space Activities in 2016." ... more
Austrian cows swap bells from 'hell' for GPS

Russia, China Making Progress in Synchronization of GLONASS, BeiDou Systems

Alpha Defence Company To Make Navigation Satellites For ISRO

Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
China plans probes to far side, poles of Moon
China is planning missions to explore the far side of the Moon and to send robots to explore both lunar poles. Plans to send astronauts to the Moon are also being discussed, according to Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. Wu told a press conference on Tuesday that work on the Chang'e-5 lunar mission, scheduled to make a soft landing on the Moon and r ... more
Lunar sonic booms

India Inc joins hands to bid for moon mission

TeamIndus signs contract with ISRO for lunar mission

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak this week in North America
A fireworks-type display of Quadrantid meteors will likely peak in North America on Tuesday or Wednesday. Astronomers disagree on the exact peak of the Quadrantid, whose bright fireballs are one of the most vibrant celestial shows of the year. Some say it will be pre-dawn Tuesday and others say late night Tuesday into early Wednesday is the best time to watch. At least some shootings st ... more
NEOWISE mission spies one comet, maybe two

PANIC Lander to Revolutionize Asteroid Research

Ceres Offers Insight Into Prospects For Life in Early Solar System

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China launches TanSat to study atmospheric carbon dioxide processes
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations. China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22, 2016. The Chinese Carbon Dioxide Observation Satellite (TANSAT) was designed to focus on the global observation of CO2. Fo ... more
There's a jet stream in our core

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of NOAA's GOES-S Weather Satellite

exactEarth to study Small Vessel Tracking for UK Space Agency

Moore Foundation provides libraries with a millione solar-eclipse viewers
The Space Science Institute was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_N ... more
Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Giving the Sun a brake

Perspectives on magnetic reconnection

Russian physicists measure the loss of dark matter since the birth of the universe
Scientists from MIPT, the Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) have discovered that the proportion of unstable particles in the composition of dark matter in the days immediately after the Big Bang was no more than 2%-5%. Their study has been published in Physical Review D. "The discrepancy between the cosmological ... more
New equipment funded for Joint Russian-German Spektrum-RG Observatory

Feeding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

Moth's Eye Inspires Critical Component on SOFIA's Newest Instrument

ALPHA observes light spectrum of antimatter for first time
In a paper published in the journal Nature, the ALPHA collaboration reports the first ever measurement on the optical spectrum of an antimatter atom. This achievement features technological developments that open up a completely new era in high-precision antimatter research. It is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. "Using a laser to observe a transition i ... more
Existence of a short-lived tetraneutron predicted

Saudi Arabia Adopts Western Calendar

JILA atomic clock mimics long-sought synthetic magnetic state



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