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February 15, 2017
TECH SPACE
NASA to launch Raven to develop autonomous rendezvous capability



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Launching soon, aboard the 10th SpaceX commercial resupply mission, will be a technology module called Raven, which will bring NASA one step closer to having a relative navigation capability. When affixed outside the International Space Station, Raven will test foundational technologies that will enable autonomous rendezvous in space, meaning they will not necessitate any human involvement - even from the ground. To envision why autonomous rendezvous is important in space missions, imagine this sc ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
India puts record 104 satellites into orbit
India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. ... more
SPACEMART
Government announces boost for UK commercial space sector
Grants worth 10 million pounds are being made available to help develop commercial launch capability for spaceflight, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced this week. The funding comes as the govern ... more
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SPACE TRAVEL
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ROCKET SCIENCE
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SPACEMART
Italy, Russia working closely on Mars exploration, Earth monitoring satellites
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IRON AND ICE
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter
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SPACEMART
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
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FARM NEWS
Using high-resolution satellites to measure African farm yields
Stanford researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-res photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach, detailed in the February 13 issue o ... more
SPACEWAR
Atlas V to launch classified US payload March 1
The launch of a top-secret US government payload atop an Atlas V rocket has been scheduled for March 1, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced in a press release. "NROL-79 will mark the 70 ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korea fires ballistic missile in challenge to Trump: Seoul
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in an apparent provocation to test the response from new US President Donald Trump, the South Korean defence ministry said. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
India tests ballistic missile interceptor
India has successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile in the exo-atmosphere as it develops a two-layered ballistic missile defense system. ... more

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