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February 16, 2017
TECH SPACE
Lasers could give space research its broadband moment



Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 15, 2017
Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day. The vast distances involved will throttle data rates to a trickle. You're lucky if a spacecraft can send more than a few megabits per second (Mbps) - a pittance even by dial-up standards. But we might be on the cusp of a change. Just as going from dial-up to broadband revolutionized the Internet and made high-resolution photos and streaming video a given, NASA may be ready to undergo a similar "broadband" moment in comi ... read more

TECH SPACE
NASA and MIT collaborate to develop space-based quantum-dot spectrometer
A NASA technologist has teamed with the inventor of a new nanotechnology that could transform the way space scientists build spectrometers, the all-important device used by virtually all scientific ... more
TECH SPACE
After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument. Back then, they dreamed of how great two years ... more
VSAT NEWS
Gilat to develop new electronically steerable antenna for Airbus
Gilat Satellite Networks has announced a joint development project with Airbus for an ESA IFC antenna funded by CS2JU, as part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program. The fully embe ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5
For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European space port of Kourou (French Guiana) for the 77th consecutive time, placing two telecommunications sat ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Ancient Judea jars reveal earth's magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing
Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet ... more
ENERGY TECH
Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology Directorate at NASA's ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Russia's first private space tourism craft flight test set for 2020
First flight tests of Russia's reusable suborbital space tourism craft are slated for 2020, the head of the company that is spearheading the effort told Sputnik. Pavel Pushkin, director of Cos ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into sp ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA's TDRS-M space communications satellite begins final testing
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017 The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft i ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
New data from NOAA GOES-16's instrument suite
The new Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 is working and successfully sending data back to Earth. A plot from SEISS data showed how fluxes of charged pa ... more


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ENERGY TECH
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments
"Measure twice, cut once" is an old carpenter's proverb - a reminder that careful planning can save time and materials in the long run. The concept also applies to the design of stellarators, ... more
SPACEWAR
AFCENT Airmen fight from ultimate high ground
As adversaries and challenges evolve in dynamic battlefields across the globe, U.S. service members from U.S. Air Forces Central Command are using cutting-edge technology to support and defend joint ... more
MISSILE NEWS
US warns Russia amid reports of new cruise missile
The United States warned Russia to respect its arms control treaty obligations on Tuesday amid reports that Moscow has deployed a new cruise missile that may breach them. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New method to detect ultrasound with light
A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. Developed by Northwestern University ... more

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Looking to the future: Russia, US mull post-ISS cooperation in space
NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. "The relationship between NASA and the former Soviet Union goes back a long way with the highlight being the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz project. But with Russia ... more
NASA to develop oxygen recovery technologies for future deep space missions

Russia's first private space tourism craft flight test set for 2020

Progress Underway for First Commercial Airlock on Space Station

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
Private space travel company SpaceX lifted it's Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to undergo testing in preparation for a potential launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, shared a photo of the rocket in its upright position at the launchpad in Cape Canaveral where the first manned mission to the moon was launched. "Falcon 9 rocket now vertical at Cape Canaveral on launch c ... more
Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. The rover has been driving on most planning sols. On Sol 4631 (Feb. 1, 2017), Opportunity traveled just under 85 feet (26 meters) to the southwest. The drive was followed with the collection of ... more
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Angling up for Mars science

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Italy, Russia working closely on Mars exploration, Earth monitoring satellites
There are neither sanctions nor politics in space and cooperation there between Russia, the US and Europe is absolutely vital. In an interview with Sputnik, the head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Roberto Battiston, spoke about the joint projects being implemented by ASI and Russia's Roscosmos space agency. Roberto Battiston described Russian-Italian relations, including in space explo ... more
A New Space Paradigm

Why it's time for Australia to launch its own space agency

Government announces boost for UK commercial space sector

NASA and MIT collaborate to develop space-based quantum-dot spectrometer
A NASA technologist has teamed with the inventor of a new nanotechnology that could transform the way space scientists build spectrometers, the all-important device used by virtually all scientific disciplines to measure the properties of light emanating from astronomical objects, including Earth itself. Mahmooda Sultana, a research engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbe ... more
NASA's TDRS-M space communications satellite begins final testing

Big data for the universe

Lasers could give space research its broadband moment

Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks
Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life on our planet - carbon, nitrogen and water - appeared only later as a result of collisions with other objects in our solar system that had those elements. On Thursday, a UCLA-led team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich ... more
Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates

Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows

NASA finds planets of red dwarf stars may face oxygen loss in habitable zones

NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA's Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the science value and engineering desig ... more
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

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Ethiopia dam causes Kenya water shortage: rights group
A huge newly-built Ethiopian dam is cutting off the supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The Gibe III dam, along with a network of sugar plantations, has caused the depth of Lake Turkana to drop by 1.5 meters from its previous levels since the dam's reservoir began filling in 2015, according to a HRW report. In one part of Tu ... more
El Nino resulted in unprecedented erosion of the Pacific coastline

Long-term eelgrass loss due to joint effects of shade, heat

Sheriff lifts evacuation order for residents near California dam

Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation, and timing for a range ... more
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GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command

Falsifying Galileo satellite signals will become more difficult

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Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved on the present-day lunar surface. It has long been speculated that the Moon has been intermittently sprayed with the Earth's oxygen, with some researchers suggesting the nitrogen and noble gases ... more
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

India, Israel among five teams fighting for first private Moon landing

Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel. "The radar images ... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter

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Ancient Judea jars reveal earth's magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing
Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare of the biosphere. But a new study published in PNAS from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew Uni ... more
New data from NOAA GOES-16's instrument suite

NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights

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What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
An international team led by researchers at Nagoya University, along with US and Swiss colleagues, has identified a new type of solar event and dated it to the year 5480 BC; they did this by measuring carbon-14 levels in tree rings, which reflect the effects of cosmic radiation on the atmosphere at the time. They have also proposed causes of this event, thereby extending knowledge of how the sun ... more
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Friday Night's Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

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Astronomers propose a cell phone search for galactic fast radio bursts
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are brief spurts of radio emission, lasting just one-thousandth of a second, whose origins are mysterious. Fewer than two dozen have been identified in the past decade using giant radio telescopes such as the 1,000-foot dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Of those, only one has been pinpointed to originate from a galaxy about 3 billion light-years away. The other known F ... more
Astronomers Find Faintest Early Galaxies Yet, Probe How the Early Universe Lit Up

Protostar displays a strange geometry

Rare pulsating star 7,000 light years away is 1 of only 7 in Milky Way

Ancient signals from the early universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called "oscillon". The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results. Although Albert Einstein had already predicted the ex ... more
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

Stars align in test supporting 'spooky action at a distance'

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics



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