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September 08, 2017
UAV NEWS
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch



Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
The fifth launch of the X-37B robot spaceplane almost makes this vehicle look routine. This time, liftoff has come with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX instead of an Atlas V, a change from old-school launchers to NewSpace. By itself, this was controversial, but the spacecraft is in orbit as requested. Security for this launch seems to have been just as tight as for previous launches, with no leaks of information. That's another point in favour of the vehicle's new launch provider. The US Air F ... read more

MARSDAILY
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Rosetta space probe discovered a large amount of organic material in the nucleus of comet "Chury." In an article published by MNRAS on August 31, 2017, two French researchers advance the theory ... more
EXO WORLDS
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
For decades, as astronomers have imagined advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, they categorized such worlds by the amount of energy their inhabitants might conceivably be able to harness and use ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
ISRO suspects pyro elements failed to separate rocket's heat shield
Chennai (IANS) Sep 07, 2017
The Indian space agency is strongly suspecting the failure of pyro elements for the non-separation of the heat shield of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's (PSLV) XL variant on Aug 31, said ... more
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OUTER PLANETS
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
NASA's New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year's Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, aiming to come three times closer to MU69 than it famously flew past Pluto in 2015 ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New work from a team of Carnegie scientists (and one Carnegie alumnus) asked whether any gas giant planets could potentially orbit TRAPPIST-1 at distances greater than that of the star's seven known ... more
EXO WORLDS
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
'Extreme' Telescopes Find the 2nd-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
By following up on mysterious high-energy sources mapped out by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (http://www.nasa.gov/fermi), the Netherlands-based Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Ball Aerospace Delivers the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Launch Site
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Ball Aerospace successfully delivered the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA's next-generation polar orbiting weather satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Aug. 31, whe ... more
ICE WORLD
NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But predicting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is ... more


Second Lockheed Martin GPS 3 Satellite completes launch simulation tests

TECH SPACE
New results reveal high tunability of 2-D material
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Two-dimensional materials are a sort of a rookie phenom in the scientific community. They are atomically thin and can exhibit radically different electronic and light-based properties than their thi ... more
MILPLEX
United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30 billion
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
United Technologies is to acquire Rockwell Collins for $140.00 per share in cash and UTC stock - about $30 billion - the companies have announced. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Techniques used in forensic science help discover new molecular fossils
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Researchers in Japan and China believe they have found new molecular fossils of archaea using a method of analysis commonly used in forensic science. According to a system designed by microbio ... more
EARLY EARTH
Was the primordial soup a hearty pre-protein stew?
Atlanta GA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The primordial soup that sloshed around billions of years ago, and eventually led to first life on our planet, might have been teeming with primal precursors of proteins. Ancestors of the first prot ... more



What's hot and what's not at Berlin's IFA tech fair
Berlin (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Berlin's IFA technology fair, Europe's largest and a bellwether for the Christmas season, draws to a close Wednesday. Here is a quick overview of what's hot and what's not in the aisles. - On the out - - Tablets: the fever that greeted Apple's launch of the iPad in 2010 has long dissipated. Smartphones boast increasingly large screens and high performance in a handier package than the no ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Star Trek' actor Shatner sends message to Voyager
Paris (ESA) Sep 05, 2017
ESA retrieves NASA astronauts with new procedure in wake of hurricane
Washington (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Record-breaking NASA astronaut comes back to Earth
ISRO suspects pyro elements failed to separate rocket's heat shield
Chennai (IANS) Sep 07, 2017
The Indian space agency is strongly suspecting the failure of pyro elements for the non-separation of the heat shield of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's (PSLV) XL variant on Aug 31, said a senior official. As a result of the heat shield not separating the 1,425 kg navigation satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck inside it resulting in the failure of the around Rs 250 crore mission. ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Pentagon Will Have to Rely on Russian Rocket Engines Until Mid-2020s
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 4, 2017
SpaceX tests first stage of 'world's most powerful rocket'
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The discovery of boron on Mars gives scientists more clues about whether life could have ever existed on the planet, according to a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "Because borates may play an important role in making RNA - one of the building blocks of life - finding boron on Mars further opens the possibility that life could have once arisen on the planet," s ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
ASTROSCALE Raises a Total of $25 Million in Series C Led by Private Companies
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
ASTROSCALE completed a Series C round and raised $53 million in total to date. Private companies, ANA Holdings Inc. (ANA - parent company of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS Co., Ltd.) and OSG Corporation, join recurring venture capital investors (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, JAFCO Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital) alongside new financier aSTART Co., Ltd. The successful completion of Se ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
LISA Pathfinder: bake, rattle and roll
London, UK (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Blue Sky Network Reaffirms Commitment to Brazilian Market
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks - a form of artificial intelligence - can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods. "Analyses that typically take weeks to months to complete, ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New results reveal high tunability of 2-D material
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Europe's biggest X-ray laser begins operations
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new X-ray study has revealed that stars like the Sun and their less massive cousins calm down surprisingly quickly after a turbulent youth. This result has positive implications for the long-term habitability of planets orbiting such stars. A team of researchers used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to see how the X-ray brightness of stars similar to the Su ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Earth as Hybrid Planet: The Anthropocene Era in Astrobiological Context
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Friday, Sept. 1, at 2:49 p.m. PDT (5:49 p.m. EDT and 21:49 UTC). At the time of perijove (defined as the point in Juno's orbit when it is closest to the planet's center), the spacecraft will be about 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) above the planet's cloud tops. Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Cincinnati, OH (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
To Pluto and beyond
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (Monday 4 September). A team at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) examined the potential distribution of over 900 species of shelf-dwelling ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
Second Lockheed Martin GPS 3 Satellite completes launch simulation tests
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Launch is the most strenuous part of a satellite's life. To survive the extreme sound wave pressure and pounding vibrations generated by more than 700,000 lbs. of thundering rocket thrust, spacecraft need a solid, reliable design if they hope to arrive operational on orbit. On July 13, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)'s second, fully-assembled GPS III space vehicle (SV) completed a realistic si ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Nine Satellites in exactEarth's Real-Time Constellation Now in Service
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
India to launch satellite next week to fix malfunctioning navigation system
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer), will pass about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) above Earth just before 12:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22. Using Earth as a slingshot, the spacecraft will receive an assist to complete its journey to the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is undertaking ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
House-Sized Near-Earth Objects Rarer Than We Thought
Miami (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Largest asteroid in a century to whiz by Sept 1
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Ball Aerospace Delivers the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Launch Site
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Ball Aerospace successfully delivered the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), NOAA's next-generation polar orbiting weather satellite, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Aug. 31, where it is scheduled to launch Nov. 10, 2017. This follows a successful pre-ship review with NASA at Ball's Boulder, Colorado, manufacturing complex. "The arrival of the spacecraft at Vandenberg i ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
New era in air-quality monitoring a step away
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Star Storm, an explosive performance inspired by stellar processes in the Universe, will be premiered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, on 10 September. The creator of the show is Aoife van Linden Tol, the recipient of the first art and science@ESA residency organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA. A multimedia artist working primarily with explosive ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
Joint Base Charleston SC (AFNS) Aug 28, 2017
Charleston C-17 flies on "dark side of the moon"
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA, ESA spacecraft track solar storm through space
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'Extreme' Telescopes Find the 2nd-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
By following up on mysterious high-energy sources mapped out by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (http://www.nasa.gov/fermi), the Netherlands-based Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope has identified a pulsar spinning at more than 42,000 revolutions per minute, making it the second-fastest known. A pulsar is the core of a massive star that exploded as a supernova. In this stel ... more
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