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September 18, 2017
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Northtrop Grumman poised to buy Orbital: report



New York (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
US defense group Northrop Grumman is poised to buy out smaller rival Orbital ATK in a deal worth $7.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The deal, which comes around two weeks after industrial conglomerate United Technologies acquired aerospace supplier Rockwell Collins in a $30 billion deal, could be formalized by Monday, the paper said, quoting sources close to the matter. Northrop is valued at $46.5 billion, while Orbital is valued at $6.3 billion. The potential transaction co ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
SLS Core Stage Simulator Will Pave Way for Mission Success
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
To reduce the risk of first-time operations with one-of-a-kind spaceflight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the agency built a core stage pathfinder similar in size, shape and weight t ... more
SATURN DAILY
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Sat ... more
EXO WORLDS
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, also members of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research, have been working on a joint project with the universities of B ... more
GPS NEWS
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Part of th ... more
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EXO WORLDS
New prediction of a detection wavelength for searching phototrophs on exoplanets
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
M-dwarfs or red dwarfs are small (0.5-0.1 solar-masses) and cool ( ~3000 Kelvin) stars, and are abundant in universe. The Sun-like stars have been attracting most attention as a plausible target for ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
This bunny-suited technician is performing the important task of ensuring no unwanted infrared light interferes with the optical testing of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope inside of Chamber A at N ... more
GPS NEWS
Top 10 Businesses in Ireland that Need GPS Tracking and Location-Sharing
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Sep 18, 2017
It has become obvious to businesses in Ireland that Global Positioning System (GPS) and location-sharing is changing the way we do business. Let's explore just how geo-spatial services such as ... more
VENUSIAN HEAT
Venus's Mysterious Night Side Revealed
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists have used ESA's Venus Express to characterise the wind and upper cloud patterns on the night side of Venus for the first time-with surprising results. The study shows that atmospher ... more
EXO WORLDS
Teledyne e2v contract to supply light detectors for PLATO planet-hunting spacecraft
Chelmsford UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Teledyne e2v a 42M euro ($47M) contract to produce high-end Charge Coupled Device (CCD) visible-light detectors for the PLATO (Planetary Transits and Osci ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists at Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have determined that new star formation is influenced by local environmental conditions. ... more


Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects

TECH SPACE
Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Here's your task. Build a tiny sensor that detects a signature of infrared (IR) wavelengths characteristic of a hot tailpipe, a wood fire, or perhaps even a human being. Design the sensor so that it ... more
VSAT NEWS
More cities in the DRCongo get satellite-enabled high-speed connectivity
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
SES Networks' longtime customer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gilat Telecom, has expanded the satellite capacity under contract with SES Networks in the country, now topping more th ... more
GPS NEWS
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will cover countries and regions along the Belt and Road by 2018, said an official at the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Monday. ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have demonstrated that graphene-based materials can be used to boost the properties of spider's silk. The silk - produced naturally by the spiders, incorporati ... more



Diet tracker in space
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2017
Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to track everything you eat. The trend has arrived in space: European astronauts are now logging their meals on a tablet to make sure they are getting the right amount of nutrients. An optimal diet, paired with constant exercise, is essential to counte ... more
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Voyager Spacecraft: 40 Years of Solar System Discoveries
SLS Core Stage Simulator Will Pave Way for Mission Success
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
To reduce the risk of first-time operations with one-of-a-kind spaceflight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the agency built a core stage pathfinder similar in size, shape and weight to the 212-foot-tall core stage. Like SLS, the core stage pathfinder will be doing something that's never been done - testing new shipping and handling equipment and procedures from the manufactu ... more
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Arianespace announces a new contract, bringing its order book to 53 launches across three rockets
Paris (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
EUMETSAT signs with Arianespace for first Metop-SG satellite launch
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
MHI to launch first Inmarsat-6 satellite
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust
Spacecraft passes docking test
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianzhou 1 began its approach to the space lab at 5:24 pm and spent six and a half hours for the docking, which was completed at 11:58 pm, the agency said in a news release. It was the third docking ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
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
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to India starting Wednesday is expected to set the pace for greater cooperation between the two countries, especially in the aerospace sector. Indian private companies have already expressed keen interest in forging collaborations with the Japanese counterparts. TeamIndus, a Bengaluru-based private aerospace company, which gained global a ... more
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
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2017
India to Launch Exclusive Satellite for Afghanistan
Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Here's your task. Build a tiny sensor that detects a signature of infrared (IR) wavelengths characteristic of a hot tailpipe, a wood fire, or perhaps even a human being. Design the sensor so that it can remain dormant and unattended but always alert, even for years, without drawing on battery power. And build the sensor so that the act of detection itself can initiate the emission of a signal th ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Air Force activates new satellites for tracking space objects
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
'Peel-and-go' printable structures fold themselves
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet. Using the Space Tele ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
A long summer break ended for NASA's New Horizons on Sept. 11, as the spacecraft "woke" itself on schedule from a five-month hibernation period. Signals confirming that New Horizons had executed on-board computer commands to exit hibernation reached mission operations at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, via NASA's Deep Space Network station in Madrid, Spain, at 12:55 p. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The Labrador Sea in the North Atlantic is one of the few areas in the world ocean where cold, saline seawater sinks to large depths and forms deep water. This convection process also transports oxygen into the deep sea. A team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research ... more
London (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
130-tonne 'monster fatberg' clogs London sewer
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Old fish are rare in today's heavily fished oceans
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA team find evidence of sea level 'fingerprints'
Top 10 Businesses in Ireland that Need GPS Tracking and Location-Sharing
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Sep 18, 2017
It has become obvious to businesses in Ireland that Global Positioning System (GPS) and location-sharing is changing the way we do business. Let's explore just how geo-spatial services such as those offered by companies such as Turtler Inc can help the top 10 industries in Ireland. ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Elbit unveils situational awareness system for dismounted forces in non GPS environments
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moon's soil. The study, published in Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule - hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hy ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
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
NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta. The work, under the sponsorship of NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics program, is part of ongoing efforts at USC Viterbi to improve water detectability techniques in terrestrial and planetary subsurfaces using radar and microwave imaging techniques. Th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis o ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Who is the chief culprit of dust concentrations over East Asia?
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic images of a significant solar flare that peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT Sunday. The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class. X-class identifies the most intense solar flares and the number provides additional information about its s ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NASA captures images of strong solar flares
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Exchanges of identity in deep space
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Like in a nail-biting thriller full of escapes and subterfuge, photons from far-off light sources, such as blazars, could go up against a continuous exchange of identity in their journey through the Universe. This is an operation that would allow these very tiny particles of light to escape an enemy which, if encountered, would annihilate them. This is the phenomenon studied by a group of ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows star formation influenced by environmental conditions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Australian scientists have developed a new tool for imaging life at the nanoscale that will provide new insights into the role of transition metal ions such as copper in neuro-degenerative diseases. In a new paper published in Nature Communications, a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne reveal a "quantum kangaroo" that demonstrates a way to detect and image electronic spins ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light


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