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September 20, 2017
IRON AND ICE
What Do We Need to Know to Mine an Asteroid



Riga, Lativa (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and asteroid mining entrepreneurs came together in Luxembourg to discuss key questions and identify scientific know ... read more

DRAGON SPACE
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Earth through different eyes
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragilit ... more
MARSDAILY
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six people have emerged from an isolated dome in Hawaii where they spent the past eight months on a mock Mars mission, living in close quarters, eating dried foods and trying to get along. ... more
SPACEWAR
Thales, Telespazio and Spaceflight team up to accelerate BlackSky Geospatial Platform
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), has signed a partnership with the U.S.-based company Spaceflight Industries wh ... more
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SPACEMART
Transitional FSS industry adapting, innovating to spur recovery
Paris (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
According to the 24th edition of Euroconsult's report, Satellite Communications and Broadcasting Markets Survey, due to be published later in September, the FSS industry is in the midst of unprecede ... more
SPACEMART
Bulgaria Sat Wins "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Bulgaria Sat, Bulgaria's sole satellite operator and the country's innovator in space industry, was awarded "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017 during the 14th Annual Awards for Excel ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. ... more
NUKEWARS
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea said Saturday it was bent on nothing less than military "equilibrium" with arch-enemy the United States with a full nuclear arsenal, forcing UN powers into fresh crisis talks. ... more
UAV NEWS
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a ... more
EXO WORLDS
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Five KFU employees have been involved in the project - Ilfan Bikmaev, Eldar Irtuganov, Roman Zhuchkov, Almaz Galeev, and Sergey Melnikov. Professor Bikmaev, Chair of the Department of Astronom ... more


NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet

EXO WORLDS
FINESSE Mission to Investigate Atmospheres of Hundreds of Alien Worlds
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
One of NASA's proposed missions, known as the Fast INfrared Exoplanet Spectroscopy Survey Explorer (FINESSE) could greatly improve our understanding of extrasolar worlds. If selected for development ... more
EARLY EARTH
Volcanic carbon dioxide drove ancient global warming event
Southampton UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New research, led by the University of Southampton and involving a team of international scientists, suggests that an extreme global warming event 56 million years ago was driven by massive CO2 emis ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Is the Earth warming? The ocean gives you the answer
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Humans have released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and the result is an accumulation of heat in the Earth's climate system, commonly referred to as "global warming". "How fast is the Ea ... more
ENERGY TECH
Researchers challenge status quo of battery commercialization
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
While more efficient, effective, and economical batteries are critical to the world's clean energy future, the path to bringing such technologies to market over the last 25 years is overwhelmingly l ... 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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
NASA's Robotic 'Sniffer' Confirms Space Station Leak, Repair
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Crewed Missions Beyond LEO
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Three astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission
Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot unlocked a critical vehicle mechanism too early. After a nine-month investigation the NTSB further concluded that human error and inadequate safety procedures caused the violent crash. The vehi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments
Paris (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
ArianeGroup to supply from Boeing satellite with new generation of electric propulsion
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Rocket fever launches UB students to engineering competition in New Mexico
Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent resource to exploit first. The question then becomes, from where will we extract the wat ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The Mars exploration programme is well underway," it cited the mission's chief architect Zhang Rongqiao as saying. ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Bulgaria Sat Wins "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Bulgaria Sat, Bulgaria's sole satellite operator and the country's innovator in space industry, was awarded "Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year" for 2017 during the 14th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications which took place as part of the Summit for Satellite Financing, the main event of the annual World Satellite Business Week 2017. The ceremony took place on September ... more
Paris (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Transitional FSS industry adapting, innovating to spur recovery
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
New York (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Northrop Grumman to buy space firm Orbital for $9.2 bn
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
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Physicists predict nonmetallic half-metallicity
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
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
The godfather of eco-bling: Brando's Tahitian paradise
Tetiaroa, France (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the sixties is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues - with a little help from its jet-set visitors. The tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa was once a favourite holiday spot for Tahitian royalty before the late American movie star fell in love with it while filming "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1961 on ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Rogue wave could have downed El Faro cargo ship, research shows
Sydney (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
SubSea Craft to display Diver Delivery Unit at DSEI 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
A new chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was unveiled on Saturday by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS and LBS) Association of China (GLAC). The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. The positioning accuracy of the chip reaches the sub-meter level without ground-based a ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Arianespace to orbit four Galileo satellites on two Ariane 62 launches
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Sep 18, 2017
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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
What Do We Need to Know to Mine an Asteroid
Riga, Lativa (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and a ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
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
Earth through different eyes
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
In the 1960s, photographs of Earth taken by the first astronauts captured the imaginations of people across the world. The pictures not only became icons for space exploration, but also the fragility of our planet. But astronauts were not the only ones with their eyes on Earth. Satellites flying hundreds of kilometres above our heads continually capture images of our planet and deliver a w ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
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
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. According to the classical model, a star is formed when a prestellar core, a roundish accumulation containing 99 percent gas and 1 percent dust, collapses due to overweight, resulting in the formation of a star in the center of the c ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Keeping NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in the dark
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Exchanges of identity in deep space
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch
The beam of invisibility
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from Vienna University, together with colleagues from Greece and the USA, have now developed a new idea for a cloaking technology. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern - with the effect that light waves from the left can now pass through the material without any obstruction. This surprising result opens up completely new possibiliti ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
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


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