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March 23, 2017
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NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, along with other experiments deployed outside the International Space Station on an experiment pallet. Rave ... read more

INTERNET SPACE
NASA taking first steps toward high-speed space internet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems. They could enable much higher data rates for connections between ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
NASA selects CubeSat, SmallSat mission concept studies
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth's moon, asteroid ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Spaceport America sets new record for student launched sounding rocket
Spaceport America NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Spaceport America and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab announced a record-breaking rocket launch took place at 9:23 am MST from Spaceport Ame ... more
TECH SPACE
New study maps space dust in 3-D
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Berkeley Lab-led research raises new questions about properties of dust in local and distant reaches of Milky Way. Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny-a big bundle of debris am ... more
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MAXUS - Europe's largest sounding rocket to be launched from Esrange
Esrange, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
At the beginning of April, Europe's largest sounding rocket will blast off from Esrange Space Center. For the first time in seven years, SSC is launching a MAXUS rocket carrying a payload that will ... more
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SES and Intersat to provide internet connectivity across Africa
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
SES and Intersat have signed a multi-year agreement to deliver internet services across Africa. Intersat, one of the largest providers of internet solutions on the African continent, will be providi ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia, China could cooperate on developing reusable rockets
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2017
South China Morning Post reported that China is developing a rocket whose first stage will be designed to be reusable. Such a rocket will be capable of competing with the rocket designed by Elon Mus ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
India gets indigenously built hypersonic wind tunnel
New Delhi (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday commissioned the world's third-largest hypersonic wind tunnel in Thiruvananthapuram. It will be put to use in optimizing the design and development o ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Rocket Lab raises $75M in funding for scaling up production of electron rocket
Huntington Beach CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Rocket Lab has announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, a ... more
GPS NEWS
Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research. The study, published in Nature ... more


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Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' ... more
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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
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Does the universe have a rest frame?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Physics is sometimes closer to philosophy when it comes to understanding the universe. Donald Chang from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China, attempts to elucidate whether the univ ... more
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Microorganisms in the subsurface seabed on evolutionary standby
Aarhus C, Denmark (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
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NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraf ... more
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Seoul (AFP) March 20, 2017
North Korea's latest rocket engine test showed "meaningful progress" in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons development programmes. The North's leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the "successful" test of the powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, in a move apparently timed to coincide with a trip to Asia by new US ... more
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago - around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. ... more
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