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November 15, 2023
Nobody wants a Musk monopoly on satellite internet: Eutelsat boss

Paris (AFP) Nov 15, 2023
The boss of European satellite operator Eutelsat knows her task will not be easy: to forge a competitor to Elon Musk's Starlink and provide superfast internet from space. "We have a lot of customers who want us to get there quickly," Eva Berneke told AFP in an interview. "They tell us they took Starlink because there wasn't anyone else. But they want competition too. Nobody wants a monopoly." Eutelsat recently merged with British operator OneWeb and is aiming to add telecoms and connectivity ... read more

US regulator greenlights Starship's next launch on Friday
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2023
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday authorized SpaceX to carry out its second launch of Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, after a first attempt in April ended in a spectacular explosion. ... more
Bouncing comets could deliver building blocks for life to exoplanets
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
How did the molecular building blocks for life end up on Earth? One long-standing theory is that they could have been delivered by comets. Now, researchers from the University of Cambridge have show ... more
Southern Launch to host HyImpulse's Pioneering SR75 launch in South Australia
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
In a significant development for the global aerospace industry, German rocket manufacturer HyImpulse is set to launch its SR75 sounding rocket from the Koonibba Test Range near Ceduna in South Austr ... more
Europe's quantum decade extends into space
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2023
Europe - and the world - is in the midst of the 'quantum decade': a period in which the peculiar properties of matter that manifest at the very tiniest of scales are being transformed from mere scie ... more
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US embarks on ambitious quantum technology endeavor
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
In a landmark initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with other strategic partners, has announced the inaugural participants in the Quantum and Space Collaboration. This pioneering e ... more
The Long Wait
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2023
There was a long delay between Flight 52 and Flight 53, and a deviation from the published Flight 53 plan. I will address both in this blog post. First, the Flight 53 delay was the direct result of ... more
Blast from the past: Gamma-ray burst strikes Earth from distant exploding star
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2023
An enormous burst of gamma rays, detected by ESA's Integral space telescope, has struck Earth. The blast caused a significant disturbance in our planet's ionosphere. Such disturbances are usually as ... more
Study finds strongest evidence yet for local sources of cosmic ray electrons
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
A new study using data from the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) instrument on the International Space Station has found evidence for nearby, young sources of cosmic ray electrons, contributi ... more
Spire Global launches innovative constellation management platform
Bremen, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
In a significant advancement for the satellite services industry, Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR), a frontrunner in space-based data, analytics, and space services, has unveiled its latest innovatio ... more



AI-Powered Space Situational Awareness Boosted by Neuraspace-Deimos Collaboration

Momentus testing new spacecraft engine and solar array design
San Jose CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS), a U.S. commercial space company that offers satellite buses, transportation, and other in-space infrastructure services, continues to advance in-space testing of its Mi ... more
AI maps icebergs 10,000 times faster than humans
Paris (ESA) Nov 10, 2023
In a groundbreaking development, researchers from the University of Leeds have unveiled a neural network that can swiftly and accurately chart the expanse of large Antarctic icebergs in satellite im ... more
Cosmic currents: Preserving water quality for astronauts during space exploration
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
On Nov. 9, the SpaceX Falcon rocket streaked skyward from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket is on a commercial resupply mission dubbed CRS- ... more
A green glow in the Martian night
Paris (ESA) Nov 13, 2023
When future astronauts explore Mars's polar regions, they will see a green glow lighting up the night sky. For the first time, a visible nightglow has been detected in the martian atmosphere by ESA' ... more
Bulgaria signs Artemis Accords at NASA Headquarters; Joins 31 Nations
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson participated in a signing ceremony Thursday with Bulgaria's Milena Stoycheva, minister of innovation and growth, as her country became the 32nd nation to sign the Arte ... more


Hera asteroid mission hears the noise

Extended habitability of exoplanets due to subglacial water
Jerusalem, Israel (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
Professor Amri Wandel, from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has unveiled research that promises to redefine our comprehension of habitable exoplanets. In a recent study published in the Astronomical ... more
Galactic 'lightsabers': Answering longstanding questions about jets from black holes
Princeton NJ (SPX) Nov 15, 2023
The one thing everyone knows about black holes is that absolutely everything nearby gets sucked into them. Almost everything, it turns out. "Even though black holes are defined as object ... more
Big bang: Dutch firm eyes space baby
Eindhoven, Netherlands (AFP) Nov 14, 2023
Climate crises, nuclear Armageddon, or a sudden meteor strike - it's clear humanity could do with Planet B. But first we need to learn to reproduce safely in space, says Dutch entrepreneur Egbert Edelbroek. ... more
AI Chemist creates Mars-compatible oxygen catalyst from meteorites
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
The dream of colonizing Mars has taken a significant leap forward thanks to groundbreaking research led by scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the Chinese Acad ... more
Construction on NASA mission to map 450 million galaxies is under way
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2023
NASA's SPHEREx space telescope is beginning to look much like it will when it arrives in Earth orbit and starts mapping the entire sky. Short for Specto-Photometer for the History of the Universe, E ... more

Gemini North peers deeper into the dust with new instrument
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Gemini North, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF's NOIRLab, is now peering deeper into the dusty dwellings of young stars with its new IGRINS-2 instrument. This next-ge ... more
Brightest flash ever disturbed Earth's atmosphere last year
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2023
Last year the brightest flash of light ever seen in the night sky disturbed Earth's upper atmosphere in a way that has never before detected before, researchers said on Tuesday. ... more
UTA developing more powerful rocket engines for space travel
Arlington TX (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher has received a NASA grant to use rotating detonation rocket engines (RDREs) for in-space propulsion to make them more efficient, compact and ... more
China develops 'GoMars' Model for enhanced Mars mission planning
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Chinese scientists have taken a significant leap in Mars exploration technology by developing a comprehensive numerical model, "GoMars," to simulate Mars' atmospheric environment. This advancement i ... more
NASA's Mars Missions Persist Through Solar Conjunction
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
As Earth and Mars find themselves on opposite sides of the Sun - a biennial astronomical event known as the Mars solar conjunction - NASA's intrepid Mars fleet braces for a two-week communication hi ... more
Lost in space: $100,000 tool bag from NASA spacewalk
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 13, 2023
Every construction worker who ever accidentally left their tools at their worksite now has something in common with NASA astronauts, who lost a tool bag worth $100,000 during a spacewalk on Nov. 1, the space agency announced. ... more
Reaching New Frontiers in Science Supported by Public Participation
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
NASA's Science Mission Directorate seeks knowledge and answers to profound questions that impact all people. Through competitions, challenges, crowdsourcing, and citizen science activities, NASA col ... more
For All Mankind: Space drama's alternate history constructs a better vision of NASA
Aberystwyth, Wales (SPX) Nov 13, 2023
Great art is often difficult to quantify. Apple TV's series For All Mankind is a case in point, running the risk of being too sci-fi for drama fans (rockets, moon bases, Mars) and having too much na ... more

An ammonia trail to exoplanets
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
They reveal the origin of wine, the age of bones and fossils, and they serve as diagnostic tools in medicine. Isotopes and isotopologues - molecules that differ only in the composition of their isot ... more
Spire Global's Major Leap: 11 Satellites Launched on SpaceX's Transporter-9 Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
In a significant advancement for space-based data and analytics, Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) has launched eleven satellites as part of SpaceX's Transporter-9 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base. ... more
How to avoid getting disoriented in space
Waltham MA (SPX) Nov 13, 2023
When landing on the surface of the Moon, astronauts can become spatially disoriented, which is when they lose sense of their orientation - they might not be able to tell which way is up. This disori ... more
New nanosatellite to test novel AI technologies on board
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2023
After more than two years of development, the nanosatellite SONATE-2 is about to be launched. The lift-off into orbit by a rocket is expected in March 2024. The satellite was designed and built by a ... more
Hypergolic rocket engine with advanced throttling tested by Sierra Space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 12, 2023
Sierra Space, a leader in the commercial space sector, has achieved a significant milestone with the successful testing of its new VRM5500-H hypergolic rocket engine, promising to revolutionize the ... more
NSF funds annual solicitation seeking physical science research leveraging the ISS National Lab
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 09, 2023
For the ninth consecutive year, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a solicitation that seeks proposals leveraging the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory for res ... more
SpaceX Achieves On-Time Launch for Ambitious Transporter-9 Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2023
In a textbook launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, marking yet another successful step in the co ... more
SpaceX hopes for second Starship flight test next week
Washington (AFP) Nov 11, 2023
SpaceX is hoping to re-launch Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, next week, the company said, after an attempt in April ended in a spectacular explosion. ... more

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