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November 28, 2023
Lockheed Martin aims for rapid on-orbit operations with Electronically Steerable Antenna

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), a renowned leader in the aerospace and defense sector, recently announced a significant step forward in space technology with the upcoming launch of a wideband Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) payload demonstrator. This initiative is a testament to Lockheed Martin's dedication to enhancing space capabilities for quick operational readiness once in orbit. This innovative payload, featuring a unique and proprietary design, is poised to transform the calibration pro ... read more

Archimedes Platform Successfully Tested by Above: Space and Electric Sky
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
In a significant advancement for space technology, Above: Space Development, in collaboration with Electric Sky, has successfully tested the Archimedes platform, a novel, rapidly deployable, free-fl ... more
Millennium Space Systems completes CDR for Missile Track Custody Space Vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Millennium Space Systems, a subsidiary of aerospace giant Boeing [NYSE: BA], has reached a significant milestone in the development of the Missile Track Custody (MTC) space vehicle with the successf ... more
Embry-Riddle's Innovative Mission Control Lab prepares students for booming space sector
Daytona Beach, FL (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
In an era where the space industry is rapidly expanding, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has taken a significant step to prepare its students for the challenges of tomorrow. The university has ... more
WVU Team Tackles Radio Interference in Astronomy with NSF Funding
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
In a significant stride towards enhancing the clarity of astronomical observations, researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) are pioneering methods to combat the pervasive issue of human-made r ... more
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Wenchang Set to Become China's Premier Commercial Space Launch Hub by Next Year
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Wenchang, a city in South China's Hainan province, is rapidly establishing itself as the forefront of China's burgeoning commercial space industry. The city, known for the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch ... more
SwRI's PUNCH Mission Set for 2025 Launch: A New Era in Solar Wind Study
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
The Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) mission, a significant endeavor led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has recently crossed a pivotal milestone, advancing its journe ... more
Viasat Advances Arctic Broadband Connectivity with ASBM Satellite Milestone
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 24, 2023
Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications leader, has achieved a significant milestone in its Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM) with the successful completion of thermal vacuum te ... more
Quantum Space launches Sentry to pioneer deep space communications network
Rockville MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Quantum Space, a trailblazer in deep space infrastructure, has announced the imminent launch of its ambitious Sentry mission, marking a significant leap in developing a modern connectivity network f ... more
Cassini's Grand Finale Unveils Variations in Saturn's D Ring influx
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
In a significant addition to our understanding of Saturn's atmospheric dynamics, Joshua Dreyer is poised to present his doctoral thesis at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Uppsala Un ... more



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NASA Scientific Balloons Ready for Flights Over Antarctica
McMurdo Station, Antarctica (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
NASA kicks off its annual Antarctic Long Duration Balloon Campaign around Dec. 1, which includes three scientific balloon flights planned for launch from the long-duration balloon (LDB) Camp near Mc ... more
Understanding charged particles helps physicists simulate element creation in stars
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
New research from North Carolina State University and Michigan State University opens a new avenue for modeling low-energy nuclear reactions, which are key to the formation of elements within stars. ... more
Wits researchers pioneer a new way of searching for dark matter
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
The existence of Dark Matter is a long-standing puzzle in our universe. Dark Matter makes up about a quarter of our universe, yet it does not interact significantly with ordinary matter. The existen ... more
NASA Mission Excels at Spotting Greenhouse Gas Emission Sources
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 21, 2023
More than a year after first detecting methane plumes from its perch aboard the International Space Station, data from NASA's EMIT instrument is now being used to identify point-source emissions of ... more
Topographic changes on Earth measured
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
The German Aerospace Center has established another milestone in 3D Earth mapping with the 'TanDEM-X 30-metre DEM Change Map', which provides a global overview of changes to Earth's surface. Change ... more


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Spaceflux and UK Space Command to boost GEO monitoring
London, UK (SPX) Nov 23, 2023
Spaceflux, a notable UK space technology company established in 2022, has recently been awarded significant contracts by the UK Space Command and the UK Space Agency. This collaboration is set to si ... more
Korean space race? North and South chase spy satellites
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2023
North Korea claimed Wednesday to have successfully put its first military surveillance satellite into orbit, with the South also preparing to send up its first spy satellite later this month. ... more
China's Mars rover detects irregular wedges beneath red planet
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2023
Radars mounted on China's Mars rover Zhurong detected 16 irregular wedges buried underneath a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars. A collaborative team led by the researchers from th ... more
Alien haze, cooked in a lab, clears view to distant water worlds
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 28, 2023
Scientists have simulated conditions that allow hazy skies to form in water-rich exoplanets, a crucial step in determining how haziness muddles observations by ground and space telescopes. The ... more
Ovzon and SSC close to sealing satellite communication contract worth $10M
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Ovzon AB, a leading provider of satellite communication services, is currently in the final stages of negotiations with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) for a significant order. This potential de ... more

A satellite's death spiral
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
Down on the ground, death equals stillness - but not in space. Abandoned satellites are prone to tumble in unpredictable ways and an ESA project with the Astronomical Institute of the University of ... more
China launches tech-experiment satellite
Xichang (XNA) Nov 27, 2023
China on Thursday sent a technology experiment satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The experiment satellite for satellite inter ... more
Beyond Gravity unveils reusable payload fairing concept
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 27, 2023
The introduction of a reusable payload fairing by Beyond Gravity represents a significant stride in addressing major industry challenges like affordability and environmental impact. Beyond Gravity, ... more
MDA initiates work on a new digital satellite constellation
Brampton, Canada (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
MDA Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, has received an Authorization to Proceed (ATP) contract from an undisclose ... more
Pennsylvania Invests Millions in Astrobotic Technology
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Astrobotic Technology, a leading space exploration company, is expanding its presence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with an ambitious plan to create a 'space campus'. This move is set to bolster the ... more
China Enhances Ocean Observation Capabilities with Launch of HY-3A Satellite
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
In a significant advancement in its space capabilities, China has successfully launched the HY-3A, a new-generation ocean observation satellite. The launch, which took place on Thursday, marks China ... more
Heat Shield demo passes the test dubbed 'Just flawless'
Langley Research Center
Hampton VA (SPX) Nov 20, 2023 A little more than a year ago, a NASA flight test article came screaming back from space at more than 18,000 mph, reaching temperatures of nearly 2,700 degrees Fahrenh ... more
Lockheed Martin opens $16.5M Missile Defense Lab
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2023
In a significant development for the U.S. missile defense capabilities, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, unveiled a new state-of-the-art engineerin ... more

Trailblazing New Earth Satellite Put to Test in Preparation for Launch
Bengaluru, India (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
During three weeks in a thermal vacuum chamber in Bengaluru, India, the joint NASA-ISRO satellite demonstrated its hardiness in a harsh, space-like environment. NISAR, the trailblazing Earth-o ... more
Innovative Spray-in-Place Liner System Revolutionizes Nuclear Plant Maintenance
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
Framatome, a leader in nuclear energy solutions, recently announced a significant breakthrough in nuclear plant maintenance technology. The company has successfully completed a two-year test program ... more
Perseverance's Parking Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 27, 2023
The Science Team directed Perseverance to Airey Hill, the parking spot chosen for Solar Conjunction. Although there will be a pause on data during conjunction, team members still analyze all the ima ... more
Scientists move closer to long-theorized ultraprecise nuclear clock
Lemont IL (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
New light sources have made it possible to explore new methods of powering a nuclear clock. Work led by Argonne researchers now points the way toward this once-theoretical timepiece. For decad ... more
Physicists answer question of Supergalactic Plane's absent spiral galaxies
Durham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
Astrophysicists say they have found an answer to why spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are largely missing from a part of our Local Universe called the Supergalactic Plane. The Supergalac ... more
Instruments led by IRF selected for ESA potential future mission to either Mars or Earth's Orbit
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of three prospective space missions. Among these missions, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) takes the lead in managing the sci ... more
RTX and DARPA to revolutionize Gallium Nitride technology for improved radio frequency sensors
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2023
Raytheon, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, has been awarded a four-year, $15 million contract from DARPA to increase the electronic capability of radio frequency sensors with high-power-density Gallium ... more
CubeSat launch platform by Vector Space Biosciences will boost space biotech
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2023
In a new collaboration, Vector Space Biosciences, Inc. has joined forces with Oracle and NVIDIA to introduce a novel small satellite launch platform for CubeSat and NanoSats, that have been specific ... more

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