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December 01, 2023
Direct-to-phone satellite connectivity emerging as major new market this decade

London, UK (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 01, 2023 The Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) industry is currently witnessing a pivotal transformation, as highlighted in the latest edition of Euroconsult's 'Prospects for Direct to Handheld and IoT Markets'. This transformative shift is primarily attributed to the emergence of direct-to-device satellite solutions, particularly direct-to-phone services. These advancements are a result of integrating terrestrial and non-terrestrial network (NTN) connectivity, coupled with signif ... read more

Scientist hails accuracy of satellite data
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
The Macao Science Satellite 1 network, China's leading space-based geomagnetic monitoring system, has achieved remarkable feats and attracted scientists from around the world, according to a top mem ... more
Interstellar ice may hold the key to understanding life's origins
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Recent research, as detailed in a study published in ACS Central Science, presents a novel perspective on the origins of life's essential components, particularly amino acids. The study posits that ... more
UK's NSTF Selects ARS for Groundbreaking Acoustic Testing Project
London, UK (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Acoustic Research Systems (ARS), a leader in Direct Field Acoustic Testing (DFAT) solutions, has been awarded a contract to provide a full-scale, state-of-the-art DFAT turnkey solution to the UK's N ... more
Hanwha turns to Eutelsat OneWeb andfor of satellite connectivity in South Korea
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Hanwha Systems, a major South Korean technology conglomerate, has recently entered into a distribution partnership agreement with Eutelsat OneWeb, part of the renowned Eutelsat Group and the world's ... more
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NASA's 6-Pack of Mini-Satellites Ready for Their Moment in the Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 01, 2023
Most NASA missions feature one spacecraft or, occasionally, a few. The agency's Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE) is using half a dozen. This month, mission members completed const ... more
Globalsat enhances connectivity across Latin America with Rivada's OuterNET
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Globalsat Group, a provider of mission-critical satellite and wireless connectivity solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Rivada Space Networks to deploy the OuterNET, a next-generat ... more
NASA, small companies eye new cargo delivery, heat shield technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Two small businesses are benefitting from NASA's expertise as they develop heat shield technologies, cargo delivery systems, and new protective materials for spacecraft and space stations in the gro ... more
A spectrum of possibilities: insights into the evolution of far-red light photosynthesis
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
A collaborative study led by Dr. Christopher Gisriel at Yale University and Dr. Tanai Cardona at Queen Mary University of London, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, offers new insight on the o ... more
NASA shuttle astronaut, scientist Mary Cleave remembered as 'trailblazer'
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 30, 2023
NASA on Thursday paid tribute to retired astronaut Mary Cleave, the first woman associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, who died Nov. 27 at 76. ... more



Astronomers find 'tilted' planets even in pristine solar systems

Discovery of planet too big for its sun throws off solar system formation models
University Park PA (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
The discovery of a planet that is far too massive for its sun is calling into question what was previously understood about the formation of planets and their solar systems, according to Penn State ... more
New theory explains how magnetic switchbacks form in the solar wind
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
A new study develops a theory of how magnetic switchbacks are formed around the sun. This quantitative model can be used to predict magnetic field variations and potentially explain the heating and ... more
NASA's Educational CubeSats: Small Satellites, Big Impact
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Despite their small size, the satellites launching through NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) missions have a big impact, creating access to space for many who might not otherwise have the oppo ... more
Air Force awards UTEP Grant to safeguard assets in space
El Paso TX (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Space near earth is teeming with objects, whether natural, like meteors and comets, or manmade, like satellites, spacecraft and rocket debris. But experts still need a clearer picture of the locatio ... more
After 50 years, US to return to Moon on January 25
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2023
More than 50 years after the last Apollo mission, the United States will try once again to land a craft on the Moon on January 25, said the head of what could be the first private company to successfully touch down on the lunar surface. ... more


Minimalist or maximalist? The life of a microbe a mile underground

First extragalactic exoplanet disc spotted outside of the Milky Way
Durham UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
An international team of astronomers led by Durham University and including astronomers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre has reported the first detection of a rotating disc structure around a f ... more
Was There Life on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2023
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the Universe, and searching for life on Mars is a major goal of the Mars 2020 mission. While humans have long wondered ... more
NASA Tests In-Flight Capability of Artemis Moon Rocket Engine
Bay St. Louis MS (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
NASA conducted the third RS-25 engine hot fire in a critical 12-test certification series Nov. 29, demonstrating a key capability necessary for flight of the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket during ... more
Evolving material, not rings, circling Centaur Chiron
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Observations during a stellar occultation detected the presence of evolving material orbiting around Centaur (2060) Chiron, rather than a two- ring system interpretation, according to a paper by Pla ... more
Unwrapping Uranus and its icy moon secrets
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, orbits in the outer solar system, about two billion miles (3.2 billion kilometers) from Earth. It is an enormous world - quadruple the diameter of Earth, wit ... more

Dutch astronomers prove last piece of gas feedback-feeding loop of black hole
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Dec 01, 2023
Three astronomers from the Netherlands have proven that gas that was previously heated near a supermassive black hole and flowed to the outskirts of the galaxy and cooled down, is moving back toward ... more
Webb study reveals rocky planets can form in extreme environments
Paris (ESA) Dec 01, 2023
An international team of astronomers have used the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope to provide the first observation of water and other molecules in the inner, rocky-planet-forming regions of ... more
Hubble pauses science due to gyro issue
Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
NASA is working to resume science operations of the agency's Hubble Space Telescope after it entered safe mode Nov. 23 due to an ongoing gyroscope (gyro) issue. Hubble's instruments are stable, and ... more
New astrophysics model sheds light on additional source of long gamma-ray bursts
New York NY (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Cutting-edge computer simulations combined with theoretical calculations are helping astronomers better understand the origin of some of the universe's most energetic and mysterious light shows - ga ... more
U.S. and Saudi Arabia explore space for peaceful purposes
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 29, 2021
The United States and Saudi Arabia have announced intentions to explore the use of outer space together in pursuit of peaceful purposes, the U.S. State Dept. announced Tuesday. ... more
Tata and Satellogic sign deal to build LEO satellites in India
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL) have announced a strategic collaboration to foster local space technology capabilities in India. This partnership marks a critical jun ... more
Chang'e 5 lunar samples put on display in Macao
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
In a historic first for the city, lunar samples collected by China's Chang'e 5 robotic mission are now on public display in Macao. This event, marking the debut of these extraterrestrial materials i ... more
Farewell, Solar Conjunction 2023: Sols 4023-4024
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 30, 2023
Earth planning date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023: Mars has just emerged from its solar conjunction period, when sending commands to all Mars spacecraft was not safe for three weeks since the Red Pl ... more

Macao science satellites begin study of South Atlantic Anomaly
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
The Macao Science Satellite 1A and 1B, after a successful six-month trial in orbit, have officially commenced formal operations, marking a significant milestone in space-based geomagnetic monitoring ... 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
Satellite discovered by NASA's Lucy mission gets name
San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 30, 2023
The satellite discovered during the first asteroid encounter of NASA's Lucy mission has an official name. On Nov. 27, 2023, the International Astronomical Union approved the name "Selam", which mean ... more
Solar activity likely to peak next year, new study suggests
London, UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India at IISER Kolkata have discovered a new relationship between the Sun's magnetic field and its sunspot cycle, that can help predict when ... more
Dragonfly Rotorcraft Mission to Saturn's Titan Moves into Final Design Phase
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 29, 2023
NASA's ambitious Dragonfly mission, aiming to send a groundbreaking rotorcraft to Saturn's moon Titan, has recently been given the green light to proceed into its next critical phase. Entering Phase ... 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
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

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