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February 06, 2024
NASA is looking for commercial Mars missions. Do people still want to go to Mars?

Perth (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Mars has been a source of myth, lore and inspiration since antiquity. It is also an interesting place to research - a legitimate candidate for us to find some form of alien life. Since the 1960s, Mars has been a popular destination for space missions. Now, for the first time, NASA has invited the private sector to submit proposals on commercial Mars missions. These missions would range from carrying various payloads to the red planet, to providing communications relay services. No talk of a ... read more

Korea's satnav system certified by national authorities and enters operational service
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
The Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS), a pivotal development in satellite navigation technology, has officially commenced operations following certification by Korean authorities. This mark ... more
Reflectors in space could make solar farms on Earth work for longer every day
Glasgow UK (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
If you happened to be looking at the sky in Europe on a cold night on February 5 1993, there is a chance you could have seen a dim flash of light. That flash came from a Russian space mirror experim ... more
Space Force initiates MUOS Service Life Extension with Lockheed Martin design contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command has taken a significant step towards enhancing global military communications by contracting Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the early design of two addi ... more
China Mobile takes the lead with first 6G Test Satellite
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
China Mobile, in a pioneering move that marks a significant milestone in telecommunications technology, has successfully launched the world's first test satellite utilizing 6G design architecture. T ... more
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Septentrio Unveils AntaRx-Si3 with Enhanced RTK Positioning and Multipath Mitigation
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS technology, recently announced the launch of its latest smart antenna, AntaRx-Si3. This innovative product is designed to deliver high-accuracy positionin ... more
Xihe Space Telescope Enhances Understanding of Solar Plasma Dynamics
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Using spectral imaging data of China's first solar exploration satellite, Xihe, a group of Chinese physicists constructed three-dimensional velocity diagrams of two kinds of plasmas in the sun's atm ... more
Lake deposits in Idaho give scientists insight into ancient traces of life on Mars
Smithfield RI (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? If so, how do scientists search for and identify it? Finding life beyond Earth is extremely difficult, partly because other planets are so far away and par ... more
Lunar science entering new phase with commercial missions to conduct research
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
For the first time since 1972, NASA is putting science experiments on the Moon in 2024. And thanks to new technologies and public-private partnerships, these projects will open up new realms of scie ... more


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Sentinel-1 and AI reveal 75% of fishing vessels not tracked
Paris (ESA) Feb 05, 2024
A groundbreaking study that combines satellite data and Artificial Intelligence has thrown new light on the number of vessels at sea. Astonishingly, the study reveals that around 75% of the world's ... more
China to launch Queqiao 2 Relay Satellite to boost lunar communication capabilities
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China is poised to take another significant step in its ambitious lunar exploration endeavors with the scheduled launch of the Queqiao 2 relay satellite in the first half of 2024. The China National ... more
Revolutionary Time Crystal Developed by Dortmund Physicists Lasts Over 40 Minutes
Dortmund, Germany (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In a groundbreaking study recently published in Nature Physics, a research team from TU Dortmund University has made a significant leap forward in the development of time crystals, achieving a lifes ... more
Ice and fire: Antarctic volcano may hold clues to life on Mars
Deception Island, Antarctica (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
On Deception Island in Antarctica, steam rises from the beaches, and glaciers dot the black slopes of what is actually an active volcano - a rare clash of ice and fire that provides clues to scientists about what life could look like on Mars. ... more
GRAPES-3 experiment unveils unexpected twist in cosmic ray spectrum
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research's GRAPES-3 experiment, based in Ooty, India, has made a pivotal discovery in the field of cosmic ray physics. Researchers have identified a new characteris ... more


Astrophysicists find dust in galaxies affects their distance measurements in the Universe

Sols 4086-4088: Groundhog Day in Gale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 06, 2024
Earth planning date: Friday, February 2, 2024: Happy Groundhog Day, Earthlings! Punxsutawney Phil must've seen his shadow all the way to Mars, because right now it's spring in Gale crater. Luckily, ... more
What Kind of World is LHS 1140b
by Ben Cassese for AAS Nova News
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 06, 2024 One would be forgiven for thinking that it's easy to tell different types of planets apart. Unfortunately, the most interesting worlds look awfully like comparative ... more
Terran Orbital announces agreement with Shareholder Group
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Terran Orbital, a key player in the aerospace industry known for its satellite manufacturing capabilities, has recently announced a significant agreement with a group of its shareholders. This devel ... more
Rising Collision Risks in Sun-Synchronous Orbits Amid Satellite Surge
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
The strategic importance of sun-synchronous orbits for earth observation missions, crucial for both civil and defense applications, is being challenged by an escalating risk of collisions. These orb ... more
Intelsat Launches Inflight Internet Above the Arctic
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
In a landmark development for global aviation connectivity, Intelsat has announced its success as the first inflight connectivity provider to offer high-speed internet service above the Arctic Circl ... more

Spaceborne Computer-2 sets new benchmark for AI and ML on ISS
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has taken a significant step forward in space-based computing by dispatching the third iteration of its Spaceborne Computer to the International Space Station ... more
Geespace achieves milestone in satellite constellation development for future mobility
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Geespace, a growing force in China's burgeoning private space sector, has marked a significant milestone in the development of the Geely Future Mobility Constellation with the recent launch of eleve ... more
Heritage ERS-2 satellite to reenter Earth's atmosphere
Paris (ESA) Feb 06, 2024
Throughout its 16-year working life, the second European Remote Sensing satellite, ERS-2, returned a wealth of information that revolutionised our perspective of our planet and understanding of clim ... more
China's Smart Dragon 3 launches satellites from South China Sea
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's growing prowess in the arena of space exploration and satellite deployment was once again on display as the nation successfully launched the Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket on Saturday morning ... more
BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
BlackStar Orbital Technologies Corporation has announced plans to establish a cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This strategic development is set to signi ... more
China prepares to launch Lunar exploration satellites Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
With China's ambitious strides in space exploration, the upcoming launch of two experimental satellites, Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2, marks a significant step forward in the country's lunar exploration an ... more
Sidus Space Joins Solis Applied Science Team on NGA's $794M R and D contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Sidus Space, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU), a noted player in the space industry, has recently announced its inclusion in the Solis Applied Science, LLC team, selected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence ... more
NASA's xEVAS contract with RTX moves forward with successful spacesuit test
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Collins Aerospace, a business segment of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), in collaboration with ILC Dover and Oceaneering, has announced a significant advancement in the development of ... more

'Potentially hazardous' asteroid makes closest pass to Earth in more than century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 2, 2024
A football field-sized asteroid whizzed by the Earth Friday, making its closest pass in more than a century.

mu Space and ispace forge partnership for Lunar exploration and satellite services
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
In a significant step forward for lunar exploration and satellite services, mu Space and Advanced Technology Co., Ltd. (mu Space), a leading aerospace manufacturer and satellite internet service pro

Xichang Space Launch Site Celebrates 200th Mission with Geely-02 Satellite Deployment
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, marked a significant milestone on Saturday by successfully completing its 200th launch mission. This achieve

Britain's space capabilities boosted by Pulsar Fusion's latest engine test
London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Pulsar Fusion has marked a significant achievement in the realm of space technology by successfully demonstrating a cutting-edge space engine, distinguished as the largest ever fired in Britain. Thi

Europa Clipper gears up with full instrument suite onboard
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA's ambitious Europa Clipper mission, a project that aims to unravel the mysteries of Jupiter's ice-encased moon, Europa, has recently achieved a significant milestone. With less than nine months

Shake, rattle and launch: Dream Chaser spaceplane passes vibration test
Sandusky, United States (AFP) Feb 1, 2024
Sierra Space's shuttle-like Dream Chaser has been put through its paces at a powerful NASA vibration facility that mimics conditions during launch and atmospheric reentry, officials said Thursday ahead of its planned first flight to the ISS this year.

Cygnus spacecraft arrives at space station with 8,200 pounds of cargo
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 1, 2024
The International Space Station received more than 8,200 pounds of supplies and science experiments on Thursday after Northrup Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the orbiting laboratory.

China to launch 4.4 Meter Aperture Spectral Telescope in 2026
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Shanghai Jiao Tong University is advancing its astronomical capabilities with the construction of the country's most powerful spectral telescope. The Jiaotong University Spectroscopic Telescope (JUS

Charite Launches International Master's Program in Space Medicine
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Charite University Berlin, in collaboration with the University of Caen Normandy in France and Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Slovenia, has announced the launch of an innovative m

Space Perspective secures investment for carbon-neutral space tourism
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In the burgeoning field of space tourism, a novel collaboration marks a significant milestone. The 100 Fundadores, a global community of diverse industry leaders known for their appreciation of luxu

A Drive With a View: Sols 4084-4085
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Earth planning date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024: Curiosity continues her investigation of the light and dark banded sulfate terrain and started this two-sol planning day with several beautiful rock

Advanced Space's CAPSTONE operating around Moon for 445 days
Westminster CO (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Advanced Space, a leading space tech solutions company, is pleased to announce that CAPSTONE - the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment - continues

Asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 02, 2024
A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of a football field will make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century this week, and it won't be this close again for another 200 years, official

Bright Rocks on the Horizon: An Exciting Glimpse of Uncharted Territory
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Perseverance is deep within the ongoing Margin Unit campaign, where orbital signatures of carbonate minerals appear strongest. After collection of a drilled rock core from the Margin Unit, followed

NASA to Study Effects of Radio Noise on Lunar Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In February 2024, Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission will launch to the Moon's South Polar region, as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, or CLPS, initiative. This mission is part of CLP

Researchers spying for signs of life among exoplanet atmospheres
Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
The next generation of advanced telescopes could sharpen the hunt for potential extraterrestrial life by closely scrutinizing the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets, new research suggests. The next ge

One Guardian: Opportunity Leads A Soldier To Space
Peterson SFB CO (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
U.S. Space Force Major Julius Lee carries more than just the notes and instructions he needs daily in his Green Book. Within its pages lies an early service photo of his father - the man who inspire

NASA Releases STEM Toolkit for Advanced Air Mobility
Celveland OH (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA Aeronautics has released a new STEM toolkit focusing on Advanced Air Mobility for educators and students of all ages. The toolkit, comprised of numerous educational activities, is a free resour

NASA Puts Next-Gen Exoplanet-Imaging Technology to the Test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The Coronagraph Instrument on NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will demonstrate new technologies that could vastly increase the number of planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) that s

Rocketlab launches Spire and NorthStar Space Sustainability mission with dedicated flight
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR), a leader in delivering space-based data and analytics services, has successfully launched the first commercial satellite constellation for Space Situational Awarenes

Enhanced US Space Maneuverability Achieved Through Northrop Grumman's Refueling Technology
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has achieved a significant milestone in space technology by having its Passive Refueling Module (PRM) selected as the first preferred refueling solution inte

THAAD Localization Efforts Align with Saudi Vision 2030 Objectives
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) has announced the award of two critical subcontracts to Saudi Arabian industry partners, marking a significant step in the production localization of componen

US Space System Command Selects LeoLabs for Critical Space Safety Initiative
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
LeoLabs, a leader in space situational awareness and satellite tracking, has been selected for the U.S. Space System Command's (SSC) prestigious Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Technology Accelerator P

China launches first two-way laser communication terminal into space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
In a significant advancement for space-based communication, China has successfully deployed its first two-way laser communication terminal into orbit, marking a pivotal step in enhancing data transf

APG Launches NaviGuard: A New GPS Anomaly Detection App Enhancing Aviation Safety
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
In response to increasing concerns over GPS spoofing and jamming threats in aviation, APG has unveiled NaviGuard, a novel application aimed at bolstering the safety of commercial and business flight

Hungary ruling party holds up Swedish NATO bid vote
Budapest (AFP) Feb 5, 2024
Hungary's ruling party on Monday boycotted a parliament session on Sweden's NATO membership, postponing a vote by the last alliance member to approve the expansion of the alliance despite US pressure.

Maldives vows to boost defences after telling Indian troops to leave
Male, Maldives (AFP) Feb 5, 2024
The small but strategically placed Maldives will strengthen its military to defend its vast maritime territory, the new president vowed Monday after ordering Indian troops to withdraw from the archipelago.

Iran says 'will not hesitate' to respond to US attack on its territory
Tehran (AFP) Feb 5, 2024
Iran said Monday it "will not hesitate" to respond in the event of US attacks on its territory after the White House declined to say whether strikes on Iran were ruled out.

UN Security Council to meet on US strikes in Iraq and Syria
United Nations, United States (AFP) Feb 5, 2024
The UN Security Council was to convene Monday at Russia's demand to discuss US air strikes on Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for a deadly drone attack on American soldiers.

Blinken returns to Middle East in mission to free hostages, pause war
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 5, 2024
Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to the Middle East for a four-day trip aimed at freeing the remaining hostages in Gaza and to seek an extended pause in the Israel-Hamas war.

Russia, China accuse US of stoking Mideast tensions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Feb 6, 2024
Russia and China accused the United States during a UN Security Council meeting on Monday of stoking already high tensions in the Middle East with its recent retaliatory strikes on Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria.


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