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February 07, 2024
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 interface standard for Space Systems Command (SSC) satellites. This collaboration marks a pivotal advancement in in-space refueling technologies, catering to the nation's critical national security needs for sustained maneuverability of space-based assets in dynamic space operations. The selection of Northr ... read more

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 ... 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
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 ... 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
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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
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 ... more
Scientists create effective 'spark plug' for direct-drive inertial confinement fusion experiments
Rochester NY (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Scientists from the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) led experiments to demonstrate an effective "spark plug" for direct-drive methods of inertial confinement fusion ( ... 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


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Spaceborne Computer-2 sets new benchmark for AI and ML on ISS

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
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 ... more
Thales Alenia Space completes MicroCarb satellite to map Earth's CO2
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Thales Alenia Space has recently announced the successful completion of the assembly, integration, and test (AIT) phase for the MicroCarb satellite, marking a crucial step towards its launch. This s ... more
The Future of Weather Forecasts: Nearing the Natural Limit of Predictability
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Weather forecasts play a crucial role in our daily lives and in mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events. With climatological extremes causing significant economic and human losses, the ques ... more
The colossal caverns for Fermilab's DUNE experiment have been fully excavated
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Excavation workers have finished carving out the future home of the gigantic particle detectors for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Located a mile below the surface of Lead, ... more


NASA is looking for commercial Mars missions. Do people still want to go to Mars?

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
NASA's Laser Navigation Tech Enables Commercial Lunar Exploration
Hampton VA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Later this month, NASA's commercial lunar delivery services provider Intuitive Machines will launch its Nova-C lunar lander carrying several NASA science and technology payloads, including the Navig ... 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

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
Astrophysicists find dust in galaxies affects their distance measurements in the Universe
Brno-stred, Czechia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Dust around galactic nuclei significantly affects the measurement of their distances in the Universe. This was discovered by a team of physicists led by Michal Zajacek from the Masaryk University in ... more
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
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

'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

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

House fails to pass GOP-led Israel aid bill
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 6, 2024
The U.S. House voted down a standalone bill Tuesday to provide $17.6 billion in aid to Israel in its war against Hamas.

'Massive' Russian air attack kills at least five in Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Russia fired dozens of missiles and drones at Ukraine on Wednesday in a "massive" early morning attack that killed at least five people and injured more than 30, officials in Kyiv said.

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell visits Ukraine after bloc approves $54B in aid
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 6, 2024
European Union Foreign Affairs chief Josep Borrell traveled to Kyiv Tuesday after the 27-nation bloc approved a new $54 billion aid package to help Ukraine continue to fight Russia.

Survey: Almost 73% of South Koreans want country to develop nukes
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 6, 2024
Roughly three out of four South Koreans think their country should develop its own nuclear weapons amid concerns about the growing threat from neighboring North Korea, according to a new survey conducted by Gallup Korea.

China slams 'groundless' Dutch hacking claims
Beijing (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Beijing on Wednesday condemned "groundless accusations" after the Dutch government accused Chinese hackers of conducting a spying campaign against the Netherlands.

Despite strikes, US still faces threats from Iran-backed forces
Washington (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
US military action has so far failed to halt attacks by Iran-backed groups on Washington's forces in the Middle East and shipping in the Red Sea, with the threats persisting despite recent heavy air strikes.

Blinken to meet with Israelis as Hamas considers plan to free hostages in Gaza
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 6, 2024
As the United States remains engaged in deliberations for a Hamas hostage proposal, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepares to meet with Israel to discuss the issue.

Civilians among 10 dead in Israel strikes on Syria: monitor
Beirut (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Six civilians were among 10 people killed in Israeli air strikes on the central Syrian city of Homs early Wednesday, a war monitor said.

Russia has launched North Korean missiles at least 9 times in Ukraine: U.S. diplomat
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 7, 2024
Russia has attacked Ukraine at least nine times with ballistic missiles supplied by North Korea, a U.S. diplomat said, highlighting concerns over the growing military cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang.

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

Russia stops Ecuador banana imports after US arms deal
Moscow (AFP) Feb 6, 2024
Russia is suspending imports of bananas and flowers from Ecuador, weeks after Quito agreed to a US weapons deal that will result in Ukraine receiving Soviet-era military equipment from the South American country.

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

New York bins subway surveillance robot
New York (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
The New York City subway has pulled its controversial security robot out of service after little more than five months patrolling the busy Times Square station.


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