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August 16, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia's S7 group plans to resume Zenit lunches from Sea Launch platform



Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2017
Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company plans to start launching Zenit-3SL carrier rockets from the Sea Launch floating platform and continue until 2023, the company said on its website Monday. "Work is underway to end the conservation of the complex and to restore launch activities with the use of Zenit carrier rockets in the current configuration until 2023," the company said. Sea Launch was formed in 1995 as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the Unit ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch
Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation bl ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Envistacom wins $10M Army communications contract
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
The U.S. Army recently awarded Envistacom with a contract to provide communications and operations support to forces deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday. ... more
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MISSILE DEFENSE
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
Miami (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Jacobs Technology awarded $4.6B contract for missile defense services
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Jacobs Technology is receiving a contract with a maximum value of $4.6 billion for services for the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. ... more
GPS NEWS
Harris delivers navigation package for third GPS III satellite
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Harris has delivered its third navigation package to Lockheed Martin for use on U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites expected to first launch next year. ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
ViaSat, Data Link receive $123.4M for MIDS JRTS radios
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
ViaSat and Data Link Solutions have each received a $123.4 million modification to an existing contract for development and production of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System terminals, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. ... more


SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft

ENERGY TECH
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? ... more
UAV NEWS
Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric tem ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
The Radio Frequency Spectrum plus Machine Learning = equal A New Wave in Radio Technology
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
The current wave of artificial intelligence, driven by machine learning (ML) techniques, is all the rage, and for good reason. With sufficient training on digitized writing, spoken words, images, vi ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
New SQUID-based detector opens up new fields of study with new level of sensitivity
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Investigators at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new sensor array-based instrument that offers ultra-low noise dete ... more



Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Nature provides a key to repelling liquids
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics, cars
Menlo Park, CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Scientists watch 'artificial atoms' assemble into perfect lattices with many uses
ViaSat, Data Link receive $123.4M for MIDS JRTS radios
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
ViaSat and Data Link Solutions have each received a $123.4 million modification to an existing contract for development and production of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System terminals, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. The contract will go toward purchases for the U.S.military and foreign military sales. The work will be perform ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Envistacom wins $10M Army communications contract
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
New SQUID-based detector opens up new fields of study with new level of sensitivity
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
The Radio Frequency Spectrum plus Machine Learning = equal A New Wave in Radio Technology
Harris delivers navigation package for third GPS III satellite
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Harris has delivered its third navigation package to Lockheed Martin for use on U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites expected to first launch next year. The navigation system is mostly digital and has computers and atomic clocks shielded against radiation. "We are now in full production and on target to deliver the fourth GPS III navigation payload to Lockheed Martin this fall," Har ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force's GPS Signal Monitoring Stations
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia, China to Set Up Pilot Zone to Test National Navigation Systems
Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year. No trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the se ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, while also being of significant interest for ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
Fairport, NY (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Saelig introduces Sol Chip autonomous, solar-powered sensor station
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
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Airbus completes MetOp-C platform/payload coupling
Toulouse, France (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
MetOp-C is the third and final satellite of the first generation of MetOp polar-orbiting meteorological satellites. The payload module of MetOp-C, developed and built by Airbus in Germany, was delivered to Toulouse after it completed a series of tests at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The satellite, weighing in at four to ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Successful filming of fastest aurora flickering
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Teledyne Brown Engineering and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. to partner on MUSES Platform
Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. Close to the Chott Essalem beach and in front of a rare coastal oasis, the state-owned Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has been processing phosphate since the 1970s. The authorities say the plant pumps 14,000 tonnes of phosphogypsum into ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
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China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Jacobs Technology awarded $4.6B contract for missile defense services
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Jacobs Technology is receiving a contract with a maximum value of $4.6 billion for services for the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. The services will go toward the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and communications and informations technology for MDA. The work will primarily be conducted at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence over N. Korea threat to Guam
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
US successfully tests missile intercept system
Seoul (AFP) July 29, 2017
S. Korea speeds up US missile defence over North's missile test
N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday. According to Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the missiles used in recent North Korean tests were based on the RD-250 engine once m ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
General Dynamics receives submarine missile fire control contract
Kiev (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Kiev says engine type 'used in N.Korea missiles' made for Russia
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Thailand lined up for Harpoon missile buy worth $24.9M
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. The new research, published July 28 in Science, is expected to make such materials easily available for eventual use in everything from LED displays to cellular phones to photod ... more
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to provide satellite servicing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). With the completion of the PDR, Restore-L is proceeding on schedule to the next phase of development and its launch in 2020. As announced las ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
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Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate models, being able to effectively operate UASs in the Arctic is important fo ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
DJI announces pending fix for drones following Army ban
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Iran drone flies close to US carrier in Gulf: Pentagon
Tehran (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Iran rejects US claims of unsafe drone flight in Gulf


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