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July 24, 2016
Commission approves acquisition of Arianespace by ASL, subject to conditions
European Commission
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jul 22, 2016 Following an in-depth review, the European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture between Airbus and Safran. This approval is subject to conditions. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "A well-functioning satellite and launcher industry is important to guarantee that European companies and institutions can gain access to space a ... read more

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Garvey acquisition brings 16 years of launch vehicle development to Vector
Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced it has finalized ... more

GPS jamming: Keeping ships on the 'strait' and narrow
The University of Nottingham and Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) are investigating how to prevent shipping Global Positioning Signals (GPS) being jammed in potential cyberattacks that may caus ... more

NASA completes first shell buckling tests with a bang
How do you learn how to build stronger, lighter rockets and spacecraft structures? Come up with a totally new design, use an innovative material, build the rocket part and then break it. That's exac ... more
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SSTL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange ... more


WSU researchers determine key improvement for fuel cells
Washington State University researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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China's Midea snares near-86 percent stake in Germany's Kuka
Chinese appliance giant Midea said Wednesday it has secured almost 86 percent of German industrial robotics supplier Kuka, giving it overwhelming control despite controversy in Europe over its multi-billion-euro offer. ... more

SpaceX cargo ship arrives at space station
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station, carrying nearly 2.5 tons of gear and supplies for the astronauts living in orbit, NASA said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes

Germany stresses NATO commitment to allies after Trump comments

SE Asia deadlocked as S. China Sea split deepens

Erdogan's mass appeal saved him on coup night

Turkey shakes up security forces in post-coup crackdown

Clouds gather for Turkey economy after attempted coup

Erdogan's 'secret keeper' under fire over Turkey coup lapse


China's satnav industry grows 29 pct in 2015
The output value of China's satellite navigation and location-based service industry grew 29.2 percent year on year in 2015, with the country's self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System maki ... more

Ukraine, US aim to launch jointly-developed space rocket
Ukraine and the United States are planning to launch a jointly-developed rocket in the coming months, as part of the two countries' space cooperation, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Vale ... more

China commissions space tracking ship as new station readied
China on Tuesday formally commissioned its next-generation Yuan Wang 7 ocean-going ship for tracking and controlling spacecraft, after a two-month trial period, Chinese media reported. Accordi ... more
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China's second space lab Tiangong-2 reaches launch center
China's second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2, which may enable two astronauts to live in space for up to 30 days, has been delivered to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The lab was sent from B ... more

Novel mirror for tiny CubeSat telescope soon
A lightweight telescope that NASA scientists are developing specifically for tiny CubeSat scientific investigations can become the first to carry a mirror made of carbon nanotubes embedded in an epo ... more
24/7 News Coverage
More for less in pastures

Landsat - The watchman that never sleeps

We're lucky climate change didn't happen sooner

Tide-triggered tremors give clues for earthquake prediction

Fire clues in cave dripwater

Super-eruptions may give a year's warning before they blow

Oceans May be Large, Overlooked Source of Hydrogen Gas


U.S. Army orders CyPhy Works tethered drone
The U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force has ordered CyPhy Works' Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications, or PARC, drone system, the company announced Monday. ... more

NASA Sails Full-Speed Ahead in Solar System Exploration
NASA's Juno is now poised to shine a spotlight on the origins and interior structure of the largest planet in our solar system. As we wait for Juno's first close-up images of Jupiter (to be taken Au ... more

Germany's U.N. peacekeepers to use Heron 1 drones
Airbus Defense and Space is to provide surveillance drones to the German military for use in their deployment to Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. ... more

MBDA fires Brimstone missile from Apache helicopter
MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of the Brimstone missile on Britain's future fleet of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, MBDA announced Wednesday. ... more

Orbital ATK gets $182 million Missile Defense Agency contract
Orbital ATK has been awarded a $182 million U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for the Medium Range Ballistic Missile Type 3 Configuration 2 target system. ... more


Lockheed demonstrates LRASM's surface launch capability
Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted a controlled flight test of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, at the Point Mugu Sea Range in California, the company announced Thursday. ... more

State Dept. approves $821 million SM-2 missile sale to Japan
The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $821 million sale of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles to Japan. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Artificial muscle for soft robotics: Low voltage, high hopes

Unconventional quasiparticles predicted in conventional crystals

Quantum drag

New Yale-developed device lengthens the life of quantum information

Australian physicists revisit spin-bowling puzzle

Minimalist swimming microrobots

France's EDF to decide on UK nuclear project next week

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Protests as S. Korea president defends US anti-missile system


Facebook internet drone passes first full-scale test


State Dept. approves $785 million arms sale to UAE


Virtek's graphene-winged Prospero drone to take flight


Thales launches Fulmar X drone


Russia to deploy latest air defence systems in Crimea


Raytheon, Kongsberg to produce Naval Strike Missile in U.S.


Seven Soyuz Rockets to Be Constructed for Russian Defense Ministry in 2016


Israel fires missiles at drone from Syria: army


Russia Tests Parts of 6th Generation, Railgun Equipped Near Space Warplane

Rethinking the Space Environment in a Globalized World

Iran receives S-300 air defense missile system: Report

New Class of RPAs Well Suited to a Variety of Government Uses

What Industry Can Teach the DoD About Innovation

Reaction Engines secures funding to enable development of SABRE demonstrator engine

U.S. and U.K. to study robotic troop re-supply

Study: Crumbling school buildings yield crummy scores

Taiwan buses recalled after deadly fire disaster

Artificial muscle for soft robotics: Low voltage, high hopes

Minimalist swimming microrobots

US warns against devaluation ahead of G20 finance meeting

New UK finance minister to talk up trade on China visit

MH370 hopes 'fading', search suspension looms

Transport ministers to discuss future of MH370 search

EU dodges China market status question

Researchers design minimalist microrobots for tiny tasks

Back to Basics: The HK start-up taking on fashion giants

Disney theme park in Shanghai nears a million visitors

Organic molecules could store energy in flow batteries

SpaceX propels cargo to space station, lands rocket

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