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December 13, 2017
Russian space agency blames satellite loss on programming error

Moscow (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Russia's space agency on Tuesday blamed a failed satellite launch from its new cosmodrome on a programming error, prompting an angry response from the deputy prime minister in charge of space. On November 28 Russia lost contact with its Meteor-M weather satellite after its launch from the new Vostochny cosmodrome - only the second such launch since the facility opened in the country's far east last year. The failure "exposed a hidden problem in the algorithm" that never manifested itself in sim ... read more

Ariane 5 rocket takes off with European GPS satellites
Kourou (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
An Ariane 5 rocket took off from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on Tuesday, taking with it four satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation project, Arianespace said. ... more
NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National ... more
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation's (Aerospace) SeedTECH Artificial Intelligence (AI) team is one of 59 teams out of 147 that are advancing to the second round of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE - a $5 million AI ... more
Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can expect to arrive at an airport "scattered" with robots to help them, an official said Tuesday as he unveiled seven new machines to perform tasks from helping with luggage to language assistance. ... more
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Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led ... more
Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight. Its last attempt was scrubbed when the International Space Station got in the way. ... more
JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 12, 2017
Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Besides allowing researchers to test new technologies, their relative simplicity also offers hands-on training to e ... more
Space Kingdom Asgardia Deploys First Satellite Into Low Earth Orbit
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The first of its kind, the Space Kingdom of Asgardia has placed a tiny satellite into low Earth orbit making it the first "nation" to have its territory in space, despite legal disputes. Asgar ... more
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. ... more
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objec ... more

Military defense market faces new challenges to acquiring SatCom platforms

Spaceships and Politics: Sputnik Talks to Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 11, 2017
To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the first ever human-made object in space - the Russian Sputnik satellite - we spoke with record breaking Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev about the evolu ... more
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. Liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled for ... more
Nozzle Assemblies Complete for Exploration Mission-1 Solid Rocket Boosters
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight o ... more
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab have delayed plans to launch its Electron rocket until Friday. ... more

Nature's toughest substances decoded
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
How a material breaks may be the most important property to consider when designing layered composites that mimic those found in nature. A method by Rice University engineers decodes the interactions between materials and the structures they form and can help maximize their strength, toughness, stiffness and fracture strain. In a study that required more than 400 computer simulations of pl ... more
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA Selects Three Companies to Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
US has lost dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia
Military defense market faces new challenges to acquiring SatCom platforms
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
With high-throughput satellites covering 99% of the populated regions of the world, commercial satellite providers like Intelsat General are ready and willing to serve the growing bandwidth needs of the military defense market. But there's a catch. At the Global MilsatCom conference held earlier this month in London, new acquisition challenges came to light: Countries are still trying to figure ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
Harris contracted by Army for radios for security force assistance brigades
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Joint Hellas-Sat-4 and SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite ready for environmental tests
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Government outsourcing disrupts space as SatComm services commercialised
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. Liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time), carrying Galileo satellites 19-22. Completion of Galileo's Ariane 5 rocket took place in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, following the arrival t ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships
Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. The sales contract, announced Tuesday by Denel, includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States. The company is also pursuing post-delivery logisti ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Canada to buy 18 used Australian jetsw
Doha (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Bell-Boeing awarded contract for materials, support of V-22 Osprey
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business. Toshiba has been on the ropes after the disastrous acquisition of US nuclear energy firm Westinghouse, which racked up billions of dollars in losses before being placed under ban ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Secure information transmission over 500m fiber links based on quantum technologies
London UK (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Squeezing light into a tiny channel brings optical computing a step closer
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
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NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of t ... more
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
The ocean's miniature inhabitants can shred a small plastic bag - the type used to hold groceries - into 1.75 million microscopic fragments, according to a news study. When scientists from University of Plymouth in England fed a plastic bag to Orchestia gammarellus, a tiny species of amphipod abundant in the coastal waters of Northern Europe, they were surprised at the rate at which t ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Offsetting Trump, Macron moves to 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Smog should stop play, Indian doctors tell cricket bosses
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economi ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: army
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
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UN does not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles: report
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
UN officials who examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen have not confirmed that they were Iranian-made but are still analyzing the information, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday. Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels who fired a missile intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4. ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Raytheon awarded modified contract for AIM-120 missiles
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Poland to buy AMRAAMs, HIMARS systems from U.S.
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
"Two-dimensional materials" - materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick - are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materi ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help self-driving cars anticipate future events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants in homes, but th ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
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Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. The counter-drone system - for protecting airports and infrastructure - is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer Hensoldt said the system's individual elements were positioned ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
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