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October 30, 2014
Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2014
Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion systems may bring them one step closer to practical use. The method, developed by physicists Yuri Rezunkov of the Institute of Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering, Russia and Alexander Schmidt of the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in Saint Petersburg, Russia is described in The ... read more
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Arianespace signs contract with ELV for ten Vega launchers
Stephane Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Pierluigi Pirrelli, Chief Executive of ELV (European Launch Vehicle), signed a contract today, October 29, 2014, in Rome, confirming Arianespace ... more

Antares Rocket Crash in Virginia Investigation to Take up to Year
The investigation into the reasons of the Cygnus spaceship explosion during the launch at the US Wallops Flight Facility can take about a year, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) s ... more

Russia Ratifies Cuba Space Deal
Russia's Federation Council has ratified the intergovernmental agreement with Cuba on cooperation in exploring and using space for peaceful purposes on Wednesday. The agreement was signed on F ... more
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Decades-old Soviet engines powered US rocket that exploded
The Orbital Sciences rocket that exploded after launch was powered by a pair of rocket engines that were made during the Soviet era and refurbished, experts said Wednesday. ... more


Rocket failure casts spotlight on risks of space flight
The explosion of a privately owned rocket on its way toward the International Space Station cast a spotlight on the risks involved with NASA's reliance on the fledgling commercial space industry, experts said Wednesday. ... more
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India chooses Israel over US for $525m missile deal: defence sources
India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise its ageing military, official sources said Sunday. ... more

SM-6 interceptors down targets using remote targeting data
U.S. Navy Standard Missile 6 interceptors recently destroyed low-altitude supersonic and subsonic targets using remote data for targeting. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US agrees deal to buy 43 more F-35 fighters: Pentagon

India's Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam's defences

NATO chief wants strong defence as basis for ties with Russia

India plans to build 6 submarines

US eyes cyber 'deterrence' to stop hackers

Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

AYW Companies' Flexible Waveguide And Components Ideal For Satelite Applications


Developing environmentally friendly Li-ion batteries
Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries - commonly found in consumer electronic devices - are superhalogen ... more

Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output
Lasers - devices that deliver beams of highly organized light - are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostic ... more

Navy validates landing, takeoff of MQ-8C unmanned helo
Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C unmanned autonomous helicopter has completed precision sloped landing tests at a U.S. Navy base in California. ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


Berkeley reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes
When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our under ... more

Liquid helium offers new way to make charged molecules
A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of ... more
24/7 News Coverage
New insights into the physics of space weather

Copernicus operations secured until 2021

World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

ECOSTRESS Will Monitor Plant Health

Study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at plant evolution

Salt-loving plants key to sustainable food production

China Launches New Satellite Via Orbital Carrier Rocket


Wild molecular interactions in a new hydrogen mixture
Hydrogen-the most abundant element in the cosmos-responds to extremes of pressure and temperature differently. Under ambient conditions hydrogen is a gaseous two-atom molecule. As confinement pressu ... more

Three-dimensional metamaterials with a natural bent
Metamaterials, a hot area of research today, are artificial materials engineered with resonant elements to display properties that are not found in natural materials. By organizing materials in a sp ... more

Molecular electronics process enables DNA-based computer circuitry
In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The ... more

Watching the hidden life of materials
Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadi ... more

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways
As in Alice's journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no ot ... more

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Orbital rocket explodes after launch
An Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploded Tuesday six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, NASA said. "The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off," NASA mission control in Houston said. ... more

China's Main Competitor in Space Exploration is India, Not Russia
China's principal competitor in space exploration is India, not Russia, researcher at the Russian Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Vasily Kashin told RIA Novosti on Friday. " ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

Climate: EU set for 24% emissions cut by 2020

Postcards from the plasma edge

Physicists Closer to Understanding Balance of Matter, Antimatter

Calming the plasma edge: The tail that wags the dog

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

E-waste inferno burning brighter in China's recycling capital


US space budget still exceeds rest of world's combined


North Alabama Companies Play Big Part in Orion's First Flight


Vega launch of ESA spaceplane postponed


Vostochny Cosmodrome Construction Safe for Environment


NASA seeks proposals for deep space exploration, journey to Mars


Triplet threat from the sun


SpaceX may soon start landing rockets on a platform


Singapore to deploy massive surveillance balloon


N. Korea researching sea-based missiles: US think-tank


Naval cruise missile set for deployment on French warships

Australia to extend lease of unmanned aerial vehicles

NASA Team Proposes to Use Laser to Track Orbital Debris

Clyde Space expands and announces new orders

No Galileo nav-sat launch for December - Arianespace

Sierra Nevada Reveals Dream Chaser Mission Variant

Wenchang to launch China's next space station

US agrees deal to buy 43 more F-35 fighters: Pentagon

Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

AYW Companies' Flexible Waveguide And Components Ideal For Satelite Applications

Russian Space Agency to Receive Designs of Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket by Year-End

Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested

Charles River Analytics awarded NASA contract to improve aviation safety

Space Launch System Booster Separation Testing Brings Confidence to First Flight

Raytheon touts success of its enhanced Griffin C missile

'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled in Holland

Projecting a robot's intentions

New wave of online delivery gains momentum

Japan factory output posts surprise jump but recovery unclear

China to merge two top state-owned train makers: Xinhua

Facebook shares dive as social network eyes future

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