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May 28, 2015
SpaceX cleared for US military launches
Washington (AFP) May 27, 2015
Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. Certification for the California-based SpaceX follows months of wrangling and a lawsuit filed by the company against the air force, which was eventually settled. Now SpaceX can compete against the United Launch Alliance - the giant Boeing-Lockheed combination - ... read more
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Planetary Society's LightSail has gone silent
The scientists managing the Planetary Society's LightSail are holding their breath as they wait for their experimental Cubesat to come back to life. A software glitch caused the small satellite to freeze up last week, and so far, attempts to reboot the device have failed. ... more

Tiny grains of lithium dramatically improve performance of fusion plasma
Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding ... more

Putin discusses readiness of Vostochny for first space launch
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the readiness of the Vostochny Space Center for its first launch, the director general of the United Rocket and Space Corporation said Monday. "We al ... more
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SLS booster work continues well after smoke clears from major test
Orbital ATK technicians detach the center forward segment from the forward segment of NASA's five-segment booster that fired up for testing March 11 at Orbital ATK's test facility in Promontory, Uta ... more


Ariane 5's second launch of 2015
An Ariane 5 lifted off last night from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA223 occurred on 27 May at 21 ... more
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McCarthy-Smith SPACE Act passes with broad bipartisan support
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has joined House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in praising passage of H.R. 2262, the Spurring Private Aerosp ... more

Robot masters new skills through trial and error
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the wa ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
USAF verifies reliability of Minuteman ICBM system

US Defense Department to deploy radar in alaska to protect Pacific coast

Patent for Navy small space debris tracker

Russia's nuclear threats 'deeply troubling': NATO chief

China promises not to join nuclear arms race

US B-52 bombers over Sweden to send Moscow a 'security political signal'

Re-establishing the Anglo-American special relationship


Russian missile-maker appealing EU sanctions
Russian missile-maker Almaz-Antey is appealing its inclusion on a list of Russian companies under sanctions because of Russian activity in Ukraine. ... more

New class of swelling magnets have the potential to energize the world
A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers at Templ ... more

ISRO to Test Plane-Shaped Reusable Launch Vehicle in July
Come second half of July, India's space agency is likely to test a small model of reusable launch vehicle shaped like an aeroplane, said a senior official. "It is going to be an important engi ... more
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Recent Proton loss to push up launch costs warns manufacturer
The recent loss of the Proton-M rocket will push up launch costs and affect the overall number of contracts, the head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center said Friday. ... more

Like Sleeping Beauty, some research lies dormant for decades
Why do some discoveries fade into obscurity while others blaze a new trail the moment they are published? More mysteriously, why do some research papers remain dormant for years and then suddenly ex ... more
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Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after 'undesirable' law

Seoul elevates gardening to high art

Drought-hit Californians paint their lawns green

Less active North Atlantic hurricane season forecast: US

Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100

Houston submerged as wild weather kills at least 28 in US, Mexico

Ethiopia's ruling party wins election landslide


Mission: "Space for all"
On a recent early spring evening, an unusual scene unfolded on the riverside steps of Walker Memorial: Members of MIT's Black Women's Alliance (BWA) and girls from the Cambridge-based Science Club f ... more

DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 go for May 27 Ariane 5 heavy-lift
Arianespace is keeping up its 2015 mission cadence with the go-ahead for a dual-payload Ariane 5 launch next week from French Guiana that will orbit the DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 direct-to-home re ... more

China ranked 4th among world space powers
China's space capabilities are ranked the fourth in the world, and the gap between the leading powers is narrowing, according to a report issued recently by a Chinese research organization. Ch ... more

Implants read intentions of tetraplegic patient from brain activity
Microelectrodes implanted in the brain of a tetraplegic patient have helped scientists anticipate his intended movements so they could steer a robotic arm accordingly, a new report shows. The result ... more

Clinical trial shows intuitive control of robotic arm using thought
Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination. Through a clinical co ... more
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US Defense Department to deploy radar in alaska to protect Pacific coast
The Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) will tentatively be deployed in the US state of Alaska to improve defense capabilities of the US west coast, the US Department of Defense said in a stateme ... more

SpaceX cleared for US military launches
The US Air Force has certified private company SpaceX to launch military satellites, opening the doors to a lucrative market previously held solely by a Lockheed and Boeing joint venture. ... more
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Robotic bird takes flight from back of robot roach

Rising worker activism in 'world's workshop' challenges China


Iraq displaced forced back into war zones: aid group


Commission on Proton Rocket Failure to Finish Investigation by End of May


X-37B Mysteries Continue


A Tough Three Weeks in Space for Russia


Failure is not an option for Russian space industry


Europeans eye joint development of UAV


Quake-hit Nepal suspends adoptions


Self-healing robots take step towards disaster relief


Researchers develop intelligent handheld robots


Robotic bird takes flight from back of robot roach

Rising worker activism in 'world's workshop' challenges China

New computer algorithm builds rap songs out of other rap songs

China, Latin America have profitable but unequal ties

China bottle maker declares default on $100 mn bonds

Iron ore firm Fortescue soars on China investment talk

Star power: Troubled ITER nuclear fusion project looks for new path

Pacific-Atlantic railroad will respect environment: Chinese premier

Russia confirms sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran

US, NATO Have 'No Plans' to Place Missile Defense Systems in Ukraine

Nepal quake survivors hope to rebuild lives one month on

Push for quake-proof shelter in Nepal before monsoon

Thousands flee after landslide blocks Nepal river: official

NASA's CubeSat Initiative aids solar sail tests in space

Russian deputy PM attacks space industry with reform bill

Initial Ariane 5 assembly completed for July launch of dual payloads

SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth in ocean splashdown

Goddard Technologist Advances CubeSat Concept for Planetary Exploration

The Moon or Mars: Flawed Debate, False Choice - Part Two

Few signs of life in 'China's Manhattan'

Japan PM unveils $110 bn plan for Asian infrastructure

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