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December 17, 2012
NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft
Huntsville AL (SPX) Dec 17, 2012
Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency's Orion capsule, the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, which will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. "These recent milestones are layin ... read more
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New member of the exclusive space club
The successful launch of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket on December 12, 2012 became the top news in the world of cosmonautics. Even the previous day's story of the United States launching, for the thir ... more

Compact 40W P1db BUC provides higher output power with less energy
Gilat Satellite Networks has announced the immediate availability of the Wavestream Ku-band Matchbox Mini Block Upconverter. The Matchbox Mini incorporates Wavestream's next generation Spatial advan ... more

X-ray Laser Takes Aim at Cosmic Mystery
Scientists have used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to study and measure, in atomic detail, ... more
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Research: Tiny robots may think as a group
A U.S. researcher says a swarm of tiny robots could be a better solution to accomplishing tasks than one big one and has made "ping-pong" ball-sized examples. ... more


Tracking station going online in Argentina
The European Space Agency says a satellite tracking station in Argentina will help track missions voyaging hundreds of millions of miles into our solar system. ... more
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ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to accomplish 10 space missions in the next one year, parliament was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's ... more

Six satellites for Globalstar's close-out Soyuz mission ready for launch
The remaining two Globalstar satellites for next February's Arianespace/Starsem Soyuz mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome are now at the Kazakhstan launch site, joining four other spacecraft for checko ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China

Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'

USAF Space Command wargames concludes

NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report

As Islamic State falls, has US missed bigger picture?

NATO states open counter-espionage hub in Poland

Is facial recognition the stuff of sci-fi? Not in China


NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts
NASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification o ... more

Fast20XX research project - ideas for travelling at hypersonic speed
The vision is enticing - board in Europe, sit back, and disembark 90 minutes later on the other side of the world, in Australia. But before the SpaceLiner, which is being developed by the Institute ... more

Hat Trick for X-37B
The third launch of the US Air Force's X-37B robot spaceplane opens new challenges to this robust spacecraft. For the first time, an X-37B mission is underway with a used vehicle. The spaceplane tha ... more
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North Korea launches long-range rocket
North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday, in defiance of UN sanctions threats over what Pyongyang's critics insist is a disguised ballistic missile test. ... more

XTAR Wins $8 Million In New Business
XTAR has announced that it has gained a significant segment of the growing airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (AISR) market over the last 12 months. These contracts represent mo ... more
24/7 News Coverage
First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump

Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate

Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban

Smog defies China's Communist Party congress

Adaptation never stops as study challenges long-established theory


Thales Makes Second Attempt to Adjust Yamal Orbit
Specialists from Thales Alenia Space carried out on Tuesday a second out of four scheduled maneuvers to bring the Yamal-402 satellite into its designated orbit, Russia's Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) ... more

US sends futuristic plane back into space
The United States on Tuesday launched for the third time its futuristic X-37B spacecraft, a small and pilotless plane that experts believe could open a new realm of espionage. ... more

China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
China's patent office for the first time became the world's largest last year, as the number of global patent filings continued to grow despite the sluggish economy, the UN's intellectual property agency said Tuesday. ... more
XTAR Wins $8 Million In New Business

X-ray Laser Takes Aim at Cosmic Mystery

Russia saves satellite after launch glitch

US Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

General Dynamics Awarded Contract Under New U.S. Army Rapid-Acquisition Communications Program

Astrium to provide military X-band satcoms to six UK Royal Navy vessels

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013

ULA Launch Monopoly to End

Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit

Third Boeing GPS IIF Begins Operation After Early Handover to USAF

Putin Urges CIS Countries to Join Glonass

Third Galileo satellite begins transmitting navigation signal


ULA Launch Monopoly to End
On May 2, 2005, Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced their intention to form a joint venture called the United Launch Alliance (ULA), combining the production, engineering, test and launch operation ... more

Russia saves satellite after launch glitch
A Russian satellite that failed to achieve its intended orbit after separating from a launch rocket early has been lifted to the proper altitude, officials say. ... more

U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding
Israel's defense industry got two big boosts this week. ... more

Britain's Charles shown Tata's new military-grade steel
Britain's Prince Charles got the lowdown Friday on a new kind of steel which could transform safety for soldiers battling the Taliban in Afganistan. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties

Novel 'converter' heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale

South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants

Highly flexible wings tested

AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant

New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog

Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion


Boeing Demos Unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army


Scud attacks signal Syrian regime alarm


Commando II Takes To Sky


Boeing's Reusable, Unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Begins Second Flight


Canada widens search for fighter jet beyond F-35


Rockwell Collins wins Navy E-6b upgrade


Avalanche kills six Indian troops on Siachen glacier


Insurance industry paying increasing attention to climate change


Philippines says rebels violating typhoon truce


Great balls of China to defend against 'apocalypse'

Building better structural materials

Novel NIST process is a low-cost route to ultrathin platinum films

Dreidel-like dislocations lead to remarkable properties

China's longest high-speed railway to open Dec. 26: report

EU moves closer to eurozone integration

Job losses threaten U.S. innovation

Migrant workers rally over Hong Kong working conditions

China to boost domestic demand in 2013: state media

Apple shares extend downward slide

Japanese manufacturers' confidence dives

Britain looks to Chinese tourists for Christmas cheer

SciTechTalk: Technology of 'The Hobbit'

Australia's resources, boom or bust?

Outside View: Solving U.S. budget woes

Jury rules Apple iPhone violated MobileMedia patents

Rice cultivates green batteries from plant

Ultrasound can now monitor the health of your car engine

Boeing, BMW Group to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

New system for aircraft forecasts potential storm hazards over oceans

Ancient Red Dye Powers New "Green" Battery

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