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January 08, 2013
Captain's log: real space chat for Star Trek crew
Ottawa (AFP) Jan 7, 2013
Fact and fiction blurred this week when a real-life astronaut boldly went where no man has gone before and conversed from orbit via Twitter with the crew of television's "Star Trek: Enterprise." It started with a message from actor William Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk in the cult sci-fi series, asking the commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield: "Are you tweeting from space?" Hadfield replied, borrowing a line from the show: "Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're d ... read more
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Space Trash May Make Radiation Shields
Researchers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are evaluating small tiles made of space trash to find out whether they can be stored aboard spacecraft safely or even used for radiation shield ... more

2013 FIRST Robotics Kick-Off Event
The 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition kicks off on Jan. 5, 2013. The kickoff event will be broadcast on NASA TV and marks the beginning of the season for high school students from across the nation to ... more

Ball Aerospace Realigns Civil and Operational Space Business Units
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has announced three leadership appointments and an organizational structure change that will position operating sectors for improved customer efficiency. ... more
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Arianespace to launch VNREDSat-1A built by Astrium for Vietnam
Arianespace to launch VNREDSat-1A built by Astrium for Vietnam Arianespace and Astrium hassigned the launch contract for the VNREDSat-1A Earth observation satellite, on behalf of the Vietnamese Acad ... more


DARPA selects SwRI's K-band space crosslink radio for flight development as part of System F6 Program
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently selected Southwest Research Institute to provide the flight low-rate crosslink wireless communications platform for the System F6 ... more
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LS3 Four-Legged Robot Plays Follow the Leader
For the past two weeks, in the woods of central Virginia around Fort Pickett, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) four-legged robot has been showing off its capabilities during field testing. ... more

Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Payload Market to Reach $68.6 billion by 2022
The two month postponement of the "fiscal cliff's" automatic spending cuts, including cuts to America's defense budget originally proposed by last year's sequestration deal, may be welcome news for ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia's nuclear weapon arsenal surpasses US

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAVs to Switzerland

U.S. Navy's USNS Maury completes acceptance trials

General Dynamics receives sub contract modification

Philippine Air Force receiving South Korean FA-50 jets

Saab to modernize Sweden's RBS 97 Hawk missile system

Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow


Military Space Communications Lacks Direction
The Defense Department is at a standstill when it comes to figuring out what it will require to maintain its future military space communications architecture, both industry and government officials ... more

DoD Guidance on Spectrum Use for Hosted Payloads Needs New Approach
The recent "guidance" from the Pentagon's Chief Information Officer on hosting military payloads on commercial satellites has caused much confusion among satellite operators. The three-page document ... more

What a UAV Can Do With Depth Perception
When a person reaches out to place an object in just the right place, their mind makes a series of judgments requiring vision, stability and careful movement. Trying to do the same thing robotically ... more
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"Sky Rider" to be integrated within the Digital Army Program
The Artillery Corps "Sky Rider" Unit is preparing to deploy a new UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) which will introduce a significant improvement in its takeoff, flight and visual capabilities, trans ... more

Deployable Radio Frequency Data Backbone To Match Fiber Optic Capacity
Fiber optic cables provide the core backbone for military and civilian networks, enabling Internet, phone, video and other data to move at super-high speeds with virtually no degradation over long d ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Bright prospects: Repairing neurons with light

Is That a Forest? That Depends on How You Define It

First-in-man use of virtual reality imaging in cardiac cath lab to treat blocked coronary artery

A whiff from blue-green algae likely responsible for Earth's oxygen

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis

CO2 keeps even small fry invasive carp at bay

When every species counts


Can You Program a Radio to Dominate the Spectrum?
Radios are used for a wide range of tasks, from the most mundane to the most critical of communications, from garage door openers to military operations. As the use of wireless technology proliferat ... more

Power spintronics: Producing AC voltages by manipulating magnetic fields
Scientists are putting a new spin on their approach to generating electrical current by harnessing a recently identified electromotive force known as spinmotive force, which is related to the field ... more

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors
Tiny sensors - made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the "next best thing" since the invention of silicon - are now being developed to detect trace elements ... more
Space Trash May Make Radiation Shields

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors

Liquid jets and bouncing balls combine for surprising results

BAE pulls out of Australian comms tender

Can You Program a Radio to Dominate the Spectrum?

DARPA selects SwRI's K-band space crosslink radio for flight development as part of System F6 Program

Arianespace to launch VNREDSat-1A built by Astrium for Vietnam

CSF Applauds Passage Of Risk-Sharing Regime Extension For Launch Industry

Rokot Launch Set for January 15

New location system could compete with GPS

Beidou's unique services attractive to Chinese companies

China eyes greater market share for its GPS rival


Iran develops new missile launcher
Iran's Navy has developed a missile launching system which aims to increase the precision and range of anti-ship missiles. Commander of Iran Navy Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the ... more

New location system could compete with GPS
A positioning technology that could compete with satellite-based global positioning systems can work indoors as well as out, its Australian developers say. ... more

BAE pulls out of Australian comms tender
BAE Systems sacked two employees and pulled out of the next tender phase for the Australian army's battlespace communications network. ... more

Crew Prepares for Student Robotics Competition
The Expedition 34 crew wrapped up its first workweek of the new year aboard the International Space Station with scientific research, routine maintenance and preparations for robotics competition ta ... more
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Britain axes 1 billion pound carbon capture scheme

Dutch lawmakers approve plan to close coal power plants

French carmakers top European list of low CO2 emitters

PetroChina sells pipeline stake amid reforms push

French group to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

CERN colliding lead ions at record energy using upgraded LHC


Russia develops new rocket fuel


US drones kill 12 Taliban in Pakistan: officials


Dutch Patriot missiles head for Turkey's Syria border


Airbus says in pole position for Indian air refuelling tanker contract


SAIC Awarded Contract By U.S. Army Environmental Command


NATO begins deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey


Block MEMS Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Find Buried Explosives


US Patriot missiles begin arriving in Turkey


Patriot missile troops in Turkey as Syria war worsens


Boeing Receives Additional US Navy Order for Torpedo Defense Systems

US drone strike kills Pakistani warlord: officials

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Congress approves $9.7 bn aid for storm Sandy victims

New antimatter method to provide 'a major experimental advantage'

Research update: Jumping droplets help heat transfer

That's not what I meant: A new phase in reading photons

Reservoir Labs Selected For The DARPA Power Efficient Computing Research And Development Program

Using data from traffic app to identify high frequency accident locations

2013 Fiat 500e Offers Unsurpassed 108 Highway MPGe Rating and Class-Leading 87 Miles of Driving Range

Shortage of helium has business impact

Videogames coming to a cloud near you

China fund mulls buying stake in Daimler: report

More than 40 bln apps downloaded for Apple gadgets

Walker's World: Merkel's tricky year

Crashed US drone found in Philippines: navy

Post-smartphone era coming, CES told

Global tech industry uneven as mobile surges

Japan cyber probe cops find cat collar clue

Japanese car sales slump in China on island row

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