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January 11, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Next Cygnus Mission to Station Set for March



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Orbital ATK has completed a significant mission milestone for NASA's next International Space Station cargo mission. The Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) of the Cygnus spacecraft has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for processing and assembly before launch. The OA-7 mission is targeted to launch on Thursday, March 16 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Orbital ATK will launch Cygnus atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket for delivery ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Real time imaging and transcriptome analysis of medaka aboard space station
Space travel in a reduced gravity environment can have lasting effects on the body. For example, researches clearly show that astronauts undergo a significant drop in bone mineral density during spa ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Russian Astronauts to Hold Terminator Experiment in Space
Russian astronauts will conduct a geophysical experiment, named "Terminator," onboard the International Space Station. The goal of the experiment is to study atmospheric structures and then build cl ... more
UAV NEWS
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. ... more
UAV NEWS
Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs
If you received a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), or drone, as a gift this holiday season, or if you would like to stay updated on the latest FAA regulations for these aircraft, Embry-Riddle ... more
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MISSILE NEWS
Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile
Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said. ... more
MILTECH
What Russia's railgun can really do
A team of Russian scientists has successfully tested the country's first railgun, which relies on electromagnetic forces rather than explosives or propellant.According to experts at the Institute of ... more
FAST TRACK
Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail
US startup Hyperloop One on Friday disclosed a list of locations around the world vying to put near-supersonic rail transit system to the test. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Michoud complete stand for testing SLS main fuel tank
Major construction is complete on NASA's largest new Space Launch System structural test stand, and engineers are now installing equipment needed to test the rocket's biggest fuel tank. The st ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Weather delays resumption of SpaceX's rocket launches
Bad weather has postponed SpaceX's plan to resume flights of its Falcon 9 rocket until at least January 14, the California-based private space firm said Sunday. ... more


Poor weather delays SpaceX rocket launch five days

SPACE TRAVEL
The hidden artist of the Soviet space programme
When Galina Balashova designed her first space habitation module for Soviet cosmonauts, she drew a landscape on its interior wall, something that could remind them of home. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Two US astronauts complete spacewalk to upgrade ISS
Two American astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday to upgrade the orbiting outpost's electrical system. ... more

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Rocket Crafters has announced a U.S. patent was granted to co-founder, President and CTO Ronald Jones for a method for designing and fabricating flawless, high-performance, safer handling fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines using additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) which will allow the fabrication of an inherently safe and less expensive launch vehicle with only two m ... more
MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene

Sea sponges offer clues to how human-made structures can resist buckling

Airbus supplying multi-mode radar for Coast Guard cutter

Harris secures $403 million tactical radio support contract
Harris Corporation has received a $403 million contract to provide spare parts to support various tactical radio systems for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. The agreement covers services for radios to be used by both the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army. The five-year contract was a sole-source acquisition, and includes no option periods. The work is scheduled to be ... more
U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production

Underwater radio, anyone?

Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
In the decade to come Russia will face strong competition from China for the commercial launch of satellites for developing countries, according to Ivan Moiseev, director of the Institute of Space Policy."China is trying to expand its space launching services, developing new boosters for different segments of the market," Moiseev told RIA Novosti. "It has constructed a new spacecraft launc ... more
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission

Antares Rides Again

Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport

China to offer global satellite navigation service by 2020
China plans to form a BeiDou network consisting of 35 satellites for global navigation services by 2020, said a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday. The country plans to start providing basic services to countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-century Maritime Silk Road in 2018, said the document titled "China's Space Activities in 2016." ... more
Austrian cows swap bells from 'hell' for GPS

Russia, China Making Progress in Synchronization of GLONASS, BeiDou Systems

Alpha Defence Company To Make Navigation Satellites For ISRO

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Vanilla aircraft proves to be anything but plain
A DARPA-backed small business effort broke boundaries for long-endurance flight this month by launching a uniquely designed, combustion-powered unmanned aircraft that stayed aloft for more than two days and two nights. The flight was terminated several days ahead of schedule because of incoming weather. But the craft-built by Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Virginia-landed safely with mo ... more
Russian Defense Ministry discusses aircraft modernization plans

Leonardo Helicopters wins U.K. military support deal

U.S. Air Force upgrades A-10C search capability

Physicists solve decades-old scientific mystery of negative differential resistance
With a storied history that includes more than a half-century of research, a Nobel Prize, and multiple attempts at practical applications, the story of negative differential resistance - or NDR - reads like a scientific mystery, a mystery that University of Alberta physicists have at last succeeded in unraveling. What does this mean? An opportunity to combine the knowledge with existing te ... more
Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

Random access memory on a low energy diet

Are we exploring in the wrong direction
The discovery of vast seas of water beneath the earth's crust opens up interesting new fields of research, and also poses a somewhat philosophical question: should we be looking more closely at our own earth and trying to understand the secrets of our existence rather than spending trillions journeying to other planets? Dr Graham Pearson, Canada Excellence Research Chair on Arctic Resource ... more
Astronomers consider how climate change mitigation may impact astronomy

First colour image for joint UK and Algerian CubeSat

Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

U.S. Army seeking biodegradable bullets
The U.S. Army has posted a solicitation for biodegradable ammunition to be used during training exercises. In the solicitation, the Army notes the branch manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of rounds for training events that may require 100 years or more to biodegrade. By replacing existing ammunition with biodegradable alternatives, the Army says it can reduce potent ... more
Mayor of Beijing promises new environmental police force

Where is heavy air pollution in Beijing from

Slovak 'Wastebusters' on anti-litter crusade

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China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

China Plans to Launch 1st Mars Probe by 2020 - State Council Information Office

China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

U.S. Air Force prepares SBIRS satellite for launch
The U.S. Air Force has encapsulated its Space Based Infrared System satellite in preparation for the craft's planned launch. The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to be launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Jan. 19. The system will be sealed in a protective cone, the last step satellites must undergo before launch. The Space Based Infrared Sys ... more
S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile
Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said. The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, it said in a statement. A military spokesman confirmed to AFP the missile, with a range of 450 km ( ... more
Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 approved for international sale

India test fires Agni-IV ballistic missile

Raytheon to provide missile defense training for Qatar

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson found that putting a cone-like "chimney" between the graphene and nanotube all but eliminates a barrier that blocks heat from escaping. The research appears in the American Chemi ... more
The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

Going green with nanotechnology

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Brazil orders remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit
A Brazilian subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems has received a framework contract to supply remote-controlled weapon stations to the Brazilian army. The contract to Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A. for 12.7/7.62mm REMAX weapon stations is worth $100 million and includes provision of associated equipment and services. Elbit Systems said an initial production order, valued at about ... more
How to control the unknown: Novel method for robotic manipulation

Baidu family robot a Chinese spin on Amazon Echo

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Chinese startups making world's largest space plane and more
Access to space has long been an interest area of space agencies. In this domain, China became a force to be reckoned with as several Chinese space companies made great strides in the space race.For several years China's space program has been kept secret. But earlier this year China launched its Long March 7 rocket, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, marking "a mome ... more
Aerojet Rocketdyne to supply electric power system for Dream Chaser

Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the International Space ... more
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs
If you received a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), or drone, as a gift this holiday season, or if you would like to stay updated on the latest FAA regulations for these aircraft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is providing a free, two-week online course-Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) - Key Concepts for New Users. Registration for the course is open. The Massive Open Onli ... more
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm

Pentagon's Mystery Space Plane Stays in Orbit for 600 Days

Insitu contracted for additional Blackjack aircraft



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