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March 13, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
The Second Moon Race



Gerroa, Australia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The US and China are in an undeclared race back to the Moon. At first glance it's easy to dismiss China's efforts as being little more than what the US and Russia achieved decades ago. And while the pace of China's manned launches has been slow with over a year in many cases between launches; looks can be deceptive and China has achieved each critical step towards building a permanent space station within the next few years. Meanwhile, its overall space program builds out each critical element to ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Designing new rocket engines that don't blow up
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The problem has haunted the space program since Apollo: the flame inside the rocket engine literally spirals out of control, producing forces that can cause the engine to explode. It's one of the re ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
3D Pizza Printer to Feed Hungry Astronauts in Deep Space
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You're drifting through the vacuum of space, millions of miles from Earth, when suddenly you have a craving for pizza. To satisfy this probable demand, a startup has r ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Lonely Out in Space: Congressional Move to Scrap NASA-Russia Ties 'Unrealistic'
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Pointing to the adoption of an ambitious five-year program for the development of astronautics in the United States, US legislators urged NASA to abandon its cooperation with the Russian Federal Spa ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
A Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket arrived at a launch center in south China on Saturday in preparation for the launch of China's first cargo spacecraft next month. After about a week of ocean a ... more
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MICROSAT BLITZ
Time capsule satellite will carry stories to space
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
They're calling it the first space time capsule. Under the mantle of the University of Michigan's Bicentennial, a team of students plans to launch a small satellite called a CubeSat containing inter ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
NASA Parachute Device Could Return Small Spacecraft from Deep Space Missions
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
After a two-month stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA's Technology Educational Satellite (TechEdSat-5) that launched Dec. 9, 2016, was deployed on March 6, 2017 from the NanoRacks plat ... more
AEROSPACE
NASA Test Flights to Examine Technology for Improved Efficiency on Supersonic Aircraft
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
NASA is set to begin a series of supersonic flights that will examine efforts to improve the efficiency of future supersonic aircraft. The flights, which are expected to begin in March, will take pl ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Keeping Liquids Off the Wall
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
On Earth, liquid flows downhill thanks to gravity. Creating an effective liquid fuel tank involves little more than putting a hole at the bottom of a container. That won't work in space, though. In ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars
Lima, Peru (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme clim ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Space Tourism and Business Looking Up
Washington DC (VOA) Mar 09, 2017
It was a surprising announcement: SpaceX, a private company, said it will fly two people to the moon next year. This has not been attempted since NASA's Apollo moon landings about 45 years ago. The ... more


New Plant Habitat Will Increase Harvest on International Space Station

DRAGON SPACE
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Groundbreaking technology rewarms large-scale tissues preserved at low temperatures
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatur ... more
MILTECH
FLIR delivering CBRN equipment sets
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
FLIR Systems is to deliver to the U.S. Army chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear dismounted reconnaissance gear. ... more
MILTECH
Supacat teams in bid for Dutch Army contract
Amsterdam (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
Supacat of Britain and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Netherlands have teamed to offer Dutch-built Supacat Protected Vehicles to the Dutch Army. ... more

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Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
Intelsat General becomes Airbus channel partner for military satellite communications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Airbus Defence and Space has signed Intelsat General to its channel partner programme for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services. Under this channel partner agreement, Intelsat General will be offering Skynet X-band and UHF services as part of their mobile and fly-away communications portfolio, to the U.S. government. Airbus Defence and Space is working with service providers t ... more
Geelong, Australia (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Rockwell Collins, Australian air force test WBHF communication system
Schriever AFB CO (AFNS) Feb 24, 2017
Space aggressors jam AF, allies' systems
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
General Dynamics gets enterprise communications contract

Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 26, 2016
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
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 27, 2016
Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
Antares Rides Again
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 21, 2016
Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Raytheon is closer to delivering next-generation capabilities for the U.S. Air Force-led Global Positioning System Operational Control System project. The company recently announced the completion of a major engineering milestone for the project, also referred to as GPS OCX. The work was conducted over a two-year period, and consisted of software development with a focus on cybersecurit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
NASA Test Flights to Examine Technology for Improved Efficiency on Supersonic Aircraft
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
NASA is set to begin a series of supersonic flights that will examine efforts to improve the efficiency of future supersonic aircraft. The flights, which are expected to begin in March, will take place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, and will follow developments identified by high-speed wind tunnel testing conducted at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia ... more
Amsterdam (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Fokker signs deal to supply, service Dutch air force
Moscow (UPI) Mar 9, 2017
Russia to receive 10 new Su-35S fighters in 2017
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Air Force places $1B order for KC-10 engine support
Single molecule switch
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The theoretical physicists Junior Professor Fabian Pauly and his postdoc Dr. Safa G. Bahoosh now succeeded in a team of experimental physicists and chemists in demonstrating a reliable and reproducible single molecule switch. The basis for this switch is a specifically synthesized molecule with special properties. This is an important step towards realising fundamental ideas of molecular e ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Reducing conducting thin film surface roughness for electronics
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers flip a magnetic memory cell with a light pulse at record speed
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. Saturday's landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said. Dagmawit Moges, head of the ... more
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Paris (AFP) March 3, 2017
City noise linked to hearing loss: study
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
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China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
China to launch 6-8 latest navigation satellites in 2017
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
The United Nations on Tuesday said it hoped for fresh efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula after China angrily responded to the US deployment of the THAAD missile-defence system in South Korea. "We hope that efforts will be stepped up to find a path to reduce tensions and to work for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. The US P ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 7, 2017
China vows 'resolute' measures after THAAD deployment
Balasore, India (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
India stages successful test of missile interceptor
Seoul (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Protesters sue to stop US missile system in S. Korea
Russia denies US claims it has violated arms treaty
Moscow (AFP) March 9, 2017
The Kremlin on Thursday denied an accusation by a top US general that Russia violated an arms control treaty with Washington by deploying a land-based cruise missile system. "Russia has been, remains and will continue to be committed to all its international obligations, including those resulting from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Therefo ... more
Tehran (AFP) March 9, 2017
Iran successfully tests naval missile: reports
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Navy test fires surface to surface missile module
Denver CO (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Lockheed Martin completes flight tests with updated JASSM
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team led by the Department of Energy's ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Evanston IL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform. In a video release ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Chinese startups making world's largest space plane and more
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2016
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
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Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
Chincoteague Island, VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2016
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
Miami (AFP) Oct 23, 2016
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2016
New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AFP) Oct 19, 2016
Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo is growing its presence in the United States through the acquisition of Daylight Solutions Inc., a quantum cascade laser company. Leonardo DRS, the company's U.S. subsidiary, signed a definitive acquisition agreement under which it will pay $150 million for Daylight Solutions, a Virginia-based firm. The purchase price includes an earn-out to be released to Daylight Solut ... more
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
London (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Hughes to provide satellite communications for SkyGuardian drones
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Drone Aviation Delivers Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat to DoD


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