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March 17, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Trump's budget would cut NASA asteroid mission, earth science



Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
Under US President Donald Trump's proposed budget, NASA's funding would stay largely intact but the space agency would abandon plans to lasso an asteroid, along with four Earth and climate missions. The 2018 budget - which must be approved by Congress - asks for $19.1 billion for NASA, a 0.8 percent decrease from 2017, allowing the the space agency to emerge unscathed compared to the deep cuts laid out for other federal science and environmental agencies. The proposal "focuses the nation's ef ... read more

MISSILE DEFENSE
Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
AsiaSat transmits live heart surgery
Hong KongLos Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
AsiaSat was proud to support live transmissions of a heart surgery earlier this year in Hong Kong, providing medical practitioners attending a conference in Singapore the opportunity to see the proc ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Aiming Higher: High School Students Build Flight Hardware Bound for Space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Students at an Alabama high school have done so well in a NASA program that they are now making parts for use on the International Space Station. For more than 50 years, NASA has sponsored pro ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
If you've ever had a cold preventing you from really tasting your food, you've experienced what astronauts aboard the International Space Station encounter at every meal. In a reduced-gravity enviro ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII comms satellite into orbit
Washington (AFP) Mar 16, 2017
SpaceX on Thursday successfully launched a communications satellite into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The company's Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2 am (0600 GMT) carrying t ... more
AEROSPACE
Reduce Fuel Burn With a Dose of BLI
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion - or BLI - is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and t ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Kennedy's Multi-User Spaceport Streamlines Commercial Launches
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
In the past, launch pads were used almost exclusively for government missions. To support a growing private sector space economy, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has transformed to a multi-user spacepor ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Fly me to the Moon: Russia seeks new cosmonauts
Moscow (AFP) March 14, 2017
Russia's space agency on Tuesday announced a recruitment drive for young would-be cosmonauts who it hopes will become the country's first on the Moon. And women are welcome, an official stressed. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
ECLSS Put to the Test for Commercial Crew Missions
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Extensive evaluations are underway on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States. One of the most intensely studied s ... more
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 whi ... more


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MILTECH
Curtiss-Wright Expands Secure Manufacturing Capabilities for Sensitive U.S. DoD Aerospace and Defense Programs
Ashburn VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has announced that it has expanded its secure manufacturing capabilities for sensitive U.S. DoD aerospace and defense programs by contracting with Zentech ... more
ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
BE-4 rocket engines developed by the Blue Origin company will eventually replace Russian RD-180 engines on US Atlas space launch vehicles, head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin received an $80.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to study Aegis implementation studies for various international customers. ... more

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MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers offer overview of composite metal foams and potential applications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Solid metal has 'structural memory' of its liquid state
Harris radio system gains NSA certification
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Harris Corporation's new Falcon III RF-300H wideband HF manpack radio system has received certification from the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA Type-1 certification allows the system to transmit classified images, maps and other data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments, the company announced Monday. "This RF-300H NSA certification allows us to continue providing ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Intelsat General becomes Airbus channel partner for military satellite communications
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
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
Technology can reduce GPS outages from Northern Lights, researchers say
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists studying the Northern Lights say they think their research will lead to new technology to reduce outages from satellite navigation systems. Researchers at the University of Bath in England found for the first time that turbulence does not take place within the Northern Lights and instead that unknown mechanisms are responsible for the outages of Global Navigation Satellite Sy ... more
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
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
Reduce Fuel Burn With a Dose of BLI
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion - or BLI - is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. At its simplest: With BLI, an airplane's engines are located near the rear of the aircraft so that air flowing over the aircraft body becomes part of the mix o ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
MDH debuts multi-mission concept helicopter
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
U.S. Army looks to Air Force for future air defenses
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boeing to sustain South Korea's F-15 fleet
Spin-resolved oscilloscope for charge and spin signals
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have developed a "spin-resolved oscilloscope." This device is a basic measuring instrument for plasmonics and spintronics, which are key technologies for future electronics applications. The coupling of light and electronic charges in plasmonics will pave the way for ultra-high-speed information ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics and photonics
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Two radio signals, one chip, open a new world for wireless communication
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'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The ring laser gyroscope (RLG) technology enabling these Earth-based measurements provide, unlike those made by referencing celestial objects, inertial rotation information, reveali ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists measure Earth's rotational forces with underground laser gyroscope
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet. The blueprint, which also includes sharp cuts in spending on the arts and foreign aid, has yet to undergo scrutiny in Congress and must be approved by lawmakers before it c ... more
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Curbing pollution can prevent 3 mn Chinese deaths a year
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
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China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The new technologies, known as Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will aim to enhance situational awareness capabilities for the U.S. Navy's air and missile defense operations. According to Raytheon, CIIF will enable new and ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Australia's HMAS Hobart completes sea trials with Aegis
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
MBDA unveils new short-range air defense platform
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
MBDA Missile Systems revealed its new short-range air defense system, the Mistral ATLAS-RC, during the HOMSEC 2017 conference in Madrid, Spain. In a statement announcing the new product's debut, the company said the new platform is specifically designed for "very short" range engagements, and tailored to the security needs of Spain's defense ministry. The platform is comprised of ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Pakistan test fires land-based anti-ship missile
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Russia's Baltic Fleet trains with S-400 air defense systems
Boulder CO (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Orbital ATK supplying rocket-launched flares for U.S. military
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length. Th ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
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
Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system


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