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May 16, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars



Pasadena CA (The Conversation) May 16, 2017
Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society. Planning expeditions to Earth's nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The United Launch Alliance, a joint ventur ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
Miami (AFP) May 16, 2017
SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle
Chicago IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Since the discovery two decades ago of the unconventional topological superconductor Sr2RuO4, scientists have extensively investigated its properties at temperatures below its 1 K critical temperatu ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
N. Korea's 'new missile' has unprecedented range: experts
Seoul (AFP) May 15, 2017
North Korea said Monday it had successfully tested a new type of rocket in its latest missile launch, as analysts said it showed an unprecedented range that brought US bases in the Pacific within reach. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
In February, NASA began an effort looking at the feasibility of putting crew aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft - Exploration Mission-1, or EM- ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
SSL satellite built for Bulgaria Sat arrives at Cape Canaveral for FOR falcon 9 launch
Palo Alto CA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL),a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bul ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space? ... more
DRAGON SPACE
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yueg ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
CanX-7 Nanosatellite Shows Drag Sails are Effective at Deorbiting after Just One Week
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 12, 2017
After the CanX-7 nanosatellite deployed its drag sails only a week ago, early results indicate the sails are having a noticeable effect. Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), which developed CanX-7, has an ... more
UAV NEWS
Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus has launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon. ... more


NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight

ROCKET SCIENCE
Testing Prepares NASA's Space Launch System for Liftoff
Hampton VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
The world's most powerful rocket - NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) - may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions. Un ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Winners Announced for NASA, Orbital ATK Rocketry Challenge
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time in four years, a new team has won NASA's Student Launch, the agency's high-powered rocketry challenge, hosted by and held near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, A ... more
MILTECH
U.S. Army testing Saab camouflage
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Saab's mobile camouflage system is undergoing field evaluation in Germany by the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment during its operational training. ... more
MILTECH
Elbit introduces upgraded vehicle mortar system
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Israel's Elbit Systems is introducing this week the newest variant of its SPEAR MK2 mortar system for lightweight combat vehicles. ... more



"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for the new Integrated Technology Centre (ITC), Airbus marks the commencement of the intensive construction phase for its new euro 43 million satellite hub. The ultra-modern building, for the development and integration of satellites, will enable the Friedrichshafen site to handle future satellite requirements. The ITC, featuring complex ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Physics may bring faster solutions for tough computational problems
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
A bath for precision printing of 3-D silicone structures
Houghton, MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Physical keyboards make virtual reality typing easier
European country orders Harris tactical radios
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
An undisclosed European country has ordered tactical radio systems for its communications readiness program from Harris Corporation. The contracts, received in the company's third 2017 quarter, carry a combined value of $90 million, the company said. "Harris is committed to supporting this nation's readiness effort with solutions that deliver expanded and reliable communications ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Israel orders satellite-on-the-go for military vehicles
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Elbit Systems receives Brazilian contract for C4ISR
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Genereal Dynamics stages successful test of military 4G network
2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 11:24 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Flight controllers at NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, conducted a controlled flight termination of the balloon, which slowly descended back to Earth impacting in the South Pacific Ocean about 200 miles south of ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2017
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Rolls-Royce to provide logistical, engineering support for the KC-130J
Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
It's a material world, and an extremely versatile one at that, considering its most basic building blocks - atoms - can be connected together to form different structures that retain the same composition. Diamond and graphite, for example, are but two of the many polymorphs of carbon, meaning that both have the same chemical composition and differ only in the manner in which their atoms ar ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) May 12, 2017
Model for multivalley polaritons
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie blooms and their implications for lake restoration. The work is published in two related studies. Using data from NASA's ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organising protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed tonnes of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. T ... more
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
Mining brings Chile city riches -- and fear of cancer
Paris (AFP) May 15, 2017
'Excess' car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
State Dept. approves UAE for possible PAC-3 missile buy
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Thursday the possible sale of Patriot PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles to the United Arab Emirates. The proposed sale, approved by the U.S. State Department, is worth an estimated $2 billion. "The proposed sale will enhance the UAE's capability to meet current and future aircraft and missile threats," the agency said in a press release. " ... more
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US approves sale of $2 billion in missiles to UAE: Pentagon
Moscow (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Russia's RS-28 Sarmat ICBM: Hypersonic Disaster for US Missile Defense Shield
Beijing (AFP) May 2, 2017
China demands halt to US missile shield in S.Korea
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China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections held amid regional tensions. The test in the Bohai Sea was conducted to "raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security," the ministry said in a brief stateme ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Purchase of S-400 From Russia 'Might Signal Turkey's Estrangement From NATO'
Tokyo (AFP) April 29, 2017
Tokyo subway halt for 10 minutes over NKorea scare
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
Sweden orders additional anti-ship missiles from Saab
Scientists print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical st ... more
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 04, 2017
X-ray microscope optics resolve 50-nm features while eliminating chromatic aberrations
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Scientists unveiled a lightweight, robotic, outer "skeleton" Thursday that can detect when someone loses their balance, correct their gait, and prevent their fall. Designed to limit stumbles among the elderly, the device has sensors that can discern in real time when a limb starts to buckle or flail, and lightweight motors which exert instant force on both legs to restore balance. "Weara ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too
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Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus has launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial's initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the best software and aerospace technology from across the globe to offer action ... more
Taurene, Latvia (AFP) May 12, 2017
Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
U.S. Army awards contract for extended range drone
Kennedy Space Center FL (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Newest Secret US Spacecraft Returns to Earth After Over 700 Days in Space


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