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February 15, 2017
TECH SPACE
NASA to launch Raven to develop autonomous rendezvous capability



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Launching soon, aboard the 10th SpaceX commercial resupply mission, will be a technology module called Raven, which will bring NASA one step closer to having a relative navigation capability. When affixed outside the International Space Station, Raven will test foundational technologies that will enable autonomous rendezvous in space, meaning they will not necessitate any human involvement - even from the ground. To envision why autonomous rendezvous is important in space missions, imagine this sc ... read more

IRON AND ICE
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter
This magnified, cropped image showing Jupiter and three of its moons was taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's MapCam instrument during optical navigation testing for the mission's Earth-Trojan As ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search
A NASA spacecraft begins its search Thursday for an enigmatic class of near-Earth objects known as Earth-Trojan asteroids. OSIRIS-REx, currently on a two-year outbound journey to the asteroid Bennu, ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates
An international team of astronomers has released the largest ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. By making the data public ... more
MARSDAILY
Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. ... more
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MARSDAILY
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020
Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for N ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, an ... more
MARSDAILY
Angling up for Mars science
ESA's latest Mars orbiter has moved itself into a new path on its way to achieving the final orbit for probing the Red Planet. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived last October on a multiyear missi ... more
EXO WORLDS
Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks
Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life on our planet - carbon, nitrogen and water - appeared only later as a result of collisions with ... more
ROBO SPACE
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO
In an important step toward a new era of advanced, cost-effective robotic capabilities in space, DARPA has announced that it has selected Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, CA, as its co ... more
ROBO SPACE
Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency ... more


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MARSDAILY
ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imm ... more
EXO WORLDS
NASA finds planets of red dwarf stars may face oxygen loss in habitable zones
The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially allow liquid water - which is essential for life as we know it - to pool on a ... more
ROBO SPACE
NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston - the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has selected the top 20 teams i ... more
TECH SPACE
Orbit Logic Software to be used for BridgeSat Laser Comm Scheduling
Orbit Logic has announced that BridgeSat has awarded Orbit Logic a contract to provide software for its optical ground telescope network to plan laser communication contacts with satellites using it ... more

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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

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imminent death as it was to face an eclipse during which dark shadows of Mars would block light to spacecraft's solar panel. After hours long remotely controlled execution which activated onboard t ... more
Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years

Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Angling up for Mars science

Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved on the present-day lunar surface. It has long been speculated that the Moon has been intermittently sprayed with the Earth's oxygen, with some researchers suggesting the nitrogen and noble gases ... more
Private Space Race Heats Up, Moon Landing Expected in Late 2017

LunaH-Map CubeSat to map the Moon's water deposits

India, Israel among five teams fighting for first private Moon landing

NASA receives science report on Europa lander concept
A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is now engaging the broader science community to open a discussion about its findings. In early 2016, in response to a congressional directive, NASA's Planetary Science Division began a pre-Phase A study to assess the science value and engineering desig ... more
New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

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NASA finds planets of red dwarf stars may face oxygen loss in habitable zones
The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially allow liquid water - which is essential for life as we know it - to pool on a planet's surface. New NASA research suggests some of these zones might not actually be able to support life due to frequent stellar eruptions - which spew huge amounts of stellar material and radiatio ... more
Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks

Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates

Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5
For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European space port of Kourou (French Guiana) for the 77th consecutive time, placing two telecommunications satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The launch performance achieved by this Ariane 5 ECA was 10,450 kg in GTO (of which 9,569 kg was accounted for by the satellites). The launcher imp ... more
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

Russian Space Agency Develops Program to Improve Carrier Rocket Assembly Quality

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel. "The radar images ... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx takes its first image of Jupiter

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Earth-Trojan Asteroid Search

New research shows Ceres may have vanishing ice volcanoes

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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts
Eight defense contractors have been selected to share a $3 billion contract to develop new missile defense solutions for the U.S. Army. The award's recipients include BAE Systems, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, QWK Integrated Solutions, Teledyne Brown Engineering, KBRwyle Technology Solutions and Science Applications International Corporation. Under the agreement, the comp ... more
New US Missile Hits Target in Space

New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

Raytheon contracted for Patriot missile support

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Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris. The views are some of the closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings, giving scientists an eagerly awaited opportunity to observe features with names like "straw" and "propellers." Altho ... more
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis

Catching Cassini's call

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the f ... more
Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds

Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

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New laser technology from Hannover enables more sensitive gravitational-wave detectors
One year ago, the first direct detection of gravitational waves was announced. Laser experts from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI), from the Leibniz Universitat Hannover, and from the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) played leading roles in this discovery, because their super-precise laser technology at the heart of the LIGO instruments in the ... more
Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

Ancient signals from the early universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called "oscillon". The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results. Although Albert Einstein had already predicted the ex ... more
Measuring time without a clock

Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

Stars align in test supporting 'spooky action at a distance'

Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency in conjunction with a non-US-owned competitor. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, stands to benefit from robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites (RSGS) te ... more
DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams

Virtual assistant Cortana holds people to promises

U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone
Marines in Camp Lejune, N.C., recently completed training using the Instant Eye, a new hand-held unmanned aircraft designed to support reconnaissance missions. The Instant Eye is made by PSI Tactical, and is capable of taking off and landing at 90-degree angles. Many other unmanned aerial vehicles require either a runway or throwing for launch. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the de ... more
IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017

Australia procuring unmanned helicopters for testing

U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems



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