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February 16, 2017
TECH SPACE
NASA and MIT collaborate to develop space-based quantum-dot spectrometer



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A NASA technologist has teamed with the inventor of a new nanotechnology that could transform the way space scientists build spectrometers, the all-important device used by virtually all scientific disciplines to measure the properties of light emanating from astronomical objects, including Earth itself. Mahmooda Sultana, a research engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, now is collaborating with Moungi Bawendi, a chemistry professor at the Cambridge-based Massachus ... read more

TECH SPACE
After 15 years, SABER on TIMED Still Breaks Ground from Space
About 21 years ago, team members started building and testing the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER instrument. Back then, they dreamed of how great two years ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into sp ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA's TDRS-M space communications satellite begins final testing
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017 The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft i ... more
ENERGY TECH
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments
"Measure twice, cut once" is an old carpenter's proverb - a reminder that careful planning can save time and materials in the long run. The concept also applies to the design of stellarators, ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New method to detect ultrasound with light
A tiny, transparent device that can fit into a contact lens has a bright future, potentially helping a range of scientific endeavors from biomedicine to geology. Developed by Northwestern University ... more
ROBO SPACE
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
I'll bet you don't have one of these at home. For the past several years, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by ... more
ROBO SPACE
Success by deception
When computers independently identify bodies of water and their outlines in satellite images, or beat the world's best professional players at the board game Go, then adaptive algorithms are working ... more
ROBO SPACE
How algorithms secretly run the world
When you browse online for a new pair of shoes, pick a movie to stream on Netflix or apply for a car loan, an algorithm likely has its word to say on the outcome. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives
Algorithms are a crucial cog in the mechanics of our digital world, but also a nosy minder of our personal lives and a subtle, even insidious influence on our behaviour. ... 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


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

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
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

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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

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. The rover has been driving on most planning sols. On Sol 4631 (Feb. 1, 2017), Opportunity traveled just under 85 feet (26 meters) to the southwest. The drive was followed with the collection of ... more
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Angling up for Mars science

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse

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

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

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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 other objects in our solar system that had those elements. On Thursday, a UCLA-led team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich ... more
Astronomy team finds more than 100 exoplanet candidates

Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows

NASA finds planets of red dwarf stars may face oxygen loss in habitable zones

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Florida's Kennedy Space Center
Private space travel company SpaceX lifted it's Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to undergo testing in preparation for a potential launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, shared a photo of the rocket in its upright position at the launchpad in Cape Canaveral where the first manned mission to the moon was launched. "Falcon 9 rocket now vertical at Cape Canaveral on launch c ... more
Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

Airbus Safran Launchers: 77th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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

Military Radar Summit 2017
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

Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a 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
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

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

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics

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

How algorithms secretly run the world

Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot

Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more
Australia procuring unmanned helicopters for testing

IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017

U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems



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