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September 25, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Nanosat Fleet Proposed for Voyage to 300 Asteroids



Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
A fleet of tiny spacecraft could visit over 300 asteroids in just over three years, according to a mission study led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet concept comprises 50 spacecraft propelled by innovative electric solar wind sails (E-sails) and equipped with instruments to take images and collect spectroscopic data on the composition of the asteroids. Each nanosat would visit six or seven asteroids before returning to Earth to deliver the data. The conce ... read more

MARSDAILY
HIAD heat shield material feels the burn during arc jet testing
Hampton VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing's Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Missouri. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a German-led group of astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual type of object in the asteroid belt between Mars an ... more
ROBO SPACE
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of s ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017 China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is we ... more
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MARSDAILY
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars
Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won't play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will pr ... more
OUTER PLANETS
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA ... more
IRON AND ICE
First space mining transaction in 10 years
Sydney, Australia (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
The first transaction in space mining could only be 10 years away, the director of the Australian Center for Space Engineering Research, Andrew Dempster, told Xinhua on Wednesday, at the third Off E ... more
MOON DAILY
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx executes slingshot around Earth
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe has used Earth's gravity to slingshot itself into outer space. The spacecraft is now en route to the asteroid Bennu and is expected to encounter the space rock in August 2018. ... more
IRON AND ICE
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this ... more


New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought

MOON DAILY
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By ... more
MARSDAILY
Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 21, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has to rover hop (dri ... more
MARSDAILY
More evidence of water on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis D ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. ... more



HIAD heat shield material feels the burn during arc jet testing
Hampton VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing's Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Missouri. The inflatable aeroshell, using high temperature advanced flexible material systems, will enable atmospheric entry to planetary bodies and the landing of heavy payloads. The Hypersonic Inflatabl ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
More evidence of water on Mars
Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape
Riga (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
By 2040, a hundred people will live on the Moon, melting ice for water, 3D-printing homes and tools, eating plants grown in lunar soil, and competing in low-gravity, "flying" sports. To those who mock such talk as science fiction, experts such as Bernard Foing, ambassador of the European Space Agency-driven "Moon Village" scheme, reply the goal is not only reasonable but feasible too. At ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
First steps: returning humanity to the Moon
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) announced today that it will present its Pluto lander concept at the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Denver, CO. Under a grant from NASA's NIAC program, GAC is developing an integrated "entrycraft" architecture that can decelerate and gently land on the surface of Pluto from a speed of over 30,000 mph using only drag from Pluto's ultr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so- ... more
Kazan, Russia (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
KFU astronomers discovered an exoplanet together with Turkish and Japanese colleagues
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
FINESSE Mission to Investigate Atmospheres of Hundreds of Alien Worlds
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
What looks good on paper may look good in space
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 24, 2017
An ancient art form has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs here. It's little wonder that it fascinates NASA engineers: origami can seem deceptively simple, hiding complex math within its creases. Besides aesthetic beauty, it addresses a per ... more
New Delhi (IANS) Sep 21, 2017
ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
Las Cruces NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Demonstrator 3 linear aerospike ready to start tests
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
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Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
China's programme to launch a mission to Mars in 2020 is "well underway", its top planner said Wednesday as the country moves forward with its ambitious space programme. The probe will carry 13 types of payload including six rovers, the official Xinhua news agency said. "The Mars exploration programme is well underway," it cited the mission's chief architect Zhang Rongqiao as saying. ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
by Staff Writers
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
What we need to know to mine an asteroid
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 20, 2017
The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our solar system. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and a ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System
Sydney, Australia (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
First space mining transaction in 10 years
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
NASA'S OSIRIS-REx executes slingshot around Earth
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. The test follows one in August that saw another rocket soar over Hokkaido. In that case too, much-vaunted Japanese and US missile-intercept capabilities were not used. Now some in the United States are wo ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
PAC-3 anti-ballistic missile launcher downs target via remote control
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NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system. Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, disintegrat ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale ... more
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Gravity waves influence weather and climate
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Gravity waves form in the atmosphere as a result of destabilizing processes, for example at weather fronts, during storms or when air masses stroke over mountain ranges. They can occasionally be seen in the sky as bands of cloud. For weather forecast and climate models, however, they are mostly "invisible" due to their short wavelength. The effects of gravity waves can only be taken into c ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
Granting weightless wishes
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Physicists discover super stable tri-anion particle
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a new tri-anion particle, a type of particle with three more electrons than protons. The new particle is extremely stable and its discovery apply to a variety of applications in the fields of physics and chemistry. The imbalance between electrons and protons on all other tri-anions makes the particle inherently unstable. ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The beam of invisibility
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
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Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of science fiction, Caltech scientists have developed an autonomous molecular machine that can perform similar tasks - at the nanoscale. This "robot," made of a single strand of DNA, can autonomously "wal ... more
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week. Mattis is scheduled to arrive late Monday and is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new defence minister, in the first visit by a top US official since Donald Trump became president in January. "The United S ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Wanted: Novel Approaches for Detecting and Stopping Small Unmanned Air Systems


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