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September 29, 2017
MARSDAILY
SpaceX's Musk unveils plan to reach Mars by 2022



Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Futurist and inventor Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans Friday to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rockets to carry people between Earth's major cities in under half-an-hour. The founder of SpaceX said a planned interplanetary transport system, codenamed BFR (Big Fucking Rocket), would be downsized so it could carry out a range of tasks that would then pay for future Mars missions. "The most important thing... is that I think we have figured out how to pay for (BFR)," Musk told a ... read more

MARSDAILY
Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars lander
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A reusable, water-powered Mars lander that will allow humans to explore the Red Planet from an orbiting 'base camp' as early as the 2030s was unveiled Friday by US defence giant Lockheed Martin. ... more
MOON DAILY
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country's ambitious space programme. ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency said Thursday as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
A major issue facing ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France that will be the first magnetic fusion device to produce net energy, is whether the crucial divertor plates that wil ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Quantum communication over long distances is integral to information security and has been demonstrated in free space and fibre with two-dimensional states, recently over distances exceeding 1200 km ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid CubeSat Goes Full Sail
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, a small satellite the size of a shoebox, designed to study asteroids close to Earth, performed a full-scale solar sail deployment test at ManTech NeXolve's facility ... more
MARSDAILY
Research sheds new light on how Earth and Mars were created
Bristol UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Searching for Distant Worlds With a Flying Telescope
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Researchers from the University of Bern, using an observatory on board a jumbo jet, have observed how the extrasolar Planet GJ 1214b is passing in front of its star, causing a kind of mini-eclipse. ... more
MOON DAILY
Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Moscow (XNA) Sep 28, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States said Wednesday that they have agreed to cooperate on build ... more
MOON DAILY
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Building a strategic capability for advancing and sustaining human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon will require the best from NASA, interested international partners, and U.S. industry ... more


Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice

MARSDAILY
The Mars 2020 Rover features new spectral abilities with its new SuperCam
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
As the NASA Curiosity rover roams the surface of Mars, its ChemCam captures the chemical makeup of its surroundings with a specially designed laser system. It is the most powerful laser to operate o ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New type of supercomputer could be based on 'magic dust' combination of light and matter
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A team of researchers from the UK and Russia have successfully demonstrated that a type of 'magic dust' which combines light and matter can be used to solve complex problems and could eventually sur ... more
ROBO SPACE
From self-folding robots to computer vision
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and wor ... more
MARSDAILY
3-D Analysis Offers New Info on Martian Climate Change, Age of Polar Caps
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Three-dimensional (3-D) subsurface radar volumes generated from thousands of 2-D radar profiles are revealing new information about the polar regions of Mars, including more accurate mapping of CO2 ... more



Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars lander
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A reusable, water-powered Mars lander that will allow humans to explore the Red Planet from an orbiting 'base camp' as early as the 2030s was unveiled Friday by US defence giant Lockheed Martin. Governments and private firms are collaborating on projects to send humans to new frontiers, with NASA planning missions next decade into the space between Earth and the Moon to prepare for trips to ... more
Riga Latvia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Devilish Source of Dust in Atmosphere of Earth and Mars
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
SpaceX's Musk unveils plan to reach Mars by 2022
Bristol UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Research sheds new light on how Earth and Mars were created
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Two Chinese lunar missions will be delayed by the failed launch of a powerful rocket in July, a state-run newspaper said, in a setback for the country's ambitious space programme. Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar forays into space as a symbol of China's rise and the success of the Communist Party in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. Officials are still ... more
Moscow (XNA) Sep 28, 2017
Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 24, 2017
'Crash Scene Investigation' Reveals Resting Place of SMART-1 on Moon
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
NASA's New Horizons mission revolutionized our knowledge of Pluto when it flew past that distant world in July 2015. Among its many discoveries were images of strange formations resembling giant knife blades of ice, whose origin had remained a mystery. Now, scientists have turned up a fascinating explanation for this "bladed terrain": the structures are made almost entirely of methane ice, ... more
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
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
Searching for Distant Worlds With a Flying Telescope
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Researchers from the University of Bern, using an observatory on board a jumbo jet, have observed how the extrasolar Planet GJ 1214b is passing in front of its star, causing a kind of mini-eclipse. The first measurements of this kind with the observatory called SOFIA (short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infra-red Astronomy) prove that the flying observatory is well-suited to the observation ... more
Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
New prediction of a detection wavelength for searching phototrophs on exoplanets
New Zealand opens first rocket launch site
Wellington NZ (XNA) Sep 29, 2017
New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast. Joyce congratulated Rocket Lab's chief executive and founder Peter Beck and his team "who have worked hard to achieve this," saying in a statement that "it is their innovation and perseveran ... more
Lyon, France (SPX) Sep 29, 2017
Arianespace signs contract for 10 Vega and Vega C launchers
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
mu Space partners with Blue Origin to launch geostationary satellite
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China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid CubeSat Goes Full Sail
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, a small satellite the size of a shoebox, designed to study asteroids close to Earth, performed a full-scale solar sail deployment test at ManTech NeXolve's facility in Huntsville, Alabama, Sept. 13. The test was performed in an indoor clean room to ensure the deployment mechanism's functionality after recent environmental testing. NEA Scout is a six-unit C ... more
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Nanosat Fleet Proposed for Voyage to 300 Asteroids
Riga (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Dino-killing asteroid's impact on bird evolution
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
PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor successfully intercepted a tactical ballistic missile target on Saturday in the first-ever MSE test from a remote launcher. As part of a U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test at the Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the test demonstrated the expanded defended footprint available by depl ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin to replace USS Fitzgerald's SPY-1D AEGIS radar
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
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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
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as superparamagnetism and plasmonic absorption of light. Furthermore, controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles can result ... more
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Are we are living in a computer simulation? Intriguingly, the crux of this question may be hiding in an exotic quantum phenomenon which shows up in metals as a response to twists of space-time geometry. A recurring theme in science fiction, most famously popularised by the "Matrix' film trilogy, is whether our physical reality is a computer simulation. While this seems to be a rather philo ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Gravity waves influence weather and climate
Quantum twisted Loong confirms the physical reality of wavefunctions
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Quantum mechanics, as a pillar of modern civilization, has benefited human society for a century, in which wavefunctions played a crucial role. In the past 100 years, what most people did was 'Shut up and calculate', and wavefunctions always gave us a correct probability list of measurement outcomes. However, the debate on the following deeper philosophical issue behind it still persists: ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
A preparative-scale reaction using platinum clusters with a single-digit atomicity realized
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Two Stars, Three Dimensions, and Oodles of Energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Mathematicians develop new models to describe ripples
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From self-folding robots to computer vision
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and workshop presentations at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (or IROS) which takes place from Sept. 24 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. UC San Diego researchers also are organizing ... more
(UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Northrop subsidiary unveils new unmanned ground vehicle
Champaign IL (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots
Milan (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful "concept" flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA). It said the prototype, supplied by Germa ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Wanted: Novel Approaches for Detecting and Stopping Small Unmanned Air Systems
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Landmark study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts


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