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  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Elon Musk's SpaceX could face new competition for military launches

    11/17/2017 10:29:27 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    On Thursday, Virgin Orbit won a contract from the Air Force to carry "technology demonstration satellites" on its LauncherOne rocket by early 2019. The LauncherOne rocket will be "air launched" from a modified Boeing 747 called "Cosmic Girl." The contract follows Branson's quiet launch earlier this month of Vox Space, a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, that will focus on military contracts. While there is plenty of room in space, the launchpad is becoming more crowded. That's good news for the Pentagon as it looks toward increased competition and embracing new technology like reusable rockets to lower launch costs. United Launch...
  • Another “Impossible” Exoplanet | Space News

    11/09/2017 9:47:39 PM PST · by Windflier · 22 replies
    Thunderbolts.info ^ | 9 November 2017 | S. Schirott
    Recently, scientists reported in the monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society the discovery of a theory-shattering exoplanet — one of countless such discoveries in the last two decades. As reported on phys.org on October 31, the hot Jupiter “should not exist according to planet formation theory.” In this episode, we outline the fundamental differences between the standard model of planet and star formation versus that of the Electric Universe.
  • Orbital ATK's 'Frankenstein' Minotaur C Rocket Blasts Off on Halloween

    10/31/2017 5:13:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Space.com ^ | October 31, 2017 06:00pm ET | Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer |
    Built by Orbital ATK, the Minotaur C rocket is a hybrid version of the company's old Taurus XL rocket, Pegasus rocket and Minotaur family of rockets. After Orbital ATK suffered a series of launch failures with the Taurus rockets — which led to the loss of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory as well as its Glory climate-monitoring satellite — the company redesigned the Taurus. The new and improved rocket uses newer and more reliable technologies that Orbital ATK had built for its other Minotaur rockets. "To date, our Minotaur rockets have completed 26 missions out of every major U.S. spaceport with...
  • Army space project a now-or-never moment for low-cost military satellites

    10/29/2017 5:59:31 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    Space News ^ | 10/25/2017 | Sandra Erwin
    The Army's Kestrel Eye microsatellite holds the promise of providing tactical imagery to soldiers on the ground. WASHINGTON — It’s been years in the making. A very small, low cost, visible imagery satellite that soldiers in the field will be able to control, giving them access to real-time intelligence. The U.S. Army’s Kestrel Eye microsatellite was deployed into space from the International Space Station and activated Tuesday at 05:45 am EST. If all goes as planned, the 110-pound spacecraft could become a catalyst for broader adoption of small satellites for military missions. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command...
  • Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend as clear skies provide millions with ideal view

    10/21/2017 12:05:52 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | October 21, 2017 | Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
    Sunday morning [Sat-Sun overnight] will offer another opportunity to view one of the best meteor showers of the fall with over a dozen meteors streaking across the night sky every hour. Clear skies will bring excellent viewing conditions for those across the eastern United States while clouds, rain and wildfire smoke obscure the shower for some areas in the western and central U.S. The Orionids is an annual meteor shower that is caused by debris left behind by Halley’s Comet burning up in Earth’s atmosphere. “The shower will produce somewhere between 10 and 20 meteors per hour,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist...
  • Could StarTram Revolutionize Space Travel?

    10/03/2017 10:07:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 3, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    While stuck in traffic in 1961, James Powell, a young researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory came up with the idea of using powerful magnets to lift and propel massive passenger-carrying cars. Over the next seven years, he and his colleague Gordon Danby spent their spare time piecing together a concept. They obtained a patent for the breakthrough in 1968. Powell and Danby's magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology must have seemed like magic back then, but it is now being used to move large trains at speeds up to 375 miles per hour! Not content to rest on this sole accomplishment,...
  • Lockheed Martin Unveils Details of their Proposed Base Camp for Mars

    10/02/2017 5:11:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 2 Oct , 2017 | Matt Williams
    Mars Base Camp is very simple. Basically, it consists of an orbital outpost where scientist-astronauts will be transported to after leaving Earth and flying from the Deep Space Gateway into orbit around Mars. From this base, crews will be able to conduct real-time scientific exploration of the Martian atmosphere, followed by missions to the surface. ...[T]he major components of their base camp will be launched separately. Some will be pre-positioned in orbit around Mars ahead of time while others will be assembled in cis-lunar space for the journey to Mars. In the end, six astronauts will launch on an Orion...
  • How do you keep a space probe clean?

    09/28/2017 10:44:58 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | Andrew Masterson
    As NASA’s OSIRIS-REx heads off to collect asteroid particles, ensuring they remain pure looms as a major challenge. Andrew Masterson reports. Last Friday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe zipped past Earth, just 17,000 kilometres up, on its way to collect what might very well be the most expensive handful of dirt in history. The probe, which was launched on September 8, 2016, is on its way to an asteroid called Bennu. Once it arrives, in 2018, the probe will spend 12 months imaging and collecting data before, finally, swooping down to the surface in a manoeuvre characterised as “touch and go”, scooping...
  • Australia To Create Its Own Space Agency

    09/25/2017 5:51:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 25 Sep , 2017 | Nancy Atkinson
    Australian’s acting Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science was quoted as saying that Australia will not have a NASA but an agency “right for our nation, right for our industry … that will provide the vehicle for Australia to have a long-term strategic plan for space – a plan that supports the innovative application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry, including through defense space procurement.” ... Australia has been very active in space exploration, being part of every deep-space mission NASA has flown with tracking and communications as part the Deep Space Network and the precursor system...
  • Rods from God?

    09/13/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 71 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/13/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Was the top secret space coast launch late this past week really carrying components of "Rods from God," the nickname of a doomsday weapon known as "Project Thor" that can rain hell on North Korea in an attack traveling at Mach Ten? In an exclusive feature, the National ENQUIRER describes America's possible deployment of satellite arsenals of tungsten, non-nuclear rods the size of telephone poles, "the equivalent of a meteor crashing into the Earth's crust." The tabloid explains that deployment of this weaponry by the US military awaits only the President's "GO" order. "Unlike a nuclear weapon, the Rods from...
  • With eye toward KSC, Dream Chaser takes to California skies for tests

    09/03/2017 9:26:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    eccux.com ^ | 9/1/2017 | unknown
    Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser spacecraft as it took off from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California for a captive carry flight test on Aug. 30, 2017.(Photo: NASA) If you blocked out the background scenery earlier this week, you could imagine the mini-shuttle was gliding through blue sky toward a landing at Kennedy Space Center, its future home. Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser actually was hovering above the Mojave Desert in California at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, tethered securely to a Chinook helicopter. The so-called “captive carry” test was another step toward returning a winged spacecraft to orbit,...
  • Physicists Demonstrate Record Breaking Long-Distance Quantum Entanglement in Space

    09/02/2017 8:35:07 PM PDT · by TBP · 42 replies
    IN BRIEF Chinese physicists managed to demonstrate long-distance quantum entanglement in space, breaking previous records. This development, made possible by a novel method, could lead to improved information storage and transfer in the future. SPOOKY ACTION GETS TO SPACE When it comes to weird science stuff, quantum entanglement is probably near the top of the list, especially back in the days when Einstein referred to it as that “spooky action at a distance.” Physicists have since demonstrated the “spooky” phenomenon to be possible, but now they want to extend its reach. A new study shows it’s possible for quantum entanglement...
  • How our immune systems could stop humans reaching Mars

    09/02/2017 10:24:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/2/17 | Sarah Knapton
    The human immune system is so weakened by space travel that even a simple virus could prove deadly [...snip...] Yet although we now have the technological ability to leave Earth, scientists have found another stumbling block to colonising new worlds - our own immune system. Although it is said we are all made of ‘star stuff’ when it comes to travelling away from our home planet humans are far more vulnerable to the rigours of space than our interstellar origins might suggest. Billions of years of evolution has effectively backed mankind into a corner of the Solar System that it...
  • Today is Moon day!

    07/20/2017 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Nateman · 32 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/20/1960 | Nateman
    48 years ago today life on Earth made a visit, for the first time, to another world. On July 20 , 1969 , Neil Armstrong made a small step for a man upon the lunar surface. The last such momentous event in the history of life was 240 million years ago when animals emerged from the sea to walk upon land. Unlike that ancient walk after this giant leap mankind meekly went back to Earth to concentrate instead on other ways of redistributing income.
  • No, Congressman, There's No Evidence of an Ancient Mars Civilization

    07/19/2017 7:32:07 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    In case you were wondering, there's no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago. Nonetheless, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a panel of planetary scientists to speculate about this possibility today (July 18), during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Space Subcommittee.
  • First ever Earth-orbit teleportation completed

    07/11/2017 7:12:10 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 11, 2017
    Scientists have completed the first teleportation of an object from Earth to a satellite orbiting more than 300 miles away. Alas, those of you expecting Scotty to beam them up soon will be sorely disappointed - the object teleported was merely a single photon. While the experiment doesn't bring us any closer to teleporting matter, it is a huge leap forward for quantum physics. The team of Chinese researchers behind the successful teleportation came together from a number of disciplines and included quantum physicists as well as rocket scientists. In 2016, they launched a satellite called Micius, named after Chinese...
  • Astronomers turn eyes to New Horizons target beyond Pluto

    07/11/2017 2:34:28 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 11 Jul, 2017 | MICHAEL LUCY
    The New Horizons space probe, which made headlines around the world in 2015 when it beamed back humanity’s best-ever views of Pluto, is currently hurtling through the outer reaches of the solar system on its way to a rendezvous with a lump of ice known as MU69. New Horizons won’t get to MU69 for another year and a half – the flyby is expected to occur on 31 December 2018 or 1 January 2019 – so the spacecraft is hibernating to preserve its energy. Meanwhile, scientists on Earth are doing everything they can to find out as much as possible...
  • A proposed new military branch would send US troops to guard the galaxy

    07/08/2017 5:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 8, 2017 | Nancy Coleman
    The year: 2019. The mission: Send combat forces into space to save the world from potential Star Wars. The crew to get the job done: the United States Space Corps. A Congressional committee is proposing that the US armed forces add a new military branch that would, quite literally, send soldiers out of this world. The crew of real-life Buzz Lightyears is described in the National Defense Authorization Act, which is now headed to the full House for a vote. There isn't usually anything extraordinary about the NDAA, which every year lays out military spending. But this time, the House...
  • Ghana launches its first satellite into space

    07/08/2017 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 07 July 2017
    Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000). It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.
  • A satellite may be falling apart in geostationary orbit [Updated]

    07/08/2017 4:07:53 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 80 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 2 July 2017 | Eric Berger
    In the early hours of 1st July, the SES Satellite Control reestablished contact to AMC-9. SES and the satellite manufacturer Thales are working around the clock to evaluate the status and define the next steps. Tracking information received on 29 June had suggested that at least two separate objects were located in the vicinity of AMC-9. Their source has still to be determined. The new piece of information was included by Thales and SES in their investigations. All relevant operators and agencies are being kept informed and will receive regular updates from SES. The current assessment is that there is...