Month: August 2019

Third Kuaizhou-1A mission follows a period of new companies and light launch vehicles reaching the pad and competing for limited commercial contracts in China. HELSINKI — A commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket launched two satellites late Friday, continuing a recent intense period of light launch vehicle activity in China. The Kuaizhou-1A launched from a mobile platform at
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Here’s a simple how-to on how to construct a traversable cosmic wormhole that could send your spaceship to the furthest reaches of space: take two charged black holes, place them back to back, and thread two cosmic strings through both. Stretch both strings to infinity and presto! You’ve got yourself a traversable wormhole. Confused yet?
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said it has successfully performed the fourth lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, that is currently in the lunar orbit for its rendezvous with the Moon. All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said after the manoeuvre on the spacecraft. “Fourth Lunar
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s partners in the International Space Station remain committed to participating in the lunar Gateway despite changes to the program earlier this year that could delay their contributions to the outpost. In an Aug. 28 statement, members of the station’s Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB), which includes the five space agencies involved in the
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Last Wednesday, a gravitational wave detection gave astronomers quite the surprise. As researchers were going about their work at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of gravitational waves rolled in just minutes apart. The first, labelled S190828j, was picked up by all three of LIGO’s gravitational wave detectors at 06:34 am, coordinated universal time. The
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WASHINGTON — Members of the InSight mission team are using a break in spacecraft operations to study new ways to get one of the spacecraft’s key instruments to resume burrowing into the Martian surface. Scientists and engineers involved with InSight’s Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package instrument have been working for the last several months
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Brands are beginning to realize the power of incorporating diversity and inclusivity in their marketing and product development. Cadbury Cadbury At Adobe Annual Conference in 2018, Matt May, Adobe’s head of inclusive design, stressed that “the time is now to rethink how designers create products with diversity and inclusion in mind.” Most recently, I have seen a new
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WASHINGTON — Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT said it is focusing on a wide range of growth initiatives as fiber optic cable expansion and smartphone video viewing habits make its satellite broadcasting business increasingly difficult.  JSAT has lost more than half a million satellite television subscribers since 2013, when that business reached 3.83 million
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Scientists have picked up electrical activity in pea-sized, lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our grey matter develops. It’s not clear whether the mini-brains are conscious — the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not but can’t say for sure — opening
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WASHINGTON — Orbion Space Technology announced Aug. 28 it raised a $9.2 million Series A round to develop and mass produce Hall-effect plasma thrusters for small satellites.  Material Impact, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investments, led the round, with Invest Michigan, Invest Detroit, Wakestream Ventures, Ann Arbor Spark, and Boomerang Catapult also participating. 
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SAN FRANCISCO – Capella Space, a startup building a constellation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, is joining SpaceNet, a nonprofit focused on geospatial applications for artificial intelligence. Since SpaceNet was established in 2016 by CosmiQ Works, the In-Q-Tel organization focused on commercial space, it has provided free high-resolution electro-optical satellite imagery, advertised challenges and
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Across the Caribbean this week, island residents docked boats, emptied grocery stores, and boarded up buildings in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, which became a Category 1 storm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, high up in Earth’s orbit, satellites belonging to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) watched the hurricane form and churn. The storm has passed
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Examples of how human societies are changing the planet abound – from building roads and houses, clearing forests for agriculture and digging train tunnels, to shrinking the ozone layer, driving species extinct, changing the climate and acidifying the oceans. Human impacts are everywhere. Our societies have changed Earth so much that it’s impossible to reverse
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Sounds like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was just kicked out of mom’s basement. In an inexplicable tweet, DARPA asked for help finding “commercially managed underground urban tunnels and facilities able to host research and experimentation.” And nobody knows why. The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/
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JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 15: Smoke emitting from seawater desalination plant, Jizan Province, Jizan, Saudi Arabia on December 15, 2018 in Jizan, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images) Corbis via Getty Images Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce federal oversight of methane that
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WASHINGTON — Less than a month after announcing a new effort to provide low-cost launch services for small satellites, SpaceX says it will increase the number of flight opportunities and reduce the prices it offers. The revamped smallsat rideshare program, the company announced late Aug. 28, will provide launch opportunities at least once per month
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Jack Ma believes artificial intelligence poses no threat to humanity, but Elon Musk called that “famous last words” as the billionaire tech tycoons faced off Thursday in an occasionally animated debate on futurism in Shanghai. The Chinese co-founder of Alibaba and the maverick industrialist behind Tesla and SpaceX frequently pulled pained expressions and raised eyebrows
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Updated at 10:39 am and 10:55 am on August 29th to reflect the National Hurricane Center 11 am AST update. By now, you should be hearing about Hurricane Dorian from meteorologists like me. I want to “cut to the chase “and say that the concern and “hype” for this storm is very much warranted. I
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(Reuters) – SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company’s Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s interplanetary ambitions. SpaceX’s Mars Starship prototype “Starhopper” hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Trevor Mahlmann
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Apeel’s technology could tripe the shelf life of perishable fruit and veg and reduce prices. The central market in Tapiales, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt. AFP/Getty Images While preventing fruit and vegetables from over-ripening too fast, Apeel Sciences itself is maturing rapidly. Following their successful roll-out of avocados with longer shelf-life in
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WASHINGTON — The two major sections of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have been connected to each other for the first time, a milestone in the spacecraft’s assembly ahead of a 2021 launch. In an Aug. 28 statement, NASA said engineers at a Northrop Grumman facility in California mated the observatory’s telescope element, which includes
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27, 2019: A dead, fallen Joshua tree decomposes on the ground in Joshua Tree National Park in California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Getty Images Earlier this year a United Nations report predicted that up to one million species
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Esper: ‘I’m excited for tomorrow’s activation of the United States Space Command.’ WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday gave the United States Space Command a forceful endorsement and described the standup of the new command as the “next crucial step” in the Pentagon’s reorganization of space forces. Esper spoke on Wednesday in his
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The telemetry, tracking and command network of the Indian space agency (ISTRAC) performed the third lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, the agency said on Wednesday. “The next lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on August 30 between 6-7pm IST,” ISRO said, adding that spacecraft parameters are normal. “The manoeuvre was performed successfully today (Wednesday) beginning
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