Astrobiologists have sent 18 different strains of bacteria up to the International Space Station. They’re not meant to contaminate the already-kinda-gross orbital research center, but rather to determine whether the mineral-leaching microbes could help astronauts mine space rocks during future missions, Space.com reports. If the so-called BioRock experiment pans out, the researchers behind the experiment
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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese startup LinkSpace on Saturday completed its third test of a reusable rocket in five months, stepping up the pace in China’s race to develop a technology key to cheap space launches in an expected global boom in satellite deployment. FILE PHOTO: Linkspace’s engineers pack the reusable rocket RLV-T5, also known as
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This op-ed originally appeared in the June 10, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Satellite communications is under threat and in danger of losing its relevance. Fiber connections continue to roll out across the world, giving consumers fast and reliable connectivity even in some of the more rural, previously unconnected areas. With communities continuing to put
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What can be done with the deserted land in Ukraine after Chernobyl’s catastrophic nuclear disaster? Three decades on, researchers have an idea. Introducing “Atomik” vodka: a new spirit produced from crops grown in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. A team of British scientists worked alongside colleagues in Ukraine to produce the vodka, made with grain and water
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Any living organism that directly harnesses the sun’s energy uses one of three types of energy-converting pigments: chlorophyll, which gives plants their green color, bacteriochlorophyll, or retinal pigments, which help form microbial rhodopsins. Rhodopsins capture solar energy in the ocean’s surface and power microbial metabolism at
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PARK CITY, Utah — Small launch vehicle company Vector has replaced its founding chief executive amid reports that financial difficulties have forced the company to close, at least temporarily, its facilities. “Jim Cantrell is no longer with Vector effective today. John Garvey has assumed the role of CEO,” a company spokesperson told SpaceNews Aug. 9.
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WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Viasat, already in the middle of building a trio of high-capacity broadband satellites, has started work on a next-generation constellation, CEO Mark Dankberg said Aug. 8.  A ViaSat-4 series is in early development, extensively leveraging research and development on the 1-terabit-per-second or more ViaSat-3 satellites, Dankberg said during an earnings call. 
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Humanity’s first mission to touch the Sun, Administrator Bridenstine visits Kennedy Space Center, and historic California wildfires seen from space … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: //images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2018_0811_Humanity%E2%80%99s%20first%20mission%20to%20touch%20the%20Sun%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20%E2%80%93%20August%2011,%202018.html
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In good news for people who have blood pressure (BP) problems, monitoring BP might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie. Researchers have tested a technology called transdermal optical imaging that measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos. “This study shows that facial video can contain some
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko. What an ugly fella. ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Ah, meteor showers. A warm summer night. Blanket on the grass. A sky full of stars. Look, there’s one! Perhaps a quick streak of light through a corner of the sky – blink and you’ll miss it. Or maybe
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2019. Aboard is the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, designed to provide the U.S. military with highly-secure communications. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (Reuters) – United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing
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Griffin: “Some elements of Congress are very supportive. Others are skeptical.” HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Space Development Agency has an ambitious agenda, including the design of a military space architecture in low Earth orbit that would enable global communications and help protect U.S. forces from missile attacks. But work remains largely on hold until Congress
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There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a crash landing on the
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As modern weapons systems become more automated and connected, they become more vulnerable to cyber threats: attacks on IP addresses, radio frequency (RF) manipulation, supply chain risk, human error (e.g., downloading a malicious attachment), and more. Unfortunately, much of today’s systems were never designed with these kinds of attacks in mind—or even cybersecurity in general.
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Compostable products made from grass. Genera Rising up meet to consumer demand for more eco-friendly products, the biomass solutions company Genera Energy has procured an investment of more than $118 million to produce compostable food service items from locally grown grasses. The products will provide sustainable alternatives to plastics and polystyrene, including plates, bowls, takeout
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The ASLON-45 space vehicle manifest will consist of multiple 3U and larger U.S. government cubesats to low earth orbit. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Small launch provider Vector Launch has received a $3.4 million contract from the Air Force Rocket Systems Launch Program office to lift experimental satellites to low Earth orbit. The Air Force Space and
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Do we smell bad? Why are all these galaxies flying away from us? NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team For all intents and purposes, based on our most advanced cosmological observations, it appears as if we’re at the center of the universe. Our Milky Way galaxy is home to hundreds of
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The Wide Field Of View satellite will be used to research technologies in support of the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared constellation. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Army Research Laboratory is exiting a partnership with the Air Force to develop an experimental missile warning satellite. The project has been underway for five years and work continues in
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Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it the second company after Elon Musk’s SpaceX to reuse an orbital-class rocket booster. “Electron is going reusable,” Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck
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