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  • Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight

    New Scientist - Space
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    An accidental discovery shows that shining lasers on a form of graphene makes it move forwards, a find that could lead to better solar-powered spacecraft
  • Hubble Captures a Collision in a Black Hole’s “Death Star” Beam

    Universe Today
    Jason Major
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Activity within a jet from NGC 3862 observed with Hubble over 20 years. Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Meyer (STScI). Even the Empire’s planet-blasting battle station has nothing compared to the immense energy being fired from the heart of NGC 3862, a supermassive black hole-harboring elliptical galaxy located 300 million light-years away. And while jets of high-energy plasma coming from active galactic nuclei have been imaged before, for the first time activity within a jet has been observed in optical wavelengths, revealing a quite “forceful” collision of ejected…
  • Pluto Reveals Many New Details In Latest Images

    Universe Today
    Bob King
    28 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    These images show Pluto in the latest series of New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photos, taken May 8-12, 2015. Hints of possible complex surface geology and the polar cap first seen in April are visible. Credit: NASA Hey Pluto, it’s great to see your face! Since sending its last batch of images in April, NASA’s New Horizons probe lopped off another 20 million miles in its journey to the mysterious world.  Among the latest revelations: the dwarf planet displays a much more varied surface and the bright polar cap discovered earlier this spring appears even…
  • Raider Lifts Off; Run-Up to Paris

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
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  • US threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Beijing (AFP) May 28, 2015 China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing. It is the latest round in a war of words over the area, where tensions are mounting and rhetoric escalating. China is rapidly building artificial islands in the disputed waters, and US Defen
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  • Raider Lifts Off; Run-Up to Paris

    1 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
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  • Aviation Week & Space Technology, June 1, 2015

    31 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sikorsky’s first S-97 Raider high-speed helicopter prototype has begun a year-long test program aimed a demonstrating a 220-kt. top speed and 3g maneuverability, following its hour-long first flight May 22 at West Palm Beach, Florida. Sikorsky photo by Yunjae Smith. Elsewhere in this issue are special sections leading up to the Paris Air Show with CEO interviews and articles on defense, commercial air transport and space.   Publication Info Cover Date:  Mon, 2015-06-01 Volume:  177 Number:  21
  • Component Repair Highlights

    29 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Gerneral Electric Development of new repairs has the dual goal of increasing an engine’s time on wing while reducing an operator’s cost of ownership. Following are recently released repairs and programs for GE and CFM56* engines read more
  • Fleet Management – Staggering Your Fleet (Part 2)

    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Jack Baldwin Last month, we took a look at fleet staggering and worked with the following example. An operator purchased 16 aircraft over a 24-month period. This consisted of 32 engines and three spares read more
  • Too Early For Europa-SLS Decision, NASA Chief Says

    29 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Despite NASA’s intent to find multiple deep-space missions for the Space Launch System (SLS) currently in development, agency Administrator Charles Bolden has reaffirmed that there will be no quick decision on using the rocket for its planned mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. read more
 
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    Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

  • US threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Beijing (AFP) May 28, 2015 China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing. It is the latest round in a war of words over the area, where tensions are mounting and rhetoric escalating. China is rapidly building artificial islands in the disputed waters, and US Defen
  • Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Moscow (AFP) May 28, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine. Putin signed an amendment adding to what Russia classifies as "state secrets" any "information revealing losses of personnel... in peacetime during special operations."
  • Lockheed Martin C4ISR system for new CG cutter

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Moorestown, N.C. (UPI) May 28, 2015 The future USCGC Midgett, the eighth Legend-class National Security Cutter of the U.S. Coast Guard, is to be equipped with C4ISR systems from Lockheed Martin. The company's command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system will be supplied under a $72 million contract from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries. "The NSC's C4ISR
  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Washington (AFP) May 27, 2015 US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries an
  • Researchers find the 'key' to quantum network solution

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    York UK (SPX) May 27, 2015 Scientists at the University of York's Centre for Quantum Technology have made an important step in establishing scalable and secure high rate quantum networks. Working with colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Toronto, they have developed a protocol to achieve key-rates at metropolitan distances at thre
 
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  • ViaSat Newest JTRS Winner | Raytheon Sells a Few Griffins | North Korea Deploying Very Slender Vessels

    Editorial Staff
    28 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Americas California-based ViaSat Inc. was awarded a contract with a potential value of $478.6 million on Thursday for Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals. These will give commanders the ability to communicate by voice, video and data links to forces via a line-of-sight, jam-resistant channel across ground, air and naval assets. Also on Thursday the Air Force signed a contract with Raytheon to procure Griffin missiles, with the deal worth $12 million. The Griffin is a precision miniature munition that utilizes parts from other…
  • Soldier Battle JTRS: The HMS Radio Set + SANR

    Joe Katzman
    28 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    PRC-154 with 75th RR(click to view full) The Pentagon’s JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System) aimed to replace existing radios in the American military with a single set of software-define radios that could have new frequencies and modes (“waveforms”) added via upload, instead of requiring multiple radio types in ground vehicles, and using circuit board swaps in order to upgrade. Trying to solve that set of problems across the entire American military meant taking on a very a big problem. Maybe too big. JTRS has seen cost overruns and full program restructurings, along with…
  • Raytheon’s AGM-176 Griffin Mini-Missiles

    Joe Katzman
    28 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Naval launch(click to view full) As UAVs proliferate, and the demands of counter-insurgency fights force militaries to look at arming new kinds of aircraft, a number of manufacturers and governments are looking to develop precision-guided “mini-missiles” and glide weapons. Raytheon’s 33+ pound, 42 inch long Griffin is a member of that class, and comes in 3 versions. Griffin was privately developed, and Raytheon took pains to re-use components from existing weapons like the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-air missile and the Javelin anti-tank missile. The resulting weapon carved out a…
  • SpaceX Cleared by AF to Compete Against ULA | Pentagon Mulls Wish List for F-35 Block 4 | Germany Attempts a ‘French End-Run’ on Behalf of Eurofighter

    Editorial Staff
    27 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Americas SpaceX has been cleared by the Air Force for national security-related launches, injecting competition into a previous United Launch Alliance monopoly on private DoD launches. This is part of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain’s efforts to end US reliance on the Russia-manufactured RD-180 rocket for space launches. However, the Pentagon has previously urged Congress to allow ULA to continue using the Russian rockets in order to “ensure access to space”. The Air Force has also successfully test-fired a Minuteman III ICBM from Vandenberg AFB, with…
  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

    Joe Katzman
    27 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    F-35B: off probation(click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the F-35B Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing for the US Marines, British Royal Navy, et. al.; and the F-35C conventional carrier-launched version for the US Navy. The aircraft is named after Lockheed’s famous WW2 P-38 Lightning, and the…
 
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  • Boeing Awarded First Commercial Human Spaceflight Mission

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Houston TX (SPX) May 29, 2015 NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing's $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract recently to include the company's first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. "This occasion will go in the books of
  • New Horizons team completes first search for Pluto system hazards

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Laurel MD (SPX) May 29, 2015 NASA's New Horizons team has analyzed the first set of hazard-search images of the Pluto system taken by the approaching spacecraft itself - and so far, all looks clear for the spacecraft's safe passage. The observations were made May 11-12 from a range of 47 million miles (76 million kilometers) using the telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on New Horizons. For these obser
  • Livermore scientists one step closer to mimicking gamma-ray bursts

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Livermore CA (SPX) May 29, 2015 Using ever more energetic lasers, Lawrence Livermore researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black holes and gamma-ray bursts. By performing experiments using three laser systems - Titan at Lawrence Livermore, Omega-EP at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, and Orion at Atom
  • NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Pasadena CA (JPL) May 29, 2015 Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016. The lander is called InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the interior structure of the Red Planet. Examining the
  • How spacetime is built by quantum entanglement

    28 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 29, 2015 A collaboration of physicists and a mathematician has made a significant step toward unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics by explaining how spacetime emerges from quantum entanglement in a more fundamental theory. The paper announcing the discovery by Hirosi Ooguri, a Principal Investigator at the University of Tokyo's Kavli IPMU, with Caltech mathematician Matilde Marcolli an
 
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  • Roundworms have the Right Stuff

    23 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    The common roundworm shares a surprising amount of genetic material with humans - enough, in fact, to make them good substitutes for astronauts in low-gravity medical studies.
  • The First Martian Marathon

    15 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    On Earth, a fast runner takes a few hours to complete a marathon. On Mars, it's taken 11 years. NASA's Opportunity rover crossed that finish line in 2015.
  • Auroras on Mars

    11 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has detected widespread auroras on Mars.
  • Meteors from Halley's Comet

    5 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    The annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks on May 5-6 when Earth passes through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet.
  • Fire and Ice: A MESSENGER Recap

    30 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into Mercury on April 30th, ending a years-long mission that made many unexpected discoveries about the innermost planet. Today's story summarizes some of MESSENGER's most surprising finds.
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    Universe Today

  • Be Part of the First Mission to Pluto with the Free Interactive ‘Pluto Safari’ App

    Nancy Atkinson
    29 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    A view of Pluto Safari on an iPhone. Image via Simulation Curriculum. If you’re like us, you’ve been following the news closely as the New Horizons mission speeds towards Pluto. Want to follow it even closer? Check out the free Pluto Safari app now available from the developers that brought us the award winning astronomy app ‘SkySafari 4.’ It is available in both iOS and Android. The fully interactive Pluto Safari provides a countdown in time and distance for when New Horizons will reach Pluto on July 14, 2015. It will also give you the latest position of New Horizons and Pluto,…
  • First Looks at The Martian Revealed

    David Dickinson
    29 May 2015 | 4:24 am
    Image credit: 20th Century Fox/Entertainment Weekly Alert: mild spoilers lie ahead, as we’ll be discussing minor plot points of the book The Martian. What, you haven’t read it yet? Have you been stranded on Mars? Don’t make us pull your geek card… Never mind The Avengers or the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise… some early stills from the big screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian have been circulating around ye ole web as of late, and we like what we see.(...)Read the rest of First Looks at The Martian Revealed (792 words) © David Dickinson for Universe Today,…
  • NASA Orders First Ever Commercial Human Spaceflight Mission from Boeing

    Ken Kremer
    28 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Boeing was awarded the first service flight of the CST-100 crew capsule to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability agreement with NASA in this artists concept. Credit: Boeing The restoration of America’s ability to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil in 2017 took a major step forward when NASA ordered the first ever commercial human spaceflight mission from Boeing. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office gave the first commercial crew rotation mission award to the Boeing Company to…
  • Hubble Captures a Collision in a Black Hole’s “Death Star” Beam

    Jason Major
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Activity within a jet from NGC 3862 observed with Hubble over 20 years. Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Meyer (STScI). Even the Empire’s planet-blasting battle station has nothing compared to the immense energy being fired from the heart of NGC 3862, a supermassive black hole-harboring elliptical galaxy located 300 million light-years away. And while jets of high-energy plasma coming from active galactic nuclei have been imaged before, for the first time activity within a jet has been observed in optical wavelengths, revealing a quite “forceful” collision of ejected…
  • Pluto Reveals Many New Details In Latest Images

    Bob King
    28 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    These images show Pluto in the latest series of New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photos, taken May 8-12, 2015. Hints of possible complex surface geology and the polar cap first seen in April are visible. Credit: NASA Hey Pluto, it’s great to see your face! Since sending its last batch of images in April, NASA’s New Horizons probe lopped off another 20 million miles in its journey to the mysterious world.  Among the latest revelations: the dwarf planet displays a much more varied surface and the bright polar cap discovered earlier this spring appears even…
 
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    The Space Review

  • A stagecoach to the stars

    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Concepts of interplanetary spacecraft often face challenges with power, propulsion, radiation shielding, and more. Brian McConnell offers a concept for a "spacecoach" spacecraft that overcomes many of those obstacles by making use of water and solar electric propulsion in unique ways.
  • Congress launches commercial space legislation

    26 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Both the House and Senate are considering legislation to support the US commercial launch industry, including extending key provisions of current law. Jeff Foust reports on those efforts, including the contrast between the partisan debates in the House and the bipartisan effort in the Senate.
  • A quick look at trade secrets in outer space

    26 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    As commercial ventures in outer space grow, so do issues like the protection of trade secrets such companies may obtain from their space activities. Kamil Muzyka explores the issue of trade secrets and offers one approach to protecting them.
  • India's GSLV Mark III: Another step ahead

    26 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    India is making progress, albeit slowly, on the next generation of its GSLV launch vehicle designed to end the country's dependence on foreign launchers. Debalina Ghoshal examines the state of the vehicle's development.
  • Review: Black Hole

    26 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Black holes are widely accepted today both in astrophysics and in popular culture, even though half a century ago they seemed inconceivable to many scientists. Jeff Foust reviews a book that offers a concise history of our understanding of black holes, and how they redeemed general relativity.
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    NASA Watch

  • NASA's Future Is Hiding In Plain Sight

    Keith Cowing
    28 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Planet Labs Turned Its Interns into Company Leaders with This Program, Firstround.com "Seeing the actual hardware there really excites people when they come around," [Chris] Boshuizen says. You know that you're working on game-changing solutions the trick now is to convince bright new talent that they can and will have a meaningful role in that work as well. You want to come armed with tons of examples and compelling stories about what past interns have had the chance to do and what they've been able to build. This is your best weapon for standing out. If you can bring some visuals of what…
  • Send NASA Your Tax Dollars Because Mars Matters

    Keith Cowing
    27 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Science Drives NASA's Journey to Mars, NASA "Repeat after me: Mars matters," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told the auditorium of participants at the May 5, 2015 Humans to Mars Summit organized by the non-profit Explore Mars, Inc. "Mars matters!" everyone agreed. But why does Mars matter? "Because it's there' isn't good enough," stated Bolden. Luckily, summit presenters had a host of compelling reasons for humans to venture to Mars, ranging from political, economic, and at the forefront, scientific reasons." Recent Space Poll: The Public is Not Always in Synch With Space Advocates,…
  • GAO Progress Report on CASIS: Disappointing

    Keith Cowing
    27 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    International Space Station: Measurable Performance Targets and Documentation Needed to Better Assess Management of National Laboratory, GAO "- CASIS, however, has not been able to fulfill its responsibility in the cooperative agreement to interact with the ISS National Laboratory Advisory Committee, which NASA was statutorily required to establish under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, because NASA has yet to staff the committee as required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2008. As a result, CASIS is not able to fulfill its responsibility in the cooperative agreement that requires it to…
  • USAF Gives SpaceX Certification

    Keith Cowing
    26 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    USAF Space and Missiles System Center Certifies SpaceX for National Security Space Missions "Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions. SpaceX is now eligible for award of qualified national security space launch missions as one of two currently certified launch providers. The first upcoming opportunity for SpaceX to compete to provide…
  • Sally Ride's Google Doodle

    Keith Cowing
    26 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Sally Ride: Behind the Google Doodle that marks the late space pioneer's birthday, Washington Post "Sally Ride, this trailblazing astronaut turned physics professor, for so long keenly studied, and then for so long taught, the laws of bodies in motion, as one thread in her lifelong work in science and technology. So it's especially fitting that Google unveils a "Behind the Doodle" animation, as we get to see Ride's own inspiring life-trajectory in motion. Sally Ride, in so many ways, still seems right out of central casting, as if the tale of an American space star was dreamt up in Los…
 
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    EurekAlert! - Space and Planetary Science

  • The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Unlocking the secrets of dark matter and dark energy

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (The Kavli Foundation) The director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) joins an astrophysicist and a theoretical physicist in a discussion about how LSST will delve into the 'dark universe' by taking an unprecedentedly enormous scan of the sky.
  • Two NASA satellites see Tropical Storm Andres intensify

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The first tropical depression of the eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season strengthened into Tropical Storm Andres.
  • UTEP to develop next generation rocket engines

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (The University of Texas at El Paso) The University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded a $5 million grant from NASA to develop the next generation of rocket engines using liquid methane. The methane-based rocket technology would be used for in-space propulsion and ascent and descent engines for Mars and lunar landers.
  • Sharp-eyed Alma spots a flare on famous red giant star

    28 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Chalmers University of Technology) Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants -- similar to what we see in the Sun -- comes as a surprise to astronomers. The discovery could help explain how winds from giant stars make their contribution to our galaxy's ecosystem.
  • Severe flooding hits central Texas, Oklahoma

    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) A stagnant upper-air pattern that spread numerous storms and heavy rains from central Texas up into Oklahoma has resulted in record flooding for parts of the Lone Star State.
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    collectSPACE Today In Space History

  • No. 94 from LA to L.A.

    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The California Science Center will receive the last of NASA's space shuttle external tanks, ET-94, to display with Endeavour and a pair of real rocket boosters for its unique launch pad-like exhibit opening in 2018. The tank, which is currently in Louisiana near New Orleans, will be delivered by barge to Los Angeles, via the Panama Canal, and then, like Endeavour, will complete the journey by embarking on a road trip to the science center.
  • Module moved

    27 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    Marking its first remodeling since the end of the shuttle program in 2011, the International Space Station's Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) "Leonardo" was moved from the Unity node to Tranquility on Wednesday (May 27) to free a port for cargo freighters and make way for future Boeing and SpaceX commercial crew spacecraft to dock at the outpost. The PMM, which serves as a storage closet, was first installed during STS-133, the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, four years ago.
  • Google Doodles for Sally Ride

    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Coinciding with what would have been her 64th birthday on Tuesday (May 26), Sally Ride is featured in five new Google Doodles that highlight her achievements as an astronaut and educator. The Doodles, created by animator Olivia Huynh, show the first American woman in space floating onboard the shuttle and inspiring a new generation of scientists and explorers.
  • Tomorrowland

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In Disney's "Tomorrowland" (opening in theaters Friday [May 22]), Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) dreams of flying in space. But (note: minor spoilers) with NASA dismantling its launch pad, her future seems bleak. It's that same platform though, Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, that in real-life provided the filmmakers with the sense of awe they sought to capture in the movie.
  • X-37B, LightSail lift off

    20 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    A clandestine mini-space shuttle and a citizen-funded prototype solar sailing satellite lifted off on Wednesday (May 20) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch began the 4th mission for the U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), which this time is carrying an experimental thruster and a NASA materials study. The Planetary Society's first LightSail, one of ten CubeSats that hitched a ride atop the Atlas V, will demonstrate deploying the large reflective sail that will tack into the solar wind on its primary mission.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Today's 'Galaxy' Insight --"Will Intelligence Be a Constant in the Universe?"

    dailygalaxy.com
    29 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    "If you go to these other continents and ask zoologists 'What do you think is the smartest thing there? Is it trying to become human? Is it any closer today than it was 50 million years ago to building a radio telescope?' I think the answer would be no. If that's the answer, then there is no trend toward human-like intelligence, and this whole idea of intelligence being convergent is just an empty claim based on what we want to believe about ourselves. Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios and even we failed to build one during…
  • Snapshot of the Oldest Light in the Universe --"Reveals Clues to Its Origin"

    dailygalaxy.com
    29 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Astrophysicists have developed a new method for calculating the effect of Rayleigh scattering on photons, potentially allowing researchers to better understand the formation of the Universe. The CMB is the oldest light in the universe, which originated when electrons combined with protons to form the first atoms. These primordial atoms were also the first to Rayleigh scatter light. UBC theoretical cosmology graduate student Elham Alipour, UBC physicist Kris Sigurdson and Ohio State University astrophysicist Christopher Hirata probed the effect of Rayleigh scattering -- the process that makes…
  • Colossal Flare Observed on Closest Red Giant Star --"Impacts the Milky Way's Ecosystem"

    dailygalaxy.com
    29 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky, with its 13-light-year long tail. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun - comes as a surprise to astronomers. The discovery could help explain how winds from giant stars make their contribution to our galaxy's ecosystem. Red giants like Mira A are crucial components of our galaxy's ecosystem. As they near the end of their lives, they lose their outer layers in the form of uneven,…
  • "Our Invisible Universe" --The Foamy Structure of Spacetime

    dailygalaxy.com
    28 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    A new study combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, and the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array (VERITAS) in Arizona is helping scientists set limits on the quantum nature of space-time on extremely tiny scales. Certain aspects of quantum mechanics predict that space-time - the three dimensions of space plus time -- would not be smooth on the scale of about ten times a billionth of a trillionth of the diameter of a hydrogen atom's nucleus. They refer to the structure that may exist at this extremely small size as "space-time foam." The…
  • "Extreme Black Hole Jets Signal Galaxy Mergers" --Hubble/ALMA Observatories

    dailygalaxy.com
    28 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    In the most extensive survey of its kind ever conducted, a team of scientists have found an unambiguous link between the presence of supermassive black holes that power high-speed, radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies. Almost all of the galaxies hosting these jets were found to be merging with another galaxy, or to have done so recently. The results lend significant weight to the case for jets being the result of merging black holes. A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) have conducted a large survey to…
 
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    Icarus Interstellar » Icarus Interstellar | A nonprofit foundation dedicated to achieving interstellar flight by 2100.

  • Starship Congress 2015: Interstellar Hackathon @ Drexel University, Philadelphia (Sept 4-5, 2015)

    Andreas Tziolas
    8 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Starship Congress 2 announcedDrexel University, Sept 4-5 | “Interstellar Hackathon”Icarus Interstellar to convene Deep Space Scientists, Advocates on Philadelphia, PA this fall. Registration for Starship Congress:Early Bird Discount Code (30%): Use BuildAStarship2100: Powered by Eventbrite Edit: Registration Link to Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/StarshipCongress2015 Philadelphia, PA—Icarus Interstellar today announced that registration is open for Starship Congress 2015, the awaited follow-up to 2013’s debut Starship Congress.
  • Project Dragonfly – Sail to the Stars

    Andreas Hein
    8 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    Humanity has existed for over 200,000 years. It is only about 200 years since we entered the age of industrialization, and in the last 50 years, we have discovered ways of going to the stars [1]. However, the approaches conceived required spaceships the size of a tanker and massive space infrastructures. Project Dragonfly is the first design study for an interstellar mission based on a small, laser-propelled spacecraft. In the following, the background of Project Dragonfly and the rationale for the Project Dragonfly Design Competition and crowdfunding campaign are explained more. Many…
  • Support Icarus by Shopping at Amazon? Sure why not!

    Andreas Tziolas
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:51 pm
      Just click on the image, shop at Amazon as you normally would and 0.5% will go to Icarus Interstellar in support of Interstellar Flight. All funds are spent in support of the program, our students and our mission to promote deep space exploration, education and interstellar achievements for all humankind. Thank you!
  • Icarus Interstellar University of Miami Chapter

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
      In the ever-evolving world of science, energetic innovation is key to providing students with the inspiration necessary to dive into the modern STEM workforce. We joined Icarus Interstellar as the official University of Miami student chapter with that in mind, and with the goal of looking into not only what can be done today, but forward into what will be possible tomorrow. After becoming accepted as an official chapter through our initial research proposal of a novel spacecraft, which we named a “µProbe”, we met with Icarus Interstellar President Dr. Andreas Tziolas to discuss…
  • FTL Research, Philosophy, and Starship Congress 2015

    Buck Field
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Stephen Hawking, speaking at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in the UK said: “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.” There’s a lot of criticism like that from the top of the physics community, claims that philosophy doesn’t collect experimental data, that it’s useless to the working physicist, and so on.” While people tend to hang on Hawking’s every word, I recall a particular lecture in which he explained with absolute certainty that the cosmological constant was somewhere between 0 and 1. A philosopher who…
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    Pillow Astronaut

  • Laws of the Space Jungle

    PillowNaut
    11 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    My last post wished the Hubble a happy 25th birthday and one of my pals joked over Facebook that hey, Hubble can finally get a rental car!  I had a funny flashback to Hubble turning 21, and quipping that it could finally have a beer.  Why do we project human milestones onto hardware missions? Beats me. Perhaps it's just our simplest measure of the passage of time, serving as easy comparison.My buddy Mike C. in Austin quipped back on the same string, "Well if astronauts went up to repair it again and share a beer, since it is technically in space, would the age laws from the US apply…
  • Happy 25th Anniversary Hubble!

    PillowNaut
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wow, it seems like just yesterday, we were celebrating Hubble's 21st birthday, back when the intrepid eye-in-the-sky was old enough for a beer!On April 24, 1990, STS-31 Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off on its mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) into orbit. This amazing astronomical observatory, a joint NASA-ESA project, has now been orbiting above Earth's atmosphere and observing celestial bodies for more than two solid decades!Full-size Hubble Space Telescope mockup in the Smithsonian(The "Structural Dynamic Test Vehicle")Named after astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953),…
  • Artoo in Love

    PillowNaut
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    So today I get to hit you with the best three minutes and thirty seconds you have ever seen on YouTube. And if you're a fan of Star Wars, you will of course consider this an R2-D2 "spinoff" film -- hopefully the first of many??The aerial shots and special effects alone are worth the cinematic interest, the sound effects are a crack-up, and to anyone who has grown up watching Star Wars (and that's all of us), it's stunning the degree to which this little droid can still draw adoration from our hearts. "I don't know. Fly casual."Who hasn't fallen head-over-wheels in love this way, fallen into…
  • Countdown to Yuri's Night!

    PillowNaut
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
     On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to enter space. Secured in a small capsule named Vostok 1, he launched from Leninsk, Kazakhstan (now renamed "Baikonur"), the first and still-largest space launch facility in the world. The 27-year-old cosmonaut made a historic 106-minute (not 108!) orbital flight around planet Earth.Юрий Гагарин 1934 - 1968In 1962, the Soviet Union established , or "Cosmonautics Day,” to commemorate this amazing achievement.In 2001, Loretta Hidalgo, George T. Whitesides and Trish Garner founded "Yuri’s Night," with the support…
  • Vacation!

    PillowNaut
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    That's not a typo! Vacation!I'm sorry I have not been writing as often as usual -- but it's also gratifying to have so many new projects, even if they divide my attention!I'm going on another blog hiatus, but for happier reasons. For the first time in 6 years, I am taking a GENUINE vacation, where there is no "work" involved before or after fun days off.For three weeks, I'll be traveling through the Dutch Antilles and Latin America, and I'm not taking my laptop. I guess by the end of week 1, I'll know if "not being connected to the internet" is a relief, or bringing on serious…
 
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  • New Oxygen Preburner Firings a Major Step Toward Rekindling U.S. Hydrocarbon Rocket Engine Leadership

    Craig Covault
    29 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Sub scale oxygen preburner has begun initial firing tests in Sacramento Calif. as part of the U.S. Air Force Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator program. Photo Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne The U.S. Air Force (USAF) and its rocket engine contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) have achieved a major milestone toward a new U.S. state-of-the-art capability to develop [...]
  • Pluto Comes Into Focus in Latest Images as New Horizons Approaches Ever Closer

    Leonidas Papadopoulos
    28 May 2015 | 10:46 pm
    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took a series of images of Pluto in 8-12 May from a decreasing distance of 110 million to 75 million km away, which provide fascinating new views of the distant planet’s largely varied surface topography. Compared to images taken one month earlier, Pluto appears to get larger as the spacecraft [...]
  • Boeing Receives First Order for ISS Crew-Rotation Vehicle; Fincke Heads Up Commercial Crew Branch

    Ben Evans
    28 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will deliver U.S. astronauts into low-Earth orbit, from U.S. soil, and aboard a U.S. spacecraft, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. Image Credit: NASA Eight months after it was shortlisted as one of two finalists in the $6.8 billion Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) [...]
  • NASA Begins Testing of InSight Mars Lander for Launch in 2016

    Paul Scott Anderson
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Testing of the solar arrays on the InSight lander at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin While Curiosity and Opportunity are still busy roving Mars, NASA has begun testing its next lander, InSight, scheduled to launch in March 2016. It will be the first mission devoted to studying the interior of [...]
  • Not So Permanent? Ground-Commanded Robotics and Space Station Crew Support Leonardo PMM Relocation

    Ben Evans
    27 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    NASA image, detailing the removal (blue) of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) from the Unity nadir interface and its installation (green) onto the forward port of the Tranquility node. Image Credit: NASA The U.S. Orbital Segment (USOS) of the International Space Station (ISS) looks more like a flat-bottomed boat tonight, following Wednesday’s successful [...]
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    Space Facts

  • Milky Way Galaxy Facts

    Chris
    4 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    The Milky Way Galaxy is our home galaxy in the universe. It is a fairly typical barred spiral with four major arms in its disk, at least one spur, and a newly discovered outer arm. The galactic centre, which is located about 26,000 light-years from Earth, contains at least one supermassive black hole (called Sagittarius […] The post Milky Way Galaxy Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Andromeda Galaxy Facts

    Chris
    3 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is the closest large galaxy to the Milky Way and is one of a few galaxies that can be seen unaided from the Earth. In approximately 4.5 billion years the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way are expected to collide and the result will be a giant elliptical galaxy. Andromeda is accompanied […] The post Andromeda Galaxy Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Sombrero Galaxy Facts

    Chris
    2 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The Sombrero Galaxy is one of the most unusual looking barred spiral galaxies visible from Earth. Its bright nucleus, large central bulge and spiral arms threaded through with a thick dust lane make it look a little like a hat from Mexico. The dust lane is a ring that circles the bulge of the galaxy, and […] The post Sombrero Galaxy Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Whirlpool Galaxy Facts

    Chris
    1 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The Whirlpool Galaxy is a familiar one to stargazers and among the many close galaxy neighbors to our own Milky Way. Because of its shape, it was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral by astronomers. Today, it interests astronomers due to its spiral structure and the interaction it appears to be having […] The post Whirlpool Galaxy Facts appeared first on Space Facts.
  • Pictures of Pluto

    Chris
    1 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    When the New Horizons spacecraft passes Pluto in 2015 it will be the furthest object from the Earth that has been examined up close, although even at its closet New Horizons will pass Pluto at a distance of around 9,650 kilometres. New Horizons Photos These are among the first few images returned by New Horizons’ LORRI […] The post Pictures of Pluto appeared first on Space Facts.
 
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    Space Safety Magazine

  • Space Toxicology

    Guest Author
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Safe, breathing air for space faring crews is essential whether they are inside an Extravehicular Mobility Suit (EMU), a small capsule such as Soyuz, or the expansive International Space Station (ISS). Sources of air pollution can include entry of propellants, excess offgassing from polymeric materials, leakage of systems compounds, escape of payload compounds, over-use of... Read more → The post Space Toxicology from Guest Author appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Press Clips Week 22-2015

    Staff Writers
    25 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Audit Reveals $1.8 Billion Financial Violations at Russia’s Space Agency Russian auditors have uncovered 92 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) in financial violations committed by federal space agency Roscosmos last year, the head of Russia’s Audit Chamber, Tatyana Golikova, said Friday. The Audit Chamber, a government spending watchdog, released its annual report on Friday detailing investigations into misspending by Russian government agencies and ministries. During a press... Read more → The post Press Clips Week 22-2015 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space…
  • SpaceUp GLIC Munich

    Staff Writers
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Participate in the coolest Unconference ‘SPACE UP’ GLIC Munich! The innovative Unconference SpaceUp GLIC Munich will “unofficially” start the Global Space Innovation Conference – GLIC 2015 (Munich, 23 June) co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media,... Read more → The post SpaceUp GLIC Munich from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Long-term cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like impairments

    UC Irvine News
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Findings of UCI study have implications for astronauts on extended spaceflights What happens to an astronaut’s brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It’s besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study appearing in the May 1 edition of Science Advances. - Mars Brain animation... Read more → The post Long-term cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like impairments from UC Irvine News appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
  • Press Clips Week 21-2015

    Staff Writers
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Russia Races to Replace British Singer Sarah Brightman as Space Tourist Russia’s space officials are rushing to find a replacement for British singer Sarah Brightman after she pulled out as the next space tourist four months ahead of her planned trip. Speculation in Russia centered on whether Brightman pulled out because of safety fears after an unmanned... Read more → The post Press Clips Week 21-2015 from Staff Writers appeared first on Space Safety Magazine.
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