Month: March 2019

WASHINGTON — A day after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told members of Congress that this goal was “very aggressive” and would require additional funding for the agency to achieve. Bridenstine, testifying before the commerce, justice and science subcommittee
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The trade association that represents small satellite manufacturers is making a fresh push on Capitol Hill to ensure funds are included in the Pentagon’s
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This article originally appeared in the March 25, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. U.S. Strategic Command was handed the responsibility last fall to solve one of the Defense Department’s most sensitive and complex technology problems: the modernization of the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications system, known as NC3. This job previously belonged to the
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Illustration of an exoplanetary system, potentially with an exomoon orbiting it. While we have yet to find a true ‘Earth-twin’ system, with an Earth-sized planet with a Moon-sized moon in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star, it may be possible in the not-too-distant future. NASA/David Hardy, via astroart.org Even though the ingredients for life
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The design for SpaceX’s Starship (aka. Big Falcon Rocket) is really starting to come together! Over the holidays, sections of the Starship Hopper (a miniature version of the Starship) were photographed being put together at the company’s South Texas Launch Site. By mid-January, the parts were fully-integrated, forming the body of the stainless-steel prototype that
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WASHINGTON — Scisys Group, a formerly British company involved in the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, says its change of headquarters from Chippenham, England, to Dublin, Ireland, was immediately positive for its space business. Scisys is a subcontractor to Thales Alenia Space France and Spain’s GMV on the ground segment of the Galileo navigation satellite
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The latest Martian water hypothesis suggests that groundwater could exist across a broad geographical region, bubbling up from a deep active system. Scientists have had various ideas about what causes the characteristic recurring slope linea on Mars, those features on craters that look like dried stream beds and sent many researchers hunting for water in
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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation designed to reform commercial launch and remote sensing regulations, this time without a provision that led to the bill’s defeat last year in the House. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced March 28 the introduction of the Space Frontier Act. The bill is scheduled to be
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As spring arrives with warmer temperatures and decreasing snowfall, much of the continental United States can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. Between the unseasonably cold temperatures to record amounts of precipitation, both spread across the country, there is no denying that there were some clear business ups and downs emerging from winter 2018-2019.
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched an experimental satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency March 28 as the company looks to move to a monthly cadence of launches. The company’s Electron rocket lifted off from its private launch site site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 7:27 p.m. Eastern. The rocket’s payload, a
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Forget mutant turtles. Kangaroo rats are the true ninjas of the animal kingdom. A series of four high-speed videos has recently captured these little fighters flipping and kicking in mid-air as they artfully dance around their arch nemesis, the hungry sidewinder rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes). It’s a battle between two extreme athletes, and the result is a lightning
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WASHINGTON — A NASA astrophysics mission that avoided cancellation last year could still face budget problems if it evades another termination threat this year, agency officials warned this week. NASA’s fiscal year 2020 budget request includes no funding for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the next large strategic, or flagship, astrophysics mission for
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ASSOCIATED PRESS How much of a threat is space debris to the International Space Station (ISS)? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Robert Frost, Instructor and Flight Controller at NASA, on Quora: Space debris has the potential
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Credit: Getty Some aging men might have perked up at the news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an oral testosterone treatment for hypogonadism, or low gonadal testosterone production. After all, with advertisements bombarding them with claims that attribute all of their ills to “low T” and urge them to “ask their
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Early this morning, India launched a missile toward space, struck an Earth-orbiting satellite, and destroyed the spacecraft. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a televised address shortly after the launch to declare the anti-satellite, or ASAT, test a success. He praised the manoeuvre, called “Mission Shakti”, as “an unprecedented achievement” that registers India as “a
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