Month: December 2019

Iridium wrapped up de-orbiting 65 first-generation satellites, but questions remain over what to do — if anything —  about the 30 that remain space junk.  WASHINGTON — Iridium Communications completed disposal of the last of its 65 working legacy satellites Dec. 28, while leaving open the possibility of paying an active-debris-removal company to deorbit 30
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SANTA FE, N.M. — Maxar Technologies announced Dec. 30 it would sell its Canadian subsidiary to private equity firms, turning it into a standalone company while providing Maxar with much-needed debt relief. Maxar said that a consortium of firms led by Northern Private Capital, a Toronto-based private investment firm, agreed to purchase MDA, Maxar’s Canadian
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Plastic wrap with a special structural and chemical design could reduce spread and growth of … [+] bacteria in hospitals. Getty Patients can acquire new infections just from being in the hospital. The acquired infections can cause additional mortality and increase healthcare costs. In the hospital,
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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle that flew an abbreviated test flight this month appears to be in good condition as an investigation into the timer problem that shortened the flight continues. In a Dec. 28 update, Boeing said technicians are continuing processing of the Starliner vehicle that landed Dec.
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When a baby sea turtle hatches, it instinctively runs towards the ocean’s shore. But once there, where does the baby sea turtle go? A sea turtle hatchling heads to the ocean, where it will be for several years. Those years are often … [+] referred to as the ‘lost years’. G. Stahelin In most cases,
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SANTA FE, N.M. — A Florida airport is making progress on a long-running effort to obtain a commercial spaceport license despite a lack of customers for the facility. In a Federal Register notice published Dec. 19, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the release a draft environmental assessment for the Space Coast Regional Airport in Brevard
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Freshwater mussels have long been used by humans as decorations, tools, and for food. Ancient Europeans used freshwater mussel shells as ornaments. Ancient Mayans used the shells as paint pots, pendants, and clothing decorations. The mound-building tribes of the the American Midwest gathered freshwater mussels for food, the tempering of pottery, and for making tools.
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A composite image in X-ray light, with data taken from NASA’s Chandra and NuSTAR observatories,… [+] shows the pulsar wind nebula PSR B1509-58, colloquially known as the ‘Hand of God.’ However, no divine intervention is required to explain this object, which can be understood with physical explanations alone. NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill There’s one question that most of
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin It’s not often that people at aquariums think of sharks going at it but, surprise, it does happen! In fact, oftentimes two sharks having sex is the sole hope for their wild populations. Such is the case for the tawny nurse shark (Nebrius ferrugineus), which the International
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FILE PHOTO: Engineers and technicians install the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, U.S., June 5, 2019. Photo taken June 5, 2019. NASA-JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – A NASA robotic rover is nearing completion ahead of a journey
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Many small companies are wary of government work. Executives have heard stories of red tape and slow payments. David Shahady, who directs the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, is intent on changing those perceptions. David Shahady, director of Air Force SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer programs
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Manta rays. (Yes, a comprehensive study of the DNA of mantas and mobulas reclassified mantas in the genus Mobula in the Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society recently.) They are one of the ocean’s most iconic animals, gliding effortlessly through the water in stunning acrobatic moves that leave many speechless. Their black-and-white coloring is one of
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SANTA FE, N.M. — A revamped NASA mission to search for near Earth objects from space has secured funding to start development as the agency works out details about how it will be managed. The fiscal year 2020 “minibus” spending bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 20 that provides $22.63 billion for NASA
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Not since the 1970s has the United States committed itself to design, build, and launch a crewed vehicle into orbit. After a long sojourn, NASA is now readying two spacecraft for low-Earth orbit destinations — Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Unsurprisingly, both have experienced setbacks. As NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine aptly said: “this is,
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The collapsed Tambora as seen from space. Wikipedia/NAS “Silent Night” (in German “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) is nowadays a popular Christmas carol existing in many versions recorded by many singers across many music genres. It was even declared cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 2011. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at
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Last month, the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) successfully finalized its work. Now, as we prepare for the next WRC in 2023, member states should consider appropriate changes to the process. By doing so, we can enable the WRC to focus on its core mission — the allocation of spectrum and ensuring the efficient use
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The constellation of Orion, along with the great molecular cloud complex and including its brightest… [+] stars. Betelgeuse, the nearby, bright red supergiant, is the nearest supernova candidate to Earth, shown in visible light at the lower left. Rogelio Bernal Andreo When you take a look at the stars in the night sky, they generally
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WASHINGTON — The final Proton launch of the year lifted off Dec. 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending a Russian weather satellite into orbit.  Proton lifted off at 7:03 a.m. Eastern with the Electro-L No. 3 satellite, according to Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos. The satellite separated from the four-stage rocket six hours
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Shoppers on Oxford Street in London on the last Saturday before Christmas. (Photo by Dominic … [+] Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images) PA Images via Getty Images It’s December 24th. Last minute arrangements for visiting family are being made, menus for Christmas are taking shape or beginning to cook, and about 25% of men are in a
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SANTA FE, N.M. — SpaceX said Dec. 23 that it completed the tenth successful consecutive test of the new parachute design for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a milestone that NASA previously said was critical before the agency would allow astronauts to fly on the vehicle. The company said in a tweet that the successful test
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WASHINGTON — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has selected Mitsubishi Electric to build a 100-kilogram satellite that would set the foundation for a constellation-grade satellite that could be serially produced.  Mitsubishi Electric said Dec. 22 that it will build the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-2 as prime contractor for JAXA. The satellite is scheduled to launch on
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An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is seen in this WorldView-2 multi-spectral handout image taken June 10, 2010 and released on December 24, 2019 by Maxar Technologies. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) – The biggest news events of the past decade have been chronicled from space. The last 10 years have seen a
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WASHINGTON — A cubesat launched Dec. 18 is testing hardware from French component makers jockeying for smallsat constellation work. ANGELS, the Argos Néo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite, is a 12-unit cubesat built entirely with French components. The 25-kilogram spacecraft, financed by the French space agency CNES and French smallsat builder Hemeria, launched
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s request to increase the number of lanes its Starlink satellites can orbit, a modification the company said would accelerate service rollout across the United States.  The FCC said SpaceX can field satellites in 72 rings around the Earth at 550 kilometers — three times as many
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