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Washington DC (UPI) Jun 18, 2019
Mankind's first steps on the moon a half-century ago were followed by three more years of lunar missions. And then, a standstill. Neither the United States nor any nation on Earth has sent a manned mission to the moon since NASA's Apollo 17 mission left in late 1972. While the space administration has periodically made plans to return, none have reached the operational phase. A large part
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Washington DC (UPI) Jun 18, 2019
Space travel technology may seem to have stalled since the Apollo and space shuttle eras, but private industry is now fueling rapid innovation. Reusable rockets, commercialized by SpaceX and under development by others in the last few years, have dramatically lowered the cost of reaching space, along with other advances. Lessons learned from 135 shuttle missions and almost 20 years at the
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Luxembourg (SPX) Jun 17, 2019
Kleos Space reports that the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) has approved an additional EUR euro 1,000,000 financial grant (non-equity) support for data product development. Currently, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is home to approximately 50 space companies and research labs. The space sector's contribution to the nation's GDP is among the highest ratios in Europe. The country's exper
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Colombo, Sri Lanka (Sputnik) Jun 18, 2019
Raavana-1 satellite was launched by the United States under the "Birds-3 satellite launch to International Space Station project." The project is a UN initiative to help countries launch their first satellites. India's neighbour Sri Lanka marked its entry into the global space age with the successful release of RAAVANA-1, the country's first cube research satellite, into orbit on Monday af
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Washington (UPI) Jun 17, 2019
New research suggests the wispy clouds found 18 miles above the Marian surface are made of icy dust produced by meteors hitting the Red Planet's atmosphere. The findings - published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience - are a reminder of the connection between space and atmospheric dynamics. "We're used to thinking of Earth, Mars and other bodies as these really self-contai
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Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2019
The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment for funding in the defense spending bill for a Space Corps. The committee unanimously passed the measure after a one-hour debate. In a 21-hour markup session that ended late Thursday, the National Defense Authorization Act was passed by 33 votes to 24. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., offered the measure as Strategic Forces subcom
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Buenos Aires, Argentina (SPX) Jun 17, 2019
Globalsat Group, the leading pan American consortium providing a complete roster of satellite communications solutions across the western hemisphere, is pleased to announce that its Argentina affiliate has been authorized by the national telecommunications authority ENACOM to provide services throughout the second largest South American country. ?? The consortium has been fulfilling satell
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Paris (ESA) Jun 18, 2019
Researchers took one of the densest parts of an Earth-orbiting satellite, placed it in a plasma wind tunnel then proceeded to melt it into vapour. Their goal was to better understand how satellites burn up during reentry, to minimise the risk of endangering anyone on the ground. Taking place as part of ESA's Clean Space initiative, the fiery testing occurred inside a plasma wind tunnel, re
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Evry, France (SPX) Jun 18, 2019
Viasat and Arianespace, have reported a modification to their original ViaSat-3 satellite launch contract, signed in 2016. Under the new agreement, the two companies agreed to move the ViaSat-3 satellite from an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle to the next-generation Ariane 64 (A64) launcher. With this contract, Viasat will become the first commercial customer to commit to launch on the A64. Th
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Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2019
For the first time, the U.S. Air Force successfully tested its hypersonic air-to-ground weapon on a B-52H Stratofortress bomber from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. On Wednesday, a sensor-only prototype of the AGM-183A air launched rapid response weapon, or ARRW, was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data, the U.S. Air Force said T
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