Month: November 2018

Humanity just made a weighty decision. On Friday, representatives of more than 60 nations, gathered in Versailles, France, approved a new definition for the kilogram. Since the 19th century, scientists have based their definition of the fundamental unit of mass on a physical object — a shining platinum iridium cylinder stored in a locked vault
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Our Sun is constantly bombarding us with charged particles. These charged particles form the stellar wind and are ejected from stars across our cosmos. But, luckily for us, the Earth has some defence mechanisms to protect us from these energetic particles. Our home planet has its
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX matched its personal best with its 18th launch this year, delivering the Es’hail-2 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit for Qatari operator Es’hailSat. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:46 p.m. Eastern. The satellite separated from the rocket 32 minutes
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The architectural design behind Japan’s new space research center is mind-boggling. The futuristic building will incorporate elements of spacecraft design, which emphasize light weight and high functionality. The whole thing will be suspended over a man-made, Moon-like crater. The building will be a robotics research center that’s part of the Avatar X space research campus on
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SAN FRANCISCO – Avellan Space Technology & Science announced plans Nov. 15 to begin building extremely satellites in 2019 at its new North American manufacturing plant in Midland, Texas. AST&Science was founded in 2017 by Abel Avellan, who established and led Emerging Market Communications before selling it for $550 million in June 2016 to Global
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Every now and then, Earth’s protective magnetic cage changes its stripes, sending explosive showers of charged particles spilling into the atmosphere. NASA’s quartet of orbiting Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellites has finally recorded one in high detail on the planet’s night side, providing vital information on a phenomenon that stirs the winds of space throughout the
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Antarctica’s Shackleton Ridge at sunset.NASA/John Sonntag It’s hard to imagine, but Antarctica wasn’t always covered in ice. This huge continental landmass, back in the age of the dinosaurs, was a lush forested landscape, teeming with large creatures and critters alike. Nowadays, shielded by the largest ice sheet on the planet, we are only beginning to
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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Nov. 15 that the reelection defeat of a key appropriator, and the potential for budget cuts next year, is a cause for concern for him as he tries to balance the agency’s priorities. Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), chairman of the commerce, justice and science (CJS) subcommittee of the
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WASHINGTON (Reuters – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk’s Space X, Telesat Canada [PSPENC.UL] and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services. FILE PHOTO: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a “fireside chat” at the National League of
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The first stage booster landed successfully on the drone shipSpaceX SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, taking Qatar’s Es’hail-2 communications satellite into orbit, its 18th launch this year − equaling its previous record set in 2017. The two-stage rocket, which included a first stage
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For a brief moment earlier this year, a small spot in China blazed with such heat, the Sun would have been staring down at Earth feeling mightily jealous. Scientists announced this week that the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor in Hefei has finally achieved a temperature exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius, setting a new
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Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth’s oceans are warming faster than previously thought now say their work contained inadvertent errors that made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are. Two weeks after the high-profile study was published in the journal Nature, its authors have submitted corrections to the publication. The
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China has halted a directive that partially legalized the domestic trade in farmed rhinoceros and tiger parts, two weeks after the move drew a torrent of criticism from conservation groups. A senior official in China’s cabinet said in a state media interview published Monday that implementation of an October directive reviving the market for the
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An artistic impression of a sunset from Barnard’s star on a newly detected planet dubbed “Super Earth,” in this handout photo provided November 14, 2018. European Southern Observatory/M. Kornmesser/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A frozen and dimly lit planet, dubbed a “Super-Earth,” may be orbiting the closest single star to our solar system, astronomers
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Two U.S. Senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to be careful about how much C-band spectrum it lets non-satellite users access. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) wrote to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai saying the
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Credit: Getty royalty freeGetty Look out, fossil fuel dinosaurs. A company called Electriq~Global says water-based fuel is the solution. The startup says it’s developed a safe, cheap and clean fuel. It’s 60% water, and works with technology that extracts hydrogen from the fuel, then harnesses it to create electricity to power a vehicle. To which
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