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In the course of looking for possible signs of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (ETI), scientists have had to do some really outside-of-the-box thinking. Since it is a foregone conclusion that many ETIs would be older and more technologically advanced than humanity, those engaged in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have to consider what a more advanced
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Wilson: “It has been a privilege to serve alongside our Airmen over the past two years and I am proud of the progress that we have made restoring our nation’s defense.” WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson informed President Trump on Friday that she will be stepping down May 31 to become president of
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WASHINGTON — Hong Kong-based fleet operator AsiaSat reported a third year of increased revenue, but warned that the C-band spectrum it uses for television broadcasts is now under threat in several of its markets. AsiaSat tallied 1.44 billion Hong Kong dollars ($183.7 million at current exchange rates) in revenue, up 6.5 percent over 2017, which
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SAN FRANCISCO – Less than a week before a Federal Communications Commission auction of radio frequency spectrum for 5G, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai clearly expressed impatience with the weather community’s ongoing concerns about interference and requests to modify the U.S. government’s position. In a March 8 letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and NASA Administrator
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon departed from the International Space Station early March 8, heading to a splashdown that will mark the end of a successful test flight for the commercial crew program. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, flying a mission designated Demo-1, undocked from the station’s Harmony module at 2:32 a.m. Eastern. It quickly moved
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VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Canadian government unveiled Wednesday its long awaited national space strategy, focusing on artificial intelligence, deep-space robotic systems, Earth-observation capabilities and searching for new ventures with the European Space Agency. The Canadian government will also try to cut the regulatory red tape the space industry has complained has hindered projects from
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We’ve been looking for decades for dark matter, yet the mysterious stuff remains undetectable to our instruments. Now, astrophysicists have explored an intriguing possibility: what if it’s not dark matter that’s affecting galactic rotation after all. What if it’s the mass of light instead? In a 1980 paper, the American astronomer Vera Rubin pretty conclusively
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The C-Band Alliance’s head of advocacy and government relations Preston Padden left the organization Tuesday after less than six months in the position. Padden cited difficulty balancing work in D.C. when his family and residence are located in
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab’s first launch of the year, which was scheduled for late February, has been pushed back to the second half of March because of the delayed arrival of its payload, an experimental military satellite. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said March 5 that its Radiofrequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration, or R3D2,
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Blue Origin’s founder explains how New Shepard and New Glenn enable humanity’s future in the solar system This article originally appeared in the Feb. 25, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Jeff Bezos is not a man of little dreams. The world’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of more than $130 billion, is spending
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WASHINGTON — The director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center said March 5 that the agency is “reassessing” the 2020 launch date for the first flight of its Space Launch System, suggesting that the mission may face further delays. During a question-and-answer session at a Space Transportation Association luncheon here, Jody Singer said the launch
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WASHINGTON — Spire, the company that operates a constellation of cubesats that collects a variety of radiofrequency data, is hiring a former Marine to help the company grow its business in the national security sector. The San Francisco-based company announced March 5 that it has hired Paul Damphousse to lead its national security business development
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Sixty-seven million light-years away, a galaxy is blowing enormous bubbles. We know what they are. Known as nuclear superbubbles, the structures are likely created by the supermassive black hole in the galaxy’s centre. Now, thanks to new data, we know something incredible is occurring inside them. Observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of spiral galaxy
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Updated 8:20 a.m. Eastern with hatch opening. ORLANDO — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station March 3, a little more than a day after its launch from Florida. The spacecraft made an initial “soft capture” with the docking port on the station’s Harmony module at 5:51 a.m. Eastern. The docking
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Updated 5:30 a.m. Eastern with press conference details. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the first Crew Dragon spacecraft March 2, starting a critical mission to test the spacecraft before it is ready to carry astronauts. The Falcon 9 lifted off on the Demo-1 mission from Launch Complex 39A at
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ORLANDO — A privately-funded Israeli lunar lander performed a maneuver Feb. 28 to raise its orbit after a computer problem postponed an earlier maneuver. The Beresheet lander fired its main thruster for about four minutes at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The maneuver raised the apogee of the spacecraft’s orbit around the Earth from 69,400 to 131,000
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — As SpaceX prepares to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight, the company and NASA acknowledge there’s still a lot of work ahead before the spacecraft is ready to carry astronauts. At a briefing here Feb. 28, NASA and SpaceX officials said they were moving ahead with
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WASHINGTON — Maxar Technologies has decided not to sell or shut down its commercial geostationary orbit satellite business, but will restructure it with a greater emphasis on smaller satellites and government customers. In an interview with SpaceNews, Walter Scott, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Maxar, said that after months of analysis about
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