Space

NASA’s NICER instrument aboard the International Space Station is giving us a unique view of much of the X-ray sky. A strange all-sky view, courtesy of NICER. NASA / NICER How will deep space missions of the future find their way through the cosmos? The answer may come from the unique experiment that traced this
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SAN ANTONIO — The National Reconnaissance Office awarded commercial imagery study contracts to BlackSky Global, Maxar Technologies and Planet, Troy Meink, who leads NRO’s Geospatial Intelligence Directorate, announced June 3. If all goes as planned, procurement contracts could follow in six to 12 months, he said at the 2019 GEOINT Symposium here. The National Geospatial
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WASHINGTON — Despite complaints by individual astronomers and astronomical organizations, legal experts say there is little they can do under existing federal law and regulations to halt the deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites. SpaceX launched the first set of 60 Starlink satellites May 23. The next evening, amateur astronomers noticed them passing in a closely-bunched
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is extending a comment period on an overhaul of commercial launch regulations as some in industry seek more discussions with the agency on the proposed revisions. In a speech at a May 30 meeting of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) here, Wayne Monteith, FAA associate administrator
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The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it’s positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving worlds. So where the heck is everybody? At its heart, this is what’s called the Fermi Paradox: the perplexing scientific anomaly that despite there being billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy – let alone outside
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“What we observed today was successful test,” said Kent Rominger, Northrop Grumman’s vice president and capture lead for the OmegA launch system. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman on Thursday conducted a full-scale static fire test of the first stage of OmegA, the company’s new rocket it is developing for national security missions. Company officials called it
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For the first time, researchers have successfully generated electricity from americium, one of the radioactive elements we’ve pinned our hopes on as a promising alternative to rocket fuel, for powering farther and farther ventures out into space. It’s a new milestone in experiments with the synthetic element, which doesn’t occur naturally but is a by-product
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WASHINGTON — A Russian Proton rocket launched the Yamal-601 communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems May 30, completing the first of six Proton missions planned for this year. The rocket, built and contracted by Khrunichev, launched at 1:42 p.m. Eastern from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 5,400-kilogram satellite separated 9 hours later. Gazprom Space
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