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Sun, 20 May 2018 19:53:04 +0000
The utility of space sensors has been studied for decades so the Pentagon has plenty of data to draw from.
Sun, 20 May 2018 16:45:56 +0000
Striking United Launch Alliance employees will return to work after voting May 19 to accept a revised contract, ending a two-week strike.
Fri, 18 May 2018 20:18:02 +0000
As NASA formally requests proposals for studies on the commercialization of low Earth orbit, another study presented at a congressional hearing May 17 concludes commercial space stations are unlikely to be financially viable in the mid-2020s.
Fri, 18 May 2018 14:48:14 +0000
Members of a NASA safety panel said May 17 they believed that a SpaceX approach for fueling its Falcon 9 rockets known as “load-and-go” could be used for future commercial crew missions.
Fri, 18 May 2018 03:02:18 +0000
As House appropriators approved a spending bill May 17 that partially restores funding for a NASA astrophysics mission slated for cancellation, the agency’s administrator said he was “90 percent” confident that the mission will continue.
Thu, 17 May 2018 23:25:08 +0000
Planet hopes to grab market share by offering “guaranteed collection” twice a day.
Thu, 17 May 2018 22:42:51 +0000
NASA is dealing with a contamination problem with tubing in part of the core stage of the first Space Launch System vehicle, an issue that could contribute to further delays for its launch.
Thu, 17 May 2018 20:27:37 +0000
Nine satellite companies agreed May 17 to donate satellite capacity and equipment to the United Nations, seeking to coordinate their responses to natural disasters.
Thu, 17 May 2018 19:45:38 +0000
Nearly 600 members of a union that has been on strike against United Launch Alliance for almost two weeks will vote on a new contract May 19 that would end the labor dispute.
Thu, 17 May 2018 17:10:18 +0000
SpaceX and OneWeb, two companies building thousands of satellites for broadband services, both expect to connect billions of the world's least-served to the internet. The two most prominent developers of electronically steered antennas don’t share that aspiration, however.
Thu, 17 May 2018 15:43:28 +0000
The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, made his first public appearance May 15, 2018, at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon.
Thu, 17 May 2018 09:34:13 +0000
Testimony by NASA’s Inspector General at a May 16 hearing provided new support to efforts by two senators to block plans to end funding of the International Space Station in 2025.
Wed, 16 May 2018 22:33:57 +0000
A spending bill to be marked up by the House Appropriations Committee would provide some funding for a NASA space telescope proposed for cancellation, but not necessarily enough to keep the mission on schedule.
Wed, 16 May 2018 22:13:26 +0000
A British billionaire has invested in a company operating a ground station that has aspirations to support commercial missions beyond Earth orbit.
Wed, 16 May 2018 21:52:44 +0000
Todd Harrison, CSIS senior fellow: “With hosted payloads, there are a lot of great opportunities to increase resiliency and capacity.”
Wed, 16 May 2018 18:38:50 +0000
Aireon raised $69 million from a British partner, enabling the aircraft-tracking startup to begin making hosting payments to Iridium Communications.
Wed, 16 May 2018 02:14:44 +0000
Inflight connectivity provider Global Eagle will help Telesat in design and test the operator’s low Earth orbit satellite constellation, the companies announced May 15.
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:26:23 +0000
A NASA advisory committee, concerned about delays in the development of commercial crew systems, wants the agency to look at options where the International Space Station is operated with a reduced crew.
Tue, 15 May 2018 19:52:12 +0000
Thompson: “We needed somebody to work space every single day. Before, I didn’t recognize how much that was needed."
Tue, 15 May 2018 19:37:15 +0000
Eutelsat on May 14 said it is taking steps to secure a foothold in the European broadband market after last month’s decision to forgo jointly funding a satellite with Viasat turned the two companies into direct competitors.
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Mon, 21 May 2018 04:58:00 EDT
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket lit up the clouds in the predawn sky over Virginia Monday (May 21) with a dazzling predawn launch to deliver more than 3 tons of vital supplies to the International Space Station.
Sun, 20 May 2018 12:23:00 EDT
Scientists are creating a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space aboard the International Space Station. Here's why.
Sun, 20 May 2018 11:42:00 EDT
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus supply ship Monday morning (May 21) to deliver more than 3 tons NASA cargo to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online.
Sun, 20 May 2018 08:22:00 EDT
Pulses of light from infrared lasers can speed up computer operations by a factor of 1 million, and may have opened the door to room-temperature quantum computing.
Sun, 20 May 2018 08:20:00 EDT
Weird, slow-moving waves in the planet's core could explain the mysterious drifting.
Sun, 20 May 2018 08:09:00 EDT
On May 20, 1978, NASA launched a spacecraft to Venus. The mission was called Pioneer-Venus 1, but it’s also known as the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series.
Sat, 19 May 2018 12:30:00 EDT
If you've ever wondered how SpaceX manages to land its rockets, the Everyday Astronaut is here to help.
Sat, 19 May 2018 07:24:00 EDT
NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area.
Sat, 19 May 2018 07:20:00 EDT
Water is the basis for life as we know it, but did life's building blocks form without it?
Fri, 18 May 2018 08:33:00 EDT
Solar wind is a constant stream of plasma and particles emanating from the sun.
Fri, 18 May 2018 04:00:00 EDT
A mechanical problem knocked Curiosity's drill out of commission in late 2016. Mission team members have been studying ways to get the drill back online ever since, and they plan to test a promising work-around this weekend.
Fri, 18 May 2018 04:00:00 EDT
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed anguish to the news of a school shooting in Texas today (May 18), a tragedy that occurred near the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Fri, 18 May 2018 03:35:00 EDT
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
Fri, 18 May 2018 02:19:00 EDT
This shapeless blob of a galaxy is home to many clusters of bright, blue newborn stars, which form in pockets around the outskirts of its cloudy, yellow-white core.
Fri, 18 May 2018 02:18:00 EDT
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite zoomed within about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of the moon yesterday (May 17) in an orbit-shaping maneuver. The spacecraft also recently took its first test image, NASA officials said.
Fri, 18 May 2018 02:15:00 EDT
Recently, aboard the International Space Station, the first tones of an out-of-this world band sounded 200 miles above the Earth.
Fri, 18 May 2018 11:12:00 EDT
This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. coli bacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space.
Fri, 18 May 2018 10:54:00 EDT
NASA and Orbital ATK have postponed this weekend's planned launch of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station by 24 hours, with the liftoff now targeted for no earlier than Monday (May 21).
Fri, 18 May 2018 10:00:00 EDT
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes a selfie 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth during a spacewalk on Wednesday (May 16).
Fri, 18 May 2018 07:32:00 EDT
Low-mass stars are currently the most promising targets when searching for potentially habitable planets, but new research has revealed that some of these stars produce significant amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation throughout their lifetimes.

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