A new National Space Strategy announced by the White House March 23 fits into an “America First” theme of the Trump administration, seeking to protect American interests in space through revised military space approaches and commercial regulatory reform.
Scepter Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, plans to establish a satellite constellation in low Earth orbit capable of offering hourly updates on air pollution in vertical air columns globally.
The House Science Committee favorably reported bills March 22 that would recognize a NASA center as a center of excellence in rocket propulsion and would resolve a commercial space regulatory issue.
The 2018 defense appropriation may be the one and only chance for Congress to add $600 million for two new satellites given how large of an increase the Pentagon is getting — $61 billion more than last year’s funding.
A final fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill released March 21 fully funds two key weather satellite programs at NOAA while increasing funding for future weather satellites and space weather efforts.
Relativity, the startup company developing small launch vehicles using additive manufacturing technologies, announced March 21 an agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center to take over one of its test stands.
President Trump's riff on creating a military space force captured the public’s imagination, spawning memes and jokes about starship ninjas gearing up to fight the nation’s wars in space.
A decision on a new launch date for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and announcement of any potential breach of its $8 billion cost cap, could come next week, an agency official said March 20.
Citing recent reforms that provide more time to orbit a new satellite constellation, satellite broadband-startup OneWeb asked U.S. telecom regulators to nearly triple the size of its authorized low-Earth-orbit constellation.
In the past decade, China’s space program has advanced by leaps and bounds. In recent years, the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) has overseen the development of a modern rocket family (the Long March series), the deployment of a space station (Tiangong-1) and the development of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) – otherwise known […]
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According to a new study by a team from UC Berkeley, the existence of oceans on Mars may have had to do a lot with early volcanic activity
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70,000 years ago, Scholz's Star visited our neighbourhood, and changed the trajectories of hundreds of objects in out Solar System.
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The team behind Illustris have now released the first results of their IllustrisTNG simulation, the most accurate simulation of the Universe to date.
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A new study has cast doubt on whether or not the TRAPPIST-1 system could be habitable, indicating that it has too much water to support life
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An international team of scientists has found a way to use white dwarf stars as gravitational lenses, which will allow astronomers to measure their mass.
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Earlier this month, scientists using the Parkes Radio Telescope detected three FRBs, one of which was the brightest ever observed
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The first Kuiper Belt Object that the New Horizons mission will investigate - MU69 - just received the nickname "Ultima Thule"
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