Month: July 2019

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES A Proton rocket for International Launch Services’ (ILS) first and only mission of the year has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a Q4 2019 launch. The rocket, built by ILS’s parent company Khrunichev, is undergoing preparations to
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Indian tiger numbers are up, according to one of the most detailed wildlife surveys ever conducted. Tiger populations have risen by 6 percent, to roughly 3,000 animals. The massive survey may set a new world standard in counting large carnivores. The encouraging results validate India’s impressive investments in tiger conservation. A mammoth effort Large, solitary
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ATLANTA — Blue Origin and SpaceX have secured multiple agreements with NASA intended to support the development of technologies for launch vehicles and lunar landers. The two companies are among the 13 that NASA announced July 30 had received non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The agreements do not provide
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The XENON1T detector, with its low-background cryostat, is installed in the centre of a large water shield to protect the instrument against cosmic ray backgrounds. This setup enables the scientists working on the XENON1T experiment to greatly reduce their background noise, and more confidently discover the signals from processes they’re attempting to study. XENON is
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Researchers from Stanford University in California have developed an affordable, durable technology that could harness energy generated from mixing freshwater from seawater. Outlined in paper, recently published in American Chemical Society’s ACS Omega, they suggest that this “blue energy” could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent. Wastewater treatment and desalinization will soon become the world’s most important
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WASHINGTON — The Italian Space Agency has launched a new initiative to strengthen Italy’s space expertise by leveraging domestic companies to build spacecraft that complement pan-European programs.  Italian Space Agency President Giorgio Saccoccia said the Ital-GovSatCom satellite contract announced July 23 inaugurates an initiative to create “mirror programs” where Italy provides its own supplemental spacecraft
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