WASHINGTON — Sky and Space Global, a startup planning a constellation of 200 cubesats for low-data-rate communications, has narrowed its near-term focus to raising enough money for an initial eight satellites. Difficulty obtaining financing has delayed Sky and Space Global’s target launch, once anticipated for late 2019, to the end of 2020, the company said
A new study of over 46,000 women in the U.S. has suggested there may be a link between commonly used … [+] hair dying and straightening products and breast cancer. Getty New research featuring over 46,000 women in the U.S. has revealed potentially worrying links between the use of certain hair products and the risk
WASHINGTON — The new head of NASA’s human spaceflight programs affirmed his support for the Space Launch System Dec. 3, saying the long-delayed heavy-lift rocket is “absolutely mandatory” for returning humans to the moon. Speaking at a town hall meeting with agency employees at NASA Headquarters, Doug Loverro, who started work Dec. 2 as the
Prototype of the Force 12 Xplorer being tested near Victoria, British Columbia. It uses a rigid … [+] wingsail for propulsion. Colin Angus It’s been a great year for Open Ocean Robotics, a British Columbia-based startup that makes solar-powered drones that can gather environmental data in real time and help address a multitude of issues.
Scolese said China is a top concern: “They are putting spacecraft up very quickly and we have to stay ahead.” McLEAN, Va. — In his first meeting with reporters as director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Christopher Scolese said the agency is focused on staying ahead of China and on forging closer ties with U.S.
In Newton’s theory of gravity, orbits make perfect ellipses when they occur around single, large… [+] masses. However, in General Relativity, there is an additional precession effect due to the curvature of spacetime, and this causes the orbit to shift over time, in a fashion that is sometimes measurable. Mercury precesses at a rate of
Griffin warned that projects are being delayed and some may be prevented from happening because of the lack of funding. WASHINGTON — The newly created Space Development Agency has laid out ambitious plans to develop new satellite constellations for military communications and missile defense. For now, many of the agency’s efforts are temporarily on hold
After draining, lakes leave behind holes called ‘moulins’, which allow meltwater to continue to … [+] travel to the bottom of the ice sheet. Poul Christoffersen Every summer, lakes and rivers of meltwater form on the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet. New research using custom-built drones shows that when this seasonal system intersects with
MADRID (Reuters) – The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain. FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June
HELSINKI — China will attempt major space exploration missions and test new rockets in 2020 while also looking to continue a launch rate which has seen it lead the world in orbital launches over the past two years. Zhuang Jingguo, chief engineer of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the country’s man space
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an organization that I have been a member of much of my professional career as a scientist. According to press release issued by the University of Georgia, it as “an international nonprofit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries….established in 1919 by the National Research Council and operated
Ningi Primrose Mbutho receives an HIV vaccine trial from Dr Anamika Premrajh at the MRC clinic on … [+] November 30, 2016 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as part of the HVTN 702 clinical trial. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Jackie Clausen) Getty Images Wait for it. Wait for it. That’s what the
IN SPACE – MAY 29: In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration … [+] (NASA), back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation May 29, 2011 in space. After 20 years, 25 missions
SAN FRANCISCO – TriSept Corp., a launch integration and mission management company, announced Dec. 2 an $18 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to support NASA cubesat launches. Under the new contract, NASA will have the option of turning to TriSept of Chantilly, Virginia, for mission integration services and dispenser hardware in support of cubesat
ProCork corks, including virtually invisible membranes ProCork Can an ‘inert, semi-crystalline, oxygen-selected membrane, heat-welded to the end of cork’ improve consistency in wine quality? Several winemakers—including at least one with a Top Ten listing in Wine Spectator, and 100-point scorings from wine critic Robert Parker—believe so. The evolution of this technology was not—as its inventor Dr.
Ivanna Hernandez, 16, from Colombia experiences microgravity on a parabolic flight of Canada’s … [+] National Research Council (NRC) Falcon-20 aircraft, as part of the PoSSUM microgravity challenge. Project Possum High above Canada, Colombian teenager Ivanna Hernandez was briefly weightless, as a special aircraft ran through a parabolic arc – but for her, this was
A new global ranking puts Cuba at #1, and positions the US and Norway below Niger. This will come as a surprise to anyone used to seeing the Nordic countries topping every country comparison of wellbeing and progress. And more surprises are in store. It might seem that the world needs another international development ranking
In weather and climate, there are terms that gain familiarity with the public even though scientists have understood them for decades. In contemporary times, Polar Vortex, derecho, and “bombogenesis” come to mind. I used to think of El Niño as one of those terms when I was in college, but over time the public seems have
A Chinese couple watches an annular solar eclipse over Zhengzhou, China on January 15, 2010. AFP via Getty Images Yes, it’s cold in the northern hemisphere. Clear skies are at a premium, too. However, if you spot a gap in the clouds and you wrap-up warm it’s well worth looking up during December. Here are
The U.S. Treasury Department hasn’t issued final regulations implementing the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), but space industry entrepreneurs already feel the law’s effect. “It hurts,” Mike Collett, founder and managing partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago, said at the World Satellite Business Week conference in September.