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Britain is to take its first steps in manned space exploration as part of a massive billion-pound boost, following ESA negotiations over investment and funding. "Space is big," says minister David Willetts.
The Space Launch System (SLS) is NASA's next-generation rocket system that will serve as the centerpiece for deep space exploration for the coming decades.
A team of Surrey-based space researchers has developed a satellite that will carry a smartphone payload into orbit at the end of this year
The first satellites were launched about 50 years ago as a way to conquer space. Now, satellites are essential for our civilian and military communications. But they remain large and expensive, some of them costing several hundreds of millions of dollars. This is why researchers from the University of Florida (UF) are building small satellites able to work as a team to take multiple and distributed measurements or observations of weather phenomena for example. These small satellites should cost only about $100,000 to produce. The first one should be launched next year by a NASA rocket and should not be larger than a softball. The goal is to mass-produce these satellites to even reduce their costs. But read more...
A former Boeing engineer has been indicted on charges of economic espionage and international spying, Thompson Financial reports. The indictment alleges that Chung took and concealed Boeing trade secrets relating to the Space Shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket.
A traditional game and an hobby revisited in Web 2.0: Paper Airplanes is a fashion and educational appPaper Airplanes - an app by Laboratori...
Any work NASA is doing to return to the moon is "silly," Burt Rutan, the engineer who won the Ansari X Prize for a suborbital rocket plane, told a panel at CalTech on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the space program, News.com reports.
Though its commercial rocket fails in aim to orbit the Earth, SpaceX considers launch a success in other ways.Images: SpaceX joins the space race
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Georgia Tech researchers have had a brilliant idea. Rocket engines used today to launch satellites run at maximum exhaust velocity until they reach orbit. For a car, this would be analog to stay all the time in first gear. So they have designed a new space rocket which works as it has a five-gear transmission system. This space engine uses 40 percent less fuel than current ones by running on solar power while in space and by fine-tuning exhaust velocity. But as it was designed with funds from the U.S. Air Force, military applications will be ready before civilian ones.
Engineers at the University of Florida (UF) and Honeywell Aerospace are designing the first space fault-tolerant supercomputer. It should have 20 processors for a computing power of about 100 gigaflops. If everything goes well, this first supercomputer will fly aboard the unmanned ST8 rocket mission in February 2009.
If all goes well, the COSMIC six-satellite array will be launched today at 5:10 PM PDT by a Minotaur rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The $100 million constellation will use the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to track hurricanes, climate change, and space weather.
Solar sails could provide a way to move satellites or spaceships without using a lot of rocket fuel. TechRepublic VP Bob Artner explains how a sail works in space where there is no wind -- or is there?
The fourth Linux Networx supercomputer sold is also the first with AMD chips. The 96-processor system's first task: Help design the new Delta IV space rocket.
On September 30th, less than a week after it left Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Lockheed Martin Athena II rocket, Iconos opened its electronic eye to peer down through 400 miles of space and sky and capture the first high-resolution image produced by a commercial spy satellite. The result is a starkly beautifully black and white photo of Washington, D.
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