Month: May 2019

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with falsifying inspection records for hardware his company produced for SpaceX, highlighting an issue about the overall aerospace industry supply chain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York filed charges May 22 against James Smalley, a former employee of PMI Industries, a Rochester,
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South Africa’s Makhonjwa Mountains are home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet – but not everything in this magnificent landscape originated on Earth. Scientists say they’ve discovered trace evidence of extraterrestrial organic matter buried within volcanic sediment from over 3.3 billion years ago. “This is the very first time that we have found
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A volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Bali Saturday, sending ash into the sky over surrounding villages and lava pouring down its sides. The island’s Mount Agung put national agencies on notice, causing some flight cancellations but no reported casualties with the eruption, which reportedly spread lava and incandescent rocks over about two miles.
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Scientists have discovered a ‘unique archive’ of ocean water that still exists virtually undisturbed from the last Ice Age some 20,000 years ago. Palaeoceanography – which investigates the makeup of ancient oceans lost to history – invariably relies on proxy methods, since such bodies of water have inevitably long since disappeared. But if you have
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has mocked Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos’ moon plans saying they make no sense. Amazon CEO Bezos had described his vision of humans living on miles-long, orbiting space stations called “O’Neill colonies”, named after physicist Gerard O’Neill, who first floated the concept. “Makes no sense. In order to grow the colony,
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. U.S. Air Force leaders claim that they have saved billions of dollars and taken years out of program schedules — including major satellite procurements — thanks
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NASA announces the first partnership of its kind with MAXAR Technologies to power the future lunar orbiting station. For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/moontomars News release: https://go.nasa.gov/2M6HyqU Credit: NASA Music: “One Big Step” through Premiumbeat.com This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2019_0524_Powering%20Our%20Return%20to%20the%20Moon.html
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In responding to the president’s desire to return Americans to the moon within his planned term of office, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine faces several challenges, perhaps insurmountable ones. Ignoring the political and budgetary constraints under which he must plan such a technical accomplishment, he is hampered by tired thinking going back to Apollo. Fifty-eight years
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WASHINGTON — Boeing has completed ground testing of the thrusters for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, nearly a year after a setback in earlier testing of those thrusters. In a statement, Boeing said it completed hot-fire testing May 23 of the spacecraft’s entire propulsion system, including various thrusters, fuel tanks and related systems within
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LONDON (Reuters) – Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci’s litany of exquisite but unfinished work shows he probably had an attention disorder common to modern society. An illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of the altered connections, visualised with diffusion tractography (yellow tint), that are important for executive functions in people with ADHD, as created with MRI technique pioneered by
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has raised over $1 billion in new capital this year as it embarks on the deployment of its Starlink broadband constellation, according to regulatory filings published Friday. The launch provider turned satellite operator raised $486.2 million in one round, and $535.7 million in another, the company said in May 24 filings to
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