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Iran test fires surface-to-surface missile

Dj, 26/08/2010 - 03:10
Tehran (AFP) Aug 25, 2010
Iran has test fired its home-built surface-to-surface Fateh 110 missile, state television reported on Wednesday, less than a week after a similar test was carried out on another missile. The television showed a sand-coloured missile being launched from a vehicle and blasting into the sky from a desert terrain, leaving behind a thick plume of smoke. It did not say when the missile was fired.

Astronomers discover many-planet system

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
La Silla, Chile (UPI) Aug 24, 2010
European astronomers say they've discovered a planetary system with at least five and possibly seven planets, the most yet seen outside our own solar system. Scientists of the European Southern Observatory using a telescope at La Silla, Chile, found the planets orbiting a sun-like star 127 light years from earth, an ESO release said Tuesday. "We have found what is most likely the

First Battery Engagement Operations Center For Integrated Air And Missile Defense Battle Command System

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the first battery engagement operations center for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to the U.S. Army. The milestone was celebrated during a ceremony at the company's Madison facility on Wall Triana Highway. When fully developed, the IBCS battery engagement operations center will enable an Army air defense

Weighing The Planets, From Mercury To Saturn

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
An international research team led by David Champion, now at Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, with researchers from Australia, Germany, the U.S., U.K. and Canada, has come up with a new way to weigh the planets in our Solar System, using radio signals from pulsars. Data from a set of four pulsars have been used to weigh Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with their moons a

Astronauts Stay Strong With Help From SolidWorks

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Concord MA (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
Though phenomenally fit, astronauts grow weak after prolonged missions in zero gravity. To help combat muscle atrophy, a Spanish company using SolidWorks software has developed a sophisticated system to test their strength in space. Called MARES, the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System was developed by NTE-SENER for the European Space Agency (ESA). MARES consists of an adjustable c

Pulverized Planet Dust May Lie Around Double Stars

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared observatory spotted a surprisingly large amount of dust around three mature, close-orbiting star pairs. Where did the dust come from? Astronomers say it might be the aftermath of tremendous planetary collisions. "This is real-li

Researchers Explore Physiological Effects Of Space Travel

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
The final frontier may be no further than Manhattan, Kan., as a team of Kansas State University researchers launches a project funded by a $1.2 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The team - composed of Thomas Barstow, professor of kinesiology; Steven Warren, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Russell Taylor, an engineer in the Ele

Fermi Detects Gamma-Rays From Exploding Nova

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
Using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope satellite, astronomers have detected gamma rays from a nova for the first time, a finding that surprises both observers and theorists. The discovery dispels the long-held idea that nova explosions are not powerful enough to produce such high-energy radiation. These findings are published in Science with Ted

NASA's Marks 35th Anniversary Of Mars Viking Mission

Dc, 25/08/2010 - 14:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2010
Mars. Roman god of war. The Red Planet. From the perennial Mars hoax to Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, no other body in our solar system has so captured the human imagination. Throughout history mankind has gazed into the night sky wondering what civilizations awaited those who landed on the Red Planet's surface. The novels of Burroughs and others tout the planet's allure and films have

Venture Capital Fund Backs Business Opportunities From Space

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Paris, France (ESA) Aug 24, 2010
Two start-up companies offering a communication handset for outdoor enthusiasts and a computer game to compete live with real racing drivers, both made possible thanks to space technology, are the first to receive funds from ESA's new Open Sky Technologies Fund. German TakWak GmbH is developing a three-in-one communication device integrating mobile phone, satellite navigation and walkie-ta

Boeing to build Air Force satellite

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
St. Louis (UPI) Aug 23, 2010
Boeing is to build a new satellite for the U.S. Air Force to enhance the U.S. military's capacity for intelligence, surveillance and battle-readiness operations worldwide. Boeing will construct the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite - the seventh in a series - as part of a follow-on contract worth $182 million that comes amid general belt-tightening in the defense industry. With

Scientist: World's helium being squandered

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2010
The world is running out of helium, a resource that cannot be renewed, and supplies could run out in 25 to 30 years, a U.S. researcher says. Nobel-prize winning physicist Robert Richardson warns that the inert gas is being sold off far to cheaply - so cheaply there is no incentive to recycle it - and world supplies of the gas, a vital component of medical MRI scanners, spacecraft and

Caterpillar Joins Sponsors Of First Expedition

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Aug 24, 2010
Astrobotic Technology, a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) spin-off company has announced that Caterpillar will be a sponsor its first robotic expedition to the lunar surface. The initial Astrobotic mission will revisit the Apollo 11 site in April 2013 with a five-foot tall, 160-lb. robot broadcasting 3D high-definition video. The mission will carry payloads to the Moon and convey the exper

SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Completes High Altitude Drop Test

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Hawthorne CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2010
SpaceX has announced their Dragon spacecraft has successfully completed a high altitude drop test - meeting 100% of test objectives. This is the last in a series of tests to validate parachute deployment systems and recovery operations before the craft's first launch. During the August 12th test, an Erikson S-64F Air-Crane helicopter dropped a test article of the Dragon spacecraft from a h

Solar System older than thought

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Paris (AFP) Aug 22, 2010
The Solar System could be nearly two million years older than thought, according to a study published on Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience. The evidence comes from a 1.49-kilo (3.2-pound) meteorite, found in the Moroccan desert in 2004, that contains a "relict" mineral, which is one of the oldest solid materials formed after the birth of the Sun. Analysis of lead isotopes suggest t

Processing Of First TanDEM-X Data Received At Inuvik

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 23, 2010
Erhard Diedrich, in charge of the building of the Inuvik satellite station, returned from Canada with his colleagues, a happy man. The inauguration on 10 August was not only moving, but also marked the end of a successful first checkout phase. Over 300 passes of data have been acquired since April this year, among them 60 from the TanDEM-X satellite. We acquired a first image over the Inuv

Activity At Sakurajima Volcano Intensifies

Dm, 24/08/2010 - 12:10
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 23, 2010
By mid-August, Sakurajima Volcano-one of Japan's most active-had erupted ash at least once every week during 2010. On August 19, 2010, an ash plume was sighted at 9,000 feet (2,700 meters), according to the Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center. This natural-color satellite image shows the gray plume moving west (towards image top) from the volcano's summit. Simultaneously, a pyroclasti

Stanford Researchers Tapped To Help Make Rules For Commercial Space Travel

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2010
Space may be the final frontier, but it's going to get more crowded pretty soon. And Stanford researchers are working to make sure the new pioneers can get there safely and easily. Commercial communication satellites and government-backed space missions have been under way for decades. But private companies like Virgin Galactic are on the verge of putting ordinary people into space as tour

Senate 'space jobs' bill announced

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Washington (UPI) Aug 19, 2010
A U.S. senator has introduced legislation he says would give tax incentives to private companies and investors developing commercial spacecraft. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says his measure, called the Commercial Space Jobs and Investment Act, would also create up to five regional business enterprise zones in the United States to attract commercial space ventures and create jobs in region

Space tourist launch plane damaged

Dll, 23/08/2010 - 10:10
Mojave, Calif. (UPI) Aug 20, 2010
The mother ship jet designed to launch suborbital space tourist flights was damaged upon landing in California when a landing gear collapsed, officials said. Officials with Scaled Composites, the Mojave, Calif., company that built the twin-fuselage carrier plane, said a mechanical problem with the left main landing gear on the Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo jet caused the "minor inciden