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December 11, 2017
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight

Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. Liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time), carrying Galileo satellites 19-22. Completion of Galileo's Ariane 5 rocket took place in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, following the arrival there of the quartet of satellites, already attached to the dispenser that will hold them in position during la ... read more

Space technology to drive autonomous ships
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
ESA Director General Jan Worner signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce today, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-contr ... more
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has tested Raytheon's next-generation military-code GPS receiver aboard a B-2 Spirit bomber. ... more
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
About 40 percent of northern Malaysian Borneo's carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new remote sensing and satellite mapping from Carnegie's ... more
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin's advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. GPS I ... more
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OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The "Multi-Spectral Imagery" extension defines how to encode and store reflected electromagnetic radiation from the infrared wavelengths into a CDB data store. This extension is limited to only addi ... more
DARPA digging for ideas to revolutionize subterranean mapping
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Subterranean warfare-whether involving human-made tunnels, underground urban infrastructure, or natural cave networks-has been an element of U.S. military operations from World War II and Vietnam to ... more
China's GPS network Beidou joins global rescue data network
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China's domestically developed navigation satellite system Beidou has been included in a global network that collects and distributes data for search and rescue missions, the Ministry of Transport s ... more
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. ... more
New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial ... more
Harris develops fully digital navigation payload for future GPS III sats
Melbourne FL (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Harris Corporation has completed development of the company's fully digital Mission Data Unit (MDU), which is at the heart of its navigation payload for Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellites 11 and b ... more

China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Expands Into a Global Network

Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
New, ultra-accurate rubidium atomic clocks on board two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space Sunday have greatly improved the accuracy of the system. The two satellites are equipped with mo ... more
China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket
Xichang, China (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. The satellites were aboard a Long Ma ... more
Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe
Antwerp, Belgium (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Currently, the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp, Belgium, is moving its operations from the Delwaidedock on the right bank of the river Schelde to the Deurganckdock on the left bank. In t ... more
OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) as OGC Abstract Specification - Topic 21 [OGC 15-104r5]. The goal of DGGS is to enabl ... more

NASA, University of Maryland Join Forces on Food Security
College Park MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
NASA has tapped the University of Maryland to lead a new consortium focused on putting satellite data to use to enhance food security and agriculture around the world. The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) will combine the expertise of more than 40 partners to advance the use of Earth observations in informing decisions that affect the global food sup ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Soil researchers quantify an underappreciated factor in carbon release to the atmosphere
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
NUS researchers achieve significant breakthrough in topological insulator based devices
Singapore (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
The current induced magnetisation switching by spin-orbit torque (SOT) is an important ingredient for modern non-volatile magnetic devices such as magnetic random access memories and logic devices that are required for high performance data storage and computing. As such, researchers around the world are actively searching for novel ways to reduce the present high switching current density ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Secure information transmission over 500m fiber links based on quantum technologies
London UK (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Squeezing light into a tiny channel brings optical computing a step closer
NASA's SuperTIGER Balloon Flies Again to Study Heavy Cosmic Particles
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
A science team in Antarctica is preparing to loft a balloon-borne instrument to collect information on cosmic rays, high-energy particles from beyond the solar system that enter Earth's atmosphere every moment of every day. The instrument, called the Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (SuperTIGER), is designed to study rare heavy nuclei, which hold clues about where and how cosmic rays a ... more
Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Israel says F-35 stealth fighter jets operational
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
Boeing's new KC-46A tanker completes first flight
Hearing hybrid and electric vehicles while quieting noise pollution
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Europe, as well as most of the world, faces a future with hybrid or pure electronic road vehicles that rely on alternative drive chains. But these low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems. With these alert systems would come a marked increase in the amount of no ... more
Casablanca, Morocco (AFP) Dec 9, 2017
Chinese electric carmaker to open Morocco plant
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Lyft puts driverless cars to work in Boston
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
German prosecutors probe BMW diesel cheating claims
China exports soar higher than expected in November
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Chinese exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, providing some more welcome news pointing to improvement in the world's number-two economy. The healthy trade data, which also showed imports outstripping forecasts, come as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
Forests are the key to fresh water
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. UBC Okanagan Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Professor Adam Wei, PhD candidate Qiang Li and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US agency confirms Canada softwood lumber hurting US industry
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
London, UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
"Two-dimensional materials" - materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick - are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materi ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. The counter-drone system - for protecting airports and infrastructure - is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, which combines radar, RF and optical sensors and a targeted jammer Hensoldt said the system's individual elements were positioned ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming, 80 top economists said Thursday, days ahead of a climate summit in Paris. "We call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy," they wrote in a declaration. The December ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
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Army researchers seek better batteries
Adelphi MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A team of Army scientists working on more efficient batteries recently published new findings in a peer-reviewed publication from the American Chemical Society. In an invited paper published in the special issue of the Accounts of Chemical Research, Dr. Oleg Borodin, along with collaborators Drs. Arthur von Wald Cresce, Jaroslaw Knap, Xiaoming Ren and Kang Xu from the U.S. Army Research La ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Surrey UK (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Surrey scientists create cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way
Canada rejects Fincantieri-Naval Group warships offer
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Canada has rejected an offer from a consortium of French and Italian shipbuilders to build 15 warships to renew its naval fleet, the group said Thursday. Naval Group and Fincatieri proposed building the new ships based on their Fremm frigate design, which is already in use by both the French and Italian navies. Their bid was reportedly half the Can$60 billion (US$47 billion) Ottawa budge ... more
London (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Queen inaugurates new 'best of British' aircraft carrier
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
General Dynamics gets $432 million submarine contract upgrade
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Indra to supply Thyssenkrupp SatCom terminals for enhaced stealth capacities on 2 submarines
Public-private partnership to speed up military technology development
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Security Technology Accelerator, launched a new Training and Readiness Accelerator, or TREX, this week at a defense industry conference. TREX was unveiled at the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., to members of all branches of the military and leaders in the defense in ... more
Archbald, PA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Lockheed Martin Inks Five-Year Agreement to Provide Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds to NATO Countries
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
Data-collecting device could make for better training of soldiers
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
General Dynamics tapped to destroy, dispose of rockets
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
London, UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
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Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russian scientists on Friday said radioactive pollution detected in Europe in September was not linked to one of the country's nuclear facilities and speculated that a satellite could be the cause. Russia's Rosatom nuclear agency in November asked scientists at the Nuclear Safety Institute to look into the origin of "extremely high" readings of radioactive ruthenium reported in some parts of ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA Selects Three Companies to Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
First step toward practical application of holographic memory with magnetic assist
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Monopole current offers way to control magnets
Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid N. Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Japan will hold a drill with the United States and South Korea this week to practise jointly detecting airborne missiles, officials said Sunday amid rising security threats from North Korea. The announcement of the joint exercise, a sixth such drill since 2016, comes less than two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile which dropped into the sea inside Japan's exclusive economi ... more
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: army
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Japan plans long-range missiles amid N. Korea threat: minister
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