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February 16, 2017
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SpaceKnow raises $4 Million in Series A funding



San Francisco CA (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
SpaceKnow has announced the company has raised $4 million in Series A financing led by BlueYard Capital and previously existing investor Reflex Capital. This investment brings the company's total funds raised to approximately $5.5 million. Jason Whitmire, Partner at BlueYard, will join the Board of Directors. The funding will be used to further develop the SpaceKnow Artificial Intelligence software for economic monitoring, increase hiring and scale up its worldwide operations and sales forces in t ... read more

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GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
In the event of an all-out war with Pakistan or China, signals from GLONASS and NAVIC will undoubtedly have multiplier impact and help India to target its whole suite of missiles on its rivals. Amid ... more
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Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence. Now, Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Austral ... more
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UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit
The United Kingdom may be cut off the new EU global positioning system (GPS) Galileo, which has been developed with active participation of British companies, and will have to hold separate negotiat ... more
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Falsifying Galileo satellite signals will become more difficult
The European Union activated its Galileo satellite navigation system in December 2016. The EU is dedicated to setting this system apart from other navigation systems such as GPS - the US counterpart ... more
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Mobile phone and satellite data to map poverty
An international team has, for the first time, developed a way of combining anonymised data from mobile phones and satellite imagery data to create high resolution maps to measure poverty. The ... more
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U.S. Air Force, Boeing extend GPS sustainment pact
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force signed off on extending their partnership for sustaining the navigation capabilities of Global Positioning System satellites. ... more
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India's Satnav Goes Out of Whack as Orbiting Atomic Clocks Break
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was launched as a more accurate navigation system compared to the US' GPS system. However, some as yet unexplained technical failures have put the ... more
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ISRO to Launch Standby Navigation Satellite to Replace IRNSS-1A
India will launch one of its back up navigation satellites this year as a replacement to IRNSS-1A satellite, whose three atomic clocks have failed, an official of the Indian space agency said on Mon ... more
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NASA space radio could change how flights are tracked worldwide
Under a new space-based tracking system, no plane would ever have to be off the grid, thanks in part to a reconfigurable radio developed for NASA. NASA's powerful radio communications network ... more
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IAI debuts GPS anti-jamming system
Israel Aerospace Industries has revealed its new ADA anti-jamming system, a product developed for use on multiple military platforms. ... more


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Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'
A wing-deforming virus shortens the lifespan of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
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New project to boost Sat Nav positioning accuracy anywhere in world
The service, to be developed at prototype level, will benefit safety-critical industries like aviation and maritime navigation, as well as high accuracy dependent applications such as offshore drill ... more
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Russia to Construct Glonass Satellite Navigation Station in Nicaragua
Experts from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) will construct a ground Glonass satellite navigation tracking station in Nicaragua, the TsNIIMash's press service ... more
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Raytheon completes qualification testing of next-gen GPS Launch and Checkout System
Raytheon has reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qua ... more

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Using high-resolution satellites to measure African farm yields
Stanford researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-res photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach, detailed in the February 13 issue of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could be used to estimate agricultural productivity and test intervention strategies in poor regions of the world where data are c ... more
Gluten-free diet may increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure

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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest

Photons on demand make enables photonic like integrated circuit
Holographic atomic memory, invented and constructed by physicists from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, is the first device able to generate single photons on demand in groups of several dozen or more. The device, successfully demonstrated in practice, overcomes one of the fundamental obstacles towards the construction of some type of quantum computer. Completely secure, ... more
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How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. Scientists have published the project results in the Journal o ... more
Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation

Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Electric carmaker Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters Monday in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of the American firm seeking to revolutionise the electric car market, was in the affluent city state to oversee the launch of the Gulf sales push. ... more
Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July

Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal

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China's steel capacity grew in 2016 despite pledges
China increased its steelmaking capacity last year by more than twice Britain's annual output, a report said Monday, despite repeated pledges to cut huge excess in the sector. China makes more than half the world's steel but a slowdown in its economy and sagging global demand has left the industry with massive excess capacity. It has been accused of dumping its production on world mark ... more
IAI completes IUHDSS port security project in India

EU Parliament to vote on Canada trade deal

Surge in China factory-gate prices fans inflation hopes

Why nature restoration takes time
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected' at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here. A European research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) has shown t ... more
Wetlands play vital role in carbon storage, study finds

Amazon forest was transformed by ancient people: study

Honduras manages to stall pine-munching bugs' march

Ancient Judea jars reveal earth's magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing
Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare of the biosphere. But a new study published in PNAS from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew Uni ... more
New data from NOAA GOES-16's instrument suite

NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights

SpaceKnow raises $4 Million in Series A funding

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the f ... more
Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds

Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle

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Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more
Australia procuring unmanned helicopters for testing

IAI reveals Heron drone export variant ahead of Aero India 2017

U.S. Army orders counter-drone systems

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

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Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dr. Roberson is collaborating on research of a new solid-state battery prototype with Dr. Ryan Karkkainen, a composite material expert at the University of Miami ... more
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

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U.S. Navy to christen littoral combat ship USS Tulsa
The U.S. Navy is set to christen its latest Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Tulsa during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday. USS Tulsa, named after the city Oklahoma, will be christened during a ceremony featuring Adm. William F. Moran, vice naval operations chief, as the event's principal speaker. Navy officials say the christening will serve a tribute to the branch's ... more
U.S. Navy exercises contract options for nuclear reactor components

South Korea to speed up hovercraft delivery

China makes progress on second aircraft carrier

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Canada taps General Dynamics for armored vehicle upgrades
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada received a $308 million contract to upgrade 141 Light Armored Vehicles for the government of Canada. The contract supports Canada's Light Armored Vehicle III Upgrade Program, which seeks to provide the country's military with updated ground-based platforms. General Dynamics says the upgrades will improve the vehicles' performance and survivability ... more
U.S. Marines set to receive new ultra-light Utility Task Vehicles

Driver training system for Ajax vehicles wins approval

Orbital ATK to complete development of new tank ammo

Ancient Judea jars reveal earth's magnetic field is fluctuating, not diminishing
Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare of the biosphere. But a new study published in PNAS from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew Uni ... more
New data from NOAA GOES-16's instrument suite

NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights

SpaceKnow raises $4 Million in Series A funding

NASA and MIT collaborate to develop space-based quantum-dot spectrometer
A NASA technologist has teamed with the inventor of a new nanotechnology that could transform the way space scientists build spectrometers, the all-important device used by virtually all scientific disciplines to measure the properties of light emanating from astronomical objects, including Earth itself. Mahmooda Sultana, a research engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbe ... more
NASA's TDRS-M space communications satellite begins final testing

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U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts
Eight defense contractors have been selected to share a $3 billion contract to develop new missile defense solutions for the U.S. Army. The award's recipients include BAE Systems, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, QWK Integrated Solutions, Teledyne Brown Engineering, KBRwyle Technology Solutions and Science Applications International Corporation. Under the agreement, the comp ... more
New US Missile Hits Target in Space

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