US Bans Technology Export for Russian Spektr-UV Telescope Project

Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 28, 2014

The United States is trying to block the implementation of a major international project on the creation of a satellite observatory by banning the supply of certain technology to Russia, the Izvestia newspaper reported Thursday.

“…this year, the United States introduced additional restrictions on the supply of high-tech products to Russia and this has affected our contract,” Boris Shusto —> Read More Here

Star Trek-like invisible shield found thousands of miles above Earth

Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 28, 2014

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons,” which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar storms.

The barrier to the particle motion was discovered in the Van Allen radiati —> Read More Here

Soyuz at Kourou ready to loft another batch of O3b Networks birds

Paris (SPX) Nov 28, 2014

Payload processing for Arianespace’s third Soyuz mission at the service of O3b Networks has reached full speed, with all four connectivity satellites now at the Spaceport – where fueling and integration operations are underway.

Preparations for the launch have included delivery of the final member in the four-spacecraft cluster to French Guiana, the start-up of fueling for the satellites, —> Read More Here

Robot returns 3-D images under Antarctic sea sheets

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 26, 2014

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured and mapped the underside of sea-ice floes in three areas off the Antarctic Peninsula that were previously inaccessible.

The results of the research wer —> Read More Here

Polish astronomers spot young Stellar Bridge in the Magellanic Clouds

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 28, 2014

Polish astronomers from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) have discovered a young stellar bridge, that forms a continuous connection between the Magellanic Clouds. This finding is based on number density maps for stellar populations found in data gathered by OGLE. This is the most extensive optical survey of this region up to date.

“We find that the young population is pr —> Read More Here

NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2014

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.

The Van Allen belts are a collection of charged particles, gathered in place by Earth’s magnetic field. They can wax and wane in response to incoming energy from the sun, —> Read More Here

DIRECTV-14 “pointed” for liftoff on next week’s dual payload mission

Paris (SPX) Nov 28, 2014

The upper passenger for Arianespace’s dual-satellite launch from French Guiana next week has been encapsulated in its protective payload fairing, preparing the DIRECTV-14 relay platform for its integration on Ariane 5

During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building for Ariane 5, DIRECTV-14 was mounted on the launcher’s SYLDA dispenser unit, followed by the lowering of a large og —> Read More Here

3-D Printer Creates First Object in Space on ISS

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 28, 2014

The International Space Station’s 3-D printer has manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space, paving the way to future long-term space expeditions. “This first print is the initial step toward providing an on-demand machine shop capability away from Earth,” said Niki Werkheiser, project manager for the International Space Station 3-D Printer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunt —> Read More Here

Orion on Track at T MINUS 1 Week to First Blastoff

Orion atop Delta 4 Heavy Booster.   Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Orion EFT-1 spacecraft atop Delta 4 Heavy Booster at Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of launch set for Dec. 4, 2014. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

At T MINUS 1 Week on this Thanksgiving Holiday, all launch processing events remain on track for the first blast off of NASA’s new Orion crew vehicle on Dec. 4, 2014 which marks the first step on the long road to send Humans to Mars in the 2030s.(…)
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