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        September 30, 2020
        ROCKET SCIENCE
        SpaceX improved Crew Dragon capsule for planned Oct. 31 launch



        Washington DC (UPI) Sep 29, 2020
        SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule received an improved heat shield and more powerful solar arrays for a six-month crewed mission planned to launch Oct. 31, the company said Tuesday. Liftoff is planned for 2:40 a.m. from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew 1 mission to the International Space Station will be the first regular flight for a Dragon spacecraft, which completed a demonstration flight with two astronauts Aug. 2. The launch will boost the number of astrona ... read more

        MOON DAILY
        UAE sets sights on the moon
        Dubai (AFP) Sept 29, 2020
        The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday it will launch an unmanned rover to the moon by 2024 as it seeks to expand its space sector. ... more
        MOON DAILY
        NASA and HeroX Seek Innovative Energy Solutions to Power Lunar Activities
        Houston TX (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        HeroX, the social network for innovation and the world's leading platform for crowdsourced solutions, has launched the prize competition "NASA's Watts on the Moon Challenge" on behalf of NASA. In su ... more
        MICROSAT BLITZ
        UK-built supercomputer nanosatellites set for take off
        London, UK (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        Four shoebox-sized and Government-backed satellites, including two supercomputers, were launched Monday 28 September. The 'nanosatellites', which are built in Glasgow and are no larger than a ... more
        SPACEMART
        Machine-learning nanosats to inform global trade
        Paris (ESA) Sep 29, 2020
        The latest batch of tiny satellites to monitor trade on Earth from space have launched. The Glaswegian-built nanosatellites join a fleet of about 100 objects in low Earth orbit that help to pr ... more
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        NanoAvionics launches second satellite for Lacuna Space's growing IoT satellite constellation
        Harwell Campus UK (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        NanoAvionics, a multinational nanosatellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, announced the successful launch of another Lacuna Space IoT satellite, and a third one being ready for launch at ... more
        TECH SPACE
        NOAA'S GOES-T satellite undergoes testing to simulate launch and orbit conditions
        Littleton CO (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        GOES-T, the third satellite in NOAA's GOES-R Series, is fully assembled and beginning a set of rigorous tests to ensure it can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment in w ... more
        MICROSAT BLITZ
        Exolaunch delivers 15 small satellites into orbit on a Soyuz Rideshare mission
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        Exolaunch, the leader in rideshare launch and deployment services for the New Space industry, announced a successful launch of 15 commercial, governmental and scientific satellites for its customers ... more
        TECH SPACE
        EPC Space announces family of space level qualified power transistors
        Haverhill MA (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        EPC Space announced a family of Rad Hard enhancement mode power transistors spanning a range of 40 Volts to 300 Volts, and 4 Amperes to 30 Amperes. These power transistors demonstrate significant pe ... more
        ROCKET SCIENCE
        Gryphon Technologies wins $14M DARPA task order to support the DRACO program
        Washington DC (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Gryphon Technologies ("Gryphon"), the leading provider of digital engineering, cyber, cloud solutions, ... more
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        ROCKET SCIENCE
        NASA, SpaceX to launch first Commercial Crew rotation mission to International Space Station
        Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        NASA and SpaceX are beginning a regular cadence of missions with astronauts launching on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Pr ... more
        MOON DAILY
        Simulations give clues to atmospheric loss from Moon's origin
        Durham UK (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        Earth could have lost anywhere between 10 and 60 percent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon. New research led by Durham University, UK, shows how the ex ... more
        ROCKET SCIENCE
        United Launch Alliance scrubs spy satellite launch 2nd time this week
        Washington DC (UPI) Sep 29, 2020
        United Launch Alliance scrubbed the launch of a spy satellite for the U.S. Department of Defense for the second time this week Tuesday due to weather-related complications. ... more
        IRON AND ICE
        NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins its Countdown to TAG
        Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        A historic moment is on the horizon for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. In just a few weeks, the robotic OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will descend to asteroid Bennu's boulder-strewn surface, touch down for a fe ... more
        MARSDAILY
        Study: Mars has four bodies of water underneath surface
        Washington DC (UPI) Sep 29, 2020
        Planetary scientists say in a new report that Mars has four subsurface lakes, which could be a habitat for life. ... more


        SwRI study describes discovery of close binary trans-Neptunian object

        STELLAR CHEMISTRY
        Scientists precisely measure total amount of matter in the universe
        Riverside CA (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        A top goal in cosmology is to precisely measure the total amount of matter in the universe, a daunting exercise for even the most mathematically proficient. A team led by scientists at the Universit ... more
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        SPACEMART
        Swarm announces pricing for world's lowest-cost satellite communications network
        Mountain View CA (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        Swarm Technologies, developer of the world's lowest-cost global satellite communications network, has announced details and pricing of its hardware and network services. Device connectivity remains ... more
        TECH SPACE
        Satcom to foster resilient digital systems
        Paris (ESA) Sep 29, 2020
        Telecommunications are becoming increasingly crucial to our society, economy and security. ESA is supporting the European satellite communication industry's efforts to identify how to meet future wo ... more
        EXO WORLDS
        CHEOPS space telescope makes ultra-precise temperature and size measurements of an unusual giant planet
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        Initial measurements made by the European CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) space telescope indicate that the giant planet, WASP-189b, located 326 light years from Earth, glows as hot as a ... more
        SPACE TRAVEL
        Russia reports 'non-standard' air leak on Space Station
        Moscow (AFP) Sept 29, 2020
        Russia said Tuesday that astronauts had found an air leak in its section of the International Space Station, with a senior space official calling the air loss beyond expected levels. ... more
        SPACE TRAVEL
        ISS Crew continues troubleshooting as tests isolate small leak
        Houston TX (NASA) Sep 30, 2020
        Late Monday night, the Expedition 63 crew was awakened by flight controllers to continue troubleshooting a small leak on the International Space Station that appeared to grow in size. Ground analysi ... more
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        Russia reports 'non-standard' air leak on Space Station
        Moscow (AFP) Sept 29, 2020
        Russia said Tuesday that astronauts had found an air leak in its section of the International Space Station, with a senior space official calling the air loss beyond expected levels. The crew on the ISS - Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner and NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy - have been searching for the air leak since August, first checking the US segment. Russia' ... more
        + ISS Crew continues troubleshooting as tests isolate small leak
        + NASA, US Space Force establish Foundation for broad collaboration
        + Trump tech war with China changes the game for US business
        + ISS moves to avoid space debris
        + Be a Space Traffic Controller
        + Aerospace Corporation dives into the future
        + Small leak of ammonia detected at US Segment of ISS
        United Launch Alliance scrubs spy satellite launch 2nd time this week
        Washington DC (UPI) Sep 29, 2020
        United Launch Alliance scrubbed the launch of a spy satellite for the U.S. Department of Defense for the second time this week Tuesday due to weather-related complications. The launch of the company's powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket was derailed after local weather delayed pre-launch preparations, including issues with a Mobile Service Tower. "When MST roll began we discovered a h ... more
        + Rocket Factory Augsburg signs agreement with Andoya Space for maiden flight
        + Gryphon Technologies wins $14M DARPA task order to support the DRACO program
        + SpaceX improved Crew Dragon capsule for planned Oct. 31 launch
        + AgniKul Cosmos partners with Alaska Aerospace to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex
        + NASA awards launch services contract for IMAP mission
        + NASA, SpaceX to launch first Commercial Crew rotation mission to International Space Station
        + Space Force to start flying on reused SpaceX rockets


        NASA's New Mars Rover Is Ready for Space Lasers
        Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 29, 2020
        When the Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon, they brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors. The plan was for scientists on Earth to aim lasers at them and calculate the time it took for the beams to return. This provided exceptionally precise measurements of the Moon's orbit and shape, including how it changed slightly based on Earth's gra ... more
        + Study: Mars has four bodies of water underneath surface
        + ExoMars moves on
        + Could life exist deep underground on Mars
        + Perseverance will use x-rays to hunt fossils
        + China's Mars probe completes second orbital correction
        + Study shows difficulty in finding evidence of life on Mars
        + AFRL technology traveling to Mars
        NASA chief warns Congress about Chinese space station
        Washington (AFP) Sept 23, 2020
        NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth's orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage. The first parts of the ISS were launched in 1998 and it has been continuously lived in since 2000. The station, which serves as a space science lab and is a partners ... more
        + China's new carrier rocket available for public view
        + China sends nine satellites into orbit by sea launch
        + Chinese spacecraft launched mystery object into space before returning to Earth
        + China's reusable spacecraft returns to Earth after 2 days
        + Mars-bound Tianwen 1 hits milestone
        + China's Mars probe over 8m km away from Earth
        + China seeks payload ideas for mission to moon, asteroid
        TECHNOLOGY NEWS
        EOS Data Analytics to launch satellite with Dragonfly Multispectral Imagers in 2022
        Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
        EOS Data Analytics has announced the conclusion of an agreement with Dragonfly Aerospace for the delivery of two HR-250 high-performance multispectral imagers. A satellite equipped with the Dragonfl ... more
        Despite pandemic-related setbacks, the NewSpace industry has new players enter the field
        Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2020
        In the United States, NewSpace companies, including SpaceX, Rocket Lab, and Firefly Aerospace, and giants like Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and Lockheed Martin, have avoided the massive layo ... more
        Redcliffe Partners' Ukrainian Space Regulation Review
        Kyiv, Ukraine (SPX) Sep 24, 2020
        Over the past decade, the aerospace industry has evolved from a race by countries for kudos into an accelerator of economic and scientific development, where technology travels freely between differ ... more
        Swarm announces pricing for world's lowest-cost satellite communications network
        Mountain View CA (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        Swarm Technologies, developer of the world's lowest-cost global satellite communications network, has announced details and pricing of its hardware and network services. Device connectivity remains inaccessible for millions of people worldwide and is prohibitively expensive for many industries. Swarm's commercial satellite network solves this problem. From the shipping lanes of the Bosphor ... more
        + Machine-learning nanosats to inform global trade
        + NanoAvionics launches second satellite for Lacuna Space's growing IoT satellite constellation
        + SpaceX postpones Starlink launch as thick clouds persist
        + Redcliffe Partners' Ukrainian Space Regulation Review
        + ESA brings space industry together online
        + UK's OneWeb resumes satellite production after bankruptcy
        + Rocket policy must not be limited by capital, liability: Startups
        How intense and dangerous is cosmic radiation on the Moon
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        The Chang'e-4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January 2019, with a German instrument for measuring space radiation on board. Since then, the Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry (LND) instrument has been measuring temporally resolved cosmic radiation for the first time. Earlier devices could only record the entire 'mission dose'. In its current issue, the scientifi ... more
        + EPC Space announces family of space level qualified power transistors
        + Satcom to foster resilient digital systems
        + NOAA'S GOES-T satellite undergoes testing to simulate launch and orbit conditions
        + Radiation levels on Moon 2.6 times greater than ISS: study
        + Connecting optical observations to chemical changes
        + 18 SPCS now predicts debris-on-debris collisions in space, enhancing Space Domain Awareness for all
        + Arianespace to resume OneWeb constellation deployment


        CHEOPS space telescope makes ultra-precise temperature and size measurements of an unusual giant planet
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        Initial measurements made by the European CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) space telescope indicate that the giant planet, WASP-189b, located 326 light years from Earth, glows as hot as a small star as it orbits its central star at high speed on an unusual orbit that takes it close to the star's poles. At 3200 degrees Celsius, it is one of the hottest bodies of the over 4000 kno ... more
        + Is there other life in the universe
        + Exoplanet hunter snares 'extreme' superhot world
        + Let them eat rocks
        + Evolution of radio-resistance is more complicated than previously thought
        + Water on exoplanet cloud tops could be found with hi-tech instrumentation
        + Professor verifies centuries-old conjecture about the formation of the Solar System
        + Astronomers discover an Earth-sized "pi planet" with a 3.14-day orbit
        SwRI study describes discovery of close binary trans-Neptunian object
        San Antonio TX (SPX) Sep 29, 2020
        A new study authored by Southwest Research In-stitute scientists Rodrigo Leiva and Marc Buie reveals the binary nature of a trans-Neptunian object (TNO). Leiva and Buie utilized data obtained by the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network (RECON), a citizen science research net-work dedicated to observing the outer solar system. The study was published this month in The Astrophy ... more
        + JPL meets unique challenge, delivers radar hardware for Jupiter Mission
        + Astronomers characterize Uranian moons using new imaging analysis
        + Jupiter's moons could be warming each other
        + Atomistic modelling probes the behavior of matter at the center of Jupiter
        + Technology ready to explore subsurface oceans on Ganymede
        + Large shift on Europa was last event to fracture its surface
        + The Sun May Have Started Its Life with a Binary Companion


        US-Qatar Partnership aims to find buried water in Earth's deserts
        Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 29, 2020
        Earth's driest ecosystems are a study in extremes: They can be blazingly hot stretches of sand like the Sahara Desert or shatteringly cold expanses of ice such as those in Greenland and Antarctica. These arid regions receive very little annual precipitation, and the effects of climate change in these ecosystems are poorly understood. A joint effort between NASA and the Qatar Foundation aims to a ... more
        + Bottled water billionaire pips Jack Ma to become China's richest
        + Turkey seeks new life for submerged tourist town
        + With global warming, marine heatwaves like 'The Blob' could be commonplace
        + Florida researchers achieve successful spawning of transplanted coral
        + Warming oceans more 'stable' and that's bad, scientists warn
        + Southern hemisphere could see up to 30% less rain at end of the century
        + China launches new satellite to monitor ocean environment
        Fourth GPS 3 Satellite Encapsulated Ahead of Launch
        Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Space Vehicle 04 (GPS III SV04) satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations Florida facility on Sept. 21 in preparation for its upcoming launch on Sept. 29 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 15-minute launch window opens at 9:55 p.m. EDT. Encap ... more
        + Government to explore new ways of delivering 'sat nav' for the UK
        + Tech combo is a real game-changer for farming
        + Launch of Russia's Glonass-K satellite postponed until October
        + GPS 3 receives operational acceptance
        + Air Force navigation technology satellite passes critical design review
        + Software upgrades for Beidou to continue
        + Beidou's eye can help spot and stop rampant illegal mining


        UAE sets sights on the moon
        Dubai (AFP) Sept 29, 2020
        The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday it will launch an unmanned rover to the moon by 2024 as it seeks to expand its space sector. The UAE - a collection of seven emirates better known for its skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands and opulent mega attractions - is a newcomer to the world of space exploration but quickly making its mark. In September 2019, the oil-rich country sent the ... more
        + NASA and HeroX Seek Innovative Energy Solutions to Power Lunar Activities
        + Simulations give clues to atmospheric loss from Moon's origin
        + Japan aiming to send hopping spacecraft fuelled by lunar water to Moon
        + NASA reveals new details of $28B Artemis lunar landing program
        + Experience, charisma will steer NASA's choice for first woman on moon
        + NASA publishes Artemis plan to return Americans to Moon in 2024
        + NASA plans for return to Moon to cost $28 billion
        GMV to carry out the development phase of the GNC system to guide the HERA mission
        Madrid, Spain (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        On 15 September, the European Space Agency (ESA) signed with the German company OHB the 129.4-million euro contract covering the detailed design, manufacturing, and testing of the HERA mission. This mission, ESA's first ever planetary defense mission, will be Europe's contribution to an international asteroid deflection effort carried out jointly with NASA and due for lift-off in October 2024. ... more
        + NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins its Countdown to TAG
        + Second Alignment Plane of Solar System Discovered
        + SwRI instruments on Rosetta help detect ultraviolet aurora at comet
        + US probe to touch down on asteroid Bennu on October 20
        + School bus-size asteroid to safely zoom past Earth
        + Comet Chury's ultraviolet aurora
        + Ryugu's rocky past laid bare


        China sends two environmental monitoring satellites into space
        Taiyuan, China (XNA) Sep 29, 2020
        China has successfully launched two environmental monitoring satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on Sunday. A Long March-4B rocket carrying the HJ-2A and HJ-2B satellites took off at 11:23 a.m. (Beijing Time), according to the launch center. They will replace the HJ-1A and HJ-1B, the previous generation of environmental monitoring satellite ... more
        + First AI image from space with HyperScout
        + First group of Gaofen pictures are clearest ever
        + New research on how planetary forces shape the Earth's surface
        + Kleos Scouting Mission launch update
        + MethaneSAT completes critical design review, moves into production phase
        + Air pollution in a post-COVID-19 world
        + USSF and NOAA begin joint operations of infrared weather satellite
        Can ripples on the sun help predict solar flares
        Berkeley UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2020
        Solar flares are violent explosions on the sun that fling out high-energy charged particles, sometimes toward Earth, where they disrupt communications and endanger satellites and astronauts. But as scientists discovered in 1996, flares can also create seismic activity - sunquakes - releasing impulsive acoustic waves that penetrate deep into the sun's interior. While the relationship betwee ... more
        + Nanojets shine light on heating of the Solar Corona
        + Solar storm forecasts for Earth improved with help from the public
        + Citizen scientists help improve space weather forecasts
        + Solar Cycle 25 is here. NASA, NOAA scientists explain what that means
        + How scientists around the world track the Solar Cycle
        + Sunspot cycle is stabilizing, according to worldwide panel of experts
        + The presence of resonating cavities above sunspots has been confirmed


        Astrophysicist probes cosmic "dark matter detector"
        Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 30, 2020
        A University of Colorado Boulder astrophysicist is searching the light coming from a distant, and extremely powerful celestial object, for what may be the most elusive substance in the universe: dark matter. In two recent studies, Jeremy Darling, a professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, has taken a deep look at PSR J1745-2900. This body is a magnetar, or a typ ... more
        + Scientists precisely measure total amount of matter in the universe
        + Water trapped in star dust
        + Controlling ultrastrong light-matter coupling at room temperature
        + Sounds from around the Milky Way
        + New technology is a 'science multiplier' for astronomy
        + Astronomers capture stellar winds in unprecedented detail
        + Major NSF grant accelerates development of the Giant Magellan Telescope
        Ecologists confirm Alan Turing's theory for Australian fairy circles
        Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Sep 23, 2020
        Fairy circles are one of nature's greatest enigmas and most visually stunning phenomena. An international research team led by the University of Gottingen has now, for the first time, collected detailed data to show that Alan Turing's model explains the striking vegetation patterns of the Australian fairy circles. In addition, the researchers showed that the grasses that make up these patterns a ... more
        + Radio astronomers join moon mission to explore early universe
        + Remembrance of waves past: memory imprints motion on scattered waves
        + New approach to exotic quantum matter
        + Cosmic X-rays reveal an indubitable signature of black holes
        + Why there is no speed limit in the superfluid universe
        + New calculation refines comparison of matter with antimatter
        + Large Hadron Collider upgrade to be led by Manchester scientists
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