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The company has test-fired the flight version of its new Raptor rocket engine for the first time, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday (Feb. 3).  “First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!!” Musk said via Twitter. [Images: SpaceX’s Giant Spaceship for Mars Colony & Beyond] The billionaire entrepreneur also
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The European Space Agency (ESA) and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) entered into a three-year strategic partnership to develop ways of integrating terrestrial 5G networks with satellite. VTT lauded the partnership as a way to make sure 5G is truly ubiquitous. (It also viewed the new ESA deal, not unreasonably, as a vote of
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The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at £14.8bn, science minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that compared to the 2016 survey, income was up from £13.7bn to £14.8bn, employment was
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Australian politics AFP says new encryption laws have helped coerce suspects into unlocking devices Australian federal police says threat of tougher penalties successfully used in drug and child exploitation investigations Police have already used the threat of higher penalties contained in encryption legislation to coerce criminal suspects to unlock digital devices such as phones. Although
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David Levine called current cybersecurity regulations ‘a patchwork’ and said despite some guidance, many questions remain. The retirement industry has no unified cybersecurity approach to protect sensitive data and an amalgam of federal and state regulations don’t offer any clear approach for security within the retirement space, industry sources said. No federal regulation comprehensively governs
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Opening March 27, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is taking guests from the theater to the theme park with the launch of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, this impressive expansion features three new rides and numerous attractions, all inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO®
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The Hubble Space Telescope shows the luminous explosion of supernova 1987a within the Large Magellanic Cloud, the neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way. Credit: R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and M. Mutchler and R. Avila (STScI)/NASA/ESA On Feb. 23, 1987, the light from a giant, exploding star reached
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SpaceChain (SPC*) had a good 24 hours as the cryptocurrency jumped $0.00120978 or 27.50% trading at $0.00560898. According to Top Cryptocoin Experts, SpaceChain (SPC*) eyes $0.006169878 target on the road to $0.0134819309617227. SPC* last traded at HitBTC exchange. It had high of $0.0071487 and low of $0.00406926 for February 2-3. The open was $0.0043992. About
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Dan Morehead, the CEO of bitcoin investment firm Pantera Capital, says everyone needs to chill out about the current Crypto Winter. Morehead reminded the myopic industry that the crypto space had weathered similar bear markets before, and this one actually bodes well for the future of bitcoin and blockchain. ‘Underlying Fundamentals Are Much Stronger’ Pantera
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Art depicting SpaceIL’s Beresheet Lander on the moon. Credit: SpaceIL John Horack, Neil Armstrong Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University “Moon of Israel” is an epic 1924 film from the golden era of silent movies, and helped launch the directing career of Michael Curtiz, of “Casablanca” fame. Sequels seldom live
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Satellites keep a watchful eye on planet Earth to help monitor life-threatening situations. Credit: Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory Mackenzie Thompson manages marketing and mission fulfillment initiatives with the Disque Foundation and the Save a Life Initiative, which help communities learn lifesaving techniques like CPR — a valuable skill to have both on Earth and in
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Speaking at a space industry conference in Brussels last Tuesday (January 22) Ms Bienkowska said the the EU should follow US President Donald Trump’s lead by developing its own space force, as well as drawing up colonisation plans. However, Dr Stuart Eves, Lead Mission Concepts Engineer for Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, was unconvinced. With respect to the
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A.J.S. Rayl • February 2, 2019 Sols 5311–5341 As a string of dust storms moved through Meridiani Planum and over Endeavour Crater in January, Opportunity silently wrapped her fifteenth year on the surface of Mars. While the storms raised enough dust to turn the skies noticeably hazy all around the planet, they also raised hope that Mars
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For many space enthusiasts, the Chinese space program’s lunar flights have been thrilling to watch. More than a decade ago, China launched the first of its robotic Chang’e missions, and the country has consistently built up ever-greater capabilities as it targets the Earth’s natural satellite. In Chinese mythology, Chang’e was a beautiful young girl who
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The rocket launch business is expensive and risky, and then there are the technical requirements: Launch providers have to ensure a customer’s delicate and expensive spacecraft survives the trip to orbit. But Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is showing things can be done differently, according to Morgan Stanley analysts Adam Jonas and Armintas Sinkevicius. In a note
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really, really cold this week — and a NASA satellite monitoring air temperatures confirms the sentiment. An instrument called Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, on the Aqua satellite has been measuring the temperature of air masses across the United States. Aqua itself launched in 2002 and carries a half dozen different instruments designed to study
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CBS’ “Lets Make a Deal” is planning a special “Star Trek”-themed episode for its Feb. 4 episode – including an appearance by “Star Trek: Discovery’s” Mary Chieffo. First reported by Deadline, this unique crossover is helped in part due to CBS/Paramount owning both franchises. “The reason the ‘Star Trek’ episode is so exciting for us is because this
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Bitcoin being traded from space? Sound futuristic and far-fetched? Well, in fact, it is already happening. Take Canadian-based Blockstream, described by its CEO, Adam Back, as a Bitcoin/blockchain “infrastructure company” that offers multiple crypto-related products and network services. Its Liquid Network platform has leased capacity on five geostationary (GEO) satellites so Blockstream can tap into
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Global Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Space Market Research Report analysis is a complete study which focuses on global market trends and growth opportunities. The report presents an overview and detailed Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Space segmentation based on type, application and research regions. The Global Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Space Market is expected to depict
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It’s time to rethink manufacturability and seriously consider “pop-up” manufacturing, an on-site manufacturing center brought to customer hubs. Satellite constellations are the new standard of the space economy. Iridium Communications paved the way for others to launch their own constellation programs like SpaceX and OneWeb. The FCC has issued more than 19,000 licenses for satellites communications
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For the U.S. government, self-insuring isn’t always the best policy This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The commercial space industry would look very different today without insurance. Given the historic failure rate of rockets and the technical complexities of satellite operations, very few private investors, financial institutions or
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A view from the Very Large Telescope array in Chile shows four auxiliary telescopes under the Large and Small Magellanic clouds and the Milky Way. Credit: Miguel Claro Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory
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From the International Space Station’s orbit about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, crewmembers enjoy unique — and stunning — views of our home planet, as new footage from the station shows once again. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, shared the footage on Twitter yesterday (Jan. 30). The time-lapse view from the orbiting laboratory showcases the bright
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