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Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 15, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spintronic-organic-light-emitting-diode-glowing-orange-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Spintronics is an emerging field of technology where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than their charge. The field can bring significant advantages to computer technology, combining higher speeds with lower energy consumption. Spintronic circuits need ways to control electron spin without interference from electron charge. Scientists at EPFL, working with Universit
Sparks, Nev. (UPI) Oct 15, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/microsat-stpsat1-art-left-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A next-generation science and technology demonstration satellite is being built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems unit for the U.S. military. The STPSat-5 is for the Department of Defense's Space Test Program, or STP, and will carry four scientific payloads to low-Earth orbit. The satellite's mission, scheduled for 2016, will support development of future national
Waltham, Mass. (UPI) Oct 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/talon-4-engineer-mine-detecting-counter-ies-robot-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A new man-transportable, tactical robot has been introduced into the military and law enforcement market by QinetiQ North America. The robot, displayed at the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., is the TALON V. It is the first tactical, man-transportable robot that has successfully completed the U.S. Army's TARDEC Interoperability Profile testi
Dallas (UPI) Oct 16, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/thaad-fire-grey-sky-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Ground components for a key element of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System are to be manufactured and delivered by Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for Terminal High Altitude Defense system equipment covers interceptor launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares. The contract value is $124.6 million. "
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 17, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/arabidopsis-thaliana-seeds-seedling-growth-2-mission-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Plants-literally rooted in Earth-lack locomotion. And although plants may appear static, even the tiniest seedlings are sophisticated organisms that sense and respond to their environment. Seedlings may not travel, but they do move. An international team of NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) researchers are studying the growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings - also know
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/argentina-arsat-1-satellite-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Argentina has successfully launched its first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite Thursday, USA Today reported. "ARSAT-1 is on its way to space. What a thrill," Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner wrote on her Twitter account. The satellite will occupy the 81 West orbital slot, 36,000 km away from earth. ARSAT-1 is the first satellite
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/pancam-mars-merb-comet-c2013-a1-siding-spring-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sunday (Oct. 19). Images of comet A1 Siding Spring from the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) are online a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceima
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/hubble-galaxy-cluster-abell-2744-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy - one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be the tip of the iceberg. "This galaxy is an example of what i
Beijing (XNA) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/long-march-5-rocket-family-cz200-cz320-cz504-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province, China's fourth and most advanced space launch center, has been completed and it will soon become operational, People's Daily reported on Friday. The center is designed to handle next-generation rockets and space station modules. Building work began in 2009. Situated on the northeast coast of Hainan, about 60 km from H
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/mars-mro-nilosyrtis-mensae-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has sent home more data about Mars than all other missions combined, is also now providing data about a comet that buzzed The Red Planet. The orbiter continues operating in good health after sheltering behind Mars during the half hour when high-velocity dust particles from comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring had the most chance of reaching the paths of M
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-launch-cape-canaveral-april-18-2014-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars. "Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars are significantly different than tho
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/radar-image-venus-ovda-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen from orbit in visible light because of the planet's hot, dense, cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate th
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/meteor-spix-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Astronomers say this week's annual Orionid meteor shower, which is scheduled to peak overnight Tuesday, will be one of the best in years. But for many Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Pacific Northwest, it will all be for nothing, as storms are expected to scatter clouds over much of the United States. In the Midwest, South and Southwest, clear skies and a new moon
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/midnight-sun-solar-eclipse-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and ... crescent-shaped. "It's a partial solar eclipse," explains longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. In other words, the New Moon is going to 'take a bite' out of the sun. A total eclipse is when the Moon p
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/glonass-gps-device-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) is set to offer financial support for domestic companies to develop projects using the GLONASS navigation system in Russia and abroad pending government approval, Izvestia reports. VEB's sister fund -"VEB Innovations" will set up the "GLONASS Fund" within the fourth quarter of this year; funds will be made available by next February-

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