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Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 19, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/solid-oxide-fuel-cell-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Washington State University researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace. The researchers determined a way to improve one of the primary failure points for the fuel cell, overcoming key issues that have hindered its acceptance. Their work is featured on t
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/three-types-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Just as many of us might be resigned to clogged salt shakers or rush-hour traffic, those working to exploit the special properties of carbon nanotubes have typically shrugged their shoulders when these tiniest of cylinders fill with water during processing. But for nanotube practitioners who have reached their Popeye threshold and "can't stands no more," the National Institute of Standards
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/antpq-36-firefinder-mobile-radar-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The U.S. Army delivered AN-TPQ-36 Firefinder radar systems to the Ukrainian military, the service's Security Assistance Command said Wednesday. The delivery took place July 2, the Army said in a statement. The Q-36 radar, with its early detection capability, will help defend against rocket, mortar and artillery attacks, "a constant and lethal threat to military personnel and civi
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/andes-rock-eroded-at-slow-rates-stratification-sandstone-tectonic-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> An unprecedented record of erosion rates dating back millions of years shows a significant time-lag between tectonic uplift and maximum erosion rates in the Argentine Precordillera mountains. According to a new study by an international team of scientists, tectonic shortening and exhumation of rocks peaked between twelve and nine million years ago whereas the maximum erosional response is detect
Buffalo NY (SPX) Jul 21, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/fossil-planktonic-foraminifera-tanzania-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> A new study of nearly 22,000 fossils finds that ancient plankton communities began changing in important ways as much as 400,000 years before massive die-offs ensued during the first of Earth's five great extinctions. The research, published July 18 in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on large zooplankton called graptolites. It suggests that
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/aerospike-engine-garvey-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Vector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced it has finalized the acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. As part of the acquisition, Garvey Spacecraft Corporation Founder and CEO John Garvey joins Vector Space Systems as Chief Technology Officer. F
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/apxs-spectrometer-curiosity-msl-robotic-arm-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer - the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. Using software developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Curiosity is now frequently choosing multiple targets per week for a laser and a telescopic camera t
European Commission<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/ariane-5-pad-marker-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jul 22, 2016 Following an in-depth review, the European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Arianespace by Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), a joint venture between Airbus and Safran. This approval is subject to conditions. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "A well-functioning satellite and l
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/bepicolombo-montage-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Humanity's next visitor to the solar system's innermost planet remains on track for April 2018, according to the project's scientist. The BepiColombo mission, being developed jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is currently ahead of its final acceptance tests that will prepare it for shipment to the launch site. "BepiColombo is on t
Nottingham UK (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/container-ship-green-panama-trade-transport-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> The University of Nottingham and Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) are investigating how to prevent shipping Global Positioning Signals (GPS) being jammed in potential cyberattacks that may cause vessels to go off course and collide or run aground. Big, modern ships are highly automated with networked navigational systems, including differential GPS (DGPS) which offers more accurate po
Paris (ESA) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/dna-space-radiation-nasa-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key element of the new system launched to orbit with Monday's Falcon 9 launch to the International Space Station, ensuring it is in place for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 21, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/earth-system-models-simulate-northern-hemisphere-greening-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans and their relationship with airborne particles and clouds. PACE will use a wide spectrum of wavelengths from an "ocean color" instrument to provide scientists with this information. "PACE repres
Bern, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/extrasolar-kepler22-super-earth-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Normally computers speed up calculations. But with his new pen-and-paper formula Kevin Heng of the University of Bern gets his results thousands of times faster than using conventional computer codes. The astrophysicist calculates the abundances of molecules (known as atmospheric chemistry) in exoplanetary atmospheres. Ultimately, deciphering the abundances of molecules allows us to interpret if
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/inside-fuel-tank-sls-space-launch-system-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> How do you learn how to build stronger, lighter rockets and spacecraft structures? Come up with a totally new design, use an innovative material, build the rocket part and then break it. That's exactly how engineers not only learn how a structure will perform during one test, but also learn how to use high-tech models to predict how a structure will perform before it ever gets to the launch pad.
Guildford UK (SPX) Jul 22, 2016<br/> <img src="http://www.spxdaily.com/images-bg/sstl-surrey-satellite-technology-vesta-satellite-platform-bg.jpg" hspace=5 vspace=2 align=right border=0 width=160 height=128> Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency. John Paffett, S

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