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February 19, 2017
MOON DAILY
India Takes Russian Help to Analyze Chemical Composition of Lunar Surface



New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2017
ISRO has started a series of ground tests for testing the performance of sensors and actuators for soft landing of the Lander on the lunar surface. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has selected Russian company JSC Isotope for supply of Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils. "Supplied by JSC Isotope sources will be installed on the Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) aimed at analyzing the lunar surface within ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Russian scientists find 13kg of meteorites in Iranian Desert
A team of Russian geologists from Ural Federal University recently returned from an expedition in the Lut desert in the east of Iran. The team found 13 kilograms of meteorite-like material. Sputnik ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Russia's first private space tourism craft flight test set for 2020
First flight tests of Russia's reusable suborbital space tourism craft are slated for 2020, the head of the company that is spearheading the effort told Sputnik. Pavel Pushkin, director of Cos ... more
SPACEMART
Italy, Russia working closely on Mars exploration, Earth monitoring satellites
There are neither sanctions nor politics in space and cooperation there between Russia, the US and Europe is absolutely vital. In an interview with Sputnik, the head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
HSE experts investigate how order emerges from chaos
Igor Kolokolov and Vladimir Lebedev, scientific experts from HSE's Faculty of Physics and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, have developed an analytical th ... more
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GPS NEWS
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
In the event of an all-out war with Pakistan or China, signals from GLONASS and NAVIC will undoubtedly have multiplier impact and help India to target its whole suite of missiles on its rivals. Amid ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Looking to the future: Russia, US mull post-ISS cooperation in space
NASA may have to book seats for American astronauts on Russian Soyuz spaceships in 2018. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Internationa ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
The diversity of species on Earth is generating itself
If competition is the main evolutionary driver, why can so many species coexist within the same ecosystem instead to have a few that dominate? This a long and central question in ecology. Many ideas ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Russian Baltic Fleet Carries Out Air Defense Drills Using S-400 Systems
The Russian Baltic Fleet's S-400 air defense systems destroyed more than 30 targets during drills. The Russian Baltic Fleet has carried out air defense drills in the Kaliningrad region using the lat ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Commercial Launch of Proton-M Carrier Rocket Planned For Early April - Roscosmos
A commercial launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket is planned for the beginning of April, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Igor Komarov said. Earlier, the engines of the second and third ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russian Space Agency Develops Program to Improve Carrier Rocket Assembly Quality
Russia's Roscosmos has developed a special program to improve the Soyuz carrier rockets' quality amid an accident with the Progress cargo spacecraft two months ago. Russia's state space agency Rosc ... more


Study traces black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic

NUKEWARS
China Boosting Nuclear Capabilities, Narrowing Gap With US, Russia
China is likely to change the rules of the game in the Asian-Pacific region: in the coming years Beijing may narrow the gap with the US in terms of strategic nuclear capabilities, Russian military e ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Progress MS-03 cargo spacecraft to reenter January 31
Representative of the Russian Mission Control Center said that Progress MS-03 cargo spacecraft, which has served out its time at the International Space Station, will be undocked and drowned in the ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
One-year mission investigators debut preliminary results at NASA work
Preliminary research results for the NASA One-Year Mission debuted last week at an annual NASA conference. Last March, two men landed back on Earth after having spent nearly one year in space. NASA ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia to call tender for 2nd Phase of Vostochny Spaceport construction in Fall
Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos plans to call an open tender for the second stage of the Vostochny Cosmodrome construction in autumn 2017, in the light of abolition of the Federal Agency ... more

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US and Russia agree to boost military communications: Pentagon
The US and Russian militaries agreed to "enhance communications" after a meeting between their top commanders in Azerbaijan on Thursday, the Pentagon said. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford and his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov discussed military relations between the two countries as well as security in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere during their meeting in ... more
China FM to attend G20 meeting alongside Tillerson

Flynn resignation has 'no impact' on US message to NATO: Pentagon chief

NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea

Lockheed Martin to build additional Trident II missiles
Lockheed Martin received a $540 million contract modification for Trident II ballistic fleet missile production and deployed system support. The modification supports production efforts for the U.S. Navy and the British Royal Navy. The Trident II is currently equipped on the U.S. Navy's Ohio-class submarines as well as the Royal Navy's Vanguard-class submarines. The U.S. Departme ... more
US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch

China expels dozens of S. Korean missionaries

China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft

Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

Fear has made me stronger: Hong Kong bookseller

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Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries
Li-S batteries are considered as promising alternatives for Li-ion batteries in the new generation of energy storages, due to high specific capacity (1675 mAh/g) and energy density (2600 mWh/g) of sulfur. But the poor conductivity of sulfur and severe shuttle effect of reaction intermediates destory the stability of this system. A variety of porous carbon materials have been applied as sul ... more
Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries

UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats

Station crew get special delivery from Virginia
This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the International Space ... more
Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

New Instrument on ISS to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

IAI secures $30 million in signals intelligence contracts
Israel Aerospace Industries received $30 million in contracts to supply signals and communication intelligence capabilities to unnamed customers. The contracts, awarded to IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems, facilitate the delivery of an advanced communication intelligence system, or COMINT to an unidentified operator in Europe. ELTA is also tasked with supplying a signal intelligence suite to ... more
Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

Engie, Airbus tapped to support French defense networks

Honeywell's Gold Shield to be used in vests for Brazil's police
Police in Minas Gerais, the second-largest state in Brazil, are to receive protective vests made from Honeywell's Gold Shield ballistic composite materials. The new vests are being manufactured by Glagio do Brasil. Honeywell says the material affords users more flexibility and improved protection compared with other body armor types. The company adds the material is ideal for environmen ... more
Elbit supplying mortar fire control units to U.S. Army

U.S. Navy to buy 40 MRAP MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles

Chinese weapons reaching 'near-parity' with West: study

Military Radar Summit 2017
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available. By adding a catalyst, a hydrogen separating membrane and carbon dioxide sorbent to the century-old four-stroke engine cycle, researchers have demonstrated ... more
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers

Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
The Alpine skiing season may be much shorter by century's end, and limited to a smaller area, said a climate study Thursday warning of snow cover loss as high as 70 percent. Most climate models predict increased winter precipitation due to global warming, scientists wrote in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal The Cryosphere. But with temperatures rising too, the is likely to be ... more
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

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NASA to develop oxygen recovery technologies for future deep space missions
NASA has selected two proposals for the development of oxygen recovery technologies that could help astronauts breathe a little easier on deep space, long-duration missions. The agency will invest as much as $2 million and 24 months for the development of each proposal into a complete and integrated system for NASA testing. "The development of advanced life support technologies will allow ... more
Art and space enter a new dimension

Russia's first private space tourism craft flight test set for 2020

Next SpaceX mission will deliver slew of experiment payloads to ISS

Colombia, ELN announce first accord at peace talks
Colombia's government and the country's last active rebel force announced a preliminary agreement in their work toward a permanent ceasefire at peace talks on Thursday. The government is seeking a peace deal with the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) to seal "complete peace" after signing an accord last year with the bigger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Following a ... more
US used depleted uranium rounds in anti-IS air strikes: military

Turkey says clearing Syria town of remaining IS militants

Colombia's ELN commits new 'terrorist' kidnapping: army

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Resource-rich Ghana facing mixed economic prospects
Emerging oil and gas producer Ghana could see its economy improve, though certain sectors are expected to face challenges, Moody's Investors Service found. Moody's said it expected the Ghanaian economy to grow by 6.5 percent in gross domestic product this year, compared with an average annual growth rate of around 4 percent during the two-year period ending last year. The Interna ... more
Norway sees job prospects improving in oil and gas

Austrian energy group OMV says retooling paid off

Libya asks NATO for security help

IAI secures $30 million in signals intelligence contracts
Israel Aerospace Industries received $30 million in contracts to supply signals and communication intelligence capabilities to unnamed customers. The contracts, awarded to IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems, facilitate the delivery of an advanced communication intelligence system, or COMINT to an unidentified operator in Europe. ELTA is also tasked with supplying a signal intelligence suite to ... more
Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

Engie, Airbus tapped to support French defense networks

Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons. ... more
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

AFCENT Airmen fight from ultimate high ground
As adversaries and challenges evolve in dynamic battlefields across the globe, U.S. service members from U.S. Air Forces Central Command are using cutting-edge technology to support and defend joint and coalition warfighters. Before combatants meet on the battlefield, a war occurs in a domain where Airmen from space-centric career fields bring a global network of assets and experts togethe ... more
Atlas V to launch classified US payload March 1

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