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November 12, 2020
China's BDS-3 improves timing service

Beijing (XNA) Nov 10, 2020
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3) has improved its timing service, according to a new study. Researchers from the National Time Service Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences analyzed the time transfer performance of BDS-3 signals. Results showed that the time transfer performance of the BDS-3 is over 50 percent higher than that of the BDS-2. After conducting the zero-baseline common clock time comparison and other analyses, the research found that the time transfer perfo ... read more

Swift Navigation's improves accuracy of single-frequency GNSS receivers
San Francisco, CA (SPX) Nov 11, 2020
Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based tech firm redefining GNSS and precise positioning technology for autonomous vehicles, today announced its precise positioning platform can improve the perform ... more
Long March 6 deploys 10 Argentine satellites
Beijing (XNA) Nov 09, 2020
China launched a Long March 6 carrier rocket to deploy 10 small satellites for an Argentine company on Friday. The rocket also carried three small Chinese satellites, according to China Aerosp ... more
Fourth Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite's On Board Engine Now Propelling It To Orbit
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 05, 2020
The fourth Lockheed Martin-built Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite is now headed to orbit under its own propulsion. Following a successful launch earlier this evening, GPS III Space ... more
An underwater navigation system powered by sound
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 03, 2020
GPS isn't waterproof. The navigation system depends on radio waves, which break down rapidly in liquids, including seawater. To track undersea objects like drones or whales, researchers rely on acou ... more
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DNA-based molecular tagging system could replace printed barcodes
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 03, 2020
A new DNA-based molecular tagging system could change the way goods, from vaccines to textbooks, are tracked. ... more
Eyeing China, US and India accelerate defense bonds
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 28, 2020
Two days of meetings by the top US and Indian diplomatic and defense chiefs in New Delhi underscored a desire for growing military cooperation driven by mutual distrust of China. ... more
NASA Funds Projects to Make Geosciences Data More Accessible
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 28, 2020
NASA has accumulated about 40 petabytes (PB) of Earth science data, which is about twice as much as all of the information stored by the Library of Congress. In the next five years, NASA's data will ... more
TCarta develops AI-based commercial bathymetric mapping technologies
Denver CO (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
TCarta Marine, a global provider of hydrospatial products, has announced development of new Machine Learning-based bathymetric mapping technologies - including creation of two software packages and ... more
Aspectum and Planet enter into a partnership
San Francisco CA (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
Aspectum and Planet have announced the formation of a strategic partnership to offer businesses turnkey change and object detection projects based on satellite imagery. From now on, Aspectum users a ... more
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India, US to sign data pact ahead of talks on countering China
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 27, 2020
India and the United States will on Tuesday sign an accord on sharing sensitive information ahead of talks between their defence and foreign ministers that will focus on countering China's growing influence. ... more
As Pompeo campaigns against China, a growing welcome in India
Washington (AFP) Oct 25, 2020
When the United States tried to seal a defense deal seven years ago with the Maldives, a sprawling and strategic archipelago, its plans were quietly torpedoed by a friend - India, which considers the Indian Ocean its sphere of influence. ... more
Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Critical For GPS, Seen In Distant Stars
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2020
What do Albert Einstein, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and a pair of stars 200,000 trillion miles from Earth have in common? The answer is an effect from Einstein's General Theory of Re ... more
Satellite imagery and broadband set to grow four fold in Precision Ag Market by 2029
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
For its latest research titled, "EO4AG - Earth Observation for Agriculture", Euroconsult has teamed up with TerraMetric, a US-based, global business development firm focused on geospatial and new sp ... more
Serco Europe launches space research incubator in Italy
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Oct 13, 2020
Serco Europe, a leading provider of services to the space sector, has just launched a research incubator at its Italian Head Office near Rome. The Red Lab is a research hub which aims to stren ... more

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New strategic sites monitoring solution developed by Airbus and Earthcube
Toulouse, France (SPX) Oct 11, 2020
Airbus has joined forces with Earthcube, a French company specialising in the analysis of geospatial data using Artificial Intelligence (AI), to develop and market "Defence Site Monitoring", an onli ... more
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BlackSky's latest satellites have completed commissioning and entered into commercial operation
Herndon VA (SPX) Oct 07, 2020
BlackSky, a leading provider of global monitoring services, geospatial intelligence and satellite imagery, announced its fifth and sixth global satellites have completed commissioning and are in com ... more
GPS-enabled decoy eggs may help track, catch sea turtle egg traffickers
Washington DC (UPI) Oct 05, 2020
GPS-enabled decoy eggs could help authorities track sea turtle egg poachers and disrupt illegal wildlife trade networks. ... more
Satellogic announces global consortium of geospatial imagery
Buenos Aires, Argentina (SPX) Oct 05, 2020
Satellogic, the first company to develop a scalable Earth observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, has announced the public launch ... more
SpaceX aborts GPS satellite launch from Florida
Washington DC (UPI) Oct 02, 2020
SpaceX scrubbed the launch of the U.S. military's latest model of Global Positioning System satellite from Florida on Friday night 2 seconds before the planned liftoff, just as the engine ignition sequence was beginning. ... more
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 Op ... more
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Cassava yields could benefit from rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 11, 2020
Cassava, a root crop that feeds more than 1 billion people around the world, could benefit from rising atmospheric CO2 levels. In a new study, published recently in the Journal of Experimental Botany, scientists artificially boosted the CO2 supply of cassava plants planted at SoyFACE, Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment, a research farm in Illinois. The experiment - part o ... more
+ Parasitoid that targets Asian fruit fly is actually two distinct species
+ Abu Dhabi's AgTech ecosystem expands across land, sea and space
+ 'Plantdemic' hits Philippines as demand for greenery grows
+ Food emissions could push Earth past global warming limits
+ Ecologically friendly agriculture doesn't compromise crop yields
+ What digital revolution? Hundreds of millions of farmers still cannot get online
+ Satellite remote sensing integration with Jain Logic makes growers more productive
Applying particle physics methods to quantum computing
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2020
Borrowing a page from high-energy physics and astronomy textbooks, a team of physicists and computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has successfully adapted and applied a common error-reduction technique to the field of quantum computing. In the world of subatomic particles and giant particle detectors, and distant galaxie ... more
+ Telling when a nanolithography mold will break through droplets
+ Tiny device enables new record in super-fast quantum light detection
+ Sticky electrons: When repulsion turns into attraction
+ A new candidate material for quantum spin liquids
+ 'Electronic skin' promises cheap and recyclable alternative to wearable devices
+ Blue phosphorus: How a semiconductor becomes a metal
+ Next-generation computer chip with two heads

DARPA selects teams to further advance dogfighting algorithms
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
DARPA recently awarded contracts to five companies to develop algorithms enabling mixed teams of manned and unmanned combat aircraft to conduct aerial dogfighting autonomously. Boeing, EpiSci, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Heron Systems, and physicsAI were chosen to develop air combat maneuvering algorithms for individual and team tactical behaviors under Technical Area (TA) 1 of DARPA' ... more
+ Pentagon awards $734.8M to Boeing, Raytheon for support of Qatar's F-15s
+ Pompeo confirms US sale of F-35 jets to UAE
+ Boeing awarded $9.8B contract for Saudi F-15 support
+ Philippines receives its first S-70i helicopters
+ Air Force ups the ante on supersonic rain erosion testing
+ BAE proposes support package for Japan's next-generation F-X fighter
+ First HH-60W helicopters delivered to Air Force
Utilizing a 'krafty' waste product: Toward enhancing vehicle fuel economy
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Nov 06, 2020
Given concerns over global climate warming, researchers are hard at work on minimizing the amount of fuel that we all use in everyday life. Reducing the weight of vehicles will lessen the amount of fuel required to power them, and put money back into your pocket. In a study recently published in Chemical Engineering Journal, researchers from Kanazawa University have chemically modified an ... more
+ Honda wins world-first approval for Level 3 autonomous car
+ ULEMCo collaborates with JCB and Bucher to produce new hydrogen vehicle
+ GM says earnings jump 72%, cites improving auto demand in US, China
+ Greek island to shift to electric mobility with VW
+ VW's Traton, Toyota's Hino agree electric truck venture
+ Charging electric cars up to 90% in 6 minutes
+ Used car exports drives pollution to developing world
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
German exports rise again in Sept as China demand soars
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Nov 9, 2020
Germany's exports rose for the fifth straight month in September, official data showed Monday, with China leading recovering demand as many Asian economies put the coronavirus pandemic behind them. Exports grew 2.3 percent month-on-month, after a 2.4 percent rise in August, federal statistics agency Destatis said in seasonally adjusted figures. Imports fell 0.1 percent in August. Ge ... more
+ Asia markets extend global rally on vaccine hope
+ China inflation dips to 11-year low as pork stocks rise
+ China exports remain strong in October, import growth slows
+ China's luxury shoppers call in the tidy teams
+ Apps win, labor frets after Uber-led 'gig worker' measure passes
+ European gloom outweighs China boom for Richemont
+ Ant Group fiasco reflects battle for China's financial soul
Researchers figure out how, why trees in the Amazon perish
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 09, 2020
To absorb and store carbon, trees have to stay alive, but increasingly, trees in the Amazon are doing the opposite. Now, scientists know why. According to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, a tree species' mean growth rate is the primary risk factor for tree death in the Amazon. Researchers found faster-growing trees are more likely to die young. T ... more
+ New research identifies 'triple trouble' for mangrove coasts
+ Large trees dominate carbon storage in forests
+ Widest trees dominate carbon storage in Pacific Northwest forests
+ China's most important trees are hiding in plain sight
+ Reforestation plans in Africa could go awry
+ US firms fund deforestation, abuses in Amazon: report
+ Evidence of biodiversity losses found deep inside the rainforest

NASA deems SwRI-developed satellites healthy, extends CYGNSS mission
San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
NASA has extended the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission through 2023 with plans to revisit extending the mission through 2026. The constellation of microsatellites designed, built and operated by Southwest Research Institute with the University of Michigan has made history over the last three-plus years, penetrating thick clouds and heavy rains to accurately asses ... more
+ Detecting pollution from individual ships from space
+ Teledyne e2v completes signing of detector supply contract for Copernicus Sentinel satellites
+ Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Prepared for Launch
+ SEOSAT-Ingenio sealed from view
+ More science for less money using 3D-printed weather stations
+ Satellites help to retrace travel routes of Bronze Age herders in China
+ Climate change space project awarded to Airbus UK
Making 3D nanosuperconductors with DNA
Upton NY (SPX) Nov 11, 2020
Three-dimensional (3-D) nanostructured materials - those with complex shapes at a size scale of billionths of a meter - that can conduct electricity without resistance could be used in a range of quantum devices. For example, such 3-D superconducting nanostructures could find application in signal amplifiers to enhance the speed and accuracy of quantum computers and ultrasensitive magnetic field ... more
+ Researchers share design for affordable single-molecule microscope
+ Scientists explain the paradox of quantum forces in nanodevices
+ Rice rolls out next-gen nanocars
+ Nano particles for healthy tissue
+ Hybrid nanomaterials hold promise for improved ceramic composites
+ Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
+ The smallest motor in the world

Sagetech Avionics and Kraus Hamdani Aerospace deliver ArduPilot integration
White Salmon WA (SPX) Nov 09, 2020
Sagetech Avionics, an innovative technology company providing industry-leading safety solutions for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and Kraus Hamdani Aerospace, a leading UAS technology company, has announced that they have completed the integration of Sagetech's UAV transponders with the world's leading open source autopilot, ArduPilot. The two companies successfully tested the new integra ... more
+ Citadel Defense accelerates response times against UAV threats with AI
+ US approves sale of armed MQ-9 Reaper drones to Taiwan
+ Australia'first autonomous, high-altitude, long-endurance system will enhance maritime security
+ DARPA project strives for off-road unmanned vehicles that react like humans
+ Skyvision team wins AUVSI XCELLENCE award
+ Boeing to build unmanned aerial vehicles in Australia
+ Turkey, Iran deploy 'game-changing' drones in north Iraq
Barclays finances more fossil fuel firms despite green vow: NGOs
London (AFP) Nov 11, 2020
British bank Barclays has lifted its financing of fossil fuel firms so far this year, despite vowing to tackle climate change, data showed Wednesday from NGO network Fund our Future. Barclays provided $24.58 billion (20.72 billion euros) in underwriting and lending to major fossil fuel companies in the nine months to the end of September, compared with $24.38 billion a year earlier, Fund our ... more
+ Barclays finances more fossil fuel firms despite green vow: NGOs
+ Britain unveils green plan for post-Brexit finance
+ UK Space Agency wins global award for sustainable development
+ Space to help build a green post-pandemic economy
+ South Korea to seek carbon neutrality by 2050: Moon
+ Japan PM Suga sets 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality
+ Xi's big carbon promise on the table as China's leaders meet

Turning heat into power with efficient organic thermoelectric material
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
Thermoelectric materials can turn a temperature difference into electricity. Organic thermoelectric materials could be used to power wearable electronics or sensors; however, the power output is still very low. An international team led by Jan Anton Koster, Professor of Semiconductor Physics at the University of Groningen, has now produced an n-type organic semiconductor with superior prop ... more
+ Improving high-energy lithium-ion batteries with carbon filler
+ Power-free system harnesses evaporation to keep items cool
+ New kind of superconductivity discovered
+ Pushing the envelope with fusion magnets
+ Boosting the capacity of supercapacitors
+ Predictive model reveals function of promising energy harvester device
+ Infrared light antenna powers molecular motor
Navy to name ship after Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 11, 2020
A future expeditionary sea base ship will honor a Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley, the Secretary of the Navy announced this week. "To honor the remarkable Vietnam generation on this 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, ESB-6 will be named USS John L. Canley to honor a man who has exemplified all that has made our service strong, and our natio ... more
+ Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands
+ GenDyn nabs $9.5B for construction of first 2 Columbia-class subs
+ USS Gabrielle Giffords conducts counter-narcotics, LCS test missions
+ U.S. Navy orders new insignia for easier identification of rank
+ U.S. Marine Corps reactivates 3rd Landing Support Battalion
+ HII nets $315M for single-phase delivery of new John F. Kennedy carrier
+ India hosts key naval exercise with eye on China

Soldier involvement driving development of IVAS headset system
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 06, 2020
The U.S. Army is preparing its augmented reality headset for 2021 rollout with its latest "soldier touchpoint" for feedback, the third development milestone, having just been completed. Soldiers of the U.S. Marines and the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army participated in field tests and demonstrations of the next-generation Integrated Visual Augmentation System in late October at ... more
+ Sig Sauer Inc. announces $77M Army contract for M4 rifle scopes
+ Pentagon releases Electromagnetic Superiority Strategy
+ Air Force Security Forces begin receiving better-fitted body armor
+ Army receives first Infantry Squad Vehicle in Michigan
+ Senators call for pause to Army's new Combat Fitness Test
+ Ribbon cutting marks opening of new lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
+ U.S. Army formally reactivates storied V Corps
NASA deems SwRI-developed satellites healthy, extends CYGNSS mission
San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
NASA has extended the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission through 2023 with plans to revisit extending the mission through 2026. The constellation of microsatellites designed, built and operated by Southwest Research Institute with the University of Michigan has made history over the last three-plus years, penetrating thick clouds and heavy rains to accurately asses ... more
+ Detecting pollution from individual ships from space
+ Teledyne e2v completes signing of detector supply contract for Copernicus Sentinel satellites
+ Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Prepared for Launch
+ SEOSAT-Ingenio sealed from view
+ More science for less money using 3D-printed weather stations
+ Satellites help to retrace travel routes of Bronze Age herders in China
+ Climate change space project awarded to Airbus UK

3D print experts discover how to make tomorrow's technology using ink-jet printed graphene
Nottingham UK (SPX) Nov 05, 2020
The University of Nottingham has cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an ability to convert light into electricity. The study shows that it is possible to jet inks, containing tiny flakes of 2D materials such as graphene, to build up and mesh together the different layers of these complex, customised structures. ... more
+ Radiation Hard Lenses for Satellite UHD Video Cameras
+ Exceptional ground and flight demonstrations lead way to further applicability across programs
+ Surrey helps to produce the world's first neutron-rich, radioactive tantalum ions
+ Printing self-folding paper structures for future mechatronics
+ Chain reaction: virus darkens future of Albania's chromium miners
+ New Xbox hits stores, launching holiday season console war
+ A chemical space mapping method helps crack the mystery of Mendeleev number
Launching your career in missile defense
Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 10, 2020
Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman announced it was submitting a bid as the prime contractor for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) pursuit. Partnering with Raytheon Technologies, the team looks to ensure a smooth transition from the current interceptor program on an accelerated schedule, supporting the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) critical mission of protecting our nation and our warfight ... more
+ Lockheed Martin poised to deliver on national priority for Homeland Defense
+ U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania
+ Turkey plans live-fire exercise, missile defense tests
+ US Space Force contracts for 8 missile early warning satellites
+ US Army wants electronic jammer weapon with missile defense capabilities
+ Lockheed Martin selected to integrate missile warning onto EGS via FORGE
+ Japan's Abe urges stronger defences to face missiles
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