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September 03, 2020
Global survey using NASA data shows dramatic growth of glacial lakes

Washington DC (SPX) Sep 01, 2020
In the largest-ever study of glacial lakes, researchers using 30 years of NASA satellite data have found that the volume of these lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990 as glaciers melt and retreat due to climate change. The findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, will aid researchers assessing the potential hazards to communities downstream of these often unstable lakes and help improve the accuracy of sea level rise estimates by advancing our understanding of how ... read more

Africa is investing more in space and satellite industry
Lagos, Nigeria (SPX) Aug 25, 2020
Space in Africa, the authority on news, data, and market analysis for the African space industry has released the 2020 Edition of the African Space Industry Annual Report. The report builds on the 2 ... more
Pentagon announces $17.4M in contracts under Defense Production Act
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 21, 2020
The Pentagon announced contracts totaling $17.4 million on Friday to retain contractors' workforce capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more
Tech combo is a real game-changer for farming
Beijing (XNA) Aug 18, 2020
Global acceptance and application of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will gather momentum on the back of further integration with telecom technologies like 5G and the internet of things, ... more
Launch of Russia's Glonass-K satellite postponed until October
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2020
The launch of Russia's next-generation Glonass-K navigation satellite, which has been postponed several times since March, is planned for mid-October, a space industry revealed on Saturday. "T ... more

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GPS 3 receives operational acceptance
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Aug 12, 2020
The United States Space Force (USSF) and the Space and the Missile Systems Center achieved another major Global Positioning System (GPS) milestone on July 27 when the GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 r ... more
Beidou's eye can help spot and stop rampant illegal mining
Beijing (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
More than 100 officials in Gansu province were held accountable three years ago for illegal coal mining on the northern slope of the Qilian Mountains on the Gansu-Qinghai border. However, nobody has ... more
Air Force navigation technology satellite passes critical design review
Kirtland AFB NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2020
The Navigation Technology Satellite - 3 (NTS-3) spacecraft passed Critical Design Review (CDR) on June 25, a major milestone, allowing L3Harris, the prime contractor for the spacecraft, to proceed i ... more
Software upgrades for Beidou to continue
Beijing (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
Designers of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will keep upgrading software on Beidou satellites to improve their capabilities and maintain technological advantages, according to a key figu ... more
Full global service of Beidou signals space tech independence
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
Although launched more than one month ago, the official operation of the 55th and last satellite of the Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System was formally announced by President Xi Jinping at a cerem ... more
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Beidou also belongs to world
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
China has been striving to foster international cooperation in space-based navigation and positioning as well as applications for its Beidou system, said the China Satellite Navigation Office. ... more
China's self-developed BDS officially opens for global users with upgraded services
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
China declared the official commissioning of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) on Friday, marking the formal opening of the newly completed BDS-3 system for global users. The BDS sy ... more
Xi unveils Beidou full-scale coverage
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and has started providing full-scale global services that day. Xi, who is also gener ... more
Latvia becomes ESA Associate Member State
Paris (ESA) Jul 30, 2020
Latvia signed an Association Agreement with ESA on 30 June 2020. This Association Agreement between ESA and the Government of the Republic of Latvia, builds on the successful results achieved under ... more
Last BeiDou satellite starts operation in network
Beijing (XNA) Jul 30, 2020
The 55th and last satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has commenced operation in the network after completing in-orbit tests and network access evaluations, according to a stat ... more

Garmin says systems back online after cyber attack

Garmin says outage continues but user data 'not affected'
Washington (AFP) July 25, 2020
Garmin Ltd said Saturday that client data from the company's smartwatch and GPS services - offline since Thursday - has not been compromised, despite fears of a ransomware attack. ... more
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BeiDou adopted in unmanned farm machines in Xinjiang
Urumqi, China (SPX) Jul 21, 2020
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been adopted in more than 10,000 unmanned farm tractors and spraying drones in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the r ... more
Honeywell expands navigation options for precise data in areas without GPS
Phoenix AZ (SPX) Jul 17, 2020
Honeywell is introducing the HGuide n380, a new inertial navigation system that communicates position, orientation and velocity of an object - such as an autonomous vehicle or unmanned aerial vehicl ... more
SMC contracts for Joint Modernized GPS Handheld Device across multiple suppliers
Los Angeles AFB CA (AFNS) Jul 13, 2020
On June 26, the United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded three separate Rapid Prototyping agreements to Collins Aerospace, Raytheon Intelligence and Space and Technology ... more
UP42 Adds exactEarth Ship Tracking Data to Geospatial Marketplace
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 09, 2020
UP42 has announced that global ship tracking data from exactEarth Ltd. is now offered on the UP42 developer platform and marketplace for Earth observation data and analytics. The exactEarth partners ... more
New satellite constellation to boost Australia's national security capability amid rising tensions
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2020
Australian based company LatConnect 60 has has announced a global space partnership to build and deploy a smart satellite constellation over Australian skies to help the Australian government and co ... more
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Pesticide-free farming yields billions in annual benefits in Asia-Pacific
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 31, 2020
Pesticide-free pest control strategies paid serious economic dividends throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the last century, yielding annual benefits between $14.6 to $19.5 billion across 23 countries. According to the new research, detailed Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, non-chemical crop protection has proven far more valuable than the development of high-yield ... more
+ Secret weapon to stop invasive honeysuckle: Satellites
+ Mexican environment minister quits after weed killer row
+ Fabric of success: how 'lotus silk' is weaving its way into Vietnam
+ China's crash diet begs the question: is it facing a food crisis?
+ Australia blocks Chinese firm's bid to buy major dairy company
+ Chile slaps record fine on Norwegian salmon producer
+ Colombia close to resuming aerial spraying of coca crops
DARPA Selects Teams to Increase Security of Semiconductor Supply Chain
Washington DC (SPX) May 29, 2020
As Internet of Things (IoT) devices rapidly increase in popularity and deployment, economic attackers and nation-states alike are shifting their attention to the vulnerabilities of digital integrated circuit (IC) chips. Threats to IC chips are well known, and despite various measures designed to mitigate them, hardware developers have largely been slow to implement security solutions due t ... more
+ Pentagon: It's time to bring microelectronics manufacturing to the U.S.
+ Artificial materials for more efficient electronics
+ Spin, spin, spin: researchers enhance electron spin longevity
+ US court overturns Qualcomm defeat in antitrust case
+ 'Drawn-on-skin' electronics offer breakthrough in wearable monitors
+ Scientists discover new class of semiconducting entropy-stabilized materials
+ "Giant atoms" enable quantum processing and communication in one

Thinking outside the box - RCO delivers Department of the Air Force capabilities
Washington DC (AFNS) Sep 02, 2020
Today, less than 200 personnel assigned to the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities office rapidly develop capabilities to outpace and counter the increasing threats of adversaries. Their primary focus incorporates cutting edge approaches to standard acquisition processes to produce capabilities for both the Department of Defense and the DAF, which includes the U.S. Air Force and ... more
+ NASA Partners with Boeing on test flights to advance aviation
+ University of South Carolina redefining aircraft production process
+ Boeing delivers first MH-47G Block II Chinook to Special Ops
+ Prop plane boasts speed of a jet, fuel efficiency of a car at fraction of cost
+ China to allow some international flights into Beijing
+ Air Force uses mobile operations center for B-2 bomber for first time
+ Chinese airlines' losses mitigated by domestic travel
Uber seeks Hong Kong govt meeting after court defeat
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 2, 2020
Uber on Wednesday said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Hong Kong's government after drivers working for the company lost a landmark court case that could cripple ride-sharing apps in the finance hub. Hong Kong was one of the first international cities Uber moved into as it rapidly expanded outside the United States. But for the past six years it has operated in a legal grey area w ... more
+ When cars fly: Japan firm says day is nearing
+ Uber-Lyft back off plans to suspend California ride services
+ Uber-Lyft to stop California services absent reprieve
+ Uber chief: law could idle operations in California
+ Uber calls for new deal for 'gig economy' workers
+ Road test: Chinese 'robotaxis' take riders for a spin
+ Uber earnings hit hard as pandemic stalls revenue

Chinese minister says EU investment deal is close
Paris (AFP) Aug 30, 2020
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year. His remark came against a backdrop of persistent diplomatic tension between Beijing and the United States. Wang said Europe and China had a responsibility to work for "a more stable world" that would benefit from an agreement that has been in the works for severa ... more
+ Asian markets reverse morning rally, Buffett boosts Tokyo
+ China stokes tensions with fresh probe into Australian wine
+ China factory activity slows in August as flooding hits business
+ Asian markets hurt by fresh tensions, eyes on Powell speech
+ Macron to meet Chinese foreign minister in Paris as China cosies up to EU
+ Australia eyes powers to reverse local deals with China, others
+ Trade talks, virus treatment help markets post fresh gains
Brazil funding flip-flop triggers alarm; Protesters end roadblock
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 29, 2020
Brazil's environment ministry triggered an outcry Friday by announcing it was halting all operations against wildfires and Amazon deforestation because of budget cuts, before reversing course and saying it would maintain them. It was the latest awkward moment on the environment for the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate change skeptic who has faced scathing inter ... more
+ Toronto seeks to save oak tree older than Canada
+ Brazil military plane flew illegal Amazon miners: prosecutors
+ Fight over Myanmar's marble hills; Amazon protesters resume roadblock
+ Brazil VP challenges DiCaprio to a hike in the jungle
+ NASA study maps the roots of global mangrove loss
+ Increasing indigenous property rights could help save the rainforest
+ World's most pristine tropical forests remain vulnerable to deforestation

Commercial satellite imagery market is growing.
London, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2020
According to a recent research, in the coming years, the global growth of this segment will exceed 11% per year. Climate change, environmental protection, disaster monitoring - these are only a few of many areas where satellite imaging is used. As the technology develops, the quality of images is constantly improving and the cost of getting them is falling, analysts predict a dynamic growth of t ... more
+ China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite
+ A cloud-free Iceland
+ Improving weather forecasts with observations from the microwave instruments onboard China's FY-3D satellite
+ Observation satellite starts formal duties
+ Gaofen 7 observation satellite starts formal duties
+ New data product warns Alaska pilots of clouds, dangerously cold weather
+ Ozone levels across Northern Hemisphere have been rising for 20 years
Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2020
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials more than 100 times thinner than a human red blood cell. The team, led by scientists at JILA, reported its new feat of wafer-thinness this week in the journal Physical Review Materials. The group's target, a film just 5 nanometers thick, is the thinnest material ... more
+ The smallest motor in the world
+ Crystalline 'nanobrush' clears way to advanced energy and information tech
+ Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire
+ To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic
+ Magnetic nanoparticles help researchers remotely release adrenal hormones
+ New DNA origami motor breaks speed record for nano machines

Iran invests in advanced drone technology
Tehran, Iran (Sputnik) Sep 01, 2020
Iran's Ministry of Defense is investing in its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to ensure it remains one of the top countries in combat drone development, according to state media. According to the Jerusalem Post, Iran has produced several lines of drones, such as the Ababil series, the Mohajer, the Karrar and the Fotros. The Karrar, for instance, is a jet-powered target drone manu ... more
+ GA-ASI and SENER Aeroespacial Team to Develop New NATO Pod for MQ-9
+ Unmanned aerial vehicles help wheat breeders
+ Britain, Belgium to collaborate on MQ-9B drone acquisition
+ Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over balloon attacks
+ SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace
+ Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi officers in Kurdish region: army
+ Air Force holds electronic warfare exercise with classified stealth drone
Germany's first 'green' bonds attract strong demand
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 2, 2020
Germany on Wednesday launched its first "green" bond offering to finance environmental initiatives as it pivots towards a sustainable economy, and could become a benchmark issuer in the booming field. The government raised 6.5 billion euros ($7.7 billion), in the offering for the 10-year 0% bond, with investors placing orders of more than 33 billion euros, according to German finance agency. ... more
+ Mining for renewable energy may pose 'biodiversity threat'
+ Finnish town offers prizes to turn residents green
+ Finnish town offers prizes to turn residents green
+ Russia bristles at proposed EU carbon tax
+ Sri Lanka rations power after Chinese generator crashes during blackout
+ Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips: analysis
+ France to ban heated terraces in anti-pollution drive

Tungsten isotope helps study how to armor future fusion reactors
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Sep 02, 2020
The inside of future nuclear fusion energy reactors will be among the harshest environments ever produced on Earth. What's strong enough to protect the inside of a fusion reactor from plasma-produced heat fluxes akin to space shuttles reentering Earth's atmosphere? Zeke Unterberg and his team at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are currently working with the leading ... more
+ Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device
+ Revised code could help improve efficiency of fusion experiments
+ CU scientists create batteries that could make it easier to explore Mars
+ University of South Carolina, Navatek win contract to research Navy power and energy systems
+ The factory of the future, batteries not included
+ Russian chemists proposed a new design of flow batteries
+ Red bricks can be charged, store energy
Carrier USS George H.W. Bush leaves drydock after 18 months of upgrades
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 31, 2020
The 18-month drydock period for maintenance and upgrade of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush ended on schedule over the weekend, the Navy announced. The Norfolk, Va., Naval Shipyard "undocked" the 1,092 foot-long ship on Saturday after its most extensive maintenance period, a milestone in the ships' Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability schedule, the Navy said in a press ... more
+ Thailand delays $724m China submarine deal after public anger
+ Vinson carrier departs Bremerton, Wash., for sea trials, then San Diego
+ Federal agents questioning sailor about Bonhomme Richard fire
+ Navy's next littoral combat ship completes acceptance trials
+ Turkey's bid to become maritime powerhouse unsettles Mediterranean
+ Navy's information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding
+ Britain to lead multinational effort to train Ukrainian navy
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U.S. Army receives its first armored multipurpose vehicle from BAE
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 02, 2020
The first armored multipurpose vehicle, or AMPV, designed to replace Vietnam-era M113 tanks, has been delivered to the U. S. Army, builder BAE Systems announced. The vehicle was handed over in a virtual roll-off ceremony at the BAE production line in York, Pa., on Tuesday. Originally scheduled for March, delivery was delayed by manufacturing problems and the effects of the COVID- ... more
+ Marines end use of photos in assignments, promotions
+ Marines to build 100,000-square-foot wargaming center in Virginia
+ Pentagon policy for immigrant troops violates citizenship law, judge rules
+ Report: Russia now has 'holistic' approach to warfare
+ Jacqueline D. Van Ovost becomes only female four-star leader in DoD
+ NATO resumes disposal of obsolete ammunition in Ukraine
+ Army develops vibration-based system for land mine identification
Commercial satellite imagery market is growing.
London, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2020
According to a recent research, in the coming years, the global growth of this segment will exceed 11% per year. Climate change, environmental protection, disaster monitoring - these are only a few of many areas where satellite imaging is used. As the technology develops, the quality of images is constantly improving and the cost of getting them is falling, analysts predict a dynamic growth of t ... more
+ China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite
+ A cloud-free Iceland
+ Improving weather forecasts with observations from the microwave instruments onboard China's FY-3D satellite
+ Observation satellite starts formal duties
+ Gaofen 7 observation satellite starts formal duties
+ New data product warns Alaska pilots of clouds, dangerously cold weather
+ Ozone levels across Northern Hemisphere have been rising for 20 years

OCS tracking antenna support initial mission of LauncherOne
Deerfield Beach FL (SPX) Sep 03, 2020
Orbit Communication Systems reports that Orbit's Tracking and Telemetry Antenna Solution successfully supported and met all performance expectations during Virgin Orbit's initial LauncherOne rocket launch. Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne mission is to open space for everyone, by employing a Boeing 747 carrier for launching a rocket into orbit, thus enabling cost effective and increased availabi ... more
+ Making Perwave
+ Satellite communications phased array prototype successfully completes transmit test
+ L3Harris Technologies selected to build space antenna for mobile telecom satellite
+ Purdue, US Army to collaborate on next-generation energetic materials
+ Court rejects Oracle's appeal over Pentagon JEDI contract
+ Altius Space Machines to develop innovative technologies for satellite servicing
+ TWTS and 3D Printing
Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 26, 2020
The U.S. Army's most advanced Patriot missile misfired during a major test of the Army's Integrated Battle Command System, an Army official confirmed. A hit-to-kill Patriot Advanced Capability-2 Guided Enhanced Missile was used against a cruise missile target last week in alive-fire exercise at the Army's White Sands, N. M., Missile Range, but failed, Col. Phil Rottenborn, IBCS project ... more
+ Russia testing news S-500 Systems, mass production on the way
+ Lockheed nets $18.8M to support Japan's Aegis Ashore system
+ IBCS engages advanced tactical ballistic missile and cruise missile during rigorous test
+ US Japan to build network of satellites to detect missile launches
+ MBDA and Lockheed Martin submit proposal for Germany's Integrated Air And Missile Defense System
+ IBCS intercepts multiple targets, demonstrates resiliency and survivability in contested environment
+ Israel, U.S. test Arrow 2 missile interceptor system
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