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April 30, 2020
Galileo positioning aiding Covid-19 reaction

Paris (ESA) Apr 30, 2020
As European governments plan their phased recoveries from the lockdown states triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the positioning delivered through satellite navigation is becoming more important than ever before. Location is a key requirement when attempting to monitor and map the spread of a disease and satnav is one of the main tools supporting this. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus earlier this year, many apps have been developed that use satnav-based location data to monitor the global s ... read more

Quantum entanglement offers unprecedented precision for GPS, imaging and beyond
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 22, 2020
Your phone's GPS, the WiFi in your house and communications on aircraft are all powered by radio-frequency waves, or RF waves, which carry information from a transmitter at one point to a sensor at ... more
Galileo Green Lane, easing pressure at the EU's internal borders
Prague, Czechia (SPX) Apr 28, 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is working together with the European Commission (EC) on an app to facilitate the movement of goods and freight within the EU in support of the COVID-19 pandemic respo ... more
GPS celebrates 25th year of operation
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Apr 28, 2020
The Global Positioning System, better known as GPS, marks its 25th year of operation Apr. 27, 2020. On this date in 1995, the system reached full operational capability, meaning the system met ... more
Want to transfer into the Space Force? Application period opens May 1
Arlington VA (SPX) Apr 23, 2020
The U.S. Space Force announced recently the opportunity for U.S. Air Force active duty members to volunteer to officially transfer into the new service begins May 1. "This is an historic time ... more

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India develops unique model to hit enemy targets without positioning error
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 22, 2020
Due to the unavailability of a reliable model to predict the electron density of the ionosphere, navigation errors remain, creating technological hurdles. A new model developed by Indian researchers ... more
BlackSky announces secure bundle for intelligence analysts
Herndon VA (SPX) Apr 23, 2020
BlackSky has announced its new Spectra On-Demand Secure Bundle service to support remote work options for intelligence analysts. The new Spectra solution allows analysts to securely share unclassifi ... more
Esper, lawmakers criticize FCC's approval of Ligado 5G proposal
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 23, 2020
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Thursday criticized a proposal to deploy a nationwide network to provide 5G and internet-of-things services, saying it could disrupt GPS services millions of Americans rely on daily. ... more
Can sub-Saharan Africa achieve sustainable access to energy for all by 2030?
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 20, 2020
In 2019, the global population without access to electricity dipped below 1 billion for the first time. This progress has however been uneven, both across and within different regions. A new IIASA s ... more
NewSpace Philosophies: Who, How, What?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 06, 2020
The world is enthusiastically watching the development of the space industry. Alpha launches from Firefly Aerospace and Orion are in the works, as well as Crew Dragon lift-offs with space tourists. ... more
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Apple data show dramatic impact of virus on movement
Hong Kong (AFP) April 15, 2020
Apple has launched a new website that shows with striking graphs how the coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on life around the world. ... more
USSF reschedules next GPS launch
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Apr 08, 2020
The United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has decided to reschedule the launch of GPS III SV03 (GPS III-3) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to minimize the potentia ... more
Space Force announces its first pandemic-related launch delay
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 08, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the launch of a GPS III satellite - the first postponement tied to the virus for a military space mission, the U.S. Space Force said. ... more
China to launch last satellite for BeiDou navigation system in May
Xichang (XNA) Apr 07, 2020
China is expected to launch the last satellite for its BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System in May from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The new satel ... more
Innovative space startup advances US ability to gather intelligence in Cislunar Space
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 07, 2020
The rapidly growing 'New Space' startup company Rhea Space Activity (RSA), headquartered in Washington D.C., with operations in Colorado Springs, has been tapped by the United States Air Force (USAF ... more

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Gladiator introduces tiny integrated GNSS-Inertial Navigation Systems
Snoqualmie WA (SPX) Apr 02, 2020
Gladiator Technologies' low noise MEMS inertial sensor and systems technology coupled with VELOX high speed processing are now integrated with a 72 channel GNSS receiver to provide a compact GNSS - ... more
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China's BeiDou satellites help precise fertilizer distribution
Beijing (XNA) Apr 02, 2020
China's BeiDou navigation system is helping farmers apply fertilizers and pesticides more precisely, according to a report by Science and Technology Daily. An intelligent fertilizer-pesticide ... more
Wireless network helps scientists track small animals
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 02, 2020
Researchers have developed a wireless network capable of tracking small animals tagged with sensors. ... more
Contingency Operations Program and GPS III SV02 Receives Operational Acceptance from USSF
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2020
The Space and Missile Systems Center achieved a major Global Positioning System milestone on March 27 with the Contingency Operations (COps) program and GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 02 receiving U.S. ... more
Final Steps Underway To Operationalize Ultra-Secure, Jam-Resistant GPS M-Code Signal
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Mar 27, 2020
The final steps to fully-enable the ultra-secure, jam-resistant Military Code (M-Code) signal on the Global Positioning System (GPS) are now underway. As part of the U.S. military's effort to ... more
SMC prepares GPS Next Generation OCX for Operations
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2020
On March 26, the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) program instructed Raytheon to replace the computer hardware in OCX prior ... more
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Virus helps infected bees slip past the guards of healthy hives
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 28, 2020
Bees guarding healthy hives regularly grant entrance to foreign intruders infected with the Israeli acute paralysis virus, a deadly pathogen linked with colony collapse disorder, according to a new study. In fact, bees infected with IAPV were more likely to gain entrance to foreign hives than healthy would-be intruders. The research, published Monday in the journal PNAS, suggests ... more
+ Analysis of pottery fragments shows dairy farming common in Neolithic Europe
+ Scientist calls for renewed debate on plant breeding technologies
+ Device could deliver "life-saving" treatment to diseased fruit plants
+ UAE wages war on tiny scourge threatening date palms
+ Amazonians go hungry despite living in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth
+ No time to waste to avoid future food shortages
+ Polish farms hit with one-two punch of virus, drought
Reducing the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 24, 2020
Artificial intelligence has become a focus of certain ethical concerns, but it also has some major sustainability issues. Last June, researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released a startling report estimating that the amount of power required for training and searching a certain neural network architecture involves the emissions of roughly 626,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. T ... more
+ Quantum research unifies two ideas offering an alternative route to topological superconductivity
+ Wiring the quantum computer of the future
+ The future of semiconductors is clear
+ Organic memory devices show promise for flexible, wearable, personalized computing
+ Pushing the limits of 2D supramolecules
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Debris of missing Canadian NATO helicopter found off Greece
Athens (AFP) April 30, 2020
Debris from a Canadian military helicopter operating as part of a NATO surveillance force has been found in the sea between Greece and Italy, a Greek military source said Thursday. The helicopter was attached to the Canadian frigate Fredericton, from which it had taken off for a patrol. "Debris has been found in Italy's zone of control and intervention" in the Ionian Sea, the military so ... more
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+ Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification
+ GE nabs $707.3M to produce F110 engines for allied governments
+ B-1B Lancer flies 29-hour mission for exercise with Japan air defense force
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Tesla's Musk calls confinement 'outrage,' urges reopening
San Francisco (AFP) April 30, 2020
Tesla chief Elon Musk on Wednesday called the coronavirus confinement a "fascist" action and "an outrage" that infringes on personal freedom and will damage the economy. The billionaire entrepreneur, speaking on an earnings update for the electric carmaker, lashed out at the orders which forced the shutdown of production in California and said he remained "a bit worried" about when productio ... more
+ Lyft slashes workforce in face of major hit from pandemic
+ Linking self-driving cars to traffic signals might help pedestrians give them the green light
+ Could shrinking a key component help make autonomous cars affordable?
+ Renault shifts to all-electric cars for China
+ VW loses 'damning' dieselgate class lawsuit in UK
+ System trains driverless cars in simulation before they hit the road
+ Renault says China, South Korea plants restarting after virus shutdown
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HSBC profits halved as virus batters global economy
Hong Kong (AFP) April 28, 2020
HSBC on Tuesday said first quarter pre-tax profits almost halved as the banking giant was battered by the global coronavirus pandemic while it embarked on a major restructuring. The lender reported pre-tax profits of $3.2 billion, down 48 percent from the same period in 2019, citing credit losses from clients struck by the economic slowdown as a major cause. "The economic impact of the ... more
+ US cites Amazon's foreign platforms over counterfeit goods
+ Chinese factory activity slows in face of global pandemic
+ Equities extend gains as lockdowns are eased but dealers cautious
+ EU commissioner slams Europe's 'morbid dependency' on China
+ Could virus crisis kill debt-laden US Postal Service?
+ Asia virus latest: India curbs foreign takeovers; Japanese tulips snipped
+ China suffers historic contraction as virus paralyses economy
Plant diversity in Europe's forests is on the decline
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 13, 2020
Plant diversity in the forests of Europe is not what it used to be. Rare plant species are being replaced by more common species at an alarming rate, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. Across the globe, the list of threatened plant and animal species gets longer every year. But on smaller scales, some species are thriving. Researchers ... more
+ Ancient long-lived pioneer trees store majority of carbon in tropical forests
+ Drylands to become more abundant, less productive due to climate change
+ The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon
+ Indigenous leader murdered in Amazon
+ Remains of 90-million-year-old rainforest found near South Pole
+ In an African forest, a fight to save the endangered pangolin
+ Remote Tierra del Fuego kelp forests surveyed for the first time in 45 years

Wildlife conservation aided by L3Harris Electro-Optical/Infrared Technology
Melbourne FL (SPX) Apr 23, 2020
When John Romero, president of Owyhee Air Research (OAR), got into the business of wildlife research, he did so for the love of wildlife. Now, he says, "it's more a love of the work and the services we can provide." The Nampa, Idaho-based company is on the forefront of wildlife study, wildfire containment and natural resource surveying using L3Harris aerial infrared technology. OAR s ... more
+ How NASA is Helping the World Breathe More Easily
+ Ball Aerospace moves into full production of the Space Force's Weather System Follow-on satellite
+ Ending global plant tracking, Proba-V assigned new focus
+ Airbus will support France and India to monitor climate change with TRISHNA
+ Identifying land cover from outer space
+ Locked-down Delhi revels in fresh air and blue sky
+ Spotting air pollution with satellites, better than ever before
Magnetic nanoparticles help researchers remotely release adrenal hormones
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 13, 2020
Scientists have developed a way to remotely control the release of adrenal hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Previous studies have linked problems with the regulation of hormones from the adrenal gland with mental health disorders, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The new research, detailed in the journal Science Advances, could help scientists investig ... more
+ New DNA origami motor breaks speed record for nano machines
+ Deep-sea osmolyte makes biomolecular machines heat-tolerant
+ Nanobubbles in nanodroplets
+ New production method for carbon nanotubes gets green light
+ A quantum breakthrough brings a technique from astronomy to the nano-scale
+ Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat
+ Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter
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Singapore launches first drone delivery service
Singapore (AFP) April 29, 2020
Singapore's first drone delivery service has begun by taking vitamins to a ship, with its operator saying Wednesday the devices are crucial in reducing human contact during the coronavirus pandemic. The use of drones is part of the city-state's drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.7 million. The drone deliver ... more
+ High value targets found in minutes versus days during Wake-Cho Feasibility Study
+ Steering drones for power generation
+ American Manufacturers Swift Tactical Systems and Silvus Technologies Announce Strategic Alliance
+ Citadel Defense Launches New AI and Machine Learning Software to Detect and Defeat Air, Land, and Sea Drones
+ Observing the atmosphere at high altitudes using unmanned aerial vehicles
+ Sky Sapience introduces tethered UAV platform HoverMast
+ AFRL gives warfighters new weapons system
COVID-19 to cause record emissions fall in 2020: IEA
Paris (AFP) April 30, 2020
COVID-19 is expected to cause global energy emissions to fall a record eight percent this year due to an unprecedented drop in demand for coal, oil and gas, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. The IEA's Global Energy Review was based on an analysis of electricity demand over more than 100 days, during which much of the world has entered lockdown in a bid to control the pandemic. ... more
+ Europe's banks not doing enough on climate: pressure group
+ DLR rethinks carbon pricing process
+ Brussels tries to inoculate EU Green Deal against virus
+ Major new study charts course to net zero industrial emissions
+ Uncertain climate future could disrupt energy systems
+ Smaller scale solutions needed for rapid progress towards emissions targets
+ Brussels not dropping Green Deal despite virus

Scientists explore the power of radio waves to help control fusion reactions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 29, 2020
A key challenge to capturing and controlling fusion energy on Earth is maintaining the stability of plasma - the electrically charged gas that fuels fusion reactions - and keeping it millions of degrees hot to launch and maintain fusion reactions. This challenge requires controlling magnetic islands, bubble-like structures that form in the plasma in doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilitie ... more
+ Researchers tackle a new opportunity to develop high-energy batteries
+ Next-generation batteries take major step toward commercial viability
+ Superconductivity: It's hydrogen's fault
+ KIST develops high-performance ceramic fuel cell that operates on butane gas
+ A leap in using silicon for battery anodes
+ Abundant element to power small devices
+ Diamonds shine in energy storage solution
US Navy extends probe into virus-hit aircraft carrier
Washington (AFP) April 29, 2020
The new US Navy secretary announced a deeper investigation Wednesday into the crippling outbreak of coronavirus on a nuclear powered aircraft carrier that cost the job of the ship's captain and the previous Navy chief. Acting Navy Secretary James McPherson said he still had questions about the case after last week's preliminary report to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The decision left ... more
+ Second US Navy ship hit by COVID outbreak returns to port
+ Navy accepts delivery of USS Zumwalt
+ USS Kidd reports 18 COVID-19 cases in outbreak, military up to 3,919 cases
+ Pentagon head pressured to reinstate captain of virus-hit carrier
+ Navy leaders recommend Mark Esper reinstate fired Roosevelt commander
+ Lockheed nabs $519M for work on 5 Aegis-equipped frigates for Spain
+ Roosevelt crew isolation extended as Navy, CDC investigate COVID-19 outbreak
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FN America, Colt's awarded $383.3M to make M16A4s for Iraq, others
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 29, 2020
FN America and Colt's Manufacturing received a $383.3 million, five-year contract to manufacture M16A4 rifles for Afghanistan, Grenada, Iraq, Lebanon and Nepal through the Pentagon's foreign military sales program. The M16A4 is the fourth generation of the M16 series of military rifles. The Marine Corps began phasing out the M16 in favor of the M4 carbine in 2015. In 2008 the Sta ... more
+ Is it time for a 'new way of war?' What China's army reforms mean for the rest of the world
+ Future Army vehicles could see an improvement in structural materials
+ New stop-movement order will allow some soldiers to change station
+ Amid COVID-19 hurdles, AFRL develops "jump kits" to rapidly enable operations
+ Underminer demos feasibility of rapidly constructed logistics tunnels
+ Bechtel awarded $1.2B to destroy mustard weapons at Pueblo plant
+ Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry
Wildlife conservation aided by L3Harris Electro-Optical/Infrared Technology
Melbourne FL (SPX) Apr 23, 2020
When John Romero, president of Owyhee Air Research (OAR), got into the business of wildlife research, he did so for the love of wildlife. Now, he says, "it's more a love of the work and the services we can provide." The Nampa, Idaho-based company is on the forefront of wildlife study, wildfire containment and natural resource surveying using L3Harris aerial infrared technology. OAR s ... more
+ How NASA is Helping the World Breathe More Easily
+ Ball Aerospace moves into full production of the Space Force's Weather System Follow-on satellite
+ Ending global plant tracking, Proba-V assigned new focus
+ Airbus will support France and India to monitor climate change with TRISHNA
+ Identifying land cover from outer space
+ Locked-down Delhi revels in fresh air and blue sky
+ Spotting air pollution with satellites, better than ever before

Coding contest from NASA and Texas Instruments allows students to compete virtually to win out-of-this-world prizes
Dallas TX (SPX) Apr 28, 2020
Texas Instruments (TI) and NASA have teamed up to give students who are learning remotely the opportunity to connect, collaborate and win out-of-this-world prizes in a new, space-themed coding contest. The NASA and TI Codes Contest challenges middle and high school students to improve a process or product on the International Space Station - whether it's a better way to help astronauts sta ... more
+ UAV Navigation integrates Sagetech Avionics' transponders for sense and avoidance
+ Heat-friendly microbes provide efficient way to biodegrade plastic
+ Scientists discover just how runny a liquid can be
+ Papua New Guinea seizes Barrick, Zijin gold mine
+ Synthesizing ammonia using less energy
+ A great new way to paint 3D-printed objects
+ Bose-Einstein condensate: magnetic particles behave repulsively
Syria air defence intercepts 'Israeli' missiles: state media
Damascus (AFP) April 27, 2020
Syrian air defence intercepted several missiles fired during an "Israeli" air strike on Monday against targets near the capital Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported. It did not give details of the positions targeted shortly before dawn but said the military "shot down a number of missiles before they reached their targets". SANA described it as "Israeli aggression" carried ou ... more
+ SBIRS GEO-5 space vehicle enters critical thermal vacuum testing
+ Russia positions S-500 as game changer for missile defense
+ Iran warns US after Patriot deployment to Iraq
+ US deploys Patriot air defence system to Iraq
+ Lockheed awarded $932.8M to make THAADs for U.S., Saudi Arabia
+ Missile Defense Agency's Long Range Discrimination Radar closer to delivery
+ Arrows of misfortune as US Missile Defence needs upgrading
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