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Autonomous interplanetary travel is closer than you think

Autonomous interplanetary travel is closer than you think
An accurate method for spacecraft navigation takes a leap forward today as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Leicester publish a paper that reveals a spacecraft’s position in space in the direction of a particular pulsar can be calculated autonomously, using a small X-ray telescope on board the craft, to an accuracy of 2km.
5th August 2016

Space exploration technologies to break down barriers of space travel

Space exploration technologies to break down barriers of space travel
Space has long been a field reserved for big spenders such as governments and large companies. However with rapid advances in electronics and information technology, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, of El Segundo, California, seeks to break through the cost barrier with its family of low-cost Falcon launch vehicles and the Dragon spacecraft. 
22nd July 2016

Jupiter probe arrives intact & starts sending data

Jupiter probe arrives intact & starts sending data
The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno's visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away.
13th July 2016


Smaller satellites could improve reflected energy estimates

Smaller satellites could improve reflected energy estimates
A team of small, shoebox-sized satellites, flying in formation around the Earth, could estimate the planet’s reflected energy with twice the accuracy of traditional monolith satellites, according to an MIT-led study published online in Acta Astronautica. If done right, such satellite swarms could also be cheaper to build, launch and maintain.
13th July 2016

From launch to orbit

From launch to orbit
Launched nearly five years ago on 5th August, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA’s solar-powered spacecraft, ‘Juno’, has crossed the four largest Galilean moons of Jupiter (eponymously named after Galileo Galilei who discovered them in 1609) and has reached its destination; Jupiter. Follow Juno's mission from launch to orbit below. 
4th July 2016

NASA completes balloon technology test flight

NASA completes balloon technology test flight
NASA's Balloon Program Office successfully completed the second test flight of its Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) at 3:54 p.m. EDT, Saturday, July 2, setting a new flight duration record for a mid-latitude flight of a large scientific research balloon. The mission, which began at 7:35 p.m. EDT, May 16 (11:35 a.m., May 17, in New Zealand time), launched from Wanaka, New Zealand, and ran a total of 46 days, 20 hours, and 19 minutes.
4th July 2016

NASA brings internet to the entire solar system

NASA brings internet to the entire solar system
NASA has taken a major step toward creating a Solar System internet by establishing operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the ISS. The DTN service will help automate and improve data availability for space station experimenters and will result in more efficient bandwidth utilisation and more data return.
28th June 2016

The largest neutrino telescope in the world

Deep-sea array will soak up signals from neutrinos travelling through the cosmos to study the evolution of the universe and to discover more about the fundamental properties of these prized sub-atomic particles. KM3NeT – a European collaboration pioneering the deployment of kilometre cubed arrays of neutrino detectors off the Mediterranean coast – has reported in detail on the scientific aims, technology and costs of its proposal in the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics.
24th June 2016

NASA unveils experimental electric aeroplane

NASA unveils experimental electric aeroplane
  With 14 electric motors turning propellers integrated into a uniquely-designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental aeroplane. This plane, the agency’s first X-plane designation in a decade, has been designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell”.
22nd June 2016

Algorithm could help produce image of a black hole

Algorithm could help produce image of a black hole
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard University have developed a new algorithm that could help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole. The algorithm would stitch together data collected from radio telescopes scattered around the globe, under the auspices of an international collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope.
6th June 2016


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DSEI 2017
12th September 2017
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