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Diving deep into the search for life

Diving deep into the search for life
Off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island and more than 3,000 feet beneath the ocean surface lie the warm, bubbling springs of a volcano — a deep-sea location that may hold lessons for the search for extraterrestrial life. Here, NASA and its partners are blending ocean and space exploration, with a project called SUBSEA, short for Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog.
8th June 2018

Who’s winning the latest global space race?

Who’s winning the latest global space race?
From the first satellites fired into orbit to man’s first triumphant step on the moon, the idea of space travel has sparked imaginations across the globe for decades. Now, the very same launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre that once saw Apollo 11 soar for the moon recently launched a rocket to truly signal the next generation of space travel - Space X. Whereas once there were a handful of nations competing to reach the stars, now there are countless global companies all fighting for a slice of the sky pie.
15th May 2018

Capacitors contribute to success of NASA's Curiosity Rover

Capacitors contribute to success of NASA's Curiosity Rover
  AVX is celebrating the continuing success of NASA’s Curiosity rover (also known as the Mars Science Laboratory), which has spent roughly 2,100 Martian solar days - or sols, which comprise 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35.244 seconds - investigating the planet’s Gale Crater since it landed on 6th August, 2012.
14th May 2018


VxWorks off to Mars on another NASA/JPL mission with InSight

VxWorks off to Mars on another NASA/JPL mission with InSight
Very recently on the 5th May, NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission  was launched using a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. Guest blog written by Chip Downing.
8th May 2018

Test system for Dream Chaser flight control system

Test system for Dream Chaser flight control system
SAKOR Technologies has announced that it has supplied a test system to Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to be used to test the flight control system for the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Dream Chaser is a lifting-body, reusable, crewed or uncrewed horizontal-landing vehicle. It is owned and operated by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and is designed as a space utility vehicle for low-Earth orbit.
24th April 2018

Humming a tune from grand cosmic symphony

Humming a tune from grand cosmic symphony
Researchers playing with a cloud of ultracold atoms uncovered behaviour that bears a striking resemblance to the universe in microcosm. Their work, which forges new connections between atomic physics and the sudden expansion of the early universe, will be published in Physical Review X and highlighted by Physics. "From the atomic physics perspective, the experiment is beautifully described by existing theory," says Stephen Eckel, an atomic physicist at the NIST and the lead author of the new paper.
20th April 2018

Tackling the challenges of new space flights with traceable solutions

Tackling the challenges of new space flights with traceable solutions
TT Electronics has announced the introduction of its New Space Electronics range. Higher volume satellite constellations in low Earth orbit are driving a requirement for increasingly cost effective components. The company's New Space Electronics offers a solution that delivers reduced screening but is fully traceable, with proven space grade heritage.
18th April 2018

Satellite aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets

Satellite aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets
There are potentially thousands of planets that lie just outside our solar system — galactic neighbours that could be rocky worlds or more tenuous collections of gas and dust. Where are these closest exoplanets located? And which of them might we be able to probe for clues to their composition and even habitability? The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be the first to seek out these nearby worlds.
17th April 2018

Researching telescope data for evidence of distant planets

Researching telescope data for evidence of distant planets
As part of an effort to identify distant planets hospitable to life, NASA has established a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers search telescopic images for evidence of debris disks around stars, which are good indicators of exoplanets. Using the results of that project, researchers at MIT have now trained a machine-learning system to search for debris disks itself.
5th April 2018

Radiation tolerant eight-channel source driver for space programmes

Radiation tolerant eight-channel source driver for space programmes
Microsemi has announced its radiation-tolerant AAHS298B eight-channel source driver for space applications, which has been successfully qualified and certified by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Class V and Q, with four Standard Microcircuits Drawings (SMDs) listed, is now in production. 
28th March 2018


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