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Space Weather forecasting and response critical for protecting strategic assets from extreme space weather events like High Altitude Nuclear Detonation


A Japanese spacecraft designed to help scientists better understand the radiation environment of near-Earth space has made it to orbit. The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace satellite, or ERG, lifted off atop an Epsilon rocket from Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan  on Dec. 20.  The 780-lb. (355 kilograms) ERG satellite …

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Groundwork Laid for the Biggest optical/infrared telescope in the world


The European Southern Observatory (ESO)—a 16-nation intergovernmental research organization for ground-based astronomy—has contracted for the construction of the dome and telescope of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). With a main mirror 39 meters in diameter, the E-ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world when its construction …

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NASA & Arx Pax to jointly develop Hover devices to control formation flight of Nano Satellites


In late 2014, the Internet was all abuzz over a video that purported to show a working hoverboard called Hendo hoverboard, sailing over a copper track—rider attached. Exploiting Arx Pax’s Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology, the Hendo hoverboard uses electromagnetic energy—with two downward-firing disc-shaped “hover engines” creating an opposing magnetic …

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Space security pact between Defence departments of the Canada, U.S., U.K. and Australia signed, to counter threats to their space assets


Defence departments of the Canada, U.S., the U.K. and Australia will share space-related resources and information, under an agreement signed recently. The shared information includes all important elements of space security, like data on satellite orbits, to help prevent collisions, accuracy of GPS signals, methods to prevent interference with satellite …

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