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darpaRocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

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Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter …

energyNuclear Uprates Help US Set Record and Advanced Uprates Will Be the Future

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US nuclear power plants set a new record for annual power generation in 2018. Capacity additions from plant uprates, combined with shorter refueling maintenance cycles, enabled the country’s nuclear plants to produce 807.1 million MWh in 2018, surpassing the previous …

dronesUS Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

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The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to …

exaflopExaflop Supercomputer Race

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The US Department of Energy is paying $500 million for the Aurora exaflop supercomputer to be built by Intel and Cray in 2021. Aurora will perform regular supercomputer research and artificial intelligence (AI) projects. There will be extreme-scale cosmological simulations, …

elon muskSpaceX Heavy Best Option to Replace SLS for EM-1 Mission in 2020

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SpaceX also has the second mission for the Falcon Heavy scheduled for April, 2019. There should be a third Falcon Heavy mission a few months later. If NASA is serious about completing the Exploration Mission-1 in June 2020, then SpaceX …

nasaBoeing Delays Test so SpaceX Could Become Only US Manned Option

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Boeing has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program and pushed its crewed flight until November. SpaceX has just successfully completed its first uncrewed test flight. If …

astronomyNear Gigapixel Imaging of Exoplanets from the Gravity Lens Regions

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Exoplanets are planets in other solar systems. They are very faint but they are even harder to see because of the much brighter star they are orbiting. If we send a telescope to the solar gravitational lens (SGL) point on …

future weaponsMegawatt Lasers, Microwave and Hypersonic Weapons

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The goal of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mike Griffin, is making megawatt lasers, hypersonic weapons and directed energy weapons. Griffin wants * megawatt lasers in space for space control * 75 kilowatts on top of the …

chinaChina-Italy BRI Deal Could Be as Historic as Marco Polo

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In 1271, Marco Polo traveled from his home in Venice to China via the Silk Road. The Travels of Marco Polo had huge influence. Italy is now signing agreements to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China is investing in …

israelSpaceIL Unmanned Lunar Mission on Course for the Moon

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Israel’s unmanned lunar mission is on course to land on the moon’s Sea of Serenity on April 11. It will be between the Apollo 12 and 15 landing sites. The lower power of the booster rocket required an additional rocket …