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darpaUS Air Force has $1.2 billion in new hypersonic weapon spending to catch up to Russia and China

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The U.S. Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $928 million contract to develop a prototype hypersonic cruise missile, or the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The project is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts the service is …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

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China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

carnival of spaceCarnival of Space 557

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The Carnival of Space 557 is up at the Venus Transit. Universe Today – NASA Begins Construction of its New Quiet Supersonic Plane Above – an artist’s concept of the low-boom flight demonstrator outside the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Skunk …

futureNASA’s proposed multi-billion orbiting moonbase used to justify $50 billion Space Launch System

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As part of the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, NASA is planning to build the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in the 2020s. The station would be used as a staging point for the proposed Deep Space Transport, which is a concept …

astronomyDark matter might be primordial black holes

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Astronomers studying the motions of galaxies and the character of the cosmic microwave background radiation came to realize in the last century that most of the matter in the universe was not visible. About 84 percent of the matter in …

historyAncient industrial civilizations would be very hard to detect

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Centauri Dreams and The Atlantic have articles that consider if would we know if an early mammal built a civilization in the last 60 million years? Let’s assume a civilization lasting no more than 100,000 years, which turns out to …

futureHolographic sails fixes last technical issues for interstellar laser pushed sails

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Greg Matloff and his wife, C Bangs, have researched the use of holographic films for solar and laser pushed space sails. Matloff’s work is described at Centauri Dreams. Greg Matloff is on the Advisor’s Board of Yuri Milner’s $100 million …

energy100 Petawatt lasers could tear apart vacuum by 2023

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In 2016, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or petawatts (PW). The lights in Shanghai do not dim each …

futureNASA’s Galactic Positioning System will enable autonomous spacecraft

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A NASA space telescope called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has been used to develop a brand new technology with near-term, practical applications: a galactic positioning system. Without this system it is not possible to determine a spaceship’s …

exoplanetsNASA and Spacex target launching TESS planet hunting telescope within 9 hours

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NASA and SpaceX are targeting the launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for no earlier than 6:51 p.m. EDT. Frequent updates …