...the who's who,
and the what's what 
of the space industry

Copernical Team

Copernical Team

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Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 05, 2022
A UNSW Canberra Space satellite mission, known as M2, is now delivering Australia's first high-resolution remote sensing image of the Earth. UNSW Canberra Space Director Professor Russell Boyce said the capture of the image is an important step forward for Australia's sovereign space capabilities, with the same mission also successfully collecting and transmitting commercial aviation identificat
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Washington DC (UPI) Aug 10, 2021
For the first time, scientists have discovered what appears to be a brand new planet, 395 light-years from Earth, that could be forming moons. Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, recently detected gas in a circumplanetary disk, the third one ever discovered. Circumplanetary disks are comprised of gas, dust and debris around young planets th
Thursday, 11 August 2022 08:00

Gaia reveals the past and future of the Sun

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The Sun's future

We all wish that we could sometimes see into the future. Now, thanks to the very latest data from ESA’s star mapping Gaia mission, astronomers can do just that for the Sun. By accurately identifying stars of similar mass and composition, they can see how our Sun is going to evolve in the future. And this work extends far beyond a little astrophysical clairvoyance.

Thursday, 11 August 2022 08:30

Lunar Zebro

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Lunar Zebro, a project of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands wants to build a robot and be the first Dutch and European rover to walk on the Moon. Their lunar rover does not only distinguish itself by its small size taking up the same area as an A4 sheet of paper, but also by its unique locomotion. Driven by C-shaped legs instead of wheels, the six-legged rover from where it takes its name in Dutch “zes-benige robot”, will be able to climb over much taller obstacles than its wheeled counterparts, making it ideal for

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Logan UT (SPX) Aug 11, 2022
Global mission integrator NanoAvionics has added two microsatellite buses, the MP42H and the MP42D, to its product line based on its flagship MP42 bus. Capable to host customer payloads of up to 145 kg and a total satellite mass of up to 220 kg, the company has now one of the widest ranges of commercially available modular microsatellite buses in the industry. Designed to significantly red
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 11, 2022
Astronomers have long sought the launch sites for some of the highest-energy protons in our galaxy. Now a study using 12 years of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope confirms that one supernova remnant is just such a place. Fermi has shown that the shock waves of exploded stars boost particles to speeds comparable to that of light. Called cosmic rays, these particles mostly ta
Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:57

First stars and black holes

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Austin TX (SPX) Aug 11, 2022
Just milliseconds after the universe's Big Bang, chaos reigned. Atomic nuclei fused and broke apart in hot, frenzied motion. Incredibly strong pressure waves built up and squeezed matter so tightly together that black holes formed, which astrophysicists call primordial black holes. Did primordial black holes help or hinder formation of the universe's first stars, eventually born about 100
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Falmer UK (SPX) Aug 11, 2022
Atomic clock precision timing is essential for systems such as global navigation, satellite mapping, establishing the composition of exoplanets and the next generations of telecommunication. But atomic clocks are currently massive devices - weighing hundreds of kilograms - which need to be housed within precise, difficult-to-maintain conditions. That's why scientists around the world are racing
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Perth, Australia (SPX) Aug 11, 2022
New Curtin research has provided the strongest evidence yet that Earth's continents were formed by giant meteorite impacts that were particularly prevalent during the first billion years or so of our planet's four-and-a-half-billion year history. Dr Tim Johnson, from Curtin's School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said the idea that the continents originally formed at sites of giant meteo
Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:57

Progressing through the pass: Sols 3560-3561

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Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 10, 2022
Curiosity is continuing to press on through Paraitepuy Pass with the successful completion of last plan's drive and another coming up on the first sol of today's two-sol plan. The terrain continues to be tricky, with lots of sand and rocks, as you can see in the Hazcam image, and the rover planners are working hard to determine the best and safest way forward. In between carefully creeping
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