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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2024
True Anomaly, Inc. has been awarded a $30M contract by the U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command for the VICTUS HAZE Tactically Responsive Space mission. This funding is part of a broader $60M initiative, with True Anomaly providing an equal amount of private capital. The contract is part of the Emergent Need Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award, facilitated by SSC's Space Sa
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2024
On April 11, military space leaders from 18 countries convened at the invitation of U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations, Gen. Chance Saltzman, for the fourth annual Space Chiefs Forum in Colorado Springs. Participants included representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, S
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2024
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall highlighted the critical role of space in national security at the Space Symposium on April 10, stressing the need for the U.S. to maintain its leadership despite financial uncertainties. Kendall pointed out the delayed approval of this fiscal year's budget as a significant hurdle, with Congress finalizing it six months late, in March 2024 instead of Octo
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 15, 2024
In a significant announcement, Gen. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations, revealed the U.S. Space Force's latest strategy on April 10, aimed at integrating commercial expertise, skills, and products more closely with military operations to ensure ongoing superiority in the increasingly contested space domain. The new Commercial Space Strategy, which has been in the works for some tim
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2024
In a compelling address to a space-focused audience at the Space Symposium on April 10, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall articulated a clear vision for the United States' dominance in space, emphasizing the complexities posed by fluctuating and often unpredictable domestic budgets. Kendall's keynote speech not only reviewed his tenure and outlined forthcoming priorities but also undersco
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 15, 2024
The space industry has witnessed a transformational decline in satellite launch costs over the past few decades. This trend represents a pivotal shift in the accessibility and frequency of space missions, fundamentally altering the economic landscape of the global space economy. Historical Context and Current Trends In the early days of space exploration, the cost of launching a sate
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2024
Rising mission demands necessitate high-performance, cost-effective, and technologically sophisticated solutions with a track record of reliability. L3Harris's comprehensive avionics suite includes communication systems, range safety receivers, power distribution, data acquisition, flight computers, and navigation capabilities. The initial 8 minutes of a launch are pivotal, demanding sophi
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Vandenberg
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SpaceX has significantly increased the frequency of its rocket launches from a Santa Barbara County military base, and its plans to add even more have raised concerns by the California Coastal Commission over the impacts on the environment and nearby communities.

The company, officially Space Exploration Technologies Corp., owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has already breached an agreement between base officials and the coastal commission that limited the yearly launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base to six.

SpaceX has asked the commission for permission to launch up to 36 times per year from Vandenberg, as well as to conduct up to 12 landings a year at a second launch complex and an offshore landing spot in the Pacific Ocean.

Visible for miles around, the launches can create awe-inspiring spectacles as the aircraft hurtle up through the atmosphere, leaving behind a streak tracing the path of the rocket.

But nearer the base, the launches can force the closure and evacuation of nearby beaches and campgrounds, and residents have reported their windows shaking and rattling from the apparent sonic booms.

"It's very stressful when you experience something like a sonic boom and you're not expecting it," said Phil Simon, a resident of Ojai for 25 years who spoke to the commission Wednesday.

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During the Apollo missions of the 1970s, several seismometers were flown to the moon, where they collected data on lunar seismic trembling for eight years. The data showed some lunar quakes were as powerful as a magnitude 5.

Unlike the Earth, the is not tectonically active. Lunar quakes have different origins: Some are caused by day-to-night thermal differences as the surface varies in temperature, others that occur deeper may be caused by Earth's gravitational pull, and still others are caused by the moon slowly cooling and contracting over time. Understanding how, when, and where these quakes occur is critical for planning missions to the moon, especially if permanent structures like a lunar base are to be built on its surface.

A new study demonstrates that an emerging new seismological technology called distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) would be able to measure lunar quakes with unprecedented precision. As NASA's upcoming Artemis missions plan to return to the moon to, among other research aims, deploy new seismic sensors, the study makes a case for using DAS rather than conventional seismometers.

A paper, titled "Assessing the feasibility of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for moonquake detection," describing the research appears in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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Video: 00:07:30

On the last day of his Huginn mission, ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen takes us on a tour of the place he called home for 6 months: the International Space Station. From the beautiful views of Cupola to the kitchen in Node 1 filled with food and friends and all the way to the science of Columbus, the Space Station is the work and living place for astronauts as they help push science forward. 

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