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The Ukrainian Yuzhnoye SDO is one of the most well-known and recognized scientific and design companies in the world in the field of space technology development. This recognition is based on the exceptional experience in space technology development, gained during almost 60 years of the company life and reinforced by the capability to grow in modern economic and political environment, while providing flexible response to the needs of the global space launch market.

Yuzhnoye is proud of a lot of successful developments, many of which became achievements at the world level. Among the... More →
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Wishbone Gold Plc is a London AIM-listed company operating in the precious metals exploration and development market. It also now has a wholly owned precious metals trading business based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates together with four exploration licences covering 34,700 hectares in north east Queensland, a region known for significant precious metal mineralization.

The Board has a wealth of experience in numerous sectors including healthcare, retail, and technology in addition to natural resource companies, where they have demonstrated their ability to execute strategies success... More →
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Kristin Majcher reports in the MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW INSIDER Question of the Week that platinum and other metals such as nickel, cobalt, rhodium, iridium, and rare earths are present in the crust of the Earth but are difficult to locate and are in low concentrations. They are commonly used in everyday objects like catalytic converters, jewelry, and computer hard disks. These materials are so expensive to recover in mining on Earth that one company thinks it could be economical to send spacecraft to retrieve them from asteroids where they are likely present in higher concentrations and may be e... More →
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Marc Poirier reports that with commercial ventures like Virgin looking to the stars, the beginnings of a full-scale space tourism industry are emerging. Asteroid mining is being explored as a fuel source for our interstellar wanderlust, and it may become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

There are a multitude of commercial opportunities in space, stretching from satellite television, radio, and navigation systems, to consumer-facing space tourism, as pursued by companies like the Elon Musk SpaceX and the Sir Richard Branson Virgin Galactic.

But one exciting commerc... More →
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Dieter Holger reports that expensive, unsustainable rockets have served as our primary means to lift payloads and personnel into space, but space elevators present a cheaper way to enter outer space. Although new materials are needed (and may already be available .... via graphine nanotubes, grids, and sheets), space-elevator missions are in motion and we could see the first elevator constructed in the next several decades.

Getting into space with rockets is ridiculously expensive. A NASA Inspector General report says the agency will pay Russia $491.2 million to send six astronauts ... More →
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Simon Drive reports that any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based tracking stations. The U.S. NASA has a deep space tracking facility at Tidbinbilla in the ACT, managed by the CSIRO, and the European Space Agency (ESA) has one in New Norcia, Western Australia.

The New Norcia station plays a further role as it picks up and tracks the ESA launches from French Guiana as they curve across the Indian Ocean on their way to Earth orbi... More →
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To accomplish the feat of putting human footprints on the moon, it took lots of money, people, political will and a cold war. Can we do it again.

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Arnoldus van den Hurk reports that there are two large opportunities for renewable energy in mining ... renewables for electricity and renewables for fuel. For both scenarios hybrid energy architecture can be found in the form of hybrid power grids (mini grids) and hybrid fuel vehicles.

The impetus for electric vehicles in mining is being driven by the increasing competitiveness in the industry from Silicon Valley players such as Tesla, Google and Apple and from battery manufacturers including Panasonic, LG and Foxconn.

The price of ion-lithium batteries is following the ... More →
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Ed Price reports that China intends to land on the Moon and to have a base there by 2020. That is only 4 years away. And of course, SpaceX intends to have a settlement on Mars by 2024. Maybe the explosion of its rocket recently will put a dampener on that, but Price doubts that. He thinks that Elon Musk has the chops to keep the plan on course, no matter what.

Not to be outdone, Russia plans to get to Mars by 2030. So it is in the running for the Red Planet too. India also has plans to land on Mars, maybe with help from France. So the race is on. Expect others to join the jousting s... More →
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Emma Luxton reports that the U.S. has the biggest budget for space exploration by far, spending over six times more than China, according to OECD figures for 2013. From the first moon landing to the International Space Station, the U.S. government agency NASA has been leading space exploration since its creation in 1958.

U.S. spending on space-related research saw a dramatic increase during the height of the space race with Russia, from 0.1% of GDP in 1958 to more than 4.4% in 1966. This increase coincided with the global race to reach the moon when U.S. President John F. Kennedy pr... More →
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Michael Lemonick reports that the amazing part is not so much that there is water on Mars, because scientists have known for years that the life-giving liquid flowed freely and abundantly across the Martian surface billions of years ago, and that water in the form of ice still exists in reasonable quantities at the planet poles. But these sandy particles were blown here from all over Mars before settling to the ground. This one sample, therefore, tells us that the water Leshin team found is spread pretty much everywhere on the planet. No matter where astronauts eventually land, they will be ab... More →
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We now have Moon rocks collected from eight different places on the Moon. The six Apollo landings: 382 kilograms (843 pounds) and 2,000 separate samples. Two Soviet spacecraft named Luna-16 and Luna-20 returned 130 grams (five ounces).

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Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone interested about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in Space.

You are invited to become a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as they unleash NASA data to problem solvers across the globe. Join us on April 29-30 for the 2017 International Space Apps Challenge, with challenges to better understand our home planet, Earth.

Last year hackat... More →
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Todd Jaquith opines that one of the most pressing questions in science ... is there alien life somewhere out there within the universe, the type of terrestrial critters that we already know? We are still searching for the answer, but it seems that each day brings word of some new exoplanetary discovery that may at last resolve the issue. Our technology has evolved to the point where we can now detect Earth-sized (note the distinction between Earth-sized and Earth-like) exoplanets residing in the habitable zones of their parent stars.

But are we restricting ourselves unnecessarily, w... More →
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The UN International Seabed Authority (ISA) has opened up massive new regions of the ocean floor for mining companies to search for and dig up valuable minerals including copper, gold and manganese by issuing seven new exploration licences. State-owned and private companies from the UK, Germany, India, Brazil, Singapore and Russia are among those to benefit.

Seabed Resources, an English subsidiary of the US defense giant Lockheed Martin, has secured exploration rights to an area larger than the entire UK, likely to perfect remote mining techniques and technology for off-world one da... More →
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Henry Lazenby reports that space-mining pioneers have welcomed the historic unanimous passing of the Space Act of 2015, as amended, in the U.S. Senate recently, recognising the right of U.S. citizens to own asteroid resources they obtain as property and encouraging commercial exploration and recovery of resources from asteroids, free from harmful interference.

The legislation, HR 2262, created a pro-growth environment for the development of the commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and ensuring a more stable and predictable regulatory regime. This law w... More →
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Dr. Scott Pace testified to the U.S. Senate that while space touches every aspect of modern life, he focused on human space exploration, as that topic is the one whose future is most in doubt today. This is unfortunate, as human space activities are among the most interdisciplinary of enterprises, requiring skills from every field of geoscientific and technical endeavor. Their successful accomplishment requires a degree of systems engineering skill found only in the most complex and demanding programs.        

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Dom Galeon and Jolene Creighton report that both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017. With this transformative development, the space agency got a lot more than just $19.508 billion in funding. They also got a very clear mandate ... Get humanity to Mars !

To be clear, Mars has been in the works for some time. However, the 2017 Act places a strong emphasis on this goal, making it the focal point of NASA long-term plans. In the document, congress asserts that the space agency is to get humans near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s. Opposition to th... More →
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Cecilia Jamasmie reports that after months of deliberation, the U.S. Congress has unanimously passed a legislation that establishes legal rights for citizens to own resources in outer space, which would ease asteroid mining companies plans. Until now, there was no legislature clarifying issues such as whether resources mined from celestial bodies could be sold on Earth, or what would happen if someone other than a base-owner needs or wants to land there .... a key requirement for asteroid mining ventures such as Planetary Resources.

Many years from now, we will view this pivotal mom... More →
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The first of two NASA spacecraft to study the moon in unprecedented detail has entered lunar orbit. A spacecraft successfully completed its planned main engine burn at 2 p.m. PST Saturday, according to NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL). The spacecraft are on a mission to map lunar gravity in unprecedented detail, shedding light on the moon's composition, formation and evolution. Scientists will use the twin probes' measurements to construct extremely accurate maps of the lunar gravity field. These maps, in turn, should reveal the moon's structure in great detail, allowing... More →
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David Brown reports in Atlantic that last week, upon leaving the president-elect office, Douglas Brinkley, a historian and conservationist, reported that Trump was very interested in a man going to the moon.

The principal arguments for a moon base involve mines and building fuel depots. Though the moon lacks the resources to ever be truly self-sustaining (?), it only takes a few days to reach from Earth. If the U.S. decides that the goal of human spaceflight should be to gather resources, the moon and its quarry of helium-3 will be a compelling target. The isotope is extremely rare ... More →
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Katherine Mcalpine reports that in findings that could change the way industries like nuclear energy and aerospace look for materials that can stand up to radiation exposure, University of Michigan researchers have discovered that metal alloys with three or more elements in equal concentrations can be remarkably resistant to radiation-induced swelling.

The big problem faced by metals bombarded with radiation at high temperatures, such as the metals that make up nuclear fuel cladding, is that they have a tendency to swell up significantly. They can even double in size.

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Abby Norman and Karla Lant opine that NASA current plans, first outlined in 2010 and later in 2015, place humans on the red planet in the 2030s. They are currently developing the necessary capabilities to make it happen in tandem with other agencies and private companies. NASA is collaborating with private innovators, like engineering professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, to 3D print structures on the Moon with the eventual goal of creating similar structures that can withstand the radiation of the Martian atmosphere.

Elon Musk sees colonizing Mars as a necessity, and SpaceX has a congruent... More →
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Andrew Follett reports that Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced Tuesday it intends to launch a mineral survey probe to an asteroid sometime next year. DSI probe will rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid by 2020, then map the object to determine its value for mineral mining. DSI wants to follow up its survey up with the first commercial interplanetary mining mission.

As a first step towards expanding the free market into space, DSI Prospector will fulfill a critical role of not only providing metallurgical analysis of a target mining asteroid, but do so primarily under the impetus... More →
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The House science committee carved out two hours of time on Wednesday to discuss the search for extraterrestrial life. Because the House has just seven days of work left before the end of the year, this hearing idea has generated some pretty harsh criticism. But laments about an unproductive Congress finding time to look for aliens of all things are sadly misguided. This hearing is a great idea, and it is doing something remarkable, getting the Republican-led, scientifically challenged committee to seriously discuss an important field of research and the funding needed to keep it going.... More →
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