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Artist’s concept of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser spacecraft launching atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the 552 configuration on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Credit: ULA The first two missions of the unmanned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle carrying critical cargo to the International Space […]

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Quantum communication uses light to send crucial information SPL As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, “unhackable” communications network – at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum […]

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It is hoped this new system could serve to revolutionize deep space communications. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider ATLAS Space Operations Inc., a company specializing in cloud-based satellite management and control services, has announced that it will test the first-ever laser communications terminal on the lunar surface. The […]

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Lockheed Martin will repurpose a space shuttle-era Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) to become a test and astronaut training prototype for NASA’s deep space habitat. Credit: Lockheed Martin/NASA via collectSPACE.com A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA’s space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep […]

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NASA, SpaceX and Boeing expect test flights of their Crew Dragon and CST-100 Starliner vehicles to take place next year after extensive delays. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing WASHINGTON — Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are […]

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CTV National News: Powerful view of universe The super-sized successor to NASA’s legendary Hubble Space Telescope is more than a year away from deploying its massive two-storey tall, gold-plated mirrors in the harshness of deep space. That’s why scientists are busy freezing the US$9 billion, 6,200 kilogram spacecraft to see […]

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Unistellar’s telescope will be available in Fall 2017 for its presales crowdfunding campaign. Credit: SETI Institute The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar announced a partnership today to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to […]