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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

RemoveDEBRIS Spacecraft Launched From ISS

Employs Airbus Space Debris Capture Removal Technology

The space debris removal technology mission RemoveDEBRIS, led by the Surrey Space Center (SSC) at the University of Surrey, has been launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS). RemoveDEBRIS will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to clean up space debris, with the first Airbus designed and built experiment due for deployment in October 2018.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Harris Delivers Advanced Environmental Monitoring Sensor For Japanese Satellite

GOSAT-2 Will Increase Ability To Measure Greenhouse Gases From Space

Harris Corporation has delivered an environmental monitoring sensor for the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2), which will significantly enhance Japan’s ability to monitor greenhouse gases from space.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

NASA Armstrong Awards $1 Million To U.S. Small Businesses

Grants Intended For Technology Research And Development

NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology in Phase I of its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and 44 proposals for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, totaling $43.5 million in awards. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in Edwards, California received eight awards, totaling $1 million. These selections support NASA's future space exploration and aviation missions, while also benefiting the U.S. economy.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Chris Hadfield Says Manned Mission To Mars Is Far In The Future

Believes Existing Technology Is Not Up To The Task

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is skeptical about a manned mission to Mars being mounted by NASA, SpaceX or Blue Origin, the three entities who have publicly touted their efforts to do so.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

AMA Drone Report 06.21.18: NC Drone Summit, AMA v Raleigh Regs, Yuneec Typhoon H Plus

Also: ERAU UAS Program, UK Drone Rescue, ANN/AMA Oshkosh Coverage, Fat Shark 101

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning a Drone Summit and Flight Expo for August 5-7. Participants include key industry representatives, technology pathfinders, influential government officials, and pioneering users. A dynamic agenda of keynote talks, panel discussions, and contributed presentations covers the spectrum of commercial and public safety UAS applications. A Flight Expo will showcase drone mission capabilities by flying demonstration missions on site during the conference. AMA scored another round of cooperative responses from the City of Raleigh -- whom they counseled and worked with to craft a set of more reasonable regs than were originally proposed. AMA’s Tyler Dobbs told ANN’s AMA Drone Report that, “AMA worked with the city of Raleigh for a number of months to remove the problematic language from the original draft. This final version is a

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Black Swift Technologies Awarded NASA Contract

Will Develop UAS For Atmospheric Observations Of Venus

Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm recognized for its purpose-built scientific aerial platforms, has been awarded a NASA contract to develop an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to perform upper atmospheric observations of the planet Venus.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

NASA Awards The Short Wave Infrared Sensor Chip Assembly For WFIRST

California Company Will Provide 72 Devices For The Spacecraft

NASA has awarded a contract to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC, Camarillo, California, for the Short Wave Infrared Sensor Chip Assembly (SCA) for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Project.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018

ESA Sentinel-3 Flies Tandem

Two Satellites Flying In Formation In Orbit

The key to monitoring Earth’s changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive satellites, even though identical in build, are like for like?

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Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Airborne 06.20.18: SubSonex Heads For RENO!, Elvis' BizJet, Chambliss Trains 4 RedBull

Also: P&W Geared Turbofan, Tamarack Aerospace, King Air 350ER XP67A Upgrade, NATA Annual Mtg
 
Sonex Aircraft will collaborate with High Performance Aircraft Group to showcase the SubSonex Personal Jet.  The SubSonex debuted at this year's Pylon Racing Seminar (also known as "Rookie School") June 7-10 at Reno Stead airport in preparation for the National Championship Air Races this September. The SubSonex was taken through various flight scenarios by three-time Reno Gold champion Pete Zaccagnino. "The plane has been approved for racing, and now we have to get to work in preparation for training enough pilots to create a new race," Zaccagnino said. "I believe we got eight flights in and everyone loved it. It was a blast on the course." A 1962 Lockheed Jetstar once owned by The King of Rock & Roll is back on the auction block about a year after being sold for $430,000. The online auction house IronPlanet lists t

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