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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • D-Star One small satellite undergoes final tests

    Press ReleaseNovember 5th, 2017

    German Orbital Systems and iSky Technology companies have completed the final tests of the D-Star One small satellite's systems successfully and arranged its shipment to the launch site.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to be equipped with 23 ‘eyes’

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 4th, 2017

    One of the key instruments that has accompanied every rover since Pathfinder became the first rover to land on the surface of Mars in 1997 are imagers – cameras. NASA’s newest rover continues this trend. In addition, it continues the trend of increased visible acuity that accompanies the increased instrument performance and improved technology.

  • Curiosity applies color talents to ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’

    Jim SharkeyNovember 3rd, 2017

    The color-discerning abilities of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have proven particularly useful as the rover continues its climb of "Vera Rubin Ridge". In addition to the thousands of full-color images that Curiosity takes every year, the rover can image the Martian surface using special filters that can aid in identifying some minerals – something it has used to scout the terrain it will soon cover.

  • Gallery: SpaceX sends KoreaSat 5A spaceward

    Derek RichardsonNovember 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX launched KoreaSat 5A atop one of its Falcon 9 rockets at 3:34 p.m. EDT (19:34 GMT) Oct. 30, 2017. The mission was the 16th this year for the Hawthorne, California-based company.

  • How space technology benefits us

    Press ReleaseNovember 1st, 2017

    At times, it might seem that since giving up on Moon explorations, not much has happened for us space faring humans. Nothing could be farther from the truth with bioengineers and numerous other scientists looking to the stars and beyond for ways to develop technologies that will help in space. Many of these same technologies are used to help us here on the ground too even if we don’t realize it.

  • Industry expert: Asteroid mining could begin within the next 10–20 years

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 31st, 2017

    Mining the countless space rocks found in our Solar System for valuable resources could become a reality within two decades. This is according to J.L. Galache of Aten Engineering. However, he cautions that there are still many challenges that must first be overcome to make it happen that quickly.

  • Spacecom selects SpaceX to launch Amos-17 using credits from loss of Amos-6

    Curt GodwinOctober 30th, 2017

    Israeli satellite operator Spacecom is calling in its credit with SpaceX to launch the Amos-17 telecommunications satellite, tentatively scheduled for liftoff in 2019. The credit is from fees that the company had already paid SpaceX for the launch of Amos-6 but was "refunded" to the satellite operator after the loss of the satellite in a pad incident on September 1, 2016.

  • Sunscreen ingredient falls as ‘snow’ on hot exoplanet Kepler-13Ab

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 29th, 2017

    One of the hottest known exoplanets – Kepler-13Ab – experiences 'snowfall' composed of titanium dioxide, an active ingredient in sunscreen. However, the sunscreen "snow" only precipitates on the planet's permanent dark side.

  • What’s inside Ceres? Dawn mission finds possible ancient ocean remnants

    Ryan ChylinskiOctober 29th, 2017

    Orbiting since March of 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues to provide exciting science from Ceres – a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Two studies, part of the Dawn mission's second extension, are using new data to shed light on a possible liquid past.

  • U.S. Army’s Kestrel Eye IIM microsatellite deployed from Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 28th, 2017

    NanoRacks LLC successfully deployed the Kestrel Eye IIM microsatellite on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, using its Kaber Microsatellite Deployer (Kaber). The 110-pound (50-kilogram) Earth-imaging spacecraft, which is operated by the U.S. Army, is so far the largest satellite deployed by NanoRacks from the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Pan-STARRS-1 discovers interstellar object has entered our Solar System

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 27th, 2017

    An asteroid (or comet) recently discovered in an extreme orbit originated beyond the Solar System in interstellar space, astronomers noted in a recent report. Initially discovered with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the University of Hawaii on October 19, the object is the first such detected by scientists.

  • Minotaur-C scheduled for Vandenberg launch on October 31

    Paul KnightlyOctober 25th, 2017

    Six SkySat imaging satellites are now set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this coming Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2:37 p.m. PDT. The launch will utilize an Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket.

  • Underground towns on the Moon and Mars: Future human habitats could be hidden in lava tubes

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 24th, 2017

    New research conducted by European scientists suggests that underground caves created by volcanic activity on the Moon and possibly on Mars could be large enough to house even underground towns. The "lava tubes" could, therefore, be excellent hidden locations for future human habitats.

  • NASA Goddard set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Apollo 4

    Christopher PaulOctober 23rd, 2017

    The NARHAMS model rocket club will join with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first launch of the Saturn V rocket. On November 5, 2017, the two organizations will meet at NASA's Goddard Visitor Center to commemorate the first Saturn V launch, the flight of Apollo 4, which took place on November 9, 1967.

  • Vector, Virginia Space announce upcoming orbital launches from Wallops

    Jason RhianOctober 22nd, 2017

    NewSpace continues to make progress in terms of expanding its presence in the establishment. This past week, it was announced that nanosatellite launch service provider Vector had inked a deal with the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to conduct three commercial flights out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) over the course of the next two years with possibly five additional launches in the offing.