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News Archive / Tagged: The Range

  • ISRO plans to develop light-lift rocket to launch small satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 19th, 2017

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) eyes the development of a new light-lift booster dedicated to launching smaller payloads into space.

  • Juno delves deep into Jupiter’s Red Spot

    Jason RhianDecember 18th, 2017

    NASA's Juno mission, which was launched on Aug. 5, 2011, has uncovered some interesting data after its first pass over the largest planet in our Solar System – the gas giant Jupiter. This data suggests that the massive, fiery-red and centuries-old hurricane known as the Great Red Spot descends farther below the planet's cloud tops than was previously believed.

  • Gallery: SpaceX CRS-13

    Mike DeepDecember 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX resumed launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 with the flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft. The launch took place at 10:35 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

  • Tidal heating could sustain dwarf planets’ subsurface oceans

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 17th, 2017

    Icy dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt could maintain subsurface liquid oceans if they have moons that generate tidal heating, thereby preventing the oceans from freezing, according to a new study published in the journal Icarus.

  • Bright spots on Ceres indicate geologic activity

    Jim SharkeyDecember 16th, 2017

    Since NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres in March 2015, both scientists and the general public have been able to see the hundreds of bright spots on the dwarf planet's surface. Dawn mission scientists reported their most recent research about these bright areas at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. The team's findings indicate that Ceres is an active, evolving world.

  • Three companies tapped to produce prototypes for NASA’s ‘FabLab’ initiative

    Jason RhianDecember 14th, 2017

    NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program has selected three companies to produce "FabLab" prototypes of machines that can be used for space-based, on-demand fabrication.

  • RUAG Space lands contract extension to develop crucial parts for Galileo satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 14th, 2017

    OHB System AG, the prime contractor for Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites, has extended its contract with RUAG Space to produce 12 additional Control and Data Units for these spacecraft.

  • Occultation data hints New Horizons’ next flyby target may have a moon

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2017

    New Horizons' second target – Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – may have a small moon, mission science team member Marc Buie of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, reported on Monday, December 11, 2017, at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • SNC taps AZUR SPACE to produce cargo Dream Chaser solar panels

    Jason RhianDecember 13th, 2017

    Sierra Nevada Corporation has tapped AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH to provide solar panels for the first Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft. The announcement was made via a release issued by AZUR SPACE, denoting that the new automated shuttle is getting ready for its first flight – currently slated to take to the skies in 2019.

  • Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with CRS-13 Dragon slips 24 hours

    Jason RhianDecember 12th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has slipped an additional 24 hours to "allow for additional time for pre-launch ground checks." This information is per a post made on Twitter by SpaceX at 6:50 p.m. EST (10:50 GMT) on Monday, Dec. 11. 

  • Engine burn refines New Horizons’ journey to KBO 2014 MU69

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 12th, 2017

    To optimize the timing of New Horizons' closest flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, mission engineers carried out the spacecraft's last engine burn during the long "cruise" phase of its journey – between Pluto and its second target (MU69) – on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

  • China launches Algerian communications satellite atop Long March 3B

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2017

    China successfully launched a Long March 3B rocket on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, with the first Algerian geostationary communications satellite, known as Alcomsat-1. Liftoff took place at 16:40 GMT (11:40 a.m. EST) from the Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) in China’s Sichuan Province.

  • NASA has the angle on Opportunity’s longevity

    Curt GodwinDecember 8th, 2017

    Operating long past its original mission of 90 Martian solar days – also known as "sols" – NASA's Opportunity rover has survived another passage through the deepest part of the Martian winter. Drawing on years of experience, operators positioned the stalwart robot on a northward-facing incline to give Opportunity's solar panels the best chance of generating enough electricity to survive the Martian winter.

  • Launch of ULA Delta IV rocket with NROL-47 delayed

    Collin SkocikDecember 7th, 2017

    The launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office has been delayed until no earlier than Jan. 10, 2018, in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. The launch was originally scheduled for Dec. 13, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • New Russian lunar orbiter contracted to be built

    Lloyd CampbellDecember 6th, 2017

    The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) is proceeding with a new project to build a lunar orbiter which will be the first of numerous new lunar missions the agency is planning.