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SpaceX warning: Will Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster CRASH into Earth by 2020?

The sports car speeding through space could come close to crossing paths with Earth again towards the end of 2020 it has been revealed. The cherry-red electric Tesla Roadster, which blasted off into Space on February 6 onboard the Falcon Heavy rocket, is still soaring near to Earth. But in April this year the Roadster will swing away towards Mars, on an orbital path that will take it beyond the Red Planet and close to the astroid belt. Thereafter Starman will complete a trip around the solar system before flying…

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Space 

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

Air Force is seeking a “survivable missile warning capability by the mid-2020s.” WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 million for the program and eliminates funding for vehicles 7 and 8 of the Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS. Funding for further…

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Stunning NASA image of Earth from 40MILLION miles away shows how ALONE we are

A spacecraft which is moving away from our planet at around 19,000 miles per hour turned around to capture a distant photo of Earth. The spacecraft, known as OSIRIS-REx, which is on an asteroid sampling mission, took the picture of Earth on January 17 as part of an engineering test. The image, taken from 39.5 million miles away shows the Earth and the Moon surrounded by complete nothingness. The two celestial bodies appear as if they are stars in the distance and gives a glimpse into the sheer vastness of…

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Space 

Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone

Secretary Wilson: “This budget changes the way in which we intend to execute battle management command and control.” WASHINGTON — In the budget request that was submitted to Congress last week, the U.S. Air Force made investment decisions that just a few years ago would have been jaw-dropping. A $7 billion surveillance aircraft program is being jettisoned in favor of an information network that connects sensors from across the battlefield and in outer space. And billion-dollar satellites known to be engineering marvels are being replaced by simpler, less costly platforms.…

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Humanity WILL welcome ALIENS and 100 DISCOVERED planets may hold life, experts reveal

GETTY Humanity will welcome aliens and 100 discovered planets may hold life To examine public reaction to aliens, Prof Michael Varnum of Arizona State University and his colleagues looked at the language of 15 media articles. They were discoveries which were suggested to be evidence of alien life. They included Nasa’s announcement in 1996 of possible life on a Martian meteorite, and the dimming of “Tabby’s star”, which, it was proposed, could be down to an alien megastructure. Prof Michael Varnum said: “I think the consensus probably leans in the…

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Technology 

First SpaceX internet satellites now set to launch Wednesday – CNET

SpaceX is ready to launch a test of its planned satellite internet service aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX For the second time in recent days, SpaceX has delayed the launch of a rocket carrying prototype satellites for its planned broadband internet service. The Falcon 9 is now set to blast off Wednesday, just a few weeks after SpaceX launched its huge Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. More than three years ago we learned Elon Musk and his rocket company were working on developing satellites to provide low-cost internet access around…

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Space 

NASA certifies Falcon 9 for science missions

WASHINGTON — NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science missions, a milestone needed for the upcoming, but delayed, launch of an astronomy spacecraft. NASA disclosed the certification in its full fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, released Feb. 14, in a section about NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). “In January 2018, SpaceX successfully completed ‘Category 2’ certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 ‘Full Thrust’ with LSP which supports the launch of the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission in March…

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Space 

Eutelsat CEO optimistic on shorter broadcast contracts, OTT potential

WASHINGTON — Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business. In a Feb. 16 conference call with investors, Belmer said the short-term capacity leases fixed-satellite service customers are requesting might not be a bad thing, and so-called over-the-top (OTT) video distributors like Netflix look more like future customers than unstoppable competitors. Belmer also told investors that Eutelsat is joining Intelsat, Intel…

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster might crash into Earth – and scientists think they know when

Remember when we first heard that a Tesla Roadster that’s speeding through space at 25,000 mph would not crash into Mars, but instead just fly past the red planet? Well it turns out that’s actually great news for scientists who are worried that microorganisms inside Elon Musk’s car could have jeopardized their studies of Mars. But now researchers have conducted various simulations to determine where the Roadster might ultimately end up, with Earth being the car’s most likely destination. Venus and the Sun are also potential targets, but Earth is the most…

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Canadian Space Agency president not surprised by NASA ISS transition plans

TORONTO — The president of the Canadian Space Agency said he is taking a “wait and see” approach to NASA’s plans to end funding of the International Space Station in the mid-2020s, citing the lack of detail. In an interview after a speech at the Canadian SmallSat Symposium here Feb. 13, Sylvain Laporte said he was not particularly surprised by the plans, included in NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal released the day before. Those plans call for stimulating the development of commercial low Earth orbit capabilities, including those that…

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