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NASA delays Mars helicopter flight again for software update

Washington DC (UPI) Apr 13, 2021 NASA has postponed the flight of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, the first controlled flight on another planet, to work through a software problem. The flight had been planned for Thursday and then delayed to Sunday. NASA didn't immediately set a new target date for the flight. "Our best estimate of a targeted...

NASA will continue working with Russia on space despite China plan

Washington DC (UPI) Apr 13, 2021 Russia and NASA will continue to cooperate in space in the near future, even as Russia moves to work with China on lunar exploration, experts said. Russia and China announced March 9 they will cooperate on China's planned International Scientific Lunar Station, while the United States will have no involvement...

Atom interferometry demonstrated in space for the first time

Mainz, Germany (SPX) Apr 14, 2021 Extremely precise measurements are possible using atom interferometers that employ the wave character of atoms for this purpose. They can thus be used, for example, to measure the gravitational field of the Earth or to detect gravitational waves. A team of scientists from Germany has now managed to successfully...

China sets up expert advisory committee for lunar samples

Beijing (XNA) Apr 14, 2021 China has set up an expert committee for lunar samples, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said Tuesday. According to the regulations on lunar sample management, the CNSA established the committee as an expert advisory institution for the management of lunar samples. The committee aims to give...

How NASA's Roman Space Telescope will uncover lonesome black holes

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 14, 2021 NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will provide an unprecedented window into the infrared universe when it launches in the mid-2020s. One of the mission's planned surveys will use a quirk of gravity to reveal thousands of new planets beyond our solar system. The same survey will also provide the best...

Lavrov calls for talks on binding treaty to prohibit weapons in space

Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 13, 2021 Russia has called for talks to create a legally binding international instrument that would ban the deployment of any type of weapons in space, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight. The anniversary of the first Soviet cosmonaut's flight,...

Satcom Global and AnsuR Technologies to deliver unique visual communications for EO market

North Shields UK (SPX) Apr 14, 2021 Leading satellite communications provider Satcom Global is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with software specialist AnsuR Technologies (AnsuR). The collaboration will enable Satcom Global to support its maritime and remote-land based communications customers with access to innovative visual technology,...

China to develop aerospace as strategic emerging industry

Beijing (XNA) Apr 14, 2021 China will continue to exert great efforts to boost aerospace as a strategic emerging industry in the next five years, a senior aerospace official said. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is drawing up a plan for the country's space development during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), said...

Novel theory addresses centuries-old physics problem

Jerusalem, Israel (SPX) Apr 14, 2021 The "three-body problem," the term coined for predicting the motion of three gravitating bodies in space, is essential for understanding a variety of astrophysical processes as well as a large class of mechanical problems, and has occupied some of the world's best physicists, astronomers and mathematicians...

Russia space chief blasts US for omitting Gagarin in post

Moscow (AFP) April 13, 2021 The head of Russia's space agency used strong language to criticise US State Department members for failing to mention Yuri Gagarin in a post marking 60 years since his historic spaceflight. On Monday, Russia led by President Vladimir Putin marked the 60th anniversary of the legendary flight that made Gagarin the...

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