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Space: ESA approves plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope, which will be the largest of its kind ever built.

Costing about €1 billion, the flagship project will launch in 2028. It will weigh in at 5 tonnes, be about 12 metres long and will…

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Quantum transmission sent through space

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites.

Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That’s because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which…

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NASA selects five universities for X-Hab deep space challenge

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions.

They are part of the 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

The idea is to encourage studies in spaceflight-related disciplines, and also to…

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Thales Alenia Space expands into the UK space industry

Thales Alenia Space has announced the acquisition of the “space activities” of Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) Limited, which is part of Cohort plc.

Thales Alenia Space UK expects the deal will boost growth in systems engineering and research and technology.

“Our decision to come to the UK, motivated by…

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Space: NASA beams HD video from Space Station via laser

NASA has successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument.

The US space agency says the transmission of the “Hello, World!” video was the first 175-megabit communication for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS).

It…

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MicroTCA.4 moves from military to physics lab

Embedded computing boards based on the MicroTCA open-standard architecture have been a mainstay of military, aerospace and communications systems development for many years.

By adding rear I/O capability and signal conditioning provisions in the latest version of the interface specification MicroTCA.4, the technology is now being aimed…

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Image processing improves tank vision

Smart fusing of data from multiple image sensors can improve military driving, said a European consortium.

Several image sensor types are used in military applications: daylight sensors (mostly CCD), image intensifier tubes for low light, and thermal (short, medium and long wavelength).

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and…

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