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Pulsed amplifier for weather radar

MACOM has a high power pulsed amplifier designed for Civil Air Traffic Control and Weather Radar. The device can be used individually, or in a complete MACOM chipset solution…

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MIPS steers spacecraft to Pluto

In July this year , if all goes well, we will see close-up photos of Pluto for the first time courtesy of NASA and its New Horizons mission. Launched in 2006, New Horizons woke briefly in 2007 to take a look at Jupiter and make use of its gravity, and…

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SCISYS spells more speed for interplanetary explorers

It’s time for Martian rovers to put the pedal to the metal. A system that lets rovers handle more of their own navigation could spell more speed for interplanetary explorers. It’s badly needed: the Curiosity rover, our best on the Red Planet, only covers about 200 metres per…

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Rosetta images, via Chelmsford

For the first time, a spacecraft is orbiting a comet, and soon its lander will be sitting on this dusty remnant of the early solar system. The pictures of 4km wide 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are amazing. And every single one has been taken through sensors made by Essex firm E2V…

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Dozens of CubeSats lost in Antares rocket failure

Alongside NASA’s Cygnus cargo pod, dozens of CubeSats were destroyed in the Antares rocket launch failure. Among them were 26 Dove earth-observation CubeSats from Planet Labs, known as Flock-1d “Space is hard and our hearts go out to our fellow space innovators on that launch,” said the…

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China set to launch probe on round trip to the moon

China is planning to launch an uncrewed spacecraft on a quick jaunt around the moon, in a test of technology designed to return rocks from the lunar surface to Earth. The Chang’e 5-T1 mission is set to blast off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China…

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Rosetta seeks vapour without human help

When the Rosetta spacecraft sends its lander to the surface of a comet on 12 November, the lander will follow pre-arranged orders from Earth to touch down safely and send data home for analysis. But future spacecraft may be able to do it all on their own. Kiri Wagstaff…

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CubeSat proliferation highlights space debris problem

Tiny, cheap CubeSats are becoming an increasing danger in space. The mini-satellites could cause catastrophic collisions with larger craft, threatening to produce orbiting blizzards of space debris like those in the movie Gravity. CubeSats measure just 10 centimetres on a side and weigh a maximum of 1.3 kilograms…

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