US Military Developing Foldable Space Telescope (Video, Images)
MOIRE in Phase 2 Testing
April 18th, 2014
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the telescope design — known as the Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation — would be of great use in geosynchronous Earth orbit.
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China's President Xi Wants More Military Use of Space: Report
China's Shijian 11-06 Satellite Launch
April 15th, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly asked his nation's air force to hasten its integration of air and space capabilities. Some of the Chinese media framed Xi's request as a response to actions by the United States and other world powers.
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Astronauts to Grow Lettuce in Space with NASA Veggie Farm
A prototype version of Veggie with red romaine lettuce plants growing inside of it.
April 13th, 2014
Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. The next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will deliver the Veggie experimental farm.
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Boeing-Built Fighter Jets Could Launch US Military Satellites Into Space
DARPA Airborne Satellite Launch Vehicle under F-15E Concept
April 18th, 2014
The next generation of satellites could hitch a ride on a fighter jet before heading into space. A new concept awarded to Boeing in late March could slice the launch costs by up to 66% if all goes well, the company said in a press release.
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NASA Space Apps 'Hackathon' Draws Future Tech Trailblazers
Space Apps Challenge NYC
April 12th, 2014
On the 17th floor of a building here in the heart of midtown Manhattan, more than 100 computer programmers, software engineers and graphic designers have gathered to take part in NASA's third annual International Space Apps Challenge.
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NASA Wants Ideas to Recycle Precious Oxygen on Deep-Space Voyages
April 16th, 2014
When humans leave Earth to explore planets like Mars and other hostile environments in outer space, they'll need to supply their own breathable oxygen. NASA is now seeking proposals for systems to safely and efficiently regenerate air on those long trips.
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NASA Space App 'Hackathon' Launches in NYC This Weekend
This map shows the locations for the International Space Apps Challenge, a two-day competition in nearly 100 cities on six continents. The 2014 International Space Apps Challenge mainstage will be in New York City.
April 11th, 2014
NASA is hosting its third annual International Space Apps Challenge this weekend, a global hackathon-type event that pits teams against one another in a fun contest to come up with solutions to address real needs on Earth and in space.
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