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Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Technology
A hopping space probe which will land on the surface of a large asteroid has been launched by the Japanese Space Agency. The agency's spacecraft released two small exploration robots in a research project to find clues to the origin of the solar system.Both Minerva-II rovers were lowered from the unmanned Hayabusa2, on to the asteroid Ryugu.The rovers move around by hopping, because the gravity on the asteroid makes rolling difficult. Each hop lasts 15 minutes. Image: The probe can be seen as a shadow on the asteroid The spacecraft travelled to the asteroid, which is 170 miles (280m km) from Earth, and arrived in June.The space agency (JAXA) said it would know if the robots have landed on Saturday, when they will send...
Flipkart launches a credit line for customers

Flipkart launches a credit line for customers

Finance
BENGALURU: Just weeks before its annual festive sales, Flipkart has introduced a credit line for customers to complete their shopping on the platform. Called ‘Cardless Credit,’ it enables customers to get an instant credit line of up to Rs 60,000, based on the user’s creditworthiness. This will enable customers who do not have a formal credit access, to purchase products and thereby trigger a growth in the gross merchandise value for the ecommerce platform. “Close to 45 million customers on our platform do not have formal access to credit and a good portion of this is emerging from tier II, III towns,” said Ravi Garikipati, senior vice president and head of Fintech Flipkart. “Cardless Credit is a step in the direction to make e-commerce more inclusive and help customers
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

Science
The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity. Lift-off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport occurred at 17:38 BST. NovaSAR was joined on its rocket by a high-resolution optical satellite - that is, an imager that sees in ordinary light. Known as S1-4, this spacecraft will discern objects on the ground as small as 87cm across. Both it and NovaSAR were manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of Guildford. ...
Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

Science
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- NASA's newest ice-measuring satellite was launched into orbit around Earth's poles on Saturday morning aboard the last flight of United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. ICESat-2 was carried into space at 6:02 a.m. PDT from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said. The scheduled time was 5:46 a.m. but it had a 40-minute launch window. The spacecraft deployed its four solar panels and is drawing power, meaning it successfully went into orbit. It is orbiting the globe, pole to pole, at 17,069 mph from an average altitude of 290 miles. Ground stations in Svalbard, Norway, acquired signals from the spacecraft. The official name is NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2. ICESat-2's only instrument is a laser system designed to measure the height of Earth's ...
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches powerful telecom satellite into orbit

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches powerful telecom satellite into orbit

Science
Sept. 9 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched early Monday morning, carrying a powerful telecommunications satellite into orbit. The rocket blasted off from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at approximately 12:55 E.T. The rocket's first stage went smoothly and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean via the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship about 10 minutes later. The rocket's second stage then reached orbit about 35 minutes after liftoff. Engineers successfully test-fired the rocket's engines last week. The launch was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but on Thursday, SpaceX officials announced a 24-hour delay. "Now targeting September 9 launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE from Pad 40 in Florida," SpaceX wrote on Twitter. "Rocket and payload are healthy; additional time will be u...