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Space balloon company plans stratospheric mission in early 2021

Space balloon company plans stratospheric mission in early 2021

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A new space tourism company plans its first uncrewed test flight of a capsule suspended from a hydrogen balloon in late March from Florida, its founders said. Arizona-based Space Perspective plans to launch the balloon from Kennedy Space Center's former space shuttle landing strip, sending it on an hour's long ascent to the edge of space, about 20 miles high. Advertisement The company's ambitions are part of a nascent space tourism industry that includes such major firms as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX. Initial interest and signups for potential customers on company's website far outstripped anything the founders expected in June when it first announced its plan, said Jane Poynter, the Space Perspective founder and co-CEO wit...
Space worm tests show microgravity can alter genes

Space worm tests show microgravity can alter genes

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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- After a tour on the International Space Station, a group of nematode worms exhibited changes in nearly 1,000 genes. The findings, published Wednesday in the journal iScience, suggests prolonged exposure to microgravity can influence cells at the genetic level. Advertisement Though most of the genetic changes identified by scientists were relatively subtle, researchers also observed a handful of more significant genetic alterations among nervous system cells, or neurons. The study, a collaboration between the University of Exeter and NASA GeneLab, could help scientists identify the genetic origins of the physiological effects of space travel, highlighted by numerous previous studies. "We looked at levels of every gene in the worms' genome and identified a clear pattern of...
Falcon 9 carries NASA’s new ocean-imaging satellite into space

Falcon 9 carries NASA’s new ocean-imaging satellite into space

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Nov. 21 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched from Central California on Saturday, carrying Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the newest satellite to monitor global sea level rise. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base took place at 12:17 p.m. EST. The reusable Falcon 9 rocket landed around 12:25 p.m. EST and the satellite separated about an hour after liftoff. Advertisement NASA said it received its first signal from the deployed satellite. [embedded content] Sentinel-6 was developed by scientists and engineers at NASA, the European Space Agency, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and NOAA. The satellite houses a trio of instruments, including a state-of-the-art altimeter, that will be used to monitor the topography of the sea surface. It also will re...
Cyber space will become ‘most contested domain’, warns UK security chief

Cyber space will become ‘most contested domain’, warns UK security chief

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UK security officials have warned cyber space will be the "most contested domain" for enemies and allies over the coming years.The secretive National Cyber Force has been armed with offensive cyber weapons to use against hostile states and terrorist groups and has the ability to defend against cyber attacks. A partnership between the spy agency GCHQ and the military, the unit also includes expertise from the foreign intelligence service, MI6, and the UK's defence laboratory at Porton Down. Image: It also includes expertise from the foreign intelligence service, MI6, and the UK's defence laboratory at Porton Down It has been operating in the shadows since April and was publicly avowed for the first time on Thursday.General Sir Patrick ...
Space Force plans National Space Intelligence Center in Ohio

Space Force plans National Space Intelligence Center in Ohio

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Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Space Force is planning to form a National Space Intelligence Center in Ohio, a spokeswoman confirmed. According to Space Force spokeswoman Col. Catie Hague, two parts of the National and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base -- namely, the Space Analysis Squadron and Counter-Space Analysis Squadron -- will form the basis of the new center. Advertisement The Space Force is taking custody of the two squadrons as the Air Force decides which units should join the new service. NASIC is intended to help find and describe new air, space, missile and cyber threats facing the Air Force and Space Force -- including signal jamming and electronic interference as well as intelligence-gathering on U.S. assets in the cosmos. According to service planning guid...