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UMass Lowell Completes PICTURE-B Exoplanet Research Mission Using Northrop-Built Mirror

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology has concluded its Planet Imaging Coronagraphic Technology Using a Reconfigurable Experimental Base exoplanet research mission following its return from space. PICTURE-B features a 22-inch-diameter silicon carbide primary mirror built by Northrop Grumman‘s AOA Xinetics subsidiary, Northrop said Tuesday. The mirror worked to …

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Northrop’s AOA Xinetics Delivers Picture B Primary Mirror for Exoplanet Research

Northrop Grumman company AOA Xinetics has completed delivery of the primary mirror for University of Massachusetts, Lowell’s Picture B mission. The goal of Picture B, short for Planet Imaging Coronagraphic Technology Using a Reconfigurable Experimental Base, is to accelerate UMass Lowell’s exoplanet research through accurate dust and debris measurements from …

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NASA Finds 1st Exoplanet with Ball Aerospace’s Kepler Spacecraft

NASA has discovered the first exoplanet with a repurposed version of the Ball Aerospace-developed Kepler spacecraft. Lead researcher Andrew Vanderburg studied data collected by Kepler in February during a K2 mission test in which the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo’s HARPS-North spectrograph took measurements that confirmed the new find, Ball Aerospace said Thursday. “Kepler …

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IronPlanet Launches Online Marketplace for Surplus DoD Assets; Gregory Owens Comments

IronPlanet has unveiled an online marketplace for users to buy and sell surplus Defense Department assets. The first online auction of surplus trucks, trailers, generators, wheel loaders, cranes, crawler tractors and other government equipment on the GovPlanet marketplace is scheduled for Nov. 19, IronPlanet said Wednesday. “GovPlanet is a compelling new platform for fast and efficient …

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Deep Knowledge Ventures to Fund Transplanetary for AI, Space Program

Hong Kong-based Deep Knowledge Ventures has invested in space development firm Transplanetary to help develop the Space Program Ontologically Computed Knowledge program to guide DKV through its investment decisions in the space sector. Deep Knowledge Ventures said Wednesday SPOCK is a machine learning program that uses publicly-available data on the global space ecosystem from commercial, government and academic space organizations. DKV will …

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Planet Labs to Use TCS Antennas for Earth-Imaging Satellites; Michael Bristol Comments

TeleCommunication Systems will supply Planet Labs with the X/Y Tracking Antenna Systems to help track the Flock-1 Earth-imaging satellite constellation. TCS said Wednesday that features of the tracking antennas for the low-Earth orbit satellites include uplink satellite command and imaging data reception. “Capturing these high-resolution views of the earth at significant volume is a major …

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IBM Helping Boston Implement Smarter Planet Tech

IBM has partnered with the city of Boston and Boston University to use technology in helping the city manage urban operations such as energy, traffic and large events. The “Smarter Planet” project will use IBM’s analytics software to collect data from sensors and databases into a dashboard for officials to …

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NASA Lists Major Milestones Achieved in 2020; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine Administrator NASA

NASA has claimed that it made notable progress on the Moon to Mars exploration strategy, the Artemis program, scientific advancements and spaceflight capabilities in 2020. “We made history with a U.S. commercial partner, made groundbreaking discoveries, advanced science, furthered aeronautics research and technology development, and even joined in the fight against COVID-19,” said  Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient.

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