March 21, 2018

22: New Australian developed rocket passes major test

22: New Australian developed rocket passes major test

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*New Australian developed rocket passes major test Gilmour Space Technologies has carried out a successful test of its new G-70 rocket engine. The orbital-class single-port hybrid rocket engine. rocket engine successfully achieved 70 kilonewtons or 15,700 pounds-force of thrust during its test at a facility at Westmar in Queensland. 

*Chinese space station falling back to Earth out of control A report by the European Space Agency says China’s Tiangong 1 space station is now expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on an uncontrolled decent sometime between March 30 to April 6\. ESA says the space station’s re-entry could take place anywhere between 43 degrees north and 43 south latitude. That places most of the world’s major population centres in its path including Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, New York, Chicago, LA, Hong Kong, Athens, and Rome. 

*Studying Steve Scientists are getting to know Steve. But it’s not what you think --Steve is a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the auroral night sky. 

*Japan launches new spy satellite In the wake of growing tensions with North Korea Japan has launched a new spy satellite to keep an eye on Pyongyang’s activities. The new IGS Optical 6 Earth Observation reconnaissance satellite was blasted into orbit aboard a JAXA H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre south of Tokyo. 

*Soyuz launches four new satellites A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted into space from the European Space Agency’s Kourou space port in French Guiana delivering four new telecommunications satellites into orbit. You tube video at:  

*SpaceX - PAZ mission night launch A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has blasted into orbit carrying a new Spanish military Earth observation satellite. You tube video at: 

*The Science Report 

Over 16 hundred Australian children are hospitalised due to self-harm every year. The most comprehensive study ever into the origins of people of Vanuatu. Injuries to whales by ship collisions far higher than reported. Major up-grade for the Jindalee over-the-horizon radar network. Alex on tech warns of security issue with Windows Cortana. 

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