Studying the Westerlund 1 star cluster could help solve space mysteries

Researchers at the University of Alicante are examining Westerlund 1 – a star cluster in the inner regions of the Milky Way – to...

University of Cambridge: First to capture image of the Earth’s interior layers

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have captured an image of the Earth’s interior layers, revealing an unusual pocket of rock at the boundary...

The exoplanet missions set to revolutionise science

ETH Zurich's Professor Sascha P Quanz explores the future exoplanet missions that will search for life beyond our Solar System. In June 2021, a senior...

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CUA’s promising new commercial aerospace technologies

Champaign-Urbana Aerospace (CUA) aims to identify, develop, and distribute promising new commercial aerospace technologies. Founded in 1998, CUA’s 10,000 sq...

Five new innovative micropropulsion systems for nanosatellites

The Innovation Platform speaks to Dr David Carroll, President of Champaign-Urbana Aerospace, about the latest innovations in micropropulsion systems for nanosatellites. Founded in 1998, Champaign-Urbana Aerospace (CUA) is a 22-year old small business concern with offices and laboratories located in...

Engineers build new space test chamber in the UK

A 16m long space test chamber has been installed at the National Satellite Test Facility, UK. This equipment will allow the UK to prepare new larger, more complex satellites for launch. The National Satellite Test Facility is a government investment...

Detecting the heartbeat of a supermassive black hole

Evidence from the first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still detectable, over ten years since its first discovery. After years of its signal being blocked by our Sun, an international research team used X-ray satellites to observe...

Research suggest airborne dust can increase a planet’s ‘habitable zone’

Scientists from the University of Exeter have suggested that the presence of airborne dust on planets could expand the range of their stars’ ‘habitable zone’, increasing the likelihood of life. The research team believe that increased atmospheric dust could allow...

Innovation in space: the private sector’s role in the 2020 space race

As the industry becomes more commercialised, funding for the space sector is set to increase – could this be the start of a new space race? SpaceX has paved the way for a new wave of commercial space technologies. However,...

NASA invites students to design new innovative spacesuit technologies

On Thursday, 11 June, NASA will hold virtual student presentations for the results of their new spacesuit technology challenge. As part of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technology for Students (NASA SUITS) invites teams of students to...

Astronomers unlock the cosmic mystery of repeating fast radio bursts

A team of scientist from the Jodrell Bank Observatory have investigated one of the greatest mysteries known to astronomers, an object known as a repeating fast radio burst. An international team of researchers has been collecting data on repeating fast...

NASA’s pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge welcomes innovative technologies

NASA has launched their pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge, which welcomes innovative ideas that support the development of new scientific instruments and technologies. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) invites new ideas that reflect the current commercial trends. NASA has expressed interest in...

Nova explosions are responsible for most of the lithium in our galaxy

A team of researchers, led by astrophysicists at Arizona State University (ASU), has determined that nova explosions are responsible for most of the lithium in our galaxy and solar system. The team has continued to determine that a fraction of...

SKA Observatory to build the world’s largest radio telescope in South Africa

Officials in South Africa have ratified the convention establishing the SKA Observatory, an international project that aims to develop the world’s largest radio telescope. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio...

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