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NorthStar and Thales Alenia Space begin work on satellites to combat space collisions

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canada’s NorthStar Earth & Space and Thales Alenia Space said on Tuesday they will begin work on a commercial satellite system to combat the threat of collisions in space.

NorthStar, an information service company, said it has contracted Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between France’s Thales and Italy’s Leonardo, to build the first three satellites of its “Skylark” constellation.

Montreal-based NorthStar said the constellation would be the first commercial service to monitor objects like satellites in space from space, where they can be tracked more precisely than from Earth.

Seattle-based LeoStella LLC will oversee the final assembly of the satellites, which are expected to launch in 2022. A full system of 12 satellites is expected in 2024, said NorthStar co-founder Stewart Bain in interview.

“We are deliberately international because this is an international problem,” Bain said.

While the United States and other governments already collect such

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The shortest event ever timed has been measured in zeptoseconds

The time it takes for a single particle of light to pass through a hydrogen molecule is now the shortest duration ever measured.

This interval was about 247 zeptoseconds, or trillionths of a billionth of a second, researchers report in the Oct. 16 Science. For comparison, there are as many zeptoseconds in one second as there are seconds in 2,500 times the age of the universe, which is about 13.8 billion years old. The new observation has allowed physicists to witness light-matter interactions at a whole new level of detail.

The physicists shined particles of X-ray light on hydrogen molecules in a gas. As each light particle, or photon, crossed an H2 molecule, it booted an electron from one hydrogen atom, then the other. Because electrons can exhibit wavelike behavior (SN: 5/3/19), the two ejection events stirred up electron waves that spread out and merged —

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Top US investment consultant selected Diligend solution to automate and digitize investment managers operational due diligence

NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Diligend, a leading provider of investment management software, has been selected by FEG Investment Advisors (FEG), an independent investment consulting and OCIO firm, to automate and digitize the collection of manager data and documents in its operational due diligence (ODD) of investment managers across public and private markets and hedge funds.

 

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FEG partnered with Diligend for a robust, flexible, and reliable solution to support their growth and the centralization of their ODD practice in order to provide a more effective and efficient due diligence process.

Diligend specializes in the collection and in-depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative manager data, from initial onboarding to ongoing monitoring for ODD, manager research, ESG and compliance teams. The technology frees up much-needed time by automating and simplifying processes that previously required a heavy manual workload. With Diligend’s technology solution, FEG will be able to

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Global API Management Industry

Global API Management Market to Reach $8. 9 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for API Management estimated at US$1. 4 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$8.

New York, Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global API Management Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05797903/?utm_source=GNW
9 Billion by 2027, growing at aCAGR of 29.7% over the period 2020-2027. Solution, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record 27.6% CAGR and reach US$5.6 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Services segment is readjusted to a revised 34.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $386.3 Million, While China is Forecast to Grow at 36.7% CAGR

The

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Global Aptamers Industry

Global Aptamers Market to Reach $1. 4 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Aptamers estimated at US$460. 6 Million in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$1.

New York, Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Aptamers Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05797918/?utm_source=GNW
4 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 16.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027. DNA, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 16.3% CAGR and reach US$744.4 Million by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the RNA segment is readjusted to a revised 16.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $124 Million, While China is Forecast to Grow at 21.6% CAGR

The

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Space Force extends Peraton’s contract for orbital analysis services

The $10 million five-year contract is for professional services for the Peterson-Schriever Garrison in Colorado Springs.

WASHINGTON — Peraton received a $10 million five-year contract extension from the U.S. Space Force for orbital analysis services, the company announced Oct. 26. 

The contract is for professional services for the Peterson-Schriever Garrison, a Space Force unit in Colorado Springs that operates surveillance, communications and navigation satellites.

Peraton’s contract was awarded under a General Services Administration program called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS. The company received a $7.8 million five-year contract in September 2015 that was re-competed in September 2020.

The 2015 contract was to support the Air Force’s 50th Space Wing which was inactivated in July and replaced by the Space Force Peterson–Schriever Garrison.

“Our experts work closely with their Space Force counterparts to increase space domain awareness, protect position, navigation and timing signals, and ensure the availability of

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Check out the beetle that can survive being run over by a car

Check out the beetle that can survive being run over by a car
Check out the beetle that can survive being run over by a car

The diabolical ironclad beetle is an insect that lives up to its name. With one of the strongest and most crush-resistant exoskeletons in the known animal kingdom, it can survive being run over by a car.

In a new paper in Nature, researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), in partnership with other institutions, set out to better understand the beetle’s strong exoskeleton in hopes that the findings could be used to improve existing technologies.

The ironclad beetle’s strength gives it an advantage in the wild because its thick shell helps to fend off the birds, reptiles, and rodents that try to make a meal out of it. When that doesn’t work, it has another trick: It is convincingly good at playing dead.

diabolical ironclad beetle - uci
diabolical ironclad beetle – uci

Native to desert habitats in Southern California, the

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MIT’s Driverless Boat Takes on Amsterdam’s Vast Canal Network

If you’re going to test an autonomous boat then there’s surely no better place do it than on Amsterdam’s vast network of canals.

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Senseable City Lab have been developing an autonomous boat for the last five years with a view to one day using the vessel to transport people, ship goods, or clean up waterways in urban areas.

The second version of “Roboat” is two meters long, has four propellers, and, just like autonomous cars that tend to grab all the headlines when it comes to self-driving technology, operates using a suite of sensors and powerful software to help ensure safe travel.

The research team recently conducted a successful test of Roboat on the canals of Amsterdam, navigating the narrow waterways for three hours with an impressive error margin of just seven inches (17.8 cm). You can see it in action in

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NASA Finds Water and Ice on Moon in More Places Than Thought

Observations by spacecraft a decade ago had also suggested a more widespread distribution of water on the moon. Those measurements focused on a shorter, three-micron wavelength that was more ambiguous, unable to differentiate between a water molecule, which consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom or hydroxyl, which has one hydrogen atom and one oxygen atom.

“Hydroxyl is actually the active ingredient in drain cleaners,” said Casey I. Honniball, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and lead author of the study that used SOFIA. “Hypothetically, if drain cleaner were on the moon, we could not tell the difference between the drain cleaner and water using the three-micron wavelength.”

The six-micron emissions are a “distinct chemical fingerprint” for water, Dr. Honniball said.

These observations cannot be performed from Earth’s surface because there is too much water in the lower atmosphere. Also, no lunar spacecraft,

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ESA Reveals ‘Otherworldly’ Photo Of A Peculiar Galaxy 271 Million Light-Years Away

KEY POINTS

  • The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of galaxy NGC 34
  • NGC 34 is a peculiar galaxy located in the constellation Cetus
  • The galaxy is a product of two massive spiral galaxies colliding and merging millions of years ago

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a photo of a unique galaxy located approximately 271 million light-years away from Earth.

The galaxy, called NGC 34, lies in the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster) and has an appearance that is continuously changing due to past events. The object, which is the result of two massive spiral galaxies colliding together, is also known as NGC 17, LEDA 781 or Mrk 938.

A tweet posted Monday by the European Space Agency (ESA) Twitter account showed the beautiful, glowing body of NGC 34 that outshines all other objects surrounding it. The otherworldly image captured by the Hubble reveals the galaxy’s translucent outer

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