Space laser communications, the most powerful supernova and a 3D printable unique telescope

_88006202_pressreleasecis15012016imageThe era of commercial space laser communications is about to begin

Europe has begun to roll out a data superhighway in orbit above the Earth. The first node in the network is a telecommunications satellite that was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

It will use a laser to gather pictures of the planet taken by other spacecraft and then relay them to the ground. One benefit will be to put information on natural disasters, such as flooding and earthquakes, into the hands of emergency responders far faster than has previously been possible.

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Discovery of most powerful supernova to date

An international team of researchers has observed a supernova explosion which is twice as powerful as the previous record holder. During the supernova explosion, luminosity of the star reached 570 billion times the luminosity of the sun, and is approximately 20 times brighter than the Milky Way combined. The article was published in the journal Science.

The supernova was discovered in Chile by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASASSN). The team was led by Dong Subo, Thousand Youth Talent Plan research professor at The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University and member of ASASSN.

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Open Space Agency releases first 3D printable files for Ultrascope Explorer Plus telescope

open-space-agency-releases-first-3d-printable-files-for-ultrascope-explorer-plus-telescope-6If you happen to be a DIY engineering hobbyist with a passion for space exploration, Open Space Agency (or OSA) is one institution you cannot miss. Founded by London-based maker James Parr, they are dedicated to what they call a new era of citizen aerospace exploration.

So what can it do, once it’s finished? The idea is that this telescope will not just enable you to check out the stars, but it will also be able to communicate with satellites to determine its exact location on Earth. With this information, the telescope is able to direct itself towards various objects in space including planets, galaxies, asteroids and stars automatically.  When paired with an internet-connected smartphone camera, the Ultrascope will also be able to take high quality photographs and upload them to a Cloud account that can be used for further analysis. The idea is that this could eventually result in a gigantic, powerful sky-gazing network that, through crowdsourced data, can be used for advanced research projects.

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A job opening for an Aerospace Stress Engineer, Safran (UK). In order to develop and expand the capabilities of Safran Engineering Services in the UK we are looking for engineers to develop the mechanical activities. You will be performing stress activities, in order to determine the acceptability of a Mechanical component/assembly in the fields of Aerospace. More information


Do you want to directly contribute to space exploration? With the Astronaut Selection Test, the European Space Agency (ESA), Swedish Defence Research Agency FOI and NLR are collaborating to give you the opportunity to test for yourself if you have the right stuff to be an astronaut. The test is open for everyone to participate. ESA’s Head of Astronaut Training, Rüdiger Seine, explains: “By ‘playing’ with the test online you will help the team validate it, essentially making sure it works. For us, the more people who participate, the better.” More information

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