SpaceX has won a launch contract with the Air Force for a second time. It beat United Launch Alliance this time, obtaining a $96.5 million contract that covers the launch of a GPS III satellite. This is the second Air Force contract SpaceX has won since 2015.
Congress has passed a bill, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, that appropriates $19.5 billion to the agency. Along with giving NASA money, the document requests the agency put together a plan to get humans "near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s."
Solar power around the globe received a 50% boost during 2016, with a big part of the rise coming from the US and China, according to SolarPower Europe. There is now a global capacity of 305GW, up from just 50GW in 2010. There was a 76GW rise last year.
Google is using artificial intelligence to improve breast cancer identification. The company employed deep learning systems to look at thousands of slides of cancer cells from Radboud University. This system is meant to complement the work of humans.
Virgin Group's Galactic company has a new spinoff that's dedicated to satellite launches. The spinoff, known as Virgin Orbit, includes the LauncherOne program. LauncherOne utilizes a 747 airplane to launch small satellites. Virgin has three space companies.
Two people will be sent around the Moon aboard the Dragon 2 spacecraft next year, says SpaceX. The space company has announced a moon journey that'll take about one week to complete. SpaceX will utilize its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is lifting off for the first time this summer.
Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, US space agency NASA has discovered seven new exoplanets 40 light years from Earth. Three of the planets are considered potentially habitable given they fall in the solar system's "Goldilocks zone." This is the first discovery of its kind.
NASA has teased an announcement that could pertain to the discovery of new planets beyond our solar system. The space agency is going to hold a press conference on Wednesday that concerns "planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets."
SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A was successful and SpaceX also landed its first-stage rocket at Cape Canaveral. The launch sent a Dragon spacecraft carrying 5,500 pounds of supplies to astronauts at the ISS.
It's unlikely SpaceX or Boeing will transport astronauts to the ISS for a couple more years, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Due to the potential for even greater delays beyond 2019, alternative plans must be established.
104 satellites were launched by a single Indian rocket Tuesday night, setting a new record. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to send all of the satellites to space. The previous record was 37 and was set by Russia.
NASA has revealed three possible landing locations for its Mars 2020 rover. That rover will head to the planet to collect samples that are intended to return to Earth. NASA has therefore picked areas that offer multiple kinds of rocks and soils to test.
Merging with machines is necessary for humans if the species hopes to remain relevant in the age of AI, says Elon Musk. He discussed the need for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) at the World Government Summit in Dubai, stating they'll address certain problems.
The first commercial airlock will be added to the International Space Station in two years. NASA has accepted a proposal from NanoRacks, a company that already operates two research platforms in the US' National Laboratory. NASA wants there to be commercial activity in space.
Investigators for the US government have reportedly uncovered a defect in SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. According to The Wall Street Journal, the flaw involves cracking in the rocket's turbine blades. Those blades drive the turbopumps responsible for getting propellant into engines.
Researchers with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have combined AI with a concept wearable from Samsung called the "Simband" to detect conversational tones. The wearable combines multiple sources of data in an attempt to detect emotions.
Scientists are worried the Trump administration may ignore climate change data and make research more difficult. As a partial solution, WikiLeaks is offering to protect data that it receives, although some may be wary of taking the organization up on its offer.
The finalists in Google's Lunar X Prize have been confirmed. Five teams will enter the final part of the competition in an attempt to send the first private spacecraft to the Moon. The winner will need to reach the Moon by December 1 and explore its surface.
SpaceX's next mission is scheduled for as early as January 30, at which point the company will likely use a non-reusable Falcon 9 for the last time. All of its launches after that point should involve rockets that'll land back on Earth, thereby saving SpaceX a lot of money.
Our planet has experienced three years in a row of the highest global temperatures on record. A report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says 2016 was the hottest year on record. The UK's Met office confirmed that conclusion.