New study shows boost in chances of life on Mars

The findings of the research, undertaken by Yohey Suzuki and colleagues from the University of Tokyo and published in Communication Biology, boost the chances of life on the Red Planet significantly, the paper argues. Now plans are being drawn up for a collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center which would see rocks on Mars examinedRead More

ManTech’s ‘Space Range’ adapted for space systems

ManTech has launched a new service it calls ‘Space Range’ aimed at government agencies and satellite operators looking to protect their networks and identify where they have weak spots. The Space Range is a virtual satellite command and control center with hardware in the loop. Red teams perpetrate network attacks to help find hidden vulnerabilitiesRead More

Electric VTOL promises the future we all hoped for

With Uber Elevate’s announcement that it plans to start its first urban air mobility network in 2023, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) race is on. Uber’s partnership with Joby is big news, as is Joby’s electric four-person aircraft, but Jaunt Air Mobility could be an equally important partner. Jaunt has introduced the Journey,Read More

FAA proposes noise standards for civil supersonic aircraft  

In a move that brings the reintroduction to civil supersonic flight closer to reality, the US FAA is proposing new noise standards for certification of supersonic aircraft. Announced recently, would address a key stumbling block for bringing such aircraft to market: the lack of noise standards for civil supersonic aircraft other than the Concorde. SinceRead More

Sheikh Khalifa issues new Space Law for foreign investment

The UAE Space Agency has announced details of the new Space Law issued by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Agency said the law will be the first of its kind in the Arab world, and aims to create a legislative and regulatory environment for the national space sector. The UAE Space LawRead More

NASA’s EPFD project to benefit White House by 4.5%

NASA’s Electric Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) is a project under the agency’s aeronautics directorate that will benefit from the White House’s proposed 4.5 percent budget increase. (NASA) NASA might see a 12 percent increase in its budget per the White House’s request for fiscal year 2021, mostly for a push to return humans to theRead More

Toyota invests $394m in electric air taxi startup Joby Aviation

Toyota Motor Corp. has invested $394 million in US electric air-taxi startup Joby Aviation as lead investor in the recent $590 million Series C financing. Toyota said it is continuing to leverage emerging technologies to provide ‘Mobility for All’ as the lead investor as part of its transformation into a mobility company. Apart from theRead More

New crew lands on Mars for rare dual-habitat simulation

A new crew has arrived on “Mars,” at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, for a rare dual-habitat simulation to see how two different teams tackle emergencies together on the Red Planet. The MDRS is located in the harsh desert of southern Utah and is the world’s largest and longest-running Mars-analog program, whichRead More

UAE leaders sign the final piece of probe due to launch in July for Mars

The final piece of a UAE-built probe destined for Mars was signed at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, wrote an inspirational message for the rest ofRead More