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China’s New Satellite Puts Quantum Encryption Into Orbit

August 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, China launched the world’s first quantum satellite. So what exactly does this mean? “[T]he satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was launched on a rocket from the Gobi...

China’s New Satellite Puts Quantum Encryption Into Orbit

August 22, 2016 Last week, China launched the world’s first quantum satellite. So what exactly does this mean? “[T]he satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was launched on a rocket from the Gobi...

SpaceX Blasts Off, and Lands Its Fifth Reusable Booster Rocket This Year

August 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After launching a Japanese communications satellite toward orbit at many times the speed of sound, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster rocket returned unerringly to a floating landing platform early this morning. In true Olympic spirit, it stuck the high-speed landing. It is the fifth recovery of a Falcon 9 booster rocket...

No, Hillary Clinton’s Emails Didn’t Lead to the Death of a U.S. Spy

August 9, 2016 The latest conspiracy theory from Donald Trump is that Hillary Clinton’s unsanctioned email server led to the death of an American spy. Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2016...

All the Nuclear Weapons President Donald Trump Would Have at His Disposal

August 3, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reportedly taken an interest in the US nuclear arsenal. Just how big is that arsenal? The US has nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons ready for launch, according toan independent count kept by the Federation of American scientists. While 180 are deployed in Europe, the bulk...

US Government Has Approved the First Private Moon Landing

August 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Space company Moon Express says it has received approval from the federal government for a 2017 mission to become the first private firm to land on the moon. “Only three superpowers have ever landed on any planet—we will become the fourth superpower,” Moon Express co-founder and chairman, Naveen Jain, said...

The Government Has Approved the First Private Landing on the Moon

August 3, 2016 Space company Moon Express says it has received approval from the US government for a 2017 mission to become the first private firm to land on the moon. “Only three super powers have ever landed on any planet—we will become the fourth super power,” Moon Express co-founder and chairman Naveen...

Watch SpaceX Test-Fire its Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket for the First Time Ever

July 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Elon Musk’s space company has taken another key step toward re-using its most expensive vehicle, the Falcon 9 rocket, by test-firing a previously-used first stage. In May, the rocket containing nine engines and their fuel tanks stage sent a Japanese communication satellite nearly 37,000 km (22,990 miles) into space, before...

SpaceX Breaks 2 Records in Latest Mission to International Space Station

July 18, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its ninth mission to the International Space Station today, SpaceX has reached two significant milestones. It returned an orbital rocket booster to a Cape Canaveral, Florida, landing pad for the second time. And it eclipsed its own record for most rockets launched in a year, making seven successful missions...

California Governor Jerry Brown’s Plan for Cheaper Rent is Going to Make People Upset

June 3, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown’s long political career has seen many battles, but the governor who turned around California’s insane budget and riled up the Bernie Bros by endorsing Hillary Clinton is taking on perhaps his toughest political opponent yet: The NIMBY. Not In My Backyard is the pejorative term of...

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