Plata o plomo: Trump’s carrot-or-stick to Musk seems to have worked

When the CEOs of several major American companies met with the new leader of the free world two days ago, the conversation revolved around manufacturing restrictions and outsourcing -- both in the crosshairs of President Trump’s agenda. The new president, four days into his term on the day of the meeting, which included CEO Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, suggested that companies amenable to tethering

Lockheed Martin partners with NASA on telescope instruments to study dark energy, furthest reaches of space

Lockheed Martin is building tools to help NASA with  the hunt for data and more direct evidence of dark energy, the force physicists believe to be behind the universe’s accelerating expansion. The aerospace giant is developing a system of instruments that, if selected for production, will comprise the core tools installed on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which aims not only to reveal hundreds of millions more stars, but to help study

NASA astronauts conduct first of two scheduled ISS spacewalks to upgrade batteries

By David S Lewis [embed][/embed] Web news service Yahoo! News broadcast a live spacewalk on its Facebook page yesterday morning. The spacewalk, conducted by astronauts Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, both of NASA, was to make upgrades to the space station’s power system, including replacing 12 older nickel-hydrogen batteries with six lithium-ion batteries delivered last month. (more…)

China Joins Japan, U.S. with Satellite-Based CO2 Monitoring

By David S Lewis Despite China’s rough week in air quality, with air pollution in some cities hitting record highs, the country is credited for making large-scale efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, and is demonstrating its intention to further curb its output of greenhouse gasses by launching a satellite designed to monitor CO2 emissions from space. (more…)