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Science & Defence Technology

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

A SpaceX launch.The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have held on military space launches for more than a decade.

DARPA to service satellites in space

Darpa plans to service orbiting satellites.Satellites operators have been longing for it for decades, and DARPA (once again?) is turning their dream into reality: on March 25, one of America’s most futuristic agency announced it would launch a public-private partnership to provide in-orbit servicing to geosynchronous satellites, both commercial and military.

Better soldiers will come from using behavioural sciences

CSIR behavioural sciences to herlp with soldier selectionThe 2014 Defence Review describes the African peace climate as “persistently troubled” making the continent an ideal candidate for behavioural sciences research, an avenue the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) behavioural science capability is geared to in both soldier selection and support programmes.

SpaceX rocket booster makes breakthrough landing at sea

A SpaceX launch.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on a NASA cargo run to the International Space Station on Friday, and its reusable main-stage booster landed on an ocean platform minutes later in a dramatic spaceflight first.

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