Russia’s iconic Kalashnikov rifle has made a nice shot in the US. At the 36th SHOT Show-2014 exhibition in Las Vegas, the Russian Weapon Company (RWC) has signed a deal to deliver some 200,000 guns to the US and Canada annually. Russia’s Kalashnikov Group unites the largest Russian weapons-makers Izhmash and Izhevsk.
Poor quality of construction, structural defects and personnel negligence lead to Fukushima disaster - experts
Until the end of November Iran intends to launch into space one more monkey. This was stated by Hamid Fazeli, the deputy director of the National Space Agency. He explained that the launch will take place on the space rocket, which will run on liquid fuel. This will allow to launch capsule into orbit, and then to land it in the predetermined area. In this case a living organism will not suffer of such a serious overload.
The first human settlers on Mars will use a 3D printer to print dwellings, greenhouses and even cutlery, in short, all they will need to live on the Red Planet. In the process, they will use the raw materials that are available over there. The Inspiration Mars Foundation noncommercial organization has shared plans to that end.
The technology of 3-D printing will be delivered to space. A 3-D printer will print parts, food for cosmonauts as well as moon bases. NASA has recently contracted a company called Made In Space to develop the first ever 3-D printer.
Do meteor attacks on the Moon pose a serious problem? Russia and other countries are planning to build long-term habitable bases on the Moon. However, space agencies prefer not to go over details about this danger. A recent strike of a celestial body on the Moon shows that this will be a real problem.
Scientists have received new evidence that might support the presence of the so-called dark matter. According to theory, dark matter is estimated to constitute over 80% of the total matter in the universe and its existence and properties are inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, radiation, and the large-scale structure of the universe.
Three aims singled by the European Space Agency (ESA) for this year are performing an audacious flight near Phobos - a satellite of Mars, entering the atmosphere of Venus and drawing a map of water-containing rocks on Mars. Hitting these targets will be the basis for future joint missions of the ESA and Russia.
On Sunday, China and the US tested their anti-missile systems. As a rule, many small fragments of missiles remain in space after such tests. Thus, this Sunday’s tests again drew people’s attention to the problem of space pollution.
Scientists believe that a large crater, which has been discovered on Mars, might have been a lake several billion years ago. A space vehicle, which NASA sent to explore Mars, has discovered layers of clay and carbonate minerals in the walls of this crater. These substances may form in the ground only after the contact with water.
TopCoder Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of digital creators, has announced the Longeron Shadowing Optimization Challenge, a $30,000, open to the public competition to make the energy-gathering solar arrays of the International Space Station (ISS) more efficient by eliminating the shadows it casts upon itself at different points during orbit.
The International Space Station’s American segment will receive an inflatable module in 2015. NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The contract was signed by the founder of the company Robert Bigelow, owner of the hotel chain Budget Suites of America.
Russia is planning to increase its share on the world market of space technologies from the current 10% to 16% within the next 8 years. However, for this, Russia’s rocket- and satellite-producing capacities should be increased twice in comparison with the current situation.
Recently, astronomers were extremely puzzled with new observations of the so-called “zombie” planet Fomalhaut located about 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Austrinus.
There have been controversial reports from Iran about whether an inspection team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be allowed to visit a military site in Parchin, where neutron detonators for nuclear explosive devices were allegedly tested.
The annual Quadrantid meteor shower will occur overnight on January 3 and 4. The Quadrantids (QUA) are one of the heaviest meteor showers. If you watch the northern part of the sky dome you will see meteor flares twice a minute.
An international team of scientists, headed by Professor Joanne Bourgeois from Washington University, has discovered that earthquakes in the Kamchatka Archipelago in Russia’s Far East have a regular character. Powerful earthquakes, accompanied by tsunamis, take place there at least 5 times in every 1,000 years. This is one of the first expeditions of foreign seismologists to Kamchatka.
On a snap visit to Kabul a few days ago, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declined to clarify what is in store for Afghanistan after NATO’s announced pullout in 2014. The American-led forces arrived in Afghanistan 11 years ago on a United Nations mission to combat terrorism. In a recent interview with Afghan television, Russian Ambassador Andrei Avetisyan said this mission is far from accomplished, as is the task of equipping Afghanistan with modern armed forces.
It may happen that Russia will cross the Muslim Brotherhood off the list of terrorist organizations, a representative of the Public Chamber, Alexei Grishin, President of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS), who used to be the Russian President’s adviser on Islam for many years.
The Six international mediators, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, are acting as Tehran’s partners in this dialogue. As distinct from their Western partners, Russian experts do not see any particular reason for an optimistic outcome of the upcoming talks.