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  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches 24 satellites in government mission

    06/25/2019 5:18:15 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/25/19 | Paul Brinkmann
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- SpaceX's third-ever Falcon Heavy rocket launched early Tuesday from Florida, carrying 24 satellites in a complex government mission from Kennedy Space Center. It was the first time the military used the world's most powerful rocket, the first nighttime launch for the Falcon Heavy and the first time such a government mission used two SpaceX boosters that have been flown before. The space company also made history by catching one half of the rocket nose cone -- or fairing -- in a net on a fishing boat at sea, as the fairings fell...
  • On Apollo, using the bathroom was ‘messy.’ America’s next moonshot will be radically different

    06/23/2019 12:45:52 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    Pressfrom ^ | 23 June 2019
    The three Apollo 10 astronauts are zipping through the desolate expanse of space, the Earth a small blue marble behind them, on a mission poised to set the stage for one of humanity’s seminal achievements, when, suddenly, astronaut Tom Stafford called out from inside the cramped spacecraft: “Oh — who did it?” After some confusion, he repeated himself: “Who did it?” He was laughing. Then astronaut Gene Cernan spotted the source of the commotion: “Where did that come from?” “Give me a napkin quick,” Stafford said, horrified. “There’s a turd floating through the air.” Ah, the glamour of space travel....
  • The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

    06/17/2019 9:23:11 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 39 replies
    wsj ^ | 16 June 2019
    For a while, Tesla was valued as if every new car would soon be electric. The 2020s are still blurry, but apparently that doesn’t cloud the pundit class’s clear vision on climate change, drones, autonomous vehicles and the effect of artificial intelligence. We’ll all share cars, bikes, scooters and even pogo sticks. WeWork is valued as if we’ll all share offices. What’s next, communes? Don’t be fooled by prevailing opinion, and don’t extend trend lines into the future. Mr. Schnaars chronicles how 1950s jet-age thinking morphed into ’60s dreams of a space-age utopia. A 1966 study by conglomerate TRW forecast...
  • Bob Lutz Talks Panel Gaps, Tesla, and Why Every Detail Matters

    06/14/2019 7:36:00 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    Road & Track ^ | 14 June 2019 | Bob Lutz
    ...manifestations of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's "production hell" with my own eyes. ut, when next to the car, I was stunned. Not only was the paint without any discernible flaw, but the various panels formed a body of precision that was beyond reproach. Gaps from hood to fenders, doors to frame, and all the others appeared to be perfectly even, equal side-to-side, and completely parallel. Gaps of 3.5 to 4.5mm are considered word-class. This Model 3 measured up. ...I once described one American employer's cars as "looking like a squadron of related panels going down the road in loose formation."...
  • NASA readies mission to mysterious $10,000 QUADRILLION Psyche asteroid

    06/12/2019 2:25:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies ^ | PUBLISHED: 09:32, Wed, Jun 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:16, Wed, Jun 12, 2019 | By Tom Fish
    NASA is preparing to explore a mysterious asteroid made of metal, the US space agency has announced. The value of all the nickel and iron that NASA believes makes up 16-Psyche’s oddly-shaped space rock in the asteroid belt’s outer reaches is estimated at $10,000 quadrillion. This is a massive sum, but NASA’s Psyche mission, which has now received approval to enter the final development stages before manufacturing begins for its 2022 launch, is actually after a much bigger prize – revealing how Earth's origins. NASA researchers believe asteroid Psyche is key to understanding how planetary bodies are formed. This is...
  • SpaceX satellites could threaten vital telescope data, experts warn

    06/11/2019 1:07:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 6/4/19 | Georgina Torbet
    An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group made with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona on May 25, 2019. The diagonal lines running across the image are trails of reflected light left by more than 25 of the 60 recently launched Starlink satellites as they passed through the telescope’s field of view. Victoria Girgis/Lowell ObservatorySpaceX launched its first set of 60 satellites last month, and astronomers have already raised concerns about the effect these and similar launches could have on our ability to view the stars. Now, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has weighed in on the issue...
  • With SpaceX's Starlink, Astronomers Fear They Are Losing the Fight To Preserve the Night Sky

    06/05/2019 6:41:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | June 4, 2019 | David Grossman
    This past month's launch of Starlink satellites was a moment long planned Elon Musk and SpaceX. Known as a satellite constellation, the company has sent 60 of a planned 1,2000 satellites into orbit. What they did not expect, though, was backlash from International Astronomical Union and International Dark Sky Association. The Starlink constellations, it turns out, could be threatening the study of the night sky. The IAU has issued a statement saying it is "concerned" about satellite constellations and what they mean for the future of astronomy. "We do not yet understand the impact of thousands of these visible satellites...
  • World View reaches new milestone in Stratollite development

    06/06/2019 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies ^ | June 6, 2019 | by Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — World View announced June 5 it performed the longest flight to date of its stratospheric balloon, demonstrating its ability to carry out missions traditionally reserved for satellites. The company said its Stratollite balloon system recently completed a 16-day test flight, taking off May 18 from the company’s headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and landing June 3 in Nevada. Prior to this flight, the longest flight by a Stratollite was five days. In addition to proving its ability for extended flights, the Stratollite also demonstrated its ability to maintain position. That included “multiple” tests where the balloon stayed within an...
  • This tiny rover will test how well small mobile robots can survive on the Moon

    06/06/2019 5:43:35 AM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    The Verge ^ | 5JUN19 | By Loren Grush
    When Pennsylvania-based aerospace company Astrobotic launches its lander to the Moon within the next couple of years, a four-wheeled robot no bigger than a toaster will be along for the ride. The robotic rover, built by Carnegie Mellon University, will help test just how small rovers can get and still survive on the Moon’s surface.Last week, NASA awarded Astrobotic a contract of $79.5 million to carry up to 14 NASA-sponsored payloads on its lander, named Peregrine. Along with those, the lander will carry another 14 from other commercial companies, research organizations, and space agencies. That’s a total of 28 payloads...
  • America’s first private moon lander will be made in India

    06/04/2019 3:28:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Quartz ^ | June 3, 2019 | Tim Fernholz
    NASA says it will spend more than $250 million hiring private companies to transport scientific missions to the moon. These privately operated missions, part of the US space agency’s broader rush back to the moon, are designed to gather data about the lunar surface and pilot technologies for landing robotic explorers. Three companies—Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond—have been awarded contracts for missions into 2021. Orbit Beyond has the earliest target date for its mission, in September 2020.
  • The Stock Market Is Sending a Message to Trump: This Is the Wrong Kind of Tech War

    05/30/2019 12:17:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/30/2019 | Spengler (David Goldman )
    As things stand, America is likely to lose the tech war with China. The stock market should be sending a message to President Trump. U.S. semiconductor stocks are down 20% in the past month, and the broad market has been in freefall for a week. This is a war we can win, by mobilizing American ingenuity to produce technology that will crush the competition. No-one ever won a war by trying to stop someone else from doing something. I'm an Always Trumper, and I want the president to win another term. But he's risking the U.S. economy and his re-election...
  • SpaceX Starlink Satellite Visible in USA Tonight.

    05/29/2019 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 8 replies
    N2YO,com ^ | 5/29/19 | Starlink Group
    If I'm reading this correctly, the SpaceX Starlink chain of 60 satellites will pass over the central portion of the country from SW to NE between 9:36 to 9:41 Eastern tonight.,Link to website. Scroll down to the table list. The first entry at the top (29-May 21:35) has a map link on the right. Click the link and the projected trajectory path will open.
  • GM and Bechtel plan to build thousands of electric car charging stations across the US

    05/28/2019 7:48:49 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/28/19 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    General Motors, America's largest automaker, and Bechtel, the country's largest construction company, are teaming up to build thousands of electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the United States. The two companies have agreed to create a new company that will build the charger network. Adding more fast charging stations should provide a boost to sales of electric cars. One of the biggest concerns Americans have about electric cars is whether there will be enough places to charge them, according to a recent survey by AAA. This network will not only help GM (GM), which plans to introduce 20 new electric vehicle...
  • How is Spacex Starlink going to be revolutionary?

    05/27/2019 9:44:36 AM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 25 May 2019 | Marcus House
    Today we are going to talk about the 60 Starlink satellites that SpaceX just launched in a groundbreaking mission. But more than that we are going to talk about why this mission is such a big deal. I mean they are just satellites right? Surely we already have plenty of satellites around our pale blue dot by now? Here is the thing though. SpaceX have just started an amazing long term mission. Not for any other launch provider, but for themselves. This amazing set of missions aims to create a super low latency telecommunications network. And how are they going...
  • Exclusive: Tesla's solar factory is exporting most of its cells - document

    05/16/2019 1:52:11 AM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 May 2019 | Nichola Groom
    (Reuters) - The “great majority” of solar cells being produced at Tesla Inc’s factory in upstate New York are being sold overseas instead of being used in the company’s trademark “Solar Roof” as originally intended, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. The exporting underscores the depth of Tesla’s troubles in the U.S. solar business, which the electric car maker entered in 2016 with its controversial $2.6 billion purchase of SolarCity. Tesla has only sporadically purchased solar cells produced by its partner in the factory, Panasonic Corp, according to a Buffalo solar factory employee speaking on condition of anonymity. The rest...
  • NASA executive hired to lead 2024 moon mission quits after 6 weeks

    05/24/2019 1:17:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    Sirangelo has resigned, and Reuters reports that his "ouster was sealed by increasing skepticism that 2024 was a realistic deadline for moon landings." This also comes after a proposal from NASA to create a separate directorate for lunar missions was rejected by lawmakers. Bridenstine said on Thursday that "given NASA is no longer pursuing the new mission directorate, Mark has opted to pursue other opportunities."
  • SpaceX Rockets Were Imperiled by Falsified Reports: Engineer accused of forging signatures

    05/23/2019 1:07:39 PM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 23, 2019 | Maria Armental and Micah Maidenberg
    Elon Musk’s space venture last year discovered that an employee at one of its contractors falsified product-quality reports for components intended for its rockets, generating concerns among officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, according to federal investigators. The complaint, filed in federal court on Tuesday, accuses engineer James Smalley with falsifying reports and parts certifications at his former company, PMI Industries LLC. Rochester, N.Y.-based PMI Industries provided precision machining services for parts used to build space flight vehicles for Mr. Musk’s closely held Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. NASA, the Air Force and other federal agencies have...
  • NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

    05/22/2019 12:17:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | May 21, 2019 | RELEASE 19-041
    Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. The rover, a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms), will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology,...
  • NASA Covers for SpaceX

    05/22/2019 9:26:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 5/22/2019 | Andrew E. Harrod
    Video footage of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space capsule exploding on the ground during an April 20 test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was leaked online by the next day. Yet SpaceX and NASA are unacceptably dragging their feet in explaining this taxpayer-financed fiasco in the American space program and thus continued SpaceX’s worrisome undue influence on government. SpaceX’s April 20 press release with its “anomaly” euphemism was immediately contradicted by images provided by a photographer from a local Florida publication covering a surfing festival on a beach near Cape Canaveral. In the telling photos, toxic reddish smoke...
  • A New Hypersonic Jet Could Get You From New York to London in 90 Minutes

    05/21/2019 8:54:08 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 21, 2019 | Jake Rossen
    For impatient travelers, the next wave of air transportation could be a game-changer. Aerospace company Hermeus Corporation recently announced that it has obtained funding to pursue development of a plane that could travel five times faster than the speed of sound, getting passengers from New York to London in just 90 minutes. But it won't be a cheap flight, and the idea isn't without some baggage. The venture, which was founded by former employees of private space travel companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, is seeking to craft a plane that can travel at Mach 5...