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  • SpaceX Just Launched 60 Starlink Satellites (And Nailed a Milestone Rocket Landing)

    11/11/2019 8:05:47 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 52 replies
    SPACE.COM ^ | 11/11/19 | Amy Thompson
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX's plans to bring global internet coverage to the world just took another leap forward as its 9th Falcon 9 rocket flight of the year launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit Monday (Nov. 11). The satellites rode into space atop a veteran Falcon 9 first stage, ending a nearly three-month launch hiatus for the company. The last time a SpaceX Falcon 9 took to the skies, was on Aug. 6, when the company’s flagship rocket carried the Israeli AMOS-17 communications satellite into space. The sooty Falcon roared to life at 9:56 a.m. EST (1456...
  • How Do We Colonize Mercury?

    08/07/2016 2:21:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies ^ | 08/05/2016 | Matt Williams
    While most people wouldn’t suspect it, the closest planet to our Sun is actually a potential candidate for settlement... Mercury’s very low axial tilt (0.034°) means that its polar regions are permanently shaded and cold enough to contain water ice. In the northern region, a number of craters were observed by NASA’s MESSENGER probe in 2012 which confirmed the existence of water ice and organic molecules. Scientists believe that Mercury’s southern pole may also have ice, and claim that an estimated 100 billion to 1 trillion tons of water ice could exist at both poles, which could be up to...
  • For Astronauts on Mars, the Veggie of the Day May Be Asparagus

    11/01/2019 6:28:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Space .com ^ | 1101/219 | Meghan Bartels
    NASA has focused its vegetable-growing efforts on lettuce, which astronauts tend to while they live on the International Space Station. The orbiting laboratory poses different challenges than the Red Planet's surface, however, and crops that Mars visitors can expect to rely on may not be to everyone's taste. "In fact, in this particular area the soils are more alkaline so this would be OK for growing asparagus and beans and not potatoes," NASA chief scientist Jim Green said during a presentation held here last week as part of the International Astronautical Congress of soil studied by NASA's Curiosity rover. However...
  • Will The Crash in Autos Drive The End Of This Cycle?

    10/30/2019 10:03:12 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 112 replies
    Schwab resources ^ | 28 October 2019 | Jeffrey Kleintop
    Key Points •The last global economic cycle ended with a housing bust; will the bust in auto sales end this cycle? •Auto sales have crashed, the unsold inventory and delinquent debt may worsen well into 2020. •This auto-led downturn may be less damaging to the global economy than the housing bust was 10 years ago, but automobile manufacturing still accounts for a sizable amount of production, debt, and jobs. In 2009, the world economy was starting to climb out of a housing-led downturn. Ten years later, a downturn in auto production following tumbling car sales is driving a bust in...
  • X-37B breaks record, lands after 780 days in orbit

    10/27/2019 11:15:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 92 replies
    USAF ^ | October 27, 2019 | Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
    The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 5 successfully landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility Oct. 27, 2019 at 3:51 a.m. The spaceplane conducted on-orbit experiments for 780 days during its mission, recently breaking its own record by being in orbit for more than two years. As of today, the total number of days spent on-orbit for the entire test vehicle program is 2,865 days. “The X-37B continues to demonstrate the importance of a reusable spaceplane,” said Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett. “Each successive mission advances our nation’s space capabilities.” This is the Air...
  • Despite Elon Musk's...tweet about an asteroid hitting Earth, NASA says there is no known threat

    08/20/2019 4:58:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | August 20, 2019 | Leah Asmelash
    — Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, tweeted that a "big rock" is going to hit Earth, and that we "currently have no defense." But NASA, seems to disagree. Musk's tweet was a response to another by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, who shared an article reporting that NASA has begun preparations for the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid Apophis, which is scheduled to pass by Earth on April 13, 2029. Apophis named after an Egyptian god of death. Musk isn't wrong when he tweeted "Wouldn't worry about this particular one," though. Apophis is going to miss us by 19,000 miles. It's...
  • SpaceX to test astronaut capsule next week, a critical milestone after April explosion

    10/25/2019 7:23:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10/24/2019 | Michael Sheetz
    The capsule, known as Crew Dragon, is SpaceX’s spacecraft to carry as many as seven people to the International Space Station and more. After a successful test flight to the space station and back in March – a mission known as Demo-1 – SpaceX performed a “static fire” of the capsule’s SuperDraco engines, which would be used only in the event of an emergency. A static fire is a term in the space industry for a specific type of test, where a rocket engine is strapped down to the ground and fired up, to simulate the motor during flight and...
  • Argonne explores how ants, bees, and fruit flies can be the next big buzz in artificial intelligence

    10/19/2019 6:55:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 12 replies
    Argonne National Laboratory ^ | 12 Sept 2019 | DAVE BUKEY
    Powered by plutonium and drawing 400 watts of power each to run their electronics and heat, the probes still snap photos and send them back to NASA. After 42 years, though, only six of Voyager 2Â’s 10 instruments still work... Ultimately, the team aimed to better understand how to use novel and emerging materials to make chips more computationally efficient. Their efforts to design and simulate a new neuromorphic chip led Yanguas-GilÂ’s to two pivotal breakthroughs. They were able to use filters and weights that impact neural connections in real time, depending on what the system deems important and they...
  • India offers land to Elon Musk to test Hyperloop

    09/17/2016 9:52:18 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 4 replies
    Mashable ^ | 9/14/16 | MANISH SINGH
    As Elon Musk struggles in acquiring land rights for testing his audacious Hyperloop project in the United States, India has emerged out of nowhere to offer him a helping hand. India is offering Musk's SpaceX a big chunk of land and permission to do the required testing in Pune, a city 118 kilometers away from Mumbai. The country's Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said he made the proposal to Hyperloop's parent company SpaceX during his recent visit to the United States. “I just offered them ... they want some road for experimental purpose. I offered them the westerly bypass of...
  • $2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania

    10/13/2019 8:19:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Jana Benscoter
    Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania? That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer. Fifty people, invited to a workshop at Dixon University in Harrisburg on Wednesday, met to talk about the possibility of building a hyperloop system in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has until April 2020 to complete a $2 million state-legislative commissioned study on its viability. Media wasn’t permitted to attend the invitation-only meeting. According to the turnpike’s research, a hyperloop combines a magnetic levitation train and...
  • Hymer's motorhome of the future roams the land as you relax, eat and sleep

    10/12/2019 2:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    MSN Autos ^ | October 8, 2019 | Ronan Glon, AutoBlog
    German motorhome manufacturer Hymer introduced a concept named Galileo that argues autonomous technology will make motels obsolete in a distant future. The boxy, glass-walled design study drives itself so its occupants can enjoy the view without needing to keep an eye on the road ahead, and get a full night's sleep without stopping when they're ready to call it a day. From the outside, Hymer's Galileo looks a lot like the dozens of box-shaped concept shuttles we've seen at major auto and tech shows in recent years. It has the proportions of a toaster oven, sliding side doors, and wheels...
  • Britain's first moon rover is a four-legged robot that will explore lunar tunnels

    10/10/2019 1:53:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct. 10, 2019, | Ryan Browne,
    British start-up Spacebit. It has sensors that can take measurements and collect exploration data for researchers to analyze. The robot also comes equipped with cameras — one of which can take “robot selfies” — and can withstand big swings in temperature, from 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit) in the day to minus 130 degrees Celsius at night. It will also eventually be able to navigate through so-called lunar lava tubes, which are tunnels beneath the surface of the moon thought to have once been filled with lava. Spacebit says this is something that hasn’t been achieved before. The company...
  • Let's Think About Using Hot Air Balloons to Get to Space

    10/07/2019 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | By David Grossman October 4, 2019
    The idea is surprisingly old school. This company wants to modernize it. Launching into space is more popular than ever. But the big companies often come with big price tags. That allows for smaller competitors to try and break into smaller markets. Leo Aerospace wants to launch microsatellites from a surprising place: hot air balloons. Sending balloons close to the atmosphere has some history in the military, but reusability is a big challenge for the group. So is funding. The second space race is in full effect. And while well-heeled organizations like SpaceX and Blue Origin often hog the headlines,...
  • SpaceX Starship Launching Soon - Locals Receive Offer Letters [Boca Chica TX]

    10/06/2019 7:30:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 21, 2019 | spaceXcentric
    SpaceX Starship Launching Soon - Locals Receive Offer Letters | SpaceX in the News
  • A SpaceX fan ... spent the night in jail after taking photos of a rocket prototype

    10/03/2019 9:48:29 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3 Oct 2019 | Dave Mosher
    A SpaceX fan who visited Texas to see Elon Musk's Starship event spent the night in jail after taking photos of a rocket prototype built by the company JB Wagoner, a "big fan" of the company, took close-up photos of a SpaceX prototype called Starhopper on Sunday. But hours later the Cameron County Sheriff's Department called and told Wagoner to turn himself in on suspicion of criminal trespassing. Starhopper currently sits in a launch site that's adjacent to a public road and beach, making it a magnet for streams of curious onlookers since its completion and move to the site...
  • Tesla produces complete Model 3 body-in-white at Gigafactory 3, production to start Oct. 14

    09/27/2019 1:52:32 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    Electrek ^ | 26 Sept 2019 | Fred Lambert
    Tesla has produced a complete Model 3 body-in-white at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai and full production is scheduled to start on October 14, according to a report citing Tesla officials and Chinese officials.
  • We could feed one million people living in colonies on Mars

    09/25/2019 7:58:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Erika K. Carlson |
    With bugs, algae and other resource-efficient foods we could feed one million people on Mars within a century of arriving there. Scientists even invented a martian diet. Cannon and colleagues modeled the food needs of a human population on Mars that grows to one million over about a hundred Earth years through a combination of immigration and reproduction. Though the settlement would need to import a lot of food at the start, it could transition to an entirely Martian-grown diet in about a century with the right food choices, they found. The major limiting factor is space — or rather,...
  • A new journey into Earth for space exploration

    09/14/2019 7:32:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Europeon Space Agency ^ | 11 September 2019
    Six astronauts, five space agencies and a fresh start into underground worlds to help prepare for living on other planets. ESA’s latest training adventure will equip an international crew with skills to explore uncharted terrains on the Moon and Mars, this time with a focus on the search for water. The CAVES training course takes astronauts to the depths of Earth to improve their communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills. After a week of preparations above and underground, the ‘cavenauts’ are set to explore a cave in Slovenia where they will live and work for six days. “It is all part...
  • Wind Energy’s Dirty (Not So Little) Secret

    09/11/2019 12:34:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    If you follow the debate over renewable energy, fossil fuels and nuclear, you probably know the biggest selling point that proponents of solar and wind preach about. It’s clean. Wind power, in particular, pushes the fact that nothing gets burned, no carbon is generated… it’s just giant, beautiful turbine blades spinning in the breeze and cranking out electricity for the masses.But is it true? Well… mostly. But it turns out there’s one significant exception to that rule. Those giant turbine blades break or wear out over time and then they have to be replaced. And there’s almost nothing useful...
  • Launch pad fire scrubs Japanese ISS launch

    09/11/2019 8:41:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space News ^ | September 11, 2019 | Jeff Foust—
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said the fire broke out on the platform carrying the H-2B rocket about three and a half hours before the 5:33 p.m. Eastern scheduled launch of the HTV-8 cargo spacecraft. The statement didn’t identify the cause of the fire or what damage it caused to the platform or the rocket. Neither MHI nor the Japanese space agency JAXA set a new launch date for the mission. Industry sources said they expect the launch to be delayed by at least several days in order to make any repairs to the launch platform and inspect the rocket itself...