Tuesday, 25 November 2014

NASA prepares to wake New Horizons ahead of historic Pluto flyby



In what must be history’s longest distance wake up call, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation on December 6 at 3:00 pm EST. Now about 2.9 billion miles (4.6 billion km) from Earth, and 162 million miles (260 million km) from Pluto, the spacecraft will be put through a month-long preparation for its six month flyby of Pluto, with the primary phase of the mission slated to begin on January 15... Continue Reading NASA prepares to wake New Horizons ahead of historic Pluto flyby

Section: Space

Tags: NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 provides window into a classic watch



Times change ... and the same goes for timepieces. At one time, making a precision wristwatch and tucking the works into an elegant case was enough. But in the 21st century, a mechanical watch has to show off the gubbins inside to get any cred, so Girard-Perregaux is updating its Vintage 1945 model by adding a transparent sapphire dial to reveal the secrets behind the 69-year old classic... Continue Reading Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 provides window into a classic watch

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Industrial design, Vintage, Watches

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Kairos TBand turns almost any watch into a smartwatch



Smartwatches may be to the time-and-date mechanical timepiece what the smartphone is to the landline candlestick job, but not everyone likes digital watches, much less smart ones. In June,Kairos rolled out its smart/mechanical hybrid, which is one option, but what if you like the watch you already have? The Kairos Tband is trying to square that circle by moving the "smart" from the watch to the band... Continue Reading Kairos TBand turns almost any watch into a smartwatch

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Indiegogo, OLED, Smartwatch, Watches

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Nuclear weapons write their own security codes



Nuclear weapons are a paradox. No one in their right mind wants to use one, but if they're to act as a deterrent, they need to be accessible. The trick is to make sure that access is only available to those with the proper authority. To prevent a real life General Jack D Ripper from starting World War III, Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division is developing a system that uses a nuclear weapon's own radiation to protect itself from tampering... Continue Reading Nuclear weapons write their own security codes

Section: Military

Tags: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Nuclear weapons, Radiation, Security

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Lunar Mission One aims to take Moon exploration to new depths



Another private space exploration venture is under way with the British-led Lunar Mission One announcing plans to send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon. Initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the non-profit organization hopes to drill ten times deeper into the lunar surface than has ever previously been attempted and use the borehole to store a giant digital time capsule of human knowledge. .. Continue Reading Lunar Mission One aims to take Moon exploration to new depths

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Tags: British, Kickstarter, Lunar Mission One, Moon, Royal Society, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Lockheed Martin begins Insight Mars lander final assembly



At some point in every project, you stop unpacking the parts and start putting them together. What's true for flat-pack furniture is also true for spacecraft, so Lockheed Martin has begun the Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) phase of NASA's INterior exploration using Seismic investigations, geodesy and heat transport (InSight) Mars lander project. Scheduled to launch in 2016, the unmanned InSight probe will be the first deep-drilling mission sent to the Red Planet... Continue Reading Lockheed Martin begins Insight Mars lander final assembly

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Tags: InSight, Lockheed Martin, Mars, NASA, Solar System, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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LiquidPiston unveils X Mini engine



Back in 2012, Gizmag looked at LiquidPiston’s X2 rotary engine. The compact, low-vibration, high-efficiency 70 bhp and 40 bhp compression ignition engine was something of a sensation. Now the company is back with the 70 cc X Mini engine, which LiquidPiston’s President and Co-Founder, Dr Alexander Shkolnik unveiled on Wednesday at the SAE International/JSAE 2014 Small Engine Technology Conference in Pisa, Italy... Continue Reading LiquidPiston unveils X Mini engine

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Tags: Engine, Fuel efficiency, Power

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NASA prepares to wake New Horizons ahead of historic Pluto flyby



In what must be history’s longest distance wake up call, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation on December 6 at 3:00 pm EST. Now about 2.9 billion miles (4.6 billion km) from Earth, and 162 million miles (260 million km) from Pluto, the spacecraft will be put through a month-long preparation for its six month flyby of Pluto, with the primary phase of the mission slated to begin on January 15... Continue Reading NASA prepares to wake New Horizons ahead of historic Pluto flyby

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Tags: NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Rosetta tracks Philae's cometary bouncedown



The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an image mosaic taken by the Rosetta mothership showing the Philae lander’s November 12 touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The composite image shows the unmanned spacecraft making its approach to the surface of 67/P and its first rebound after its anchoring harpoons failed to deploy, along with timestamps in GMT (lander time) and images contrasting the touch sites before and after landing... Continue Reading Rosetta tracks Philae's cometary bouncedown

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission gets green light for development



NASA has announced that it is going forward with its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON). Scheduled to launch in 2017, the orbital mission aims to study the effects of the lower atmosphere on the ionosphere and its impact on the Earth’s surface... Continue Reading Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission gets green light for development

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Tags: Ionosphere, NASA, Satellite, Weather

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Philae lander goes to "sleep" after batteries die



After its historic landing on a comet, the Philae spacecraft has gone silent. Trapped on its side in a shadowed hole, the unmanned European Space Agency lander was unable to receive enough sunlight to recharge its battery and contact was lost today at 00:36 GMT when power levels dropped below critical... Continue Reading Philae lander goes to "sleep" after batteries die

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Tags: Batteries, Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Philae bounce on comet landing may cut mission short



During Wednesday’s historic landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Philae lander suffered a setback that may cut its mission short. Due to equipment malfunctions, the unmanned, washing machine-sized lander failed to secure itself to the surface of the comet. In the 1/100,000 gravity, Philae bounced back into space twice, eventually landing in a hole about a kilometer (0.6 mi) from its designated landing area, where its batteries may not be able to charge properly... Continue Reading Philae bounce on comet landing may cut mission short

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Tags: Batteries, Comets, ESA, Philae, Rosetta, Unmanned

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Philae makes historic first landing on comet



History was made today as a spacecraft the size of a fridge executed the first successful landing on a comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirms that at about 16:00 GMT the unmannedPhilae space probe touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the landing site known as Agilkia. The comet and spacecraft are 510 milion km (310 million miles) from Earth, so the news of the landing took 28 minutes and 20 seconds to reach mission control in Darmstadt, Germany. .. Continue Reading Philae makes historic first landing on comet

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New method of conserving wood gets tested on historic ship artifacts



In 1545 Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose sank suddenly under mysterious circumstances. In 1982, the rediscovered ship was raised to the surface in a remarkable feat of underwater archaeology that sparked decades of heroic preservation work. Now a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge is working with the Mary Rose Trust conservation team to test a new way of conserving waterlogged wood in order to preserve the great ship and her cargo of history for later generations... Continue Reading New method of conserving wood gets tested on historic ship artifacts

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Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song"



On the eve of the planned first landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the unmanned Rosetta orbiter carrying the Philae lander has recorded a "song" emanating from the comet. The electromagnetic melody was detected by the probe’s Rosetta Plasma Consortium, which is a suite of five instruments used to study 67P... Continue Reading Rosetta spacecraft picks up target comet's mysterious "song"

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MAVEN uses special radio to relay data from Curiosity Mars rover



NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the latest link in the space agency's Martian communications network for keeping in touch with its surface rovers. Last week, the unmanned orbiter carried out a test using a special radio apparatus that allowed it to relay 550 megabits of data from the Curiosity rover to NASA’s Deep Space Network back on Earth. .. Continue Reading MAVEN uses special radio to relay data from Curiosity Mars rover

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