Thursday, 21 July 2016

Checklist from John Glenn's historic Mercury flight up for sale



Following on the heels of Bonhams' recent sale of spacesuits and related items, Nate D Sanders Auctions is offering another vintage piece of Space Race memorabilia. The bidding has opened for an online auction that includes NASA astronaut John Glenn's timeline of flight instructions that flew on his historic 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, which saw him become the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data



Ever since the first practical computers came on the market in the 1950s, scientists and engineers have been seeking ever more compact data storage technologies, which have gone from giant drums to tiny chips. Now scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) have developed a memory technology that achieves the ultimate physical limit by using individual atoms to represent a single bit of data.

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SpaceX makes spectacular ground landing after Dragon launch



SpaceX scored a double success today by sending a Dragon cargo ship into orbit and nailing another ground landing. At 12:45 am EDT, the CRS-9 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, setting an unmanned Dragon cargo ship on course for a rendezvous with the ISS. Shortly afterwards, the first stage Falcon 9 booster flew back to Cape Canaveral, where it landed at Landing Zone 1. This is the second time that the Falcon 9 has managed a landward landing and the first since the Orbcomm 2 mission last December.

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Mars 2020 rides Curiosity's coattails to final assembly and testing



NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks to be on track with the space agency announcing that the unmanned explorer has gone on to the fourth phase of its development, which includes final system assembly, testing, and launch. The follow up to the highly successful Curiosityrover mission is scheduled for liftoff in the middle of 2020 and arrival at the Red Planet in February 2021 to begin its mission to explore areas that might once have harbored microbial life.

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BratWurst Bot serves up brats in Berlin



A cybernetic, one-armed sausage chef has been serving up steady stream of bangers for a celebrity crowd in Germany. The robotic short-order cook, called BratWurst Bot, was built by out of off-the-shelf parts as a technology demonstrator to show how easy it is to create new, practical robots without the need for special fabrication.

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Fortieth anniversary of Viking invasion of Mars



Today marks one of biggest moments in the history of space exploration, perhaps second only to the Apollo 11 landing that occurred on the same day in 1969. On July 20, 1976, the unmanned Viking 1 lander became the first spacecraft to successfully land and operate on the surface of Mars. More than just a technological achievement, this feat completely altered our view of the Red Planet in a way that kept future planetary exploration from being seriously curtailed, and paved the way for an ambitious new generation of Mars missions.

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Solar Impulse 2 closes in on circumnavigation with Cairo arrival



Solar Impulse 2 completed the penultimate leg of its solar-powered global circumnavigation today, touching down at Cairo International Airport at 10:13 pm PDT (5:14 GMT). With pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the single-seater aircraft landed after leaving Seville, Spain over two days ago on a Mediterranean flight that took it through the airspaces of Tunisia, Algeria, Malta, Italy, and Greece.

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Juno sends back first image from Jupiter



Like any good tourist, NASA's Juno deep-space probe is sending snapshots to the folks back home. The spacecraft's first image from Jupiter since its dramatic arrival around the planet on July 4 shows three of the planet's four largest moons, Europa, Io, and Ganymede as well as details on Jupiter, such as its famous Red Spot.

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Radiation bombardment from ancient supernovae may have triggered climate



Shakespeare said that the fault lies not in the stars, but in ourselves. Maybe, but scientists at the University of Kansas say that the stars might have some explaining to do. According to computer models, a pair of supernovae that exploded 300 light years away between 1.7 and 8.7 millions of years ago could have released radiation that seriously affected life on prehistoric Earth and may even have triggered an ice age.

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Japan's Sakura No. 2 robot won't spark gas explosions



To help prevent emergencies from becoming disasters, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT) have unveiled Sakura No. 2 – a remotely-operated, mobile, anti-explosive robot for use in gas-filled environments where a spark or heat source could set off an explosion or fire.

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BAE Systems' Broadsword Spine turns solider's clothing into power/data hub



Electronics have become so much a part of modern warfare that batteries are now as important as bullets in the supply chain. And with the average combat pack weighing in at over 90 lb (41 kg), it's also the reason batteries get "lost" with predictable regularity. In an effort to simplify things and lighten the load, BAE Systems has teamed with Intelligent Textiles Limited to create Broadsword Spine – an electronic textile device incorporated into a soldier's clothing that acts as an invisible data network and power supply by replacing wires and cables with conductive fabrics.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Bacteria could build and power microscopic "wind farms"



Wind farms are well-established alternative power sources, but they do have their detractors who say they are an eyesore. But a new type of wind farm proposed by researchers at Oxford University is unlikely to attract such criticism. They claim computer simulations have demonstrated it is possible that microscopic wind farms could be built and powered by bacteria to provide a steady, albeit small, source of power.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Egypt



With the whine of electric motors, Solar Impulse 2 has begun the penultimate leg of its round-the-world flight. Today at 9:22 pm PDT (4:22 GMT), the single-seater, solar-powered aircraft took off in the predawn darkness from Seville, Spain on course for Cairo, Egypt, with pilot André Borschberg at the controls.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Embraer 170 becomes first non-Boeing ecoDemonstrator flying testbed



Boeing showed off the latest aircraft in its ecoDemonstrator program today, rolling out a specially modified version of an Embraer E170 designed to study ways to make aircraft aircraft greener and more efficient. The flying testbed will be used to study new technologies in Brazil over the next two months with the aim of bringing them to market more quickly.

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NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension


NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been cleared for another two-year extended mission to study the Red Planet – if it can wake up. Since July 2, the unmanned explorer has been in safe mode, and although Curiosity is said to be stable and reporting back to mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, engineers are trying to find out why it ceased most of its activities.

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Olive robotic suitcase brings new meaning to carry on luggage



Air travel is already stressful enough without having to trek long distances through what are essentially giant coach stations while dragging a bag on wheels behind you. There have been a number of attempts to relieve this situation in recent years with foldable scootersand bags that can follow its owner's smartphone, but Olive ups the ante by combining the two with full-on robotics.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

BAE Systems wants to grow military aircraft in chemical vats



Modern military aircraft are so complex that fighters like the F-35 Lightning II or the Typhoon take 20 years to go from drawing board to deployment at phenomenal costs. With design work already starting on next-generation fighters for the 2040s, BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are looking at a faster, cheaper way to produce unmanned air vehicles (UAV), where they aren't constructed, but grown in computer-controlled chemical vats in a matter weeks.

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RemoveDebris to launch space cleanup demonstrator



According to the Surrey Space Centre, there are some 7,000 tonnes (7,716 tons) of space debris circling the Earth, consisting of dead satellites, booster rocket stages, paint chips, and shrapnel from collisions. Whizzing in orbit at tens of thousands of miles per hour, even a small fragment could destroy a satellite. To help clean things up, the Centre has announced that it is leading a mission early next year to send the RemoveDebris demonstrator into orbit to test low-cost technologies that could be used to collect and remove space debris.

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