Saturday, 13 December 2014

Rolls-Royce looks towards robotic shipping with virtual bridge concept



Rolls-Royce, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Aalto University are expanding on their ideas for a virtual bridge that could soon lead to a future where the line between manned and robotic ships becomes completely blurred. Combining automated ship systems and constant high-data level communications, it's part of what Rolls-Royce see as the "next major transition for the shipping industry.".. Continue Reading Rolls-Royce looks towards robotic shipping with virtual bridge concept

Section: Marine

Tags: Aalto University, Autonomous, Ergonomic, Navigation, Remote Control, Robotic,Rolls Royce, Shipping, Unmanned, VTT Technical Research Centre

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Friday, 12 December 2014

US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon



The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System (LaWS). The deployment is the first on a US Naval vessel and took place on the USS Ponce (LPD-15) in the Arabian Gulf from September to November of this year... Continue Reading US Navy successfully deploys laser weapon

Section: Military

Tags: Laser, Laser weapon, ONR, Prototype, US Navy, Weapons

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Glasgow scientists create chemical evolution



Scientists haven't created life in the laboratory yet, but when they do, they'll be off and running. Case in point is a University of Glasgow team led by Professor Lee Cronin, the Regius Chair of Chemistry, which has developed the world's first chemical system capable of evolving as part of a project that aims at creating synthetic "life" without DNA... Continue Reading Glasgow scientists create chemical evolution

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Tags: Chemicals, Evolution, Robotic, University of Glasgow

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Rosetta sheds light on origin of Earth's oceans



The oceans are a mystery in more ways than one, but you might not expect the answers to come from a pack of electronics and a comet. But that's what the European Space Agency (ESA) says about the unmanned Rosetta probe orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Though 67P is making its first visit to the inner Solar System and won't come closer to the Earth than hundreds of millions of miles, it is throwing new light on one of the fundamental questions in Earth's history: Where did the oceans come from?.. Continue Reading Rosetta sheds light on origin of Earth's oceans

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Tags: Comets, Earth, ESA, Hydrogen, Kuiper Belt, Oort cloud, Rosetta, Solar System, Water

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Bloodhound Supersonic Car group tests hybrid rocket engine



Britain's Bloodhound team has taken a slow-but-steady approach toward its goal of breaking the world land speed record, but it appears to be paying off. Bloodhound, along with its partner, the Norwegian/Finnish aerospace and defense group, Nammo, have successfully tested a large hybrid solid/liquid rocket engine at Nammo's test facility in Norway. Described as the "latest in the evolution of hybrid rocket motor technology," it's one of three power plants that will be used by the Bloodhound Supersonic Car when it makes its record attempt in 2016... Continue Reading Bloodhound Supersonic Car group tests hybrid rocket engine

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Tags: Bloodhound SSC, Hybrid, Norway, Rocket, South Africa, Supersonic

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Lockheed Martin engineers get first look at Orion post splashdown



The Orion spacecraft may have taken less than five hours to fly into space and back, but it will take a fortnight for it to return to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, so Lockheed Martin, builder of the capsule, is conducting tests on the fly. As the 19,650 lb (8,913 kg) capsule designed to take astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit was unloaded ashore in San Diego, California from the recovery ship USS Anchorage, Lockheed engineers were waiting to take samples of the heat shield and begin processing the flight recorders. .. Continue Reading Lockheed Martin engineers get first look at Orion post splashdown

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Tags: California, EFT-1, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Orion Spacecraft, Spacecraft, US Navy

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

New Horizons Pluto probe awakes





If you think it's hard waking up after a nine-hour plane flight, imagine doing so after a space voyage of nine years and three billion miles. On Saturday, NASA's New Horizons deep space probe woke itself up from hibernation mode as it began preparations for its flyby of Pluto and its moons next July. Having traveled 2.9 billion miles from Earth and with 162 million miles to go, the signals announcing the awakening took four hours and 26 minutes to cover the distance to NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia... Continue Reading New Horizons Pluto probe awakes

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Tags: Kuiper Belt, NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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Dawn space probe gets best look yet at Ceres



The Dawn spacecraft has lifted the veil on another corner of the Solar System by taking its best image yet of the dwarf planet Ceres. The nine-pixel-wide image was taken from a distance of 740,000 mi (1.2 million km) from Ceres as part of the final calibration of Dawn's science camera as the unmanned probe approaches the 590 mi (950 km) wide planetoid, which it will rendezvous with and orbit in March of next year... Continue Reading Dawn space probe gets best look yet at Ceres

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Tags: Asteroid, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf planet, Hubble, Mars, NASA, Solar System, Spacecraft

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Orion splashes down



Another chapter in the history of spaceflight was written today at 8:29am PST, as the EFT-1 mission ended with the splashdown of the Orion capsule in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. Though designed to carry astronauts into deep space, the Orion was unmanned for the flight, which was planned to certify the spacecraft and test critical flight systems... Continue Reading Orion splashes down

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Tags: NASA, Orion Spacecraft, Spacecraft, Unmanned, US Navy

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SPOFEC tweaks the Rolls Royce Wraith



The Rolls-Royce Wraith may be the showpiece that demonstrates what the modern incarnation of the famous marque can do in th engineering as well as style departments, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. At least, that's what car customizer SPirit OF ECstasy (SPOFEC) seems to think as it offers its Wraith upgrade package for the luxury coupe... Continue Reading SPOFEC tweaks the Rolls Royce Wraith

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Tags: Aerodynamics, Luxury, Performance, Rolls Royce, rolls royce wraith

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Update: NASA announces new Orion launch date



NASA announced today that the EFT-1 mission launch has been rescheduled for 7:05 am EST on Friday. Officials at NASA, Lockheed Martin, and United Launch Alliance say the problem that finally resulted in the scrubbing of Thursday's launch of the Orion space capsule has been identified. It was a malfunction in liquid hydrogen fill and drain valves on both the port and center common booster cores used for fueling the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy booster, which could not be closed properly before the launch window was exceeded. .. Continue Reading Update: NASA announces new Orion launch date

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Aston Martin DB10 to co-star in next Bond film



One thing about the James Bond film franchise is that, aside from Batman, he's the only hero where news of his latest adventure can be eclipsed by what car he's driving. So, it's no surprise that the announcement at Pinewood Studios that the next 007 epic, Spectre, which begins production on December 8, was overshadowed a bit when Aston Martin together and EON Productions unveiled the new Aston Martin DB10, which will "co-star" in the film. .. Continue Reading Aston Martin DB10 to co-star in next Bond film

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Orion EFT-1 launch scrubbed



NASA's return to manned spaceflight was delayed today as the scheduled launch of the Orion EFT-1 mission was cancelled due to a series of mishaps. Originally scheduled to lift off at 7:05 am EST from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy booster, setbacks due to the weather and equipment problems forced mission control to put off the flight beyond the launch window, which ended at 9:44... Continue Reading Orion EFT-1 launch scrubbed

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World's oldest computer may be older than previously thought



Since its discovery over a century ago, the Antikythera Mechanism has had scholars scratching their heads over how the Greeks managed to build a mechanical computer a hundred years before the birth of Christ and thousands of years before anything similar. But now things have become even stranger as researchers claim that it's over a hundred years older than previously believed and may have been built by a famous hand... Continue Reading World's oldest computer may be older than previously thought

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Tags: Analog, Antikythera, Brown University, Calculator, Computer, History, Mechanical

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NASA unveils countdown clock for the 21st century



It's one of the most famous timepieces in history that's been seen by billions of people all over the world, yet, though it's big, its name isn't Ben. It's the countdown clock at Cape Canaveral, Florida, which has sat in the foreground of historic space mission launches since it was installed in 1969 during the heyday of the Apollo program. But after almost half a century of service, NASA is replacing it with a high-tech LED version that makes its public debut on Thursday during the launch of the Orion EFT-1 mission... Continue Reading NASA unveils countdown clock for the 21st century

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Tags: Clock, History, LED, NASA

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Hayabusa 2 launches on asteroid bombing mission



Sometimes it seems as if the history of spaceflight is a long exercise in oneupsmanship with each agency trying to top the others. Case in point is Japan's Hayabusa2 mission, which, following the landing of Philae on on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last month, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed was successfully launched today at 1:22:04 pm JST from the Tanegashima Space Center on a mission to not only land on an asteroid, but to bomb it... Continue Reading Hayabusa 2 launches on asteroid bombing mission

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Grande Infinity combines watch safe with precision pendulum clock



Do you want a moderne-style grandfather clock and a high-tech watch display with built-in winder safe, but don't have room for both? Then consider the Grande Infinity from upmarket safe makers Buben & Zorweg. The German-designed and built Grande Infinity was created in cooperation with clock maker Erwin Sattler and watch mover manufacturer Elma and combines a precision pendulum-movement clock with a state-of-the-art display case and safe... Continue Reading Grande Infinity combines watch safe with precision pendulum clock




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Tags: Clock, Display, Security, Watches




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Orion ready for Thursday's launch



Orion is go for launch. At a press conference today, NASA and aerospace industry officials confirmed that the EFT-1 mission to test the deep-space capsule designed to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit has been given the final clearance for launch on Thursday morning. The unmanned spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy booster on a four-hour flight that will send it 3,600 mi (5,800 km) from Earth before returning to Earth... Continue Reading Orion ready for Thursday's launch

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Science discovers how to make the "perfect" chocolate coating



As anyone who has taken a candy bar out of a car glovebox on a hot day can tell you, heat is not a friend to chocolate. And it's not just a matter of discovering that a tasty snack has become a gooey mess. It can also mean going for a nice choccy biccy only to find the chocolate coated with an unappetizing white film. It isn't a mold, it isn't unhealthy, and it doesn't affect the taste, but it is unpleasant and bakers and chocolatiers would rather do without it. To make mid-morning snacks a bit less harrowing, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have studied the phenomenon and have come up with the answer for what causes the film to form and how to prevent it... Continue Reading Science discovers how to make the "perfect" chocolate coating

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