Wednesday, 25 May 2016

OSIRIS-REx reaches Florida ahead of near-Earth asteroid mission

NASA's OSIRIS-REx deep-space probe has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in anticipation of its September launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket. Now undergoing final processing before launch vehicle assembly, the unmanned craft was carted 1,600 miles from Lockheed Martin's Denver facility and will fly an additional 509 million miles to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu and return samples of its surface to Earth.

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Successful flight test for India's experimental reusable spaceplane

India today entered the ranks of spacefaring nations with reusable spacecraft as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted the first flight of its locally-built spaceplane demonstrator. The unmanned, scale hypersonic Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) spaceplane took off at 7:00 am IST on a suborbital flight of 770 seconds from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota and was safely recovered after a successful reentry and splashdown.

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Solar Impulse 2 temporarily grounded after hangar accident

Solar Impulse 2 is temporarily grounded in Dayton, Ohio after a minor accident. The next leg of the solar-powered aircraft's round-the-world-flight was scheduled for May 24, but the unexpected minor collapse of its inflatable hangar resulted in the craft being lightly touched by the hangar fabric. Solar Impulse says that the airplane will now spend several days on the ground as engineers search for damage.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Ohio

Solar Impulse 2 has touched down in Dayton, Ohio, on the latest leg of its global circumnavigation flight. With André Borschberg at the controls, the single-seater solar-powered aircraft landed at Dayton International Airport at 9:56 pm EDT after 16 hours and 34 minutes in the air. This is the fourth flight of the Solar 2 this year and the 12th leg of its round-the-world mission that began in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

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Saab's underwater robot tackles terrorist bombs

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) aren't just a threat on land, they're also a major problem underwater as well. To help track down and neutralize these devices, Saab has developed its Sea Wasp Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), which was unveiled at the US Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Experimental hypersonic craft hits Mach 7.5

The Australian Department of Defence has announced the successful launch of a hypersonic aircraft called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) 5B at the Woomera Test range. According to a statement, the craft reached a velocity of Mach 7.5 (5,710 mph, 9,188 km/h) and an altitude of 278 km (173 mi) as part of an Australian-United States program to study fundamental technologies needed to travel over five times the speed of sound.

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Saab rolls out latest-generation Gripen E fighter

Saab has unveiled its next-generation multi-role fighter. The Gripen E prototype 39-8 "Smart Fighter" is the latest product of the Swedish/Brazilian fighter program and is aimed at markets not cleared to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Saab, the single-seater E is a major advance over previous Gripens with greater range and endurance, as well as more advanced weaponry and electronic warfare capability.

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Pittsburgh Steelers recruit robot player

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a new MVP ... and it's a robot. In this case, MVP stands for "Mobile Virtual Player" – a remote controlled robotic dummy designed to help players practice tackling and other plays with less risk of repetitive injuries.

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US Navy takes possession of its largest ever destroyer

The US Navy took formal possession of its largest ever destroyer as the future USS Zumwalt(DDG 1000) changed hands from the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. Billed as "the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen," the handover follows months of sea trials during which the first in its class, multi-mission land attack and littoral dominance warship was tested to certify its hull, mechanical, and electrical systems, propulsion, and anchor and mooring systems.

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Catch up

Disney Research has come up with a glockenspiel-playing robot that can indulge in balloon toss ... when it isn't safely picking up fresh eggs. The telepresence robot uses a new type of hydrostatic transmission that combines hydraulic and air lines to provide more degrees of freedom, as well as greater precision and delicacy of touch in a lighter, simpler design.

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With a night landing at Tulsa Airport, the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 completed the 11th leg of its solar-electric circumnavigation. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls the one-man composite aircraft touched down at approximately 11:15 pm CDT after a slight delay due to a slow ascent caused by the aircraft's low power... Continue Reading Solar Impulse 2 reaches Oklahoma on 11th leg of circumnavigation

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In the runup to an open-air display of a key aspect of its Hyperloop technology, Hyperloop Technologies has announced a rebranding. Before an invited audience of guests and media in Las Vegas, the transportation startup declared that it will now be known as Hyperloop One. In addition, the company announced that it has secured US$80 million in Series B financing as well as partnerships with a number of technology and infrastructure companies... Continue Reading Hyperloop Technologies (now Hyperloop One) on runup to test

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After a six month hiatus, ground tests have resumed on the third prototype (A/C3) of theAgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor. The aircraft recently underwent restrained ground testing with all engines and systems online after testing was suspended following a fatal air crash on October 30, 2015, which cost the lives of two test pilots... Continue Reading Third AW609 tiltrotor prototype resumes testing following fatal crash

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Getting a robot to walk is one thing, getting it to walk without tripping on the first obstacle it encounters is quite another. Engineers at the University of Michigan are developing a set of algorithms that allow an unsupported bipedal robot named MARLO to negotiate steep slopes, thin layers of snow, and uneven, unstable ground without toppling over. Designed as a general purpose robotic system, the algorithms may also have applications in advanced prosthetics... Continue Reading Bipedal robot conquers uneven ground

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With a population of under 600,000, it's not surprising Luxembourg isn't currently on the list of spacefaring nations. But that hasn't stopped its government, along with the Luxembourg Société Nationale de Crédit et d'Investissement (SNCI), entering into a partnership with the US asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries (DSI) as part of the country's initiative to develop new commercial space technologies with an emphasis on asteroid mining... Continue Reading Luxembourg joins asteroid mining space race

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From the bow to the bunker buster to the hydrogen bomb, new technologies have changed the face of warfare, and 3D printing looks set to be just as revolutionary. It's been around since the 1980s, but as key patents expire and access to the technology becomes more readily available, its effects on the military promise to be considerable – though the biggest and most immediate impact may be from a surprisingly humble quarter... Continue Reading 3D printing goes to war

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Deep space exploration has taken one small step (or roll) forward with the successful test of space-based control of a robot rover from aboard the International Space Station. The experiment saw British ESA astronaut Tim Peake take control of a British-built rover named "Bridget" and guide it around a simulated Martian landscape back on Earth, avoiding obstacles and locating scientific targets along the way... Continue Reading British astronaut pilots earthbound rover from aboard ISS

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The sea urchin may be a restaurant delicacy, but it's also well equipped to satisfy its own appetite. The spiny invertebrate has a rock-crushing mouth so powerful that a herd of them can destroy a kelp forest or devastate a coral reef. Now its dinner manglers have inspired a team of engineers and marine biologists at the University of California, San Diego, to create a claw-like manipulator for robotic rovers tasked with collecting soil samples on other planets... Continue Reading Mouthy sea urchin inspires engineers to take a bite out of other planets

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NASA has teamed with Honeywell Aerospace to help bring its dream of the return of commercial supersonic flight a bit closer to reality. NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center and Honeywell have flight tested a cockpit display that allows pilots to visualize the location of sonic booms before they occur. With this knowledge, aircraft can change course and minimize the boom over populated areas... Continue Reading NASA and Honeywell (literally) look at sonic booms

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