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Aug 14, 2018

Magic 8X Phone Lens

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Aug 13, 2018

From windows to Mars: Scientists debut super-insulating gel

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

A new, super-insulating gel developed by researchers at CU Boulder could dramatically increase the energy efficiency of skyscrapers and other buildings, and might one day help scientists build greenhouse-like habitats for colonists on Mars.

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Aug 12, 2018

It’s official — we’re headed to “touch” the Sun!

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Our #ParkerSolarProbe spacecraft lifted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT aboard a United Launch Alliance #DeltaIV Heavy rocket for its journey to our closest star. Throughout its seven-year mission, our the spacecraft will swoop through the Sun’s atmosphere 24 times, getting closer than any spacecraft has gone before. Details: https://www.nasa.gov/…/nasa-ula-launch-parker-solar-probe-o…

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Aug 11, 2018

African space programs will boost development with satellite data

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, space travel

The fascinating space adventures of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the future of business and industry here on Earth.

Rockets and space are increasingly important to Africa, where more countries have been partnering to launch or are launching their own satellites. Still, discussions here remain more prosaic than determining how soon we’ll be colonizing Mars or sending industrial operations to the moon.

The satellites launched by the likes of SpaceX are smaller than ever before. Powerful nano-satellites, the size of soccer balls, are able to deliver detailed imagery and information about a chosen territory from space. These advances in technology and cheaper launch vehicles mean more developing countries can use satellites to collect troves of valuable data.

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Aug 11, 2018

Heavens to shine with new ‘star’ as first space sculpture prepares for launch

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Look up into the night sky towards the end of October and you may catch sight of a brand new ‘star’ twinkling in the cosmos.

The tiny speck of light is not the offspring of a seething nebula, but the world’s first space sculpture, which will orbit the Earth for three weeks this autumn.

The length of a football field, and the shape of an elongated diamond, the ‘Orbital Reflector’ artwork is the brainchild of US artist Trevor Paglen and will be launched on board on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

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Aug 11, 2018

Spaceport race is on as municipalities woo the likes of SpaceX and Bezos’s Blue Origin

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Camden County, Ga., played a bit part in aerospace history as home to a 1960s plant that built and tested NASA rocket motors. Now, county leaders want to revive that heritage with a new commercial spaceport.

“We can be part of the new space race in the 21st Century,” said Steve Howard, project leader and the Camden County administrator.

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Aug 11, 2018

NASA’s mission to touch the Sun

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Tomorrow, NASA aims to launch its first mission to touch the sun, on the fastest spacecraft ever built.

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Aug 10, 2018

Jeff Bezos shoots for the moon

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The Amazon.com founder is likely to meet a goal of having his Blue Origin space-travel company work with NASA to return to the moon.

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Aug 9, 2018

Spinning heat shield for future spacecraft

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.

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Aug 9, 2018

The Evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

On September 29th, 2017, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled detailed plans of the Big Falcon Rocket at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. It was a follow-up speech to the prior year’s presentation when he first discussed the architecture of what was then called the Interplanetary Transport System. In his highly anticipated speech, Musk laid out the detailed plans for a two stage rocket to enable the colonization of Mars, a moon base, and hypersonic long-distance travel on Earth.

The design featured an enormous Booster that would be powered by 31 Raptor engines, planned to be the world’s most advanced and highest pressure chemical rocket engine. Following stage separation, the booster would return to Earth and land near or on the launch pad.

There were three variants of the rocket’s second stage planned: a Spaceship, Tanker and Cargo Lifter. The primary of which, the BFR Spaceship, was also the colonization vehicle and that could carry up to 100 passengers and a hundred tonnes of cargo. One possible use of the Spaceship was as the world’s first hypersonic passenger transport vehicle, which would enable travel between any two points on Earth in under an hour. Its primary envisioned mission, however, was to be a colonization vehicle for the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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