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Aug 23, 2021

Ship 20 primed for pre-flight testing amid future refinements

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Following the iconic first view of a fully integrated Starship stack during fit checks on the Orbital Launch Site (OLS) mount, both Ship 20 and Booster 4 are being prepared for testing ahead of the milestone orbital launch attempt. Ship 20 has returned to the launch site, taking up suborbital Pad B ahead of proof testing objectives, while Booster 4 is undergoing final closeout work inside the High Bay.

The pre-launch campaign is ongoing while SpaceX makes preemptive moves on the future, with modifications to future Starships designs and the preparations to increase production cadence with a second, much larger, High Bay.

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Aug 22, 2021

SpaceX’s 1st private astronaut mission, Inspiration4, is just one month from launching into history

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In just one month, SpaceX will make history with Inspiration4 — the world’s first all-civilian spaceflight — the mission’s crew couldn’t be more excited.

Aug 22, 2021

Watch Netflix’s 1st trailer for the Inspiration4 documentary on SpaceX’s private spaceflight

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The mission is described as the ‘next epic leap forward for civilians’.


Netflix’s first trailer for a documentary series on SpaceX’s Inspiration4 private astronaut mission is here. Check it out.

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Aug 22, 2021

Japan tests rotating detonation engine for the first time in space

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it has successfully demonstrated the operation of a “rotating detonation engine” for the first time in space. The novelty of the technologies in question is that such systems obtain a large amount of thrust by using much less fuel compared to conventional rocket engines, which is quite advantageous for space exploration.

On July 27 the Japanese agency launched a pair of futuristic propulsion systems into space to carry out the first tests. They were launched from the Uchinoura Space Center aboard the S-520–31, a single-stage rocket capable of lofting a 220 lbs (100 kg) payload well above 186 miles (300 km). After recovering the rocket from the ocean, the JAXA team of engineers analyzed the data and confirmed the success of the mission, which put the new system at an estimated altitude of (146 miles) 234.9 km.

The rotating detonation engine uses a series of controlled explosions that travel around an annular channel in a continuous loop. This process generates a large amount of super-efficient thrust coming from a much smaller engine using significantly less fuel – which also means sending less weight on a space launch. According to JAXA, it has the potential to be a game-changer for deep space exploration.

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Aug 20, 2021

SpaceX to shrink, tweak Starship’s forward flap design, says Elon Musk

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that there is a “slight error” with the current design of Starship’s forward flaps, necessitating a few small but visible changes on future prototypes of the spacecraft.

Measuring 9m (30 ft) wide and approximately 50m (~165 ft) from tip to tail, Starship is the combined upper stage, spacecraft, tanker, and lander of a two-stage, fully-reusable rocket with the same name. While SpaceX has a long ways to go to achieve it, the company’s ambition is for Starship and its Super Heavy booster to be the most easily and quickly reusable spacecraft and rocket booster ever built, nominally enabling the same-day reuse of both.

Beyond a Space Shuttle-style heat shield of blankets and ceramic tiles, the Starship upper stage is meant to achieve that reusability by descending through the atmosphere and landing unlike any other spacecraft, plane, or rocket ever flown. Instead of flying, gliding, or knifing through the atmosphere nose or tail-first, Starship freefalls perpendicular to the ground for the last few dozen kilometers (~10–20 mi) before aggressively flipping into a vertical orientation at the last second and landing propulsively on its tail. Now, according to Elon Musk, two of the four ‘flaps’ that largely make that exotic maneuver possible are set for a small but significant redesign.

Aug 20, 2021

The Rise of China’s Most Advanced Artificial Intelligence — Wu Dao 2.0

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, singularity, space travel

China’s goal of beating the USA in the race of creating the best and smartest artificial intelligence in the world has finally come to fruition with the Wu Dao 2.0 AI model. This new NLP AI is much superior to OpenAI’s GPT-3 model which was released last year. Some of the abilities the WU Dao AI has are being able to speak multiple languages (chinese and english), being able to learn new things, write poems, do medical research and create art.

It’s unlikely that the USA will take this lying down and forfeit the AI race. They’ll likely answer with even bigger AI models very soon and then the race to Artificial Intelligence supremacy will continue with the rate of innovation increasing exponentially.

Every day is a day closer to the Technological Singularity. Experience Robots learning to walk & think, humans flying to Mars and us finally merging with technology itself. And as all of that happens, we at AI News cover the absolute cutting edge best technology inventions of Humanity.

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Aug 20, 2021

NASA will attempt to deflect an asteroid, impact to happen next fall

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, space travel

NASA calls it the “Double Asteroid Redirection Test,” or DART for short, and the mission involves NASA launching a spacecraft that will rocket towards the Didymos binary asteroid and collide with it. NASA wants to test if the impact of the spacecraft colliding with the asteroid will be enough to alter its course. It should be noted that the asteroid doesn’t currently pose any threat to Earth and that NASA is purely conducting this mission for research purposes.

According to NASA’s latest update on DART, the spacecraft recently received solar arrays that will be a core component to getting the spacecraft all the way to the Didmos asteroid system. The spacecraft will travel for ten months to reach the asteroid system and will launch aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket this November. When the spacecraft collides with the asteroid, it will be traveling at around 15,000 mph, and NASA will have Earth-based telescopes aimed at the asteroid for clear observation.

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Aug 20, 2021

Japan Tests Explosion-Powered Rocket for the First Time in Space, Is a Success

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it has successfully demonstrated the operation of a rocket engine technology for the first time in space. This experiment proved the efficiency of a rotating detonation engine (RDE) which converted the shock waves generated when a mixture of fuel and oxygen reacts explosively into thrust.

Aug 20, 2021

Inspiration4: How Netflix and SpaceX are about to open up spaceflight

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Inspiration4 is preparing for liftoff.


The all-civilian mission is not only the first of its kind in history. It also marks a milestone for Musk’s company, which hopes to one day help humans live across the galaxy.

This is a huge, fairly sci-fi goal, but the trailblazing Inspiration4 crew could help the general public believe in it. And a Netflix documentary certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Aug 20, 2021

Expedition 65 Mens Health Magazine — August 18, 2021

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SPACE STATION CREW MEMBER DISCUSSES LIFE IN SPACE WITH MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA discussed life and research aboard the space station during an in-flight interview August 18 with Men’s Health Magazine. Kimbrough launched in April on a SpaceX Crew Dragon as part of a planned six-month mission.

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