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Sep 19, 2019

How to Feed a Mars Colony of 1 Million People

Posted by in categories: food, space travel, sustainability

What might it take to feed a million people on Mars? Lab-grown meat, tunnel-grown crops and cricket farms, a new study finds.

When it comes to plans for crewed missions to Mars, NASA typically assumes round trips with only brief stopovers on the Red Planet. However, commercial space companies have emerged with the goal of colonizing outer space, with SpaceX specifically aiming to develop a civilization on Mars.

Sep 19, 2019

Elon Musk shows off Starship prototype progress

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, space travel

Billionaire company founder Elon Musk tweeted a pair of photos this week apparently showing progress on one of the Starship prototypes SpaceX is currently developing.

SpaceX has said it plans to use the rockets to shuttle passengers and cargo across the planet or beyond it.

“Droid Junkyard, Tatooine,” Musk wrote in the first tweet, making a joking “Star Wars” reference.

Sep 19, 2019

An inside look at NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s robotics design area

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

NASA is on a mission to go back to the moon by 2024 and use it as a “backyard” of experimentation, according to Lucien Junkin, chief engineer of the space exploration vehicle at NASA.

ABC toured NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s robotics design area: https://abcn.ws/2AleGSQ

Sep 18, 2019

FOLLOW-UP: What is the ‘zero-point energy’ (or ‘vacuum energy’) in quantum physics? Is it really possible that we could harness this energy?

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space travel

This could make zero point energy teleportation for spaceships for near I instant object transfer.


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Sep 18, 2019

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is developing giant Mars rockets in a sleepy town in southern Texas. Here’s what it’s like to visit

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

Boca Chica is home to a beach, a village, and SpaceX’s Texas launch site, where Elon Musk’s company is developing its Starship rocket for Mars.

Sep 17, 2019

SpaceX’s orbital Starship prototype construction progress detailed in new photos

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX is making progress assembling its Starship orbital spacecraft prototype, as seen in new photos shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. This full-scale testing version of the Starship will take over for the StarHopper, which was a scaled-down version used to test the Raptor engine initially with low-altitude “hop” flights.

The Starship Mk I Prototype and Mk II prototypes, which are under construction simultaneously at SpaceX facilities in South Texas and Florida, will be used to test flights at higher altitudes and higher speeds, and will use as many as three to six Raptor engines simultaneously, versus the single engine used with the StarHopper.

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Sep 17, 2019

Space Talent puts jobs at Blue Origin, SpaceX and elsewhere in one big database

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, information science, space travel

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are often at odds, but there’s at least one place where those two space-industry rivals are on the same page: the newly unveiled Space Talent job database.

The search engine for careers in the space industry is a project of Space Angels, a nationwide network designed to link angel investors with space entrepreneurs.

“If you’ve ever considered working in space, this jobs board has 3,000 reasons to make the leap,” Space Angels CEO Chad Anderson said in a tweet.

Sep 16, 2019

Real Artificial Gravity for SpaceX’s Starship

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

Despite the many, many problems we face in the world today, it is still an exciting time to be alive! As we speak, mission planners and engineers are developing the concepts that will soon take astronauts on voyages beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for the first time in almost fifty years. In addition to returning to the Moon, we are also looking further afield to Mars and other distant places in the Solar System.

This presents a number of challenges, not the least of which are the effects of prolonged exposure to radiation and microgravity. And whereas there are many viable options for protecting crews from radiation, gravity remains a bit of a stumbling block. To address this, Youtuber smallstars has proposed a concept that he calls the Gravity Link Starship (GLS), a variation of SpaceX’s Starship that will be able to provide its own artificial gravity.

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Sep 16, 2019

NASA, SpaceX Coverage of 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight Wins Emmy

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA and SpaceX, the Emmy has landed.

Sep 15, 2019

Application filed by St. Clair John Quincy

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space travel

This invention relates to a spacecraft propulsion system utilizing thrusters comprised of a motor-driven electrostatically charged cylinder rotating within an electrostatically charged annular ring for the purpose of creating a spacetime curvature stress-energy tension in the horizontal direction. The thrusters are augmented by magnetic vortex generators, either embedded in the cylinders or located above each thruster, for the purpose of increasing the permittivity of space by permeating each thruster with low density hyperspace energy generated by a wormhole created between our space and hyperspace. A combination of three thrusters mounted on the underside of the hull of the spacecraft provide thrust and yaw motion control.

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