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Oct 31, 2022

Beaming Clean Energy From Space — Caltech’s “Extraordinary and Unprecedented Project”

Posted by in categories: engineering, solar power, space travel, sustainability

Technology capable of collecting solar power in space and beaming it to Earth to provide a global supply of clean and affordable energy was once considered science fiction. Now it is moving closer to reality. Through the Space-based Solar Power Project (SSPP), a team of California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers is working to deploy a constellation of modular spacecraft that collect sunlight, transform it into electricity, then wirelessly transmit that electricity wherever it is needed. They could even send it to places that currently have no access to reliable power.

“This is an extraordinary and unprecedented project,” says Harry Atwater, an SSPP researcher and Otis Booth Leadership Chair of Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science. “It exemplifies the boldness and ambition needed to address one of the most significant challenges of our time, providing clean and affordable energy to the world.”

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Oct 31, 2022

Webb Space Telescope snaps spooky image of Pillars of Creation

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The James Webb Space Telescope has released a spooky new photo of the iconic Pillars of Creation.

In a Thursday release, NASA wrote that the eerie image was taken by the $10 billion-dollar observatory’s Mid-Infrared Instrument, also known as MIRI.

The pillars of gas and Interstellar dust enshroud the thousands of stars that exist in the region.

Oct 30, 2022

The US Navy wants swarms of thousands of small drones

Posted by in categories: drones, military, space travel

My mini UAV idea! A sphere shaped UAV, somewhere in size between a basketball, and a small beach ball. Cloak technology, if i could get away with it. Power source, coated in ultra fancy photo voltaic skin, that powers super fancy batteries for an indefinite flight time and range. Engine, Ion Drive, noiseless, still sort of in an experimental phase. Weapons system, an electrical recoilless rifle, can fire assorted ammunition; no recoil, no flash, with an advanced targeting system, operates sort of like a sniper. Carries a laser designator to designate targets for guided bombs and smart artillery.

Drop thousands behind enemy lines, and cause complete chaos. Coming to a battle field in 2030?

Budget documents reveal plans for the Super Swarm project, a way to overwhelm defenses with vast numbers of drones attacking simultaneously.

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Oct 30, 2022

Mars Life — Where to Find It — IF…

Posted by in categories: cosmology, space travel

Where are we likely to find life first and the most on Mars? And why I think that is both likely and not a threat to us and us not to it, Watch and see.

Worm-hole generators by the pound mass:

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Oct 28, 2022

Damaged Spacecraft & Shipwrecked Saucers

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Oct 27, 2022

SpaceX to launch world’s most powerful operational rocket

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SpaceX is making final preparations for the fourth launch of its Falcon Heavy vehicle, the world’s most powerful rocket in use today.

Oct 26, 2022

Elon Musk Visits Twitter as $44 Billion Deal Nears Completion

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

Mr. Musk, who runs Tesla and SpaceX, visited Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday and tweeted a nine-second video of himself smiling and carrying a porcelain sink into the building.

“Entering Twitter HQ — let that sink in!” he wrote.

The world’s richest man arrived at Twitter’s San Francisco offices on Wednesday ahead of a Friday deadline to complete the acquisition of the social media service.

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Oct 26, 2022

NASA Launch Schedule

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Just to return the emphasis to ‘out there’.

Upcoming launches and landings of crew members to and from the International Space Station, and launches of rockets delivering spacecraft that observe the Earth, visit other planets and explore the universe.

Oct 25, 2022

SpaceX shares an image of Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin engines ahead of launch

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The world’s most powerful operational rocket could finally launch again as soon as next week.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, is approaching its first launch in over three years. The massive launch system, which is powered by three modified Falcon 9 first-stage boosters, is now linked together and awaiting launch from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Ahead of the launch, SpaceX has shared an image of the behemoth’s 27 Merlin engines on Twitter. “Falcon Heavy in the hangar at Launch Complex 39A,” the company wrote alongside the impressive photo.

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Oct 25, 2022

SpaceX to launch Europe’s next deep space telescope, first asteroid orbiter

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

On October 17th, a NASA official speaking at an Astrophysics Advisory Committee meeting revealed that the European Space Agency (ESA) had begun “exploring options” and studying the feasibility of launching the Euclid near-infrared space telescope on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

In a major upset, director Josef Aschbacher confirmed less than three days later that ESA will contract with SpaceX to launch the Euclid telescope and Hera, a multi-spacecraft mission to a near-Earth asteroid, after all domestic alternatives fell through.

The European Union and, by proxy, ESA, are infamously insular and parochial about rocket launch services. That attitude was largely cultivated by ESA and the French company Arianespace’s success in the international commercial launch market in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s – a hard-fought position that all parties eventually seemed to take for granted. When that golden era slammed headfirst into the brick wall erected by SpaceX in the mid-2010s, Arianespace found itself facing a truly threatening competitor for the first time in 15+ years.

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