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Sep 23, 2021

Boeing Unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile Concept

Posted by in categories: military, space

Boeing displayed a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept at the annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, this week.

The two-stage missile reportedly has a “kill vehicle” attached atop a rear booster section. The end of the missile is ejected after the initial burst, igniting the front section and propelling it to the target.

According to War Zone, Boeing began development of the concept in response to the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Broad Area Announcement (BAA) last year requesting novel solutions for faster, longer-range air-to-air missile development.

Sep 23, 2021

US Space Force to Take Over Military Satellite Communications

Posted by in categories: military, space

The US Space Force announced the transfer of satellite communications billets, funding, and mission responsibility from the Army and Navy.

The United States Space Force, through its chief of operations, announced that the satellite communications billets, funding, and mission responsibility of the US Army and Navy will be transferred to the Space Force.

Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond made the announcement on Tuesday at the Air Force Association meeting in Washington. The transfer is not yet complete and still needs approval from the Department of Defense.

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Sep 23, 2021

US Air Force Tests Robotic Aircraft Weapon Loading System

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The US Air Force recently tested a robotic system prototype for aircraft weapon loading at the Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

The Square One Systems Design, MHU-TSX, uses non-hydraulic actuation making its movements precise, a key advantage over the current weapon hauling systems, the Jackson-based company revealed.

Bob Viola, Square One Systems Design director of engineering, stated that adding a sensor package to the system would make it more autonomous, leaving the personnel only to “supervise what it’s doing, which should make the loading process quicker.”

Sep 23, 2021

Harnessing the Power of the Sun on Earth: Major Advance in Stellarator Performance for Fusion Energy

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics

Stellarators, twisty magnetic devices that aim to harness on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars, have long played second fiddle to more widely used doughnut-shaped facilities known as tokamaks. The complex twisted stellarator magnets have been difficult to design and have previously allowed greater leakage of the superhigh heat from fusion reactions.

Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), working in collaboration with researchers that include the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national laboratory for plasma physics and nuclear fusion science. Its primary mission is research into and development of fusion as an energy source for the world.

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Sep 23, 2021

FAA Environmental Draft Review

Posted by in categories: government, law, space travel

A very shallow and not really helpful article on the situation but it does point out that SpaceX has been consistently violating it’s agreed parameters for Boca Chica and has in fact broken the law on several occasions. It’s actually wrong in that the testing of Starship, (so far) has been pretty much covered by the original agreements due to the “prototype” Starship not being much more powerful than a Falcon Heavy. The “problem” here is while the three engine Starship is ‘sort-of’ covered any more engines would not be and the huge number on the SuperHeavy is far beyond any of the agreements and vastly over-powered for the set up in current use. One of the reasons SpaceX, (well Musk really) doesn’t want ‘pubic input’ is because most local residents are not at all happy about the broken agreements and SpaceX’s indifference to the local population and their needs. Something that should be the main ‘take-away’ from this is that while the FAA can refuse to issue permissions and allowances in the end it comes down to SpaceX (again, Musk really) being able to simply launch without those permissions with little chance of significant backlash from the Federal government. SpaceX WILL be liable for damages and injuries from any launch that does not have FAA approval, more so since the FAA could join in or even help organize those law suites due to SpaceX not having the proper permissions, but in the end the FAA can’t really stop them from launching. (Texas can as can the County)

The FAA has already prepared an environmental draft review for SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy Booster rocket that would soon have its tests once permitted by the agency. Now, the FAA needs to focus on evaluating and properly assessing SpaceX if the spacecraft and everything that is included with it can be permitted for a flight.

The environmental draft review is one of the few roadblocks which SpaceX has now, especially in continuing with its test flights and looking into the full-stack of Starship and Super Heavy. The FAA also invited the public to convene and share their opinions with regard to the company’s spacecraft for further assessment.

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Sep 23, 2021

SpaceX Starship: This new hurdle stands between Musk and his Mars City

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX’s under-development rocket, Starship, is designed to take humans to Mars. When it will do so is another question.

Sep 23, 2021

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster for older Americans and those at high risk of illness

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its advisers still must recommend how the extra shots will be used.

Sep 23, 2021

An algorithm to triage breast cancer surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science

Dowsett’s algorithm was recently published in npj Breast Cancer, a Nature Partner Journal supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It is intended to help physicians triage postmenopausal women with ER+ HER2–breast cancers, which represent around 70% of breast cancer cases.1 During the pandemic, many within this patient group were prescribed neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NeoET), rather than surgery, as a disease management strategy.

Analysis of biomarkers in biopsies helps identify breast cancer patients in need of urgent surgery or chemotherapy during COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 23, 2021

Astronomers Have Discovered a Gigantic Sphere-Shaped Cavity in Space

Posted by in categories: mapping, space

Astronomers analyzing 3D maps of the shapes and sizes of nearby molecular clouds have discovered a gigantic cavity in space.

The sphere-shaped void, described today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, spans about 150 parsecs — nearly 500 light years — and is located on the sky among the constellations Perseus and Taurus. The research team, which is based at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, believes the cavity was formed by ancient supernovae that went off some 10 million years ago.

The mysterious cavity is surrounded by the Perseus and Taurus molecular clouds — regions in space where stars form.

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Sep 23, 2021

A Major Advance in Computing Solves a Complex Math Problem 1 Million Times Faster

Posted by in categories: mathematics, robotics/AI, space

Reservoir computing is already one of the most advanced and most powerful types of artificial intelligence that scientists have at their disposal – and now a new study outlines how to make it up to a million times faster on certain tasks.

That’s an exciting development when it comes to tackling the most complex computational challenges, from predicting the way the weather is going to turn, to modeling the flow of fluids through a particular space.

Such problems are what this type of resource-intensive computing was developed to take on; now, the latest innovations are going to make it even more useful. The team behind this new study is calling it the next generation of reservoir computing.

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