• Posts Tagged ‘Space’

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    On August 16, China became the first nation to send an unhackable quantum communications satellite into space for a two-year mission. The use of quantum photons offers high security because they cannot be separated or duplicated. The satellite will enable the transmission of uncrackable keys from space to Earth....

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    The NASA probe’s arrival at Jupiter on Monday will improve our understanding of not just the solar system, but also of solar power. It could also show the way to a nuclear-free solar system.   NASA’s Juno spacecraft has traveled farther than any other solar-powered probe. It became the first to reach Jupiter when it...

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    SpaceBot is a robot that looks like an insect. Its high degree of autonomy opens the door to multiple applications in space, especially on Mars. DirectIndustry e-magazine met with Arne ROENNAU, Manager of the Robotics Department at Forschungszentrum Informatik in Karlsruhe, which developed SpaceBot.     DirectIndustry...

    Putting a satellite into space will soon cost €9 million or less thanks to Virgin Galactic, whose liquid-fuelled LauncherOne starts its journey cradled beneath a Boeing 747-400. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke to Will Pomerantz, Vice President, Special Projects at Virgin Galactic about how this technical achievement...

    The financial resources are small, the vision is huge:  launching a man or a woman into space and returning the astronaut safely to Earth. At first glance, this does not sound revolutionary in the 21st century. But given that the Danish nonprofit Copenhagen Suborbitals consists entirely of volunteer space enthusiasts...

    The PocketSpacecraft could finally enable the broader public to explore space at a very modest cost. The first mission will be to the moon, while later launches will target more distant spheres. However, it is not the person who travels into space, but a small, customized thin-film disk controlled via a home computer...

    Ever thought about investing in real estate on Mars? This is how your home might look. SHEE (Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments) is Europe’s first autonomous, unfolding space habitat. Its purpose? Enable humans to live in areas with no or insufficient building infrastructure, extreme temperatures or...

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     Nao could soon become a member of a space exploration crew. This humanoid robot will be used to pass the baton to rotating teams of astronauts. Provided with “autobiographical memory,” Nao can retain important gestures and information, and teach tasks to other humans. The project is led by a team at the French...

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     This may sound a bit like a Star Wars story. Last September, while orbiting in the ISS, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen took control of a rover located in the European Space Agency in the  Netherlands….400 km below. During this world premiere, the space engineer was able to maneuver this two-arm Interact Centaur...

     Over 2,000 satellites handle TV, imaging, weather, Earth observations, GPS and navigational data for ships, vehicles and phones. But at €50 million per launch, satellites are beyond the reach of most. All that changes with CubeSats, miniaturized modular open-source satellites that measure 10x10x10 cm and weigh no...

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