Posted: December 17th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: 3D Printer, 3D Printing, Cankler Science News, Made In Space, NASA, Parts In Space, Space, Space Exploration, Technoid, Zero Gravity Manufacturing, Zero Gravity Testing | Comments Off on The Industrial Revolution in Space: Made In Space
The industrial revolution has changed every aspect of life in the last 200 years, now it is moving on to the final frontier, Space. Made In Space – MIS -, is a recent entrant into the race to manufacture in space and they have recently completed their first series of zero-gravity manufacturing tests. With more than a billion dollars of parts flown into space every year MIS hopes to manufacture up to 30% of those parts in space, directly where they are needed, when they are needed. More than just a good idea this is the start of the industrial revolution of space.
“3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today.” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO and Co-Founder of Made In Space. “The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.” Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Bow Down, M.Aaron Silverman, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Department of Defense, International Space Station, NASA, New Mexico, Spaceport America, SpaceShipTwo, UP Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, WhiteKnightTwo | Comments Off on Branson Opens Spaceport America
Our favorite billionaire, Richard Branson has opened the world’s first commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the brand new home for his space adventure company Virgin Galactic.
The flamboyant British businessman, exuding his usual flair and cheesy grin, waves of blond hair flying, inaugurated the building by breaking a champagne bottle against the building, while rappelling down the side of it, hung 20 meters above the ground from the main terminal roof.
Spaceport America”, will serve “as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house up to two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin’s astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.
About 150 people are booked for lift-off on the first flights to orbit attended the opening event. Also attending were the head of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, commercial director Stephen Attenborough, and famed US astronaut – and second person to step on the moon – Buzz Aldrin.
Branson said he hoped to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, which he said would kick off an era of commercial space travel.
Posted: March 10th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Favorite New Thought | Tags: aerogel, NASA, Silica | Comments Off on Frozen Smoke to Supercharge Batteries
AeroGel – Frozen Smoke, so called as it has a transparent smokey look – has added another use to its growing list of can do’s. Scientists at the University of Southern Florida are working to develop batteries using the material. There is something impossible about this strange material, something very cool.
So what makes AeroGel so great? Firstly it’s 99.98% air but still manages to be a solid, there is literally nothing too it. It has the texture of polystyrene when you hold it but it looks fairy floss. It is a great insulator of both heat and electricity. Currently it holds 15 Guiness World Records for various properties, worlds lightest solid, worlds lowest density solid, worlds highest insulation value. It is an extreme material, it doesn’t do that many things but what it does do is always a world record. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Carrington Event, Mass Coronal Ejection, NASA, Satellite, Solar Flare | Comments Off on Solar Flares, a Slap in the Face From Space
Don’t stare at the sun, it’ll blow your head off
With the solar maximum of 2012 building up the sun is putting on quite a show for us all. The sun, our all gas jolly giant is due to reach the peak of its solar flare
activity in 2013. The peak called Solar Maximum is generating a lot of interest. Scientist have calibrated instruments, created classifications, the rest of us just have to sit back and enjoy the wild ride. We actually know a lot about how the flares happen we just can’t do much about it.
Solar flares – also called Mass Coronal Ejection – consist mainly of super excited protons and electrons, heated to millions of degrees before spewing out of the sun. The individual particles don’t have enough mass to do any direct damage, no bullets from the sun, but collectively there is so much energy being sent out in the flare that they can be very dangerous. At most risk are astronauts and soon to join them space tourists. When travelling outside the Earths magnetic field the radiation – especially X-rays and Gamma rays – is extremely dangerous to living organisms, doing damage to each cell in your body. Currently no space craft are able to completely protect its crew from this radiation. Ironically Solar Flares actually cut the number of cosmic rays hitting Earth by deflecting the stream – solar wind – of particles. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 15th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: NASA, Stereo, Sun | Comments Off on Nasa has released the first panoramic view of the sun
The photo comes courtesy of NASA’s twin STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft, which aligned exactly opposite each other on opposite sides of the sun to capture the image.
The ability to see the whole sun, front to back, will allow scientists to better understand complicated solar weather patterns and plan for future robotic or crewed spacecraft missions throughout the solar system, researchers said. Read the full article »»»»