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  • Mysterious space object that landed on California ranch identified

    10/19/2018 12:10:35 PM PDT · by ETL · 64 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    California residents were stunned to watch a fireball of space junk shoot across the sky and fall onto a nearby ranch last week. Videos of the bizarre sight quickly spread across social media — with many wondering what the debris was and where exactly it came from. The owner of the ranch near Hanford spotted the big chunk of metal in his walnut orchard on Oct. 13 and alerted local authorities. ..." After nearly a week of searching for clues, officials finally got an answer. The Vandenberg Air Force Base told Kings County Sheriff's deputies the object was most likely a...
  • Nanotubes Crank Out Hydrogen

    01/31/2005 11:44:25 AM PST · by anymouse · 48 replies · 1,648+ views
    Pure hydrogen fuel is non-polluting. Current methods of extracting hydrogen, however, use energy derived from sources that pollute. Finding ways to use the sun's energy to split water to extract hydrogen would make for a truly clean energy source. Several research efforts are using materials engineered at the molecular scale to tap the sun as an energy source to extract hydrogen from water. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have constructed a material made from titanium dioxide nanotubes that is 97 percent efficient at harvesting the ultraviolet portion of the sun's light and 6.8 percent efficient at extracting hydrogen from water....
  • Tesla Sales Soaring, Competition Failing

    10/17/2018 5:33:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | October 16, 2018 | Ross Tessien
    CE car sales are down and EV sales are up. Most people know this much. Also, EV sales are not up by as much as ICE car sales are down. The two metrics are believed to be independent of one another. I believe they are related. When someone purchases a Tesla Model 3, that car sale is an EV and not a new ICE vehicle. So that is a first sale the ICE industry loses. Next, the new EV owner often trades in a used ICE car and someone else will purchase that car. Some number of car buyers will...
  • Rocket part found on Outer Banks beach belongs to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, park confirms

    10/16/2018 11:20:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    Myrtle beach online ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | MARK PRICE
    Elon Musk’s rocket building company SpaceX has confirmed a large chunk of debris found Sunday on an Outer Banks beach is a part of one of its rockets. Tropical storms and hurricanes often push debris ashore in the Carolinas. A collection of World War II armor-piercing projectiles and bullets was found by a volunteer firefighter on Topsail Island the first weekend of October, reported the Charlotte Observer.
  • How Will Private Space Travel Transform NASA's Next 60 Years?

    10/14/2018 8:09:58 AM PDT · by ETL · 18 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 12, 2018 | Doris Elin Salazar, Space.com Contributor
    NASA's next 60 years will probably be very different than its first six decades. When the agency opened for business in 1958, private spaceflight was just a sci-fi dream. But companies such as Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin are working to make that dream a reality and open the space frontier to huge numbers of people for the first time. What role will NASA play in the private sector's liftoff? Space.com recently talked to three commercial-spaceflight experts to get some ideas. First, people should understand that about 75 percent of the worldwide space enterprise is already commercial,...
  • Empty Space Station? NASA Prepares for the Worst (but Hopes for the Best) After Soyuz Abort

    10/14/2018 12:28:45 AM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    space.com ^ | 10/11/2018 | Mike Wall
    A few months from now, the International Space Station (ISS) could be unoccupied for the first time in nearly two decades. Russia's workhorse Soyuz rocket suffered a serious anomaly just minutes after launching two astronauts toward the ISS today (Oct. 11), forcing the spaceflyers' crew craft to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. Those two explorers — NASA's Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin — made it through the bumpy touchdown just fine and are in good condition, NASA officials said. But the Soyuz will be grounded while Russian investigators try to figure out exactly what happened today, and how...
  • Miracle escape for Space Station astronauts as rocket fails mid-launch: American and Russian [tr]

    10/11/2018 6:36:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2018 | George Martin
    Two astronauts are alive after dramatically aborting their voyage to the International Space Station when their Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned while it carried them into orbit at 4,970mph. American Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to abort their mission on the cusp of space, at an altitude of approximately 50km (164,000ft). They landed safely in Kazakhstan after a 'ballistic re-entry', during which they experienced forces of up to 7G. Video footage from the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome shows a large plume of smoke coming from the rocket at the moment it failed and footage from inside the...
  • U.S., Russia astronauts in emergency landing after booster rocket fails: NASA

    10/11/2018 8:25:14 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 67 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 11, 2018 | Saphora Smith and Elena Holodny
    U.S. and Russian astronauts were forced to make an emergency landing Thursday after their booster rocket failed in mid-air moments after the launch, according to NASA. The two crew members were in “good condition” and had been reunited with their families at the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the agency said.
  • 'Definitely Not Aliens': These Photos of SpaceX's Night Rocket Launch and Landing Are Amazing!

    10/10/2018 6:41:30 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies
    Space.com ^ | Oct 9, 2018 | Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer
    All rocket launches are spectacular, but SpaceX took things to another level over the weekend. On Sunday night (Oct. 7), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's Central Coast. And the two-stage booster's first stage landed back at Vandenberg less than 8 minutes after liftoff, pulling off SpaceX's first-ever terra-firma touchdown on California soil. As it rose into the sky, the Falcon 9 spawned a gigantic, gorgeous, glowing cloud that wowed folks throughout the Golden State. The twilight plume had an otherworldly feel, so some observers made a point of stressing the...
  • Japan firm signs with SpaceX for lunar missions

    09/26/2018 7:03:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | 09/26/2018
    Private lunar exploration company ispace said it would blast a lander and rovers towards the moon on a SpaceX rocket on two separate missions. The spaceware will first orbit the moon in mid-2020, followed by a moon landing attempt set for mid-2021. It comes a week after SpaceX confirmed Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first man to fly around the moon on a SpaceX rocket as early as 2023. "We share the vision with SpaceX of enabling humans to live in space, so we're very glad they will join us in this first step of our journey," ispace...
  • Warning issued about sonic booms during SpaceX’s first West Coast landing attempt

    10/05/2018 7:09:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    SPace FLight Insider ^ | October 3rd, 2018
    SpaceX has made history by having the first stages of its Falcon 9 rockets conduct controlled landings. One of the side effects of those landings has been triple sonic booms – something the U.S. Air Force noted in a statement issued on Tuesday. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites are scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex-4E on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:21 p.m. PDT, a 24 hour slip from the previous launch date. SpaceX noted the change in the schedule in a Twitter post which stated the following: Now targeting October 7...
  • Rocket in the western sky?

    10/07/2018 7:36:14 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 44 replies
    Anyone see it? Just fizzled out @ 7:35 PST.
  • HyperloopTT unveils its first passenger capsule

    10/07/2018 7:44:14 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | 3 Oct 2018 | Jon Porter
    Separately, Virgin Hyperloop One has produced a full-sized prototype of the internals of its pod, in addition to a miniature system it uses for testing. Tesla also has a miniature prototype of its own which it uses for testing.
  • ‘This Won’t Be Subtle’: SpaceX West Coast Launch to Create Large Sonic Boom

    10/07/2018 12:01:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ktla ^ | 1:11AM, October 7, 2018 | Brian Day, Updated at 1
    The launch is scheduled for shortly after 7:20 p.m., Vandenberg Air Force base officials said in an advisory. The rocket will carry the Argentinian SOACOM 1A radar mapping satellite. Those near the base, which is near Lompoc, may be able to see quite a show as the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket burns its rocket engines to come to a gentle landing back at the air force base, officials said. "During the landing attempt, residents from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties may hear one or more sonic booms," according to the advisory. "
  • 'Moon Race' Backed by Blue Origin, Airbus Aims for 2024 Lunar Flight

    10/04/2018 3:58:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 5 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 3, 2018 | Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor
    There's a new private moon race gearing up to fly new lunar technologies by 2024, but aside from the fact that it has support from Blue Origin, Airbus and other spaceflight companies and agencies, there are few details on how the new space competition will work. The contest, called "The Moon Race," was unveiled Monday (Oct. 1) by Airbus Space at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, promising to develop technologies for a trip to the moon in 2024. Participating entities include the European Space Agency, the Mexican Space Agency, Airbus, Blue Origin and Vinci Construction. In the months...
  • Elon Musk Is Squeezing Russia Out of Launchers Market, Space Chief Says

    10/02/2018 7:33:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Oct 2, 2018 | Reuters
    The head of Russia’s space agency has accused tech billionaire Elon Musk of trying to squeeze Moscow out of the carrier rockets market by lowballing prices for commercial space flights. SpaceX has upended the space industry with its relatively low-cost Falcon 9 rockets. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency, told state-run television on Monday that Musk sells launches from $40 million to $60 million “to squeeze Russia out...
  • Dow jumps more than 250 points after the US and Canada secure a deal to replace NAFTA

    10/01/2018 8:34:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/01/2018 | Fred Imbert
    Stocks rose sharply on Monday as investors cheered news of Canada joining a trade deal with the United States and Mexico. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 264 points as American Express and Boeing outperformed. The S&P 500 gained 0.8 percent, led by 1 percent jumps in materials and industrials. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.7 percent as Amazon and Apple both climbed more than 1 percent. "The biggest risk factor [in the market] is a trade war and we've dialed that down a bit," said Mike Bailey, director of research at FBB Capital Partners. Bailey noted, however, the market may...
  • Tesla’s Elon Musk settles with SEC, paying $20 million fine and resigning as board chairman

    09/29/2018 10:50:42 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 29 September 2018 | Renae Merle
    The SEC sued Musk on Thursday for allegedly lying to investors when he tweeted last month that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private....Tesla will separately pay another $20 million....Musk and Tesla were not required to admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
  • HP's Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car's innards

    09/22/2018 1:43:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNET ^ | September 10, 2018 | Stephen Shankland
    Humans have figured out lots of ways to shape metal -- casting it with a mold, stamping it, drilling holes and milling surfaces in a machine shop, even zapping it with a laser. Well, now you can add a new method: 3D printing. A number of companies offer metal 3D printing, which creates products and components layer by layer with a computer-controlled system tracing its lineage to ordinary inkjet printers. But on Monday, printing giant HP announced it's entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet. "We're really going...
  • Astronauts Going to Mars Will Absorb Crazy Amounts of Radiation. Now We Know How Much

    09/20/2018 2:03:35 PM PDT · by ETL · 71 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 20, 2018 | Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer
    There are plenty of challenges to putting people on Mars, whether you look at the rocket, the astronaut or the planet itself. New data from one of the many spacecraft at work around Mars confirm just how dangerous a round-trip human journey would be by measuring the amount of radiation an astronaut would experience. Cosmic radiation is made up of incredibly tiny particles moving incredibly fast, nearly at the speed of light — the sort of phenomenon a human body isn't very well equipped to withstand. That radiation travels across all of space, but Earth's atmosphere buffers us from the worst...