Boeing Starliner Test Planned for July 30

Boeing and NASA are targeting 2:53 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, July 30, for the launch of Starliner’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2, or OFT-2, mission to the International Space Station pending range approval. The updated launch target is supported by the space station visiting vehicle schedule and availability of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V …

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NTSB Indicates Human Driver and No Autopilot in Texas Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board issued Monday the preliminary report for its ongoing investigation of the fatal, April 17, 2021, crash of a 2019 Tesla Model S near Spring, Texas. Human Driver in Crash Footage from the owner’s home security cameras show the owner entering the driver’s seat and the passenger entering the front passenger …

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China Made 62 Qubit Quantum Computer

University of Science and Technology of China claims to have made a 62 qubit using programmable superconductors. Science – Quantum walks on a programmable two-dimensional 62-qubit superconducting processor Abstract Quantum walks are the quantum mechanical analog of classical random walks and an extremely powerful tool in quantum simulations, quantum search algorithms, and even for universal …

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Tesla Fremont Expansion

Tesmanian reports Tesla has begun expanding the tent where the Model Y General Assembly is located in Fremont. Another tent will be built on the other side of the Model 3 assembly line, hinting at a significant expansion in the manufacturer’s capacity. Two production lines tents in Fremont are producing 500,000 Model 3/Ys per year. …

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Countering Objections to Space Settlement

Space settlement is becoming a mainstream topic because SpaceX is making space colonization economical and practical. The Falcon 9 has already significantly lowered the launch cost and is increasing what can be taken into space. The SpaceX Super Heavy Starship will be fully reusable. This could lower costs by 3-20 times from current costs per …

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Attosecond Resolution

Researchers demonstrate an on-chip, optoelectronic device capable of sampling arbitrary, low-energy, near-infrared waveforms under ambient conditions with sub-optical-cycle resolution. The detector uses field-driven photoemission from resonant nanoantennas to create attosecond electron bursts that probe the electric field of weak optical waveforms. Using these devices, they sampled the electric fields of ~5 fJ (6.4 MV m−1), few-cycle, near-infrared waveforms …

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Ransomeware Attack Shuts Key East Coast Gas Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline has had a cyberattack involving ransomeware from an Eastern European-based criminal gang called DarkSide. Colonial Pipeline has temporarily shutdown 2.5 million barrels per day of pipelines. This is about 12-15% of US oil capacity. On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. We have since …

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