Near Term Pulsed Fusion Propulsion

The Limitless Space Institute had a report from its Interstellar Initiative Grant recipients. One of the presenters is from the University of Albama who are working on a sub-kilowatt system to generate nuclear fusion pulses for propulsion. Dr. Jason Cassibry, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and an assistant research professor at the …

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First Lunar Ice Mission in 2022

Intuitive Machines is developing the Nova-C lander which they want to send to the surface of the moon in early 2022. It will be powered by their VR900 engine, and replete with innovative avionics for advanced guidance, navigation and control. “IM-1” is capable of carrying 130kg of cargo, and will ferry numerous experiments to the …

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People Who Live Beyond 105 Have Better DNA Repair

People who live beyond 105 years are more efficient at repairing DNA, according to a study published today in eLife. Paolo Garagnani and colleagues, in collaboration with several research groups in Italy and a research team led by Patrick Descombes at Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland, recruited 81 semi-supercentenarians (those aged 105 years or older) …

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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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