Billionaries and funding Moon and Mars exploration

Two billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, are leading companies that are creating new space flight capability. However, adventurous billionaires could be very important to the first manned flights to Mars. NASA has so far been unwilling to divert the $4 billion per year going to the Space Launch System into Spacex Mars mission plans. …

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Elon Musk confident Spacex can achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access and plans reflying within 24 hours of landing

“At this point I’m highly confident that it’s possible to achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access,” Musk said after yesterdays demonstration of a reusable first stage booster. Spacex plans to try to land the second stage this year. Martin Halliwell, the chief technical officer at SES, the Luxembourg satellite operator …

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Real life flying iron man exoskeleton created will cost about $250,000 each and requires intense Captain America like workout regimen for strength to control it

A new company, Gravity has unveiled of its first product, the Daedulus flight suit. The company claims Daedulus should be able to fly at speeds up to several hundreds of miles per hour, although Browning hasn’t been able to find a large enough test flight area to get it going that fast just yet. Browning …

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Robotic military truck convoys are near

After 14 years of development, Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Autonomous Mobility Applique System, a kit that allows vehicles and convoys to operate with little or no human input, is a strong candidate for rapid fielding. Lockheed’s vehicle autonomy kit has been installed on more than nine vehicle types, and the AMAS system has completed more than …

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Google Launched a New Machine Learning Journal and it support reactive diagrams

In collaboration with OpenAI, DeepMind, YC Research, and others, Google has announced the launch of Distill, a new open science journal and ecosystem supporting human understanding of machine learning. Distill is an independent organization, dedicated to fostering a new segment of the research community. We can create interactive diagrams and user interfaces the enable intuitive …

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the Age of economical reusable rocket boosters has begun and to fully leverage it Spacex must launch a lot

Today Spacex has started the age of reusable rockets. They reused a first stage rocket and then successfully landed it. This was a lower cost rocket. They charged 10% less than an unused rocket. The space shuttle was reused but the space shuttle was much more expensive than disposable rockets. “The SSMEs were reusable,” Dan …

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Fuzzy fibers of silicon carbide can make rocket engines stronger, lighter and better able to withstand extreme heat

Rice University laboratory of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, in collaboration with NASA, has developed “fuzzy fibers” of silicon carbide that act like Velcro and stand up to the punishment that materials experience in aerospace applications. The fibers strengthen composites used in advanced rocket engines that have to withstand temperatures up to 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 …

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Spacex reuses a first stage booster and successfully relanded it for further launches in a historic milestone in spaceflight

SpaceX has successfully re-flown a first stage booster from one of its Falcon 9 rockets and they successfully landed it again. The first-stage booster, which was previously used on a mission 11 months ago, helped send a telecommunications satellite into orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.javascript:void(0); It marks an important milestone for SpaceX in its …

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US Navy will prototype many sizes and types of combat lasers and missile defense wants laser on long endurance stratospheric drone by 2025

The Navy and Missile Defense Agency are leveraging prototyping programs to incrementally pursue complex ideas such as a laser weapon integrated into the Aegis Combat System and a high-power laser for boost-phase kill in missile defense, officials said today at the 2017 Directed Energy Summit. This ability to learn through prototypes and experiments has always …

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Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor remain confident of scaling CMOS to 3 nanometers and maybe beyond

Intel remains confident about scaling CMOS and extending Moore’s law beyond 2024 Someday we may reach a physical limit. But Intel does not see that point on their horizon. 1990, when the features on the wafer were the same size as the wavelength of the light we used to print them: 193 nm. Physics was …

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