Faulty strut and complacency cause of Spacex rocket failure

SpaceX thinks a steel strut holding down a bottle of high-pressure helium inside the Falcon 9 snapped on June 28, leading to a rapid “overpressure event” in the rocket’s upper-stage liquid-oxygen tank. The strut was probably poorly made, since it apparently broke under a load of 2,000 lbs. (900 kilograms) of force, despite being certified …

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3D Photocatalytic Air Processor for Dramatic Reduction of Life Support Mass and Complexity

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts has a phase 2 funding for 3D Photocatalytic Air Processor for Dramatic Reduction of Life Support Mass and Complexity Bin Chen of the University of California will lead the study. The abundant high-energy light in space (with wavelengths as low as 190 nm, compared to 300 nm on Earth) makes the …

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Navy program for 50 Kilowatt truck mounted lasers for shooting down drones

The US Navy has a truck mounted laser weapons program. The Laser Weapon System has the following requirements – * lasing profile including full-power lasing for up to 120 seconds followed by a 20 minute recharge to 80% of total capacity (power and thermal) – this lasing period is cumulative between recharges, and may be …

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China developing low to medium speed maglev as light rail alternative

China’s first medium-low speed maglev line using Chinese technology is scheduled to launch in Beijing before March 2013 The medium-low speed S1 Line will make China only the second country, after Japan, to have such a line, said Chang, who led the research team that developed the magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology. As one of …

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Romney wins Maine Caucus with Ron Paul a close second

Romney won the Maine Republican caucus with 39% and Ron Paul came in second with 36%. Santorum was third with 18% and Gingrich last with 6%. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger …

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An Estimate of the Electron Density in Filaments of Galaxies

“Missing mass” in the universe has many types and forms. New research relates not to dark matter but a new way to detect baryonic matter (i.e. all normal matter) that exists in an unusual form as filaments. Arxiv – Most of the baryons in the Universe are thought to be contained within filaments of galaxies, …

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