One Falcon Heavy Launch of a Kilometer-Scale Space Station With 1G of Gravity With No Motion Sickness

Generating artificial gravity inside rotating space habitats has been a dream of science fiction since the earliest pioneers of astronautics. However, rotating to produce artificial gravity poses a serious challenge; Humans experience discomfort and motion sickness when exposed to rotation rates greater than a few RPM. To produce artificial gravity near 1g at rotation rates …

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NASA NIAC Study – Petabits of Planetary Survey Data Earth-Mars Cycler

The Solar System Pony Express is a global, multi-spectral, high-resolution planetary surveyor supported by regular visits from a cycler satellite network to retrieve petabits of data for transit to Earth. This is a phase 1 NASA NIAC study. The “courier” satellites use optical communications to receive 1-3 petabits from the surveyor at least once per …

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NASA NIAC Phase 2- Extreme Solar Sailing

Solar sails allow a low cost pathway to high speed and ubiquitous exploration of the outer solar system and interstellar space. A slingshot maneuver ~2-5 solar radii distant from the sun can propel light-weight cubesat class spacecraft to near-relativistic speeds. They can reach 0.1% of the speed of light (over 300 km/s or restated as …

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NVIDIA’s Atlan and Hyperion Self Driving Platforms

NVIDIA unviled the DRIVE Atlan Autonomous Vehicle Platform. It is a Next-generation SoC to deliver more than 1,000 TOPS and equipped with BlueField DPU. Atlan will not be available for a couple of years, software development is well underway. During the GTC 21 keynote address this morning, NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced: DRIVE …

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Competition for the Future 35 Terawatt-hour per Year Battery Market

On Tesla’s 2020 Battery Day, Elon Musk made the case that there will be a 35 terawatt-hour per year battery market if the world electrifies all vehicles and battery enables the entire electrical grid. Tesla has a goal of making 3 or more terawatt-hours per year of batteries by 2030. The current combined goal of …

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Breakthrough Starshot Photon Engines – Millions of Densely Packed Lasers

The status of the Breakthrough Starshot project (laser pushed sail for an interstellar mission). They have broken it down into three major challenges. The photon engine, the sail and communications. They have twelve academic teams working on the photon engine design and components. They have determined several designs that will not work for the photon …

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If Microsoft Doubles Again Steve Ballmer Will Pass Bill Gates in Wealth

Steve Ballmer is now the largest shareholder of Microsoft. Bill Gates has diversified his holdings and has very little Microsoft. Microsoft share prices doubled over the last two years and quadrupled over the last five years. Steve Ballmer’s net worth is currently $91 billion and Bill Gates has $144 billion. About half of Steve Ballmer’s …

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Detailed Modeling of ICF Fusion Propulsion

Kelvin Long has been funded by the Limitless Space Initiative to complete his computational modeling of Inertial Confinement Nuclear Fusion propulsion systems. This will build up from basic physics to complete spaceship propulsion. He has had his own personal computational modeling but he will make it modular and clean it up for an open-source system …

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Cyberlandr Expandable RV Camper Add-on for Tesla Cybertruck

Cyberlandr is selling a portable kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and office for your Tesla Cybertruck. The Cyberlandr costs $39,995 if you make a larger deposit. Smaller deposits scale up to a price of $49,995. The camper, bed and kitchen and appliances expands from the covered Cybertruck. It will only reduce the range of the …

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Pulsed Nuclear Fusion Pinch Propulsion

Fission/fusion hybrid and pulsed fusion propulsion have been shown to significantly reduce the trip times for space travel. The specific approach being pursued at UAH PRC is called z-pinch. Jason Cassibry has been funded by Limitless Space Institute to study and advance 100 kev nuclear pinch propulsion. They have a near-term goal of scaling to …

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