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futureSpaceX Florida Starship Looks Better than the Texas Starship

The SpaceX prototype version of the new Starship looks like a cleaner and better build than the Texas prototype of the Starship in pictures tweeted out by Tom Cross. We saw both SpaceX starships this month. Here’s a side by …

energyGame Changing Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion Progress

Direct Fusion Drive, is a unique fusion engine concept based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The truly game-changing levels of thrust and power in a modestly sized package could …

armyUS Army Loading Up on New Mini-drones and Ground Robots

The US Army is buying 18000 drones from mini-palm sized drones to new ground robots for Afghanistan. The palm-sized Black Hornet mini-drone only weighs just over one ounce. The Army is buying 9,000 systems — each with two drones — …

futureQuantum Sensing With Squeezed State of Light Reduces Noise

Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) has quantum sensors that use a “squeezed” state of light to greatly reduce statistical noise that occurs in ordinary light. This could impact a wide range of potential applications from airport security scanning to gravitational …

asteroidsAsteroid Day 2019 Promotion and NASA, ESA Lists of Asteroid Impact Risks

Asteroid Day is June 28. It is the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids. Redbubble is the largest global marketplace for independent artists. They are partnering to inspire the world about asteroids. Redbubble announced the …

futureSpaceX Super Heavy Starship Presentation in July 2019

Elon Musk will likely have a Super Heavy Starship presentation in July, 2019. It will be after the first successful untethered hop tests for the Starhopper. Might get pushed to next month. Starhopper flight first. Waiting on engine repair. — …

businessHope For Renewed Talks on China-US Trade Deal

President Xi and President Trump will talk about trade at the G-20 summit in Japan and the trade negotiation teams will restart talks prior to the meeting. This does not mean there will be a deal but there will be …

energyParachute Power for Exploring Moons and Planets with Atmospheres

Descent probe or lander power is a key resource for planetary exploration, and is a particular challenge where solar power is difficult to utilize efficiently and alternative power sources are expensive, risky, or complex. Short duration, battery-powered probes have successfully …

diamondNanostructured Diamond Metalens For Compact Quantum Technologies

The key to harnessing the potential power of quantum systems is being able to create or find structures that allow electron spin to be reliably manipulated and measured, a difficult task considering the fragility of quantum states. Bassett’s lab at …

artificial intelligenceFast Autonomous Microrovers for Rapid Exploration

There is a NASA NIAC study to develop improved exploration autonomy, in-situ 3D modeling, fast, far micro-roving and the aggregate means to achieve mission-in-a-week. The exploration autonomy includes planning of destinations and viewpoints for autonomous observations. Insitu processing computes high-fidelity …