China Copy of SpaceX Super Heavy Starship is in Video and Powerpoint

SpaceX presented a version of a fully reusable two-stage Super Heavy rocket in 2016. It was the Interplanetary Transport System. China has now presented a video of a fully reusable two-stage super-heavy rocket. China’s video is more cartoonlike. China will have to upgrade its rendering for a more photorealistic video. You can compare the videos. …

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Lunar SpaceX Starship Funding Means Human Rated SHS By 2023 or 2024

The $2.9 billion NASA funding for the SpaceX Lunar Starship means that a Starship will get man-rated for four astronauts. This means getting the chance of loss of crew less than one in 500 for a lunar landing. SpaceX Lunar Starship will only initially support four astronauts because the launch will be performed by SLS …

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A COVID Baby Bust Happened, Will There Be a COVID Baby Boom?

In Italy, births plunged 21.6% in December, 2020 from the December 2019 and France had the lowest total babies born in a year since WW2. National birth levels seem to be down around 2-20% around the world. Historically short baby busts are followed by rebounds. A longer crisis increases the chances that potential births aren’t …

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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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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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