US 2019 Missile Defense Review Expanded to Include Hypersonic Missile Threats

The 2019 Missile Defense Review (MDR) has been expanded to offensive missile threats includes non-ballistic systems. The US will defend against advanced cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons. There is a 24-page 2019 Missile Defense Review Summary. There will be a comprehensive approach to prevent and defeat adversary missile attacks through a combination of deterrence; active …

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The Supercomputer Race After ExaFlops is Super Cool

The first Exaflop supercomputers are just scaling up with energy efficient modifications the technologies that have enabled the 100-200 petaFlop supercomputers. Super Cool Technologies Beyond the Exaflop Supercomputer DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) has started making petaflop supercomputers that are much more energy efficient by switching to dielectric liquids for cooling. They are cutting energy usage and …

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World’s Largest 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Space startup Orbex has revealed the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. The Orbex prototype of the Stage 2 rocket is made from a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fiber and aluminium composite. It includes the world’s largest 3-D printed rocket engine. Orbex Prime launchers are up to 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other …

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SpaceX Raptor Has More Than the Power Needed for Super Heavy Booster and Starship

The SpaceX Super Heavy booster and Starship need the raptor engine to have at least 170 tons of thrust and tests have now proved more that level of thrust. This power level was achieved with warm fuel. An actual launch will freeze the fuel to cryogenic temperatures which will increase the thrust by 10 to …

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SpaceX and Boeing Have New Commercial Crew Launch Date Targets

NASA is targeting March 2 for launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon on its uncrewed Demo-1 test flight. Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test is targeted for launch no earlier than April. Extra time was needed to complete hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, and training of flight controllers and mission managers. In January, …

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Robust Plasma Propulsion Ignition System Developed for Cubesats

Purdue has created part of a new cubesat thruster which electromagnetically accelerates plasma to produce thrust. They have successfully tested the ignition system for more than 1.5 million pulses. This is a giant leap for extending the lifetime of electric propulsion systems for CubeSats. With an on-board propulsion system, CubeSats are able to achieve orbital …

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Global Waste Plastic Can be Converted to Fuel to Replace 4% of Gasoline Demand

A new chemical conversion process could change the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. Once the plastic is converted into naphtha, it can be used as a feedstock for other chemicals or further separated into specialty solvents or other products. The clean fuels derived …

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Boring Company Talks Silicon Valley Tunnel But They Should Make Cheaper Subway Tunnels

The Mayor of San Jose, California, Sam Liccardo, is in talks with Elon Musk’s Boring Company for a tunnel from the airport to Diridon Station. Mayor Sam Liccardo told reporters at City Hall that this represents a chance for the station “to grow with the city. Google is expected to build a massive campus near …

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Tesla Buys Maxwell to Eventually Nearly Triple Battery Energy Density

Maxwell Technologies has breakthrough dry battery electrode technology and ultracapacitors. Tesla has announced the purchase of Maxwell Technologies for $218 million in an all-stock deal. The Maxwell dry battery electrode technology could increase battery energy density by 50% and eventually could nearly triple energy density from current levels. The technology can also lower the cost …

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