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militaryUS Space Force Will Be the Sixth Military Branch

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 officially agreed by the House and Senate will officially establish the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces. More than 180 House Democrats joined a …

imagingMapping the Living World: Soar Takes Flight

In the digital age, we’re better connected than ever before. But until now, a curious blind spot has existed in terms of how well we’re connected to the ground beneath our feet. While Google Maps ostensibly lets us view the …

elon muskSpaceX Starlink Satellites Could Cost $250,000 Each and Falcon 9 Costs Less than $30 Million

Elon Musk and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell have said that the per-satellite Starlink cost is already well below $500,000. This means that the internal cost of a Falcon 9 launch is less than $30 million. SpaceX could already have $250,000 …

spaceSpaceX Combines Florida Team With Texas Team for Faster Mk3 Starship Development

SpaceX was previously developing prototypes of the SpaceX Starship rocket and Super Heavy Booster in both Florida and Texas. SpaceX has combined the teams to work on the Mk3 Starship in Texas. SpaceX MK3 components (bulkhead) arriving at Boca… https://t.co/2fb03NQq4b …

economic impactPrior 80 years and the Next 80 Years

There is a relatively common belief and idea that we are in an age of accelerating technology. Technology is advancing and there is a good chance that various super-technology will be developed over the next 80 years. The story of …

futurePredictions For 2020 to 2100

2020 starts in 26 days. 2020 is a milestone year and those are years when people love to make long-range predictions. I, Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture, have been tracking global developments for over 40 years. I will make some long-range …

futureMach Effect Propulsion Study Proved There Is No Vibration Error

The Mach Effect Propulsion NASA NIAC study went through a lot of effort to prove there was no vibration generated errors. The entire presentation and most of the Q&A was a defense of the validity of the first test device. …

nasaMulti-Kilometer Space Telescopes and Megameter Arrays

Rigidized polymers appear to be a feasible technology to create space telescopes larger than kilometer sizes. It should be possible to make 50 meter space telescope elements in 1000 kilometer baseline space telescope arrays. The Event Horizon Telescope at 1.3 …

nasaNASA Parker Probe Finds Solar Wind Spikes to Double Speed

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has uncovered the processes that drive the solar wind – the constant outflow of hot, ionized gas that streams outward from the Sun and fills up the solar system – and how the solar wind couples …