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energyITER and Many Nuclear Fusion Startups Use Misleading Power Terms

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The Nuclear Fusion industry has been working towards various kinds of milestones in energy generation and various kinds of energy breakeven. The public only cares about the point when the fusion reactor will continually generate commercial power at a price …

colonizationGateway Foundation Simplifies What is Still an Ambitious Space Station

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Gateway Spaceport is a membership funded organization that wants to create next-generation space stations. Nextbigfuture has written about their earlier designs for an orbiting spaceport. They have made nice renderings and animations of their designs and construction methods. The Gateway …

businessBillionaire Naval Ravikant Provides Keys to Getting Rich

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Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He has invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and many others. His current net worth is over $2.2 billion. He is president of Clarium Capital and …

artificial intelligenceUS Navy Buys Four Large Robotic Submarine Drones

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The US Navy will pay Boeing $43-million to buy four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (Robotic submarine drones or XLUUVs). Boeing based its winning Orca XLUUV design on its Echo Voyager unmanned diesel-electric submersible. The 51-foot-long sub will launch …

darpaDARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

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There two main challenges for hypersonic weapons and vehicles are for engines and rockets to generate the speed and for materials that can survive at the extreme temperatures. Moving at hypersonic speeds of 5 to 25 or more times the …

newsSpaceX Starhopper and Launchpad Will Likely Be Ready for Late March Tests

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The SpaceX StarHopper is the first prototype that will test three Raptor engine. It will fly a series of hops that could start as early as the end of this month. It is cleared to fly as high as 5000 …

elon muskBurgess SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Renderings

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Charlie Burgess has created new renderings of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship. Finished rendering most of my first shots of the @SpaceX #Starship and #SuperHeavy Rocket. Had a lot of fun modelling this one! Check out higher res versions and …

spaceSpaceX Will Soon Pour Pavement for Starhopper Launchpad

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Austin Barnard reports that SpaceX will soon pour the pavement for the StarHopper Launchpad. The Starhopper should begin hop tests in March. They will test three Raptor engines with flights up to just short of 5000 meters in height. Those …

moonNASA Has New Moon Plans for mid-2020s and Will Fund Human-Rated Large Moon Landers

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NASA is planning for the launch of the first Human Lander demonstration mission in 2024. The minimum objective of this mission is to demonstrate a lunar surface landing from the Gateway with a Descent Element capable of supporting a …