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energySolar Drape Concept Would Take Advantage of Lower Gravity On The Moon

Doug Plata has proposed a solar drape concept for the moon. The moon has no wind and has one-sixth Earth gravity. A large robotic rover would place telescoping towers on the moon and thin-film solar cells that are like drapes …

energyMoon Colonization is Over 72 Times Easier Than Mars Colonization

Mars has a launch window every 26-months. The round trip travel time to the moon is about 11 days. This means that you could send 72 round trips to the moon for every launch window to Mars. Doug Plata has …

futureAccion Systems Ion Thruster Chips Gets $11 Million in Funding

Accion Systems technology is built around a thruster chip architecture. Each chip houses hundreds of microscopic emitters that produce beams of ions generated from our novel propellant source: ionic liquid. They plan to eventually scale to millions of emitters per …

diseaseUpdates on the Race for Coronavirus Vaccines and Treatments

1. U.S.-based biotech Gilead, known for its HIV and hepatitis C treatments, has partnered with Beijing’s China-Japan Friendship Hospital to test out an antiviral drug called remdesivir in actual humans in Wuhan, the apparent origin site of the coronavirus outbreak. …

nasaNASA Developing Robots to Enable Assembly of Solar Arrays on the Moon

The NASA Assemblers project is a recently awarded Early Career Initiative (ECI) proposal led out of NASA’s Langley Research Center, seeks to advance the technology, including hardware and software, that would allow autonomous in-space assembly, a critical technology for future …

constructionAssembly and Manufacturing in Space

NASA has awarded a $142 million contract to Maxar Technologies of Westminster, Colorado,to robotically assemble a communications antenna and manufacture a spacecraft beam in orbit. The technology demonstration is slated to take place on NASA’s Restore-L spacecraft, designed to service …

batteriesTesla Surged on China Battery Deal and Rapidly Scaling to Huge China Sales

China’s top electric vehicle battery maker CATL (300750.SZ) said on Monday it has signed a battery supply agreement with Tesla. Tesla will buy as many batteries as Tesla chooses between July 2020 and June 2022. In the Q4 conference call, …

spaceSpaceX Droneship After Hard Landing of a Booster

The third landing of the B1051 booster was a hard landing but it was just within the safety margins the crush cores provide. The fall might have been caused by the drone being at the bottom of a swell or …

air forceAs Expected B-21 Stealth Bomber Looks Similar to B-2 Bomber

The US Air Force and Northrop Grumman have published photorealistic renderings of new concepts for the next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21. The B-21 was expected to reach IOC (initial operating capability) in the mid-2020s but there was a recent statement …

electric carsArk Invest Gives Tesla 25% Chance of Being Worth Over $3 Trillion by 2024

Ark Invest has over $11 billion under management and they are huge Tesla bulls. Ark has a new analysis that projects Tesla could have a $7000 per share value by 2024 which would mean the whole company would be worth …