Menu

Blog

Page 6297

Aug 25, 2020

How artificial intelligence can help manage fragile supply chains

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

The imbalance of supply and demand during the pandemic has caused a variety of challenges for retailers. Here’s how artificial intelligence can help.

Aug 25, 2020

Microsoft says the pandemic has changed the future of cybersecurity in these five ways

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, cybercrime/malcode

A new report from Microsoft suggests that cloud-based technologies and Zero Trust architecture will become mainstays of businesses’ cybersecurity investments going forward.

Aug 25, 2020

Russia to continue bilateral dialogue with US on all space issues

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, military, space, treaties

Spokeswoman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, said at a briefing on Thursday that Russia is ready to continue to discuss space issues with the US. This discussion should operate within the framework of a bilateral expert group, commenting on the publication of the US Space Force doctrine by the Pentagon.

“The document confirms the aggressive direction of Washington in the sphere of space, the determination to achieve military superiority up to the total dominance in space. The outer space is considered by the American side exclusively as the arena to conduct warfare,” she said. “We see an opportunity to remove mutual concerns within the framework of the Russian-American working group on space security whose first meeting took place in Vienna on July 27 and we confirm our readiness to discuss further all issues of space activities in the bilateral format,” the diplomat added. The spokeswoman drew attention to the fact that the use of space research exclusively in peaceful purposes remains a priority for Russia as well as prevention of an arms race in outer space. “As opposed to the US, we do not pursue the goals of domineering and superiority. We are interested instead in maintaining the strategic balance in order to strengthen the international security.” She referred to the Russian-Chinese treaty draft on the prevention of stationing arms in space, use of force or threats against space objects. All existing issues and contradictions on the subject of arms in space should be resolved within the framework of the Disarmament Conference, the spokeswoman stressed. According to her, Russia thoroughly analyzes the possible consequences of “Washington’s aggressive endeavors.”


Spokeswoman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, said at a briefing on Thursday that Russia is ready to continue to discuss space issues with the US. This discussion should operate within the framework of a bilateral expert group, commenting on the publication of the US Space Force doctrine by the Pentagon.

Continue reading “Russia to continue bilateral dialogue with US on all space issues” »

Aug 25, 2020

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre reviews updates on Hope Probe and strategic plans

Posted by in categories: government, space

The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, MBRSC, held a meeting chaired by Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Center, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Program. The meeting was attended by Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC, along with the members of the Board of Directors, Mohammad Abdullah Alzaffin, Mansoor Juma Buosaiba, Mohamed Saif Al Meqbaali, and others.

During the meeting, Belhoul was briefed on the reports of the MBRSC’s current projects, strategy and plans that endeavor to support the country’s strategy in the space sector and its contributions to other sectors, within the UAE’s National Space Program. Belhoul appreciated the efforts of the work done by the team at the center and the support they provided to government agencies and vital sectors in the UAE.

Stressing on the importance of the Center’s role in actively contributing to the promotion of space exploration in the UAE, he said, “Space is a competitive arena for scientific knowledge, and we are proud that the UAE is one of nine countries in the world that has an active space program. We have achieved a lot in this short span, but we have much more to accomplish. We will work towards achieving the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE to be one of the leading countries in terms of knowledge and scientific achievements.”

Aug 25, 2020

SpaceX to attempt rare on-shore Falcon 9 rocket landing this week

Posted by in category: space travel

Aug 25, 2020

An AI just designed then 3D printed a completely new form of rocket engine

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI, space travel

Unlike a traditional rocket engine, which consists of individually designed parts that are combined together the AI designed rocket engine was 3D printed as one continuous piece. This includes both the combustion chamber where fuel and oxidiser is burned and the surface channels, through which the fuel is circulated to cool the chamber and keep it from overheating.

“In a rocket, the cooling channels are generally welded onto the combustion chamber, which through wear and tear can cause errors and explosions,” explained Hyperganic’s design director Duy-Anh Pham.


For the past number of years I’ve been taking about the rise of so called Creative Machines, Artificial Intelligence (AI) based “innovation” machines, that can design and innovate things for themselves without any human intervention – things such as aircraft parts, chairs, fashion lines, interplanetary rovers, self-evolving robots, and Under Armour trainers. And now those same creative machines have made yet another leap, and again it’s another first for the space industry, after German software company Hyperganic announced they’d developed a 3D printed rocket engine prototype, which was completely designed by AI.

Continue reading “An AI just designed then 3D printed a completely new form of rocket engine” »

Aug 25, 2020

Upcoming space mission to test Purdue-developed drag sail pulling rocket back to Earth

Posted by in categories: education, space travel

Called “Spinnaker3,” this drag sail isn’t the first to be launched into space. But it is among the first to be large enough for deorbiting the upper stage of a launch vehicle. The Firefly Alpha launch will target an orbit altitude of about 200 miles, but the Spinnaker3 drag sail is capable of providing deorbit capability from orbit altitudes of 400 miles or greater.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A rocket is going up into space with a drag sail. The goal? For the drag sail to bring the rocket back to Earth, preventing it from becoming like the thousands of pieces of space junk in Earth’s lower orbit.

Continue reading “Upcoming space mission to test Purdue-developed drag sail pulling rocket back to Earth” »

Aug 25, 2020

SpaceX fires up SN6 Starship rocket prototype ahead of potential test flight

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX has fired up the latest prototype of its Starship Mars-colonizing spacecraft, keeping the vehicle on track for a possible test flight this weekend.

Aug 24, 2020

(Em)powering world peace and prosperity using astroelectricity

Posted by in categories: engineering, nuclear energy, solar power, space, sustainability

Mike Snead, P.E., president of the Spacefaring Institute, was invited to present at the Envision Humanity conference held in Portugal on 18 July 2020. This presentation was delivered via video. It addresses the world green energy needed to “globally reset” human civilization using astroelectricity (GEO space-based solar power) to achieve sustainable, prosperous living worldwide. The presentation also shows why the “Green New Deal’s” call to use terrestrial nuclear and renewable energy to replace fossil carbon fuels is not a practical solution. The presentation provides an interesting way to understand the magnitude of the engineering challenge and options available to complete this important transition to sustainable energy.

Aug 24, 2020

Ridley Scott is back to making operatic sci-fi in new Raised by Wolves trailer

Posted by in category: alien life

https://youtube.com/watch?v=VnwttF7uv1I

The first two episodes will be directed by Ridley Scott, who has a history of producing grandiose, high-concept, philosophical sci-fi (see: Prometheus and Alien Covenant) as well as treatises on religious tribalism (like in Kingdom of Heaven).


The visual spectacle aims to be a think piece on the role of faith in civilization.

Continue reading “Ridley Scott is back to making operatic sci-fi in new Raised by Wolves trailer” »