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NASA plasma propulsion project promises Mars in a flash

donderdag 2 mei 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

System would also make it easier to transport much heavier spacecraft Engineering research outfit Howe Industries is working with NASA to develop a new plasma-based propulsion system that might help solve the problem of moving around the solar syste…

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Huawei's hidden hand in optics research competition shocks scholars

donderdag 2 mei 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

US universities awarded money from a company they had severed ties with Huawei secretly sponsored an optics technology research competition run by the Optica Foundation, and donated at least a million dollars to the organization.…

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NASA plasma propulsion project promises Mars in a flash

donderdag 2 mei 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

System would also make it easier to transport much heavier spacecraft Engineering research outfit Howe Industries is working with NASA to develop a new plasma-based propulsion system that might help solve the problem of moving around the solar syste…

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NASA solar sail boom demonstrator reaches orbit

donderdag 2 mei 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Big things come in small packages NASA's Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) mission has made contact with Earth and confirmed that all is well with the diminutive spacecraft.…

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First Ariane 6 rocket ready to assemble as Europe begins final countdown

donderdag 2 mei 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Core and boosters are on the pad ahead of June launch The European Space Agency is ready to put together the first Ariane 6 rocket, and has declared the campaign to get it into orbit is under way.…

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Novel vitrimer plastics promise greener PCBs

dinsdag 30 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Even the least recyclable part of the process could be recovered 91 percent of the time A recent study proposes that vitrimer could potentially be used for making printed circuit boards (PCBs) that are much more repairable and recyclable than the on…

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China to launch sample return mission to the far side of the Moon – maybe next week

dinsdag 30 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

And hatches 2030 plan to beat US for Mars rock retrieval China's space program will next week launch mission that aims to land on the Moon, take samples, and bring them back to Earth.…

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Hubble Space Telescope has gyro problems again

maandag 29 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

At 34, things don't seem to work how they used to The Hubble Space Telescope has celebrated the 34th anniversary of its launch in the traditional way: by entering safe mode due to an ongoing gyroscope issue.…

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NASA's Psyche hits 25 Mbps from 140 million miles away – enough for Ultra HD Netflix

maandag 29 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Laser beam comms are fast, so long as the weather cooperates NASA's optical communications demonstration has hit 25 Mbps in a test transmitting engineering data back to Earth from 140 million miles (226 million kilometers) away.…

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First Ariane 6 rocket ready to assemble as Europe begins final countdown

maandag 29 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Core and boosters are on the pad ahead of (maybe) June launch The European Space Agency is ready to put together the first Ariane 6 rocket, and has declared the campaign to get it into orbit is under way.…

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NASA's Psyche hits 25 Mbps from 140 million miles away – enough for Ultra HD Netflix

zaterdag 27 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Laser beam comms are fast, so long as the weather cooperates NASA's optical communications demonstration has hit 25 Mbps in a test transmitting engineering data back to Earth from 140 million miles (226 million kilometers) away.…

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Japan's Moon lander makes it through another lunar night

donderdag 25 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

What do we say to the God of Death? Not today Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) has woken up again, having survived three lunar nights.…

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SpaceX workplace injury rates are rocketing

dinsdag 23 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Musk outfit's figures almost 10 times worse than industry averages Workplace safety data reported to the US government for 2023 indicates that SpaceX's injury rate continues to surpass the industry average.…

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SpaceX workplace injury rates are rocketing

dinsdag 23 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Musk outfit's figures almost 10 times worse than industry averages Workplace safety data reported to the US government for 2023 indicates that SpaceX's injury rate continues to surpass the industry average.…

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SpaceX workplace injury rates rocket for second year running

dinsdag 23 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Musk outfit's figures almost 10 times worse Workplace safety data reported to the US government for 2023 indicates that SpaceX's injury rate continues to surpass the industry average.…

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Voyager 1 regains sanity after engineers patch around problematic memory

dinsdag 23 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

All from billions of miles away NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has begun returning usable engineering data after engineers devised a way to work around a damaged memory chip.…

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NASA solar sail to be Siriusly visible in orbit from Earth

maandag 22 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Look out for a new star next week Updated  NASA is to send a solar sail demonstrator into orbit next week, and there is a good chance that the sail, measuring 860 square feet (80 square meters), will be visible from Earth.…

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FAA now requires reentry vehicles to get licensed before launch

maandag 22 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Commercial operators must try Varda The US Federal Aviation Administration is updating its launch license requirements: if you're launching something designed for reentry, you'll need a license for that, too. Before you launch.…

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A knotty problem: Boffins working on fuel-efficient trajectories for space travel

zaterdag 20 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Not yet the London Underground style efficient schematic we want, but it's a start Boffins at the UK's Surrey Space Centre have devised a way of determining the optimal route for spacecraft that doesn't require the engines to burn precious fuel.…

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NASA will send astronauts to patch up leaky ISS telescope

donderdag 18 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

Thermal shield damage is screwing with daytime observations of X-ray bursts NASA is sending astronauts out to fix an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station (ISS) after the instrument developed a "light leak."…

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Mars helicopter sends final message, but will keep collecting data

donderdag 18 april 2024 inThe Register Emergent Tech (Tech News)

One last software update installed safely, reconfigured it as 'stationary testbed' NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter concluded its mission on Tuesday, sending a final signal in its role as a companion to the Perseverance Rover.…

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