Posts Tagged 'orbit'

SanDisk Cruzer Orbit Runs Circles Around Other Flash Drives

Flash drives are useful, and I always keep one on me in case I need to transfer files, but they are getting so tiny these days that they are easy to lose. I’ve probably lost about four myself, just because they were so small. This flash drive uses a simple system so that you won’t lose it quite so easily, unless you’re the kind of person who constantly loses their keys.

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Billionaires and Futurists Plan Space Missions to Mine Asteroids for Metals

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It’s been long thought, especially in science-fiction, that once Earth’s dwindling metallic resources dry up, the human race would look to the stars for precious metals. While this has been posited for decades in science-fiction literature, this is the first time that futurists are actually planning missions to harvest asteroids from space for metals.

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Skydiver Baumgartner Makes Jump From 13 Miles Above Earth’s Surface

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The daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner rode a pressurized capsule to an altitude of 71,580 feet, about 13.5 miles, situated in the stratosphere, and jumped off. Baumgartner reached speeds of 364.4 mph, 534 feet per second, during his freefall that lasted 3:43.

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Obayashi’s Space Elevator to Be Operational by 2050

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The holy grail of getting into orbit has always been the ultimate development of space elevators, long, thin strands that could ferry passengers and cargo into orbit at minimal expenditure. Now a Japanese company, Obayashi Corp, specializing in engineering and construction, announced that it aims to complete a space elevator by 2050.

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Masten Space’s Xombie Rocket Uses Draper Labs GENIE in Recent Launch

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Private spaceflight company Masten Space’s XA-01.B rocket, which they have dubbed Xombie for short, was recently launched and it included Draper Laboratory’s GENIE system. Draper Laboratory created the guidance computer for the Apollo program and their latest system also performed well, during this test launch.

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ESA’s Vega Rocket Has Launched on Its Maiden Voyage, Carries 9 Satellites

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As of 7AM (10:00 GMT), the European Space Agency’s new Vega rocket has successfully launched on Monday, February 13th from Kourou, French Guyana, off the northern coast of South America. While Vega isn’t gigantic, it promises to be twice as effective as similar-sized rockets. The maiden voyage includes 9 satellites to deliver into orbit, including LARES, the frame-dragging measurement satellite.

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Bloon Balloon: A New Way to Get Into Orbit

I was pretty disappointed that when NASA’s space shuttle program (STS) was shut down, they didn’t have a replacement ready to go. The replacement was actually canceled last October due to budgetary constraints. Nevertheless, check out this ingenious way to get into space, using a balloon instead of a rocket, so going into space won’t be as rough as you first imagined.

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