Daily Archives: 21.10.2020

Bishop Airlock cycles pre-purchased by NASA and European Space Agency

(20 October 2020 – Nanoracks) Nanoracks has announced that both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have pre-purchased Bishop Airlock Cycles for agency and third-party use. The Nanoracks Bishop Airlock, launching this Fall to the International Space Station (ISS), is the first-ever commercially built, owned, and operated airlock on the ISS and provides five times the existing payload volume ...

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Suspected criminal activity found in CB tracker probe

Derville Rowland, the Director General of Financial Conduct at the Central Bank The Director General of Financial Conduct at the Central Bank has said the bank has reported suspected criminal activity to An Garda Síochána arising from its tracker mortgage examination. However, Derville Rowland told the Joint Oireachtas Finance Committee that she was not in a position to furnish further ...

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New research centre for autonomous systems at DTU

Developing highly automated and intelligent systems. These are systems that can adapt to the environment and perform complex tasks partly or entirely without human assistance, either in cooperation with other machines or with humans. Well-known examples of autonomous systems are self-driving cars or drones used in inspection tasks. The new research area includes elements from many different scientific fields such ...

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Success! OSIRIS-REx Touches Asteroid Bennu to Collect Samples

Out in the asteroid belt, 207 million miles (334 million km) from Earth, a little spacecraft briefly touched down on the surface of Asteroid Bennu today, attempting to collect samples of dust and rocks. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spent about 10 seconds on the ancient asteroid to collect samples, slated to come back ...

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Success! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx ‘Touches’ Asteroid Bennu, Gathers Samples for Return to Earth in 2023

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx collecting a sample from Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona History was made yesterday as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully retrieve a sample of rock and dust from an asteroid, which will be later returned to Earth. It is a remarkable achievement, and scientists hope the sample will ...

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Paradigm’s SWARM950 type approved for use on Inmarsat with ST Engineering iDirect 950mp

(20 October 2020- Paradigm) Paradigm’s rugged carry-on SWARM950 terminal is now Type Approved on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, providing extreme flexibility for high throughput, secure data services around the world. The SWARM950 is powered by the PIM providing the user with higher throughputs as a result of its enhanced power offering. With its ST Engineering iDirect 950mp modem, it also ...

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C&C’s half yearly revenues sink by 55%

C&C has sold the non-core Tipperary Water Cooler business, for an initial consideration of €7.4m Drinks group C&C said that its net revenue for the six months to the end of August slumped by 55.4% to €386.7m which resulted in an operating loss of €11.7m. C&C said the outbreak of Covid-19 coincided with its financial year end, which meant that ...

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Artificial “Mini-Brains” Enable Robots to Detect “Pain” and Self-Repair

Robots that currently exist on the market typically use sensors for navigating their environment and performing different tasks. The sensors, however, do not process the data themselves, but sent it to a single processing unit. This results in the need for heavy wiring, delayed response times, and costly – let alone lengthy – maintenance and repair. To address these issues, ...

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The Oxygen Supply has Failed in the Russian Zvezda Module of the ISS. Don’t Worry, the Astronauts aren’t in Danger, but the Station is Showing its Age

In November of 1998, the first modules of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched into orbit, and the first crew arrived almost two years later. With almost twenty years of hosting astronauts from all over the world, the ISS holds the record for the longest continuous human presence in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). After all that time, the ISS ...

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