Daily Archives: 06.01.2021

Japan to Launch ‘Wooden Satellite’ in 2023

What a proposed wooden satellite could (and could not) accomplish. A strange satellite proposal made at the end of 2020 by a Japanese company had many space pundits scratching their heads into 2021. The proposal came out of Kyoto University in partnership with Sumitomo Forestry in Japan, though most of the information on the project comes from a BBC post ...

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NG-14 Cygnus Departs Space Station, Two Weeks of Autonomous Fire Safety, Tech Experiments Ahead

The NG-14 Cygnus cargo ship, named in honor of STS-107 hero Kalpana “K.C.” Chawla, departed the International Space Station (ISS) early Wednesday. Photo Credit: NASA Northrop Grumman Corp.’s NG-14 Cygnus cargo ship has entered the homestretch of its multi-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS), following a picture-perfect unberthing and departure on Wednesday morning. Physical separation of the spacecraft—which ...

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Bitcoin Jumps From USD 20K to USD 33K In Two Weeks

Source: Adobe/Fox_Dsign On the eve of its 12th birthday, the most popular cryptocurrency, bitcoin (BTC), surpassed another milestone, jumping above the USD 30,000 level just a bit more than in two weeks after it returned to USD 20,000. Moreover, in a matter of hours, it hit USD 33,000. (Updated at 19:38 UTC with the latest price data. Updated at 19:45 ...

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The Briefing: Amazon Buys Wondery, Fluence Raises $125M For Energy Storage, 23AndMe Gets $82.5M, And More

Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know. Amazon to buy podcast company Wondery Amazon said Wednesday that it’s buying Wondery, a subscription podcast platform, for an undisclosed sum. The Wall Street Journal had reported earlier this month that an acquisition ...

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Photos: Soyuz launches French military satellite

Check out imagery from Arianespace and the French space agency showing the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket Dec. 29 from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz ST-A rocket and Fregat upper stage delivered the French military’s CSO 2 optical reconnaissance satellite to an orbit around 300 miles (480 kilometers) above Earth after blasting off from the ...

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LOCUS: A Multi-Sensor Lidar-Centric Solution for High-Precision Odometry and 3D Mapping in Real-Time

Accurate and reliable odometry (the estimation of robot movement) is essential in autonomous robotic behaviors. Currently, LiDAR sensors are used to provide high-fidelity, long-range 3D measurements. However, they can struggle in difficult settings, like in the presence of fog, dust, and smoke, or the lack of prominent perceptual features. Image credit: BrokenSphere via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 A recent study ...

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General Government deficit of €19bn for 2020 expected

New figures show that a General Government deficit of €19 billion is expected for 2020 The Minister for Finance has said he believes the level of financial support provided in the Budget will be sufficient to cope with the ongoing effect of Covid-19. Paschal Donohoe’s comments were echoed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath at a ...

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As Critical Mission Element Passes Review, Next Landsat Prepares to Shine

Northrop Grumman Corp. technicians work on the completion of Landsat 9. Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman Corp. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are only months away from the launch of the long-awaited Landsat 9 mission, following the recent completion of Design Status Review 3. This third and final design review of the combined Landsat 9 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle ...

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Astronomers set a new Record and Find the Farthest Galaxy. Its Light Took 13.4 Billion Years to Reach us

Since time immemorial, philosophers and scholars have contemplated the beginning of time and even tried to determine when all things began. It’s only been in the age of modern astronomy that we’ve come close to answering that question with a fair degree of certainty. According to the most widely-accepted cosmological models, the Universe began with the Bang Bang roughly 13.8 ...

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Ford says blockchain and ‘dynamic geofencing’ can improve city air quality

A new study from Ford has argued blockchain technologies can help with hybrid electric vehicles for cleaner air in urban centres. The pan-European research collated more than 400,000 kilometres of data through Ford Transit and Tourneo PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) across three countries. In Cologne, a municipal fleet trial aimed to show how blockchain can complement geofencing – location-based ...

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