Daily Archives: 15.01.2021

A Robot Made of Ice Could Adapt and Repair Itself on Other Worlds

Some of the most tantalizing targets in space exploration are frozen ice worlds. Take Jupiter’s moon Europa for instance. Its warm salty subsurface ocean is buried under a moon-wide sheet of ice. What’s the best way to explore it? Maybe an ice robot could play a role. Though the world’s space agencies—especially NASA—are getting better and better at building robots ...

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French wine, live rodents among 2 tons of cargo returned from space station

SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft departs the International Space Station Tuesday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now A SpaceX Cargo Dragon capsule parachuted to an on-target splashdown Wednesday night west of Tampa, returning more than two tons of experiment specimens from the International Space Station, including live rodents and a dozen bottles of space-aged French wine. The commercial supply ship, flying on autopilot, ...

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National Team Blazes New Trail from Apollo to Human Landing System (HLS)

Artist’s concept of the Human Landing System (HLS). Image Credit: Blue Origin National Team As NASA works to formally “down-select” its Human Landing System (HLS) industrial teams from three to two later this spring, one of those teams—the “National Team”, led by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and including Northrop Grumman Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Draper Laboratory—presented the current state ...

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SIMBA Chain secures $1.5 million Navy contract for blockchain demand sensing

SIMBA Chain, an Indiana-based blockchain technology provider, has been awarded a $1.5 million contract from the US Office of Navy Research to ‘design and build a blockchain solution to enable demand sensing.’ The contract, which falls under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II branch, will see SIMBA Chain develop a demand sensing solution for the Defense Logistics Agency. ...

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NASA Has Given Up on Trying to Deploy InSight’s Mole

It’s always a sad day when a mission comes to an end. And it’s even sadder when the mission never really got going in the first place. That’s where we’re at with NASA’s InSight lander. The entire mission isn’t over, but the so-called Mole, the instrument designed and built by Germany’s DLR, has been pronounced dead. The Mole is, of course, the Heat ...

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Crypto M&A Growth Shows How Fast Sector Is Maturing

Source: Adobe/o_du_van A new report has concluded that increased M&A activity this year could prove just how quickly the crypto industry has matured – and how rapidly mainstream companies are becoming infatuated with this fledgling business sector. These were the findings of a review and outlook report from the Spartan Group, an Asia-based blockchain advisory firm established by three former ...

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EU project to develop new experts in flying robots

Under the auspices of a major new EU project, 15 young researchers are to be trained to develop drones for small flying robots that can maintain wind turbines, bridges, and other important infrastructure.  Over the next three years, a total of 15 PhD students will be trained to develop intelligent flying robots through a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. ...

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As CRS-21 Dragon Splashes Down, Next U.S. Cargo Mission Gears Up for February Launch

The CRS-21 Dragon is here pictured docked to International Docking Adapter (IDA)-3 on the International Space Station (ISS) last week. The pressurized logistics module of Japan’s Kibo lab is visible at right. Photo Credit: NASA After almost six weeks in orbit, SpaceX’s CRS-21 Dragon spacecraft returned smoothly to Earth last night, wrapping up the second of up to seven U.S. ...

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Webflow Raises $140M, Hits $2.1B Valuation

Webflow secured a $140 million Series B after it doubled its customer base last year, raising its valuation to $2.1 billion. The round was led by returning investors Accel and Silversmith, and included participation from new investor CapitalG and all existing investors. The San Francisco-based company allows users to build and design websites without coding. The company—with customers ranging in ...

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