Daily Archives: 27.01.2021

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission plans for May asteroid departure

(26 January 2021 – NASA) On May 10, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will say farewell to asteroid Bennu and begin its journey back to Earth. During its Oct. 20, 2020, sample collection event, the spacecraft collected a substantial amount of material from Bennu’s surface, likely exceeding the mission’s requirement of 2 ounces (60 ...

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Contactless payments topped a record €1bn last December

Everyday we are spending more than €36 million using contactless payments Irish consumers are tapping their payment cards more than ever. Last December spending using contactless payments topped €1 billion for the first time ever. In the last three months of last year, contactless payments increased 60% year on year, partly due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and also Christmas ...

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Starliner test flight next on ULA’s launch schedule after military mission delay

The Starliner crew module for the unpiloted Orbital Flight Test-2 mission was mated to its service module Jan. 14 inside the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Boeing/John Proferes The U.S. Space Force has decided to delay the planned late February launch of two military satellites aboard a ULA Atlas 5 rocket ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №16

Looks like business activity has returned to its normal level and we can observe like people are making their fateful decisions on the way to a better future. Here fits the quote of Chris Grosser – “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” So, let’s create them. Jeff Newell – 01’21 has left the “Orbital Effects (ex. R2Space)”, he was Vice ...

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SmartArm: robotic surgical system performs suturing on neonatal chest model

The current use of robotic surgeries is confined mainly to adult patients. The reason is purely physical: in infants, the available ‘workspace’ is very small, which limits the use of current automated surgical techniques. A recent study published on arXiv.org aimed to analyze the feasibility of using currently available robotic systems to perform such operations in neonatal settings. The experimental ...

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Veteran ISS Commanders Prepare for First Private AxiomSpace Mission

The crew for AxiomSpace’s Ax-1 mission, targeted to fly no sooner than January 2022, are (from left) Mike Lopez-Alegria, Mark Pathy, Larry Connor and Eytan Stibbe. Photo Credit: AxiomSpace Two former International Space Station (ISS) commanders, with a combined 2.5 years’ worth of space-time and 20 sessions of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) between them, have been named to begin dedicated training ...

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Strategy Session: Stanford Alums Create Reaction To Tackle Global Problems

Strategy Session is a feature for Crunchbase News where we ask venture capital firms five questions about their investment strategies. Reaction’s mission is pretty simple: Improve a billion lives, within a decade, by democratizing technology that will change the world. The venture capital fund, founded in 2019, is owned and operated by 150 founding partners and Stanford Business alumni in ...

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Inmarsat to provide satellite connectivity for UK’s first zero carbon regional air transport network

(25 January 2021 – Inmarsat) Inmarsat today announced its participation in a ground-breaking new initiative funded by the UK Government to develop the country’s first automated, zero carbon regional air transportation network. Project HEART (Hydrogen Electric and Automated Regional Transportation) will develop hydrogen powered, automated and remote piloting solutions for small aircraft carrying between 9 and 19 passengers, travelling ‘short ...

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