Daily Archives: 31.01.2021

Ball Aerospace completes integration of NASA’s IXPE observatory, begins testing

(29 January 2021 – Ball Aerospace) Ball Aerospace recently completed the spacecraft and payload assembly integration of NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) space-based astrophysics observatory at its Boulder, Colo. facility. Ball will now begin environmental testing of the integrated observatory, which includes all instruments and the spacecraft bus. Scheduled to launch later this year, once on orbit, IXPE will ...

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A K-shaped VC Market: Is The Era Of 10-20x Revenue Multiples Here To Stay?

By Olav Ostin Historically, recessions have been discussed in terms of a V-shape—a sharp decline in output followed rapidly by an equally rapid recovery—or a U-shape, where a longer slowdown occurs before a steep uplift, or variations thereof (think Sir Martin Sorrell’s bathtub-shaped prediction from 2001). This time, as the world surveys the economic wreckage of the pandemic, there is ...

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Acoustic Communication and Sensing for Inflatable Modular Soft Robots

Modular soft robots, which take inspiration from biological systems, combine the advantages of soft robots and modular robots. However, there is a lack of suitable methods for communication and sensing of them. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes to use the acoustic signal for these tasks. Soundwave. Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay, free licence It gets inspiration from the use of ...

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Multi-National Crew-2 Gears Up for 20 April Launch to Space Station

Crew-2 astronauts (from left) Thomas Pesquet, Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough and Aki Hoshide will launch aboard Dragon Endeavour no sooner than 20 April. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter NASA and SpaceX are targeting no sooner than 20 April for the launch of Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Thomas ...

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2020 Ties for the Hottest Year on Record

According to multiple sources – which includes NASA, the NOAA, the Berkeley Earth research group, and the Met Office Hadley Centre (UK) – global temperatures over the past few years have been some of the hottest on record. This is the direct result of anthropogenic factors like overpopulation, urbanization, deforestation, and increased greenhouse gas emissions (like carbon dioxide and methane). ...

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China launches military spy satellite trio into orbit

A Chinese Long March 4C rocked launched Friday with three Yaogan 31 military surveillance satellites. Credit: Xinhua China launched three Yaogan military satellites Friday on a Long March 4C rocket, adding to a fleet of spacecraft independent analysts believe are designed to spy on naval forces. The three Yaogan 31-series satellites lifted off aboard a three-stage, liquid-fueled Long March 4C ...

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