Daily Archives: 01.02.2021

‘Comm Check’: Remembering Columbia’s Final Flight Home, OTD in 2003

Columbia rose to orbit on 16 January 2003. Photo Credit: NASA For 16 days in January 2003, the seven men and women of shuttle Columbia’s STS-107 crew—Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Mission Specialists Dave Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Mike Anderson and Laurel Clark and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon of Israel—worked around-the-clock to complete 80 scientific experiments spanning a variety of ...

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Mediafly Raises $25M To Help Companies Sell More

Mediafly secured a $25 million growth round as it looks to take on Highspot and Seismic in the sales-enablement arena. Investors in the round included Boathouse Capital providing equity and Sterling National Bank providing senior debt. The Chicago-based company — whose customers include PepsiCo and Disney — helps companies create custom and interactive sales pitch decks and other presentations. Carson ...

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SwingBot: Learning Physical Features from In-hand Tactile Exploration for Dynamic Swing-up Manipulation

In order to successfully manipulate physical objects, robots need to deduce their physical properties. Vision-based methods require structured environments and have limited applications in real-world scenarios. A recent paper suggests employing tactile sensing to infer the physical parameters of an unknown object. Image Credit: NASA Firstly, two in-hand exploration actions are performed: tilting and shaking. Information from both actions is ...

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Engineers analyze failure on SiriusXM satellite launched from Florida last month

Artist’s illustration of the SXM 7 satellite with its solar panels and S-band antenna deployed. Credit: Maxar Ground teams are evaluating a payload failure on a Maxar-built SiriusXM radio broadcasting satellite that launched from Cape Canaveral in December on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said Wednesday. SiriusXM and Maxar officials did not disclose the cause of the problem with ...

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‘We Gave It Away’: Remembering the Unhappy Flight of Ham the Chimp, 60 Years On

Sixty years ago today, on 31 January 1961, a young chimpanzee named “Ham” was launched into space aboard a tiny Mercury capsule. His suborbital flight, lasting only 16 minutes, was meant to clear the final hurdles before the launch of the United States’ first astronaut, Alan Shepard, later that spring. Video Credit: Smithsonian Channel/YouTube It was hoped that America would ...

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January freight traffic up 45% at Rosslare Europort

The new regime requiring hauliers leaving for France to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test is reported to be going relatively smoothly Rosslare Europort has reported a 45% jump in freight traffic during January compared to the same period last year. UK traffic is down 49% for the month, but European freight is up by 446% year-on-year, with “unprecedented demand” ...

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Iceland is a Similar Environment to Ancient Mars

Mars is often referred to as “Earth’s Twin” because of the similarities the two planets have. In fact, Mars is ranked as the second most-habitable planet in the Solar System behind Earth. And yet, ongoing studies have revealed that at one time, our two planets had even more in common. In fact, a recent study showed that at one time, ...

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