Daily Archives: 02.04.2021

OHB Sweden signs Launch Service Agreement with Rocket Factory Augsburg

(31 March 2021 – RFA) OHB Sweden, subsidiary of space and technology group OHB SE, has signed a contract for a dedicated launch with Germany-based launch service provider, Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), for an upcoming mission scheduled for mid-2024. (courtesy: RFA) “OHB Sweden and Rocket Factory share a common philosophy to provide the highest quality and reliability at the lowest ...

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Even Without a Brain, This Metal-eating Robot Can Search for Food

When it comes to powering mobile robots, batteries present a problematic paradox: the more energy they contain, the more they weigh, and thus the more energy the robot needs to move. Energy harvesters, like solar panels, might work for some applications, but they don’t deliver power quickly or consistently enough for sustained travel. The “metal-eating” robot can follow a metal ...

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Cut to incentive scheme for some electric, hybrid cars

Ireland’s electric car infrastructure is improving, and more cars are being sold, but the Government’s aim of having 1m on the roads by 2030 seem unlikely The Department of Transport is to cut the grants available to some electric cars – capping the price of vehicles that qualify, and reducing the incentive for plug-in hybrids. At the moment full electric ...

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There are Ocean Currents Under the ice on Enceladus

Underneath its shell of ice, the globe-spanning ocean of Enceladus isn’t sitting still. Instead, it might possibly host massive ocean currents, driven by changes in salinity. Ocean world By all rights, the tiny world of Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, shouldn’t be this interesting. It’s no more than 1/7th the width of our own Moon and has a surface ...

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China’s Tianwen 1 mission targets mid-May landing on Mars

China’s Tianwen 1 orbiter took this picture of Mars on March 18 from a distance of approximately 7,100 miles (11,500 kilometers). Credit: CNSA China’s Tianwen 1 spacecraft — in orbit around Mars since February — is scheduled to deploy a descent module to attempt the country’s first landing on the Red Planet in mid-May. Officials plan to share the Mars ...

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Sierra Nevada Corp. Announces Plans for Inflatable Commercial Space Station

Artist’s concept of the Large Inflatable Fabric Environment (LIFE) Habitat as part of a Deep Space Habitat (DSH) concept in lunar orbit. Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp. As it gears up for the initial test flight of its Dream Chaser spaceplane to the International Space Station (ISS) sometime next year, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has outlined plans to develop an ...

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