Daily Archives: 22.07.2021

New Algorithm Flies Drones Faster than Human Racing Pilots

For the first time an autonomously flying quadrotor has outperformed two human pilots in a drone race. The success is based on a novel algorithm that was developed by researchers of the University of Zurich. It calculates time-optimal trajectories that fully consider the drones’ limitations. To be useful, drones need to be quick. Because of their limited battery life they ...

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Russian science lab heads for International Space Station

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated July 22 with Pirs undocking delay. A Proton rocket takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday with Russia’s Nauka science lab. Credit: Roscosmos The International Space Station is set to receive its biggest expansion in more than a decade after the launch of a Russian research lab and a European robotic arm Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome ...

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A Head Filled With Seawater: Remembering Liberty Bell 7, Six Decades On

One of the U.S. Marine Corps helicopters fruitlessly attempts to raise Liberty Bell 7 from the Atlantic Ocean. Unbeknownst to their crew, Virgil “Gus” Grissom was close to drowning. Photo Credit: NASA Sixty years ago today, America sent its second astronaut beyond the limit of Earth’s “sensible” atmosphere and into the airless ether of space. Virgil “Gus” Grissom—who went on ...

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Delivers ‘Bird’s Eye’ Views from 9th Flight, Perseverance Prepares for First Sampling

This view from Ingenuity shows the location called “Raised Ridges,” which is thought to be part of an ancient fracture system where water may have flowed underground. You can see one “foot” of the helicopter on the left side as well as the helicopter’s shadow on the ground at the bottom of the image. The newest photos were taken on ...

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Central Bank recommends insurance loyalty penalty ban

The Central Bank review into ‘differential pricing’ practices follows claims that customers were being penalised for showing loyalty to their insurers The Central Bank has recommended a ban on home and motor insurance customers being charged a loyalty penalty the longer they remain with an insurance provider, a practice known as “price walking”. However, the regulator has stopped short of ...

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