Daily Archives: 05.08.2021

RAIN: Reinforced Hybrid Attention Inference Network for Motion Forecasting

Motion forecasting is a task defined as the prediction of future states or trajectories based on historical observations. However, sometimes not all the information is relevant to the forecasting. For example, a vehicle must pay attention only to traffic participants interacting or having a conflict with itself. In such cases, the hard attention mechanism, which only pays attention to the ...

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China launches Tianhui military mapping satellite

A Long March 2D rocket lifts off with the Tianhui 1-04 spacecraft. Credit: Xinhua China successfully launched a Long March 2D rocket July 29 with a Tianhui military satellite on a mission to collect data for maps and land surveys. China’s largest state-owned space program contractor said the Tianhui 1-04 satellite launched at 0401 GMT (12:01 a.m. EDT) on July ...

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A Very Unique Place: Remembering the First Deep-Space EVA, Five Decades On

Al Worden clambers over the exterior of the Service Module (SM) on 5 August 1971 in humanity’s first trans-Earth EVA. Photo Credit: NASA Fifty years ago today, a fully suited astronaut poked his helmeted head out the side hatch of the Command Module “Endeavour”, into an environment like no other. Al Worden, one of three crew members on Apollo 15—our ...

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Two Spacecraft are Flying Past Venus, Just 33 Hours Apart

When Longfellow wrote about “ships passing in the night” back in 1863, he probably wasn’t thinking about satellites passing near Venus.  He probably also wouldn’t have considered 575,000 km separation as “passing”, but on the scale of interplanetary exploration, it might as well be.  And passing is exactly what two satellites will be doing near Venus in the next few ...

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Record VAT receipts contribute to lowering the deficit

VAT receipts were €354 million or 16.7% higher than expected due to what’s described as a ‘strong recovery in consumer spending’ Record VAT receipts helped shrink the deficit in the public finances last month, according to the latest figures from the Department of Finance. An Exchequer deficit of €5.746 billion was recorded to the end of July. This is an ...

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