Tag Archives: Space

The ISS is Getting the Most Powerful Computer Ever Sent to Space

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When SpaceX’s next mission launches on August 14, it won’t just be carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has partnered with HP to perform a long-term experiment on how high-end, modern computers will perform in space compared with on Earth. Space, as you may or may not know, is absolutely murder on electronics. Cosmic rays are sufficiently plentiful that astronauts since the 1960s have reported seeing flashes of light when their eyes ...

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SpaceX to launch most powerful computer ever sent to space station

Watch SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket make a flawless landing A SpaceX rocket is ready to deliver one of the most high-tech payloads ever to the International Space Station. When the Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on Monday, one of the items on board will be a supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise(HPE, Tech30), dubbed the “Spaceborne Computer.” If it works, it could be the most powerful commercial, off-the-shelf computer ever to operate in space. Astronauts aboard the space station already have a bunch of devices you’d find at your local ...

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You Can Now Visit the International Space Station in Google Street View

Google has added Street View images to a great number of unusual places on Earth from historical sites to remote islands. Now, it’s getting Street View data for a place where there are no streets — the International Space Station. With the help of the station’s crew, Google has rolled out an interactive version of the station in Google Maps, which you can explore right now. Getting Street View data for the ISS proved to be more of a challenge than the team had originally expected. On Earth, Street View ...

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NASA Reveals Eerie Whistling Electron Waves from Space

There is no sound in space, at least not the kind of sound we as humans can detect. There is, however, something akin to sound if you have the right tools to listen to it. NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center does, in the form of the Van Allen probes. This pair of robotic spacecraft have been in orbit of Earth for almost five years, sending back data on the electromagnetic and radiological conditions in space. The agency has released a number of audio recordings generated by plasma wave data from the ...

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Photon Teleported Between Earth and Space for the First Time

Quantum entanglement is one of the most counter-intuitive and perplexing effects in modern physics. Two objects can be separated by great distances, yet they share the same quantum states. Famed physicist Albert Einstein once described the process of affecting an object in this way as “spooky action at a distance,” and a team of Chinese scientists just took spooky into space. For the first time, quantum “teleportation” has been demonstrated between Earth and an object in space. China launched its Micius research satellite last year to study the limits of ...

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Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, to bring hundreds of jobs to Alabama

See how Blue Origin’s new rocket will fly Jeff Bezos is going to build rockets in Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey said on Monday that Blue Origin, Bezos’ private spaceflight company, will build a facility in Huntsvilleto manufacture BE-4 rocket engines. The decision “helps cement Alabama as the preferred destination for the aerospace industry,” Ivey said. The 200,000 square foot plant will create up to 342 new manufacturing jobs. Blue Origin will make about $ 200 million in capital investments in Alabama, according to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.Ivey said the new ...

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E3 2017: Multiplayer Shooter “Space Junkies” Coming To VR From Ubisoft

Today during Ubisoft’s E3 briefing, the company officially announced Space Junkies, a new virtual reality game from Ubisoft Montpellier. A jetpack-based shooter, Space Junkies is set in space where you have 360-degree freedom of movement. It supports 1v1 or 2v2 gameplay. The game will be available on Oculus Rift (with Touch controller support) and HTC Vive, and is scheduled to launch in Spring 2018. “Space Junkies is for VR players who are looking for something new and insane and that will get their competitive juices flowing,” Ubisoft Montpellier producer Adrian ...

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This Adorable Little Rocket Just Reached Space for the First Time

Most commercial rockets have a carbo capacity measured in tons, but the new Electron launch vehicle from Rocket Lab is designed for lighter duty. This rocket can haul just 150 kg (331 pounds) into orbit, but it’s cheap and small — really, look how cute and little it is. Rocket Lab is still working out the kinks with the Electron, but it successfully launched the first rocket from its New Zealand facility today. There was no payload and the rocket didn’t quite reach orbit, but the company is still calling ...

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This Week in Space: From Paranal to Proxima B

We won’t know if Proxima b is habitable until we can get some sharp telescopes pointed straight at it, which doesn’t happen until next year. But until then, everyone’s an armchair astronomer, speculating about the little red dot. What if it’s habitable? It lies within the habitable radius around its star. If it has an atmosphere, it could even support life. A team of scientists based in the UK has been running models to see what they can tease out of the data we currently have on Proxima b, and ...

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This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets

Buzz Aldrin wants NASA to privatize LEO and retire the ISS. At the 2017 Humans to Mars conference, according to Space.com, Aldrin remarked that “We must retire the ISS as soon as possible…We simply cannot afford $ 3.5 billion a year of that cost.” Aldrin’s plan for Mars is heavily dependent on “cyclers,” shuttle orbits between Earth and Mars that could enable the regular transport of cargo and crew between a Mars colony and Earth. But PCMag points out that the ISS is funded through 2024, so Aldrin’s vision isn’t ...

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