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Ask the Captain: Automation in aviation

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Is over-reliance on automation increasing the number of commercial airline accidents?
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Scottish baby box pilot scheme launched

Scottish baby box pilot scheme launched | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

"All newborn children in Scotland will receive the boxes by the summer following a three-month pilot. The boxes include clothing, bedding and toys and are based on a project that has been running in Finland since 1938 to give all children an equal start."


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Just before World War II, the Finnish government provided boxes filled with material goods to expectant mothers with the hopes of improving infant mortality rates, pre-natal care, and promoting good parenting.  The baby box was born and not surprisingly, Finland has the best infant mortality rates in the world.  Now Scotland is implementing a similar program as this idea is has diffusing around the world.       

 

Tags: FinlandUK medical, population, demographic transition model, unit 2 population.

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SpaceX adopts lessons learned from multiple booster landings

SpaceX adopts lessons learned from multiple booster landings | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

SpaceX founder Elon Musk's daring dream of rocket recycling and reusability is getting closer and closer to reality with each passing day. After a breathtaking series of experimental flight tests aimed at safely landing the firms spent Falcon 9 first stages on land and at sea over the past half year the bold effort achieved another major milestone by just completing the first full duration test firing of one of those landed boosters.

On Thursday, July 28, SpaceX engineers successful conducted a full duration static engine test firing of the 156-foot-tall (47-meter) recovered Falcon 9 first stage booster while held down on a test stand at the company's rocket development test facility in McGregor, Texas.


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How Elon Musk Topped Even Himself in 2015

How Elon Musk Topped Even Himself in 2015 | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

When Elon Musk was named Inc.'s Entrepreneur of the Year back in 2007, he was a fresh-faced 36-year-old still best known to the general public as the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal. SpaceX had launched two rockets; Tesla had sold a total of 600 cars.
 

Musk's ambitions were huge, though, and it was clear he had the brains and capital to make them a reality. And while one can argue he's deserved the award practically every year since, in 2015, Musk went downright nuclear. Not only did his name become a verb, but his status vaulted from star entrepreneur to legend as well.


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SpaceX Reflects on Sept. 11 Anniversary (Photo)

SpaceX Reflects on Sept. 11 Anniversary (Photo) | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

 

SpaceX took a moment from preparing for its first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California to fly an American flag from its launch tower to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

 


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What SpaceX Can Teach Us About Cost Innovation

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Earlier this week, the space-transport start-up SpaceX had its most successful launch test yet with Grasshopper, the first fully and rapidly reusable rocket. This is the latest step in the company's journey to dramatically reduce the cost of space travel, and follows the first private resupply of the International Space Station with the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft last fall.

 

Initially when the start-up's founder, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, looked at the space industry, he faced a quandary about where to innovate, given the restrictions and mandatory performance criteria for space travel. Musk quickly zeroed in on the one area ripe for innovation: cost reduction. He gathered a team with a wide cross-section of expertise and put them to work at trimming the fat.

 

 


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ROCKY BRUCE's comment, April 30, 2013 2:52 AM
Maybe it's time for a rest. Try some deep breathing exercises. We all are entitled to an opinion.!
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You are entitled to an opinion. Even if you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
ROCKY BRUCE's comment, April 30, 2013 9:11 PM
Great. Thanks for the chat.
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Astronauts4Hire: Happy Holidays from A4H

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Reflecting back upon 2012, I am impressed by the strides Astronauts4Hire has made to firmly establish itself as an important leader in the commercial spaceflight industry. Our primary mission is to build the next generation astronaut workforce by providing skills training, networking, and other professional development opportunities to aspiring commercial astronauts. As a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, we rely upon the volunteer efforts of our members, generosity of our sponsors, and collaboration with our partners to meet our goals. With your help, we have achieved a lot in the past year, including:


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SpaceX Awarded Two EELV-Class Missions From the United States Air Force

SpaceX Awarded Two EELV-Class Missions From the United States Air Force | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

Congratulations to SpaceX and the Falcon Rocket!!

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Sandy exposes space shuttle Enterprise

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In the midst of flooding, power outages and significant damages in New York City as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the space shuttle Enterprise appears to have been uncovered.
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How to Tame Dragon

After successfully capturing and berthing Dragon on October 11, 2012 as part of the SpaceX CRS-1 cargo resupply mission, astronauts onboard the International...
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First Hop Test Of SpaceX VTVL Rocket - Zero-G News

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SpaceX - Updates

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On Thursday, August 23, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited SpaceX's main hangar at Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, FL to announce that SpaceX has officially entered NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program.

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William Shatner Narrates Highlights of Curiosity's Mission | Moonandback

William Shatner Narrates Highlights of Curiosity's Mission | Moonandback | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
Star Trek star and NASA enthusiast, William Shatner describes what the rover will do and, hopefully, achieve now that it's safely on the Red Planet.
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Startup Arterys wins FDA clearance for AI-assisted cardiac imaging system

Startup Arterys wins FDA clearance for AI-assisted cardiac imaging system | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
Arterys Inc.’s Cardio DL program applies artificial intelligence to automate tasks that radiologists have been performing manually.
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Mathematicians Are Building a Unified Theory of Geometric Randomness

Mathematicians Are Building a Unified Theory of Geometric Randomness | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
Researchers have uncovered deep connections among different types of random objects, illuminating hidden geometric structures.
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Photo: An Air France Boeing 777-300 landing in Paris

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An Air France Boeing 777-300 landing in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
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The Next Human Spacecraft, C/O SpaceX and Elon Musk - The Slatest (blog)

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In a press conference last night, Elon Musk, CEO of the private space company SpaceX, unveiled the new Dragon V2, the company's next-generation crewed space vehicle.
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Comparison of orbital launch systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page exposes the full list of orbital launch systems. For the short simple list of launchers families, see Comparison of orbital launchers families.

Orbital launch systems are rockets and other systems capable of placing payloads into or beyond Earth orbit.

Legend for orbit abbreviations in table:

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Notice that despite a long flight history the Delta and Atlas systems are among the most expensive per Kg to LEO.


Atlas V 401      $13,812 US/Kg to LEO

Delta IV-H        $13,072    "

Falcon 9 v1.0  $5,359      "

Falcon 9 v1.1  $4,109      "


And all this before reuse-ability reduces the numbers considerably to perhaps 10% of above.  

 

Falcon Rockets are what SpaceX are using. Certainly cost effective for many tests and launches.

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SpaceX’s entry into $70 billion U.S. launch market draws Lockheed jab

SpaceX’s entry into $70 billion U.S. launch market draws Lockheed jab | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies, led by billionaire Elon Musk, is poised to break into the U.S. military’s $70 billion launch market after winning its first missions from the Pentagon.

 

The Defense Department on Nov. 27 directed the Air Force to end a launch monopoly held by the government’s two biggest contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. A week later, the service awarded the trial missions to Musk’s firm, known as SpaceX.

 

The Lockheed-Boeing venture has had a lock on the business for six years. SpaceX, which recently showed it could fly to the international space station, now has the opportunity to prove that its rockets are capable of launching satellites serving Pentagon planners, ground troops and the nation’s spies.

 

“The one market they have really yet to crack so far is the military launch market,’’ said Jeffrey Foust, a senior analyst at Futron, a technology consulting firm based in Bethesda. “They’re just starting to do that now.”

 


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MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism

MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage.

 

Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called long-range entanglement, which could lead to new types of communications systems, and more.

 

Generally, when we talk about magnetism’s role in the realm of technology, there are just two types: Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism. Ferromagnetism has been known about for centuries, and is the underlying force behind your compass’s spinning needle or the permanent bar magnets you played with at school. In ferromagnets, the spin (i.e. charge) of every electron is aligned in the same direction, causing two distinct poles. In antiferromagnets, neighboring electrons point in the opposite direction, causing the object to have zero net magnetism (pictured below). In combination with ferromagnets, antiferromagnets are used to create spin valves: the magnetic sensors used in hard drive heads.

 

In the case of quantum spin liquids, the material is a solid crystal — but the internal magnetic state is constantly in flux. The magnetic orientations of the electrons (their magnetic moment) fluctuate as they interact with other nearby electrons. “But there is a strong interaction between them, and due to quantum effects, they don’t lock in place,” says Young Lee, senior author of the research. It is these strong interactions that apparently allow for long-range quantum entanglement.


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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket To Carry 117,000 Pound Payloads In 2013 - Mobile Magazine

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket To Carry 117,000 Pound Payloads In 2013 - Mobile Magazine | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a private company who plans to make Space exploration commercial, recently successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket.
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Astro Watch: Orbital’s Cygnus Debut Pushed to March or April

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Falcon 9 Experienced Engine Anomaly But Kept Going to Orbit

Falcon 9 Experienced Engine Anomaly But Kept Going to Orbit | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
During last night’s launch of the Dragon capsule by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, there was an anomaly on one of the rocket’s nine engines and it was shut down.
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Space Tourism Is Here! Wealthy Adventurers Wanted

Space Tourism Is Here! Wealthy Adventurers Wanted | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it

WEDGED between a strip-mall chiropractor and a cluster of optometrists in Rochester, N.Y., the offices of the DePrez Group of Travel Companies hardly seems like the kind of place where someone would begin a journey to the stars.

 

But Craig Curran, the company’s president, says that’s exactly where he can take you — provided, of course, that you have a spare $200,000 lying around. Mr. Curran, you see, is a so-called “accredited space agent” for Virgin Galactic, an outfit founded by the multitasking mogul Richard Branson that is promising to take hundreds of high rollers some 60 miles up in a futuristic craft known as the SpaceShipTwo. And while the flight lasts only two hours or so, with a mere five minutes spent coasting in weightlessness, the bragging rights will go on forever.

 

 


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First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82, family says

First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82, family says | Space, Science & Medicine | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Former U.S.astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday.Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this...
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