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Luís F. Simões

Noordwijk | Space Apps Challenge - 1 views

  • On the weekend of the 12 and 13 April 2014 ESA Business Incubation Centre Noordwijk and Verhaert Connect are proud to host the NASA International Space Apps Challenge in the European Space Innovation Centre Noordwijk.
  • Developers, designers, innovators all kinds of creative thinkers from all seven continents will come together for two days of creativity and computer coding to address challenges of global importance. This year we expect to have about 40 challenges that support NASA's mission directorates in five themes: Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics and Asteroids.
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    "Developers, designers, innovators all kinds of creative thinkers" aka "nerd objective-C programmers with no life"?
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    Well, the ACT actually proposed a few of the topics (BEWARE, THERE BE CUCUMBERS!). Some are not necessarily software based, like creating a LEGO model of the ExoMars rover (although they stripped LEGO from the challenge description and now it just says "create an ExoMars rover from hardware" ... ). Also we had no clue that they would host part of the challenge here at ESTEC - so our 5 or 6 challenges will all be hosted in Rome... ...
Joris _

Robonaut Challenge - 3 views

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    I guess you will just have to apply your existing algorithms for this one...
LeopoldS

NASA - NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night - 3 views

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    very nice new images from Earth at night
Luís F. Simões

NASA will send robot drill to Mars in 2016 - The Washington Post - 0 views

  • A German-built drill nicknamed “The Mole” will pound 16 feet into the Martian crust to take the temperature of the planet, while a sensitive French-built seismometer will detect any Marsquakes.
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    slashdot describes the drill as "a self-driving mole developed by the German space agency (DLR)".

    This seems to be the drill: GEMS - a mole to explore the interior of Mars, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/OCEANSE.2009.5278132.

    Interesting news for all the roots people :)
LeopoldS

NASA - Multimedia - Video Gallery - 3 views

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    Check the landing video from the onboard camera - Guido: how well would our optical flow algorithm cope with such images? Looks quite complicated to me....
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    Note that videos there are said to be "thumbnail" quality, so I think videos with higher resolution (and possibly frame rate) have been acquired, just that they were not downloaded yet.
LeopoldS

American Scientists Fear Losing Edge in Physics - NYTimes.com - 3 views

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    Not so good news ...
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    Have a look at the US budget and the incredible amount of money they are spending for military purposes.

    It's as simple as that.
LeopoldS

NSPIRES - Solicitations Summary - 2 views

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    for Post-Doc positions at NASA
Vincent C

Fly into Solar Radiation Storm (First ACT member into space !) - 1 views

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    " This isn't Camilla's first adventure. The chicken has also flown on a NASA T-38 training jet, traveled onboard a helium balloon to the stratosphere over Louisiana, visited the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, and visited hundreds of elementary students in classrooms around the country. "
    Pretty impressive Camilla ! Congratulations :)
LeopoldS

NRC to Conduct Independent Assessment of NASA Strategic Direction, Management at Parabo... - 0 views

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    New study on NASA strategy - though with strange hybrid mandate to on the one hand take the Obama strategy and then assess how well the strategy fits national goals (which I assume should be also Obama's) ....
    Leopold
LeopoldS

Layer 8: NASA looking at building tractor beams for space - 3 views

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    Three very interesting concepts indeed! Especially the solenoid one...
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    Does anyone know a proper reference?
LeopoldS

The Senate has "saved" JWST? Hang on a sec, folks… | Bad Astronomy | Discover... - 2 views

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    JWST apparently saved but what has been cancelled (Mars mission in 2018???? :-(      )
LeopoldS

NASA - 2011 NIAC Phase I Selections - 7 views

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    very nice selection of projects by NIAC!! there are at least some who have European partners as it looks like ... lets still see if we can get involved ...
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    Interesting. Is it NASA's equivalent of ESA's GSP?
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    It is a good thing NIAC is alive again.

    Wie, Bong -> "Optimal Dispersion of Near-Earth Objects" . I wonder what it is?
Joris _

In Eyes, a Clock Calibrated by Wavelengths of Light - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    Maybe you can use some blue light during the wednesday meeting to keep people awake and alert :p
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    highly needed indeed ...
Joris _

A Fusion Thruster for Space Travel - IEEE Spectrum - 4 views

  • Now a NASA engineer has come up with a new way to fling satellites through space on mere grams of fuel, tens of times as efficiently as today’s best space probe thrusters.
  • Instead of using deuterium and tritium as the fuel stocks, the new motor extracts energy from boron fuel.
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    "And according to his calculations, improvements in short-pulse laser systems could make this form of thruster more than 40 times as efficient as even the best of today's ionic propulsion systems that push spacecraft around. "
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    Dejan please have a look at this also ...
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    while the nuclear reaction seems to be sound at first view, I am not so sure how this would work: "Electromagnetic forces push the target and the alpha particles in the opposite directions, and the particles exit the spacecraft through a nozzle, providing the vehicle's thrust. "
LeopoldS

NASA - NASA Spacecraft Captures Video of Asteroid Approach - 1 views

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    There is certainly more to come ...
Joris _

NASA Considering Gas Stations in Space - FoxNews.com - 3 views

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    Chris Moore is a good guy and one very open minded to new ideas and concepts at NASA; the fact that this was picked up by fox news must be that they could relay this to "gas stations" :-)
LeopoldS

NASA Budget Outlook Relegates Flagship Probes to Back Burner | SpaceNews.com - 1 views

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    not so good news for science ...
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