Tag Archives: space

Shimizu’s Dream: Proposals to Benefit Future Generations

from SHIMIZU Corporation:

Shimizu continues to introduce our vision for the future.
We tackle new technological challenges and present wide-ranging proposals for the benefit of up-coming generations.

Brain-controlled exoskeletons advance with MindWalker

from WIRED.uk:

A team of European experts is working on a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton that could enable people currently confined to wheelchairs to walk again and also help astronauts rehabilitate to Earth gravity after prolonged periods in the weightlessness of space.

The MindWalker system, which is being developed as part of a three-year, 2.5 million euro project, consists of a brain-computer interface (BCI), a virtual reality training environment and a robotic exoskeleton attached to the legs.

3-D printing device could build Moon base from lunar dust and regolith

from Space.com:

Future astronauts might end up living in a moon base created largely from lunar dust and regolith, if a giant 3-D printing device can work on the lunar surface.

The print-on-demand technology, known as D-Shape, could save on launch and transportation costs for manned missions to the moon. But the concept must first prove itself in exploratory tests funded by the European Space Agency (ESA)

Nanosatellite to extract space debris

from BBC:

UK researchers have developed a device to drag space debris out of orbit. They plan to launch a demonstration of their “CubeSail” next year. It is a small satellite cube that deploys a thin, 25-sq-m plastic sheet.

“It would help make space a sustainable business. We want to be able to keep on launching satellites to provide new services; but unless we do something, the amount of junk up there is going to grow exponentially.”

Robot bred in Wales to seek life on red planet

from WalesOnline:

A Welsh academic will today showcase “world-leading space research” on a camera-snapping robot designed to look for signs of life on Mars.

Stephen Pugh, from Aberystwyth University’s computer science department, is focusing on fine-tuning the robotic planetary rover’s on-board panoramic cameras.

He is also teaching it to point and shoot at features on the planet’s surface that catch its eye when it is sent there in 2018.

h+ interviews Marc Millis on space travel, time travel, quantum tunneling & Zero-G sex

from h+ Magazine:

Marc Millis, former head of NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project, has designed ion thrusters, electronics for rocket monitoring, cryogenic propellant equipment, and even a cockpit display to guide free-fall aircraft flights.

His recent retirement after nearly 30 years with NASA has freed him to devote full time to his Tau Zero Foundation, “using the dream of reaching other worlds as both a long-range goal and a catalyst for near-term progress.”

Early Space Station concepts that “seemed to predict the future”

from Scienceray:

The conquest of outer space was on the mind of men decades ago, with some surprising similarities to today’s space platforms these visionaries seemed to predict the future. A future that they could not an have possibly understood or fathomed. Ultimately, we will need a new fleet of space shuttles to get there.

Supercomputer shares universe simulations

from MSNBC:

Fully-rendered simulation streaming online allows scientists to collaborate

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around the world. That could all change after a successful test allowed scientists in Portland, Ore. to watch a Chicago-based simulation of how ordinary matter and mysterious dark matter evolved in the early universe.

SherWeb: Top 10 tech inventions shaping 2010

from SherWeb:

  1. Sixth Sense
  2. The Electric Eye
  3. NASA Kepler Space Telescope
  4. Teleportation
  5. XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System
    (i.e. The Smart Bullet)
  6. Microsoft Project Natal
  7. Robotic Exoskeleton
  8. The Smart Thermostat
  9. Android Phone
  10. 3M/Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 With Zargis Cardioscan

Play your cards right and you, too, can be a futurist

from Good Morning Silicon Valley:

[...] But the point of such predictions is not so much in being right as it is to get an early start on the conversations we need to have to cope with social and technological developments that are approaching at an ever accelerating pace.

And if you want to get in on some of those conversations, one place to start is the game going on now at the Signtific Lab, a platform developed and directed by the Institute for the Future to draw on the expertise, imagination and wisdom in the crowd, if not of it.

In the exercise, the site posits that “in 2019, cubesats — space satellites smaller than a shoebox — have become very cheap and very popular. For $100, anyone can put a customized personal satellite into low-earth orbit. And space data transfer protocols developed by the Interstellar Internet Project provide a basic relay backbone linking low-powered cubesats with ground stations, and with each other. Space is open to anyone and everyone — for research, for business, for communications, for play,” and asks, “What will you do when space is as cheap and accessible as the Web is today?