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Jan 22, 2022

Goodyear puts airless tires on Starship delivery robots

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Goodyear’s airless tires are now being used by a fleet of Starship’s autonomous delivery robots on a college campus in the U.S.


The request: Starship recently asked Goodyear if it could design a smaller version of its airless tires for the company’s delivery robots, and the tire giant has now delivered.

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Jan 21, 2022

SpaceX Won a $102 Million Contract to Deliver Aid and Military Cargo

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In another example of space technology coming down to Earth.

One of the big arguments in favor of investing in space technologies is that the same technology is often used to benefit citizens down here on Earth.

In a new example of an Earth-focused application of space technology, SpaceX has won a U.S. Air Force contract worth over $102 million to help deliver humanitarian aid using heavy rockets, according to a report from SpaceNews.

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Jan 20, 2022

China makes world’s most space launches in 2021

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At this rate the CCP will be launching everyday by the end of the decade. Wow.


China became the country that has carried out the most space launch missions in the world over the past year.

The combination of the Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship and a Long March-2F carrier rocket is transferred to the launching area of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Oct. 7, 2021. (People’s Daily Online/Liu Huaiyu)

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Jan 20, 2022

SpaceX Awarded $102M AFRL Rocket Cargo Contract

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SpaceX has won a potential five-year, $102 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to demonstrate technologies under a program that seeks to determine the viability of using large rockets to support the Department of Defense’s global logistics missions, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

Under the Rocket Cargo program, the Air Force Research Laboratory will gather data on performance and environments signatures by having access to SpaceX’s orbital launches and booster landings.

The company will present cargo bay designs that are compatible with intermodal containers of U.S. Transportation Command under the contract, which includes an option for SpaceX to conduct a full-up demonstration of capabilities for heavy cargo transport and landing operations.

Jan 20, 2022

New Virus-Like Particles Can Deliver CRISPR to Any Cell in the Body

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, space travel

One critical difference? Unlike a Mars mission’s “seven minutes of terror,” during which the entry, descent, and landing occur too fast for human operators to interfere, gene therapy delivery is completely blind. Once inside the body, the entire flight sequence rests solely on the design of the carrier “spaceship.”

In other words, for gene therapy to work efficiently, smarter carriers are imperative.

This month, a team at Harvard led by Dr. David Liu launched a new generation of molecular carriers inspired by viruses. Dubbed engineered virus-like particles (eVLPs), these bubble-like carriers can deliver CRISPR and base editing components to a myriad of organs with minimal side effects.

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Jan 19, 2022

Radian Aerospace comes out of stealth and raises $27.5M for orbital space plane development

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Excellent news.


More than five years after its founding, Renton, Wash.-based Radian Aerospace is emerging from stealth mode and reporting a $27.5 million seed funding round to support its plans to build an orbital space plane.

The round was led by Boston-based Fine Structure Ventures, with additional funding from EXOR, The Venture Collective, Helios Capital, SpaceFund, Gaingels, The Private Shares Fund, Explorer 1 Fund, Type One Ventures and other investors.

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Jan 19, 2022

Do Electric Trains Dream Of Autonomous Mobility? Yes, They Do

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Parallel Systems bursts out of stealth mode with a SpaceX pedigree and a plan for launching the nation’s railways into the space age with autonomous electric railcars.


Electric trains have been much in the news lately. Adding to all the hoopla today is the US startup Parallel Systems, which has just busted out of stealth mode with a recipe for replacing thousands of trucks on the highways with zero emission short-haul autonomous electric railcars. The company sports a leading lineup of three former SpaceX electronics and battery experts, so let’s see what all the fuss is about.

Autonomous Electric Railcars

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Jan 19, 2022

SpaceX Melts New Rocket Engine During Test Shows Fiery Video

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SpaceX is busy testing its rocket engines in Texas, and a ew test resulted in green flames that re a sign of failure.

Jan 19, 2022

Tardigrades could be the first interstellar space travellers

Posted by in categories: physics, space travel

A team of physicists, philosophers and biologists have come up with a list of organisms that could withstand the harsh conditions of interstellar space, and tardigrades take the top spot.

Jan 19, 2022

SpaceX’s Starship is going orbital, NASA is launching its biggest rocket ever and Blue Origin wants to give you a postal address in low-Earth orbit

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As the new space race heats up, we look at all the big launches, events and stories to watch this year.

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