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The Skai eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) vehicle can fly up to 4-hours, has a 400-mile range, and can seat up to five passengers. (Image credit: Skai press kit)   Alakai Technologies has recently announced the launch of Skai- a hydrogen-fueled eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) vehicle, which looks like a cross between a drone and an SUV. The technology will allow the aircraft to shuttle up to five passengers (or a 1,000-pound payload) for up to four hours, at a ra ...
Maxar is set to build the power and propulsion element of the Lunar Gateway, which is based on the company’s SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to use a myriad of subsystems. (Image credit: Maxar via BusinessWire)   Colorado-based Maxar Technologies have announced NASA has contracted ($375-million) them to develop the power and propulsion element of the Lunar Gateway- a lunar orbital outpost that will allow astronauts to explore new locations all over the moon. Maxar&# ...
The satellites could not only obstruct our view of the universe, but they also make it harder for astronomers to observe far away objects. Starlink solar arrays capture and reflect sunlight making them easy to see from Earth at times. (Photo from SpaceX)   Aiming to create a low-cost high-performance satellite bus in an effort to implement a new space-based internet system, SpaceX’s Starlink is supposed to be good. Unfortunately, it could be problematic for astronomers. The Harvard-S ...
The NASA diagram outlines the Artemis mission set for establishing a permanent ‘Lunar Gateway’ on the moon. (Image credit: NASA via Ars Technica)   A leaked internal infographic from NASA outlines their ambitious journey to return astronauts to the moon in 2024, a series of landings shortly after, and an end-goal of establishing a permanent base on its surface by 2028. Known as project Artemis (twin sister of Apollo), the plan would use the moon station as a starting point for ...
On May 21, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) granted a contract to a self-driving truck company, TuSimple, in an effort to carry out five round trips over a two-week time span. The goal is to deliver USPS trailers over 1,000 miles between Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas, where the distribution centers are located. A safety engineer and driver will be stationed inside the vehicle during the journey to monitor performance and o ensure public safety.   TuSimple's autonomous tr ...
Amazon will be deploying robotic machines to automate jobs already held by thousands of human workers in their warehouses. The robots can pack up hundreds of boxes per hour and can also wrap up packages that have been custom-built for each item. Even though each robot costs over a million dollars per unit, the company will expect to make up for costs in two years. Although they said robots will not replace workers in factories, they have made a revision.     Amazon has also conside ...
On May 7th 2019, Mack Trucks unveiled their long-awaited Mack LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) during the WasteExpo 2019 event. Coupling both the refuse design of the Mack LR model with an electric Mack drivetrain, the prototype will begin demonstrations in the busy streets of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).   Mack's electrically powered truck has many advantages that will make them a welcome addition. (Image Credit: Mack)   The Mack LR BEV runs on Mack's integ ...
The Asteroid they planned on impacting Earth. (Image credit: ESA Operations)   On April 29, 2019, space experts from NASA, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) created a simulation on a potential asteroid strike, creating experiments based on how to manage a disaster if one to ever occur. It took place at the yearly IAA Planetary Defense Conference and ran over five days, with a timeframe of eight years, but by the end, the simulation took a twist. ...
A Japanese startup company, Interstellar Technologies has successfully launched its experimental sounding rocket, "Momo" into orbit. The launch took place from a test site near Taiki on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on May 4th. This was their third attempt with previous launches failing due to technical difficulties.   Interstellar Technologies' Momo-F3 mission was a complete success. (Image Credit: Kyodo News via AP) The Momo-F3 reached a peak altitude of 70.5 miles four minut ...
Drone transports organ to hospital for the first time A drone can now deliver organs to transplant donors at a hospital. (Image Credit: Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine)   Transporting organs to transplant patients will soon have a much different and more efficient route. A drone has already achieved this by delivery a kidney to a patient who had been waiting for nearly a decade for an organ donor. The kidney was transported on a 10 minute, 2.7-mile flight from Baltim ...
Stratolaunch's mega plane will be used to carry rockets and multiple launch vehicles. The aircraft can take flight in orbit at a high altitude in space. (Image Credit: Stratolaunch)   The Stratolaunch, known as the world's largest all-composite aircraft has completed its first flight with Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. The dual fuselage 385-feet wingspan aircraft launched its flight after 10AM EST from the Mojave Air & Space Port on April 13th. Flight time was measured at 2.5 hour ...