Lockheed to turn shuttle-era module into a space habitat for NASA

July 24, 2017 by  
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Deep space missions in the future will take humanity farther and farther away from Earth. Last year NASA chose six United States companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes as part of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) study, demonstrating where astronauts might live and work. Aerospace company Lockheed Martin recently won a Phase II contract to develop a cislunar habitat, and they’re repurposing old materials to do so. They’ll be building a full-scale prototype at the Kennedy Space Center, utilizing what Lockheed Martin NextSTEP program manager Bill Pratt described as a historic piece of flight hardware. Lockheed Martin will be constructing the NextSTEP habitat by refurbishing the shuttle-era Donatello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which was once used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station . Pratt said in a statement, “We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware, originally designed for low Earth orbit exploration, to play a role in humanity’s push into deep space. Making use of existing capabilities will be a guiding philosophy for Lockheed Martin to minimize development time and meet NASA ‘s affordability goals.” Related: NASA unveils 6 prototypical deep space human habitats for Mars and beyond Lockheed Martin will also draw on virtual and augmented reality to work on the prototype, giving them the ability to catch issues in the design phase. They’ll work on the project over 18 months, building on their work in Phase I. The NextSTEP habitat could be docked with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in cislunar orbit as part of the Deep Space Gateway. Orion will act as the command deck for the habitat, offering life support, communications, and navigation. But there will be long periods of time when no humans are present at the Deep Space Gateway, and Lockheed Martin had to take that into account in their work – they are also building a Deep Space Avionics Integration Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Pratt said, “Because the Deep Space Gateway would be uninhabited for several months at a time, it has to be rugged, reliable, and have the robotic capabilities to operate autonomously . Essentially it is a robotic spacecraft that is well-suited for humans when Orion is present.” Via Lockheed Martin Images via Lockheed Martin and NASA Orion Spacecraft on Flickr

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Maryland grad turns recycled plastic bags into eco-fashion

July 24, 2017 by  
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Plastic is Trisha Cheeny’s bag. A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art , where she majored in interdisciplinary sculpture, Cheeny is looking to launch Pälemer , a line of clothing and accessories derived from used plastic bags and other recycled materials. Cheeny created Pälemer to “challenge ‘fast fashion’ and eliminate consumer waste,” she wrote on Kickstarter , where she’s raising funds for her inaugural collection. Cheeny has created several prototypes, including a winter jacket made from 214 castoff carryalls and insulated with recycled fleece. She also constructed a windbreaker from roughly 90 used bags, then lined it with mesh made from recycled materials. Related: India’s capital of Delhi just banned plastic disposables For stuff-schelpping, there’s a book bag, which Cheeny assembled from roughly 80 used retail-shopping bags for extra durability. “Our planet is facing huge changes, so we need to be making huge changes,” Cheeny said. “Pälemer is changing how we use our planet’s resources and our planet’s waste. We hope you join us.” Related: Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment She won’t have a shortage of materials to work with: Roughly a trillion single-use plastic bags are produced and used every year, according to the Earth Policy Institute —that’s nearly 2 million per minute. Cheeny is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Open Works , a maker’s space in Baltimore where she’ll spend the next six months developing her line further. + Pälemer on Kickstarter

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Refuge Tonneau: Cassina’s 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

August 1, 2015 by  
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400 Trees Cut Down to Make Way For Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Los Angeles Arrival

September 5, 2012 by  
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Ever since the Space Shuttle fleet was retired last year , several spacecraft have gone to new homes for the public to enjoy. Their journeys have often been spectacular, such as the Enterprise flying over New York and Discovery soaring above Washington D.C . However it seems that Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey to its new home at the California Science Center is causing controversy – as over 400 trees are being cut down to make way for the spacecraft as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles. Read the rest of 400 Trees Cut Down to Make Way For Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Los Angeles Arrival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california science center , discovery , enterprise , hubble telescope , la , Los Angeles , magolia trees , space shuttle , space shuttle endeavour , spacecraft , Trees

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Claire Lomas Becomes the First Person to Take a ReWalk Bionic Exoskeleton Home for Daily Use

September 5, 2012 by  
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The ReWalk is a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. Designed by Argo Medical Technologies , the bionic suit enhances simple body movements in order to produce life-changing results. We have covered the ReWalk exoskeleton before , but this week Argo Medical Technologies and Cyclone Technologies announced that Claire Lomas has become the first person to take home an exoskeleton system for personal use! Read the rest of Claire Lomas Becomes the First Person to Take a ReWalk Bionic Exoskeleton Home for Daily Use Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argo Medical Technologies , Claire Lomas , Cyclone Mobility , exoskeleton , International Spinal Cord Society , London Marathon , Paralympics , ReWalk , ReWalk Exoskeleton

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Citroen’s Tubik uses latest technologies in green transportation

September 5, 2011 by  
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Shallu Sharma: Citroen Tubik concept Citroen Tubik Concept is the automotive space shuttle of tomorrow Citroen, the biggest French automobile manufacturer, is ready to reveal its new MPV, the Tubik, at this month’s Frankfurt motor show. Citroen is well known for its TUB and Type H light vans commercial production since decades and this new car Tubik is based on the same concept. Special emphasis has been laid down on its passenger carrying capacity without compromising with comfort and pleasure. It has got adjustable seating arrangement system that can accommodate as many as three rows. Its 4800mm length, 2080mm width and 2050mm height have comfortable room for at least nine passengers. Picture Gallery Citroen Tubik Concept Citroen Tubik Concept is the Automotive Space Shuttle of Tomorrow Its interior is styled with very relaxing cushioned seats, ample lighting, and a leather base. A huge semi-circular TV screen and high-quality sound system, add to the ambience of interior. It has sideways sliding door on both the sides which is the basic concept of TUB commercial vehicles. Its cockpit is designed in a very exclusive and fashionable manner, with the driving seat, steering, pedals and head display all arranged in a circular arrangement. Citroen has named this circular arrangement system as ‘cyclotron’. They have equipped this car with finger print recognition system for driver. This car is commanded by PSA Hybrid4 technology that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and controls fuel usage. It has an outspoken diesel engine and its rear wheels are powered by an electric motor. Hydro-pneumatic technology is being used in suspension system to enhance its quality. It comes with 22-inch wheels with low resistance inbuilt tires. Automatic setting arrangement is there that lowers the car to improve the speed and aerodynamics. The most important feature of this car is its eco friendly nature. Its negligible CO2 emission, powerful engine and comfortable design have made this car one of the most famous cars of the world. Via: Autocar

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Engineers in Africa Are Building A Space Shuttle In Their Garden

August 26, 2011 by  
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For a nice inspirational story in the midst of all of this hurricane madness , let’s travel to Africa. While most of the world (including the US) is  downgrading their space fleets - opting to either privatize or let the Russians do it all – the African Space Research Programme is constructing their very first space shuttle. The crazy thing is that the African Space Research Programme is made up of pretty much one man, Chris Nsamba and a team of volunteer engineering students. Oh, and they’re making a space shuttle in his garden. Read the rest of Engineers in Africa Are Building A Space Shuttle In Their Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African Space Research Programme , African Space Research Programme design , African Space Research Programme funding , African Space Research Programme home made shuttle , African Space Research Programme plane , chris nsamba African Space Research Programme , chris nsamba home made shuttle , home made space shuttle

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Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

August 26, 2011 by  
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Imagine a world in which schoolchildren eat organic, locally sourced lunches rich with fruits and vegetables — some of them heirloom varietals, some of them grown on the school grounds. That is the world that Alice Waters, the celebrity chef at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse , is promoting through her Edible Schoolyard project. This week, as part of Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary celebration, Waters threw a school lunch block party in downtown San Francisco, co-hosted by Levi’s — and Inhabitat was there to check it out. Read the rest of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alice waters , david byrne , Edible Schoolyard , green design , Levis , San Francisco , sophia coppolla , t-shirts

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Logitech Creates Wireless Solar-Powered Keyboard for Macs

August 26, 2011 by  
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Logitech became famous for creating the world’s first solar PC keyboard last year, but now Apple fans will also be able to surf the net with the same green vigor with the newly unveiled  Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 . Like the PC version, the solar keyboard can be powered by both indoor and outdoor light, and can be used in total darkness, after a full charge, for three months. Read the rest of Logitech Creates Wireless Solar-Powered Keyboard for Macs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , logitech solar keyboard , Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 , Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Mac solar keyboard , Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 macs , Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 solar keyboard , solar computer appliances , solar computers , solar keyboard

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Perplexing “Yucca Crater” Will Be a Deep Desert Pool Using Repurposed Materials

August 26, 2011 by  
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