Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space

October 11, 2017 by  
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After over a decade in development, Virgin Galactic, a private space travel service founded by billionaire Richard Branson , is almost ready to enter orbit. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space , maybe six months before I’m in space,” said Branson at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If accurate, this moment for Virgin Galactic represents a culmination of years of hard work and setbacks, which included a fatal crash, delays, and technical problems. Branson’s Virgin Galactic is one of several companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in a high-stakes race to establish a private space travel service in the near future. Although Branson is reaching for the stars, he’s declined to reach as far as Mars. That’s Tesla territory. “I’m not as passionate about Mars as Elon [Musk] is,” said Branson. “My love for space is about how much it can do for people back here on earth, and that’s what Virgin Galactic is pushing towards.” As part of his SpaceX program, Musk plans to land rockets on Mars by 2022, in preparation for manned missions to the red planet . “[Getting to Mars] is an incredible challenge, and I suspect Elon [Musk] will get there first,” said Branson. “He’s more interested in big rockets going big distances. We’ve been more interested in taking people to space, and satellites, slightly closer to Earth.” Related: Richard Branson’s new supersonic jet will fly 2X faster than the speed of sound Earlier in 2017, Branson promised that Virgin Galactic would be bringing passengers into outer space by the end of 2018. Tickets to boldly go where few have gone before will not be cheap; each ride is expected to cost $250,000 per traveler. In addition to providing access to the wonder of space travel, the Virgin Galactic service will provide city to city travel across the world. “To get to space we’re going to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 miles per hour,” said Branson. “We are going to be the only people in the world, in a few months, to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 [mph]. Taking that craft and looking at point to point travel is something we are going to be in the best position in the world to do.” Via Business Insider Images via  Roderick Eime (1) and Land Rover

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The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

August 10, 2015 by  
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Samples of kombucha are currently attached to the outside of the International Space Station, exposed to the harsh elements beyond our protective atmosphere. At face value, this may sound downright strange, yet The European Space Agency has its reasons for testing whether the yeast and bacteria in Kombucha can survive an unprotected journey through space. Read the rest of The ESA tests Kombucha resilience on an unprotected journey through space

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Lucy brings the sunshine into every corner of your home

August 10, 2015 by  
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Rome-based Solenica wants to bring the sunshine into your life – literally. For anyone who has dreamed of more sunlight in those dank, dark areas in the home, this brilliant little device – dubbed Lucy – is about to make that fantasy a reality. Lucy works by bouncing sunlight into your space using a solar-powered mirror that follows the sun, reflecting sunlight wherever you need it, all day long. Read the rest of Lucy brings the sunshine into every corner of your home

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No hardware store? No problem. Astronauts just 3D printed a working wrench in space

December 23, 2014 by  
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Launching anything into space requires a massive amount of time, money and resources. So what if astronauts could just “print out” anything they need? Now they can! Astronauts on the International Space Station recently used a 3D printer to print out a socket wrench, which they then used. Can a Star Trek-style replicator be far behind? Read the rest of No hardware store? No problem. Astronauts just 3D printed a working wrench in space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d print polymers , 3d Printed space station , 3D printing , 3d Technology , 3d technology construction , made in space , nasa , space , space technology

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

December 23, 2014 by  
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Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently  announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba Prefecture in Japan and will provide enough power for 4,700 homes once it is up and running. The announcement follows the recent completion of the current largest floating solar plant , which was built by Kyocera in the Kagoshima Prefecture. Read the rest of Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Century Tokyo , Century Tokyo Leasing , floating solar , floating solar plant , Japan solar plant , kyocera , Kyocera floating solar plant , Kyocera solar plant , large solar plant , solar plant , solar plant technology , water solar , worlds largest floating solar plant

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

November 21, 2013 by  
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Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction solar cell without the use of concentrated sunlight, breaking their former record by one percent. The U.S. Department of Energy ‘s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado independently verified the record. Read the rest of Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , boeing , National Renewable Energy Lab , NREL independently verifies solar cell record , record solar cell efficiency , renewable power , semiconductor bonding technology , solar , solar cell efficiency record , Solar cells , solar panels , space cells , space technology , Spectrolab , Spectrolab breaks their own solar record        

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Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

November 21, 2013 by  
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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

October 21, 2013 by  
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Previously on Inhabitat we’ve written about Made in Space ’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station . But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To find out, we caught up with Made in Space co-founder, Mike Chen . Mike discussed with us the challenges of extruding plastic in microgravity, how one designs a printer made for space, and how this technology could benefit future space missions. Keep reading to learn more about how the ever-popular, advanced manufacturing method is entering the final frontier. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 3D printing in space , Advanced Manufacturing , Apollo 13 , Dan Barry , Extended Space Travel , FDM Printers , fused deposition modeling , Future Space Missions , future technology , green technology , international space station , iss , Living in Space , Long Term Space Missions , made in space , Mike Chen , nasa , open source , space missions , space technology , Space X-5 , spacex        

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