Scientists build an alien ocean to test NASA submarine

February 12, 2018 by  
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Researchers at Washington State University have constructed a replica of Titan’s oceans to test a NASA submarine for an eventual mission to Saturn’s largest moon. The scientists replicated ocean conditions, including temperatures of -300 degree Fahrenheit and a liquid content of methane and ethane rather than water. They were even able to reproduce the atmospheric cycle predicted to exist on the planet, which features ethane-methane snow and rain. This feature draws heightened interest from scientists, who note Titan’s similarities to Earth in the moon’s lakes, rivers, and clouds. The research team constructed a chamber capable of holding the methane-ethane liquid mixture at very cold temperatures. To test the impact that such an environment would have on a NASA submarine , the team added a two-inch cylindrical cartridge heater that produces approximately the equivalent heat to a submarine. When a machine powered by heat is placed in these conditions, nitrogen bubbles begin to form. The researchers were particularly interested in how these nitrogen bubbles could affect the submarine’s functionality. Related: NASA communicates with spacecraft 13 billion miles from Earth The team found it difficult to document their experiment due to challenging video conditions. They created a device that, under 60 pounds per square inch of pressure, incorporated a boroscope and camera to record images of the hostile sea. “Those aren’t the friendliest conditions,” said research leader Ian Richardson . “You have to come up with creative solutions.” The team managed to capture footage of methane-ethane rain and snow within the chamber. The researchers also discovered that methane and ethane freeze at lower temperatures under Titan’s conditions than expected. “That’s a big deal,’’ said Richardson. “That means you don’t have to worry about icebergs .” Via Washington State University Images via NASA   (1)  and Washington State University

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Elon Musk to Retrofit James Bond’s Submarine Car With a Tesla Engine

October 18, 2013 by  
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Elon Musk has already conquered land and space with electric vehicle company Tesla Motors and space transport company SpaceX . So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Musk has set his sights on the oceans next. Musk recently purchased the submarine car prop from the 1977 James Bond classic “The Spy Who Loved Me.” The white Lotus Esprit was sold at a London auction in September for nearly $1 million, and Musk plans to turn the movie prop into a real submarine car by equipping it with a Tesla electric powertrain. Read the rest of Elon Musk to Retrofit James Bond’s Submarine Car With a Tesla Engine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric vehicles , elon musk , James Bond , Lotus Esprit , Roger Moore , submarine car , tesla , Tesla electric powertrain , The Spy Who Loved Me        

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

October 18, 2013 by  
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Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

October 18, 2013 by  
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This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released their second annual Solar Means Business report , which ranks the top brands in the U.S. based on their installation of solar power at their warehouses, stores and facilities. This year’s top solar installers include Apple, Ikea, and Wal Mart, and the report states that more than one out of every three Americans – 117 million people – live within 20 miles of at least one of those 1,000 installations. Check out the infographic after the break for a closer look! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative energy , green design , infographic , photovoltaic cells , renewable energy , SEIA , solar businesses , Solar Energy Industries Association , Solar Means Business , Solar Power , sustainable design , Vote Solar        

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Electric DeepFlight Super Falcon is an Underwater Plane for the Super Rich

October 3, 2013 by  
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Marine engineer Graham Hawkes spent his life designing submersibles for both the military and the oil and gas industry before he happened upon the idea of creating a vehicle that could ‘ fly’ underwater . The resulting two-seater electric underwater plane —the DeepFlight Super Falcon —promises to move through the seas in “style, safety, and comfort,” providing unique experiences in a craft that is “[d]esigned to do barrel rolls with dolphins and spy-hop with whales.” Read the rest of Electric DeepFlight Super Falcon is an Underwater Plane for the Super Rich Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deep flight , deep sea submersible , deepflight , fly underwater , hawkes ocean technologies , marine engineer , marine engineering , marine exploration , marine life , Richard Branson , sea life , submarine , super falcon , underwater plane        

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Eighteen-Year-Old Builds One-Man DIY Submarine Out of a Drainpipe

May 24, 2013 by  
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Koji Tsutsui’s Multicellular House Cascades Down a Steep Slope in Mill Valley, CA

May 24, 2013 by  
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Buy Your Own U-Boat! Homemade Submarine Canal Boat Up For Sale in the UK

July 23, 2012 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of being a submarine commander, now’s your chance – ‘Captain’ Richard Williams, a WWII enthusiast, is being forced to sell his homemade U-boat – The U-8047 . The submarine, which was crafted from an old canal boat, used to be moored 100 yards from Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds but it was asked to be moved. It is now on sale after a 90% fall in visitors. Read the rest of Buy Your Own U-Boat! Homemade Submarine Canal Boat Up For Sale in the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: captain richard williams , homemade u-boat , U-8047 , u-boat canal boat , u-boat for sale , u-boat narrow boat

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Jump Studios Repurposes Submarine into World’s First Deep Sea Bar

May 14, 2012 by  
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Scubster – A pedal-powered submarine for International Submarine Race 2011

March 30, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable zero-energy submarine propelled by pedals. The Scubster project was born from a collaboration between the EndlessFlyers association and two technology universities of Toulan (France) – SUPMECA et ISITV.

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