First 3D printed object made from metal from an asteroid

Planetary Resources announced the first 3D printed object made from the metal from an asteroid.

This is really cool on a number of levels. 3D printing using space resources is where we are going, especially with space applications.

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Pluto and Charon Dance

A cool movie of Pluto and Charon in motion, as taken from the New Horizons spacecraft.

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On Competition

The Russians have endemic problems in all their industries, but the most visible outside of Russia is the Space agency problems. Their solution? Combine all the companies into one and put them under government control. Will that solve the problem. Maybe some, for a short time. But the lack of competition means that they will quickly become outdated and too expensive as competition in the rest of the world surges ahead.

Now think how these same lessons may apply in our medical industry here in the United States. It explains why, under Obamacare costs are going up and care is going down.

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The worst nutrition advice ever

A look at five pieces of nutritional advice that have been killing us.

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Centimeter Accuracy GPS

It appears that a student team has made a breakthrough that allows low-cost antennas to achieve centimeter accuracy positioning. This will mean a lot for all sorts of applications that need this accuracy. As noted in a comment to the referring article, Armadillo Aerospace and Unreasonable Rocket had huge difficulties achieving this level of accuracy. Now it’s available off the shelf (or at least soon). 

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The Dragon Flew

SpaceX had a successful Pad Abort test this morning. This test demonstrates the capability of the Dragon 2 spacecraft to escape from the rocket launcher and carry the crew to safety in the event of a failure of the rocket on the launch pad.

 

Update:

Robert Zimmerman has a short report.

This is what Michael Belfiore has to say.

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The Space Week in Review

In the Space Review this week, Jeff Foust takes a look at the status of the accident investigations into the Antares and Space Ship 2 accidents last fall. Six months down the road, both companies are well on the way to return to flight with fixes for the problems so far identified.

Also, R.D. Boozer compares the SpaceX Dragon v.2 capsule with the NASA Orion capsule, both of which, are about to perform pad abort tests. The comparison favors the Dragon, which makes sense, particularly when you consider that it can do pretty much everything that Orion can do at almost one-tenth the cost to the taxpayers for development.

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The Merlin 1D Rocket engine

Build for human Spaceflight.

Hat tip: Rand Simberg.

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When Reality and the models don’t match…

Which are you going to believe, the elite’s models or your own lying eyes?

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Kids in school?

If you have kids in public school, or any school for that matter, pay attention not only to what they are teaching, but how they’re being graded. Is the school attempting to make conformists, or free thinkers?

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