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Exploring Space!!!

Current status of the deep space network

Infographic using pulsars for navigation; do aliens use these also?

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

For more information and stills gallery, please turn to: www.erikwernquist.com/wanderers
(Just in case my website runs slow, here is a link to an imgur album version of the gallery: http://imgur.com/a/Ur5dP)

Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

CREDITS:
VISUALS - Erik Wernquist - erik@erikwernquist.com
MUSIC - Cristian Sandquist - cristiansandquist@mac.com
WORDS AND VOICE - Carl Sagan
COLOR GRADE - Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film - caj@beckholmenfilm.se
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY - Mikael Hall/Vidiotism - mikael@vidiotism.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE - Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST - Nina Fylkegård
THANK YOU - Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs, Hanna Mellin

THIS FILM WAS MADE WITH USE OF PHOTOS AND TEXTURES FROM:
NASA/JPL, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)


For more information and stills gallery, please turn to:
(Just in case my website runs slow, here is a link to an imgur album version of the gallery:
Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what
our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations
of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

EXOSCI.COM

Here is the site dedicated to Carl Sagan, One Cosmos.net

Carl Sagan Tribute

Published on Sep 19, 2015 A tribute to the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan. For more videos, visit futurism.com Suggested by AdRev for a 3rd Party Partner with AdRev and Make Money on YouTube! Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License


GROUND STATION CHILLAX

"11,2 km/s" is the official theme music for ESA's Estrack ground station network. It was composed by Gautier Acher,
a 17-year-old student living in Paris, France, and entered in the 2015 Tracking Station Music Contest, which celebrated
the 40th anniversary of the Estrack network. Gautier's top-ranked entry was selected from a field 117 submissions received from over a dozen countries. Gautier wrote: "This track is a triptych that shows space is vast, but is full of interesting things, such as humankind,
stars, comets, planets... It describes great achievements, in the past, and in the future." While only three entrants could win prizes in the music contest, and only 10 could be at the top, the ESA judging panel praised all 117 submissions. Judges commented that, "We heard some marvellous stuff created by people who are passionate, motivated and imaginative in their pursuit of music
that reflects the central themes of exploration into our Universe, technological excellence and the dreams of humanity’s journeys into space." In 1975, the ground station at Villafranca in Spain became the kernel of the ESA Tracking network, which now comprises 10 stations in seven countries
and in 2015 celebrates four decades of providing links to space for ESA's science, Earth, observatory and exploration missions. Since inception, Estrack has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers with spacecraft orbiting Earth,
voyaging deep in our Solar System and anywhere in between (more information in our Estrack web site). Congratulations the top 10 entrants as well as the top three prize winners. Special congratulations to Gautier Acher Released: 24/09/2015 Length: 00:03:11

Exploring the solar system

Click here for Centari Dreams Speculations on interstellar Explorations

A stylized example of one of the many, ever-changing routes along the ITN. Credit: NASA


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Training for space flight

at The Bucks County PA, National Aerospace Training center

AND NASTAR's parent Virgin Galactic

Commercial space efforts


A new space company is Firefly Space.com!!

A better known company is Elon Musk's Spacex!!

The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space

If human beings intend to become an interplanetary species (or interstellar, for that matter), then we are going to need new propulsion methods that combine a significant level of thrust with fuel-efficiency. One option that NASA has been exploring for decades is spacecraft that rely on nuclear power, which can take the form of nuclear-electric or nuclear-thermal propulsion (NEP/NTP).

Artist’s impression of Rolls-Royce nuclear propulsion concept. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Earth To Mars In 100 Days? The Power Of Nuclear Rockets

The Solar System is a really big place, and it takes forever to travel from world to world with traditional chemical rockets. But one technique, developed back in the 1960s might provide a way to dramatically shorten our travel times: nuclear rockets. Of course, launching a rocket powered by radioactive material has its own risks as well. Should we attempt it? Audio Podcast version: RSS: ITunes: What Fraser's Watching Playlist: Support us at:Support us at: Follow us on Tumblr: : More stories at Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: Instagram - Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com /Karla Thompson - @karlaii Chad Weber - Chloe Cain - Instagram: @chloegwen2001 References: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion: Game Changing Technology for Deep Space Exploration Fusion-Enabled Pluto Orbiter and Lander

An artist’s conception shows a Mars transit habitat with a nuclear propulsion system. Credit: NASA

Artist’s concept of a bimodal nuclear rocket making the journey to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations in the Solar System. Credit: NASA


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SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 BY MATT WILLIAMS
Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests Out its New Advanced Ion Engine System

When it comes to the next generation of space exploration, a number of key technologies are being investigated. In addition to spacecraft and launchers that will be able to send astronauts farther into the Solar System, NASA and other space agencies are also looking into new means of propulsion. Compared to conventional rockets, the goal is to create systems that offer reliable thrust while ensuring fuel-efficiency.

Aerojet Rockeydyne, in partnership with NASA, recently conducted a successful test of their next-generation Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system. Credit: NASA

Artist’s impression of the Deep Space Gateway, currently under development by Lockheed Martin. Credit: NASA

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) on the left, and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (right). Credit: NASA




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An Army of Tiny Robots Could Assemble Huge Structures in Space

We live in a world where multiple technological revolutions are taking place at the same time. While the leaps that are taking place in the fields of computing, robotics, and biotechnology are gaining a great deal of attention, less attention is being given to a field that is just as promising. This would be the field of manufacturing, where technologies like 3D printing and autonomous robots are proving to be a huge game-changer.

Multi-Agent Discrete Assembly from MIT Center for Bits and Atoms on Vimeo.

Simulation workflow for the multi-agent path planning and inverse kinematics of relative robots.

For a detailed description of the algorithms: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8769886

Relative robotic assembly from MIT Center for Bits and Atoms on Vimeo.

Bill-E (Bipedal Isotropic Lattice Locomoting Explorer) performing relative robotic assembly in 1D, 2D, and 3D

A prototype assembler robot using its inchworm-like design to move around a structure. Credit: MIT/CBA/Benjamin Jenett

Artist’s concept of a space habitat built using the ARMADAS system, with the ISS in the foreground. Credit: NASA


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ARETICLES

From Universetoday.com:CATEGORY: SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES



The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space


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