In this week's Light Start, we've got Samsung losing to a 3D printer, Microsoft's army Hololens, SpaceX's Starthopper, and MK 11's Kollector.
On March 2, SpaceX launched its first test of an unmanned Dragon vehicle which is designed to carry humans into low Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. If the test is successful, later this year, SpaceX plans to launch American astronauts from United States soil for the first time since 2011.
This week's Light Start involves some robotics, some stuff in space, a new sci-fi series from Netflix and the cancellation of Sony's handheld console
The first few days of 2019 brought remarkable news from outer space. On January 1 NASA’s New Horizons space probe made the most distant planetary flyby ever, and captured images of a small object 4 billion miles away from earth. The following day, China landed its Chang’e 4 rover, named Jade Rabbit 2, on the far side of the moon – another first. This suggests that 2019 will be a big year for...[Read More]
If you had to live the rest of your life on Mars, what would you miss the most? Figuring out how we could we be comfortable living on the red planet is a challenge but with increasing discussion about how to send people to Mars with the ultimate aim of colonising the planet, how to replace the sensation of the sunshine on your face or the grass beneath your feet is prescient one. Luckily there is ...[Read More]
SpaceX’s SxSW Falcon Heavy trailer is short but incredibly sweet Elon Musk showed up at SxSW because of course he did and he, along with the folks responsible for Westworld (you know, the series about robot cowboys or something), debuted a new trailer. A trailer for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch and “…the next part of the human story”, according to Westworld series co-...[Read More]
Audi and Porsche are getting together to make EVs There’s more in common between the Porsche and Audi brands than the casual observer might think. They’re both German and they’re also both owned by VW. They’re also shared car components in the past (notably a chassis) and now the two brands will be collaborating on an electric vehicle platform, one that is expected begin r...[Read More]
It’s no secret that we’ve been excited by the prospect of Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy test flight, which looked set to pave the way for mankind to head to other planets — provided the rockets didn’t detonate on the launchpad… or in flight… or on landing… or… Look, a lot could have gone wrong. As it happened, most of it didn’t. The launch of ...[Read More]
Assuming that the Falcon Heavy rocket leave the launchpad in one piece, later this evening Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster will be making its way into space to orbit the sun for a few…. million?… years. That’s what we call a test-flight. And if you’re struggling to visualise just what that might look like SpaceX has done all of the work for you, in the shape of an...[Read More]