A new venture dubbed Deep Space Industries is jumping into the marketplace for asteroid mining — joining a billionaire-backed company called Planetary Resources in what they hope will eventually turn into a trillion-dollar business.
In a press advisory, Deep Space Industries says it will create “the world’s first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft.” The venture also promises to develop a “breakthrough process for manufacturing in space.”
via Cosmic Log.
Another company has thrown their hat into the asteroid mining ring. Be sure to click through the link and look at the picture they’ve generated showing a space station being constructed next to an asteroid being mined.
Hundreds of bees assaulted a drone operated by a CBS12 News crew in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday morning and then attacked the station’s team of journalists when they maneuvered the aircraft back toward them to figure out what was wrong. The crew sent the drone into flight in an attempt to get an aerial shot of a backhoe tearing into the Palm Beach Mall, which is in the process of being demolished. The drone, dinner-plate-sized device with four helicopter-like rotors and two cameras operated via iPhone or iPad, was assaulted by bees about a minute after takeoff. CBS12 News operations manager Carl Pugliese said the drone began having trouble flying at the same time that a ‘strange bug’ kept pestering him, getting in his hair and buzzing around him. Pugliese flew the drone closer so he could check why it was malfunctioning, and the angry bees that had formed a cloud around the drone began attacking Pugliese and CBS12 cameraman Chad Ellison, whom Pugliese captured dancing and swatting frantically to avoid being stung.
via RSOE EDIS.
I was just introduced to the RSOE – Emergency and Disaster Information Service. Lots of interesting news that isn’t reported by conventional news sites.
One of the four newly identified super Earth-size planet candidates, KOI-172.02, orbits in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The possible planet is approximately 1.5 times the radius of Earth and orbits its host star every 242 days. Additional follow-up analysis will be required to confirm the candidate as a planet.
NASA’S Kepler Mission Discovers 461 New Planet Candidates.
Ho-ly balls. Out of the 461 new planetary candidates added by the Kepler space telescope, 4 of them orbit in their star’s habitable zone.
Half a dozen press releases from NASA this morning, but two in particular caught my eye:
Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a section of space from 14 to nearly 20 billion miles from the star. Even more surprisingly, the latest Hubble images have allowed a team of astronomers to calculate the planet follows an unusual elliptical orbit that carries it on a potentially destructive path through the vast dust ring.
NASA’s Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit for Fomalhaut B.
The discovery of an asteroid belt-like band of debris around Vega makes the star similar to another observed star called Fomalhaut. The data are consistent with both stars having inner, warm belts and outer, cool belts separated by a gap. This architecture is similar to the asteroid and Kuiper belts in our own solar system.
NASA, ESA Telescopes Find Evidence for Asteroid Belt Around Vega.
The more planetary systems we discover and study, the more we find structures that are similar to our own solar system. Here’s a thought: the bigger a star is, the wider it’s habitable zone is.
NASA continues to progress towards a deep space launch vehicles with their Orion spacecraft and capsule:
Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, which will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before.