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Having originally been scheduled to celebrate Thanksgiving by taking to the stratosphere, SpaceX’s launch was aborted at the last moment today. The Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled to take off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station sometime during a 65-minute launch window starting at 5:39 PM ET.
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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: rocket bicycle, microbe sewage treatment and a processor that can run off a single glass of red wine
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
Remember that shapeshifting robot from Terminator 2 who could get shot in the face and heal within seconds? In Spain, scientists have developed a self-healing polymer that is basically a plastic version of that guy. The plastic, which has been nicknamed “Terminator,” can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention. In other green tech and design news, the world’s first 3D scanner for iPads raised more than $ 300,000 on Kickstarter in a single day, more than tripling its $ 100,000 goal. Tesla continued its assault on automotive conventions this week when the company announced plans to develop a self-driving car by 2016. In Nevada, a rocket-shaped bicycle set a new land speed record after ripping through the desert at 83 MPH. And just when we thought we’d seen everything that mobile phones have to offer, enter PhoneBloks, a nifty new concept phone made from a series of modular components that can be snapped together like Lego bricks.
Affordable is a relative term, but in the world of rocket science Japan’s recently launched Epsilon qualifies as such. Costing just $ 37-million (NASA claims a typical launch costs around $ 450-million) to send off, Jaxa — Japan’s space agency — rightly considers it a steal. Epsilon launched from the south-west of the country at 2pm local time. Its mission? To deploy a telescope that Jaxa advises will observe our neighboring planets from its position in Earth’s orbit. The cost efficiency is being put down to the rocket’s artificial intelligence, something that slashes the man-power needed from 150 to 8. Let’s just hope the thriftiness wasn’t just to fund that other recent launch.
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SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has even openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first Iron Man film. But now it seems as though the imitation has come full circle: Musk tweeted last night that he’d “figured out how to design rocket parts just w[ith] hand movements,” and would post a video of the process “next week.” Favreau tweeted at Musk asking: “Like in Iron Man?” And Musk responded in the affirmative. See the full exchange below:
We’ve been watching as the SpaceX Grasshopper’s leap has grown higher and higher with each successive launch (and landing!), and the rocket’s flights never fail to impress. The reusable spacecraft’s latest test is no exception: this time, the ‘hopper sailed past its previous 840 feet record, stopping at 1,066 feet. According to the company, the launch had a “more precise” landing thanks to new sensors that measure distance between the ground and the vessel. It shows. The touch-down is both noticeably smoother than previous efforts and drama free compared to Russia’s explosive incident in Kazakhstan. The private spaceflight company’s latest video is after the break — do yourself a favor and watch it in HD.
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Source: SpaceX (YouTube)
Everything had suddenly gone quiet. He cocked his head, listening. No music from upstairs. No fireworks or shouting from the lake outside. The cabin was just… still. “Hello?”
He stood up. “Okay you guys, come on,” he said to the empty room. “I know what you’re doing. This is the scene where the guy who’s gone up to the cabin with his four friends suddenly realizes that the horrible creature has taken them all, right? And then like six seconds later it throws open the front door and comes after him. C’mon… try to be a little more creative, would ya?”
The Horrible Creature opened the front door. “You don’t have to be so harsh. I’m doing the best I can.”
An unmanned Russian Proton-M heavy rocket carrying 3 GPS related satellites blew up shortly after launch this morning and crashed in a huge ball of hellfire close by. The entire thing was caught on a live Russian news feed (video after the jump), where things appeared to go south quite fast. One minute it’s dealing with outerspace, the next back at earth. \* punching Styrofoam solar system mobile \* DAMMIT SPACE, WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST THE RUSKIES?
Hit the jump for the video.
A unmanned Russian Proton-M rocket exploded moments after leaving the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today, destroying its payload of three satellites intended for Russia’s Glonass GPS system. Fortunately no-one was injured, but local news service Interfax is reporting that nearly 500 tons of fuel from the craft has contaminated the crash site. There’s no word on what caused the disaster, but this model’s recent history is fraught with equipment failures — so if you’d like to see the latest disaster (spoiler: explosions) the video resides after the jump.
Via: The Verge
SpaceX last night released a video of the latest successful test flight of its Grasshopper prototype rocket, a spacecraft designed to launch and land vertically. We’ve already seen the Grasshopper hit some impressive marks, flying over 260 feet high in March before landing precisely back on the launch pad at SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas. But this latest test flight, Grasshopper’s fifth, continues SpaceX’s goal of launching the rocket to ever-increasing heights, this time up to 820 feet. Even more impressive, the rocket managed to hover in place at that height, holding “against wind,” before returning squarely to the launch pad, as SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted.