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Space Tourism Adventure of a Lifetime
SpaceX and Space Adventures Join Forces to Launch Tourists into Space
Source: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Orbiting High Above the International Space Station
Elon Musk's SpaceX and Virginia based Space Adventures are joining forces to send four tourists on a dedicated Crew Dragon mission to space. Crew Dragon is a completely autonomous spacecraft developed by SpaceX with three windows. The design and windows are aimed at providing tourists, scientists and astronauts with a great view of the earth, moon and solar system as they whisk through space. The tourist space trip will last for five days and will fly in orbit twice as high as the International Space Station
World Altitude Record Targeted
The flight will occur in late 2021. It's aimed at setting a new world record. Targeting an orbit twice higher than the International Space Station will result in the world altitude record for private citizen space flight. ISS orbits at an altitude of 410 kilometers. Crew Dragon wants to orbit at an altitude of 1000 kilometers plus.
Is This a $52 Million Ticket to Fly?
There are several fascinating unknowns about this adventure. First, the cost for a ticket. Some reports suggest is might be as high as $52 million per seat. And, the Crew Dragon is fully autonomous. It's not known if the tourists will be joined by an astronaut.
All US Space Technology
Space Adventures is best known for arranging flights for private citizens to the International Space Station. The US company has ferried 7 private citizens to the ISS using Russian made Soyuz spacecraft. This new venture with SpaceX and Crew Dragon will be the first orbital space tourism experience on entirely US space technology. This year, SpaceX is scheduled to launch NASA astronauts to the ISS on Crew Dragon for the first time. It's the dawn of opening up space travel to ordinary citizens.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…