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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.
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living Source: Stock images of football players 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
Superstar Robot Packers Source: CMC CartonWrap 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.