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New Tech Spins-Flings Rockets to Space
SpinLaunch: Launching Rockets with a Giant Centrifuge
Tremendous Fuel Savings
A Long Beach, California based company has developed a unique breakthrough technology that literally flings rockets into space. The technology is under development with big investment backing and a contract from the US Department of Defense. The SpinLaunch system is a giant centrifuge, the size of a football field, that will spin rockets up to 5,000 mph and then fling them out for orbit into space. What's the key value: tremendous fuel savings. The company says, it will be able to do 5 launches a day at a cost of $250,000 per launch as a result of the fuel savings.
Giant Centrifuge and Kinetic Energy
The giant centrifuge launch system is based on kinetic energy. Inside the centrifuge, which is a partial vacuum, a long arm with a launch vehicle on one end and a counterweight on the other, starts accelerating the spin speed over a few hours. At peak velocity of about 5,000 mph, an airlock opens and the rocket is released.
One Minutes Worth of Fuel
At 200,000 feet into the flight, the rocket's engines turn on to give it a boost into orbit. SpinLaunch says that only one minute's worth of fuel burn is required. This technology is worth watching because of its investment and US government backing interest. It's now being tested and the testing is being ramped up. By the end of 2020, the company plans to launch a 110 pound test vehicle into suborbital flight. If all goes well, this launch system could yield tremendous fuel savings and greatly cut the cost of launching payloads, like internet communications satellites, into space. To take a browse of Edward Kane's latest books on big new innovations, go to amazon.com/author/ekane I co-authored the books with Ed.
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.
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…
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…