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PRIVATE MISSIONS TO THE ISS
NASA & Virgin Galactic Offer Private ISS Missions
Virgin Galactic's Share Price Soars
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and NASA announced today that they are jointly developing a program for private missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Likely candidates for the private missions include scientific researchers, wealthy private citizens and space tourists. The announcement sent shares of Virgin Galactic soaring by more than 14% as the NYSE opened. Virgin Galactic, like Elon Musk's SpaceX, is building a growing portfolio of business relationships with NASA.
Virgin Galactic's Role
Virgin Galactic will identify entities interested in buying private missions to the ISS. The cost is extremely pricey. A ticket to and from the ISS costs an estimated $58 million plus $35,000 per night onboard the ISS. The company will provide members of the private missions astronaut training programs, transportation and necessary resources both while in orbit and on the ground as part of the preparations for the mission.
NASA's Strategy of Working with Private Companies
NASA is increasingly working with companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic as it prepares for its manned mission to the Moon in 2024. NASA's strategy is to reduce costs through the partnerships. A few weeks ago, SpaceX successfully transported two US astronauts to the ISS. That was the first launch of US astronauts from US soil in more than a decade. NASA will debut a new space launch system for the journey to the Moon in 2021. NASA has big plans for a long-term presence on the Moon and a manned mission to Mars during the 2020's...all of which will be accomplished with strategic business partnerships.
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…