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#337: Autonomously Mapping the Seafloor, with Anthony DiMare

Robohub Podcast · Autonomously Mapping the Seafloor Anthony DiMare and Charles Chiau deep dive into how Bedrock Ocean is innovating in the world of Marine Surveys. At Bedrock Ocean, they are developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) that is able to map the seafloor autonomously and at a high resolution. They are also developing a …

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China launches another geostationary military satellite

A Long March 3B rocket takes off with the TJS 7 satellite. Credit: CASC China launched another military satellite Tuesday aboard a Long March 3B rocket, just four hours after liftoff of a different Chinese launcher with multiple prototype spacecraft for a planned constellation of orbiting internet relay nodes. The TJS 7 satellite launched at …

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SpaceX rolls out Falcon 9 rocket for space station cargo mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Cargo Dragon spacecraft stand on pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in florida on Wednesday. Credit: SpaceX On the cusp of ending a two-month SpaceX launch drought, ground crews raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical Wednesday on its launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for an engine …

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ULA readies Vulcan booster for cryogenic tanking test

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are streaming a live view of pad 41 as ULA rolls out a Vulcan pathfinder booster for cryogenic tanking tests. United Launch Alliance is rolling a test article for its new Vulcan rocket to a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Wednesday, moving the booster into position for a series of cryogenic tanking tests set …

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China launches demo satellites for internet constellation

A Long March 2C with, with an enlarged payload fairing, lifts off Tuesday from the Jiuquan space base. Credit: CASC China launched two test payloads Tuesday for a planned constellation of internet satellites, a step that could lead to launches of thousands more Chinese spacecraft to match similar commercial networks already being deployed by SpaceX …

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Space station spacewalk postponed by astronaut medical issue

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA A planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday was postponed after NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei was diagnosed with a pinched nerve, which NASA described as a “minor medical issue.” Vande Hei planned to head outside the space station Tuesday with Japanese …

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Soyuz rocket delivers in ninth launch for OneWeb

Fire and exhaust from the 32 rocket engine nozzles power a Soyuz-2.1b launcher off the ground at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: Roscosmos Another 34 satellites for OneWeb’s internet network successfully launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, giving the UK-based company a fleet of 288 spacecraft. The …

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Chinese astronauts complete second spacewalk outside space station

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming wave to a video camera while outside the Tianhe core module of China’s space station Friday. Credit: Xinhua Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming accomplished a nearly six-hour spacewalk Friday outside the core module of the country’s new space station, installing a coolant pump and lifting a …

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Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials

By Francois Barthelat Flying fish use their fins both to swim and glide through the air. Smithsonian Institution/Flickr The big idea Segmented hinges in the long, thin bones of fish fins are critical to the incredible mechanical properties of fins, and this design could inspire improved underwater propulsion systems, new robotic materials and even new …

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft returns to processing facility for valve work

After valve problems caused it to miss an opportunity to launch earlier this month on a test flight to the International Space Station, Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule returned to a processing facility at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday after being removed from its Atlas 5 launcher at nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. United Launch …

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