What's New in Robotics?  12.03.2021

News briefs for the week take a look at  ABB’s new entrants to the market, the “rebounding” sales forecast for collaborative robots through 2025, unicorn valuations finally come to robotics, the explosion in the need for warehouse space, why the cobot revolution in life science labs, and the rise of “brainy” cobots, Rebounding cobot market …

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SpaceX adds more satellites to Starlink internet fleet

A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 3:13 a.m. EST (0813 GMT) Thursday. Credit: SpaceX Continuing a high-tempo launch cadence, SpaceX delivered another batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit early Thursday after a seemingly flawless liftoff from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Then Falcon 9 …

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ULA, SpaceX split military launch contract awards

Artist’s illustration of a Vulcan Centaur launch. Credit: United Launch Alliance The U.S. Space Force announced Tuesday that it awarded $384 million in contracts to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, giving each company two missions to launch military satellites in 2023. United Launch Alliance won task orders for the USSF-112 and USSF-87 missions. Both launches …

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Stacking complete for SLS boosters

The twin solid rocket boosters for the Artemis 1 mission are stacked on the SLS Mobile Launcher inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Credit: NASA/Isaac Watson The twin 177-foot-tall (54-meter) solid-fueled boosters for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System have been stacked inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy …

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NASA astronaut joins Russian Soyuz crew for April flight to space station

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos pose for a crew portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. Credit: Roscosmos NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, veteran of a 168-day stay in space in 2017-18, will join two Russian cosmonauts aboard …

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Launch of asteroid deflection demonstrator slips to November

NASA’s DART spacecraft is prepared for thermal testing in February. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman The launch of a NASA spacecraft designed to smash into an asteroid to try out a technique that could protect Earth from threatening space rocks has slipped from July until November, at the earliest, after development delays partially caused by …

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Delta 4-Heavy rocket erected on Vandenberg launch pad

A Delta 4-Heavy rocket stands inside the mobile shelter on Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of liftoff later this spring. Credit: United Launch Alliance United Launch Alliance recently raised a Delta 4-Heavy rocket, one of four left in the company’s backlog, vertical on its launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base …

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SpaceX eyes mobile connectivity market on eve of launching 60 more Starlink satellites

A Falcon 9 rocket stands on pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station ahead of the next launch of Starlink internet satellites. Credit: Steven Young/Spaceflight Now The next 60 Starlink internet satellites are awaiting a ride from Cape Canaveral into space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday night as SpaceX seeks regulatory authority to …

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Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones

Insects’ remarkable acrobatic traits help them navigate the aerial world, with all of its wind gusts, obstacles, and general uncertainty. Image: courtesy of Kevin Yufeng Chen By Daniel Ackerman If you’ve ever swatted a mosquito away from your face, only to have it return again (and again and again), you know that insects can be …

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#329: Robots-as-a-Service, with Afshin Doust

Image credit: Techcouver Robohub Podcast · Robots-as-a-Service In this episode, Lilly interviews Afshin Doust, CEO of Advanced Intelligent Systems. Doust explains the company’s modular, robots-as-a-service subscription business model. They discuss robotic solutions for the agricultural industry, disinfecting robots to combat COVID19, and other exciting new developments at AIS. Afshin Doust Afshin Doust is the Chief …

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