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Richard Skaggs 2017-01-27
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BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news, including a new, upgraded spacesuit.

Plus, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says he has no plans to run for president of the United States and Apple has created a feature for customers to find lost Airpod earphones.

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Daniel Martin 2017-12-05
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Imagine the frightening scenario—dramatised in movies like Gravity and 2001—where an astronaut gets sick or disoriented during a spacewalk.

Confused, and on the cusp of losing consciousness, she struggles to operate the suit’s jetpack.

Unable to get her bearings, and without a tether to keep her secured to the space station, she drifts farther and farther away until all hope is lost.

Now instead of that scenario, imagine the struggling astronaut presses an emergency button which automatically takes her back to the International Space Station or another space-based habitat.

Such a system is currently under development at Draper Labs, and it could soon become a standard feature on spacesuits.

To develop this “take me home” technology, Draper’s engineers had to design a system capable of pinpointing an astronaut’s location relative to the return point, and compute an optimal return trajectory taking time, oxygen consumption, safety, and clearance considerations into account.

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Adrian Bray 2017-08-23
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The unveiling of this functional spacesuit is another step toward Elon Musk's plan to send humans to the Red Planet.

We’ve known about Elon Musk’s ambitions to send human beings to Mars for quite some time.

On Wednesday, Musk’s aerospace transport company made another giant leap toward these goals by revealing the SpaceX spacesuit it hopes to use to transport astronauts to and from outer space.

In 2014, NASA announced it awarded government contracts to both Boeing and SpaceX to ferry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX has already proven its ability to launch and land recycled rockets and also the viability of the Dragon Capsule its plans to use to ship astronauts to and from the ISS.

However, despite leaked unverified images on Reddit, we had yet to see a fully functional spacesuit — a crucial aspect of any space-faring aims.

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Edmond Mccolpin 2017-12-04
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New research from Draper into technology that could build a self-return system into spacesuits would produce a significant leap in astronaut safety during activities in outer space.

Draper researchers filed a patent for an automated ‘take-me-home’ feature that would turn spacesuits from mostly manual affairs to something that could guide itself back to safe shelter in the case of an accident.

Once triggered, either by the astronaut themselves, or by another crew member or even ground station staff, the spacesuit’s built-in thrusters would autonomously guide itself back to a designated safe location.

It’s designed around the challenges of navigating in outer space, where there is no GPS, and it has to take into account conditions that might impact survivability, including remaining oxygen level and fuel available for the thrusters.

Even if the system doesn’t have to take over entirely, it can provide guidance to an astronaut inside using visual cues on a HUD that shows up on the spacesuit visor.

It can also provide audio ‘turn-by-turn’ directions, as well as even tactile feedback to provide proper instructions in case something happens during extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and there’s cause for deviation from the standard plan.

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Pedro Cote 2017-12-05
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Researchers from a company called Draper have created a way for astronauts to avoid being lost in space no matter how disoriented they become.

The researchers have created a “fool-proof way to return to the spacecraft” according to Kevin Duda, a space systems engineer at the company.

Duda and his team have studied astronauts on the ISS and filed for a patent for a system that ensures self-return too the spacecraft even when no one is available to rescue them.

The team working in the new system says that it an advance that is long overdue.

Current spacesuits used on the ISS have no method of returning to the spacecraft in an emergency.

The system the team designed is able to determine its precise location in space where GPS isn’t available.

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Charles Michels 2017-08-23
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Now that SpaceX has a string of successful launches and International Space Station visits under its belt, it’s time to start looking further into the future.

That future, of course, includes manned missions.

Though the first manned mission for its Crew Dragon capsule won’t take place until next year, today Elon Musk is giving us a look at how those astronauts will be outfitted when they eventually make their flight.

In a new post to his Instagram account, Elon Musk revealed SpaceX’s spacesuit.

At first glance, it looks a lot different from NASA’s own Extravehicular Mobility Unit (the white suit astronauts wear during spacewalks) and Advanced Crew Escape Suit (the orange suit astronauts wear during launches).

In fact, it’s aesthetic almost gives it a futuristic feel.

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Eric Calvillo 2017-08-24
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 8 vs. Google Pixel 2: All three of these phones are slated to be released, if not in stores, over the next 60 days.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is already a known comodity, but with the iPhone and Pixel, we don’t know all of the features.

Good thing is that we have a lot of rumors.

With price as a factor, which one of these three phones would you purchase?

Iceland Drone Delivery: Reykjavik has become one of the few cities in the world to allow drones to carryout residential deliveries.

A video posted online this week shows the drone zipping from one side of the river to a customer on the other side.

collect
0
Jason Vest 2017-03-13
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If you’ve ever worn a spacesuit during a moonwalk or EVA, and I know a lot of you have, you were probably frustrated by how difficult it is to move around — both with the restrictions of the suit itself and the limitations on what you can see and feel.

Researchers at MIT’s Man Vehicle Lab want to make things easier with boots and other wearables that give the user haptic feedback warning them of obstacles they might not see.

It’s a serious consideration when you’re on a mission where every second counts; we can all have a laugh now seeing footage of astronauts biffing it into moon dust, but if that uses up valuable breathable air or takes place during a time-sensitive operation like a rescue, it’s not so funny any more.

That’s why Professor Leia Stirling and grad students at MIT are looking into alternative ways to keep astronauts informed of what’s around them so they can not just avoid stumbles, but make informed decisions.

“There’s a lot of different questions that we’re asking within the lab to help with different decisions that need to be made,” Stirling told TechCrunch.

“This particular project looked at how can we potentially help someone navigate their environment and avoid obstacles at the same time?”

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Michael Marcano 2017-08-23
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SpaceX works in mysterious ways, but today, Elon Musk decided to gift fans with the first-ever look at SpaceX’s space suits.

In just a few hours, fans have collectively lost their chill, and it’s not entirely unwarranted: the white-and-black aesthetic is sleek and sophisticated, like if Daft Punk went to Wimbledon.

The suits will be worn by NASA astronauts inside SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule, which will ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

While information is still thin, Musk says he plans to drop more tidbits about the spacesuit sometime in the next few days.

“Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup),” Musk wrote on Instagram, where he debuted the image.

“Already tested to double vacuum pressure.

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James Musick 2017-02-10
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Moon mission astronauts spent a lot of time on their butts.

Those moon walks may have looked bouncy and peaceful, but cumbersome space suits had Apollo astronauts tripping and falling all over the place.

And while it might seem silly—especially the aftermath, which looks like a kid trying to stand up in a bulky snowsuit—it s actually pretty dangerous for one of those suits to meet a shard of lunar regolith.

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Lillie Snow 2017-08-24
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Elon Musk unveiled the SpaceX space suit.

Musk posted a picture of the suit to Instagram, where he made sure to alert his followers that it “actually works.”

“First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk said.

“More in days to follow.

Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup).

Already tested to double vacuum pressure.

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0
Glenn Vedder 2017-08-24

Elon Musk has unveiled the first glimpse of the spacesuit astronauts will wear aboard his SpaceX Dragon Capsule.

The suits, revealed in an Instagram post, look nothing like the clumsy, bulky spacesuits we are used to.

Instead, it seems future Mars colonists will make their way to the red planet in style and comfort.

During the Mercury space programme, which ran from 1958 to 1963, astronauts did not leave their spaceships so the first suits were much less bulky than those used in Apollo.

Because of this, their suits were thinner, with much smaller helmets.

Marrying practicality and style seems to have been an important factor when designing the SpaceX suit.

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Filiberto Lahey 2017-08-24
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Elon Musk has shared the very first picture of SpaceX’s own space suit and we have to say, we’re sold.

The suit is just about everything you could want from a space suit, blending sleek design with a level of practical futurism that makes it feel like a logical step forward from today’s designs.

What sets the suit truly apart however is the fact that unlike international space agencies, SpaceX actually took visual aesthetics into consideration.

When it comes to space, looking-good has always been just about at the bottom of an engineer’s list of objectives when creating a new piece of equipment.

This is also then reinforced by the fact that most of the time all social kudos is immediately won simply because you are actually orbiting the Earth in space.

That being said, SpaceX is a commercial space agency, and it’s also one that’s striving to make space more accessible both to astronauts from NASA and the public too.

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Jennifer Ervin 2017-08-23
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Tesla boss Elon Musk has taken a break from warning us about murderous AI and killer robots to reveal the first images of his SpaceX space suit.

The CEO shared the picture on Instagram, pointing out that it wasn’t a mockup but a fully functioning suit that’s been tested to double the vacuum pressure of space.

SpaceX designed the spacesuit to look sleek and stylish while retaining its essential functions, something Musk said was “incredibly hard.” It certainly appears less bulky than the classic spacesuits we’re used to seeing, and seems to offer more freedom of movement.

In May last year, it was reported that Musk had commissioned Hollywood designer Jose Fernandez, who had worked on the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman, and Captain America costumes, to help create the spacesuit.

The images that appeared on Reddit at the time look pretty much identical to what Musk showed today.

The suits are pressured and not meant for spacewalks; they're worn by NASA astronauts in case the Dragon capsule depressurizes during transportation to and from the International Space Station

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Sonja Clemmons 2017-09-08
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Elon Musk is fond of sharing updates on his many ventures via social media, and today he was right back at it, revealing the first full-length look at the SpaceX spacesuit.

Posted to Instagram, the figure shown is wearing a sleek white suit with black gloves and boots.

The person is standing next to a Crew Dragon, a SpaceX capsule designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and elsewhere.

As The Verge explains, the spacesuit is intended to be worn while traveling in the Crew Dragon.

The suits are pressurized, so if the cabin loses pressure for whatever reason, the astronauts will be kept alive.

Musk previously shared an image of the SpaceX spacesuit, however that image only showed the top half and helmet.

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Mildred Billups 2018-02-07
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Starman and his space Tesla have sent their last selfie from Earth orbit, Elon Musk announced.

The car and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system — but not in a hurry.

At a press conference yesterday, he prepared us all for the inevitable shutdown of the most strangely fascinating live stream since Puddle Watch.

“The battery’s going to last about 12 hours from launch, roughly,” he said.

“After that it’s just going to be out there in deep space for maybe millions, maybe billions of years, who knows?

Maybe discovered by some alien race that’ll be like, ‘What were they doing?

collect
0
Richard Skaggs 2017-01-27
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BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news, including a new, upgraded spacesuit.

Plus, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says he has no plans to run for president of the United States and Apple has created a feature for customers to find lost Airpod earphones.

Adrian Bray 2017-08-23
img

The unveiling of this functional spacesuit is another step toward Elon Musk's plan to send humans to the Red Planet.

We’ve known about Elon Musk’s ambitions to send human beings to Mars for quite some time.

On Wednesday, Musk’s aerospace transport company made another giant leap toward these goals by revealing the SpaceX spacesuit it hopes to use to transport astronauts to and from outer space.

In 2014, NASA announced it awarded government contracts to both Boeing and SpaceX to ferry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX has already proven its ability to launch and land recycled rockets and also the viability of the Dragon Capsule its plans to use to ship astronauts to and from the ISS.

However, despite leaked unverified images on Reddit, we had yet to see a fully functional spacesuit — a crucial aspect of any space-faring aims.

Pedro Cote 2017-12-05
img

Researchers from a company called Draper have created a way for astronauts to avoid being lost in space no matter how disoriented they become.

The researchers have created a “fool-proof way to return to the spacecraft” according to Kevin Duda, a space systems engineer at the company.

Duda and his team have studied astronauts on the ISS and filed for a patent for a system that ensures self-return too the spacecraft even when no one is available to rescue them.

The team working in the new system says that it an advance that is long overdue.

Current spacesuits used on the ISS have no method of returning to the spacecraft in an emergency.

The system the team designed is able to determine its precise location in space where GPS isn’t available.

Eric Calvillo 2017-08-24
img

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 8 vs. Google Pixel 2: All three of these phones are slated to be released, if not in stores, over the next 60 days.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is already a known comodity, but with the iPhone and Pixel, we don’t know all of the features.

Good thing is that we have a lot of rumors.

With price as a factor, which one of these three phones would you purchase?

Iceland Drone Delivery: Reykjavik has become one of the few cities in the world to allow drones to carryout residential deliveries.

A video posted online this week shows the drone zipping from one side of the river to a customer on the other side.

Michael Marcano 2017-08-23
img

SpaceX works in mysterious ways, but today, Elon Musk decided to gift fans with the first-ever look at SpaceX’s space suits.

In just a few hours, fans have collectively lost their chill, and it’s not entirely unwarranted: the white-and-black aesthetic is sleek and sophisticated, like if Daft Punk went to Wimbledon.

The suits will be worn by NASA astronauts inside SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule, which will ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

While information is still thin, Musk says he plans to drop more tidbits about the spacesuit sometime in the next few days.

“Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup),” Musk wrote on Instagram, where he debuted the image.

“Already tested to double vacuum pressure.

Lillie Snow 2017-08-24
img

Elon Musk unveiled the SpaceX space suit.

Musk posted a picture of the suit to Instagram, where he made sure to alert his followers that it “actually works.”

“First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” Musk said.

“More in days to follow.

Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup).

Already tested to double vacuum pressure.

Filiberto Lahey 2017-08-24
img

Elon Musk has shared the very first picture of SpaceX’s own space suit and we have to say, we’re sold.

The suit is just about everything you could want from a space suit, blending sleek design with a level of practical futurism that makes it feel like a logical step forward from today’s designs.

What sets the suit truly apart however is the fact that unlike international space agencies, SpaceX actually took visual aesthetics into consideration.

When it comes to space, looking-good has always been just about at the bottom of an engineer’s list of objectives when creating a new piece of equipment.

This is also then reinforced by the fact that most of the time all social kudos is immediately won simply because you are actually orbiting the Earth in space.

That being said, SpaceX is a commercial space agency, and it’s also one that’s striving to make space more accessible both to astronauts from NASA and the public too.

Sonja Clemmons 2017-09-08
img

Elon Musk is fond of sharing updates on his many ventures via social media, and today he was right back at it, revealing the first full-length look at the SpaceX spacesuit.

Posted to Instagram, the figure shown is wearing a sleek white suit with black gloves and boots.

The person is standing next to a Crew Dragon, a SpaceX capsule designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and elsewhere.

As The Verge explains, the spacesuit is intended to be worn while traveling in the Crew Dragon.

The suits are pressurized, so if the cabin loses pressure for whatever reason, the astronauts will be kept alive.

Musk previously shared an image of the SpaceX spacesuit, however that image only showed the top half and helmet.

Daniel Martin 2017-12-05
img

Imagine the frightening scenario—dramatised in movies like Gravity and 2001—where an astronaut gets sick or disoriented during a spacewalk.

Confused, and on the cusp of losing consciousness, she struggles to operate the suit’s jetpack.

Unable to get her bearings, and without a tether to keep her secured to the space station, she drifts farther and farther away until all hope is lost.

Now instead of that scenario, imagine the struggling astronaut presses an emergency button which automatically takes her back to the International Space Station or another space-based habitat.

Such a system is currently under development at Draper Labs, and it could soon become a standard feature on spacesuits.

To develop this “take me home” technology, Draper’s engineers had to design a system capable of pinpointing an astronaut’s location relative to the return point, and compute an optimal return trajectory taking time, oxygen consumption, safety, and clearance considerations into account.

Edmond Mccolpin 2017-12-04
img

New research from Draper into technology that could build a self-return system into spacesuits would produce a significant leap in astronaut safety during activities in outer space.

Draper researchers filed a patent for an automated ‘take-me-home’ feature that would turn spacesuits from mostly manual affairs to something that could guide itself back to safe shelter in the case of an accident.

Once triggered, either by the astronaut themselves, or by another crew member or even ground station staff, the spacesuit’s built-in thrusters would autonomously guide itself back to a designated safe location.

It’s designed around the challenges of navigating in outer space, where there is no GPS, and it has to take into account conditions that might impact survivability, including remaining oxygen level and fuel available for the thrusters.

Even if the system doesn’t have to take over entirely, it can provide guidance to an astronaut inside using visual cues on a HUD that shows up on the spacesuit visor.

It can also provide audio ‘turn-by-turn’ directions, as well as even tactile feedback to provide proper instructions in case something happens during extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and there’s cause for deviation from the standard plan.

Charles Michels 2017-08-23
img

Now that SpaceX has a string of successful launches and International Space Station visits under its belt, it’s time to start looking further into the future.

That future, of course, includes manned missions.

Though the first manned mission for its Crew Dragon capsule won’t take place until next year, today Elon Musk is giving us a look at how those astronauts will be outfitted when they eventually make their flight.

In a new post to his Instagram account, Elon Musk revealed SpaceX’s spacesuit.

At first glance, it looks a lot different from NASA’s own Extravehicular Mobility Unit (the white suit astronauts wear during spacewalks) and Advanced Crew Escape Suit (the orange suit astronauts wear during launches).

In fact, it’s aesthetic almost gives it a futuristic feel.

Jason Vest 2017-03-13
img

If you’ve ever worn a spacesuit during a moonwalk or EVA, and I know a lot of you have, you were probably frustrated by how difficult it is to move around — both with the restrictions of the suit itself and the limitations on what you can see and feel.

Researchers at MIT’s Man Vehicle Lab want to make things easier with boots and other wearables that give the user haptic feedback warning them of obstacles they might not see.

It’s a serious consideration when you’re on a mission where every second counts; we can all have a laugh now seeing footage of astronauts biffing it into moon dust, but if that uses up valuable breathable air or takes place during a time-sensitive operation like a rescue, it’s not so funny any more.

That’s why Professor Leia Stirling and grad students at MIT are looking into alternative ways to keep astronauts informed of what’s around them so they can not just avoid stumbles, but make informed decisions.

“There’s a lot of different questions that we’re asking within the lab to help with different decisions that need to be made,” Stirling told TechCrunch.

“This particular project looked at how can we potentially help someone navigate their environment and avoid obstacles at the same time?”

James Musick 2017-02-10
img

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video

This live video has ended.

See what else is new

Moon mission astronauts spent a lot of time on their butts.

Those moon walks may have looked bouncy and peaceful, but cumbersome space suits had Apollo astronauts tripping and falling all over the place.

And while it might seem silly—especially the aftermath, which looks like a kid trying to stand up in a bulky snowsuit—it s actually pretty dangerous for one of those suits to meet a shard of lunar regolith.

Glenn Vedder 2017-08-24

Elon Musk has unveiled the first glimpse of the spacesuit astronauts will wear aboard his SpaceX Dragon Capsule.

The suits, revealed in an Instagram post, look nothing like the clumsy, bulky spacesuits we are used to.

Instead, it seems future Mars colonists will make their way to the red planet in style and comfort.

During the Mercury space programme, which ran from 1958 to 1963, astronauts did not leave their spaceships so the first suits were much less bulky than those used in Apollo.

Because of this, their suits were thinner, with much smaller helmets.

Marrying practicality and style seems to have been an important factor when designing the SpaceX suit.

Jennifer Ervin 2017-08-23
img

Tesla boss Elon Musk has taken a break from warning us about murderous AI and killer robots to reveal the first images of his SpaceX space suit.

The CEO shared the picture on Instagram, pointing out that it wasn’t a mockup but a fully functioning suit that’s been tested to double the vacuum pressure of space.

SpaceX designed the spacesuit to look sleek and stylish while retaining its essential functions, something Musk said was “incredibly hard.” It certainly appears less bulky than the classic spacesuits we’re used to seeing, and seems to offer more freedom of movement.

In May last year, it was reported that Musk had commissioned Hollywood designer Jose Fernandez, who had worked on the Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman, and Captain America costumes, to help create the spacesuit.

The images that appeared on Reddit at the time look pretty much identical to what Musk showed today.

The suits are pressured and not meant for spacewalks; they're worn by NASA astronauts in case the Dragon capsule depressurizes during transportation to and from the International Space Station

Mildred Billups 2018-02-07
img

Starman and his space Tesla have sent their last selfie from Earth orbit, Elon Musk announced.

The car and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system — but not in a hurry.

At a press conference yesterday, he prepared us all for the inevitable shutdown of the most strangely fascinating live stream since Puddle Watch.

“The battery’s going to last about 12 hours from launch, roughly,” he said.

“After that it’s just going to be out there in deep space for maybe millions, maybe billions of years, who knows?

Maybe discovered by some alien race that’ll be like, ‘What were they doing?