Space X unveils Dragon V2: The GenNext Manned Spacecraft is here

dragonv2Space X has unveiled its 1st manned dragon spaceship – The Next Generation Space X Dragon V2. The private spaceflight industry has been making good progress towards manned space mission capability and fittingly it was Space X CEO Elon Musk who revealed the design of Dragon V2 on 30th May, 2014 at 02.00 Hours May 30th Greenwich Mean Time. The Dragon V2 is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

The Dragon V2 would be Space X’s manned version of the Dragon spacecraft which has already made made 3 trips carrying cargo back and forth from the International Space Station under a $1.6 Billion contract with NASA.

Space X is one of the three companies, Boeing and Sierra Nevada being the others who are competing for funding from NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program with the goal of developing a private spacecraft that can carry U.S.A. astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The primary objective of NASA’s commercial crew program is to develop spacecrafts that can launch humans to Low Earth Orbits (LEO) and potentially astronauts to the International Space Station.

So I’ll let Elon Musk and the Space X team to present Dragon V2 to you 🙂

 

 

 

 

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‘Quantum Compass’: Navigation technology that might replace GPS

GPS is synonymical identified with navigation and is a commonly used for positioning technologies. GPS is one of the best inventions of the internet age but there are a few issues that limit the usage of GPS. The fact that GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) are based on Satellites mean that they cannot be used if there are signals e.g. inside a cave, underwater, inside the parking lot: The drawbacks of Space based technology.

GPS_SatellitesScientists from UK claim to have found a way to replace GPS and without any kind of space based technology. It all started with research findings that revealed that LASERS can trap and cool atoms placed in vacuum. How cold? To temperatures just a millionth of a degree above absolute zero and of course, The research went onto win the Noble Prize. At these temperatures, atoms are extremely sensitive to changes in Earth’s Magnetic and Gravitational field.

Scientists at the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL) have utilized these research findings to trap the atoms on a small device, study their fluctuations to allow them to track their movements and pinpoint their locations with precision.  At the moment, trails have been carried out using a device that is roughly 1 metre in length. The key really lies in the ability to create these devices at miniature sizes that can then be fitted inside a Smartphone.

Quantum Compass

Quantum Time, Navigation and Sensing (TNS) technologies could really change the way we navigate in the future. One of the biggest advantages of using Quantum Compass is that there is no known Physical law that can disturb these devices unlike the GPS which is vulnerable to attack and disturbance.

While this technology is perhaps more interesting to Militaries around the world with the ability to locate underwater and no vulnerability, it is only natural that with time this could really change the Navigation world. Already we had several interesting research papers on utilizing the magnetic field of the earth for positioning and navigation, this is perhaps the biggest research to have emerged in that direction. 

Aside from navigation, quantum clocks could also be a lucrative market around the world.

The exploitation of quantum mechanics that underpins the laws of nature at the smallest length scales has already given the world a wealth of new technologies including semiconductors, microprocessors, lasers, nuclear energy, thermal imagers and digital cameras. – DailyMail

Quantum Compass: Navigation Technology of the future? What do you think? Let us know 🙂

Source: DailyMail

 

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