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SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines Monday – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away. But first, SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Monday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast that…

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch: Why has it been delayed? When will it launch?

Although SpaceX has chosen not to set a definite launch date, the Falcon Heavy was due to perform a series of static-fire tests this week. Crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida were spotted on Monday loading the vertical Falcon Heavy spacecraft with fuel at Launch Pad 39-A. Unfortunately, the tests were twice postponed due to “logistical and safety concerns”. It is thought that SpaceX has now been made to step aside to allow the launch of the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V rocket later today (January 19).…

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Audi Smart Energy Network pilot has EVs assisting the grid – Roadshow

Back when plug-in hybrids were just beginning to appear, there was some concern that adding a whole bunch of cars to the electric grid could overtax it and cause problems. Now, Audi’s built a system where its cars do precisely the opposite. Audi will kick off a new pilot project called Audi Smart Energy Network in both Ingolstadt and Zurich. The program combines stationary storage batteries with differently sized solar installations. Control software distributes the solar energy based on how much it thinks the car or house will need. The…

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SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines this week – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away. But first, SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Friday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast that…

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SpaceX to fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines this week – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away, but first SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Tuesday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast…

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Mission to Mars EASIER thanks to discovery of WATER on Red Planet

Scientists used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to discover eight sites beneath the Martian surface where there are thick deposits of ice. Experts believe the ice deposits which fell as snow “long ago”, have been preserved by up to two metres of ice-cemented rock and dust. The scientists behind the discovery believe the findings could make future Mars missions easier, and will help reveal the history of Mars’ climate. The study’s lead author, Colin Dundas of the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, said: “There is shallow…

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Virgin eyeing Heathrow and Gatwick Airport fast-speed travel thanks to Hyperloop pods

Virgin believes Elon Musk’s Hyperloop system could be the answer to London’s airport runway expansion problems. Sir Richard Branson’s firm believes Hyperloop pods, which can travel up to 670mph, would effectively turn the capital’s three airports into one “hub”. It’s estimated passengers would only need five minutes to travel in a Hyperloop between Gatwick and Heathrow, and seven to Stansted.  Sir Richard has previously described the Hyperloop as the “world’s most revolutionary train service”. He has also invested £65million in Hyperloop One, a California start-up he chairs, which has built…

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch date: What time is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy static fire TODAY?

Although SpaceX has shied away from setting a concrete launch date in stone, a static-fire test is expected around 9pm GMT (4pm EST) today. Crews at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have already loaded up the spacecraft with fuel and the rocket is standing vertical at Launch Pad 39A. If Falcon Heavy successfully fires all 27 of its impressive engines, the monstrous rocket should be given the green light for lift-off later in January. The Florida-based space centre said: “Currently this launch is targeted for no earlier than (NET)…

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Elon Musk: So-called Valley sex party was just ‘nerds on a couch’ – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Sex party? What sex party? (Elon Musk is actually speaking here at an astronautical congress last fall in Australia.) Peter Parks / AFP/Getty Images It rained a lot in the San Francisco Bay Area this week and every time I saw a puddle in the road, I couldn’t help thinking about Silicon Valley’s sex parties. As related by Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang in her forthcoming book “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley,”…

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Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars

Huge ice sheets more than 300 feet deep have been discovered on Mars, making it possible that human astronauts could have access to almost limitless water, scientists said Thursday. “Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need,” said one of the report’s authors, Shane Byrne of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Snow and ice covering dunes on Mars’ Northern hemisphere in a photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in May 2017. NASA /…

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