Hyperloop One wants to help Russians commute more quickly.The company, along with Russian investment firm Summa Group, has signed a deal with the City of Moscow to explore building a Hyperloop connected to Moscow's transportation grid."Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greaterMoscowarea, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today," Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One, said in a statement."Our longer term vision is to work withRussiato implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers fromChinatoEuropein a day."Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, a startup working to develop Hyperloop technology, already has feasibility studies underway around the world, including in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Dubai, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as the Port of Los Angeles.The company tested its propulsion system on a test track in Las Vegas in May and aims to have a full-scale version by the end of this year.NOW WATCH: Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistakeLoading video...
Hyperloop One Inc. said Tuesday it is exploring building the ultra-speedy tube transport system in Moscow, the latest validation of the startup s goal of a futuristic transport network.Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and chairman of Hyperloop One, said that such a system in the sprawling metropolis could cut commuting time down to a fraction of what it is today.Hyperloop One is one of the startups aiming to commercialize the idea that billionaire inventor Elon Musk floated in a 2013 paper—transporting people in low-pressure tubes at 760 miles an hour, nearly the speed of sound.It is jockeying with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. to be the first to bring Mr. Musk s idea to life.Hyperloop One said its is exploring building the Moscow hyperloop to connect into the city s existing transport grid.Further down the road, Hyperloop One s ambition is to build a cargo route from China to Europe , Mr. Pishevar said, moving freight containers between them in a day.
A conceptual image shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule: there are no functioning Hyperloops anywhere in the world.Photograph: APMoscow has signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One to explore building a futuristic, high-speed transportation system known as a Hyperloop in the Russian capital.Hyperloop can improve life dramatically for the 16 million people in the greater Moscow area, cutting their commute to a fraction of what it is today, Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One, said in a press release.The Hyperloop One chief executive officer, Rob Lloyd, said it is unclear how much it will cost to build a Hyperloop in Moscow, and the system would not necessarily travel at its top speed in such a metropolitan area.To successfully transport passengers, designers will have to overcome challenges including motion sickness and fear of travelling at high speeds in a sealed tube.Despite the challenges, Hyperloop One s Lloyd said last month the company would build a system capable of transporting cargo by 2019 and passengers by 2021.
Bulk loader Baroque used to test the new locks in the Panama Canal. The new locks are 427 meters long, 55 meters wide and 35 meters deep. With 35-40 vessel passes per day, every year 600 million tons of cargo to pass through the canal, a doubling compared to the old channel. Three hours it takes to lift a ship from sea level in the Pacific Ocean to the Gatún Lake 28 meters up. More than five billion US dollars estimated construction have cost so far. Then a few weeks tested channel system with the chartered bulk carrier Baroque, but on Sunday, June 26, the Chinese container ship Cosco has arrived from Piraeus in Greece and makes the official maiden voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the channel.
MOJAVE, Calif. Reuters - A space launch company bankrolled by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen intends to compete with space entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts by launching satellites into orbit from the world s biggest airplane.The advantage of Allen's approach will be the ability to position the plane so satellites can be directly delivered into very precise orbits and do so quickly, without launch range scheduling issues and weather-related delays, Chuck Beames, who oversees Allen s space ventures, said.Rather than transporting heavy cargo inside a main body section, Stratolaunch is a twin-fuselage craft that incorporates engines, landing gear, avionics and other parts from a pair of Boeing 747 jets coupled with a frame, wings and skin handmade of lightweight composites.Designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corp s Scaled Composites, the plane is similar in form and function to Scaled's aircraft built to ferry spaceships into the air and release them for independent rocket rides beyond the atmosphere, a service Richard Branson s Virgin Galactic intends to offer to paying passengers.Stratolaunch plans a similar service for satellites, particularly the low-Earth orbiting multi-hundred member constellations under development by companies including SpaceX and Google s Terra Bella to provide internet access, Earth imagery and other data.Allen played an early role in stimulating what has come to be called the new space industry, partnering with Scaled s founder Burt Rutan to pay for development of SpaceShipOne, the first and so far only privately funded spaceship to fly people beyond the atmosphere.
Last year NASA announced a plan to design commercial passenger airplanes that use electricity in an attempt to improve the loud, fuel-reliant planes the industry uses today.Dubbed "Maxwell," after 19th century scientists James Clerk Maxwell, it's NASA's first X-plane in 10 years, and it features 14 all-electric motors.The electric motors run on batteries, which in turn are charged with solar cells while the plane is on the ground.NASA hopes that this motor layout will cut the amount of energy needed to fly at a cruising speed of 175mph by five times."With the return of piloted X-planes to NASA s research capabilities – which is a key part of our 10-year-long New Aviation Horizons initiative – the general aviation-sized X-57 will take the first step in opening a new era of aviation," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in an announcement.The X-57 will go through testing for the next 4 years, afterwards NASA will investigate designing larger electric aircraft that can carry more passengers and possibly cargo.
There are many hazards in spaceflight, but one of the greatest is a fire inside a spacecraft filled with oxygen.Therefore the experiments NASA has conducted to date with fire in microgravity have been small and very well-controlled.Scientists at Glenn Research Center and 10 other U.S. and international government agencies and universities built a 1-meter by 1.3-meter long module, and placed a 1-meter long cotton-fiber sample inside to burn.So when the Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed from the station on Tuesday, the experiment was placed inside.Microgravity combustion research leads to the selection of safer materials for use in spacecraft, improved fire detection and suppression equipment for spacecraft, and improved combustion models that are being used for a variety of Earth-based applications including transportation and energy conversion."The spacecraft currently contains trash and other refuse from the station's crew, and after orbiting the planet for several more days it will make a controlled, destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Elon Musk s SpaceX program successfully launched two commercial communication satellites earlier this week.The return flight, however, was much bumpier than expected, with the rocket crashing into the drone ship.According to SpaceX s analysis of the collision, the impact was caused by liquid oxygen depletion that shut down the engines suddenly while the rocket was just above the deck.Without thrust to slow its descent, the rocket came crashing into the drone ship s decking.This type of an accident is not surprising, said Musk, who confirmed the company expects to achieve a 70 percent success rate on landings during what he describes is a year of experimentation.The ultimate goal of this project is to build a reusable rocket engine that can deploy its cargo and return safely to Earth.
Photograph: Getty ImagesRolls-Royce has unveiled its first driverless vehicle, a concept car that promises to help its owner announce their importance to the world.It has no steering wheel and a silk throne from which its occupants can watch the world go by.Their feet will be cushioned by the finest one-off deep-pile ivory wool carpet , while anyone worried about leg room will be satisfied thanks to extra space afforded by the removal of the chauffeur .The very size of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 announces the importance of its precious cargo, the carmaker explained, pointing to its vast dimensions – 5.9 metres long and 1.6 metres high.Who cares if it's a Rolls-Royce?The Vision Next 100 – the brainchild of Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce s director of design – was unveiled at the Roundhouse arts venue in north London on Thursday.
In between landing returning rocket boosters on small pads in the ocean, planning cargo trips to Mars, designing a mongo battery plant in Nevada, and playing more video games than a room full of 5th graders, it looks like Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has also put some time in at Nordys.This weekend Tesla is going to open its first Tesla showroom can t call it a salesroom — no dealer license yet in the Nordstrom at The Grove, a Los Angeles area retail multiplex, according to Fast Company.Tesla product specialists will be on hand to answer questions and, if shoppers desire, offer test rides — presumably with one or more other vehicles in the parking lot.Currently, there are just 215 Tesla showrooms around the world.Tesla decidedly does not want to sell through traditional auto dealers.But selling within Nordstrom, a retail enterprise with such a strong reputation for customer service that it s often cited on top 25 lists, is a natural fit.
Were you inspired when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talked about establishing a cargo route between Earth and Mars?Well, there are no real jobs yet, but NASA has a set of recruiting posters you can now download and print to keep the dream alive.The posters for the Martian corps have been displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center since 2009.You can either print them yourself or take them to a commercial print shop.In the Mars poster that most closely resembles the earlier recruiting pieces, an astronaut points directly at the view with the caption We Need You.Other posters are for teachers, surveyors, technicians, night shift workers, explorers, and farmers, with short, glowing job descriptions for each.
The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft S.S. Rick Husband departs the International Space Station on June 14, 2016 to end its delivery mission.The investigation will gather information that should help protect astronauts on long-duration missions, because fire is deemed one of the top risks for disabling a spacecraft or a space station, NASA officials have said."Saffire seeks to answer two questions," principal investigator David Urban said in a statement issued in March.Secondly, what fabrics and materials will catch fire, and how will they burn?"On June 15, Cygnus' handlers will also deploy five small cubesats from the cargo ship, which had been docked to the space station since March 26.The freighter will meet its planned doom June 22 by burning up in Earth's atmosphere, while carrying 3,000 lbs.
Robot manufacturer in California wants to revive an ethical debate on artificial intelligence, reports Science Alert. It was not just talk when Harley Davidson showed off an imaginary electric motorbike, writes Engadget. Now we just wonder: How will they preserve the sound of the engine? to launch the cargo ship to Mars and then follow up with trips for people, writes Elon Musk reveals plans Wired. Now companies can get to know about a Facebook ad makes you actually go to their business, writes Mashable. Condoms goes high-tech!
But that will be many years in the future," Musk told the Washington Post in a new interview detailing how the Mission to Mars technical journey is likely to evolve.Musk's space transportation company SpaceX currently has a $1.6bn contract with Nasa to routinely ferry cargo to and from the International Space Station ISS .In November 2015, SpaceX received official approval from Nasa to send astronauts from the US space agency to the ISS starting from 2017, as currently the only way into space is via Russia.SpaceX plans to start flying unmanned spacecraft to Mars from 2018 that are timed to occur every two years when Earth and the Red Planet are closest in orbit.Unmanned flights first to gather dataLife on Mars may not be that great to start with, if you even manage to get there at all"Essentially what we're saying is we're establishing a cargo route to Mars.If these autonomous spacecraft flights are successful and are proven to be safe enough for humans, then the first human mission will take place in 2025.
The uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship departed the International Space Station ISS on Tuesday at the end of a 12-week stay.The detachment procedure was carried out mainly by NASA controllers back on Earth though ISS astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake also offered some assistance during the operation.Five hours after leaving the space station, NASA set the ship alight.The findings could also validate NASA s material selection criteria, and offer better understanding about how microgravity and limited oxygen affect flame size.These will form part of a remote sensing satellite constellation that provides global ship tracking and weather monitoring.A couple of days later, however, Cygnus will experience an altogether more serious burning sensation as it disintegrates upon re-entering Earth s atmosphere somewhere high over the Pacific Ocean.
The world s most powerful rocket launched this weekend carrying... well, we re still not quite sure what it was carrying although speculation suggests a super secret spy satellite .Even it, however, is no match for the power of gathering storm-clouds, which forced the rocket into a several-hours-long holding period during its initial launch attempt last Thursday.Saturday afternoon, the US National Reconnaissance Office took a second, more successful stab at launching their secretive cargo.For now, this photo series shows the most powerful rocket launch you can see—and it is, indeed, an impressive sight to behold.Newer designs are already on their way to de-throne Delta IV, like SpaceX s Falcon Heavy.When it finally launches, perhaps as early as this year, it will be twice as powerful as the Delta IV.
U.S. aviation regulators are seeking a $350,000 fine against Amazon.com Inc., the Seattle-based online retailer, for allegedly sending hazardous shipments as air cargo.E-commerce giant Amazon, which has made two deals this year in an attempt to create its own air-shipping network, was charged Monday with improperly sending a caustic chemical that leaked and came in contact with nine workers at a United Parcel Service Inc. facility, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release.From February 2013 to September 2015 alone, Amazon was found to have violated the hazardous materials regulations 24 other times.Amazon also failed to include emergency response information on the package and didn t train employees on handling hazardous materials.Amazon takes seriously safety on the cargo airlines it uses and is working with the FAA on the issue, it said in an e-mailed statement.We ship tens of millions of products every day and have developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards and use any defects as an opportunity for continuous improvement, the company said in the statement.Companies hit by FAA fines can negotiate with the agency and penalties are sometimes reduced.The FAA s action comes a month after Amazon agreed to take as much as a 30 percent stake in Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. As part of the deal, Atlas will acquire and operate 20 Boeing Co. 767-300 freighters for Amazon, according to a May 5 statement.In March, Amazon announced it would work with Air Transport Services Group Inc. to operate another 20 Boeing 767 freighters.The retailer is moving swiftly to build up its delivery system in an attempt to reduce its dependence on UPS and FedEx Corp. as it expands its Prime membership service that delivers some orders in as little as one day.Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky downplayed Amazon s ambitions in an earnings call in January, saying the company wants to supplement the two shippers, not replace them.Documents reviewed by Bloomberg News reveal the company may be planning a bolder strategy to create a global delivery network to control the flow of goods from factories to customers doorsteps.At the same time, Amazon is developing drones capable of short-distance, rapid deliveries of small items.According to previous press releases on its website, the FAA has opened enforcement actions against Amazon for shipping flammable paint and other items without proper packaging and marking in at least four previous cases since 2014.
All images: ULA LaunchThe world s most powerful rocket launched this weekend carrying... well, we re still not quite sure what it was carrying although speculation suggests a super secret spy satellite .Even it, however, is no match for the power of gathering storm-clouds, which forced the rocket into a several-hours-long holding period during its initial launch attempt last Thursday.Saturday afternoon, the US National Reconnaissance Office took a second, more successful stab at launching their secretive cargo.For now, this photo series shows the most powerful rocket launch you can see—and it is, indeed, an impressive sight to behold.Newer designs are already on their way to dethrone Delta IV, like SpaceX s Falcon Heavy.When it finally launches, perhaps as early as this year, it will be twice as powerful as the Delta IV.
No stranger to sharing his desire to conduct missions to Mars, SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has yet again begun chattering about his interplanetary ambitions.In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post last week, Musk not only reiterated his intent on sending a spacecraft to Mars before the end of this decade but also detailed exactly when he plans on sending humans there as well.To do this, SpaceX will launch a new unmanned cargo ship roughly every two years — when Earth and Mars are the closest to one another — while it gears up to launch humanity s first manned mission in 2025.SpaceX s Dragon capsule Essentially what we re saying is we re establishing a cargo route to Mars, Musk said.Assuming the second launch goes well, SpaceX will then send its Mars Colonial Transporter on the route which further points towards the company s plan of setting up a full-fledged colony on the distant planet.Aside from pointing out the fact that everything would have to go according to plan for the company to hit its goal of landing on Mars in 2025, he also said the first mission wouldn t have a huge number of astronauts so as to avoid a potentially large loss of life in case of a disaster.
Amazon has a month to respond to the accusation.Amazon has a history of violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations, the FAA said in a release, explaining that between February 2013 and September 2015 the e-commerce giant was found to have breached regulations 24 other times.Commenting in relation to the FAA s proposed fine, Amazon told Reuters it ships tens of millions of products every day and have developed sophisticated technologies to detect potential shipping hazards and use any defects as an opportunity for continuous improvement, adding, We will continue to partner with the FAA in this area.For example, a UPS Boeing 747 aircraft leaving Dubai was brought down soon after take off by a lithium-battery fire that started in its cargo hold.The FAA s proposed fine comes as Amazon works to build its own end-to-end delivery network, enabling it to rely less heavily on services operated by the likes of UPS and FedEx as it seeks to boost reliability and cut costs.Its plan includes a recent deal with the Air Transport Services Group to use 20 Boeing 767 cargo planes for moving packages big and small across the U.S. Another part of the plan includes the use of its own drones for so-called last mile delivery to customers homes, a venture that depends to a great extent on regulations laid down by none other than the FAA.