Agency's 'nauts to ride in US commercial crew capsules 'going forward' ESA handed out contracts last week, with the usual suspects scooping up awards aimed at lunar exploration and beyond. The Register spoke to David Parker, ESA’s director of Human and Robotic Exploration, about the Moon, Mars and when Tim Peake would fly again.…
The orbiter will bring back Martian rocks gathered by NASA's Perseverance rover
NASA’s Mars 2020 mission isn’t the only the rover headed to the red planet — the European Space Agency also has the ExoMars project to send its own rover there.Recently, construction was completed on the ExoMars rover and soon it will be ready for launch next year.The last step is the assembly process was adding the high-definition camera which can capture both panoramic and close-up views of the Martian terrain.The rover will focus on collecting geographical information about Mars, using tools including a drill to collect samples.The aim is to discover more about the history of water on the planet, and whether it was ever capable of supporting life.Below you can see a sped-up clip of the engineers working on the rover’s drill, which can be moved between different orientations.
The european space agency (ESA) are beginning to prepare to extract rocket fuel on the moon.It is the Ariane Group, which received a one-year contract to investigate the possibility to shoot up an unmanned expedition to the moon by 2025.the Goal is to be able to mine and process regolit from the surface of the moon.From the regoliten it is possible to extract water and oxygen, which in turn can be used to make rocket fuel.Something that can be important for a future manned base on the moon, and for expeditions further out in the solar system.”To use space resources can be a key to a sustainable way to explore the moon, and this study is part of ESA's overall plan to make Europe to a party in the global utforskningsinsatserna over the next decade,” says David Parker, head of ESA's space exploration in a press release.
Those four walls and your hospital bed become your whole world.For David Parker, a Toronto-based technology developer, this situation was unacceptable, so he set himself the goal of providing these patients an escape — albeit a temporary one — through virtual reality.Two years ago, he began to approach local hospitals with a simple idea: He would bring an inexpensive, consumer-grade VR rig to patients’ bedsides, and curate a virtual mini-holiday that let them experience a slice of their pre-palliative lives.Unlike some of the existing clinical VR gear that had been used in the past, Parker’s version would be absolutely free, and it would be deeply personal: He would let patients make custom requests for the content.Though that sounds like a simple concept, making it happen wasn’t simple at all.Parker had to overcome several hurdles, from convincing skeptical hospital staff that he wasn’t using patients as guinea pigs for a new for-profit business venture, to figuring out how to make all of the VR gear hospital-safe from an infection control point of view.
Over the last couple of years, a once well-kept secret began to gain traction in New York media outlets: wealthy American investors, including VCs and hedge fund managers, had begun snapping up tracts of land in New Zealand, largely out of fear that a Trump administration could have a destabilizing effect on an already polarized United States but also owing to growing concerns about climate change and other impending disaster scenarios.Now, facing a growing backlash over rising housing prices, New Zealand’s parliament has banned non-residents from purchasing most types of homes, aside from new apartments in large developments.(Australians and Singaporeans are exempt because of free-trade deals.)The bill, passed narrowly yesterday, was reportedly heralded by New Zealand’s Trade and Economic Development Minister David Parker as a “significant milestone.”Said Parker, “This government believes that New Zealanders should not be outbid by wealthier foreign buyers .Whether it’s a beautiful lakeside or ocean-front estate, or a modest suburban house, this law ensures that the market for our homes is set in New Zealand, not on the international market.”
As much as the sophisticated laboratories aboard probes like the Curiosity Rover and the upcoming Insight Mars Lander can tell us, having samples of Martian soil in terrestrial laboratories would open new worlds of exploration for scientists.To that end, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) just revealed a bold plan to retrieve soil samples from the surface of the red planet and transport them back to Earth.In a “statement of intent” released last week, the two agencies outlined their proposal, which would require multiple missions and some tricky maneuvering in orbit around Mars.“There is no question that for a planetary scientist, the chance to bring pristine, carefully chosen samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination using the best facilities is a mouth-watering prospect,” said David Parker of the ESA.“Reconstructing the history of Mars and answering questions of its past are only two areas of discovery that will be dramatically advanced by such a mission.”The Mars 2020 rover, which has already begun assembly at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, will land on Mars via a rocket-powered sky crane.
Earlier today, officials with NASA and the European Space Agency signed a statement of intent to explore the various ways in which Martian soil samples can be collected and delivered back to Earth.Sounds great, but a complex project of this nature won’t be easy, as it would involve the first-ever rocket launch from the surface of the Red Planet and a rendezvous in space.The statement of intent was agreed upon today in Berlin by Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, and David Parker, ESA’s director of human and robotic exploration.The document describes the potential role each space agency may take during the mission, and how each might contribute to the project.We’ve already got rovers on the surface of Mars, including Curiosity, which has the ability to perform rudimentary chemical analyses of rocks and soil.It would be more ideal, however, to bring Martian soil samples back to Earth for a closer look.
Big investments were made in the this week, with Hormel Foods striking a $850 million dollar deal to acquire craft deli meat brand, Columbus.CircleUp also announced its $125 million venture capital fund that will incorporate the proprietary machine learning platform as a tool to help guide investment in early-stage consumer and retail companies.In other news, Aerofarms absorbed a $40 million investment led by IKEA and David Chang.The company also announced that it will launch a healthy meal kit for kids with the help of Joanna and David Parker.Blue Apron’s meal kit sales and customer spending per order increased, despite losing customers for its second quarter in a row.Its acquisition will widen Hormel’s scale in the deli category and broaden its consumer base.
With Yumble, parents won't have to turn to unhealthy snack foods.This growing trend has mostly targeted a more adult demographic.Now, with parents looking for new ways to feed their kids in mind, Yumble offers healthy prepared meals for children.Hello Fresh co-founder Dan Treiman has teamed up with Joanna and David Parker to launch the new meal service.With Yumble, parents can easily put fun, delicious, super-healthy meals on the dinner table or in a lunch box.Some of the signature dishes include Smac N’ Cheese, Chicken Pops, and Protein Poppers.
Because it’s rude to leave out children, HelloFresh co-founder Dan Treiman has teamed up with Joanna and David Parker to launch a healthy prepared meal service for the little ones.Treiman, who joined the company last December, helped Yumble officially launch this past summer.Yumble is currently live in 26 states on the east coast and has plans to expand to the west coast sometime in the first half of 2018, but “hopefully first quarter,” Parker said.Yumble offers pre-prepared meals for breakfast and dinner — as well as snacks — with 22 available options per week.Yumble, which is subscription based, charges $7.99 per meal for six meals a week, $7.49 per meal for 12 and $6.99 per meal for 24.“It’s very similar to the experience of HelloFresh or Blue Apron, but without any cooking required,” Parker said.
Pitch prepped, European Space Agency to press flesh at ministerial confabLater this week in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency ESA will ask its 23 member states' ministers for a €400 million top-up to its ExoMars program.In an audio conference on Friday, director of human spaceflight and robotic exploration David Parker said the cash injection includes all the technical work needed to take the vehicle up to the launch phase .The original ExoMars budget was €1.5 billion.The ministerial meeting scheduled for the first two days of December covers all aspects of the ESA's operations, and the outfit's outreach and pitch-preparation includes videos under its YouTube channel to explain each one in less than five minutes roughly the attention span of a 12-year-old, and therefore a minister : earth observation, Earth and robotic space exploration, telecommunications, and launcher development.It's all under the umbrella of Space 4.0 , in which the ESA concedes government efforts increasingly have to compete with private sector interests like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos Blue Origin.
ESA Exomars 2016 ESA, ATG-medialab The European Space Agency ESA confirmed Thursday that the Schiaparelli spacecraft went silent less than a minute before it was set to reach the Martian surface Wednesday.ESA mission managers said Thursday morning that they need more time to understand what went wrong with Schiaparelli, and to figure out exactly where and in what condition the test lander ended up.But the ExoMars team was optimistic that the capsule had collected enough data during its descent to set the stage for the next phase of the mission: the planned 2020 launch ofa life-hunting ExoMars rover."The test has yielded a huge amount of data," David Parker, ESA's director of human spaceflight and robotic exploration, said at a news conference early this morning.In Photos: Europe's Schiaparelli Mars Landing Day
Space Station ports only in the news when something goes wrong or when Chris Hadfield plays guitar, says Martin Rees told CNN. The bantering commentary aims, the British research profile of astronaut Hadfields interpretation of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station. According to him, it is no longer cost effective to keep people in space and not to any particular benefit to science. - Space travel should be given to adventurers who are willing to take a higher risk, says Rees and the private company SpaceX and Blue Origin in mind. Of course, he met with opposition from the ESA. In a statement to CNN writes boss David Parker ESA believes that manned space provides "excellent value for money".
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