Science News Roundup: Astra Space to supply engines for Maxar satellites; The asteroid’s trajectory was changed during the first test of NASA’s planetary defense system and more
Here is a summary of current scientific news.
Astra Space will supply engines for Maxar satellites
Rocket builder Astra Space Inc has signed an agreement with Maxar to supply electric propulsion motors for the Earth observation company’s future low Earth orbit satellites, Astra announced Tuesday. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Astra declined to say how many satellites were involved in the deal.
The asteroid’s trajectory was altered during the first test of NASA’s planetary defense system
The NASA spacecraft that deliberately crashed into an asteroid last month has successfully nudged the rocky moon off its natural trajectory into a faster orbit, marking the first time humanity has altered the motion of a body celestial, the US space agency announced on Tuesday. The $330 million proof-of-concept mission, which had been in development for seven years, also represented the world’s first test of a planetary defense system designed to prevent a possible apocalyptic collision of a meteorite with Earth.
On a New Zealand farm, scientists reduce cow burps to save the world
More than a dozen calves are waiting at a research farm in New Zealand to be fed Kowbucha, a childishly named probiotic that studies have shown reduces burping – or methane emissions. Kowbucha powder is mixed into a milk-like drink fed to calves at the Massey University farm in Palmerston North.
United Launch Alliance’s first Vulcan mission slips to 2023
United Launch Alliance has pushed back the first launch of its new Vulcan rocket to early 2023 at the request of one of its customers, the company’s chief executive has said, further delaying a benchmark mission crucial to launch operations. the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture. Vulcan, an approximately 200-foot-tall rocket in final development, will be the centerpiece of ULA’s launch activity. It will also be a workhorse for US Pentagon space missions from late next year, as the rocket’s predecessor nears retirement due to its use of Russian-made engines.
Arizona cryonics facility preserves bodies for later resuscitation
Time and death are “on pause” for some people in Scottsdale, Arizona. Inside tanks filled with liquid nitrogen are the bodies and heads of 199 humans who have chosen to be cryopreserved in hopes of being revived in the future when science grows beyond what it is capable of today. Many of the “patients,” as the Alcor Life Extension Foundation calls them, were terminally ill with cancer, ALS, or other incurable illnesses at this time.
‘Although I’m not alive, I can still create art,’ robot Ai-Da tells UK lawmakers
A ‘robot artist’ called Ai-Da told UK lawmakers on Tuesday that despite being an artificial creation, he was still capable of producing art, as he said during a parliamentary inquiry into the impact of new technologies on the creative industries. Described as “the world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist”, he appeared in one of Parliament’s wood-panelled rooms wearing a short, dark-haired wig and denim overalls.
Japan’s Epsilon rocket failed after launch – Kyodo
The Japanese space agency’s Epsilon rocket failed after launch on Wednesday, Kyodo News and other national media reported. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent a destroy order signal to the rocket after detecting problems, Kyodo said. Public broadcaster NHK said the signal was sent after JAXA determined the rocket was unable to fly safely.
(With agency contributions.)