NASA and SpaceX reschedule the first crew capsule test flight

We’re a few weeks away from the first uncrewed Demo-1 flight test to the Space Station, but NASA and SpaceX have pushed the mission back slightly. According to a post from the Commercial Crew Program, switching the date back ten days from January 7th to January 17th will allow time for the Dragon capsule to return from its 16th ISS supply run (if you’re quick, you can catch the spacecraft docking live this morning, two days after it launched). Its competition, Boeing’s Starliner, is scheduled for a test in March.

Getting this test done to gather data and test the in-flight abort function ahead of a flight with the Crew Dragon capsule that carries astronauts onboard is critical, as Commercial Crew Program manager Kathy Lueders said “The upcoming steps before the test missions are critical, and their importance can’t be understated. We are not driven by dates, but by data. Ultimately, we’ll fly SpaceX Demo-1 at the right time, so we get the right data back to support the in-flight abort test and the next test flight when our astronauts are aboard.”

Boeing and SpaceX embroiled in different kind of space race

“The next astronaut that launched from American soil that docked at the space station would get to bring the flag home,” he told CBS’s Mark Strassman. Boeing is producing a capsule that will carry Ferguson, and NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Eric Boe, meaning that Ferguson could recover the same flag he left.

That is, unless SpaceX gets there first. The company is developing their own ship called Crew Dragon, which is expected to carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the Space Station. Hurley piloted the flight that took the flag up in the first place.

“I have no problem with a little healthy competition,” Hurley told CBS. “It makes you better and it makes him better and it makes both companies better. And in the end, who benefits? The country. We get redundant access to space.”

A veritable space race is underway between Boeing and SpaceX, and it all involves a little American flag.

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For seven years, we’ve been relying on Russia for rides to the International Space Station. Boeing wants to become the first company to carry American astronauts there as soon as next summer, but so does SpaceX. Both companies will operate competing space taxis for NASA.

Whoever gets there first will get the chance to ceremonially carry back a small American flag that was left in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis took its last flight. Shuttle commander Chris Ferguson placed the flag as symbol, but now sees it as a goal.

A recent study from the Puget Sound Regional Council concluded that “Washington state and the central Puget Sound region are positioned to lead commercial space exploration and development.” They currently constitute about $1.8 billion in economic activity, with about 6,221 jobs supported across the entire economy.

Whether Boeing or SpaceX gets there first, it’s safe to say the astronauts will be doing a little more than just picking up a tiny flag.

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Does ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Introduce An Iron Man Plot Hole?

Always the innovator, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) introduced new Iron Man armor in Avengers: Infinity War that was his most advanced yet. Featuring cutting-edge nanotechnology, Stark’s new armor could form a complete one-piece shell around his body within a seconds time.

When the Avengers: Endgame trailer was released this morning in high quality, the first thing viewers saw was Stark’s Iron Man helmet, though it immediately posed the question: if his armor is nanotech, how was he able to remove his helmet and keep it separate from the rest of the suit?

“This is liquid metal. And when you’re dealing with liquid metal and nanotechnology, you’re not going to use nanotech to form bolts and screws and rigid sheet metal panels and stuff like that,” Saunders said. “It just doesn’t make any sense. So the first thinking we were thinking about was ‘Okay, how do we maintain something that’s still grounded as an iron man suit, but it makes sense in that it’s liquid metal?'”

“I spend a lot of time thinking about and illustrating how the suit would form–wanting to get a sense that even though it’s liquid metal, its not one large, cohesive liquid metal. It’s actually forming all the anatomical hairs underneath. there’s sort of a neurological layer and a circulatory-system layer that gets formed, and then a layer of musculature.”

As Saunders says in the book, the suite is essentially a duplicate body in and of itself. Not only is it the primary scarlet and gold shell on the outside, but the suit also happens to have layers based on the neurological, circulatory, and muscular systems of the human body.

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Samsung Galaxy A50 Specs Revealed

A new handset named Galaxy A50 has been seen on the benchmark website Geekbench. It is suspected to be the successor of Galaxy A5. The Samsung Galaxy A50 is listed by the model name SM-A505FN revealing to be powered by Samsung’s mid-range Exynos 9610 chipset under the hood.

The phone is expected to be of 4GB RAM. This could be one of the best 4 GB RAM Mobiles 2019 after its release. To let you know, the Exynos 9610 chipset was announced in March this year. The SoC is manufactured on a processor of 10nm FinFET and will probably power at least a few mid-range Galaxy smartphones next year.

For the graphics, the phone can be given the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.  Another important feature of this chipset is that it supports 480FPS slow-motion video at 1080 pixels.

The handset will come with Exynos 9610 Processor Wi-Fi 802.11 A / B / G / N / AC Dual-Band, Bluetooth 5. The newly spotted Galaxy A50 could be the first phone to feature the Exynos 9610 chipset. The SM-A505G, SM-A505GN, and SM-A505GT are the other country variants of the Galaxy A50 that are expected to come in 64 GB and 128 GB storage sizes. Anyhow, 4 GB RAM Smartphones always have better configuration features than top 3 GB RAM Budget mobiles.

Talking about the software, the Galaxy A50 is expected to come with the Android 9 Pie operating system. The phone scored 1615 in single-core test and 4380 in multi-core. Samsung’s Galaxy A50 smartphone and other A-series can be launched anytime next year. In China, Samsung will launch the first Galaxy smartphone with an Infiniti-O display this month. Samsung’s rival brand Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2 also featured with 4 GB RAM.

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