NASA Bigwig Defies Science, Boldly Declares ‘Pluto Is a Planet’

By CCN Markets: NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is not impressed with the scientific establishment. Last Friday (Aug. 23), the contrarian boldly declared that - astronomer consensus be damned - Pluto is a planet. My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won't make it to TV. It came from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As a […]

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SpaceX Fesses Up: Mysterious ‘Anomaly’ Was Capsule Being Blown to Bits

By CCN: The only thing worse for Elon Musk than a Tesla car exploding for no reason is a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule exploding to smithereens during a high-stakes test. The only thing worse than that, however, is describing the capsule’s obliteration as “an anomaly”. Nobody was aboard the Crew Dragon space capsule…this time. The question is how long NASA will permit mega-huckster Elon Musk to continue playing with his space toys before they shut him down. ‘Anomaly’ is SpaceX Speak for ‘Blown to Smithereens’ Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX Vice President of Mission Assurance (perhaps the most ironic corporate title in

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How to Watch Today’s Historic SpaceX Launch & Epic Triple Landing Attempt

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is gearing up to launch the most powerful rocket into space on Thursday. SpaceX will also attempt an epic triple landing which has never been done before. You can watch it right here on CCN. The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy was originally slated for Wednesday, but it was delayed due to high winds. The launch will now take place on Thursday at 6.35pm EDT. The SpaceX live stream is available below and will begin at roughly 6.15pm, 20 minutes before takeoff. Launch window: Thursday, April 11th, 6.35pm – 8.31pm EDT Payload: Arabsat-6A satellite, deployed 34 minutes

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Exclusive: Ex-NASA Engineer Raises Serious Questions about Boeing 737 MAX 8 Certification

Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes have experienced their second fatal crash in five months. Former NASA Engineer Mike Slack commented on the trend in an interview with CCN and raised some sobering questions about the aircraft’s certification. Former NASA Engineer: Boeing 737 MAX 8 Definitely Has Safety Issues Debris strewn about the ground, families grieving, and the second Boeing 737 MAX-8 to crash during ascent within five months. The death toll of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashing rests at 157 people. The death total for both MAX 8 crashes eclipses 340. Boeing shareholders have taken notice of the risk involved

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NASA Scolds Elon Musk Over ‘Serious Challenges’ Facing SpaceX Launch Schedules

Nasa is pressuring SpaceX and its embattled CEO Elon Musk to fix rocket design and safety issues that could keep the U.S space program grounded firmly on Earth. The government space agency took SpaceX to task in its 2018 annual report released this month, noting four “key risks” to the rocket and capsule system designed by Musk and his staff, according to Reuters. Those and other risks present “serious challenges” to SpaceX’s launch schedule, including a possible manned flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft this summer. One of those risks is SpaceX’s rocket canister, which has been redesigned since one

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Bitcoin is a ‘Fad,’ But Even NASA is Investing in Blockchain

Bitcoin birthed the concept of blockchain technology, and now even organizations as technologically advanced as NASA are considering its benefits. Yet cryptocurrency is often described as a fad, a bubble, and even worthless. NASA Eyes Hyperledger Blockchain for Air Traffic Management Ronald J. Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center, has put

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Intel Hosts NASA Frontier Development Lab Demo Day for 2018 Research Presentations

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A NASA Frontier Development Lab photo shows a crater on the moon. (Credit: NASA Frontier Development Lab)

What’s New: Today Intel hosts the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL)* Event Horizon 2018: AI+Space Challenge Review Event (view live webcast) in Santa Clara, California. It concludes an eight-week research program that applies artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to challenges faced in space exploration. For the third year, NASA Ames Research Center*, the SETI Institute* and participating program partners have provided support to ongoing research for interdisciplinary AI approaches, leveraging the latest hardware technology with advanced machine learning tools.

“Artificial intelligence is expected to significantly influence the future of the space industry and power the solutions that create, use and analyze the massive amounts of data generated. The NASA FDL summer program represents an incredible opportunity to take AI applications and implement them across different challenges facing space science and exploration today.”
– Amir Khosrowshahi, vice president and chief technology officer, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel

Why It’s Important: Through its work with FDL, Intel is addressing critical knowledge gaps by using AI to further space exploration and solve problems that can affect life on Earth.

New tools in artificial intelligence are already demonstrating a new paradigm in robotics, data acquisition and analysis, while also driving down the barriers to entry for scientific discovery. FDL’s researcher program participants have implemented AI to predict solar activity, map lunar poles, build 3D shape models of potentially hazardous asteroids, discover uncategorized meteor showers and determine the efficacy of asteroid mitigation strategies.

“This is an exciting time for space science. We have this wonderful new toolbox of AI technologies that allow us to not only optimize and automate, but better predict Space phenomena – and ultimately derive a better understanding,” said James Parr, FDL director.

The Challenge: Since 2017, Intel has been a key partner to FDL, contributing computing resources and AI and data science mentorship. Intel sponsored two Space Resources teams, which used the Intel® Xeon® platform for inference and training, as well as the knowledge of Intel principal engineers:

  • Space Resources Team 1:  Autonomous route planning and cooperative platforms to coordinate routes between a group of lunar rovers and a base station, allowing the rovers to autonomously cooperate in order to complete a mission.
  • Space Resources Team 2: Localization – merging orbital maps with surface perspective imagery to allow NASA engineers to locate a rover on the lunar surface using only imagery. This is necessary since there is no GPS in space. A rover using the team’s algorithm will be able to precisely locate itself by uploading a 360-degree view of its surroundings as four images.

More Challenges: Additional challenges presented during the event include:

  • Astrobiology Challenge 1: Understanding What is Universally Possible for Life
  • Astrobiology Challenge 2: From Biohints to Evidence of Life: Possible Metabolisms within Extraterrestrial Environmental Substrates
  • Exoplanet Challenge: Increase the Efficacy and Yield of Exoplanet Detection from Tess and Codify the Process of AI Derived Discovery
  • Space Weather Challenge 1: Improve Ionospheric Models Using Global Navigation Satellite System Signal Data
  • Space Weather Challenge 2: Predicting Solar Spectral Irradiance from SDO/AIA Observations

What’s Next: At the conclusion of the projects, FDL will open-source research and algorithms, allowing the AI and space communities to leverage work from the eight teams in future space missions.

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Deep Space, Adult Content, and Rallies: Last week in Crypto

Make sure you check out the previous round-up here, now let’s go over what happened in crypto this last week.  We regret the delay with the weekend round-up but, as they say, better late than never. Price Watch: Bitcoin was up 15% for the second week in a row. The gains come after a slight gain 2 weeks ago. After going

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