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Many computer hardware vendors have tossed around the expression "a supercomputer in your home!", and every time it's used, it's really incorrect - unless we're talking about comparing current tech to the supercomputers of olde. Well, if anyone ever said, "a supercomputer in space!", they can soon congratulate themselves, thanks to a joint partnership between HP Enterprise and SpaceX. On Monday, August 14th, at 12:31 EST, a SpaceX CRS-12 mission will take off from Cape Canaveral and send a Dragon resupply capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) to drop off some usual supplies - laptops,... Read more...
Mark your calendars, folks—on Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will bear witness to a solar eclipse. What makes this one unique is that it will be the first total eclipse to go from coast to coast in the US in nearly a century, and the first to pass through the lower 48 states since 1979. As a result, there has been a big demand for solar glasses with special-purpose solar filters that allow you to safely look directly at the sun without wrecking your vision. If you are planning to watch the eclipse as it unfolds, you would be best suited to pick up a pair, though there are some things... Read more...
  Are you currently stuck in a meaningless and boring job? Do you like science fiction movies like Independence Day (the first one, not that crappy second one) and Men in Black? Do you have a hankering to work for NASA? Well, there might be job opening that has your name written all over it. Because… Aliens. NASA has a new job opening for what it calls a “Planetary Protection Officer”, whose duties will be to help protect the Earth from alien infestations. More specifically, the job posting describes, “Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological... Read more...
SpaceX just hit another milestone. SpaceX yesterday launched its first recycled Dragon capsule with the Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). This was also the eleventh successful Falcon 9 booster landing. The spacecraft was launched June 3rd after a two-day delay due to thunderstorms. SpaceX launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This was the 100th launch from 39A, the launch site of the Apollo moon missions as well as NASA’s last shuttle. The Falcon rocket was brand new, but will be reused. It returned to Kennedy Space Center... Read more...
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working to literally “boldly go where no man has gone before”. NASA is currently assessing the feasibility of adding a crew to the first integrated flight of its Space Launch System (SLS) booster and Orion spacecraft on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1). The project's ultimate goal is to send human beings into deep space as part of a Mars or Asteroid Redirect Mission. William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in Washington, is in charge of the study. He will assess the... Read more...
Is there life life beyond our solar system? Will humankind be able to survive after our Sun has exploded? It appears that NASA may have a few answers for us. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration just announced that it has discovered seven earth-like exoplanets in a solar system far, far away. The planets were discovered using transit photometry, a radial velocity method that can determine a planet’s mass. Artist's depiction of TRAPPIST-1; Credits: ESO/M. Kornmesser The seven exoplanets revolve around TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf star located roughly 39 light years away in the... Read more...
After a scuttled attempt on Saturday, SpaceX just successfully launched and landed the Falcon 9 at NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A. Their current mission is to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). This was SpaceX’s first Florida launch since its rocket explosion last summer. The launch and landing were textbook perfect. The company's Dragon spacecraft was deployed from the rocket right on schedule and will arrive at the ISS on February 22nd around 9am EST. Musk excitedly posted a photo of the Falcon 9’s landing on Instagram with the caption, “Baby came back”. Footage of Falcon 9 launch... Read more...
  If you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, then you’re no doubt familiar with everyone’s favorite know-it-all whipping boy: Ensign Wesley Crusher. Played by venerable child actor Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher was at times an annoyance to trekkies, but for the most part redeemed himself over the course of the show’s run. The folks over at NASA also have a soft spot for Wheaton, as they have announced that an asteroid found traveling amongst the constellation Canis Minor has been named in his honor. What was previously known as Asteroid 391257 has been renamed to 391257 Wilwheaton. NASA... Read more...
The Curiosity Mars rover now has a license to shoot at will -- the rover can now autonomously target rocks without human permission or control. Curiosity uses ChemCam, a software developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. It is designed to study the chemical makeup of rocks and soil on Mars. It zaps rocks with a laser and then analyzes the gases that are released from the impact. ChemCam has fired more than 350,000 lasers at about 10,000 points since landing on Mars in 2012.ChemCam is now accompanied by Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science or AEGIS. AEGIS... Read more...
Houston, we have some code. The Apollo 11 Guidance Computer source code is now available for free online, thanks to a NASA intern that uploaded it to Github. In the 1960’s, MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of esoteric code for Apollo 11's flight software. They invented “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Margaret Hamilton, Director of Software Engineering, standing next to the stack of code The AGC code has since been available to the public for quite a while (it was uploaded by tech researcher Ron Burkey in 2003). He transcribed... Read more...
There's been a lot of focus on electric cars over the past few years, but roadways aren't the only place companies and organizations are putting effort into. Over at NASA, researchers are testing a new propulsion technology using an experimental electric airplane that's now been designated the X-57, or Maxwell, if you prefer to use its nickname. We'll stick with X-57 from here on out to avoid confusion with NVIDIA's prior generation GPU technology. The X-57 takes to the sky with 14 electric motors tasked with turning propellers. Each one is integrated into a uniquely designed wing that's longer... Read more...
It’s safe to say that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is grinning ear to ear, waiting for the perfect opportunity to throw some shade on his competitors with the confirmation that his company’s first-stage Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully on an off-shore drone ship. This is the fourth time that SpaceX has attempted to land a Falcon 9 off-shore, with all three previous attempts ending in spectacular failure. But the rocket gods were with SpaceX today and the Falcon 9 touched down just slightly off center on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. There was no drama, just a picturesque landing that... Read more...
HotHardware had the incredible opportunity to be invited down to Cape Canaveral to witness a rocket launch that is carrying both supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). In our initial write-up, we talked a bit about the experiments carried aboard Cygnus, took a look inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and got an up close and personal look at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Crew Access Arm that will eventually be installed at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC 41). Swamp Works But as we would soon find out, our first day was just a small primer, because day two... Read more...
Tech and Space enthusiasts are often kinsmen, so we were delighted to be invited down to witness NASA's next rocket launch live and report back to you on the experience. HotHardware is going to be front and center for Tuesday night’s Orbital ATK CRS-6 mission at NASA - Cape Canaveral, Florida. CRS-6 will not only deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) for its eager crew, but it will also carry a number of research projects aboard NASA's Cygnus spacecraft, which we'd like to detail for you here as a quick teaser... The Gecko GripperFirst, there’s the Gecko Gripper, which attempts... Read more...
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