Some Strange Science Will Launch Into Space This Week for NASA

This Thursday, crystallizing proteins from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a dizzying virtual- reality system, ultratiny membranes and the “Refabricator” — a device that turns waste into 3D-printing filament, will all be shooting into space.

This weird science and so much more will launch Thursday (Nov. 15) at 4:49 a.m. EST (0949 GMT) on Northrop Grumman’s (formerly Orbital ATK) 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. The company’s Cygnus spacecraft will lift off on its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, carrying about 882 pounds (400 kilograms) of research and hardware for these experiments, NASA officials said in a statement. In total, the rocket will launch about 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg) of scientific equipment and crew supplies like food and clothing to the International Space Station.

These experiments will be among the hundreds of scientific investigations currently happening aboard the space station. The launch will be visible along parts of the U.S. East Ccoast, and you can watch it live online here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. [Launch Photo: Orbital ATK’s Antares Rocket & Cygnus OA-9 Soar to Space Station]

Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket, preparing for Northrop Grumman's 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, is seen on the left in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket, preparing for Northrop Grumman’s 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, is seen on the left in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Credit: Patrick Black/NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus vehicle has been named in honor of NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy officer John Young. Young spent 835 hours in space over six missions as a NASA astronaut.

Aboard the Cygnus vehicle will be a device called the Refabricator as part of the In-Space Manufacturing Refabricator project. This is the first integrated 3D printer and recycler that will turn waste plastic into filament for 3D-printing aboard the space station. The filament will be used for repairs aboard the space station and also as a means of recycling waste. The device could also be used to fabricate things on board the space station.

Refabricator flight hardware as seen from the front, similar to how it will look when installed in the EXPRESS Rack on the International Space Station.

Refabricator flight hardware as seen from the front, similar to how it will look when installed in the EXPRESS Rack on the International Space Station.

Credit: Allison Porter, Tethers Unlimited Inc.

This technology could be very useful for long-term deep-space missions where astronauts will have to deal with waste, repair and resource issues on a regular basis. As the investigation’s research overview states, “Without a recycling capability, a large supply of feedstock would need to be stowed on board for long-duration exploration missions.” This investigation is sponsored by NASA’s Technology Demonstration Office.

The Effect of Long Duration Hypogravity on the Perception of Self-Motion (VECTION) study, another investigation launching to the space station, will explore how a microgravity environment might affect an astronaut’s ability to visually interpret motion, orientation and distance.

Here on Earth, our senses work together to let us know how far away we are from things, how fast they are moving, and how they are oriented. In space, gravity no longer plays a part in our vestibular system, a system that contributes to our sense of balance and orientation. The VECTION study aims to better understand how microgravity affects these senses using virtual reality.

In this study, astronauts will wear a virtual-reality (VR) system that will provide computer-generated visual clues to try to create artificial gravity using visual acceleration, Laurence Harris, a professor at York University in Toronto and principal investigator in this research, said at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 8. After the VR simulation, the astronauts will report how far they perceive that they moved, how far away things were from them, etc.

“Many astronauts do feel disoriented or suffer from space sickness when they first arrive at the space station,” Harris said. So, to understand how a microgravity environment might affect astronauts at multiple points in their trip, they will participate in the VR simulation as soon as they arrive in space, once they’ve gotten used to the environment and once they’ve returned to Earth.

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Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Rocket Launch

officials held a press conference to reveal that they have determined what caused last month’s Soyuz mid-flight failure. The culprit: a damaged sensor on one of the rocket’s four boosters responsible for stage separation. With the investigation complete, the officials announced that they will move up the date of the next crew launch to the International Space Station.

The investigation has captured international attention because the Soyuz rocket is currently the only vehicle capable of transporting people to and from the ISS. Russian space agency officials confirmed that the faulty sensor, designed to signal stage separation, had caused one of the boosters to improperly separate. This led the first and second stages of the rocket to collide, which then triggered the vehicle’s emergency abort system.

“The launch failure was caused by an abnormal separation of one of the strap-on boosters that hit with its nose the core stage in the fuel tank area,” said Oleg Skorobogatov, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building who led the investigation, in a statement.

Video of the incident, released today by the space agency, shows the accident from the rocket’s point of view. In it, the booster in question strikes the core of the rocket, causing a significant jolt, which triggered the abort. According to officials, the afflicted sensor rod was bent slightly during the assembly of the rocket. To check for any handling errors that might have also affected other rockets, Russian officials said that all assembled Soyuz rockets—and their attached booster pack—will be taken apart and put together anew.

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Honor 8X India launch today: How to watch livestream, specifications, expected price and more

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Honor 8X is all set to launch in India on October 16, which is today. The new Honor smartphone will be unveiled at an event in New Delhi at 11:30 AM. The successor to Honor 7X, the new Honor 8X was originally introduced in China last month. The phone features a tall 6.5-inch full HD+ 19.5:9 notch-style display. Honor 8X will be available for purchase exclusively on the e-retail platform, Amazon India.

Honor 8X event will be livestreamed via the company’s official YouTube channel. In addition, users can check Honor India official Twitter handle for live updates. Here are the details on how to watch livestream of Honor 8X launch event, India launch timings, expected price, specifications and more.

Honor 8X launch in India: How to watch livestream, timings

Honor will be hosting a livestream of the Honor 8X launch event on their official YouTube channel. The Chinese handset maker is expected to post live updates on its official Honor India Twitter handle as well. Honor 8X launch event will commence at 11:30 AM IST.

Honor 8X launch in India: Expected price, specifications

Honor 8X could be priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 in India. The phone marked its debut in China last month. The new Honor smartphone will be Amazon exclusive in India and the ‘Notify Me’ page is live on the e-commerce platform.

Also Read: Honor 8C with Snapdragon 632 processor, 4000mAh battery launched: Price, specifications

The new Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch full HD+ 19.5:9 display with a notch on top. It is powered by Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. In terms of camera, Honor 8X sports dual camera setup comprising of a 20MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. The cameras on the phone offer AI mode. Up front, it has a 16MP camera sensor that supports bokeh mode. Honor 8X runs Android Oreo and packs a 3,750mAh battery.

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New Hyundai Santro interior leaked ahead of launch

Just a few days before its market launch, the new Hyundai Santro has been spied in production guise at Hyundai’s stockyard. While the exterior of the car is still under partial wrap, what we can show you today is the car’s dashboard and other interior bits.

The new Santro’s cabin, just like most current-gen Hyundai models, is well appointed. The dash gets a dual-tone theme and quality levels are a step up than any other car in competition. Higher trims will come with the 7.0-inch touchscreen system that also includes MirrorLink, voice commands, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To make operation simpler, Hyundai has cleverly provided a rubberised strip consisting of important shortcut keys just below the screen. Large AC vents are placed vertically on each side of the screen. A large hazard warning light button sits right below, along with large buttons for AC and defogger. Below that lie knobs for the AC, placed at a decent height.

The Santro gets a chronograph-style instrument cluster with a large tachometer and a speedometer. It also gets a monochromatic multi-info display that shows readings for fuel and other important details. The speedometer features a chequered-print, grey plaque design. The car gets a steering wheel similar to the one seen on the Grand i10 and Xcent – it includes faux brushed-aluminium trim and controls for audio and telephony. Hyundai has provided a single USB port upfront and just one cupholder between the front seats, but the glove box is large and so are the door pockets.

Under the hood, the car gets a 1.1-litre petrol motor good for 69hp. Two gearbox options – a 5-speed manual and an AMT – are on offer. Bookings for the Santro are currently open. Hyundai will announce prices for the car on October 23, 2018.

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