New Images – Construction of HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct Reaches Halfway Point

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The largest single structure built for Phase One of the HS2 high-speed railway has passed a significant construction milestone. HS2 Ltd recently announced that work on the Colne Valley Viaduct, set to become Britain's longest rail bridge at 2.1 miles, has officially reached the halfway stage and released...

Countdown to the Fastest Human-Made Object: Parker Solar Probe’s Date with the Sun

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A groundbreaking moment in space exploration will arrive in just under a year. On December 24, 2024, NASA's revolutionary Parker Solar Probe will achieve the closest-ever human-made approach to the Sun. Travelling at a blistering 195 km/s, the probe will race past our star a mere 6.1 million...

New Strategy Improves Accuracy of Snake-Inspired Robots for Complex Environments

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Slithering through rubble and debris, a robotic snake winds deep inside a collapsed building. Guided by algorithms and remote sensors, it deftly navigates tight spaces and shifting wreckage. Behind it, a rescue worker monitors the feed from its camera eyes, searching for trapped victims. Scenarios like this demonstrate...

Microscale Electrospray Propulsion Set to Revolutionize Satellite Maneuverability and Debris Mitigation

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Small satellites, like CubeSats, are gaining momentum, given their affordability and customizability. However, these pint-sized satellites have a big problem - they need more capable propulsion systems to move them once in space. Without manoeuvrability, nanosats that have completed their missions turn into dangerous space junk with no...

Engineering a More Efficient Sleigh: Advancing Santa’s Christmas Eve Operations

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The logistical undertaking of Santa's Christmas Eve journey is staggering. In 24 hours, his sleigh must traverse the globe, somehow accessing over two billion households along the convoluted paths of chimneys, dropping off presents customised to the individual households. According to calculations, with 31 hours of Christmas Eve...

Hyperloop Technologies Shuts Down After Failing to Achieve Commercial Viability

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The concept of the hyperloop - ultra high-speed transportation via pods or capsules travelling in near-vacuum tubes - originated in 2013 with a white paper by Elon Musk. This sci-fi-esque idea quickly captured the public imagination and spurred several startups to attempt to turn the Hyperloop into reality....

Lift-Off Granted: Remote Shetland Isle to Host Britain’s First Vertical Rocket Launches

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The UK space industry has gained a new extraterrestrial gateway in an ancient North Atlantic outpost. SaxaVord Spaceport, located on the northernmost island of the remote Shetland archipelago, has just become the first British site to receive a license for commercial vertical space launches. This milestone approval from...

Lifting the Dome at Hinkley Point C Marks Major Milestone

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Hinkley Point C (HPC), Britain's first new nuclear power plant in over two decades, reached a significant construction milestone on December 15th, lifting the domed roof onto its first reactor building. The nuclear plant has faced budget overruns and delays and is now on track to complete its...

Japanese Space Startup Powers Rockets with Cow Manure

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Japanese space infrastructure firm Interstellar Technologies (IST) recently achieved a remarkable engineering feat – successfully testing a rocket engine powered by an unconventional sustainable fuel derived from cow manure. Interstellar Technologies Founded in 2005 when private space activity was still nascent in Japan, IST has focused on affordable...