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Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander

Science
NASANasa has chosen Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade.This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency's Artemis programme.Another goal of the programme will be to land the first person of colour on the Moon.The lander is based on SpaceX's Starship craft, which is being tested at a site in southern Texas.SpaceX was competing against a joint bid from traditional aerospace giants and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, as well as Alabama-based Dynetics. The total value of the contract awarded to Musk's company is $ 2.89bn."With this award, Nasa and our partners will complete the first crewed demonstration mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century as the agency takes a step ...
Scientists use DNA technology to build tough 3D nanomaterials

Scientists use DNA technology to build tough 3D nanomaterials

Science
March 19 (UPI) -- Researchers at Columbia University have found a way to marry the versatility of DNA nanotechnology with the toughness of silica-based materials. DNA technology can be used to design self-assembling, complexly organized nanoparticle structures. Advertisement In theory, these structures can be designed for a variety of applications, but in reality, these structures are too soft and only stable in specific environs -- limiting their usefulness. Scientists described the novel fabrication process in a new paper, published Friday in the journal Science Advances. "A significant level of designability at nanoscale, through our assembly approach, combined with demonstrated robustness, opens opportunities to build targeted 3D nanomaterials from nanoparticles," Oleg Gang, professo...
BT’s Openreach to build full-fibre internet ‘like fury’ after Ofcom move

BT’s Openreach to build full-fibre internet ‘like fury’ after Ofcom move

Technology
OpenreachBT has said it will "build like fury" to roll out full-fibre internet connections after new rules announced by the UK's telecoms regulator.Ofcom has decided not to impose price caps on full-fibre connections provided by the firm's Openreach subsidiary.This gives the company the certainty it had been looking for ahead of a planned £12bn investment.However, the decision lays Ofcom open to criticism that is has given a near-monopoly operator a generous deal.That could mean more expensive internet connections for the public than might have been the case.Ofcom also froze the price curbs it levels on what Openreach charges internet service providers for its slower copper-based connections.'Ramp up'Openreach lays down and maintains the fibre-optic cables involved as well as operating the...
China and Russia to build joint moon base

China and Russia to build joint moon base

Technology
China and Russia have announced their intention to build a new lunar research station together, launching a new era of collaboration in space between the two countries.According to a statement published on the China National Space Administration (CNSA) website, the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) would also be open to use by other countries. No timeline was given for the construction of the ILRS, which was described as a "comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation". Image: CNSA recovery crew members check the Chang'e 5 probe after it returned to Earth The research station could be built either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to conduct "scientific research activiti...
GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

Business
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- GM Defense announced Thursday that it has started renovation of an existing General Motors building to support production of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, an all-terrain troop carrier designed to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad. The 750,000-square-foot facility is located in Concord, N.C. Advertisement Construction at the facility is likely to continue into early spring, with the production line delivering vehicles in April. "We have tremendous momentum behind our ISV win, featuring a first-of-its-kind tactical wheeled vehicle that gives our Soldiers speed, durability and performance to enhance mission success," said Tim Herrick, interim president of GM Defense. "GM Defense is responsible for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the ISV. This facility will e...