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Maine company successfully launches prototype rocket

Maine company successfully launches prototype rocket

Technology
A Maine company that’s developing a rocket to propel small satellites into space passed its first major testBy PATRICK WHITTLE Associated PressJanuary 31, 2021, 9:59 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBRUNSWICK, Maine -- A Maine company that's developing a rocket to propel small satellites into space passed its first major test on Sunday.Brunswick-based bluShift Aerospace launched a 20-foot (6-meter) prototype rocket, hitting an altitude of a little more than 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) in a first run designed to test the rocket's propulsion and control systems.It carried a science project by Falmouth High School students that will measure flight metrics such as barometric pressure, a special alloy that's being tested by a New Hampshire company — and a Dutch des...
Elon Musk’s Starship prototype makes a big impact

Elon Musk’s Starship prototype makes a big impact

Science
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CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

Technology
Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show. The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.Seg...
SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top

SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top

Science
SpaceX's Starship rocket prototype experienced a major failure during pressurisation testing on Wednesday.A video from the scene in Texas showed the top part of the vehicle rupture.Cryogenic propellants that were being loaded at the time dispersed across the Boca Chica facility in a huge cloud.The US company bills Starship as an all-purpose transportation system of the future. It will be used to ferry people and cargo off Earth, and to destinations around the globe.The Mk-1 prototype was due to begin practice flights to an altitude of 20km in the coming weeks. In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that could no longer happen and the ship would be retired.Development work is already being directed at another prototype, labelled th...
China unveils prototype of high-speed floating train

China unveils prototype of high-speed floating train

World
May 24 (UPI) -- A leading Chinese train builder has unveiled a working prototype of a magnetic-levitation, of maglev, train it says can carry passengers at speeds up to 373 mph. The train, with five passenger cars, left its production facility in Qingdao Thursday. Certifications for use and potential sales are expected within two years. The train uses maglev technology, by which magnets keep the train hovering less than two inches above the rails. Instead of wheels in constant contact with the track, the train rides on a cushion of air. The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, the world's largest supplier of rail equipment, said its train will offer a smooth ride at near-airline speeds. Ding Sansan, deputy chief engineer of CRRC, said a trip from Beijing to Shanghai will take three a...