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April 17, 2014
ISS Back Up Computer Not Responding to Commands
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 14, 2014
The Mission Control team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston confirmed Friday night that a backup computer on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) called a Multiplexer-Demultiplexer (MDM) is not responding to commands. The station's MDM computers control some systems associated with robotics aboard the space station. The primary MDM operating aboard the space station is functioning normally and there is no immediate impact to space station operations. The computer outage doe ... read more
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Backup ISS computer breaks down, requiring possible spacewalk
A reserve computer mounted on the International Space Station's hull has stopped working. As it will be needed as soon as Wednesday, when the station is to receive a cargo spacecraft, crewmembers ma ... more

"RoboClam" hits new depths as robotic digger
A digging robot inspired by the unique mechanisms employed by the Atlantic razor clam has been created by a group of researchers in the US. The robot, dubbed RoboClam, is able to dig with extreme ef ... more

NASA to send International Space Station android a pair of legs
Robonaut 2, NASA's robotic astronaut torso, floats about the International Space Station without any legs. But that's about to change, thanks to NASA engineers. ... more
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Britain develops robotic mannequin
A robotic mannequin for testing military protective suits and equipment has been built under sponsorship by Britain's Ministry of Defense. ... more


Joint venture established for exoskeleton technology
Exoskeleton technologies are being jointly developed by French technology company Sagem and an Italian robotics laboratory. ... more
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CubeSats, SmallSats and MicroSats

New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth
From the rudimentary but effective Apollo Guidance and Navigation System that landed the first humans on the lunar landscape to the code used to manage robotic missions to explore other planets, sof ... more

New algorithm aids in both robot navigation and scene understanding
Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you're using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some o ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire


Science, Discovery Channels to broadcast private race to the moon
Just a week after Google announced its Lunar X competition, teams of engineers and scientists are racing to build a robotic spacecraft that can successfully land on the moon. A prize of $30 million awaits the first to accomplish the feat - and so does television stardom. ... more

Scientists unveil 'BionicKangroo Robot'
If a human tries to move around simply by jumping, he or she is likely to get very tired, very fast. The human body isn't designed to jump over and over again. ... more

Phoenix Makes Strides in Orbital Robotics and Satellite Architecture Research
The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of "assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse," and must ... more
UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Nuclear Supply Chain Summit - April 28-29 Greenville SC
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

Knowledge transfer: Computers teach each other Pac-Man
Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in ... more

US seniors see slow migration to tech: study
American senior citizens are gradually finding their way to the Internet, but lagging the overall population in online usage, a survey showed Thursday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire


Comet lander awakes from long hibernation
European space experts said on Friday they had successfully reawakened a fridge-sized robot designed to make the first-ever spacecraft landing on a comet. ... more

Lick's Automated Planet Finder: First robotic telescope for planet hunters
Lick Observatory's newest telescope, the Automated Planet Finder (APF), has been operating robotically night after night on Mt. Hamilton since January, searching nearby stars for Earth-sized planets ... more

Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry
When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. ... more
Google buys solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace

N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South

S. Korea spurns North's call for joint drone probe

Refreshingly cool, potentially toxic

Amazonas 4A satellite anomaly being investigated following launch

New Self-healing Plastics Developed

Catching the Invisible Wave

New 'switch' could power quantum computing

Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

Iran needs 30,000 new centrifuges for fuel: official


'RoboClam' replicates a clam's ability to burrow while using little energy
The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam that can perf ... more

Chinese farmers make 'Transformers' out of used cars
A group of farmers have brought to life the "Transformers" films, toys and TV series and built giant robots out of old car parts, in rural China. ... more

As Age-Friendly Technologies Emerge, Experts Recommend Policy Changes
From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of ... more

Tiny transistors for extreme environs
University of Utah electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday mi ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Fracking to thank for lower emissions, API says

12 U.S. states account for 80 percent of wind power

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Problem wells source of greenhouse gas at unexpected stage of natural gas production

Scientists Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

New 'switch' could power quantum computing

Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018


World's First Entirely Auto Cleaned Solar Energy Park


Comet-probing robot to wake from hibernation


The DARPA Grand Challenge: Ten Years Later


The Exploration of Murray Ridge Continues


Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing


Robot Snowden promises more US spying revelations


Robots, hands-free wizardry wows at high-tech fair


"Space Odyssey": China's aspiration in future space exploration


Researchers Achieve Breakthrough in Robotics for Space Exploration


NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies

Robotic Exploration of Moon, Mars a Priority

NVision Introduces RoboScanner

Touchy-feely joystick heading to ISS

Rolls-Royce believes time of drone cargo ships has come

China's Lunar Lander Still Operational

ILS Tech redefines M2M and IoT Cloud services

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer the world with traffic robots

Making nanoelectronics last longer for medical devices, 'cyborgs'

China firm awaits ruling in Apple Siri lawsuit

Quest for jellyfish robot leads to discovery of bending rules for animal wing, fin tips

RoboDoc to the rescue: NASA to send robotic doctor to space

Sustainable manufacturing system to better consider the human component

Google unveils 'Project Tango' 3D smartphone platform

What to expect from Dyson's new robotics lab

Busy Week of Imaging and Robotic Arm Studies

Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move

Robotic construction crew needs no foreman

New system combines control programs so fleets of robots can collaborate

NASA Tests New Technologies for Robotic Refueling

MIT robot may accelerate trials for stroke medications

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