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LauncherOne Gets New Carrier

Virgin Galactic recently revealed its plans to expand the operational fleet of flights. The announcement comes on Dec. 3 during the final stages of the transaction while purchasing a Boeing 747 jetliner. The Company confirms that the new aircraft comes as an extra aircraft carrier for the soon to be launched LauncherOne 

The Company has plans to use the airplane to increase LauncherOne spacecraft payloads to carry larger load capacities. The news came during the launch of Virgin Galactic’s reveal of its WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The aircraft unveiling comes during Galactic’s event in San Antonio at the Company’s repair facility.

Oddly, enough the mission resolved with the airliner Virgin Atlantic, a separate business from Virgin. The airplane’s designated name is the Cosmic Girl. This name was confirmed by White-sides when it alluded to the nickname of the aircraft a while ago. Whiteside’s recounts that the new spacecraft seems smaller compared to previous operational shuttles. However, there are enough results that show the Company is happy to operate the Virgin Atlantic aircraft. Whiteside’s confirmed that Virgin Galactic bought a Virgin Atlantic aircraft. However, there was no reveal of the terms of the deal.

Boeing constructed Cosmic Girl in 2001 and had it shipped to Virgin Atlantic. According to electronic flight logs, the airliner handled the Company’s commercial operations since then up to October last year. However, last October saw the aircraft’s last flight as it flew to San Antonio from London.

Concerning the research on LauncherOne itself, Virgin Galactic must render these improvements to the 747. “Every subsystem is making progress,” he said, which includes the Company’s Newton 3 engines and Newton 4 engines to power the rocket and composite propellant tanks.

Virgin Galactic reported that it expects to start LauncherOne test flights early into the year. However, the report did not go as planned at the end of 2016, and the Company reported a delayed schedule. “In 2017, we are scheduled to conduct orbital studies,” he added.

Whiteside’s said that the aircraft would be thoroughly checked and repaired by VT San Antonio Aerospace. VT San Antonio Aerospace is an aircraft repair operation renowned for its “D power. Whiteside’s further states that the Company plans to commence the task early next year, whereby the preferred modification on the LauncherOne launch begins.

Virgin’s plans include connecting LauncherOne across the fuselage, and the left inboard engine to a pylon mounted on the left-wing of the Boeing 747.  Engineers working on mounting the two crafts expect to fit the 747 to a fifth jet motor while ferrying engines. This method works by reducing the requisite structural modifications to the wing. As modifications soon commence, Virgin hopes that everything proceeds as planned.

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The reasons why NASA contracted SpaceX in space exploration

For generations, NASA wanted to have low-cost space technology – which was the Space Shuttle’s broken pledge – a reprocessed spaceship to prevent the costly construction of one new ship for any project was their primary strategy. The Shuttle’s diversity and evolution of technology in the 1970s have increased costs. Despite no opportunity to invest, vendors charged much more depending on their prices. A history of discovery was also operating against NASA: a remarkable space project that brought science and energy to the edge. The definition of low-cost, growing, and streamlined travel that SpaceX currently supports is radically new.

SpaceX has built a strategy over many decades to continue the lowest cost operating structure. SpaceX knew it needed to focus on a complex and specialized aim of creating an entirely new spacecraft engine to construct profits in the long term. Another space company-related is the Russian propulsion systems set up in the 1960s now use the fuel-efficient reserve to operate and sustain over time. The business has a miserable future owing to its limited percentage if it produces its motor like SpaceX.

Most companies struggle to reduce expenses: The effects of a downturn in one or more sectors throughout a year or two are usually carefully examined in the economic impact. Nevertheless, poor vision will contribute to long-term difficulties. For example, once a corporation has reduced the expense of selling a commodity over the years, it sought more reductions for the sales momentum. Currently, the business mix has shifted to a higher level of contact and a relatively cost-effective sales move than ever before. Thus a key contender was able to win share much more quickly than before because the sales move experienced a lower shift.

With price cuts from SpaceX in a period of shrinking state budgets, lowered costs render space flight research and major scientific ventures more workable, such as a Mars flight. During a recent press, Musk also indicated that in the coming years, there could be a proposal to build the speed drive. NASA’s Charles Bolden manager accepted that the project is feasible.

While cost-cutting is seldom seen as an innovative move in the corporate environment, Elon Musk demonstrates how it can create significant new barriers and play a vital role in the cycle of development. SpaceX receives billions from the state from self-sufficiency expenses instead of reimbursing them. Their cost each launch is estimated to be 40–60% below what is paid currently, as per client estimates.

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Energy

House of the Armed Service Committee has joined the critics of FCC’s Ligado Decision 

FCC’s acceptance of Ligado’s proposition takes no notice of the federal law The HASC voices.

The House Committee of Armed Service sent their current attack over their quarrel of accepting the 5G Network by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They maintain that the 5G Network will hamper with the GPS.

In a letter written on 7th May, the board leaders insisted that accepting Ligado’s proposition to use parts of the L-band spectrum for 5G cellular Network takes no notice of the federal law pushing the FCC commissioners to rethink the order

The letter additionally described that the authority given by FCC did not obey the section1698 of the National Defense Authorization Act of the year 2017. This Act puts a stop to the acceptance of commercial earthbound functions at certain levels of the L-band spectrum until the commission settles its distress of harmful involvement to the GPS devices after 90 days. They also pressed the commission to rethink and bring in additional easing steps that will address the worriment of these users.

The letter was delivered some hours after the committee had completed the hearing where the DOD comprehensive data to the FCC proving that Ligado’s earthbound Network would bring a hindrance to both military and commercial GPS users. In the letter, it stated that leaders were organizing to have a private hearing where they would discuss the DOD’s testing reports and would address the reports with the FCC because it is necessary for the commissioners to grasp the full implications while settling on such a serious matter.

The House Armed Services Committee stated that they were looking for solutions that would help to facilitate and also give the directive to the DOD to provide as much spectrum as they can for commercial use. They also described that the country would face threats that would expect the DOD to use parts of the spectrum and therefore are expected to come up with solutions that would maintain the defense of the nation and still release the economic potential of 5G.

They asked the 5 FCC commissioners to give copies of the legal analysis that directed them in the decision, which was to be done by 14th May.

One of the primary topics at the legal proceedings was the 23 MHZ guard band that the FCC had said was a barrier between Ligado’s Network and GPS. The department of defense officials explained that the guard band would not stop interference with the GPS signals, and that’s the reason they got shocked by FCC’s decision.

On 7th May, the FCC’s spokesman published a statement stating that during the proceedings, many false statements were given and that the DOD had already acquired the FCC’s draft conclusion statement. The report additionally stated that the metric the DOD used to calculate dangerous interference was depending on high power levels, which the FCC had not authorized during the testing. He completed by stating that their conclusion was confirmed using sound engineering theories, and they are defending their decision 100%, and they will not be distracted by baseless fear-mongering.

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus leads to a drop in fossil fuel production

“The worldwide oil sector is in distress like no time in its existence,” a headline on the homepage of the International Energy Agency states in clear words. The global demand for oil undergoes an uncharacterized slowdown as the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic enhances the lives of trillion men. “As production drop significantly, the production system of oil refinement, freight, and transportation is beginning to decline.” The IEA study described catastrophic effects across the whole economy.

Additionally, none could ever have thought how the carbon fuel consumption took a nosedive in recent times by the most extremely optimistic weather advocate. However, the movement in energy consumption is underpinned by intense human misery, persistent economic deprivation, and growing disparity and oppression.   Conversely, in the view of an unexpected, unintended, and probable momentary pollution lapse, issues have to be examined.

Coal also had a dipper recession compared to other sources of energy. Coal had been under usage in an unmanageable plunge for energy production because it is one of the most costly methods for generating power. As maximum electricity consumption decreases, the most expensive portions of the investment are shut down. “The estimate for a significantly lower energy demand tends to lead to an overall reduction in oil and gas production, particularly in coal-fired energy plants,” stated an EIA report. Likewise, compared to the previous year, EIA expects a 30 percent decrease in coal demand.

Notwithstanding the epidemic of coronavirus, solar and wind also experience apparent upward increases, primarily due to persistent new generation capability adds. April’s solar and wind power performance is forecast to be 20 % higher than in the last year. However, the pandemic plays a crucial role: In general, with lower power consumption, the primary energy source will be solar and wind.

The cuts are evident, but economists are under extreme strain to estimate when prices will stabilize. The circumstance, however, offers an insight into the long term of reduced emissions. First, the decrease in energy can be seen throughout the globe throughout peak COVID-19 intervals, as each country is attempting to cut as far as possible. 

On the other hand, several figures should be seen as guidelines in the exclusion of nationwide pollution forecasts week by week. CarbonBrief reported that in February, the Chinese emissions decreased slightly by 25 percent. The use of very rough arithmetic on the April estimates of EIA will significantly reduce pollution by 15 percent per month. Europe faces a significant fall in electricity consumption and an overall 24 percent decline in the EU emission scenario. 

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Space

The Philippine removes its microsatellite in the space

On May 6th Philippine micro satellite, Diwata-1, entered the atmosphere of the Earth on its mission. The satellite was the first microsatellite that Filipino made and designed. Diwata-1 had spent four years in the space to capture images that have open the use of space technology, which analyzes the change in the environment in the Philippines, which leads to science-based methods for risk management, conservation, and the mapping in the whole country.  

The microsatellite moved around the orbit of the Earth 22,643 times and captured Philippine data 4,800 times. The number of images in the micro-satellite was around 45,572 of Earth, while those of the Philippine alone were 17,271 images. The size of the photos from the satellite is 114,087 kilometers squares, which are equivalent to 38 percent of the total land in the Philippine. Diwata is a Philippine word that means deity or goddess why is one of the myths in the Filipino about the Supernatural power that protects nature. Diwata-1 had a task to keep the environment of the Philippine, which is actually what the myth explains. But currently, it is with the high-technology with the equipment for imaging. 

The images from the micro-satellite helped to determine the damage from the natural disaster and were observing the natural resources and cultural heritage sites. Microsatellite captured images that had a change in vegetation and productivity in the ocean, the patterns of the cloud, and the disturbance of the weather.

The satellite technology observations helped the program for Space Technology and Application mastery, innovation, and advancement (STIMINA4 space) to analyze the impact of floods typhoons and landslide, including the forest fires that focus on the amount of damage. Government agencies and departments in the disaster and risk management sectors identified and confirmed the damages.

The development of Diwata-1 is a demonstration that developing countries like the Philippine can achieve significant steps in space development if their government allocates them with a lot of resources. The resources will support the development in science and technology, according to Gay Perez Jane, who is the program leader in the STAMINA space program.

The launching of Diwata-1 was on 23rd March 2016 through the Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, which is in Florida and move to the orbit on 27th April 2016 through the ISS. The satellite has completed a four years tour on the space. The spacecraft transmitted the last Philippine image about the Samar province, which was in 28th DEC 2019, while the previous image for the satellite was on 2nd February 2020.  

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 Space Force Firm prepares to rescue NASA space explorers

A unit by the name Detachment 3 is accountable to save space explorers if they plan to cancel any mission. According to Washington News, NASA and SpaceX are on the process of taking space explorers to International Space Station on a mission that will take place on 25 May this year. Should anything go wrong during the task, then the Detachment 3 Unit must be on the alert.

A unit by the name 45th Operation Group Detachment 3, located at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, is the one accountable for rescuing space explorers who happen to land on land or sea following a canceled operation.

Detachment 3 Unit has existed since the days of Apollo Programs. NASA seized flying the space ship in 2011, so the forthcoming NASA operation will be the first one to be prepared by the Unit. 

Schiess, the Commander of 45th Space Wing, said that Detachment 3 would instead take the name ‘Task Force 45’ because of the forthcoming NASA liftoff. The primary goal of the Unit is to savage space explorers in case anything goes wrong while in the space. Since 2015, Detachment 3 works on maneuvers, creativity, and procedures of preparing to provide back up to SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing. 

The Unit is one of the United States Space Force 45th Space Wing, although it provides reports directly to the U.S Space Command after preparing for an operation.

Detachment 3 comprises professional rescue drivers, communication systems, medical professionals, and pilots. The Unit has 30 associates located Patrick. However, the number of the aboriginal groups appointed to United States Space Command via Task 45 will be roughly 150. 

The aboriginal groups will carry out their operations from the Joint Base Charleston, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, South Carolina, and Hawaii, covering 155 million square miles of the procedure.

After deployment of Task Force 45, the Unit will be able to make a report to Major General John Shaw. He is the Commander of United States Space Command’s Merged Space Force Unit based at Vandenberg Air Force, California.

Airmen are working hard amidst developing pains of getting back to related units to continue traveling in the space to prevent requalification planned to take place, where the Air Force was to be in charge. The move will save Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars they could have spent during the requalification process. The step will as well keep communities connected and provide aid to other sectors with an excess number of instructors. 

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The Mars Rover set to launch in July

People stared at the stars and thought regarding the current existence of the things that were visible in the evening horizon. Rockets have been created, and technological advancements in the mid-twentieth century have enabled devices, objects, and people to be transported in the outer space.   Nevertheless, even before science provided technological tools, space travel has already caught the imagination of other individuals, not only airplane pilots and physicists, but also authors and artists.

Lots of satellites were sent to Mars; however, only around one in every four flights has become a victory. The statistics highlight how hard it is still to launch a rocket to Mars and notes that if it arrives appropriately to relay data. The initial Mars flights were named flybys, and a spaceship entered the planet to photograph. NASA’s spaceflight Mariner was a minor robotic ship aimed at identifying mars, Venus, and Mercury. 

On the other hand, NASA has established a rover capable of withstanding the space conditions and temperatures and relay signals from Mars to Earth. The spacecraft is set to launch in August 2020 in Florida. Additionally, the previous rovers to Mars only photographed and analyzed the composition of Mars and searched for any life form or pre-existing form of life. In the new rover dubbed Perseverance, apart from analyzing Mar’s structure, the scientists hope that it can carry some composition back to Earth for further analysis and storage.

According to the scientist, the spacecraft is set to launch in August this year and set to land on Mars in February 2021, 687 earth days. Resultantly, Perseverance measures ten by nine by 7 feet and weighs about 1,050 Kg. The rover is built like an ideal car but weighs less compared to a vehicle. Resultantly, Perseverance has taken the shape of its predecessors like curiosity in that its body is built in a rectangular shape composed of six wheels, cameras, a hand and wheel, and a compact drilling machine efficient for rock sampling. 

However, the scientist has equipped the new rover with X-ray, spectrometer, and UV lasers necessary for identifying pre-existing microbial life forms. Also, the rover is fixed with radar capable of penetrating the Mar’s surface hence plotting different layers of water, ice, and rocks. George Tahu retorted that the program is set to revolutionize the Mars Science Laboratory and give a new direction in the study of the planet Mars. He further adds that the rover will facilitate data gathering in previously impossible ways.    

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Coronavirus

Devastating Lockdown affects Projects 

Operations seem to be at a standstill across Europe. While it may not be a result of a much-anticipated festival, the effects are dire. The empty streets are a result of a worldwide outbreak of the SARS Covid-19 virus that broke out from the Wuhan province of China. The virus has brought devastating effects to the entire globe claiming the lives of those who were unfortunate enough. 

To combat this spread, experts advise on the need to stay indoors. It is worthwhile to note that the virus is airborne. Owing to the rather infectious, This is not due to economic meltdown but rather due to the recent events unfolded with coronavirus and everything. The coronavirus has its clutches across all industries. Perhaps in the industry that has taken the most substantial hit is the solar panel industry more so the renewables industry. 

While many people are home not so for entertainment but for the sake of protecting themselves, the economy takes a toll. Workers who are supposed to be in production stay at home to contain the coronavirus spread and flatten the curve. In this light, it is evident that the solar panel industry cannot run as usual. 

According to the manager at clean energy Global projects Daniel Ross, the solar panel industry puts the safety of its workers and their health as a top priority. However, it is not only a new ideal that emerged with the coronavirus pandemic. 

The industry has since time immemorial but the health of all of its workers in first place. The lockdown effects put on the industry brings a total disruption 

Among the projects affected is an extensive solar project. The project stems from a collaboration between energy companies Clenergy and Obton. The two corporations are global enterprises specializing in the supply of renewable energy systems. They aim to replace the widespread dependence on fossil fuels. 

The project will be at an abandoned mining site, and company executives expect it to be the largest solar generating station in Germany. The plant will be well capable of producing 80Mwac, empathy to power 19000 homes. 

However, as it stands, the project is down until the situation clears. In a statement, CEO and head of operations at Obton, Andres Marcus expressed his profound appreciation to the staff who took time off to adhere to regulations concerning social distancing. He also recognized the effort by various teams still running to ensure operations are still ongoing. Andres encouraged his staff to wait out the pandemic in the hope that things will go back to normal.