NASA wants to build huge spacecraft in orbit with robots and 3D printers

Robots and 3D printers, the most exciting technology in the near future!

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If you want to send a large piece of a spacecraft into orbit that can later be assembled into a larger product in space, it is common practice to build it on Earth and design it to fold up so it can fit into a rocket.

For the past year, NASA has been working with Tethers Unlimited, a space technology development company based out of Bothell, Wash., to find a better way. The space agency just awarded Tethers Unlimited an additional $500,000 to continue developing SpiderFab, a robotic 3D printing and assembly system that could build structures larger than half a mile wide in orbit.

SpiderFab

Instead of specially engineering spacecraft components to fit into a rocket, NASA could densely pack materials like fiber and polymer into existing spacecraft and create the components while orbiting the planet. This cuts down on cost and opens up the possibility for larger spacecraft.

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Samsung to buy German OLED company Novaled

Samsung R&D spending and efforts in OLED technology is bound to accelerates them to a dominant position in display technologies.

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Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung, in conjunction with its affiliates, plans to acquire German company Novaled, which makes organic light emitting diode or OLED technology. OLEDs are used in next-gen displays for cell phones and televisions, and the tech is both more energy efficient and also delivers vivid colors and images.

Samsung and its affiliates are paying around $350 million plus a potential $40 million payment based on performance for Novaled. Novaled’s investors include eCAPITAL, TechnoStart, Omnes Capital, TechFund Europe, Innovation Capital, as well as Samsung Ventures, which invested in 2011.

sony_prototype_flexible_oled_display_rollup_pencilSamsung has been shipping phones with its Super AMOLED Plus screen technology since early 2011. As GigaOM’s Kevin Tofel noted, the screen tech is better seen than described and the display colors are extremely vivid when compared to any other screens.

Novaled was founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Dresden University…

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The Sun, Civilizations and Our Future.

The fury of our sun captured in never-before-seen detail

The above picture is taken by researchers at the NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory. It is the clearest image of the Sun to date. Looking at the picture, it’s as if a Phoenix is about to emerge from the center of all that flame. Since the beginning of time, Humans have always been marveled by the Sun. We worshiped the Sun as a celestial identity. The presence of the Sun is the very reason Life is able to flourish on Earth and gave birth to the Human race.

If you know of the Kardashev scale, it measures a civilization’s level technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. Here’s a video by Michio Kaku that explains wonderfully what different Type of civilizations would mean.

Here’s another video of Kardashev scale. I put this up because this video is very simple yet comprise of compelling graphics and introduction.

Our civilization currently stands at somewhere around Type 0.72 on the Kardashev scale and it is estimated that we should attain Type 1 status in about 100 years. To become a Type 2 civilization and be fully capable of capturing the power our Sun spews out every second would probably take another few thousands years. The most interesting point is that we are now very close to becoming a Type 1 civilization, and the technological advancement would be tremendous. Our generation now lives in a very important moment of Human history, we are the ones to drive and witness the greatest transition ever. Becoming a Type 1 civilization would allow us to have total control over our Planet’s energy.  Many great technological advancement have to occur in order for this transition to happen, such as, nuclear fusion, the age of magnetism, unification of language, proliferation of the internet, the internet of things and many more. These are exciting technologies and it is my dream to be involve in related projects and be part of the driving force to push Human race into Type 1 status.

There is one man that I admire deeply, as what he is doing resonates strongly with what I similarly wants to achieve.

This man is Elon Musk. He founded SpaceX, Tesla Motors and SolarCity, all these companies are created with a mission. SpaceX develop and launches their own rockets and spacecraft, and focus of the ultimate goal of allowing Humans to colonize other planets. Tesla Motors aims to push electric vehicles into the mainstream and allow people to commute with a cleaner energy source. SolarCity is around to help people switch to a cleaner and more sustainable source of energy. These companies are around to push forward a certain technology that when successful, would benefit mankind greatly.  Recently he also put forward an idea of a transportation system, called Hyperloop, with the ability to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour, and runs on very little energy. His revolutionary ideas and wholehearted contribution to the Human race is something I look up to.