Pacific Gas and Electric, is requesting permission from the Public Utilities Commission to purchase power from Solaren, a startup company with plans to develop and build a Space Power System (SPS) system, scheduled for operation in 2016.
To kick off our coverage of CONTACT 2009, here is an interview with CONTACT Conference founder Jim Funaro, recorded earlier this week. In the interview, we talk about the origins of the conference, highlights of this year’s 25 anniversary conference, and how the public is encouraged to attend.
Jim Funaro Interview
In an eerie portent of the events that ultimately doomed Space Shuttle Columbia, an article from Spaceflight Today reveals that in 1988, booster insulation debris caused extensive tile damage to Atlantis that jeopardized the safety of her crew.
Readers of the San Francisco Chronicle were treated to an front page story about the discovery of rare asteroid fragments in the Nubian Desert. But readers of an article in Nature found out how scientists around the world collaborated to track the asteroid in space to reentry, making it possible for a team of astronomers and students to locate the meteorite fragements.
Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is reporting “a major explosive event” beginning at 9:24 AKDT is in progress on Mt. Redoubt volcano. The National Weather Service is reporting the ash cloud to be at least 65 Kft in height.
After roughly a week of significant activity, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano erupted early Monday morning sending ash up to 60k ft, and melting portions of an adjacent glacier.
In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Canadian paleontologist have once again identified the fossil remains of what is believed to be the smallest nonavian dinosaur ever discovered in North America.
Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-119 to the International Space Station successfully lifted off at 7:43pm EDT Sunday. Its primary mission will be to deliver the final solar array for the ISS.
Under a new study released by the Pacific Institute, rising sea-levels over the next century will “inevitably change the character” of the California coast. The study attempts to gauge the impacts of sea-level rise upon plants and animals, humans, and infrastructure, and finds that if no action is taken losses from flooding and erosion will approach $100bn.
According to NASASpaceFlight.com, mission controllers have ordered the crew of the International Space Station to evacuate to the Soyuz escape capsule to wait out a potential debris strike projected to occur at 9:39 PDT.