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Niku Is A Rebel From The Oort Cloud

Niku Is A Rebel From The Oort Cloud

Niku is an object that orbits our Sun, but at a great enough distance to be considered a “trans-neptunian object”. Objects with an average orbital distance from the Sun greater than the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU), earn this tag. Niku is likely to be a chunk of rock, but it might also contain […]

Distributed Manufacturing AND Distribution

3D printing has tremendous potential to enable distributed manufacturing. This is where a wide variety of manufactured goods can be made by printing them. Printing as a manufacturing process has the ability to change our idea of manufacturing being limited to industrial factory environments, and distribute it to smaller locations that can engage more limited […]

The Soul of the Universe

The soul is often defined as a spiritual component, but with few specifics beyond that. The word, “spiritual” implies a lacking of physical aspects, and implies a fuzzy combination of mental, emotional, and “other” non-physical aspects. Trying to define it further usually invokes circular definition chains that lead into religious beliefs and then return to […]

Voyage to Asteroid “Bennu”

NASA has launched a spacecraft mission called OSIRIS-REx, which will spend several years traveling toward an intercept with an asteroid that is called, “101955 Bennu” in the year 2020. Bennu is part of a group that is known as the “Apollo” class of asteroids and is categorized as a “Near Earth Asteroid” because it crosses […]

Cyber Coins Can Replace All Currency Forms

Cyber currency is a form of money that is based on a cybernetic journalling system. Most current forms of currency are no longer based on something like a rare and valuable metal (gold or silver), but the trust that the national economy underlying the currency is solid and reliable. We need to have the confidence […]

Building a Mining Base on the Moon

A base on the Moon will more useful to supply construction materials to building projects in space that it will be for any other purpose. Supply of raw materials for building in space will need to come from locations that are not deep inside a gravity well. That means from asteroids or from moons will […]

Space Elevator Climber Design

A space elevator is a long ribbon that extends into space and hangs in a state of equilibrium because the centrifugal force throwing the top half of the ribbon out into space balances the force of gravity trying to drag the bottom half down. The elevator becomes functional when a climber car uses the ribbon […]

1930 – Rudolph Kalman – bio

Rudolph Kalman was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930 and was known for his work in mathematics and electrical engineering. The “Kalman filter” is an algorithm known as a linear quadratic estimation, and is used in time series analysis and applied to signal processing, trajectory optimization, and econometrics. This means it is used widely in […]