CNC machines are amazing. They can cut through steel like butter and put very detailed and precise features in metal parts. Watch one below take a rough steel rod and remake it into the crankshaft for a NASCAR vehicle. The Enterprise will certainly have machines like this in the ship’s on-board manufacturing facilities.
March 5th, 2014
No problem, right? Well, uhmm, NASA isn’t quite ready to cover this:
“Unfortunately, SLS, which is consuming about $3 billion of NASA’s annual budget, won’t be ready to fly crew until 2021. And after that, it will be able to fly missions only once every four years under the current development schedule. So the multiple flights per year needed to maintain the International Space Station won’t happen with SLS unless things change.”
March 1st, 2014
NASA just completed a review of concepts for using LENR (Cold Fusion) for aircraft. It’s pretty fascinating that you can watch and listen to them talk about it.
This site explains:
“The NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) held a ‘Seedling Seminar’ during the last week of February to consider ‘potentially revolutionary’ innovative ideas in aviation. One presentation was by Doug Wells, a systems analyst at the Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch, NASA Langley Research Center, and on February 25th he gave a presentation on ‘Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Aircraft’ …
The presentation deals with what kinds of aircraft could be feasible if LENR became available, and what the technology’s impact might be on aviation. The presentation deals with possibilities such as planes with almost infinite range and vertical takeoff capabilities, and the possibility of LENR powering micro UAVs.
Wells also discusses some of the technical issues that would need to be addressed if LENR was used as a power source for aircraft. He talks about the possibility of using heat exchange engines, sterling engines, and using jet engines using nickel powder as a fuel.”
February 24th, 2014
Watch these industrial robots do cooking in a restaurant. They even provide entertainment in their down time.
February 22nd, 2014
I missed this in December. NASA has signed on to continue help supporting the Ad Astra company with the development of the VASIMR spacecraft engine. That is good to hear, and I’m glad to see that NASA recognizes the value in large electric propulsion engines for future spacecraft. It would be a crime if the development of the VASIMR was one day halted due to a lack of funds.