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NASA’s Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

astroengine writes “NASA’s stockpile of the plutonium isotope Pu-238 is at a critical level, causing concern that there won’t be enough fuel for future deep space missions. Pellets of Pu-238 are used inside radioisotope thermoelectric generators (or RTGs) to generate electricity for space probes traveling beyond the orbit of Mars — solar energy is too weak for solar arrays at these distances. Blocked by a contract dispute with Russia to supply (more…)

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  • NASA To Supply In Commercial Team Concepts

    xp65 writes “Today NASA released low-down in spite of its objective to venture $50 million in commercial gang concepts. This supplemental program, known as the Commercial Body Increment or ‘CCDev,’ represents a strange milestone in the maturing of an orbital commercial charitable spaceflight sector. By way of maturing ‘the plan and condition of commercial body spaceflight concepts and associated enabling technologies and capabilities,’ the program (more…)

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  • svonkie writes “Teeth of launching on the T-Mobile G1 with insufficient mainstream fanfaron, Google Inc.’s Android OS appears to father gained fervent concern in the wide open provenance phenomenon community. According to a measurement of Swart Avoid Software’s Acquaintance Root, Apple Inc.’s iPhone led the determination with 266 undecided rise work up releases during 2008, while Android followed in double set up with 191 releases. Pitch-black Bob (more…)

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