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News Article | April 28, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

SpaceX may soon land on the surface of Mars and it is expected to happen in the next two years, Elon Musk announced. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018 with the assistance of NASA – a ground breaking partnership between both public and private sectors. The announcement on Twitter revealed an ambitious timeline for a daunting mission to land the spacecraft on the Red Planet. Dubbed Red Dragon, the Dragon 2 spacecraft will be launched by the Falcon Heavy rocket. The privately handled space company will send one of its Dragon spacecraft on a test flight to Mars, where it could gather valuable data and information on landing large payloads on the planet's surface without parachutes or aerodynamic decelerators. "SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018. Red Dragon missions will help inform the overall Mars architecture that will be unveiled later this year," the company said on its Facebook page. "These missions will help demonstrate the technologies needed to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." The Red Dragon spacecraft measures about 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It will not carry astronauts during its mission but will land on Mars to shed light on its ability to reach remote destinations in the solar system. In a separate Tweet, Musk also said the spacecraft is designed to land anywhere in the solar system and its mission on the Red Planet will serve as its first test flight. Musk added that the new Dragon won't be suitable for longer missions as its internal volume is only about the size of an SUV. SpaceX tested Dragon 2's SuperDraco propulsive landing system at its McGregor, Texas facility which plays a pivotal role in the spacecraft's Mars landing in the future. Musk is expected to reveal the detailed plans for the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico this summer. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Menezes P.T.L.,State University of Rio de Janeiro | La Terra E.F.,MCT
Near Surface Geophysics | Year: 2011

In the present work, high-resolution ground magnetic data are used to unveil the structure of the Regis kimberlite pipe, which is located in a well-known diamondiferous province in the central portion of Brazil. The main tectonic feature of the area is a NW-SE major crustal fracture zone, extending for more than 3000 km within Brazil, along which Regis and several other kimberlite pipes have intruded. The area is located at low magnetic latitude (inclination approximately 27° south) and the ground magnetic anomaly associated with the Regis pipe appears as an isolated asymmetric dipole-like source caused by magnetization primarily in the direction of the Earth's magnetic field. We inverted this high-resolution magnetic data set in order to recover the 3D effective susceptibility model of the studied pipe. We obtained an asymmetric conical-shaped strongly magnetized body (35 × 10 -3 SI units) extending from 50-720 m depth. Prior to the inversion, the data were upward continued to 30 m above the surface to attenuate high-frequency noise and mitigate inversion artefacts. Our results were used to better define the subsequent drilling positions to thoroughly evaluate the economic potential of the Regis pipe. One available borehole drilled approximately in the centre of the structure corroborates our interpretation. © 2011 European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.

Sotomane C.,DSV | Asker L.,DSV | Massingue V.,MCT
2011 IST-Africa Conference Proceedings, IST 2011 | Year: 2011

Accurate short term load forecasting is crucial for efficient operations planning of electrical power systems. We present a model for automatic forecasting of the short term (24 hours) electrical power consumption in Maputo, Mozambique. The proposed model is based on analysis of historical records of power consumption combined with information about additional factors that influence the consumption. The data is clustered into segments with the objective of identifying similar consumption patterns. These consumption patterns are then correlated with weather conditions and used to construct an automated prediction model for load forecasting. Today these forecasts are made manually by experts at Electricidade de Moçambique (the local power company) using conventional methods. The automated prediction model that was developed in this project presents an accurate and consistent complement to manual prediction and is currently being evaluated for the possibility of augmenting the manual forecasts with additional information. © 2011 IIMC LTD.

Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.95K | Year: 2006

This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project aims to develop and demonstrate a compact and portable chlor alkali generator for emergency response operations. A portable system that uses an electrochemical reactor to generate chlorine and caustic soda efficiently in a compact manner will be developed. These products may be combined to produce hypochlorite giving the emergency responder a range of chemical reactants produced on-site that can be used for disinfecting water or decontaminating surfaces. During the Phase I program, we will develop and demonstrate the compact reactor culminating in a prototype design that will be developed in a Phase II follow-on effort. Emergency response personnel need improved methods to disinfect or decontaminate such exposed areas quickly. Of particular importance is providing improved water quality for consumption in disaster areas along with quicker decontamination of buildings, personnel, and equipment. Extensions of our compact electrochemical reactor technology may also be applied toward smaller units for disinfecting water for recreational and military soldiers.

News Article | November 9, 2015
Site: www.renewableenergyworld.com

Marine Current Turbines (MCT), the tidal energy company owned by German engineering giant Siemens has announced that it has suspended development of a planned 10 MW tidal array in Wales.

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