SpaceX is about to launch two of its space internet satellites — the first of nearly 12,000

Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy mission, the company is getting back to its routine with another Falcon 9 launch. The rocket is slated to take off from California this morning, sending up an Earth-observation … Continue reading SpaceX is about to launch two of its space internet satellites — the first of nearly 12,000

Why Do Rockets Explode?

This screen grab from a video by USLaunchReport.com shows the explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 1, 2016. The world might be watching rather apprehensively as Elon Musk’s SpaceX readies the launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket since the legendary Saturn V — the heavyweight launcher that propelled humans to the moon. Many still remember the September 2016 launchpad explosion that wiped out not only SpaceX’s workhorse rocket Falcon 9 but also an Israeli telecommunications satellite. This wasn’t the first disaster in SpaceX’s history. A little over a year before that, in June 2015, … Continue reading Why Do Rockets Explode?

New robotic system could lend a hand with warehouse sorting and other picking or clearing tasks

The “pick-and-place” system consists of a standard industrial robotic arm that the researchers outfitted with a custom gripper and suction cup. They developed an “object-agnostic” grasping algorithm that enables the robot to assess a bin of random objects and determine the best way to grip or suction onto an item amid the clutter, without having to know anything about the object before picking it up. Unpacking groceries is a straightforward albeit tedious task: You reach into a bag, feel around for an item, and pull it out. A quick glance will tell you what the item is and where it … Continue reading New robotic system could lend a hand with warehouse sorting and other picking or clearing tasks