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With lower launch costs, Japan's next-gen H3 rocket aims for global success

The Japan Times

Japan's mainstay next-generation H3 rocket, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is now in the final stages of preparation for its first launch, to be conducted by the end of March 2022. By keeping the launch cost of each rocket at half the conventional price, at ¥5 billion, developers aim to attract a wide range of commercial demand, including launching satellites for organizations overseas. But with foreign companies such as U.S.-based SpaceX ahead of the game in offering low-cost rocket transport, some are asking whether there are opportunities for Japanese rockets to compete against their overseas rivals. On March 17, the first test model of the H3 rocket made its debut at the launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, as it was assembled, received fuels and underwent checking procedures down to the countdown just before the rocket launch. JAXA celebrated the milestone, saying it had overcome one of the "biggest mountains."

Attack of the drones: the mystery of disappearing swarms in the US midwest

The Guardian

At twilight on New Year's Eve, 2020, Placido Montoya, 35, a plumber from Fort Morgan, Colorado, was driving to work. Ahead of him he noticed blinking lights in the sky. He'd heard rumours of mysterious drones, whispers in his local community, but now he was seeing them with his own eyes. In the early morning gloom, it was hard to make out how big the lights were and how many were hovering above him. But one thing was clear to Montoya: he needed to give chase.

The Morning After: SpaceX's Starship secures a lunar lander deal with NASA


While we continue to wait for news about the Mars copter's first test flight, Elon Musk and SpaceX closed out the week with a big win, scoring a contract from NASA to use Starship as a lander for the Artemis lunar program. The company beat out Blue Origin (which teamed up with key aerospace players like Lockheed Martin) and defense contractor Dynetics to secure the $2.9 billion contract. There are still funding hurdles for NASA to clear if it plans to fly as scheduled, but those missions are still years away at best. In the nearer future, Apple's Spring Loaded event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Chris Velazco has reminders of the rumors you should know about before it starts. New iPads and iMacs seem like safe bets, but we'll see if there are any big surprises in a few days.

Lack of regulation will create a 'Wild West in SPACE' warns expert

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The world is heading for a'wild west' free for all in space that could lead to disaster as firms fight for every scrap of resource in low Earth orbit, an expert has warned. Paul Kostek, a space policy specialist from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), says global agreement is'highly unlikely' anytime soon. As the commercial space sector continues to grow at a rapid rate, firms are vying to launch constellations of satellites and new experimental craft into low Earth orbit. This has left astronomers frustrated and struggling due to'blots in the sky' that make observations harder and less accurate, as well as concerns over space junk. The need for regulation has become more pressing after satellites from OneWeb and SpaceX Starlink came close to hitting each other last week.

Infographic – Data Science VS Deep Learning: Will Tim Go to Mumbai in Business Class Next Month?


It's well known among marketers that a customer's explicit intent, such as browsing a product page, is a strong indicator of future purchase behavior. By layering previous purchasing patterns and pre-defined behavioral segments, marketers are targeting campaigns that are supposed to be relevant and therefore effective. But while 89% of marketers say they are personalizing experiences and messages, only 5% of consumers say messages and offers are well-timed with their needs. If explicit intent is connected to future purchase behavior, then what's driving a wedge between marketers and their customers? The infographic below shows how machine learning techniques for campaign targeting create sub-optimal predictions that eliminate potential buyers and damage customer experience.

Northrop's servicing robot extends the life of an orbiting satellite by five years


Intelsat's IS-10-02 communications satellite was running low on fuel -- it's been in orbit since 2004, after all, and has already exceeded its original mission lifespan by five years. Thanks to Northrop Grumman's Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2), however, it gained another five years of life and will stay operational instead of being decommissioned. MEV-2 launched in August and has been making its way to the satellite in geosynchronous orbit since then. On Monday, it caught up to its target and clamped onto it to provide the IS-10-02 with more fuel. According to TechCrunch, a representative described the robotic spacecraft as a "jetpack for the 10-02 satellite."

DO-178C certifiable software to help integrate machine learning into avionics - Military Embedded Systems


Intelligent Artifacts announced a new partnership with ConsuNova, a global provider of avionics systems certification services, to develop a software Cert-kit for airborne aerospace solutions. The new technology is intended to bolster machine learning in an avionics system by enabling the end user to understand why a decision was ultimately made by the software. The company claims that the operator will be able trace a prediction back through analytic records to better understand and record the system's decision-making process. According to officials, development of this Cert-kit will allow Intelligent Artifacts to offer plug-and-play capabilities to Aerospace companies looking to integrate proven certifiable machine learning into full solution stacks needing to be Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified for deployment on aircraft. The work itself will include meeting design and code requirements, passing safety assessments, and providing complete documentation on Intelligent Artifacts' software solution.

Spacetech Race: Which Companies are Leading at the Forefront?


Sooner or later, people will occupy outer space and look at the world from there. Ever since humans found that there exists a place beyond earth, the space race began. As the technology evolved, disruptive trends like artificial intelligence and machine learning are accelerating spacetech applications. While spacetech start-ups are ballooning like never before, giant technology companies are jumping into the spacetech market to score big. Today, the mother earth is undergoing a crucial time.

Awesome Python Data Science Libraries And Frameworks For Free You Should Definitely Use – Fly Spaceships With Your Mind


Creating complex data and analysis pipelines has never been easier. You'll be inundated with tutorials online. You can learn the language at every turn. Keeping track of it all is not so easy. Learning the programming basics is easy, but keeping track of the technological possibilities only grows with experience. We present you Awesome Python Data Science libraries and frameworks for free that you should know.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets


The dogfight hardly seemed fair. Two F-16s engaged with an opposing F-16 at an altitude of 16,000 feet above rocky desert terrain. As the aircraft converged from opposite directions, the paired F-16s suddenly spun away from one another, forcing their foe to choose one to pursue. The F-16 that had been left alone then quickly changed course, maneuvering behind the enemy with textbook precision. A few seconds later, it launched a missile that destroyed the opposing jet before it could react.