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SpaceX has a 'Roomba' robot but no one knows what it really is

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SpaceX fans are extremely curious about a new robot that keeps appearing on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You." Some are calling it the "Roomba" robot while others insist it should be called "Optimus Prime." The new machine first attracted attention when it appeared on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in March. Right now, after a rocket touches down on one of SpaceX's drone ships, SpaceX sends a crew out to the ship to secure the rocket before returning it to shore.


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If you've ever wondered about what it's like to be inside the International Space Station through the lens of, say, a drone, look no further. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released images and video from its JEM Internal Ball Camera, known as "Int-Ball," -- a camera drone that can record images and video while moving in space -- and the new footage gives us earth-dwellers a sneak peek of the happenings on the space laboratory. According to the JAXA, the Int-Ball was initially delivered to "Kibo," the Japanese Experiment Module on the International Space Station, on June 4, 2017, aboard SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon capsule. With the device and it's recording capabilities, JAXA is giving people a fascinating look at the inner-workings of the International Space Station.


Meet the International Space Station's adorable camera drone

Engadget

Astronauts on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion to play around with. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the "Int-Ball," a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew. JAXA says crew members spend 10 percent of their working hours with a camera in hand, photographing work or equipment that requires further evaluation. A floating camera drone could, in theory, alleviate the crew of that responsibility, giving them more time to conduct experiments and carry out repairs.


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The Guardian

Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because "by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late". Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it'll be too late," Musk told the meeting. "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation." While Musk has repeatedly shared his worries over AI and its development that is seen as inevitable in some regard, words appeared to hit home with multiple governors of the 32 taking part in the meeting, with follow-up questions looking for suggestions for how to go about regulating AI's development.


Artificial Intelligence Is A Growing Focus of A&D Sector

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The Blackbird set for a hypersonic overhaul

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin has revealed its secretive Skunk Works unit is beginning to build the first flight demonstrator of a radical hypersonic update of the long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' The plane will also have a'warm structure' that will heat up during flight Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.


Boeing Takes Stake in AI, Machine Learning Tech Developer

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SparkCognition develops "machine learning technology" -- i.e., artificial intelligence -- particularly for applications in information technology, energy, oil-and-gas, manufacturing, finance, aerospace, defense, telecommunications and security. In an earlier funding round, SparkCognition raised over $16 million from a number of private-equity groups, including Verizon Ventures, CME Ventures and Brevan Howard. Reportedly, several of the initial investors investors joined Boeing and Verizon Ventures in the new funding. Other new business ventures for Boeing's HorizonX include stakes in Upskill, a developer of enterprise software for augmented reality wearables used in manufacturing, field service, and logistics; and Zunum Aero, a developer of alternative propulsion aircraft.


Online program wins engineering education award

MIT News

The team was chosen for its design and development of a new four-course online professional certification program called Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems. Nine faculty members from MIT and more than 25 industry experts from Boeing, NASA, IBM, Apple, General Electric, General Motors, and other companies developed content for the courses. To earn a certificate, students must complete four courses: Architecture of Complex Systems; Models in Engineering; Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis; and Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering. ASEE, the award sponsor, created the Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Awards to demonstrate best practices in collaboration that enhance engineering education.


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TIME

Facebook plans to develop a fleet of drone s powered by sunlight that will fly for months at a time, communicating with each other through lasers and extending internet connectivity to the ground below. The company called the first test, in June 2016, a success after it flew above the Arizona desert for 1 hour and 36 minutes, three times longer than planned. The second test occurred on May 22, Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook's director of aeronautical platforms, said in a blog post. The aircraft flew for an hour and 46 minutes before landing near Yuma, Arizona, with only "a few minor, easily-repairable dings," he said.


Facebook's internet drone takes to the skies again

Daily Mail

The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' Facebook added hundreds of sensors to the aircraft to understand how Aquila's shape responds to flight in real-time for the flight, including hundreds of strain gauges and three-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs.) The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' 'To prove out the full capacity of the design, we will push Aquila to the limits in a lengthy series of tests in the coming months and years.