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Japan's Kounotori space cargo transporter ends final mission

The Japan Times

The last of the Kounotori unmanned cargo vessels ended its final mission Thursday as it burned up while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere after transporting supplies to the International Space Station, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has said. The agency's Kounotori 9 left the ISS on Wednesday carrying waste materials from the station, following the delivery in May of food and water for astronauts, as well as equipment for experiments. The Kounotori cylindrical cargo vessels had successfully transported daily commodities, experimental units, samples and replacement equipment such as batteries to the ISS dating back to 2009. Since the first one in 2009, all nine Kounotori missions have been successful. The nine transporters measured 9.8 meters in length with a payload capacity of 6 tons.

VW wants to ensure EVs are delivering your packages


Typically at auto shows, the focus is on vehicles consumers can buy in the future. Or at least in the case of concepts, ideas that'll trickle down into cars you can purchase in about five years. Volkswagen decided to show off a variant of its ID Buzz vehicle that's for deliveries. The ID Buzz Cargo will have a range between 200 and 340 miles (probably less when the EPA gets a hold of it) which should be more than enough for delivery companies and other businesses to get around town dropping stuff off. Or, it would be a sweet electric van for a band looking to go on a regional tour.

SATS, TUMCREATE join hands to develop robotic air cargo system


August 23, 2019: SATS, a Singapore-based ground handler and Singaporean research platform TUMCREATE will be working together to explore commercialisation opportunities for their artificial intelligence (AI) powered robotic air cargo system, SPEEDCARGO. SPEEDCARGO is a system comprised of three of the companies' products – CARGO EYE, CARGO MIND, and CARGO ARM. CARGO EYE produces a digital fingerprint for incoming cargo by dimensioning accepted cargo in real-time using a 3D camera system. The companies are currently working to enhance CARGO MIND and CARGO ARM, which work to optimise cargo palletisation through intelligent unit load device (ULD) planning and automatic ULD packing, respectively, with the aim of commercialising each product in phases. The timeline for the completed project has not been released, but the integrated SPEEDCARGO system will run on an AI-powered operating system enabling them to connect data for end-to-end optimisation of cargo operations.

Zombies Head Down Under in the Trailer for Cargo


An upcoming movie called Cargo (It stars Martin Freeman, not ScarJo,) Has posted a trailer, And Slate's its retailer, Because it's not under embargo. A mother gets turned to a zombie, The father does not react calmly, He's crossing Australia With no paraphernalia, Or outfitting from Abercrombie. If Walkabout isn't your speed, And zombies are something you need, This trailer might suit you, It's meant to recruit you To order Netflix at top speed. But no matter how much you pay, You cannot buy Cargo today, You can't even lease it, Until they release it; It's coming the eighteenth of May.