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#ICRA2022 networking events

Robohub

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) has given many opportunities over the years for researchers, industries, students and the enthusiasts to network and collaborate. In a similar fashion, this year in 2022, there were great number of opportunities to involve and engage as well including networking events. A week before the conference, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Women in Engineering (RAS WiE) organized a free virtual event for the enthusiasts from the robotics research field to learn and discuss the aspects of Becoming a Plenary/Keynote Speaker in an International Robotics Conference. Three extraordinary robotics researchers, Dr. Vandi Verma, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA, Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, Director, Haptic Intelligence Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany and Prof. Lydia Kavraki, Greek-American computer scientist, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, a professor of bioengineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering, Rice University discussed their career paths, opportunities and difficulties they've faced along their journey as a woman in engineering, mentoring, STEM promotion and work-life balance. The panelists also shared their invaluable personal experience and discussed the importance of learning together. There were a lot of in-depth discussions duing the workshop.


Industry 4.0 Projects on NASA Turbofan Engines -- Part 1

#artificialintelligence

Despite being released more than a decade ago, NASA's turbofan engine degradation simulation dataset (CMAPSS) remains popular and relevant today. In this series, I plan to demonstrate and explain multiple analysis techniques while providing a solution for more complex datasets. The Turbofan dataset has four datasets of increasing complexity. Engines start normally but develop a malfunction over time. For train sets, engines are run to fail, while on test sets the time series expires'a period' before they fail.


Thursday's Research Explores Botany, Artificial Intelligence, and Immune System

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The Expedition 67 crew members tended to plants and explored artificial intelligence aboard the International Space Station today. The four astronauts and three cosmonauts also split their day configuring a U.S. airlock and investigating how microgravity affects the human body. NASA Flight Engineer Bob Hines worked in the Columbus laboratory module on Thursday afternoon processing radish seeds germinating for the XROOTS space botany study. The investigation uses soilless techniques, such as hydroponics and aeroponics, to nourish and grow plants for producing crops on a larger scale for future space missions. Hines also joined NASA Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins configuring the NanoRacks Bishop airlock for its first trash disposal task this weekend.


SpaceX's Starship Super Heavy rocket, which is the world's tallest, is ready for launch pad tests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

SpaceX Starship's Super Heavy Rocket is ready for what could be its final launch pad test before a likely orbital test flight in July. The massive Super Heavy Booster 7, which has 33 Raptor engines, was transported to its orbital launch pad on June 23. An enormous robotic arm mounted the rocket to the launch pad. A huge amount of work was required for the company to reach this point due to the large number of Raptor rocket engines in the Super Heavy. Elon Musk has said that SpaceX's Starship Super Heavy Booster 7 will most likely be ready for an orbital test flight in July One difference between SpaceX's rockets and all the ones that came before it - theirs are reusable, which is a huge cost savings. As Ars Technica notes, Aerojet Rocketdyne, which also makes propulsion rockets, has a goal of building just four RS-25 rocket engines for NASA this year.


NASA is set to launch its 'CAPSTONE' spacecraft this morning

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA is finally set to launch its'CAPSTONE' spacecraft mission on Tuesday morning, marking an important early stage in its Artemis programme. The spacecraft, which is about the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 55 pounds, will blast off from Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand at 5:55 EDT (10:55 BST). Over six months, it will test the stability of a halo-shaped orbit around the moon before this orbit is used by Lunar Gateway, NASA's planned lunar outpost. Lunar Gateway will serve as a'staging area' for landing humans on the moon for the first time in 50 years and potentially as a jumping-off point for missions to Mars. The public can watch today's CAPSTONE launch from New Zealand on NASA Live.


Strange Martian rock reveals Mars' wildly different past

Mashable

Mars used to be a wildly different land. Though the red planet is bone dry today, NASA's Curiosity rover recently rumbled by poignant evidence of an ancient watery world. The car-sized robot snapped an image of a unique rock that looks like its composed of stacked layers. Such a rock likely formed "in an ancient streambed or small pond," the space agency wrote. Curiosity is winding up through the foothills of the three-mile-tall Mount Sharp, where it's encountering a place where these streams and ponds once carried red sediments through the landscape.


Closing the Gender Data Gap in AI

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The first computer algorithm is said to have been written in the early 1840s, for the prototype of the Analytical Engine. Ada Lovelace, a mathematician dubbed a "female genius" in her posthumous biography. As the field of computing developed over the next century following Lovelace's death, the typing work involved in creating computer programs was seen as "women's work," a role viewed as akin to switchboard operator or secretary. Women wrote the software, while men made the hardware -- the latter seen, at the time, as the more prestigious of the two tasks. And, during the Space Race of the 1950s and '60s, three Black women, known as "human computers," broke gender and racial barriers to help NASA send the first men into orbit.


SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 booster for a record-setting 13th flight TODAY

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 for its 13th flight on Friday, setting a new record for the most times one of its rockets have ventured off into space and returned safely back on Earth. The two-stage booster, known as B1060, ignited its nine Merlin engines at 12:09pm while on Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. B1060 previously launched the US Space Force's GPS III-3 satellite, Turksat-5A, the Transporter-2 rideshare mission and completed nine Starlink missions. Not only does today's mission mark a new milestone for SpaceX, but it also delivered 53 new Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit - brining the total of devices in the constellation to more than 2,200. Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 for its 13th flight on Friday, setting a new record for the most times one of its rockets have ventured off into space and returned safely back on Earth The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Pad 39A and traveled to an orbit between 144 miles and 209 miles above Earth's surface where the 53 Starlinks were released – deployment of the satellites happened about 15 minutes after liftoff, according to SpaceFlightNow.


Perseverance rover captures photo of a discarded thermal blanket on Mars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It turns out Earth is not the only planet humans are contaminating. A new image snapped by NASA's Perseverance rover captures the sad reality of how we are already littering Mars with rubbish. Engineers discovered a discarded thermal blanket which they said was used to protect the car-sized vehicle from extreme temperatures it experienced during landing. 'It's a surprise finding this here,' they said, as Perseverance's descent took place just over a mile away from where the debris was found. The team added: 'Did this piece land here after that, or was it blown here by the wind?' It is not the first time a bit of wreckage has been spotted on the Red Planet this year.


NASA's Perseverance rover spots piece of its own landing gear on Mars

FOX News

Goddard Space Center Chief Scientist Jim Garvin provides insight on'Fox New Live.' NASA's Perseverance rover is yet to find the signs of ancient microbial life that it is searching for on Mars, but it did spot a piece of its own landing gear on the red planet this week. "It's a piece of a thermal blanket that they think may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jetpack that set me down on landing day back in 2021," the team back on Earth tweeted Wednesday. The shiny piece of thermal blanket was a part of Perseverance's landing gear. The rover originally landed about 1.2 miles away from where the shiny piece of thermal blanket was spotted this week. The Ingenuity helicopter that accompanied Perseverance to Mars spotted the crashed backshell and parachute last month from when the spacecraft landed in February 2021.