Dragon capsule returns to Earth after Space station delivery

A SpaceX Dragon freight send left the International Space Station and came back to Earth Saturday (Jan. 13), wrapping up an about month-long conveyance mission for NASA that likewise denoted the rocket’s second trek to space.

The uncrewed Dragon supply transport isolates from the space station’s mechanical arm at 4:58 a.m. EST (0958 GMT) and started terminating thrusters for its arrival to Earth. The space container sprinkled down in the Pacific Ocean off the bank of Baja California to be recovered by SpaceX, the organization reported at 10:39 a.m. EST (1539 GMT).

“Great splashdown of Dragon affirmed, finishing the second resupply mission to and from the @Space_Station with a flight-demonstrated business rocket,” SpaceX delegates said in a Twitter refresh.

Mythical serpent is conveying about 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kilograms) of payload to Earth, a lot of it science outfit from human and creature inquire about, and different investigations. That rigging incorporates equipment from an analysis by space producing organization Made In Space to 3d-print ZBLAN glass fiber optic wire in space, and a gathering of live mice from NASA’s Rodent Research 6 concentrate to create prescriptions that address muscle misfortune in space., NASA authorities said.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Dragon mission on Dec. 15, with the container landing at the International Space Station on Dec. 17. The mission, SpaceX’s thirteenth resupply flight for NASA, conveyed 4,800 lbs. (2,177 kilograms) of provisions and rigging for space travelers.

Notwithstanding conveying freight, the mission denoted a turning point for SpaceX’s rocket reusability program. Both the Dragon case and its Falcon 9 promoter made their second treks to space on this flight. The Falcon 9 sponsor’s first stage already propelled an alternate Dragon container to the space station in June 2017. The Dragon case on this flight, in the mean time, beforehand went by the space station in April 2015.

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3D Printing: Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns Predicts Big Change

By Dick Weisinger

Ray Kurzweil, long-time inventor and futurist, is predicting that 3D printing is on the edge of revolutionizing manufacturing and industries. Kurzweil said that “I’ve been thinking about thinking for 50 years.” One example of a recent prediction is with the manufacture of clothing.  Kurzweil told the New York Times that he expects that within the next ten years that on-demand self-designed clothing will become commonplace.

Kurzweil said that “as the variety of materials available to print in 3-D become more extensive and less expensive, both free open-source and proprietary clothing designs will be widely available online in as little as 10 years. By 2020 there will be a whole host of products available immediately to buy for pennies on the dollar and to print straight away. It will become the norm for people to have printers in their homes.”

Somewhat similar to Moore’s Law, Kurzweil believes in the Law of Accelerating Returns. It says that both software and hardware when applied to a certain task ultimately reach a critical mass where the technology to support the task grows exponentially.  The result is a revolution or disruption for how things were done previously.  Clothing is likely not the only manufactured item that 3D printing is likely to disrupt.

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Printable Scenery Returns to Kickstarter with Apocalypse Ruins Modular Wargaming and RPG …

3dp_apocalypseruins_printablescenery_logoAs a tabletop gamer I remember quite clearly the first time that I heard about desktop 3D printing. A fellow gamer had come into the store that I used to manage and showed me a video on YouTube of a machine that could print 3D models out of plastic, layer by layer. It was one of the most amazing things that I had ever seen, and we both found ourselves excited at the prospect of being able to design and create our own gaming terrain and miniatures. It was evident that the technology wasn’t quite yet at the point where it could produce the level of detail that we would have liked; this was 2010 after all, but we both knew that eventually it would get there.

3D printed scenery before painting.

3D printed scenery before painting.

At the time we envisioned the top miniature wargaming companies releasing files of 3D printable terrain, and even custom accessories and figures. Unfortunately none of the major companies have gotten around to doing that yet, but that hasn’t stopped other companies and gamers from filling the void themselves. One of the first, and honestly best, 3D printable terrain companies is Printable Scenery, a group of New Zealand-based digital artists and animators who started up the company in between their day jobs working for the Wellington film and television production industry. They produce scenery that is nicer than most mass produced, traditionally manufactured terrain, and because it simply needs to be 3D printed, it’s incredibly affordable.

The scenery is completely modular.

The scenery is completely modular.

Printable Scenery has just launched their second Kickstarter campaign for a new line of modular scenery that can be customized in hundreds of configurations. The Apocalypse Ruins system was designed to work with the standard 50 x 50mm and 100 x 100mm (2 inch by 2 inch) terrain building system, and they work especially well with any 28mm Wargames and tabletop role playing games. However the terrain is easily scaled up or down without losing too much detail, so they could be used in almost any scale game, even 15mm. There are three different styles available, and each set is available as its own base pledge level with several stretch goals available.

The Historic WWII Ruins include a modular French farmhouse set that includes a ruined farmhouse model and a modular trench system that looks incredibly period accurate. The set also includes reworked versions of their fences and the Stalingrad Ruins from an earlier set of terrain. The Sci-Fi Gothic Ruins (coughWarhammer40kcough) set includes a 14-piece trench system and modular gothic ruins that can be assembled into multiple building and structures. It also includes a reworked version of the Imperial Armoury building. And the final option is the Stone Ruins set that includes a massive 200-piece selection of modular parts that can be combined into dungeons, outdoor ruins or massive crumbling stone structures. The set will also include several ruined versions of their Winterdale fantasy buildings.

Just as with their previous, massively successful Kickstarter campaign for the full Winterdale Medieval Fantasy Citadel collection, the Apocalypse Ruins campaign was designed to hit its funding goal early and add a bunch of awesome stretch goals to choose from. With more than two weeks to go, the Kickstarter has already blown past its original goal and has raised more than $28,000, unlocking almost all of the stretch goals along the way. The stretch goals include amazing designs like a science fiction walkway and ruined walls, towers, archways and even a full Christian abbey. Printable Scenery is also including a ton of free bonus items like cavern tiles, hedges and even a full-sized Frigate.

The 3D printable frigate will be a free add-on for Apocalypse Ruins backers.

The 3D printable frigate will be a free add-on for Apocalypse Ruins backers.

Backers of the campaign can select one of the three base sets for a $30 pledge, two of the base sets for $50 or all three sets and all of the bonus items for $88. You can check out the Apocalypse Ruins campaign on Kickstarter here, and you can learn more about the company and purchase any of their earlier 3D printable terrain files on the Printable Scenery website here.

You can see the Kickstarter campaign video here:

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