NASA has created the first rocket mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, which scientists believe are remnants of the material that formed giant planets. Not much is known about these formations, but collecting data over 12 years could help scientists better understand our solar system’s evolution.
Named for the fossilized skeleton of one of our earliest known hominin ancestors, Lucy's mission is to spend the next decade capturing images from “fossils” of planetary formation. Then, it will orbit back around to Earth's gravity field for gravity assist throughout the long journey.
"Lucy embodies NASA's enduring quest to push out into the cosmos for the sake of exploration and science, better to understand the universe and our place within it," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
NASA's Discovery Program allows for scientists to create a more detailed understanding of the solar system and what mysteries can help us create a better future here on Earth.
A drone organ delivery just saved a life for the first time! A 63 year old man from Ontario on oxygen support received a pair of lungs from a drone that reached him in just six minutes. Hospitals with access to these drones could create a new standard for transporting organs.
Scientists tested the carbon-fibre drone 53 times before approving it for the historic flight. It also had a ballistic parachute in case an engine failed or the drone shifted or descended too fast.
"We've used planes and helicopters and cars and vans, and frequently there's a challenge in logistics. But it seems not right to use a whole Learjet to transport something that weighs only two kilograms," Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, the director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at UHN.
Researchers hope to create networks that transport organs to organ repair centers to optimize and prepare them for drones to send to recipient hospitals everywhere.
Scientists created an autonomous drone that is faster than previous models and effortlessly moves throughout forest terrain. Previous drones were costly, but this gives the public a chance to have a reasonably priced new drone.
The drone reaches speeds of up to 40 kph. It does not use traditional methods to understand the environment. It does not collect data first or create a map to know the area in advance. The drone makes a direct mapping of sensor input from a stereo depth camera to collision-free trajectories. This method allows the speed to improve substantially in complex environments.
"While humans require years to train, the AI, leveraging high-performance simulators, reaches comparable navigation abilities much faster, basically overnight," says Antonio Loquercio, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Zurich.
Drones such as this can help give researchers new and faster ways to capture imaging of challenging environments that may be too dangerous for humans.