NASA is looking to the past as it prepares for future space feats. In its quest to reach Mars, the American space agency is considering the use of nuclear energy to power spacecraft, an idea that had been abandoned decades ago.
In a partnership with NASA, the private company Nuclear Energy has been awarded a contract to develop a nuclear reactor and the fuel it will use to power a spacecraft to the red planet. Nuclear engines will have some advantages over conventional rockets, which burn fuel to provide thrust. In addition to being more efficient, nuclear engines will be more compact, which will in turn reduce the size of spacecraft used in lengthy missions. They also offer greater flexibility than conventional rockets, making it easier to alter or abandon a mission if necessary.
Perhaps the most important aspect of nuclear propulsion is its greater power, which will increase the speed of spacecraft and reduce the time needed to reach other planets. Launched in 1975 with conventional rocket technology, the Viking 2 unmanned vehicle took nearly a year to complete its journey to Mars. A manned spacecraft using a nuclear engine might be make able to make the trip in only five months. More about the use of nuclear power in space exploration is available at www.reddit.com/r/technews.
Engines using a combination of nuclear and thermal technology were studied and even tested by the United States over a period of nearly 20 years until the program was cancelled in 1972 due to cost issues. The cost of nuclear engines could be a barrier to future designs, but recent technological advancements could make nuclear energy more practical and less expensive.
Whether or not the United States enters the nuclear space race, other countries are moving ahead with their own plans. A Russian company will soon test a nuclear engine that is being specifically designed to take a spacecraft to Mars. China has its own plans, using nuclear technology to power shuttle-type spacecraft it will be launching in the near future.
Amazon is a powerful technology company that specializes in the sale of online merchandise a goods. Now, keep in mind that Amazon is not a tech company in the same sense as Apple or Microsoft.
This organization does not just rely on developing, perfecting and then selling technology products for a profit. Instead, it uses its technology to make itself a powerful seller of goods. Some people object to this stance by Amazon because they feel like this company is taking over too much in terms of commerce.
Amazon not only dominates the internet as the world’s number one marketer it is also encroaching (if you want to use that term) into brick and mortar operations. Amazon is based out of Seattle, Washington and this company just purchased a grocery store chain called Whole Foods earlier in 2017. Now that Amazon owns this grocery retail outlet the company has clearly captured more market share from the competitors.
Some people do not like what Amazon is doing. They feel like this company is dominating too much of commerce online and in the real world. While it is true that Amazon is the reigning champion of online sales, its reach is not so strong that it has taken over the brick and mortar businesses. Truth be told, most commerce (at least 90%) still comes through brick and mortar outlets.
Amazon is not trying to necessarily dominate the commerce market and not give people a choice. Instead, it simply trying to keep shopping so convenient that customers will not easily walk away from them. They do this by selling their items in bulk. Lots of bulk to be exact.
That is the secret to Amazon’s success. They keep overall prices cheap, which in turn keeps customers from stepping away from their organization. After all, if a person can save hundreds of dollars instead of tens of dollars on their grocery bills; then you can reasonably expect for them to continue shopping where they save the most money. You can find out more about Amazon’s market dominance on ABC News.
Solar energy continues to become more integrated into common energy use. In several locations in the United States, solar panels on homes are a common sight. That was not the case 20 years ago. In India, something very uncommon is occurring and it may reflect the future of solar energy in the world. Trains with solar-powered coaches have arrived. With solar power as a source of energy, there won’t be as much of a need for diesel fuel. Diesel fuel is expensive. Solar energy could provide a massive cost-saving solution in the travel and train industry.
India now appears to be the test platform for solar-powered trains. Indian Railways is the company launching the initiative.
The rollout of the newly solar-powered trains starts in the suburban section of New Delhi. While the solar-powered generators were likely tested thoroughly long before their debut on actual in-service trains, there are probably some bugs to be worked out. This is why the rollout starts slow and expands over time. A massive rollout would not likely be wise since revisions and improvements may be necessary. Hopefully, for the success of the program, any necessary improvements will be minor ones.
Solar-powered vehicles, planes, trains, and more have been in various stages of planning and development for years. The lack of viable technology contributed to progress being slow. Significant interest and investment dollars in solar energy have advanced technology greatly leading to the arrival of solar-powered trains. A success in India could harken the expansion of these trains worldwide, a welcome advancement to be sure.
Who is Eric Pulier?
He is more than an entrepreneur, technologist, author, public speaker, philanthropist, he is a father of four and currently resides in California. He has created over fifteen companies and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for ventures in business that he has founded. Some of those ventures include Digital Evolution Media Platform, ServiceMesh, US Interactive, Desktone and much more.
Eric Pulier has not only been successful but he has been a great inspiration with his contributions to charities by partnering with a multitude of them to help create additional funds to help allow them to better operate.
How did Pulier come up with the idea for vAtmoic?
Significant market trends come into play and create a completely new and unique experience in the way people go about living their lives. Some of those examples are Google Maps and how it has become the norm in daily lives by taking advantage of low cost cloud computing. Another example was Uber, how it changed the transportation industry. Vatomic was born from that same type of idea when it became clear that macro elements were put in place which could fundamentally impact the economy by merging the physical and digital worlds and helping to make them seamless. Some of the elements that have been created from his company have been the rise of digital goods trading blockchain technology and mobile GPS.
What are some of Pulier’s habits that allow him to be more productive?
Eric Pulier often tends to use mechanics and writing to spark the creative edge. He specifies that this is different than when he is writing to articulate ideas that he has already come up with. He claims that this helps develop his confidence and attack the problems on an easier level once he has prepared for them before they have happened in the following: https://medium.com/@David_McDonald click here.
What has Pulier done to grow his business?
He has admitted that he has developed a very passion for the industry he has taken on. Made some insane goals that he has set for himself. Some companies, in the beginning, he has payrolled from his pockets to help make them the success they had become. He also looks at each failure, not as a failure, but as an example and learning process and a big opportunity too.
Technology is always changing all around us. The pace at which it changes is incredibly fast and only getting faster. This is why many are excited to look ahead to the future and try to guess where it will go next. There are some saying that the next ten years are going to bring a lot of exciting changes to the technology realm. Network World has detailed some of these potential futures.
The Technology Industry Will Become More Diverse
One thing that some are very excited about is that it is expected that the technology industry itself will become more diverse. Right now it is primarily dominated by white men, but that is finally starting to change.
Silicon Valley has had to come to grips with the issue that there are not enough women and minorities in their ranks. It means that they are missing out on particular perspectives and they are not able to serve as broad of a market as they possibly could.
One tech company (Intel) even recently put out its diversity numbers and vowed to make them more accurately reflect the American public by 2020. That is a promising sign for us all.
Cloud Computing Will Be Everywhere
You could still confuse some people with the term “the cloud” in recent years, but that is starting to change. Cloud computing is already taking up an increasing amount of our technology life, but it is going to become exactly what we do with most things in the technology realm ten years from now if not sooner.
Cloud computing will make our lives easier because it will help to automate a lot of the processing that we have to do manually today. This is highly important because even a few seconds saved can make a big difference in the lives of the average person. This is an exciting element of the future that seems almost guaranteed to happen in technology.