Starting next month, Nissin Food Products will shoot a promotional spot on the International Space Station for Cup Noodle, featuring a sales pitch by a hungry Russian cosmonaut.
The commercial will air in Japan in November as part of Nissin's "Cup Noodle No Border" campaign,.
Space Films will send a high-def camera to the space station aboard a Russian rocket launch Oct. 1 and direct the filming from Russia's Mission Control Center outside Moscow.
If you're looking for extraterrestrial publicity, the agency will be leaving the camera at the space station in the hope of shooting more advertisements.
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute is exploring the concept of a bike-like centrifuge to be used by astronauts for inflight resistance-training exercise.
The Space Cycle recreates various levels of gravity ranging from Earth gravity to five times Earth’s gravity. The speed of rotation determines the level of gravitational force.
There's two participants: one on a bike and the other on a platform. As one person pedals, the cycle moves in a circular motion around a centralized pole. The motion generates pressure on the rider, forcing him against the seat in a manner similar to the effect of gravity on Earth. On the platform, the other person performs squat exercises.
"Space Cycle is an artificial gravity exercise gym," said Dr. Vincent J. Caiozzo at NSBRI. "The platform can be fitted with a treadmill, bike or any kind of exercise equipment and provides an environment for exercise under normal, Earth-like loading conditions."
A spacecraft skin is being developed that assesses the severity of any damage it suffers from space debris and other impacts.
CSIRO in Australia and NASA have created a model skin made up of 192 separate cells. Behind each cell is an impact sensor and a processor with algorithms that allow it to communicate with its immediate neighbours. Just as ants's pheromones help guide other ants to food, the algorithms leave digital messages in cells around the system, indicating for instance the position of the boundary around a damaged region. The cell's processor can use this information to route data around the affected area.
The team hopes to refine the system so it can distinguish between different types of damage, such as corrosion and sudden impacts.
NASA's ultimate aim is to create what it calls Ageless Aerospace Vehicles, which can detect, diagnose and fix damage
Via New Scientist.
As part of George Bush's push to revisit the Moon by 2018, Nasa is using the Hubble Space Telescope to scout possible locations for a moon base where humans can live, work and breathe.
While there is no law in space, a claim of ownership has been made by US entrepreneur Dennis Hope, who in 1980 spotted a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty. Plots have been put up for sale ever since. Thus in the 18 months since Bush's announcement, he has received numerous letters from lunar property owners, which typically read thus:
"I do worry that the future space station might be built on my lot. So I would like to inform you that I might allow the US government to do so, but only if I am paid for that area. If this should happen, I would be ready to enter into negotiations with the US officials."
UN lawyers say Hope's claim is without merit. But Lunar Embassy has sold nearly £5m worth of plots, with 3.4m owners worldwide, including Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, the Pope, George W Bush and 30 Nasa employees.
The Mars Foundation plans a permanent settlement on planet Mars using near-term technologies and resources already available on Mars: it will be built with the aid of robots and run on nuclear energy, but will utilize materials and building techniques reminiscent of earlier centuries on earth. Designs call for large masonry arches and vaulted ceilings and domed skylights built with bricks baked from Martian soil and stones cut from Martian quarries.
The group believes that materials such as steel, aluminum, ceramic, glass and plastics can be manufactured using Martian resources.
The Martian settlement will be contained within an artificial atmosphere and pressurized using gases found on Mars like carbon, nitrogen and argon. Oxygen will be stripped from water molecules using electrolysis and will also added to the mix.
Conditions on Mars, however, are not exactly colonization-friendly. Morning temperatures on the desert planet can dip can below -76 degrees Farenheit (-60 Celsius) and enormous dust storms sweep across its barren rocky fields at speeds of over 60 miles per hour. Air pressure is a tiny fraction of Earth’s and harmful radiation from solar winds, cosmic rays and solar flares bombard its surface. Add to that a minimum 6-month commute and a communications delay that can reach over 40-minutes.
The group proposes to send small gas tanks ahead that store methane and oxygen extracted from the atmosphere. When the settlers arrive, they can use that equipment and stored gas to build things like steel production plants.
The group envisions Mars as an integral part of a future inter-solar system economy that will be based on the convergence of four frontiers: Earth, the Moon, asteroids, and Mars—including its own rocky satellites, Phobos and Deimos.
ESA's Innovation Triangle Initiative is working on a project to create innovative materials to build deployable structures and booms on spacecraft to support solar panels, antennas and, in the future, solar sails.
Solar panels for energy production on spacecraft are folded during launch and then unfolded once in orbit to many times their launch size. Other spacecraft elements need long booms, which can be folded during launch and then take a much larger final form once in space.
In the future, huge "sails" powered by solar particles could be used to push spacecraft through space. They would have to cover an area of at least 10 000 square metres and need ultra-light and large rigid structures of booms to hold them in place.
Grado Zero Espace came up with the idea of using a smart textile to construct the requested booms.
The nematic elastomer nanocomposites are prepared by spreading carbon nanotubes on to a rubber matrix, with the nanotubes pre-aligned in one direction. The material's properties are different along this direction. When an electric field is applied, the nanotubes try to re-orient themselves and cause a change in shape of the whole rubber composite. This shape change was successfully exploited in a membrane prototype, demonstrating the potential use for reversible and irreversible deployment of structures in space.