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Elon Musk offers for SpaceX to make NASA’s next-gen spacesuits

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Elon Musk has offered for SpaceX to help NASA create its next-generation spacesuits after a watchdog said the program will cost over $1 billion

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered for his company to help NASA create its new high-tech spacesuits, or ‘Extravehicular Mobility Units‘.

NASA’s current goal is to produce two flight-ready spacesuits by November 2024. However, the company’s Inspector General found that “the Agency faces significant challenges in meeting this goal”.

“The delays in spacesuit development will prelude a 2024 moon landing”.

This comes after a string of events which which had already forced NASA to delay its upcoming Artemis III lunar landing for 20 months, to November 2024.

The Inspector General says reasons for delay includes “reduced funding for spacesuit development in FY 2021, COVID-19 impacts, and ongoing technical issues.”

“Given the integration requirements, the suits would not be ready for flight until
April 2025 at the earliest.”

NASA’s spacesuit development from 2008 through 2021

“NASA will spend over $1 billion before the first two next-generation spacesuits are ready for flight”

By the time two flight-ready spacesuits are available, NASA will have spent over a
billion dollars on their development and assembly.

Since 2007, NASA has spent over $420 million on spacesuit development. It plans to spend an additional $625 million.

Even despite the extra cash, NASA’s inspector general found that the spacesuits will “not be ready for flight until April 2025 at the earliest.”

Currently, NASA astronauts use spacesuits which were designed 45 years ago for the Space Shuttle Program.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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World’s Tallest Buildings

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From Dubai to New York, these are the world’s tallest buildings.

 
Look up, and see the future.

This Ticker Original goes in depth into the world of super construction.

Across continents and across the decades, this is how engineers and builders pushed the limits of design to reach even higher.

This Ticker Original explores how it happened. #towers #skyscrapers #tall buildings

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A.I. to be used to detect fires in Colorado

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A Colorado Senate committee has voted to use A.I. to detect blazes before they burn out of control

 
The $2 million pilot program would involve putting cameras on mountaintops, and using the technology to detect the early signs of a wildfire.

The deployment of A.I. is part of an ongoing effort by firefighters, to use new tech to become smarter about how they prepare and better position their resources.

Lookout towers once staffed by humans have largely been replaced by cameras in remote areas, many of them in high-definition and armed with artificial intelligence to discern a smoke plume from morning fog.

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