With the expectation that the Russians will eventually stop giving rides to the Americans on their Soyuz rockets, NASA turned to the private sector to create the next generation spacecraft to ferry astronauts into space. Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) were chosen, splitting $6.8 billion in U.S. federal spending.
SpaceX’s Dragon V2 capsule, which seats seven, was designed with an eye to interplanetary travel, able to land vertically anywhere on Earth “with the precision of a helicopter,” according to the company’s website, instead of parachuting into the ocean like early U.S. spacecraft in the 1960s and ’70s.
Boeing’s seven-passenger CST-100 has roots in the Apollo lunar-missions era, and its return to Earth would be cushioned by air bags and parachutes, according to the company’s website. Chicago-based Boeing was the only competitor to complete all of NASA’s design milestones on time.
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|"It would be quite dangerous for humanity to communicate with a civilization we don’t know anything about."|
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|“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”|
|“That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think.”|
|“Human and animal cells can be 3D printed into high-resolution tissue.”|
|“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”|
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|“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.”|
|“Eliminating the time needed to stop and re-charge a conventional electric car’s battery.”|
|“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.”|
|“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”|
|“During this phase of decline, the US was likely to go through a phase of reactionary 'fascism'.”|
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|“The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long.”|
|“This 160-step biochemical process is very well studied, and surprisingly inefficient.”|