Deutsche Welle has a documentary on the rise of space-based internet service providers.

Internet connectivity anywhere in the world would be sehr fantastisch!

The digital revolution has radically changed the way we live and work. But more than three billion people are still offline. As with any infrastructure, fast data connections initially reach urban centers. People who live in rural areas, even in rich industrialized countries, often have to get by without reduced bandwidth. Now several consortia are competing to bridge this gap with the help of hundreds of mini-satellites in low orbit.

Here’s an interesting look at how data played (and continues to play) in space exploration.

00:00 – Introduction and Agenda for the episode
02:49 – Setup local environment guidelines
03:56 – Setup for this project and intro to Python notebooks in VSCode
06:40 – Choosing data for analysis – NASA Lunar Rock Curation
07:51 – Discussion on importance of weight in space exploration
08:56 – Defining problem to solve through data science practices
10:45 – Import and explore data into notebook with pandas
14:12 – Manipulate rock sample data to match rocket data
18:30 – Create dataframe to view data based on unique missions
20:23 – Add total sample amount for each mission
23:05 – Comparing missions
24:09 – Removing not-a-number values
25:04 – Add rocket ship data into dataframe
26:47 – Add rocket payload data and determine ratios
29:00 – Add Artemis data
30:42 – Estimate sample weight per Artemis mission
31:37 – Determining the right samples to collect
36:00 – Exploring the cut of samples to prioritize
38:00 – Finalizing the samples that represent the profile for new samples
40:09 – Create the dataframe final profile for new sample gathering
44:50 – Determine recommendations based on Artemis constraints
47:01 – Recap

Ashlee Vance reports on a New Zealand company that has built its own space-plane prototype. Dawn Aerospace hopes to establish a cheap, quick way to transport objects into orbit, and in doing so transform the commercialization of space.

For decades, humans have been trying to make a plane that can reach space and return to Earth by way of a runway. Space shuttles aside, only now is the dawn of the space plane finally upon us.

Seeker explains how a new kind of nuclear battery could power missions into deep space.

In April of 2020, NASA researchers announced they had come up with a new approach to fusion that has the potential to power missions into deep space, and maybe even future laptops here on Earth. This is really exciting news as when it comes to making energy, nuclear fusion is the ultimate goal because of the promise it holds of clean limitless energy that is available on demand.

Here’s an interesting look at how AI is revolutionizing astronomy.

The researchers didn’t just flip a switch and have an AI capable of sifting through data to spot planets. They had to train the neural network with data from confirmed exoplanets and false positives so it could identify those telltale signs in new data. The 50 exoplanets confirmed by the University of Warwick run the gamut from Neptune-sized gas giants to rocky worlds smaller than Earth. It’s particularly difficult to confirm smaller planets using the transit method, so that speaks to the accuracy of the AI.

Insane Curiosity explores Elon Musk’s plans for colonizing Mars.

Elon Musk is a man on a mission, and that mission is to get humanity not just to Mars, but to get them to Mars in this decade. This is why he built his own space organization in SpaceX, to do what NASA (at the time) couldn’t do, inspire the need to be in space again. And he has succeeded, and now, SpaceX is not only one of the leading places in all space travel designs and plans, but they are indeed looking to be the group to send a person to Mars. But the plans go beyond that, he doesn’t just want to land a person on the surface of Mars and say he’s done (which is what we did with the moon if you really think about it), but he wants to set up a colony there.

Silicon may be at the heart of most gadgets, but it’s not the only semiconductor around.

Gallium nitride has been getting a lot of attention recently for it’s electrical properties, which outperform silicon in a lot of areas.

Gallium nitride has the potential to revolution power systems, including solar, electric vehicles, and even phone chargers.

Beyond that, it’s finding uses in the mobile industry, and could even be used to build ultra fast processors.

But how feasible is any of that, and even if it’s possible, how long will it take?