The plane took off and climbed into the sky.
Alice Stockwell shifted in her seat. Was everyone looking at her? It felt like everyone was looking at her. Not too much, but every now and then someone would look up at her and smile. She guessed that it was strange to see a kid flying alone, but she wasn’t used to being stared at. It made her uncomfortable. The air was very stuffy in here.
3d printing is becoming a future-forward and cutting edge technology for the space exploration industry. As more private players are stretching their limits into this complex yet ambitious domain, additive manufacturing is growing substantially.
So, I was with my neurologist at a recent appointment, discussing my never-ending migraine problem that ended my career in 2012.
The idea of capturing the sun's rays in space to produce energy is not new. Already in 1925, the Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky had imagined the project of permanently capturing the energy of the sun's rays and returning it to Earth in the form of a beam of waves.
When 3D printing entered the limelight a few years ago, the technology community and members of the general population were enthralled by the possibilities. Just think of the implications it could have. If you were an entrepreneur and needed to create a one off part for a project you were working on, or needed to make a full prototype, you could just print one off instead of absorbing the high cost of manufacturing. Instead of buying trinkets for your child's stocking stuffers, you could just 3D print them something. If you needed a part that broke for your vacuum, maybe you could eventually just go to the manufacturers website print one at home, saving time, shipping, and material. But what about taking it beyond those small scale ideas and actually 3D printing your entire home. That is exactly what the pioneers of 3D concrete printing are doing now.
Beer and soft drinks could soon be enjoyed in "all-vegetable" bottles thanks to new processes aimed at turning "sustainable crops" into the plastic. This new "green" plastic is currently being developed in the Netherlands in partnership with major beverage producers.
Futurism is a delicate and ego driven game. It's all about gathering together data which often is influenced by personal bias and then playing fortune teller with the results. "I see everyone riding in self-driving cars in 10 years." Yeah, right. I remember when people were saying that, derived from the perceived disinterest that young millennials had in cars. I said baloney and I would make commercials focusing on the thrill of driving, and what do all the car commercials feature essentially, now 10 years later? I am a strong believer in the power of the individual and one thing I've learned is that the groupthink that has become the hallmark of the 21st century has its loop holes and chinks in the armor.
What is hyperloop?
Hyperloop is an exciting new form of transport and has amassed a large amount of interest and investment from companies such as Virgin and Hardt (Forsdick, 2019). This new mode of transport promises to carry passengers up to 760 mph and according to Elon Musk, Hyperloop "could be the future of high-speed travel for passengers and freight, given its relatively low energy use" (Amsterdam to Paris in 90 minutes? Dutch tout hyperloop as future of travel, 2020).
It all started with a job offer. The aerospace company SpaceX has indicated on its site that it is looking for engineers who would work "to design and build an operational installation for launching offshore rockets". The location? In Brownsville, Texas, where Starship rocket prototypes are currently being tested.
Alternative energy is the key to the survival of a human future and the existence of many species on Earth. The question, in my opinion, is not whether to switch to fossil fuels or not. The question of focus in this paper is the effects of alternative energy options on our economy and environment. There are many types of alternative energy out there and methods are being created left and right through technological advancements. Fossil Fuels are the most commonly used form of energy in the U.S today.
As I finished this article I watched as the weather doused the hopes of a much hyped and historic Elon Musk/SpaceX launch to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS. I realized later that the whole event was a metaphor for exactly what I'm writing about here - that despite the best plans laid for projecting our wills into space, unforeseen and chaotic circumstances can render them all for naught, so it's best to have a B plan.
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