A project to 3D-print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected $73.7 million contracts from NASA to explain the technique in space. Archinaut is a mission that is being developed for several years now and it can launch as soon as 2022.
However, the main problem is:
“If you want a spacecraft to have solar arrays 60 feet long, you need to bring 60 feet of structure for those arrays to attach to. They can’t just flap around like ribbons. But where do you stash a 60-ft pole or two 30-ft ones, or even 10 six ft? ones when you only have a few cubic feet of space to put them in? It gets real complicated real fast to take items with even a single large dimension into space.”
Archinaut’s solution is actually very simple. They suggested that they can simply take the material for the long component into space and print it out on the spot. That’s because there is no other compact way to keep the material than as a brick of solid matter.
Naturally, this extends to more simply pole and rods, sheets of large materials for things like light sails, complex interlocking structures on which other components can be mounted. There are many things too big to take into space in one piece. But which could be made of smaller ones if necessary?
Made in Space have already made contracts with NASA and has also explained 3D printing of parts abroad the International Space Station. It has also shown that it can print things in an artificial vacuum which happens to be more or less equivalent to a space environment.
Archinaut One, the demonstrator mission would launch aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle no earlier than 2022. After achieving a stable orbit it will start extruding a pair of beams that will eventually extend out 32 feet. These beams will have solar arrays attached to them that will unfurl at the same rate as the rigid structures attached to the beams.
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with calendar, your phone, and passwordless improvements
Today, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview with your phone, calendar, and passwordless improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18932 to build 18936. These builds are known to belong from the 20H1 branch which represents the Windows 10 update that is going to arrive in the first half of the coming year.
Windows 10 is developed as a service. This basically means that:
“it is going to receive new features on a regular basis.”
So far Microsoft has released 7 major updates that include: Fall creators update, November update, anniversary update, creators update, April 2018 update, October 2018 update and may 2019 update.
The Your phone’s app phone screen feature is designed to support the surface laptop, surface laptop 2, surface pro 4, surface pro 5, surface pro 6, surface book and surface book 2. This is possible because of the driver update. Your phone is still limited to only a few selected phones powered by Android 7.0 or greater. This includes Samsung galaxy S10e, one plus 6T, OnePlus 6, Galaxy Note 8, galaxy note 9, Galaxy A8+, Galaxy A8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10.
Now you can easily create new reminders and events when you click on the date in the taskbar. All you need to do is select the desired date and start typing. You will get to see inline options to set a time and location.
Other than that you will also be able to enable passwordless sign-in for your Microsoft accounts on your new Windows 10 device. This particular feature will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, PIN or Fingerprint.
This 20h1 build also includes many bug fixes:
- It has fixed an issue that was causing problems installing games through the Xbox app in the previous flight.
- Insiders may notice some change in Magnifier with today’s build, but they aren’t quite ready yet for you to try.
Google Pixel 4 Render Shows Phone In Its Big Bezel Glory
What seemed to be an as real-world photo of Google’s upcoming flagship phone Pixel 4 has now turned out to be a fan-made render? The picture was surfaced on Slashleaks.
However, it is a good thing as the design that we see in the picture is no way a stunner.
Right off the bat, you will notice that the bezel about the screen is thick and houses two front cameras. The bottom bezel or chin is a bit chunky too but not as much as the top.
The back of the Pixel 4 render shows a square bump for the camera and flash. This looks similar to what is expected to come with iPhone 11. However, it is still not clear how far this bump juts from the rest of the design.
You can also make out a volume rocker and power button on the right side of the mobile. In case, you have heard any rumors about a buttonless Pixel 4 would be bunk.
If you take a closer look at any other available premium phones such as OnePlus 7 Pro and its full-screen design it’s hard not to see this Pixel 4 render as dowdy. You may not have to deal with a pop-up camera or worry about breaking it over time.
Other smartphones like Xiaomi and Oppo are moving ahead with bezel-free phones which can hide the front camera under the display.
“That’s more of an elegant way of ditching the notch or forehead.”
Samsung is also known to work on something similar. However, it is not expected to be launched in time for the Galaxy Note 10.
With all honesty, this render is not at all impressive. We can only hope that what we see in the picture is all bunk and the original Pixel 4 is much better than this. But all we can do is wait and hope that the real phone turns out to better.
Google Is Testing Out A Play And Pause Button For Audio And Video
Google never steps down from its innovations which are why it is important to ensure that you keep track of the latest ones that they are rendering and focusing on. It is important to ensure that you do focus on the fact that Google is adding a new function to play, pause or even skip through the audio or the videos on the toolbar on the Chrome browser.
The same is currently only available in the Canary development browser and hasn’t been officially launched because of the bugs that they are experiencing with the same. This is one of the nifty new features which are set to come around with a button as well as a drop-down menu with the necessary actions as mentioned.
This is going to pan out as a useful feature mainly because of the fact that it will bring around better ease with the navigation and the user interface where the users won’t have to close a tab to get the job done.
In one of the reports issued by ZDnet, they suggested saying that the feature isn’t working the best right now and does need better improvements for it to be launched officially. It tends to crash every time a user tries to pause the video. Some of the sites that this feature currently works on include Vimeo, Apple Podcasts and even Spotify.
They further emphasized stating that they still aren’t sure when the feature is going to be released, but it is pretty sure that the users are most definitely going to love this new addition following the introduction of the muting functions last year.
The Canary download page is currently working and if you wish to test it out, go click on the link here https://www.google.com/chrome/canary/.
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