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A Japanese company (NEC) bags a $190 million deal for the supply of satellite to Vietnam

 

A Japanese electronics company has received a contract to supply a radar satellite to Vietnam country at the cost of 190 million US dollars. The deal is an advantage to the company, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, and the leading team players have to startup in these hard-economic times.

The real deal between the two companies will be soon in public and will mark the first export of an observation satellite by a company in Japan consists the cost of launching the satellite and the ground equipment in conjunction with the required amount of training the operators and engineers in Vietnam according to the company representative. 

The construction of the ground station is at Hoa-Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi. The total cost of the project is about 470 million, and the financing will come from official development assistance as loans for low-income people, the representative added.  

The launch of the satellite will be in the year 2023, using the Epsilon rocket constructed by IHI Aerospace. If the coronavirus persists, the launch will delay because the Japanese and Vietnam engineers will take a lot of time to meet each other and work for the project, according to the company representative. 

There will be little growth in the budget of Japanese NEC, and it is concentrating on the oversee deals to expand its revenue; the partnership between Vietnam and Japan is strategic and vital to overcoming china. It is one of the best collaborations for the Tokyo based company. Vietnam has hopes that the Tokyo company will help it develop and operate its satellite. Mitsubishi Electric Company from japan exported communication satellites to Qatar, Turkey, and Singapore in the past days.

The deal between the two companies will lead to the development of a similar company like NEC, which has 120 years of experience in telecom equipment makers and a contractor for defense. Up to the moment, familiar contractors are under threat and very slow to undergo more dynamic startups, and this has made growth in the private sector in the US take over the launching of the space missions. Such as the companies and government agencies that private contact companies ate, such as NASA.  

The collapse of a multibillion company (OneWeb) that owned a loan of 37 percent from the japan soft bank group brought chaos in the industry. The spread of the coronavirus has made buyers risk working with young companies that are not proven.  

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Energy

Rise in the sale of EVs despite Corona Pandemic

The vehicle industries have experienced significant changes that have revolutionized the industry. Likewise, the changes range from manufacturing modern cars based on luxury and comfort to fuel conservative vehicles on a standard level. Since the world is shifting from fossil fuel to clean energy, the industry was compelled to adapt to the demands of the consumer that seeks to preserve the environment by using clean energy. Therefore, the automotive sector manufactured electric cars that run on electricity stored in batteries. Several car companies in the past decade have produced Electric Vehicles (EV) that have proved to be beneficial to the economy and environmental conservation. 

However, the globe has encountered yet another challenge from the COVID-19 pandemic that has orchestrated the collapse of the global economy. For example, several countries have been placed under lockdown to minimize the spread of the virus to different places. The countries affected include China, Italy, the US, Japan, Korea, and African countries like South Africa. Thus, many states have shut down their activities and industries, making the world economic crash.

Additionally, China, as an outsourcing country for diverse states, has experienced the highest cases of coronavirus, and most of its companies underwent closure to reduce its spread. Therefore, the nations’ outsourcing services from China have experienced a slower production rate hence lower sales. Consequently, COVID-19 has disrupted the supply  of electric vehicle’s raw materials like graphite, praseodymium, lithium, and nickel.

Despite global economic crush, EV sales have surprisingly rose during the pandemic. For example, according to statistical analysis, the EV sales globally had increased by 16 percent in February this year compared to February last year. Furthermore, China is the most affected country, has tabulated a 65 percent increase in EV sales. Resultantly, Europe has recorded the highest growth in sales of 111 percent in February.

As stated above, China serves as an outsourcing company for several companies. Likewise, 50 percent of the supply of EV originates from China. However, the country’s lockdown has seen many of EV manufacturing companies close down. Researchers predict that the lockdown is likely to affect the sales in March and April. Also, some other car manufacturing companies like Tesla and Volkswagen have shut down their factories to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

On the brighter side, the cases of coronavirus in China have begun to decrease, and hopefully, many companies will soon continue with production. Likewise, other companies still operate but isolating its employees as the work is in progress.  

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The impact of space travel on the body

Over the past decades, space exploration has encountered significant breakthroughs from the discovery of new planets, new constituents in different worlds, a successful launch of the first person on the moon, and the development of various objects in the universe. Currently, the space industry seeks to explore other parts of the world and launch the first person on Mars. The plan is to first establish a base on the moon by which the spacecraft inhabiting the crew members can refuel before setting to Mars. NASA plans to launch its first crew members by 2025 to the moon and establish a base by which Mars explorations can then follow. However, a recent study showed that launching people into space can have dire effects on their body, which entails the brain and genetic makeup. 

Since the launch of humans to space, NASA researchers have monitored the health of the astronauts and the effect space explorations continuously has on their bodies. The famous Twin Study results displayed that indeed launching humans to space alters their normal body function and also their genetic makeup. Nevertheless, recent research showed that space exploration affects brain function. 

The brain is the control system of the body, and it translates and distributes information to the rest of the body, causing either voluntary or involuntary movements. The research conducted displayed that the brain is affected during space flights that resultantly causes impaired eyesight. The study is backed up by medical complaints submitted by astronauts as they arrived back on Earth. Likewise, the majority of the spacemen complained about the issue of impaired eyesight since the launch of space travel in the shuttle program. According to the medical results, spacemen experience swelling in the optic nerves, and others encounter retinal hemorrhage. Also, some astronauts experience a structural conformation on their eyes. 

According to a radiologist Larry Kramer, the optical defects are caused by a difference in intracranial pressure during the launch of the spacecraft, which consequently creates increased microgravity. The study initially took MRI scans of eleven astronauts before and after space travel, and the results were storming. Indeed, continuous exposure of microgravity causes swelling in the brain that results in an increased level of cerebrospinal fluid. The research, therefore, is in-line with the fundamental theory that space travel affects the brain cells. Also, Kramer noted that continuous exposure to microgravity caused compression in the pituitary gland, which links the problem to a brain malfunction. Also, after a year out of space travel, the effects of impaired eyesight decreased the pituitary gland, and swelled brain cells were still present hence confirming that the impact had a long-term result. 

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Energy

Sweden plunges deep into renewables as OX2 states to establish the third-largest wind company

Wind energy is an essential source of renewable energy since it contributes to environmental preservation by minimizing carbon emission that will otherwise contribute to global warming. Therefore, wind energy decreases greenhouse gas production and reduces water pollution encountered in fossil fuel production. Additionally, wind power is cost-effective, sustainable, and creates additional job opportunities in the energy sector. Furthermore, wind turbines establishment is on existing ranches contrary to fossil fuel, which requires oil sittings before commencing the work. Wind energy as a source of renewable power sources is beneficial and relevant to a country’s economy. 

OX2, a Swedish renewable company, is set to establish the third-largest wind power company that will produce approximately 132 MW. Based on an agreement signed by Lundin petroleum, which is currently striving to shift to a renewable source of power, OX2 will initiate its project sitings in Metsalamminkangas. The area is well known for its encouraging wind conditions hence an entire region to establish a wind firm. Additionally, the site comprises of 245.5 MW turbines that were constructed by GE Renewable Energy. Alex Schneiter, the managing director of Lundin, states that the merger will yield more renewable energy in the country, therefore, minimizing carbon emission.

Alex further notes that the project will facilitate the company’s shift from fossil fuel since the company operations relied on fossil fuel. Lundin is composed of other satellite branches in Norway that produce oil and other gas manufacture firms. Therefore, partnering with OX2 provides an alternative for the company to invest in renewables hence participate in national environmental protection. 

Additionally, OX2 has defined Finland as a growing market for wind energy and other renewable sources of power. Thus the company will establish its base and major in wind power in Finland. Resultantly, the OX2 has developed 1.2GW of wind power, and about 340MW is sited in Finland; hence the company has undertaken various procedures to fully utilize Finland’s potential.

According to Thomas Vogt, the CEO of Fontavis, OX2 has completed the construction of a new wind plant in Sweden. Fontavis has aided OX2 in establishing competence and innovation in contracts and deals. Consequently, Paul Stormoen, the Chief Executive of OX2, stated that the company is pleased by the different partnerships with different organizations, and indeed wind energy offers a lucrative investment in the market. He further noted that OX2 is proud to assist in the management of Fontavis wind farm and guarantee safe dealings and ultimately provide the most significant investment return. 

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Stratolaunch has plans to launch hypersonic vehicles using the largest plane in the world

 The largest airplane in the world ever built has found another use, according to Stratolaunch. Stratolaunch company founder is Paul Allen in 2001, who is also a co-founder of Microsoft. The original plan for the airplane was to launch a satellite with a wingspan of 117 meters. In 2018 October, Allen died, and later the company management sold it, which raised many questions about the future of the company. 

This year, most of the questions have answers. According to the information available to the company website, it has re-established itself and now is one of the builders’ operators and testers of the hypersonic vehicles. The vehicle can travel faster than the sound of sound or the speed of Mach 5. 

Stratolaunch CEO Floyd W. Jean, on his statement on the website of the company, said that the hypersonic testbeds they build would be the catalyst for sparking rebirth in the technology used in Hypersonic for our government and both commercial and academia sectors.

The plan is the main thing in the new mission, vehicle hauling the test of different payloads aloft in the dangerous environments that will occur on the hypersonic flight. The stratolaunch Talon-A will be among the vehicles in the mission, which is 8.5m long and weighs 2,722 kilograms. THE aircraft is reusable and can reach Mach 6.

Talon-A primary function is to conduct flights with long-duration at high Mach, and then it will come back for an autonomous. It will land horizontally on the runway that it conventional, which the company refers to it as the description of the craft condition. The other ability of the vehicle is the autonomous ability with its power through the conventional runway.

This large dual-fuselage spacecraft formerly it was Roc, but the name changed to stratolaunch. It will have the ability to drag three Talons-As one at a time. It will give the people a lot of time to gather the data, and the information is according to the representatives of the company. The end of the envisioned road is not Talon-A, but the company is developing Talon-Z. It gave little information on its website about talon-Z and the other exciting type of vehicle referred to as Black Ice. Black Ice will fly some interesting and most ambitious missions if the planned schedule remains according to Stratolaunch. Also, black ice is a reusable plane that carries cargo and the crew to the orbit of the moon and back.

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Third Starship prototype get stacked by SpaceX before testing begins

The newest Starship prototype of SpaceX is standing tall. The latest trial version of the Mars-colonizing starship spacecraft, known as the SN3, has been set at the South Texas facilities of SpaceX, new pictures cheeped out by firm CEO and founder Elon Musk show. Musk posted dual pictures on twitter early Thursday morning, March 26.  The principal shows the tank of SN3 and engine parts sitting side by side in the assembly ability, and the next shows them joined. Musk did not offer more in the method of context; he just wrote simply SN3.  SN3 stands for serial number three. The prototype is the third repetition of the newest starship design.

Achievement of the stacking milestone proposes that SpaceX that has been going quickly around the starship project will start testing the auto soon.  This type of testing will begin with pressure tests that have chopped new starship prototypes. Though when the sn3 makes it complete by that gauntlet, the prototype will spread its wing immediately. 

Musk says that his goals are to conduct short flights in the atmosphere of the Earth with the SN3, then hover longer and higher trial missions with the serial number four (SN4). Starship launches atop big rocket known as super heavy that will have room for 37 of next-generation raptor apparatuses of SpaceX. All essentials will be rapidly and thoroughly reusable; the big rocket will be back to the universe for vertical landings presently after giving starship to orbit, and the craft for space will do a similar job when it completes its work.

Some work takes the starship far away from the field when all goals for Musk are at pa. The rocket will have the ability to carry one hundred individuals to distant destinations like the mars and the moon, Musk said. And the ultimate plan is the red planet. He needs the architecture of starship to assist humanity come up with many personal cities on Mars in the coming 50 to 100 years.  

The last craft of the space will identify its raptors that will offer sufficient power to lift off those bodies of planetary. The world is so more prominent than the mars or moon and thus has more gravitational force. We could see Super heavy and starship flying operational missions as soon as possible when development and testing go well. The representatives of SpaceX say that the system could start hurling satellites to Earth orbit next year.