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NASA

NASA Looking To Power Spacecraft With Lasers 91

Posted by Soulskill
from the everything-is-better-with-lasers dept.
msmoriarty writes "NASA has decided to develop methods for using lasers and/or microwave energy to 'provide external power on demand for aerospace vehicles' as part of its 'Game-Changing' technology development program. According to the announcement, 'The project will attempt to develop a low-cost, modular power beaming capability and explore multiple technologies to function as receiving elements of the beamed power. This combination of technologies could be applied to space propulsion, performance and endurance of unpiloted aerial vehicles or ground-to-ground power beaming applications. Development of such capabilities fulfills NASA's strategic goal of developing high payoff technology and enabling missions otherwise unachievable with today's technology."
Software

+ - The Most-Wanted Linux Software

Submitted by Susie
Susie (666) writes "Photoshop, AutoCAD and iTunes are three of the most-demanded programs for the Linux desktop, but what else does the community want? Linux Format is running Make it with Mono, a voting system to determine what type of programs the Linux world needs. Get voting — the number-one entry on May 2nd will be written in Mono and released as open source!"
Power

+ - Russia's floating nuclear plants

Submitted by slashdotmsiriv
slashdotmsiriv (922939) writes "Russia has started building the world's first floating nuclear power station. Russian officials view the highly mobile nuclear power plants on ships as a safe way to power remote isolated areas, without the risk of nuclear proliferation. Greenpeace however, strongly disagrees with this approach and calls it "The most dangerous project that has been launched by the atomic sector in the whole world over the past decade"

Judging by the safety record of reactors in submarines and icebreaking ships, is Greenpeace once again overreacting over nuclear power? Also, who will have administrative control over those ships, Russia or the hosting country?"

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