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24/02/20
To most, it may seem that the space industry hasn’t taken any big steps forward in recent years. Yet, many companies are investing astronomical amounts of money into R&D, hoping to create the next big thing in spaceflight.

To this end, recent developments in 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has allowed it to become one of the most significant technologies making an impact on the aerospace industry.

Satellites have become a key focus of both scientists and engineers, allowing for advanced studies as well as more commercial uses, like worldwide internet systems. However, these satellites need a way to get into orbit, and the best method is still to use a rocket. Unfortunately, building a rocket and sending the payload into space is a very expensive thing to do.

Minimising the cost of building rockets has been an industry target for quite some time now. The key to achieving that goal is to make rockets more lightweight, more fuel-efficient, and cheaper to build. That’s where 3D printing comes in.

Large-scale metal-printed projects are built with robot arms that feed a thin metal wire to a laser that welds the material into place. Other ways to print metal use a laser or a beam of electrons to melt or fuse a bed of powder into layers of finished product.

The main advantage of 3D printing in the rocket-building business is providing the ability to reduce part count and make the production line flexible without the need to invest tens or even hundreds of millions into special tooling before manufacturing each design.

A rocket consists of tens of thousands of parts, making it a very complex product. With 3D printing, it’s possible to significantly reduce the part count of a rocket, bringing the cost down. In this way, we’re entering into a new era of cost-efficient rocket building and space business.

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28/01/20
The UK Space Agency has given an opportunity to young people to win a share of £50,000 and share ideas of how satellites can improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Competition is now in it’s fourth year, and is seeking innovative proposals that could use data collected from space to benefit our daily lives.

These could be for improving health services or tackling climate change, or in the case of last years winner, help supermarkets keep track of missing shopping trollies. Other winning ideas from 2019 included crime fighting drones, and an app to find public toilets.

Lowena Hull, 17, who’s shopping trolley idea now has her in meetings with a major supermarket, said: “Since winning the SatelLife Competition I’ve had interest in my idea so that shows that anything can happen if you enter. SatelLife is such an amazing opportunity and it’s a great introduction for young people to the space sector, which is important especially with the UK’s space sector growing.”

Satellites support the economy and everyday life, and this competition gives young people the chance to test their ideas with space experts and perhaps one day become part of one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. The UK space sector already supports 42,000 jobs and could create a further 30,000 opportunities in the next decade.

Lowena is one of a number of previous winners making progress on turning their ideas into reality. In 2018 medical students Christopher Law, 21, Thomas Franchi and Hammad Jeilani, both 22, from London came up with an idea to use satellites and drones to help people in isolated areas who cannot access basic health care such as vaccines, birth control or medicine.

The competition, which is open to those aged 11 to 22 and split into three age groups, aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills.

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09/01/20
Supermarket giant Tesco has joined forces with WWF to map the environmental impact of food production, in an attempt to make the process more sustainable.

They launched the Sustainable Basket Metric earlier this week, which will measure some of the UK’s most popular foods against key sustainability criteria, which includes deforestation, food and packaging waste, and climate change.

This will help them achieve their goal of halving the environmental impact of food by 2030.

Dave Lewis, chief executive of Tesco Group, said: “Throughout our partnership, we’ll be carrying out industry-leading work to make food production more sustainable, including sourcing commodities like soy and palm oil from verified zero-deforestation areas, and improving soil health and water usage on farms in the UK.”

He went on to say this would help protect the natural environment for generations to come.

Chief executive officer of WWF UK Tanya Steele concurred, saying food production is the main cause of tropical deforestation and 24 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases. Therefore, the Sustainable Basket Metric will enable them to paint a better picture of how sustainable the most popular foods are and what more can be done to reduce their environment impact.

The organisations will look at whether packaging can be reused or recycled; reducing food waste in stores and operations; and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

There are different concerns for varying food groups. For instance, the key issue with beef is the problem of methane emissions from cattle; with lettuce, it is water use and food waste; with potatoes, it is soil health; and with tinned soup, it is factory greenhouse gas emissions.

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07/01/20
Vacuum heat treatment is essential to any medical environment for many reasons, not least in order to promote healing.

One recent discovery has shown how bandages could be used directly on broken bones to promote their healing. They have been shown to promote bone healing in mice and this could have implications for humans.

The bandage works by trapping pro-healing adenosine near the site of the break, which speeds up the healing of the bone tissue.

"Adenosine is ubiquitous throughout the body in low levels and performs many important functions that have nothing to do with bone healing," Varghese said. "To avoid unwanted side effects, we had to find a way to keep the adenosine localized to the damaged tissue and at appropriate levels."

The team had decided to focus on adenosine when they noticed that it accumulated around broken bones in high concentration, suggesting that it would play a role in bone healing. The research they have done proves that it could and demonstrates a way this healing effect could be harnessed.

The biomaterial bandage that was used in the research contains boronate molecules that are attracted to the adenosine. These bonds eventually break down which allows the release of adenosine into the broken bone site without it leaking elsewhere.

The mice in the study were checked after one week and three weeks after being treated with the bandage. The research showed that healing was present after three weeks. The research also showed that the bandages worked whether they harnessed naturally produced adenosine or artificial adenosine.
22/10/19
The space industry in the UK and the rest of the world was excited to hear that NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed an impressive interstellar comet.

It took the image of the comet 2l/Borisov last Saturday (October 12th), showing a central concentration of dust around the nucleus.

The photo offers astronomers the clearest view of the comet to date, with this being the second intersetellar object that has been captured passing through the solar system.

Two years ago, an object named Oumuamua was pictured within 24 million miles of the Sun before it disappeared out of the solar system.

David Jewitt, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and leader of the Hubble team who saw the comet, said: “Whereas Oumuamua appeared to be a rock, Borisov is really active, more like a normal comet. It's a puzzle why these two are so different."

This could help the space industry learn more about interstellar objects, including their chemical composition, dust characteristics and structure.

Borisov was snapped 260 million miles away from earth heading past the sun. NASA believes if it continues its trajectory, it will get nearest the sun on December 7th, at which point it will be twice as far from the sun as it is from earth.

It is travelling at 110,000 miles per hour, meaning it will pass Jupiter 500 million miles away by the middle of next year.

This was such a rare sighting, it is thought it will journey for millions of years before getting close to another star system.

Later next year on February 5th, NASA, together with the European Space Agency, will launch the Solar Orbiter, with the spacecraft designed to find out the behaviour of the sun by looking at its outer atmosphere and the constant outflow of solar wind.

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04/10/19
A new package of funding for the UK space industry has been announced by science minister Chris Skidmore. He unveiled the new funding plans at the UK Space Conference in Newport earlier this week.

£20 million will be allocated from the government’s strategic priorities fund to deliver upgrades to the capabilities in space weather modelling and measurement in the UK. A further £1.3 million will also be made available for horizontal spaceport plans in England, Scotland and Wales.

There are also opportunities for businesses to tap into new funding, if they can come up with new business ideas that could benefit from a flight to the International Space Station. The UK Space Agency will provide £1 million of funding, which will be matched by the industry.

Mr Skidmore commented: “There are huge opportunities as space becomes more commercial and to meet them we must harness the inspirational effect space has on young people and bring even more people into this fast-growing sector.”

He also praised the “incredible strength” of the UK’s space industry, adding that its contribution to life across the UK is “inspiring”.

This comes after the latest PwC report ranking the world’s top markets for aerospace investment put the UK in the top four.

Aerospace Manufacturing reported on the rankings, which saw the US come out on top in terms of the attractiveness of its aerospace market for investment. Canada and Singapore took second and third place respectively, with the UK in fourth, making it the highest ranked market in Europe.

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04/10/19
A new package of funding for the UK space industry has been announced by science minister Chris Skidmore. He unveiled the new funding plans at the UK Space Conference in Newport earlier this week.

£20 million will be allocated from the government’s strategic priorities fund to deliver upgrades to the capabilities in space weather modelling and measurement in the UK. A further £1.3 million will also be made available for horizontal spaceport plans in England, Scotland and Wales.

There are also opportunities for businesses to tap into new funding, if they can come up with new business ideas that could benefit from a flight to the International Space Station. The UK Space Agency will provide £1 million of funding, which will be matched by the industry.

Mr Skidmore commented: “There are huge opportunities as space becomes more commercial and to meet them we must harness the inspirational effect space has on young people and bring even more people into this fast-growing sector.”

He also praised the “incredible strength” of the UK’s space industry, adding that its contribution to life across the UK is “inspiring”.

This comes after the latest PwC report ranking the world’s top markets for aerospace investment put the UK in the top four.

Aerospace Manufacturing reported on the rankings, which saw the US come out on top in terms of the attractiveness of its aerospace market for investment. Canada and Singapore took second and third place respectively, with the UK in fourth, making it the highest ranked market in Europe.

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23/09/19
Finding a new source of oil is always a landmark moment for fuel companies, and this is no different for Panoro Energy ASA, which recently made an oil discovery close to Gabon.

The independent Norweigan oil Exploration and Production firm revealed it found the fuel on the Dussafu Marin Permit, offshore Gabon.

In a statement, Panoro Energy said: “[We are] pleased to announce that the Hibiscus Updip well (“DHIBM-1”), currently being drilled on the Dussafu Marin Permit offshore Gabon, has encountered hydrocarbons.”

It went on to say: “Logging operations and evaluation of the oil discovery are currently underway, following which Panoro expects a side-track of DHIBM-1 to be drilled. Further updates will be provided following completion of these activities.”

Following the discovery, the organisation revealed it has drilled on the Hibiscus Updip project and managed to reach a depth of 3,538 metres.

It was added the oil discovery in the Gamba formation has been found to have an overall hydrocarbon column of 33 metres while offering average porosities of between 21 and 23 per cent.

A spokesperson for the company said these results are “highly encouraging”, before adding that the discovery may be bigger than anticipated and could provide more than the 12 million barrels of oil that was previously estimated.

This comes after Eni made a new oil discovery off the shore of Angola, with the well potentially containing 250 Mmbbl of light oil, reported World Oil.

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31/07/19
Wales could be the new centre for medical developments if plans for Monmouthshire County to become a successful healthcare technology hub are successful.

London corporate firm Capital Kinetics recently approached the local authority about developing a business incubator facility in the area, with Monmouthshire Med Tech (MMT) to be based in Magor, South Wales Argus revealed.

MMT will take over the council’s old Innovation House offices, with the local authority keen to use this as an opportunity to lure other medical technology businesses to the area.

The publication revealed a report to the cabinet that stated: “MMT will advocate for the county as a great place for this type of business to start, locate and grow.”

According to the document, MMT could also “become central to an emerging eco-system fuelled by a number of successful companies already based here”.

It was added that it would also provide great potential to create more businesses and generate “above-average salaries”.

Indeed, the council intends to offer finance for 15 companies via loans from its £50 million investment fund.

Businesses will be able to access loans of up to £25,000 for a year, and a steering group will decide whether applications should be made to the council’s investment committee, with 100 companies able to be assessed at any one time.

Capital Kinetics has had a significant part to play in the development – and potential growth – of MMT, with work to establish the centre having begun in November 2018.

It will initially launch as a nine-month pilot scheme, but if it is successful it could become an important centre for medical technology in Britain.

This comes after Nottingham Trent University submitted plans for an £8 million medical technology centre as part of its Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF). The hub will help new technologies advance much more quickly, which would improve treatments for patients across the country.

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19/07/19
Drilling geothermal wells is challenging and often not cost effective. A team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma in the US is currently developing smart lost circulation materials to help make geothermal drilling less expensive.

Phys.org reported on their research, explaining that they’re focusing on the development of shape memory polymers, which are activated by geothermal temperature. The aim of using them is to prevent fluid escaping from the fractured rock around the wellbore.

Speaking to the news provider, Saeed Salehi, project principal investigator and professor of petroleum and geological engineering at the university, commented: “The shape polymers under development for this project are novel expandable and programmable polymers that activate when drilling a high-temperature geothermal drilling operations.”

He added that the current cost of geothermal drilling is “prohibitive” without new technologies such as these polymers being developed.

This is also just the first phase of the project. After investigating lost circulation prevention methods and smart wellbore strengthening materials, the team will move onto phase two. This will focus on flow loop tests of the materials they develop.

The final phase will involve running computational models to find the best combination of techniques, material sizes and concentration to be used in real wells.

A recent post for Think Geoenergy explained that drilling fluids are a “critical component” of drilling operations because they help maintain the stability of the wellbore, they provide pressure, and they allow drilling tools and the downhole environment to cool.

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