D’Antoni looks to silence doubters as Rockets launch point-guard pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden

“We have little things to work out but, again, both of them are very willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that we can be,” D’Antoni said. “Now we’ve just got to figure out what that is and keep improving on it all year.” He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and he notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season. His brilliant season was marred by a poor performance in Game Six of the conference semifinals when the Rockets were eliminated with a 39-point loss to the Spurs. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low. “We did a lot of traveling, playing pickup games here and there and stuff like that, so you are antsy to actually get out there with the full crew and see what it looks like,” Paul said. “It’s a relief,” he said. “But it’s not just anybody that I’m getting off the ball giving it to. I’m giving the ball to somebody that can do the same thing I can do even better.” Paul is a nine-time All-Star who has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul’s six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in the Western Conference semifinals three other times. “I came here with one purpose, one goal in mind and that’s to win a championship,” he said. “And the cool part is being here with a guy like James that has those same aspirations.” “They’ve been playing in gyms around the country and out of the country all summer,” he said. “Just from my watching it and coach (Mike D’Antoni) has watched it even more than me ? we’re 100 percent certain it’s going to work.”

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Secret Spy Satellite Launches Atop Atlas V Rocket

The United States has another eye in the sky. Today’s liftoff marked the 15th time that an Atlas V lofted an NRO satellite. The Atlas V has now flown 73 times since its 2002 debut and has not suffered a single mission failure. Notable payloads launched by the rocket include NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, the New Horizons spacecraft and the OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling probe, as well as the U.S. The NRO was established in 1961, just four years after the Soviet Union’s launch of the satellite Sputnik 1 kicked off the space age. Department of Defense kept the NRO under wraps for more than three decades, finally revealing the agency’s existence in September 1992. NROL-42 is the latest addition to the fleet of spacecraft built and operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “This launch is the culmination of many months of work by United Launch Alliance, the National Reconnaissance Office and the 30th Space Wing,” Air Force Col. The National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-42 spy satellite lifts off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket early on Sept.

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Australia to launch its first space agency

Without that Australia is doomed to be forever dependent on other nations for its space-related security, its space-related economy, its space-related defense and its space-related environmental assessments,? ?The agency will be the anchor for our domestic coordination and the front door for our international engagement.? The Expert Reference Group, chaired by former CSIRO Chief Dr Megan Clark, will now focus on writing a charter for the new agency as a part of its report to be handed down March next year. ?The foundations a national space agency will lay, will enable our nation to continue to prosper in the next 20 to 50 years.? ?A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry,? said Cash.

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Here’s what last night’s rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB looked like from around California

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3 Trends Driving Modern Manufacturing Innovation

In addition to their lean operations and motivated teams of specialized professionals, startups in particular are being propelled in their competitive quest to gain market traction through significant funding from the VC community. One of them is San Francisco startup Plethora , which is blazing the trail on all three fronts, and presents a case study for how smart factories will evolve. Plethora is a manufacturing service whose mission is to automate traditional manufacturing processes to produce high-quality machined parts with quick turnaround times. The company eliminates the inefficiencies created between traditional design and manufacturing processes by using a CAD add-in and web-enabled software to create instant pricing and manufacturing feedback; these processes allow customers to order parts directly from the software. Plethora is CNC milling parts made out of 20 different materials for a variety of industries, including the automotive, aerospace and industrial communities. Companies that can follow a maturity curve in developing their own software will come out with a significant competitive advantage over their rivals. Advanced software saves time and narrows the range of expertise and worker-hours needed to make critical decisions. Industry 4.0 is the integration of manufacturing automation and data exchange, to create what has been dubbed as a ” smart factory .” These factories will be controlled by a virtual production line that runs systems and monitors and completes their physical processes. For example, the company’s add-in matches the customer with its in-house machining services, allowing that customer to make critical decisions about material selection, scheduling and pricing, all in one place. When it comes to service and shipping, customers often expect the process to be as seamless as that of a one-click Amazon Prime purchase. Engineers can select their material, choose a delivery date, pay on the spot and track the parts’ production and shipping. State government may be a long way from that, but in the manufacturing world, the changes in software and automation are making what used to be lofty goals actually possible. These systems will communicate in real time, whether that means a customer tracking the progress of his (or her) order’s production, or a company ensuring the quality of its operations. Table-top equipment can already make a part quickly, but high precision and repeatability are hard to achieve in manufacturing. Plethora can make parts in time frames as short as three days (compared to the standard week or more) in single or low volumes, with high precision. This time advantage makes Plethora incredibly competitive and has made the company a favored vendor among hardware companies in the Bay Area. We use modern manufacturing technology to take our female empowerment mission all the way to the factory floor. Although there has been significant movement from larger companies , those established manufacturing leaders are still heavily encumbered by bureaucracy and face challenges in moving quickly with a unified vision.

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Rapper B.o.B Wants To Launch His Own Satellites Into Space To Prove That Earth Really Is Flat

Honestly, the fact that B.o.B is more famous for his flat earth conspiracy theories than his actual rapping career says a lot about him. Despite all the scientific proof in the world, he is completely convinced that the earth is ?as flat as a pancake’, and now he now he is dead set on proving this theory. The feud escalated with B.o.B’s diss track “Flatline,” and continued with a diss track from Tyson called “Flat to Fact” that he wrote with his nephew. “I’m bringing facts to combat a silly theory because B.o.B has gotta know the planet is a sphere,” Tyson’s nephew raps on the track. B.o.B’s campaign currently has raised around $650 out of the $200,000, so it’s a long way to go as of now, but if he’s actually able to pull it off, it will be the most hilarious thing ever! Last week, he launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to ?find the curve’. “It’s Flat-Earth B.o.B,” he says in a YouTube video posted to the page. “I’m starting a GoFundMe because I would like to send one, if not multiple, satellites as far into space as I can, or into orbit as I can, to find the curve. Back in January 2016, he even posted a series of tweets, which he claimed was proof that the earth is flat.

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NASA tests first 3-D printed rocket engine part made with two different alloys – Phys.Org

An image from a microscope reveals how the two metals, copper alloy and Inconel, mix and interlock to form a strong bond created by the innovative 3-D printing process during manufacturing of the igniter prototype. “Eliminating the brazing process and having bi-metallic parts built in a single machine not only decreases cost and manufacturing time, but it also decreases risk by increasing reliability,” said Majid Babai, advanced manufacturing chief, and lead for the project in Marshall’s Materials and Processes Laboratory. “By diffusing the two materials together through this process, a bond is generated internally with the two materials and any hard transition is eliminated that could cause the component to crack under the enormous forces and temperature gradient of space travel.” While the igniter is a relatively small component at only 10 inches tall and 7 inches at its widest diameter, this new technology allows a much larger part to be made and enables the part’s interior to be machined during manufacturing?something other machines cannot do. This is similar to building a ship inside a bottle, where the exterior of the part is the “bottle” enclosing a detailed, complex “ship” with invisible details inside. “We’re encouraged about what this new advanced manufacturing technology could do for the Space Launch System program in the future,” said Steve Wofford, manager for the SLS liquid engines office at Marshall. “In next generation rocket engines, we aspire to create larger, more complex flight components through 3-D printing techniques.” “It is a technological achievement to 3-D print and test rocket components made with two different alloys,” said Preston Jones, director of the Engineering Directorate at Marshall. “This process could reduce future rocket engine costs by up to a third and manufacturing time by 50 percent.” Engineers at Marshall, led by senior engineer Robin Osborne, of ERC, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, supporting Marshall’s Engine Components Development and Technology branch, low-pressure hot-fire tested the prototype more than 30 times during July to demonstrate the functionality of the igniter. The prototype, built by a commercial vendor, was then cut up by University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers who examined images of the bi-metallic interface through a microscope. Majid Babai (center), advanced manufacturing chief at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, along with Dr. Judy Schneider, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and graduate students Chris Hill and Ryan Anderson examine a cross section of the prototype rocket engine igniter created by an innovative bi-metallic 3-D printing advanced manufacturing process under a microscope.

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The new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

The E-performance powertrain allows the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. If the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger is utilized instead of the standard 3.6 kW unit, the charging time decreases to less than three hours with a 240 V, 40 amp connection. Additionally, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is fitted with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment prior to driving. The Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers all of the innovations of the second generation Panamera. Combining the 4.0-liter V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo with an electric motor, the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo delivers a total output of 680 hp and 626 lb.-ft. of torque, making it one of the most powerful production vehicles Porsche has ever made. The angle of the roof spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and can generate an additional downforce on the rear axle. In normal driving, the aerodynamic guide element – a central system component of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, which reduces drag and thus optimizes fuel consumption. At track speeds, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds in excess of 55 miles per hour. The top-of-the-line model offers all of the advantages of the new Sport Turismo range resulting from its unique design. The raised roof line of the Sport Turismo allows for easy entry and exit at the rear of the vehicle and offers excellent head room. The accessibility of the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening tailgate and a loading edge height of just 24.7 inches. Like the other Sport Turismo models, the Turbo S E-Hybrid variant is also equipped with seating for three in the rear. The two outer seats take the form of individual seats – in keeping with the model line’s reputation for sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort – thereby producing a 2+1 seat configuration. As an option, the Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable individual seats in the back. Measured to the upper edge of the rear seats, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers 15 cubic feet of storage space. The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and can be unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. Standard equipment on the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo includes Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and the Sport Chrono Package. The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is available to order now and is expected to reach U.S. dealers in Spring of 2018. Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the Porsche brand’s nearly 70-year history of leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. Like the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers a compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo utilizes a boost strategy derived from the 918 Spyder and combines a 136 hp electric motor with a 550 hp twin-turbo V8 engine. The decoupler installed in the Porsche hybrid module is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), just like in the other current Panamera hybrid models.

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Mayday call attempted before double fatal plane crash south of Brisbane

A mayday call was made but not completed by the pilot of a training flight which crashed into a paddock in the Scenic Rim, south of Brisbane, killing two men aboard. Efforts are under way to formally identify the men, and police are still trying to contact the victims’ families. Experienced instructor Jeremy Thompson and his 60-year-old student Norbert Gross died when their glider nosedived 15 metres and crashed into a field near the runway at the Darling Downs Soaring Club last Tuesday. Photos from the scene show the broken plane lying on a large expanse of grass, with emergency vehicles and a tractor parked nearby. Efforts are under way to formally identify the men, and police are still trying to contact the victims’ families. They will spend days examining the site of the crash and interviewing witnesses and are hoping to retrieve flight data from recording devices attached to avionics. Photos from the scene show the broken plane lying on a large expanse of grass but it is too early to speculate about what caused the fatal crash, the ATSB and CASA say.

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How El Segundo’s Aerospace Corp. is working to prevent ‘space junk’ collisions

When blackened tanks from a Hawthorne-made SpaceX Falcon 9 second-stage rocket accidentally rained down onto an Indonesian island last year, the nation got a palpable encounter with a problem known as ?space junk.? Luckily, the rocket-propellant tanks that survived the white-hot burn of the Earth?s outer atmosphere didn?t hit any people or animals, even though one landed on a farm. Australia is a country that doesn?t have a strong space industry compared to Japan, the UK and Canada. He added that the nation got personal experience with space junk when the 170,000-pound U.S. space laboratory Skylab 1 accidentally fell from the sky and dropped debris across Western Australia on July 11, 1979. While most space junk doesn?t make it back through the Earth?s atmosphere as Skylab 1 or the Falcon 9 tanks did in September 2016, orbiting debris is a daily threat to hard-working defense, science and communications satellites. Human missions to the International Space Station are largely protected because they?re beneath the regions of outer space most cluttered with exploded satellites and discarded rocket equipment zipping around Earth at 17,000 mph. Aerospace Corp. catalogs and tracks space junk that?s larger than 5 centimeters, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee and U.S. military. ?Just recently, we had to change the scheme for how we number debris in orbit because we?re running out of numbers,? said Ted Muelhaupt, associate principal director of Aerospace Corp.?s Systems Analysis and Simulation Subdivision. ?To date, we?ve launched roughly 7,800 missions. About 4,500 of those are still in orbit and only about 1,800 of those are still active. But the incident highlighted an increasingly worrying issue in the aerospace community: There is no global agreement to prevent and clean up debris left behind in orbit. Those numbers are small compared to the amount of debris created from collisions in space, he said. ?I think we have a mutual interest in preventing the growth of space debris but, in the near term, I don?t think the prospects for a code of conduct are particularly positive,? said Frank Rose, Aerospace Corp.?s chief of government relations. ?I would encourage the new administration to (continue) bilateral work we?ve done with China? during former President Barack Obama?s tenure. Iridium is in the process of replacing dozens of its 20-year-old satellites with modern versions. It?s carefully decommissioning and deorbiting its old satellites to ensure they are burned up in the atmosphere rather than leaving them to become space junk. Since then, the U.S. military?s Joint Space Operations Center has included the company?s equipment in daily screenings for potential space collisions. ?There?s going to be an increase in how much collision avoidance you?re going to have to do because there?s more stuff up there,? said Marlon Sorge, senior project engineer for Aerospace Corp.?s space innovation directorate. ?When you get new systems that are more sensitive, this becomes a bigger problem.? We?ve got a very complicated future in front of us avoiding collisions in the first place and managing the traffic and sharing the information.? We have a whole host of new players coming in ? new countries, new companies, and completely new business models, some of which are going to dramatically increase the number of objects in orbit.? SpaceX recently trademarked the name Starlink for its planned network of more than 11,000 communications satellites ? though it?s still awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission. Nishida said. ?The two-way Space Situational Awareness sharing between the U.S. and Japan is a unique relationship and we?ve really made tremendous progress over the last decade.?

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