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Starship does not appear to be heading into orbit until next year. This was indirectly confirmed by NASA

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A recent NASA document indicates that SpaceX’s next-generation Starship launch vehicle could make its orbital test flight next year. This is reported in the materials that were made public in the framework of the International Congress of Astronautics in France.

Starship does not appear to be heading into orbit until next year.  This was indirectly confirmed by NASA

In May 2021, SpaceX successfully completed the 10 km suborbital flight and landing of the Starship SN15 spacecraft. Now SpaceX is focusing on the first orbital flight of the integrated Starship system (Spacecraft + Booster), which will take place next year.“, the document says. The document itself was published in August of this year, from which it can be assumed that the flight is scheduled for 2023.

Starship is expected to play a central role in the Artemis lunar project. More specifically, he will be responsible for landing astronauts on the surface of the moon, and in research work. It also suggests that Starship can also act as a tanker.

The Artemis 3 mission itself involves flying to the moon on the Orion spacecraft. It is planned to use the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to launch from Earth. And before that, Starship will launch a fuel storage and tankers into orbit for a flight to the moon. This, by the way, may indicate the veracity of the date. After all, the Artemis 3 mission itself is scheduled for 2025.

SpaceX is also currently working on systems for docking Starship and Orion. Tests are also underway for docking the Starship with a fuel storage, testing the ship’s thermal and meteor protection systems. And in the fall, NASA plans to conclude a contract with SpaceX to create a “lunar” spacecraft. Previously, it was SpaceX that won the right to develop the Human Landing System (HLS) lunar module.

Earlier, we note, NASA reported on the repair of the SLS super-heavy rocket for the lunar mission.

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Goodbye 100 MP. Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50-megapixel sensor as part of the main camera

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Goodbye 100 MP Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50

An insider, known on the Web under the nickname Digital Chat Station, published details about the camera of Redmi K60 smartphones. According to the leaker, the devices in the series will “upgrade” to a 50-megapixel sensor. It sounds like a downgrade in words, but in fact, the 50-megapixel sensor should provide higher quality photos and videos compared to the current 100-megapixel sensors.

Goodbye 100 MP.  Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50-megapixel sensor as part of the main camera

The 100-megapixel sensor used in Redmi K50 Pro will be a thing of the past

What kind of sensor in question is not reported. Possible options are Sony IMX766 or Sony IMX707. The first is used in Xiaomi 12 (and in many other flagships of the current year), the second is used in Xiaomi 12 Pro. At the same time, this may be the only innovation of the Redmi K60 camera: the rest of the low-resolution sensors (8 and 2 megapixels) will remain, and there will most likely be no telephoto lens.

Digital Chat Station was previously the first to accurately announce the specifications and release dates of Redmi K30, K40, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 11.

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Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

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Not long to wait consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya

Chinese handheld game console manufacturer Aya Neo has announced that the first models based on the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics will go on sale in December.

Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

Two models are expected to be released at once: Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek. The first version will receive 16/32 GB of RAM and from 512 GB to 2 TB of permanent memory. In all cases, there will be 7-inch 1200p screens. Declared support for Windows 11 and Aya Neo OS based on Linux. Prices start at $949 for pre-orders. Retail prices start at $999. The maximum price for pre-order will be $1199, retail – $1499.

The second Geek model is positioned as more affordable. It has the same processor, but the most basic version will get an 800p screen. It will have 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The maximum version with a 1200p screen, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of permanent storage will cost $1149/$1369.

Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

Both devices have fingerprint sensors, gyroscopes, vibration motors and analog sticks. However, the more premium Neo 2 line has LPDDR5-6400 RAM and PCIe 4.0 drives, while the Geek has PCIe 3.0. But support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 is available for all versions. Separately, we note that all models are equipped with 3.5 mm connectors, as well as high-speed USB4 ports with support for external graphics cards.

Also previously reported about the imminent release of the OneXfly console from One Netbook.

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Chinese scientists have created a biomedical robot from “liquid metal”

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Chinese scientists have created a biomedical robot from liquid metal

Scientists from Soochow University have created a microscopic robot that can break up into drops and then reassemble. The work was published in the journal Science Advances.

Chinese scientists have created a biomedical robot from

The human body is full of winding narrow passages that are too tight for normal robots. The microrobot created by scientists is potentially useful for delivering drugs – in difficult places it can break up into smaller components, and then assemble back. At the same time, there is no need to reduce the payload that it can carry.

The robot consists of a ferrofluid – a suspension of iron oxide and hydrocarbon oil. You can control it with the help of spherical magnets, passing it through the narrow passages in the body. To demonstrate the potential utility of the robot, the researchers built a maze with large and narrow sections and then successfully navigated it to the end of the maze.

The main obstacle to the use of the invention for biomedical purposes may be the inaccessibility for clinics of magnetic control systems, which must be powerful enough to penetrate human tissue.

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