Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

Experiencing the Future of Marine One

As seems fitting, any aircraft assigned to a head of state should undergo serious amounts of testing before the head honcho climbs aboard for a maiden voyage.

In the case of the President of the United States, the two main aircraft used for transporting him anywhere he wants to go are Air Force One, a sizable airplane capable of globe-hopping, and Marine One, a military-style helicopter that is often seen shuttling the president back and forth between buildings/destinations and airfields.

Naturally, the aircraft that use these call signs (the actual plane and helicopter can change, but when used, the official names mean the President is on board) eventually need to be replaced by newer and improved models.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Could Mars One Colonists Survive?

A group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have their doubts about that.

In a 35-page report that makes use of what's called a Mars Settlement Analysis Tool, the students raise several concerns about the proposed Mars One expedition, which seeks to establish a sustainable colony on the Red Planet.

First off, the students say, the number of calories required for each astronaut doesn't fall in line with the amount of available food at the colony, which means that the colonists would likely die of starvation.

But wait -- can't the colonists simply grow crops indoors to meet their food needs? Possibly, but only as the expense of filling the indoor area with too much oxygen, which needs to be filtered while maintaining nitrogen levels for the sake of air pressure. That technology, the students maintain, simply doesn't  work well enough to be as effective as it would have to be.

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