technology of the future

Dr. Tesla Discussing The Ether Space Wave Theory

“It was evident to me that wireless transmission of energy, if it could ever be accomplished, is not an invention; it is an art. Bell’s telephone, Edison’s phonograph, or my induction motor were inventions, but the wireless transmission of energy is an art that requires a great many inventions in combination.

“We are living on a planet that is rushing through space; this planet is partly conducting and partly insulating. If it were all conducting, or if it were all insulating, we could not transmit energy without wire. It is only because it is partly conducting and partly insulating that a glorious future for man is reserved through the application of this art.”

–Nikola Tesla

(From a pre-hearing interview with Nikola Tesla and his legal counsel in 1916 to protect his radio patents from the Guglielmo Marconi and the Marconi Company.)

[Fig. 1]:
“We are living on a planet of well-nigh inconceivable dimensions, surrounded by a layer of insulating air above which is a rarefied and conducting atmosphere. This is providential, for if all the air were conducting the transmission of electrical energy thru the natural media would be impossible.” –NT

[Fig. 2]:
“My early experiments have shown that currents of high frequency and great tension readily pass thru an atmosphere but moderately rarefied, so that the insulating stratum is reduced to a small thickness as will be evident by inspection of [Fig. 2], in which a part of the earth and its gaseous envelope is shown to scale. If the radius of the sphere is 12½”, then the non-conducting layer is only 1/64″ thick and it will be obvious that the Hertzian rays cannot traverse so thin a crack between two conducting surfaces for any considerable distance, without being absorbed.” –NT

“Famous Scientific Illusions.” Electrical Experimenter, February, 1919.
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Nirvware ‘Cyberdesk’ Headwear & Wrist Computer - Lisa Krohn (1993)

“Lisa Krohn has really embraced the — probably revolting — idea of the computer as an extension of the body.“ This concept incorporates video camera and sound amplification technology, telecommunications and micro-processing within a single system operated by a mouse worn on the chest, and viewed via retinal scanning. The idea is to "extend” the wearer’s powers of sight, hearing and voice, allowing him or her to make telephone or video calls and providing access to various databases. Composed of a network of electronic parts connected by a fiber-optic grid and set in elastomeric polyurethane mucus, the system would run on nickel metal hydride cells charged by body heat and ambient light via photovoltaic cells. Jurors concurred that technology for such a product may well be feasible in the near future.” 

From I.D. Magazine (1993)

Take a Virtual Tour of NASA

Welcome to NASA! Today, we’re taking you behind-the-scenes for a virtual tour looking at our cutting-edge work and humanity’s destiny in deep space!

Starting at 1:30 p.m., we will host a series of Facebook Live events from each of our 10 field centers across the country. Take a look at where we’ll be taking you…

Glenn Research Center
1:30 p.m. EDT

Our Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH will host a tour of its Electric Propulsion Lab. This lab is where we test solar propulsion technologies that are critical to powering spacecraft for our deep-space missions. The Electric Propulsion Laboratory houses two huge vacuum chambers that simulate the space environment.

Marshall Space Flight Center
1:50 p.m. EDT

Our Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL will host a tour from a Marshall test stand where structural loads testing is performed on parts of our Space Launch System rocket. Once built, this will be the world’s most powerful rocket and will launch humans farther into space than ever before.

Stennis Space Center
2:10 p.m. EDT

Our Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, MS will take viewers on a tour of their test stands to learn about rocket engine testing from their Test Control Center.

Armstrong Flight Research Center
2:30 p.m. EDT 

Our Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA will host a tour from their aircraft hangar and Simulator Lab where viewers can learn about our X-Planes program. What’s an X-Plane? They are a variety of flight demonstration vehicles that are used to test advanced technologies and revolutionary designs.

Johnson Space Center
2:50 p.m. EDT

Our Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX will take viewers on a virtual exploration trip through the mockups of the International Space Station and inside our deep-space exploration vehicle, the Orion spacecraft!

Ames Research Center
3:10 p.m. EDT

Our Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley will bring viewers into its Arc Jet Facility, a plasma wind tunnel used to simulate the extreme heat of spacecraft atmospheric entry.

Kennedy Space Center
3:30 p.m. EDT

Our Kennedy Space Center in Florida will bring viewers inside the Vehicle Assembly Building to learn about how we’re preparing for the first launch of America’s next big rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

Langley Research Center
3:50 p.m. EDT

Our Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia will bring viewers inside its 14-by-22-foot wind tunnel, where aerodynamic projects are tested.

Goddard Space Flight Center
4:10 p.m. EDT

Our Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD will discuss the upcoming United States total solar eclipse and host its tour from the Space Weather Lab, a large multi-screen room where data from the sun is analyzed and studied.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4:30 p.m. EDT

Our Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA will bring viewers to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility to learn about robotic exploration of the solar system.

So, make sure to join us for all or part of our virtual tour today, starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT! Discover more about the work we’re doing at NASA and be sure to ask your questions in the comment section of each Facebook Live event! 

Additional details and viewing information available HERE

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Elon Musk unveils scaled-down version of Mars colonization vessel with broader applications.

SpaceX founder and Chief Designer Elon Musk unveiled modifications to the Interplanetary Transport System at the 2017 International Astronomical Congress in Adelaide, Australia September 29. The announcement was the first major modification of the system since its debut at the 2016 IAC conference last September.

Initially, the ITS was the colonization ship SpaceX designed to transport cargo and passengers en masse to the Martian surface. However, funding the system proved more difficult than the company anticipated, prompting Musk to redesign the rocket. 

Cutaway diagram of the 2017 BFR spaceship. This is the upper stage of the two-stage vehicle. A small delta wing has been added to improve stability during a wide-range of mission profiles across multiple atmospheres.

BFR, as it has been renamed - for ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ - will replace all systems currently flying or in development by SpaceX, including Dragon, Falcon 9, and Falcon Heavy. While still a two-stage vehicle, the ship’s diameter has been reduced from 12 meters to 9 meters, and the upper stage’s Raptor engines have been reduced to four. The vehicle’s overall length has been shortened slightly to 106 meters from 122.

However, by reducing slightly the scale of the vehicle, Musk says that the BFR will be able to take on tasks previously designated for the company’s other vehicles. Missions in Earth orbit could be performed to deploy ‘more satellites at [one] time than has ever been done before,’ collect space debris, or launch a new generation of ultra-large telescopes.

Additionally, BFR could be used for the construction of a Lunar outpost which would not only test out key skills necessary for their Mars architecture but also provide significant scientific output. A single refueling procedure in a highly-elliptical Earth orbit would be sufficient to send the BFR to a Lunar landing and a direct return to Earth.

Musk’s ultimate goal with the system is the colonization of Mars, which the BFR would be able to achieve with four Earth-orbital refuelings. The spaceship would achieve a propulsive landing on the Martian surface before beginning surface operations. Martian resources would be used to create the propellant necessary to return the ship to Earth.

SpaceX has already ordered the equipment necessary to manufacture the massive new rocket and has an ‘aspirational’ goal for a maiden voyage to Mars in 2022.

In addition to consolidating the SpaceX product line to BFR, the company also hopes to generate revenue by using the rockets for point-to-point transportation anywhere on Earth in under an hour.

Launching from ocean-based spaceports, BFR would use its 100-person capacity to loft passengers on a suborbital flight anywhere across the globe. Coupled with the company’s already in-development Hyperloop, Earth-based BFR transport would revolutionize global connectivity and culture. Musk estimates Earth-based flights would cost ‘no more than full-fare economy [class] in an aircraft.’


Watch Musk’s 2017 IAC presentation revealing modifications to the ITS/BFR system here or below.

P/c: SpaceX/Elon Musk.