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Expedition 50 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough (NASA) and Thomas Pesquet (France-ESA), ventured outside the ISS on Friday Jan 13, 2017 to start the second spacewalk in one week dedicated to the integration of new batteries. 475 more words

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HTV-6 Robotics Operations - Part 3

After all the US EVA-38 tasks were completed on the S4 IEA 3A channel, the second DEXTRE robotics operations continued.
In preparation for this second robotics operation, the S4 segment was reconfigured by rotating the starboard truss segment so the S4 IEA 1A channel ended up facing Nadir. 227 more words

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Small steps for the miners behind electric vehicles and smart phones

Cobalt is a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric cars. 60% of the world’s supply is mined in  Congo, according to “ 358 more words

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US EVA-38 Spacewalk

Following the choreographic robotic operation done by DEXTRE and the Station’s Robotic Arm on Dec 31, 2016 (previous post), astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson ventured outside the ISS on Jan 6, 2017 for 6 hours and 32 minutes to start US EVA-38. 694 more words

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Cobalt: The Next Conflict Mineral?

Two recently launched initiatives to curb “the worst forms of child labor” and other abusive practices in the supply chain for cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, are being led by electronics companies. 163 more words


Japan's Kounotori-6 mission to ISS and Paper model

On Dec 9, 2016 a Japanese H2-B rocket launched the unpiloted HTV-6 cargo carrier “Kounotori 6” to the International Space Station, with a fresh set of high-power batteries, critical parts for the research lab’s carbon dioxide scrubber, and several tons of food water and provisions. 604 more words

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High surface area to volume ratio electrodes in lithium sulphur batteries

Lithium ion batteries has the highest energy density of commercially available portable rechargeable batteries. But, in practical use, numerous problems concerning safety, progressive loss of charge capacity with increase in charge cycles, and inadequate energy density for high power consuming smartphones, tablets and laptops, motivated the development of new generations of lithium ion batteries with different designs and chemistries. 465 more words

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