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Drug Companies Explore Making Drugs in Space

Bloomberg | Space

Drug Companies Explore Making Drugs in Space

“Proteins are complicated, finicky molecules that are notoriously difficult to produce in their crystal form. But without gravity, fluid convection lessens, the molecules move more slowly and temperature can be more precisely controlled. That yields fewer crystal defects, enhanced crystal size and uniformity, according to an Eli Lilly & Co. spokesperson. A study published in 2022 by researchers from Butler University in Indianapolis found that 90% of various types of crystals produced in space had one or more improved properties, including many desirable to drugmakers.”

From Bloomberg.

Proactive | Space

Intuitive Machines Eyes Second Moon Landing This Year

“Intuitive Machines said it is on track for a second mission to the Moon in the final quarter of 2024.

In February, Intuitive became the first private company to land on the Moon when its unmanned probe touched down on the lunar surface having been carried by a SpaceX rocket.

‘On our second mission, which will be in the last quarter of the year, we are actually installing a 4G network on the surface of the moon,’ founder Kam Ghaffarian said in an interview on Thursday at the Bloomberg Technology Summit in San Francisco.”

From Proactive.

The Guardian | Space

“We’re in a New Era”: The 21st-Century Space Race Takes Off

“The end of the cold war in 1989 brought a brief moment of global optimism, leading to the second, more collaborative space age. The International Space Station was assembled over 13 years and, since 2000, people of multiple nationalities have been living in space constantly, working together on experiments in the orbiting laboratory.

However, this second era also saw a dip in efforts to get humans farther out into space, symbolised by Nasa’s space shuttle programme that never sent people beyond Earth’s orbit and was eventually disbanded in 2011, in large part because the US government did not want to keep bankrolling its high costs. Afterwards, Washington had to rely on Moscow’s Soyuz rockets to get its astronauts into space.

Yet those high costs have now been driven down by private businesses entering the scene, often as government contractors. In the past few years, some of these businesses have started to make money, although not from headline-grabbing reasons such as space tourism but mostly for sending up communication satellites, especially broadband internet. Many estimates suggest the global space industry could generate revenues of more than $1tn within the next two decades.”

From The Guardian.

CNN | Space

Nokia and NASA Are Taking 4G into Space

“Texting on the Moon? Streaming on Mars? It may not be as far away as you think.

That’s the shared vision of NASA and Nokia, who have partnered to set up a cellular network on the Moon to help lay the building blocks for long-term human presence on other planets.

A SpaceX rocket is due to launch this year — the exact date has yet to be confirmed — carrying a simple 4G network to the Moon. The lander will install the system at the Moon’s south pole and then it will be remotely controlled from Earth.”

From CNN.

ABC News | Space

NASA Hears from Voyager 1 after Months of Quiet

“NASA has finally heard back from Voyager 1 again in a way that makes sense.

The most distant spacecraft from Earth stopped sending back understandable data last November. Flight controllers traced the blank communication to a bad computer chip and rearranged the spacecraft’s coding to work around the trouble.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California declared success after receiving good engineering updates late last week. The team is still working to restore transmission of the science data.”

From ABC News.