Big Solar Step: Super-Efficient System Sets Record
A new world record is making the future of solar energy look pretty bright. Researchers in Australia recently developed a solar energy system that can convert more than 40 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity — the highest efficiency ever reported for a commercially available photovoltaic system.


SpaceX to Build Rocket Launch Facility Near Boca Chica Beach, Texas


People living near Boca Chica Beach, SpaceX is coming near you. SpaceX will be building a rocket launch facility near Boca Chica Beach in the Cameron County. It is being claimed that the installation would create 300 jobs upon its completion and contribute $85 million to the local economy. Governor Rick Perry Perry’s government is offering SpaceX $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) for the proposed private launch facility. If completed successfully, this will be the first private rocket launch facility and will be used by Elon Musk to fire missiles into the Mexican territory.

We kid of course. This project is promising, both in terms of the technology involved and the jobs it will create. The locals will benefit greatly (we sincerely hope) from the Hawthorne, California based aerospace company’s investment. The Texas site was picked over some similar sites in Florida, Georgia, and Puerto…

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Canadian Space Agency prepares another study for launch

Ottawa Citizen

The Canadian Space Agency, which has struggled for years with the gravitational pull of tight budgets, plans a sweeping study of the benefits of Canada’s involvement in space.

The agency is seeking bids for what it calls a “comprehensive” overall assessment of the country’s space activity, and will pay up to $250,000 “to capture the economic argument for investment in space,” as well as “demonstrate the larger socio-economic impacts” of Canadians’ activities, public and private, in the sector, according to a written description of the work.

The agency said it could not comment on the study while it is still in the tendering process. “That’s the standard procedure when he have RFPs (requests for proposal),” said Maya Eyssen, a spokesperson for the agency. “We’re not allowed to answer any questions when there’s an RFP that’s open.”

But some outside space experts offered their own theories on why the study is being undertaken.

“What I read…

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