The world’s first space nation is now officially in orbit

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Space is now officially home to the known universe’s first “space nation”. Asgardia launched its very first satellite, Asgardia-1, into orbit on November 12, 2017. Only about the size of a soccer ball, the satellite traveled aboard a NASA commercial cargo vehicle to make its two-day journey from NASA’s View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Aerospace-inspired wonder could be the UK’s first double-decker high-speed train

Lucky Brits could soon ride on high-speed trains with luxury jet-like interiors. Taking inspiration from aerospace design, Andreas Vogler Studio and the German Aerospace Center dLR designed and developed the AeroLiner 3000 train, the first double-deck high-speed train for the UK. Conceived with plans of implementation, this innovative and ultra-lightweight design would allow for an increase in capacity of 30% on the British railways’ existing infrastructure—no new railways needed.

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Hinckley unveils the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht

Imagine silently slicing through the Long Island Sound on a yacht, wind tousling your hair. That’s possible with Hinckley’s new Dasher yacht, which they say is the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht. There’s little noise from boat motors thanks to the twin 80 horsepower electric motors and waterproof BMW lithium-ion batteries that move the boat quietly through the waves.

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Tesla earns contract for world’s first solar, wind and storage project

Tesla has won its first contract with Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, to supply its Powerpack batteries for a project that combines solar power, wind power, and Tesla’s storage technology in which is being described as the first such project in the world. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

History has been made in The Netherlands, where the world’s first 3D-printed bridge is finally in commission. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. By using reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build.
 

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Switzerland’s NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past month, eleven university-led teams designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in Denver, near the 61st and Peña Station. Though the challenge was simple it was by no means easy: create a building that integrates solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly in the design. Today, the winners of the highly-anticipated event have been announced.

For the first time in history, the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cover installs its first prefab dwelling for the masses in L.A.

Thoughtful prefabricated design for the masses just moved one big step closer to reality. Tech company Cover just completed and installed its first computer-designed dwelling—and it’s begun taking pre-orders worldwide and delivering in Los Angeles. Cover, which describes their work as “doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car,” uses proprietary computer algorithms to design beautiful custom spaces crafted to meet the user’s needs and optimized to meet rigorous Passive House standards…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Britain’s first zero-waste store is packaging-free and only sells ethical goods

 

Next time you plan a trip to Devon, UK, be sure to visit the Earth.Food.Love grocery store. The unique supermarket sells up to 200 pesticide-free products which are ethically-sourced. The store is also completely packaging-free, which is great for the environment and people’s peace of mind.

Earth.Food.Love was started by Richard Eckersley, 28, and his wife, Nicola, 27. The couple became infatuated with the idea of receiving one’s groceries packaging-free after visiting Unperfekthaus… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building