InterOrbital Systems (IOS) is — in the words of their website — "a rocket and spacecraft manufacturing company" that locates itself at the Mojave Airport and Spaceport in Mojave, California.
On a strange and inhospitable waterworld circling Tau Ceti, a spaceship crash-lands, wrecked beyond repair. Its crew, doomed to die within a month from their rapidly dwindling stores and the planet’s poisonous atmosphere, work feverishly to leave a legacy and in some sense complete their mission.
The philosophy that accepts death must itself be considered dead, its questions meaningless, its consolations worn out."
Military robots were once again in the news this month with headlines like "Corpse-eating robot" (Wired), "Robot… to eat all life on Earth" (The Register), and "Sniper Bot Refuels by consuming human bodies" (OhGizmo!). Such death-dealing robotic zombies would certainly seem to make the Governator-style T-800 Terminators seem like tame puppies.
The Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL’s) satellite suite, the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment 2 (ANDE-2), launched aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour on July 15, 2009.