6D-printing, Elon’s statue at Cape Canaveral, and other Fools’ Day news

Below are the most interesting, unexpected and wonderful Fools’ Day jokes related to space industry, various companies and news agencies decided to publish yesterday.

Russian satellite and components manufacturer Sputnix announced (in Russian) a breakthrough in satellite technology, making the first-ever cheap, fully recyclable, wooden spacecraft. It is entirely made of Russian components, a trend that is currently being pursued by most of country's space companies:

California-based startup Made in Space, which has become famous after sending to the International Space Station a 3D-printer last year, unveiled an awe inspiring 6D-printing technology. According to company's press-release, combination of power of 3D printing with the power of telekinesis, will enable users to use their '6th sense' to instantly and conveniently 3D-print objects just by thinking about them.

PitPass informed that Bernie Ecclestone (Formula One chief) and Sir Richard Branson, in a sudden press-conference co-hosted from London and Pasadena, California, announced details of a plan they said had been quietly in the works for the past twenty-five years:

"Yes ladies and gentlemen. Our 2022 season will open with the first ever race on another astral body. We will be running on three heavenly bodies, nine race series on the Moon, Mars, and Venus!"

Meanwhile, UK researchers have received a £500 million public-private funding boost to develop a magnetic launch system capable of slinging objects from the Earth's surface into space. The technology could, it is claimed, dramatically reduce the cost of sending a payload into space. The 'Catapult team' already tested a scaled-down prototype device at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, earlier this year, where they successfully accelerated a frozen chicken to around 29,000km/h before firing it into the stratosphere.

How will cows survive on the Moon? One of the most vexing questions asked about space, scientists have spent decades debating about. Finally, after extensive computer modeling and over a dozen midnight milkings, engineers have designed, built, and now tested the new Lunar Grazing Module:

Cow-Astronaut spacesuit. Credit & Copyright: Robert Nemiroff
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Cyprus is going to apply to the Mars One project to host one of its simulation locations ahead of the 2024 first-ever mission to the Red Planet, an official at the commerce and tourism ministry said. The official cited the move as a great boost for the island's tourism, and its space ambitions, reported CyprusMail.

In a surprise move it was revealed the inaugural 'Space X' event in Hua Hin, Thailand, that the town is to become a technology hub for advanced space exploration and research. It is planned that the first Thai mission blasts off from there in April 2017, as the first step in Thailand's ambitious space program – which hopes to see a small colony established on Mars by 2035.

Not related to space but related to Elon Musk, who, in turn, very much related to space… Elon's company Tesla Motors announced a whole new product line called the Model W. As many in the media predicted, it's a watch. That's what the "W" stands for. The company warned that 'it is in no way a competitive response to what some other company is doing.'

This incredible new device from Tesla doesn't just tell the time, it also tells the date. What's more, it is infinitely adjustable, able to tell the time no matter where you are on Earth. Japan, Timbuktu, California, anywhere! This will change your life. Reality as you know it will never be the same.

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