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Auctions are springing into action as results rise along with the temperature

first_imgSamantha & Lachlan Stevens are auctioning their Coorparoo home to take full advantage of the spring selling season. Photo: AAP Image/Steve PohlnerTHE spring selling season has taken hold.CoreLogic analysis showed the number of properties going to auction rose 12 per cent in the first week of spring compared to the last week of winter.CoreLogic auction commentator, Kevin Brogan, said the climate motivated buyers and sellers.“It comes down to people’s willingness to go outdoors during inclement weather,” Mr Brogan said.“You’ve got the expression ‘Spring Cleaning’ — people looking to make a fresh start in spring,” he said.And as Brisbane’s market heats up, expect to see even more auction activity.Mr Brogan said hot markets also fuelled auctions because properties gained value during their campaigns. “If you’ve got a market that is rising rapidly and you’re a vendor, you actually want to flush out the people who are willing to pay,” he said.LJ Hooker manager, Ryan Ellem, said their network had already seen strong spring auction results.“We’ve seen an eight per cent increase in auctions this weekend compared to the previous month’s average,” Mr Ellem said.Place Bulimba agent, Shane Hicks, said spring was also the best time to plan for the New Year.“When I sign up an auction, I talk as much about the settlement date as the auction date.” Mr Hicks said.“Spring is when the gardens look great, the lawns look great and there’s a real feeling in the air from both buyers and sellers that they want this all done and dusted by Christmas,” Mr Hicks said.Lachlan Stevens, 29, and his wife Samantha, 27 will auction their home at 46 Temple St, Coorparoo on October 14.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“In my opinion, I probably wouldn’t consider anything else but an auction in the current climate,” Mr Stevens said.Mr Stevens said they wanted to present their three-bedroom worker’s cottage at its best and spring was the perfect time as gardens came into bloom.“We’ve got two big deciduous trees in the back yard that are coming into flower and a frangipani tree in the front yard starting to push its leaves now and that should be in flower by the time the auction is on,” Mr Stevens said.They timed the auction to ensure a buyer could settle by Christmas.“They’ve got time off and can make their own changes to the home — people have got time to style it,” he said. John and Lyn Reynolds say their penthouse apartment in the Valley’s historic McWhirters Building is a great fit for a spring auction event Photo: AAP Image/Claudia BaxterJohn and Lyn Reynolds were drawn to a spring auction of their McWhirters penthouse at 606/38 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley which goes under the hammer at 10am on Friday October 6.“You have so much fresh air and daylight, looking out over balcony,” he said.“You go out into an atrium that instead of being blocked in, it’s open so you get beautiful fresh air and blue sky,” he said.Mr Reynolds said their apartment was perfect for young buyers with spring on their mind.“People who are alive and energetic and like music, good food and entertainment. The atmosphere here has been really alive. It really brings you a sense of energy,” Mr Reynolds said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Rocket Lab poised to provide dedicated launcher for CubeSat science

first_img Rocket Lab is set to launch its second Electron rocket, nicknamed “Still Testing.” ‹› Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Rocket Lab Rocket Lab poised to provide dedicated launcher for CubeSat science Rocket Lab NASA NASA The company eventually hopes to launch one per week—a speed that is enticing for CubeSat-makers. Atop an emerald green hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at the tip of New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, sits a diminutive launch pad, built and operated by Rocket Lab, a Los Angeles, California–based aerospace company. On 8 December, a 10-day launch window will open for the second flight of the Electron, one of the world’s first rockets specifically designed to carry small satellites to orbit—a capability that intrigues many scientists.“These small payload–dedicated launch capabilities are so important,” says aeronautical engineer Kerri Cahoy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. “They’ll let us deploy dozens to hundreds of CubeSats and provide data to weather forecasters, people monitoring agriculture, surveillance—you name it.”In the last decade, CubeSats, measuring 10 centimeters to a side, have revolutionized space science. Cheap and expendable, they can be built and flown frequently, often in constellations with many units working together. But up until now, CubeSats have always been stowaways, hitching rides on rockets carrying larger satellites. As an alternative route, they can be launched along with cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and wait for astronauts to deploy them. But both avenues to orbit can mean waits of months or even years. And even then, they provide access to a limited number of places above our planet: either the ISS’s 400-kilometer-high, equatorial orbit, or wherever the larger satellite happens to be headed. Currently, many CubeSats are deployed from the International Space Station. In May, a first Electron launch did not successfully reach orbit. Rocket Lab Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Rocket Lab is set to launch its second Electron rocket, nicknamed “Still Testing.” Rocket Lab Rocket Lab Currently, many CubeSats are deployed from the International Space Station. By Adam MannDec. 6, 2017 , 1:25 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Launches are planned from the tip of New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. Rocket Lab is one of a handful of companies trying to exclusively launch small satellites—those weighing less than 500 kilograms. The 17-meter-tall Electron is designed to launch 150 kilograms to an altitude of 500 kilometers, enough capacity to pack in dozens of CubeSats. In May, a first rocket was launched successfully, although the flight was terminated before it reached its desired orbit.The company expects that most of its customers will be private satellitemakers. The forthcoming launch, for instance, will carry satellites built by Planet Labs and Spire Global, companies that are building constellations of hundreds of CubeSats for Earth imaging and weather sensing, respectively.But Rocket Lab CEO and Founder Peter Beck says researchers are also interested in his company. On its fifth flight, for instance, Rocket Lab is scheduled to carry 10 NASA-funded CubeSats that will include experiments to monitor space weather and Earth’s radiation belts, and conduct technology demonstrations for solar sails and on-orbit repairs. Eventually, Rocket Lab hopes to conduct flights once a week, and bring customers to almost any oddly inclined orbit they desire.“We can achieve inclinations that others only dream of,” Beck says. “Having a dedicated launch vehicle allows you to put your spacecraft in the most optimum position for whatever science you want to do.”Cahoy heads an MIT lab where students are creating CubeSats for Earth observation, laser-based communications, and exoplanet hunting. She says one of the main advantages for dedicated small launchers will be the ability to put satellite constellations in multiple orbital planes, allowing widespread coverage of different parts of the globe. Because CubeSats tend to break down faster than their larger kin, the quick turn-around time on launches could also help keep the constellations operating continuously. Finally, when small satellites piggyback on someone else’s ride, they need to avoid potentially causing harm to the more expensive satellite. Rockets designed specifically to carry CubeSats could permit riskier experiments, such as miniaturized propulsion systems that use volatile or pressurized fuels.Once fully up and running, Rocket Lab expects its launches to cost a little less than $6 million. With the price split among multiple CubeSats, each experiment can reach orbit for just a few hundreds of thousands of dollars, about the same as a current piggybacking arrangement. The potential flexibility and frequency of a dedicated launcher excites researchers like Steven Reising, an electrical engineer at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who is leading a CubeSat team that will study ice and water vapor in clouds after it is launched to the ISS in May. “I think it’ll increase our access to space.”*Correction, 6 December, 2:52 p.m.: A previous version of the story misstated the estimated cost of a Rocket Lab launch.last_img read more

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