Falcon 9 Rocket LaunchGetty The Air Force’s two approved rocket companies for national security missions split a new $739 million contract for launch services, just one week after an investigation launched into its practices for military launch certification. The new contract gives industry competitors SpaceX and United Launch Alliance responsibility for three satellite launches apiece, with SpaceX
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Facebook is joining Viasat in establishing satellite-connected Wi-Fi hotspots across Mexico. Viasat, in a news release, said Facebook is investing in the rollout and helping to identify areas for future deployments. Facebook and Viasat are collaborating first in
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Yann Lecun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist. Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, has backed music startup Antescofo in a $4.5 million funding round, according to a VentureBeat report. Founded in 2016, Antescofo is best known for its Metronaut app, which
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has divided $739 million in launch contracts between United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for six national security missions slated for 2021-2022. The contracts, awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, were announced Tuesday evening by Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. ULA will receive $441.76 million under
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Almost a century ago, British geologist and archaeologist Herbert Henry Thomas provocatively claimed he knew where Stonehenge’s famous rocks came from. While his findings and methods have since been disputed, it turns out Thomas was almost right – with new results from a painstaking eight-year excavation project finally identifying where the mysterious megaliths originated. A
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Motivational speaker Tony Robbins speaks during the DreamForce Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP I witnessed it gradually unroll from the 1990s. It started with The Learning Annex catalogues of courses where you could attend a local one-day class to “get in touch with
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) have been in the news a lot lately. From scientific research pointing the finger at them for the demise of the famous Megalodon to great whites disappearing themselves in parts of South Africa, one just can’t seem to escape them. A great white shark captured in Guadalupe Island, Mexico.Getty Urban
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BURBAN, CALIFORNIA – Virgin Galactic plans to conduct a fifth test flight Feb. 20 of its suborbital spaceplane SpaceShipTwo. Weather permitting, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two VSS Unity will takeoff from the Mojave Air and Space Port around 7 a.m. local time (10 a.m. Eastern time). Test flight pilots will experience “a fantastic view at apogee”
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