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India’s first private space launch startup Skyroot succeeds with upper stage engine fire test

The private space launch industry has expanded significantly since the debut of SpaceX, but some markets, like India, are just now getting the regulatory support to clear the way for private players to participate. Now that those barriers are coming down, however, private launch startup Skyroot is leaping ahead on its way to becoming the first private space launch vehicle maker in the country, making significant technical progress with a new, successful upper stage engine burn test. Skyroo...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, India, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Science and Technology, Raman, Vikram, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization, Skyroot, Pawan Kumar Chandana, Solar Industries


The race to building a fully functional quantum stack

David Cowan Contributor Share on Twitter David Cowan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and one of the world’s leading investors across cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, consumer and space technology. More posts by this contributor SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier Security For Startups Tomer Diari Contributor Share on Twi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Science, Developer, Finance, Tech, Mit, Api, Quantum, Bessemer Venture Partners, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Qubit, Quantum Mechanics, David Cowan


Mammoth Biosciences lands exclusive license to new CRISPR proteins that could boost gene editing precision

CRISPR pioneer Mammoth Biosciences has secured an exclusive license to a new family of CRISPR proteins, from UC Berkeley, which covers R&D and commercialization across all potential fields. This is a significant addition to Mammoth’s intellectual property holdings, since this new family of CRISPR proteins, known as the Casɸ family, is roughly half the size of Cas9, the protein that effectively launched CRISPR to begin with. In CRISPR, size actually matters quite a lot – the smaller size of Ca...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Tech, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Jennifer Doudna, Mammoth Biosciences, Douda, Casɸ


IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Share on Twitter Sunny Dhillon is an early-stage investor at Signia Ventures in San Francisco where he invests in retail tech, e-commerce infrastructure and logistics, alongside consumer and enterprise software startups. More posts by this contributor From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery An optimistic view of deepfakes Even as e-grocery usage has skyrocketed ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Internet Of Things, Science, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Supermarkets, Data Science, Venture Capital, Fda, Food Waste, Iot


R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and more. First off, if (like me) you missed this amazing experiment where scientists attached tiny cameras to the backs of beetles, I don’t think I have to ex...
Tags: Apple, TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Ucla, Shyam Gollakota, Extra Crunch


Here are a few ways GPT-3 can go wrong

Liz O'Sullivan Contributor Share on Twitter Liz O’Sullivan is a co-founder and VP of Commercial at Arthur, an AI monitoring and explainability company. She is also Technology Director of STOP, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, where she fights the ever-growing threat of technology-enabled surveillance. John P. Dickerson Contributor Share on Twitter ...
Tags: TC, Column, Science, Developer, Opinion, Wikipedia, Tech, Diversity, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, New York Times, Reddit, Machine Learning, Api, Black Lives Matter


Eight trends accelerating the age of commercial-ready quantum computing

Ethan Batraski Contributor Share on Twitter Ethan Batraski is a partner at Venrock, where he invests across sectors with a particular focus on hard engineering problems such as developer infrastructure, advanced computing and space. Every major technology breakthrough of our era has gone through a similar cycle in pursuit of turning fiction to reality. It starts in the stages of scientific discovery, a pursuit of principle a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Column, Science, Developer, Tech, Cryptography, Moore\'s Law, Venrock, Quantum Computing, Richard Feynman, Honeywell, CISO, Market Analysis, Yuri Manin


SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial fligh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity by 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course – but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity to 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course — but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the bo...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Virgin Galactic debuts design of future Mach 3 high-speed aircraft, signs deal with Rolls-Royce

Virgin Galactic is making strides towards its goal of creating high-speed commercial aircraft that operates a little closer to Earth than its existing passenger spacecraft. The company revealed the initial design of the commercial passenger airplane it’s creating that’s designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 3 – faster than the average cruising speed of around Mach 2 that the original Concorde achieved. This concept design comes alongside a new partnership for Virgin Galactic, by way ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Aircraft, Concorde, Virgin, Aviation, Rolls Royce, Aerospace, Mach, xB


SpaceX and NASA successfully return Crew Dragon spacecraft to Earth with astronauts on board

SpaceX and NASA have made history once again, successfully completing the crucial final phase of their Demo-2 mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX’s first spacecraft made for human flight. This marks the end of this last demonstration mission, which flew NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 30, where they remained for two months prior to making the return trip on Sunday. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have performed exactly as int...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, America, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Gulf of Mexico


Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splash down in the Atlantic Ocean live as astronauts return to Earth

SpaceX and NASA are getting ready to complete their most important joint mission to date – Crew Dragon Demo-2, which is the culmination of the partners’ work on their Commercial Crew program designed to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations. NASA astronauts are already on board Crew Dragon making their way back to Earth during a multi-hour descent, and later on Sunday will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Behnken and Hurley un...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Gulf of Mexico, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean


Astronauts successfully depart the ISS aboard SpaceX Dragon, starting their trip home

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully undocked from the International Space Station, which is the first crucial stage of their return to Earth. Next, they’ll travel on a coast phase that will take them on a descent course back through the atmosphere from space, shedding speed as they prepare to deploy the parachutes of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and drop into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery. The undocking, coast and splashdown phase are all meant to be perfor...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Astronaut, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Space Station, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley


Watch live as SpaceX brings NASA astronauts back from the Space Station aboard Crew Dragon

SpaceX and NASA are now in the final stages of preparation for the conclusion of its Demo-2 Crew Dragon mission, which will see astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley depart the International Space Station and return to Earth. Behnken and Hurley launched aboard the Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s first human spacecraft, on May 30 and have been working as part of the Station’s crew since then. The Crew Dragon is set to depart from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT (4:34 PM PDT) tonight, but NASA is planning a day ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Atlantic Ocean, Hurley, Outer Space, Behnken


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Funding, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, UCSF, GSK


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK


Genomics startup Helix receives $33 million in NIH funding to scale COVID-19 testing

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is revealing the first beneficiaries of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and San Mateo-based Helix is on the receiving end of $33 million in federal funding as a result. Helix is a health tech startup founded in 2015 that focuses on insights derived from personal genomics, but the company has also developed a COVID-19 test that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using RT-PCR methods. The funding will be used to support Helix’s ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Genomics, Helix, Fda, Biotech, Nih, San Mateo, EUA, National Institute of Health, U S National Institutes of Health NIH, Coronavirus


Starship SN5 completes engine test – short, low-altitude flight test to follow ‘soon’ says Elon Musk

The sixth full-scale testing prototype of SpaceX’s Starship has successfully completed a key static fire test of its Raptor engines, according to SpaceX founders and CEO Elon Musk . The so-called ‘SN5’ Starship prototype is now ready to move on to a 150m (nearly 500 feet) short duration flight test, which would mark the furthest yet that one of these testing spacecraft has made it through SpaceX’s planned development program. SpaceX has been building and testing Starship prototypes (whic...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Mars, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Rocket launch startup Astra readies for orbital test flight as early as Sunday

Rocket launch startup Astra is readying for its first orbital flight test, set to take place either this weekend or next week, weather permitting. The company will launch its ‘Rocket 3.1’ from Kodiak, Alaska – and while these are technically classified as orbital test flights, the company was quick to caution journalists on a press call on Thursday that it doesn’t necessarily believe each the three initial launches it has planned will make it all the way to orbit proper. “We don’t intend to get ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Flight, Alaska, Darpa, Oakland, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Kodiak, Kemp, Sunda, Astra


ispace reveals the final design of its lunar lander ahead of its first mission to the Moon in 2022

Japanese new space startup ispace has revealed the final design of its HAKUTO-R lunar lander, a spacecraft set to make its first touchdown on the Moon in 2022 if all goes to the updated plan (it had been set to fly in October 2021 until today). ispace is part of a team led by Draper selected by NASA for its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver various payloads to the Moon ahead of NASA planned human mission to the lunar surface in 2024. The lander is just a bit taller than...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, SpaceX Falcon, Draper, Astrobotic Technology, Private Spaceflight, Google Lunar X Prize, Ispace, Hakuto, Lunar Lander


Watch NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launch live

NASA is set to launch its newest rover to Mars later this morning. The liftoff is set for 7:50 AM EDT (4:50 AM PDT), with a broadcast beginning at 7:00 AM EDT (4:00 AM PDT). This mission will launch a ULA Atlas V rocket to carry the Perseverance rover to Mars with a trip that will last several months, arriving in February 2021. The 2,260-lb rover is equipped with a range of sensors to help it search for signs of past micro organic life on Mars, as well as study the planet’s amtospheric and...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, European Space Agency, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, ExoMars, Outer Space, Perseverance


NASA successfully launches its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover using an Atlas V rocket

NASA has launched one of its most crucial science missions to date, the Mars 2020 mission that carries its Perseverance robotic rover. This rover, a successor to the Curiosity robotic explorer, is equipped with sensors specifically designed to help it hopefully fund evidence of ancient, microbiotic life on Mars. Mars 2020 departed from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7:50 AM EDT (4:50 PM PDT). Perseverance was loaded atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which had a good liftoff an...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, European Space Agency, Rover, Mars, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Cape Canaveral


NASA reveals the astronauts who will fly on SpaceX’s second operational Crew Dragon spacecraft mission

NASA and SpaceX are looking to finish up the final demonstration mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft at the end of this week, but it’s already looking ahead to Crew-2 – the second operational flight of Crew Dragon, currently set for sometime next spring. The agency revealed the four people that will fly aboard that launch, including two NASA astronauts, as well as one from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and one from the European Space Agency (ESA). NASA astr...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, Esa, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Astronaut, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Shuttle, Spacecraft


Withings raises $60 million to bridge the gap between consumer tech and healthcare providers

Since being re-acquired from Nokia in 2018 by a group including its original founders and some of its original investors, health tech company Withings has been focused on evolving their offering of consumer health hardware to provide medical-grade data that can be shared with, and leveraged by healthcare professionals to deliver better, more personalized care. The company has now raised another $60 million to continue pursuing that goal, a Series B funding round co-led by Glide Healthcare, al...
Tags: Apple, Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Science, Technology, Hardware, Withings, Nokia, Ceo, Companies, Diabetes, Hypertension, President, Healthcare Industry


NASA to fly a football stadium-sized high-altitude balloon to study light from newborn stars

NASA’s latest mission won’t actually reach space – but it will come very close, with a massive observation craft made up of a football stadium-sized high-altitude balloon, along with a special stratospheric telescope instrument that can observe wavelengths of light blocked by Earth’s atmosphere, cast from newly-formed stars. The mission is called the ‘Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths,’ but shortened to ASTHROS since that’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Engineer, Nasa, Earth, Milky Way, Balloon, Aerospace, South Pole, Antartica, Stratosphere, Imaging, Jose Siles


SpaceX and NASA target September for first operational astronaut crew launch

SpaceX and NASA are aiming to launch the first official operational mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon human-rated spacecraft sometime in September, the agency revealed via a media update this week. The launch had been tracking towards an August date, but the updated timeframe indicates “late September,” allowing time for the completion of the current Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission which will see astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley return to Earth using the SpaceX spacecraft potentially as e...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon


China’s first Mars rover is en route to the Red Planet after successful launch of Tianwen-1

China successfully launched a combination Mars orbiter and rover early this morning, using a Long March 5 rocket that took off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island at 12:41 AM EDT. The Tianwen-1 payload it carries represents China’s first full-scale Mars exploration mission, after a prior partial attempt with a orbital Mars satellite called Yinghuo-1 failed to leave Earth’s orbit in 2011. This is a major effort not just for China, but also for extra-terrestrial planetary exp...
Tags: TC, Space, Japan, Science, China, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United Arab Emirates, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Uae, Spacecraft, Mars Mission


IBM Research develops new macromolecule that could counter antibiotic resistance

There are other persistent, grave health crises brewing besides the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Antibiotic resistance is one, and the troubling trend is that it’s on the rise, leading to an increase in so-called ‘superbugs’ that are difficult to treat. IBM Research, working in partnership with Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, has developed a synthetic macromolecule polymer that can potentially be used to significantly increase the effectiveness of existing antibiotic...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Singapore, Articles, Tech, Bacteria, Ibm, Nanotechnology, Biotech, Antibiotic Resistance, Veterinary Medicine, IBM Research, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Advanced Science the IBM


SpaceX successfully catches both fairing halves for the first time on its latest launch

SpaceX has managed a first – catching both halves of the fairing used on one of its Falcon 9 rocket launches, according to CEO and founder Elon Musk. The fairing is a two-piece protective cover that surrounds the cargo on the launch vehicle as it ascends through Earth’s atmosphere on its way to space. SpaceX has been attempting to recover the fairing using two ships equipped with special nets designed to catch them as they fall, but this is the first time that the company has managed to actua...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Musk, Falcon, Elon, Outer Space



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