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NY-based autonomous reusable rocket startup lands Air Force contract

New York-based startup iRocket has landed a contract award from the U.S. Air Force to develop and build its fully autonomous small payload rockets, which the company says will be able to launch and propulsively land both its first and second stages, with the potential of launching small payloads on demand in as little as 24 hours. iRocket is one of a few different companies looking to provide quick turnaround, rapid-response launch capabilities to serve a growing need among defense customers, pa...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, New York, Tech, Department Of Defense, Flight, United States, Air Force, Spaceflight, Aerospace, U S Defense, Outer Space, U.S. Air Force, Spaceport Oklahoma, Kennedyy Space Cetner


Facebook bans ‘violent network’ of far-right boogaloo accounts

Facebook took action to remove a network of accounts Tuesday related to the “boogaloo” movement, a firearm-obsessed anti-government ideology that focuses on preparing for and potentially inciting a U.S. civil war. “As part of today’s action, we are designating a violent US-based anti-government network under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy and disrupting it on our services,” Facebook wrote in the announcement. “As a result, this violent network is banned from having a prese...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Air Force, Oakland, Boogaloo, Online Extremism, Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, Tech Transparency Project, Mark Zuckerberg Lawmakers


SpaceX successfully launches GPS III space vehicle on behalf of the US Space Force

SpaceX successfully launched a GPS III satellite for the U.S. Space Force today. The Space Force took over the U.S. in-space GPS assets from the Air Force when it became its own dedicated wing of the U.S. armed forces. The launch employed a Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which was new and fresh from SpaceX’s factory floor. This launch did include a recovery attempt of the Falcon 9 booster, however, unlike the first GPS III launch that SpaceX launched in December 2018. SpaceX says that it...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, Satellite, Air Force, Falcon 9, Aerospace, Falcon, Global Positioning System, Space Force, U.S. Space Force, US Space Force, U S SpaceX


SpaceX successfully launches GPS III space vehicle on behalf of the U.S. Space Force

SpaceX successfully launched a GPS III satellite for the U.S. Space Force today. The Space Force took over the U.S. in-space GPS assets from the Air Force when it became its own dedicated wing of the U.S. armed forces. The launch employed a Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which was new and fresh from SpaceX’s factory floor. This launch did include a recovery attempt of the Falcon 9 booster, however, unlike the first GPS III launch that SpaceX launched in December 2018. SpaceX says that...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Earth, Satellite, Gps, Air Force, Falcon 9, Aerospace, Falcon, Global Positioning System, Space Force, U S Space Force, U S SpaceX


Amazon Launches Space Push To Drive Cloud-Computing Growth

Amazon.com is boosting efforts to lure military and commercial space organizations as major users of its cloud-computing services, hoping to benefit from rising government spending and burgeoning private investment. From a report: The move by Amazon Web Services, the online retail giant's cloud-computing arm, comes during a multiyear surge in U.S. military and civilian agency spending on space projects, with NASA, the Pentagon and their largest contractors -- including Lockheed Martin -- benefit...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Nasa, Aws, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Amazon Web Services, Space Force, Ms Carlson, Teresa Carlson, Clint Crosier


Amazon Web Services launches a dedicated aerospace and satellite business

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is upping its space industry game with a dedicated business unit called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions (as first reported by the WSJ) that’s focused on space projects, including from customers like NASA, the U.S. military, and private space players including Lockheed Martin and others. AWS has already served satellite and space industry customers, including with its AWS Ground Station offering, which provides satellite communication and data processing as a ser...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Space, Microsoft, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Aws, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Aerospace, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Web Services AWS


Relativity Space gains new customer in Iridium and new launch site at Vandenberg

Relativity Space has a new customer for its 3D printed rockets: Established satellite maker and operator Iridium, which has picked the company for launches in 2023. To accomplish those, and other launches like them, the company is also setting up a new launch site at Vandenberg Air Base in California. “It’s obviously pretty huge news for us,” Relativity co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis told TechCrunch. “Not only do we have a second launch site, but we have an anchor customer. We’ve actually pre-sold...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Long Beach, Air Force, Aerospace, Honest Company, Vandenberg, ISRO, Vega, Cape Canaveral, Ellis


Google billionaire Sergey Brin has a secret charity that sends ex-military staff into disaster zones on a superyacht

The Daily Beast has identified Sergey Brin as the sole donor to a secretive disaster-response charity called GSD. GSD sends its staff, many of whom are ex-military, to disaster areas around the world on a super-yacht called "Dragonfly." It now says it is helping with COVID-19 testing in California. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sergey Brin, Google cofounder and world's eighth-richest person, has a secret disaster-response team according to a report by The Daily Beast. Th...
Tags: Google, Navy, California, Trends, Sergey Brin, Air Force, The Daily Beast, Vanuatu, Alphabet, Reich, Brin, Grant Dawson, GSD, Rob Reich, COVID, GSD GSD


Techstars doubles down on space with a new Starburst cohort and European space program

Techstars has got the stars in its eyes, and space on the brain as it doubles down on investment programs that aim to enable the commercial space industry to boldly go where it has never gone before. On the heels of SpaceX’s historic mission last weekend taking astronauts to the International Space Station, the space industry feels newly invigorated and its prospects loom large in the minds of early stage investors. SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight i...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Air Force, TechStars, Ministry of Defense, Small Business Innovation Research, Kozlov, Matt Kozlov, Techstars Starburst Space, Techstars Starburst, Morpheus Space, U S Air Force the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, Natural Intelligence Systems, Ellipsis Earth Intelligence


Netflix Snags Space Force Trademarks Ahead of US Military

Space Force, the branch of the US armed services established by the Trump administration last December, now shares a name with a Netflix comedy starring Steve Carrell. From a report: The military reportedly isn't too concerned about possible confusion over the fictional show's name. Netflix, however, has reportedly secured trademark rights in Europe, Australia, Mexico and elsewhere for Space Force. Currently, the Air Force only owns a pending application for registration of the name Space Force ...
Tags: US, Tech, Netflix, Air Force, Trump, Steve Carrell, Space Force, Europe Australia Mexico, Hollywood Reporter Records


Daily Crunch: E-commerce sales surge

eMarketer tries to quantify the rise of e-commerce, Reddit’s co-founder steps down from the board and SpaceX focuses on its next-generation spacecraft. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 8, 2020. 1. US e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline U.S. e-commerce sales will jump 18% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new forecast released today by eMarketer. However, the surge in new online orders won’t make up for the overa...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Spacex, Elon Musk, India, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, United States, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Air Force, Seattle, TechStars, General Atlantic


Could an AI-Powered Drone Defeat a Human Pilot?

America's Air Force "is hoping to pit an autonomous drone equipped with an artificial intelligence-driven flight control system against a fighter jet with a human pilot in a little over a year," reports The Drive: [T]he general concept of a fully-autonomous unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) capable of air-to-air combat, as well as air-to-ground strikes, hold great potential to fundamentally change the character of aerial warfare... At its most basic, a UCAV would be able to perform many of the...
Tags: Elon Musk, America, Tech, Air Force, Musk, UCAV, Air Force s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center


Border Patrol Flies Anti-Terrorism Drone Over Minneapolis Protestors

U.S. Customs and Border Protection flew a drone over Minneapolis to keep a careful eye on the unfolding unrest following the death of George Floyd, a local black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Ars Technica reports: The drone, using the tracking signal CBP104, took off from Grand Forks Airforce Base at 9:08 am Central Daylight Time and shortly afterward headed directly to Minneapolis, this feed from live flight tracking service FlightAware showed. Th...
Tags: Minneapolis, Tech, Ars Technica, Customs, Air Force, Border Patrol, Border Protection, CPB, George Floyd, Grand Forks Airforce Base


Will COVID-19 mainstream AR/VR?

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact nations, businesses and the lives of billions, and the aftermath of the recession remains to be seen, some trends are already emerging, such as the embracing of digitization. From video conferencing tools to project management platforms, companies, institutions and individuals are becoming adjusted to remote environments. This brings back into the spotlight the technologies of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Both have thus far failed to l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Alibaba, Ikea, Finland, Vr


Trump to sign social media executive order, after lashing out at Twitter

Always an aggrieved victim, isn't he. Donald Trump got super mad when Twitter added a little fact-checking note on a couple of his bogus 'voter fraud' disinformation tweets. Next, Trump threatened tthreatened to shut down Twitter, one of the platforms he falsely accuses of stifling conservative voices. Now, he is said to be planning to sign some kind of social media executive order to express his outrage. [email protected] will sign an executive order shortly about social media and int...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Post, Florida, Technology, News, Youtube, Washington, White House, Social Media, Tech News, Air Force, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Twitter Inc


As fashion has its metaverse moment, one app looks to bridge real and virtual worlds for sneakerheads

Fashion is having its moment in the metaverse. A riot of luxury labels, music, and games are vying for attention in the virtual world. And as physical events and the entertainment industry that depends on them shuts down, virtual things have come to epitomize the popular culture of the pandemic. It’s creating an environment where imagination and technical ability, not wealth, are the only barriers to accumulating the status symbols that only money and fame could buy. Whether it’s famous design...
Tags: TC, Fashion, La, Germany, Clothing, Los Angeles, Entrepreneur, Tech, Nike, Adidas, Designer, Kanye West, Culture, Justin Bieber, Nintendo, Air Force


As Russia Stalks US Satellites, a Space Arms Race May Be Heating Up

Russia "is now challenging the United States' long-standing supremacy in space and working to exploit the U.S. military's dependence on space systems for communications, navigation, intelligence, and targeting." That's the argument made in The Bulletin by a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who writes about technology and military strategy, Cold War history, and European security affairs (in an article shared by Lasrick). Moscow is developing counter-space weapons as a part of its over...
Tags: France, China, Russia, India, America, Tech, Iran, United States, Moscow, Air Force, U S Air Force, Heather Wilson, Russia Stalks US, Lasrick Moscow


Watch live as ULA launches a U.S. military spaceplane for its first Space Force mission

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 9:14 AM EDT (6:14 AM PDT) today for an Atlas V rockets carrying the Boeing-built X-37B orbital test vehicle on behalf of the U.S. space force, which is an autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the Space Shuttle . This is the sixth mission for the X-37B, though it’s the first flown under the U.S. Space Force’s supervision, since the space plane was previously operated by the Air Force ...
Tags: TC, Space, Florida, Science, Tech, Earth, United States, Air Force, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Space Shuttle, Kennedy, Spacecraft, Outer Space


Watch live as ULA launches a secretive U.S. military spaceplane live for its sixth mission

On Saturday, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is targeting a liftoff time of 8:24 AM EDT (5:24 AM PDT) for one of its Atlas V rockets carrying the U.S. Space Force’s X-37B orbital test vehicle, which is a fully autonomous winged spaceplane that looks a little like a scaled down version of the Space Shuttle . This is the sixth mission for the X-37B, though it’s the first flown under the U.S. Space Force’s supervision, since the space plane was previously operated by the Air Force before t...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Earth, United States, Air Force, Spaceflight, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Space Shuttle, Spacecraft, Outer Space, United Launch Alliance ULA, Spaceplane, Shuttle, U S Space Force


Former UCLA football coach Pepper Rodgers dies at 88

Former UCLA football coach Pepper Rodgers died Thursday after reportedly being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a fall at his home in Reston, Va., last week. He was 88. A statement about his passing from his alma mater, Georgia Tech, did not give a cause of death. Rodgers coached the Bruins for three seasons from 1971-1973. After a 2-7-1 record his first season, he turned the program around for winning seasons of 8-3 and 9-2 his last two years. He was named the Pac-8 Coach of the Year after...
Tags: Florida, Sports, Tech, Sport, Soccer, Kansas, College sports, Michigan, Washington Redskins, Air Force, Livingston, Ucla, Georgia Tech, Kelly, Bruins, Rodgers


LeoLabs launches its global satellite monitoring and collision avoidance service

LeoLabs has been building out its global network of space-scanning radars for the last couple years, leading up to today’s launch of its Collision Avoidance system, essentially satellite-monitoring-as-a-service. It should prove an indispensable asset to startups that don’t happen to have their own state of the art radar setup. Space is full of junk, and it isn’t tracked as closely as anyone would like. A bit of debris the size of a pebble could put nearly any satellite out of commission, and ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, New Zealand, Radar, Air Force, Aerospace, Cto, U S Air Force, Michael Nicolls, Air Force Research Lab, LeoLabs, Leo Labs, Planet Digital Globe Black Sky


SpaceX simulator shows you what it’s actually like to dock Crew Dragon with the Space Station

SpaceX has launched a new browser-based simulator that provides an idea of what it would be like to manually control the docking process of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, the first human-carrying spaceship the company has made. Crew Dragon actually docks with the International Space Station (ISS) fully autonomously, but astronauts are able to take over manual control, should that prove necessary, and this simulator provides what SpaceX says is the “actual interface” that astronauts would use in ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Air Force, Aerospace, Crew Dragon, International Space Station ISS, Jim Bridenstine


US Space Force Releases First Recruitment Video, Acknowledges Netflix Comedy 'Space Force'

The newly-created U.S. Space Force has released its first recruitment video, CNET reports: In a video posted Wednesday to Twitter showing rockets, mission control-types rooms and U.S. Space Force members in spacesuits, a voice-over says, "maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet." Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett said during a livestream Wednesday that so far recruitment hasn't been a problem for the Space Force. "There's been an avalanche of applicants." This sixth branc...
Tags: US, Tech, Netflix, Steve Carell, Air Force, Cnet, Raymond, Barbara Barrett, Space Foundation, Jay Raymond, Space Force, U S Space Force


How Profit and Incompetence Delayed N95 Masks While People Died at the VA

This post first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Before embarking on a 36-hour tour through an underground of contractors and middlemen trying to make a buck on the nation’s desperate need for masks, entrepreneur Robert Stewart Jr. offered an unusual caveat. “I’m talking with you against the advice of my attorney,” the man in the shiny gray suit, an America...
Tags: Google, New York, Texas, News, Congress, California, La, White House, China, Alabama, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Georgia, Cnn, Chicago, Fema


Decrypted: Space hacking, iPhone vulnerability, Zoom’s security boom

Security startups to the rescue. As we continue to ride out the pandemic, security experts are closely monitoring the surge of coronavirus-related cyber threats. Just this week, Google’s Threat Analysis Group, its elite threat hunting unit, says that while the overall number of threats remains largely the same, opportunistic hackers are retooling their efforts to piggyback on coronavirus. Some startups are downsizing and laying off staff, but several cybersecurity startups are faring better, tha...
Tags: Security, Startups, New York, Tech, Hack, Encryption, Cryptography, Computing, Hacker, Air Force, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Computer Security, Cornerstone, Market Analysis, Major


The Air Force wants you to hack its satellite in orbit. Yes, really

When the Air Force asked hackers to break into a F-15 fighter jet at last year’s Def Con security conference, the results were both eye-opening and eye-watering. It was the first time hackers were allowed to work on the system to look for bugs. In just two days, a team of seven hackers found a ton of vulnerabilities, which if exploited in the real world could have crippled a critical aircraft data system, causing untold and potentially catastrophic damage. It was also proof that the Air Force de...
Tags: Defense, Tech, Pentagon, Las Vegas, Air Force, Jpl, Roper, Goldstein, Defense Digital Service, Will Roper, Brett Goldstein, Will Roper Air Force


Air Force Official Sees Use of Flying Cars By 2023

"Now is the perfect time to make Jetson's cars real," says the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics. Breaking Defense reports: 'Flying cars' using electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology could be in full-up production for Air Force use in moving cargo and people within three years, says Air Force acquisition head Will Roper. Such a capability, Roper enthused, would give the U.S. military the ability to undertake missions "in three dimens...
Tags: Tech, Air Force, Faa, Slashdot, Jetson, Roper, Slashdotters


A Vintage Advertising Film Intelligently Satirizes the Selling of the American Dream: Watch The Your Name Here Story (1960)

When did the United States of America attain peak earnestness? It had to have happened sometime in the long 1950s, beginning with victory in the Second World War and ending with the cultural shifts of the early 60s. Though individual Americans back then might express discontent and even cynicism about the nation, U.S. mass culture kept the dial set to triumphant optimism. And in midcentury America there was no cultural force quite as mass as advertising, which broadcast its messages in n...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Film, Navy, College, America, History, Air Force, Kansas City, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Calvin, Eisenhower, Robert Altman, United States of America


U.K. Premier Hospitalized; Japan Set for Emergency: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- The daily death toll from the novel coronavirus declined in some global hotspots, and President Donald Trump said he sees signs the U.S. outbreak is beginning to level off.Stocks climbed as New York State fatalities fell for the first time and Italy had the fewest deaths in more than two weeks. Germany saw a fourth straight day of declines in new cases, though government officials have warned the worst of the crisis is yet to come.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to a h...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Europe, Japan, England, New York, Milan, News, Wales, Congress, Abc, Navy, Youtube, Washington, France, Scotland


SpaceX Encounters First Launch Delay Due To Coronavirus

On Tuesday, the Air Force's 45th Space Wing confirmed that the timing for SpaceX's upcoming SAOCOM launch, which was set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on March 30 using a Falcon 9 rocket, has been put on "indefinite" hold due to the impact of the current coronavirus crisis. TechCrunch reports: Vandenberg has declared a public health emergency as of this past weekend, and while there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the base thus far, the Air Force is limiting acce...
Tags: Spacex, California, Tech, Nasa, Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, Falcon, StarLink



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