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SpaceX alumni are helping build LA’s startup ecosystem

During the days when Snapchat’s popularity was booming, investors thought the company would become the anchor for a new Los Angeles technology scene. Snapchat, they hoped, would spin-off entrepreneurs and angel investors who would reinvest in the local ecosystem and create new companies that would in turn foster more wealth, establishing LA as a hub for tech talent and venture dollars on par with New York and Boston. In the ensuing years, Los Angeles and its entrepreneurial talent pool has captu...
Tags: Spacex, New York, La, Boston, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Snapchat, Blue Origin, Cape Canaveral, Ellis, Noone, Tim Ellis, Jordan Noone


SpaceX’s spin-outs are helping build LA’s startup ecosystem

During the days when Snapchat’s popularity was booming, investors thought the company would become the anchor for a new Los Angeles technology scene. Snapchat, they hoped, would spin-off entrepreneurs and angel investors who would reinvest in the local ecosystem and create new companies that would in turn foster more wealth, establishing LA as a hub for tech talent and venture dollars on par with New York and Boston. In the ensuing years, Los Angeles and its entrepreneurial talent pool has captu...
Tags: Spacex, New York, La, Boston, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Snapchat, Blue Origin, Cape Canaveral, Ellis, Noone, Tim Ellis, Jordan Noone


An Adidas experiment and whole new exterior facility head to ISS next month

March 2 is the planned launch date for SpaceX’s 20th ISS resupply mission, which is bringing the usual supplies and goodies, plus a payload of interesting experiments from partners and paying customers. And a big expansion to Europe’s Columbus Module. The most ridiculous has to be Adidas’s “BOOST in Space” effort. The company creates its midsoles by fusing together thousands of tiny foam spheres. But sadly, this is generally done on Earth, where there’s gravity. So of course they want to try ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Space, Spacex, Tech, Adidas, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Delta, Iss, Columbus, Bartolomeo, ISS Microgravity


What if we fuck up the Moon too?

US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday gave a speech at NASA’s Langley research center in Virginia where he told employees that President Donald Trump was committed to putting humans back on the Moon by 2024 through “any means necessary.” We’re not sure exactly what that means. It was likely intended to be an inspirational quip indicating that the employees of NASA have the President‘s full support. But it feels a bit ominous coming from the administration that had to be convinced that we should...
Tags: Startups, Space, Politics, Virginia, US, Insights, Tech, Nasa, United States, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Langley


Elon Musk wants to build a private 'SpaceX Village' with 100 rooms, lounge parties, volleyball tournaments, and rock climbing amid a South Texas retiree community

SpaceX has been buying up properties from a community of retiree-age residents in South Texas called Boca Chica Village. Now, according to a new SpaceX job posting, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk plans to build a "SpaceX Village" adjacent to its Starship rocket development and launch site. SpaceX Village may feature 100 bookable rooms, kayaking outings, a rock climbing wall, volleyball tournaments, spaceport lounge parties, and more. However, a handful of preexisting residents have sa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Musk, Business Insider, Elon, Brownsville, South Texas, Cameron County, Pointer


Japanese mission to land a rover on a Martian moon and bring back a sample is a go

A bold mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to Mars’ two moons, including a lander component for one of them, is all set to enter the development phase after the plan was submitted to the Japanese government’s science ministry this week. Dubbed the ‘Martian Moons Exploration’ (MMX) mission, the goal is to launch the probe in 2024, using the new H-3 rocket being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is expected to launch for the first time sometime later in 2020. ...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Artemis, Cnes, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, JAXA


Announcing the final agenda for Robotics + AI — March 3 at UC Berkeley

TechCrunch is returning to U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to bring together some of the most influential minds in robotics and artificial intelligence. Each year we strive to bring together a cross-section of big companies and exciting new startups, along with top researchers, VCs and thinkers. In addition to a main stage that includes the likes of Amazon’s Tye Brady, U .C. Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Anca Dragan of Waymo, Claire Delaunay of NVIDIA, James Kuffner of Toyota’s TRI-AD, and a surpris...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, Softbank, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Olympics, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Toyota


Use the “Eisenhower Matrix” to Manage Your Time & Increase Your Productivity: The System Designed by the 34th President of the United States

"What is important is seldom urgent," said Dwight D. Eisenhower, "and what is urgent is seldom important." Or a t least many believe Eisenhower said that, even if he might have been quoting someone else. Whether or not the 34th President of the United States of America ever spoke those exact words, he must have had a highly effective method of dealing with life's tasks. During Eisenhower's two terms in office, writes Atomic Habits author James Clear, "he launched programs that directly ...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Facebook, Europe, College, Life, White House, Germany, Nasa, United States, Seoul, Eisenhower, Richard Feynman, James Clear, United States of America, Facebook Twitter


SpaceX Wants To Launch 4 Tourists Into Super High Orbit

SpaceX is working with Space Adventures to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possible by the end of next year. "Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the millions," reports NBC Los Angeles. From the report: For this trip, paying customers will skip the space station and instead orbit two to three times higher, or roughly 500 miles to 750 miles above Earth. It's a lofty goal that would approach the record 850-mile-high orbit achieved by Gemini 11's Pete Conr...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Pete Conrad, Gwynne Shotwell, Dick Gordon, Tearne, NBC Los, Stacey Tearne


SpaceX plans to send a small number of tourists into space

SpaceX is collaborating with Space Adventures to send a small number of private citizens into space as early as 2021, Engadget reported Tuesday. The company intends to take up to four tourists into orbit on the Dragon spacecraft for five days. SpaceX also recently launched an online booking tool for sending satellites into space starting at $1 million. Customers can schedule flights for packages on the Falcon 9 starting June 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX is ...
Tags: Apple, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Falcon, Engadget, Christina Koch, Cape Canaveral Florida Engadget, TechCrunch Companies


Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is coming to TC Sessions: Space 2020

This year marks our first-ever TC Sessions: Space event, and what better way to kick things off than with the head of NASA: Administrator Jim Bridenstine will join us onstage on June 25 in LA. NASA has been more open than ever before to working with startups and entrepreneurs, and we’ll hear directly from the administrator why that’s the case, and what kind of opportunities might be open to founders in the future. Administrator Bridenstine took over leading the U.S. science and space agency i...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, La, Events, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Boeing, Artemis, Bessemer Venture Partners, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine, Tess Hatch, Commercial Lunar Payload Services CLPS


SpaceX and new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across high serrate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients to ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


SpaceX and a new partner announce space tourism launches on Dragon starting as early as 2021

SpaceX has a new partner for commercial private astronaut flights aboard its Dragon spacecraft: Space Adventures, a private space tourism company that has already launched private astronauts including Anousheh Ansari, Guy Laliberté and Mark Shuttleworth to space. Space Adventures has worked with seven clients across eight separate missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for private paying commercial space missions, using paid seats on the Russian Soyuz rocket to get its clients t...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Flight, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense. Meanwhile, we saw significant progress in SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and plenty of activity among startups big and small. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives in Florida The spacec...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Alabama, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, United States, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Satellite


NASA is Looking for New Astronauts

"With a renewed interest in sending humans back to the Moon and then eventually to Mars, NASA needs all the able-bodied space explorers it can get..." writes BGR. "The requirements are, well, pretty strict, but what else would you expect from a group that sends humans into space?" Quoting NASA.gov: Since the 1960s, NASA has selected 350 people to train as astronaut candidates for its increasingly challenging missions to explore space. With 48 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, more wil...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Moon, Orion, Mars


Northrop Grumman Launches Spacecraft Delivering Snacks and Equipment To the ISS

Space.com has footage of Northrop Grumman's successful launch of a spacecraft that's bringing 7,500 pounds of supplies (as well as scientific equipment for experiments) to the astronauts on the International Space Station: Those experiments include studies into bone loss from prolonged exposure to weightlessness, bacteria-targeting viruses that could lead to new medications, as well as some cowpeas to be grown as part of a space food experiment. Heidi Parris, NASA's assistant program scientist f...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Northrop Grumman, Cygnus, Johnson Space Center, James Martinez, Saffire IV


Former NASA Official William Gerstenmaier Joins SpaceX

schwit1 shared this report from Ars Technica: This is a consequential hire for SpaceX — it is difficult to overstate the influence Gerstenmaier has over human spaceflight both in the United States and abroad. He led NASA's space shuttle, International Space Station, commercial crew, and exploration programs for more than a decade. He immediately brings credibility to the company's safety culture. Former Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale, who now chairs the human spaceflight committee of N...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Ars Technica, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Bill, Boeing, Ars, William Gerstenmaier, Gerstenmaier, Wayne Hale, NASA s Advisory Council, Commercial Resupply Service


How to go full screen in Google Chrome on your computer, and eliminate distractions

You can go full screen on Google Chrome in a few different ways, depending on whether you have a Mac or PC. On a PC, you can make Google Chrome go full screen with a keyboard command, or by selecting it from your options. On a Mac, you can select it from your options, use a keyboard command, or click the "expand window" button that's included with most apps. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Chrome's full screen mode allows users to eliminate distractions while browsi...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Mac, Trends, Nasa, Control Command, Best Buy Lenovo, Launch Google Chrome


Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is now in Florida to prep for its first flight with astronauts onboard

SpaceX has moved its Crew Dragon commercial astronaut spacecraft to Florida, the site from which it’ll launch in likely just two to three months’ time if all goes to plan. The Crew Dragon capsule is now going to undergo final testing and checkouts in Florida before its departure from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it’ll launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. Behnken and Hurley will be taking a trip to the International Space Station ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Software Development, Astronaut, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Spacecraft, Falcon


'Pale Blue Dot' Revisited

cusco shares a report: For the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic views from the Voyager mission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is publishing a new version of the image known as the "Pale Blue Dot." The updated image uses modern image-processing software and techniques while respecting the intent of those who planned the image. Like the original, the new color view shows Planet Earth as a single, bright blue pixel in the vastness of space. Rays of sunlight sca...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena California, Planet Earth, Carolyn Porco


Blue Origin’s new rocket engine production facility opens on Monday

Blue Origin is opening its new rocket engine production center in Huntsville, Ala. on Monday, the company said today on Twitter. The new Huntsville facility will be able to produce its rocket engines at a much higher rate than is currently possible, which will be useful as the company is using its in-development BE-4 engine for its own New Glenn rocket, as well as for supplying the United Launch Alliance with thrust for its new Vulcan launch vehicle. Blue Origin started working on BE-4 in 201...
Tags: TC, Space, Alabama, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin, Rocketry, Glenn, Huntsville, Vulcan, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville Ala, Raptor, New Glenn


Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers

An anonymous reader shares a report: It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, an Apple developer analyzed the tech specs even further and found that even something as simple as a modern USB charger is packed with more processing power. Forrest Heller, a software developer who formerly worked on Occipital's Structure 3D scanner accessory for...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Nasa, Huawei, Anker, AGC, Forrest Heller, Developer Finds USB Chargers, Guidance Computers


The CEO of a scooter startup owned by Ford explains why it's a good thing that his employees are unionizing — and how it could help Spin get a leg up on Bird and Lime

Forty workers who manage Spin's fleet of scooters in December voted to unionize.  Even before the decision, the Ford-owned startup had classified the workers as employees instead of independent contractors, giving them access to the associated benefits that come with employment.  In an interview, Spin's founder explained why the investments in training and benefits may help the company win in the long fight against competitors Bird, Lime and more.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Contra...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, California, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Ford, Washington Dc, Bird, Silicon Valley, Teamsters, Lime, Poon, Uber Lyft, Euwyn Poon


Rocket startup Gilmour Space gets a $3 million grant to develop lighter fuel tanks

Mass is money when it comes to the rocket launch business, and any small savings you can eke out can add up to big savings. That’s been the driving force behind the growing commercialization of space, and the rapid rise of the small satellite industry, and now Australian rocket startup Gilmour Space has received a $3 million grant from the Australian government to help improve rockets in a way that could add significant savings to the launch process. Gilmour has spent the past seven years develo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Flight, Rocket, Radiation, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rocketry, Gilmour, Rocket Propulsion, Gilmour Space Technologies, Gilmour Space, Gilmour the University of Southern Queensland USQ


Netflix is set to produce content exclusive to Samsung Galaxy phone users

Netflix has announced a deal with Samsung to produce content exclusively for users of its Galaxy smartphones. The deal was announced Tuesday at the Korean tech giant's flagship annual conference, 'Unpacked,' where it revealed several new products including the Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone. According to Forbes, the content will consist of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from Netflix original series like Narcos and Elite, and will be shot on Samsung's new Galaxy S20 smartphones. As part...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Nasa, Netflix, Tim Cook, Business Insider, Samsung Galaxy, Forbes, Bixby, Apple TV Plus


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Samsung announced multiple new products during its big Unpacked event, from a new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, to the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra with 100x zoom. The Korean tech giant announced no fewer than five major new devices during the event, including the company's best shot at Apple's AirPods. The FTC is looking into "hundreds" of potential anticompetitive acquisitions made by Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Softbank, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Barcelona, Intel, Nasa, Sprint, Airbnb, Cia, Jack Dorsey


Blue Canyon Technologies chosen by Made in Space for orbital manufacturing demo mission

In-orbit manufacturing startup Made in Space has tapped Colorado’s Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to help support its Archinaut One demonstration mission contracted by NASA, which is currently set to take place in 2022. The mission will see Made in Space show off the assembly of two ten-meter solar arrays on orbit, which will then be used to power an ESPA-class satellite, providing up to five times more power than is available via power sources used for those satellites not assembled in orbit. B...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Colorado, Tech, Nasa, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Solar Sail, Spacecraft, Additive Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Jpl, Cubesats, Crum


NASA Puts a Price On a 2024 Moon Landing: $35 Billion

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 10 months after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, the space agency has estimated how much its Artemis Program will cost. NASA says it will need an additional $35 billion over the next four years -- on top of its existing budget -- to develop a Human Landing System to get down to the Moon's surface from lunar orbit while also accelerating other programs to make the 2024 date. NASA's human...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Nasa, United States, Moon, Mike Pence, Johnson Space Center, Trump White House, Artemis program, Doug Loverro, U S House of Representatives the White House



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