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‘This comforter of blue’: how Shatner’s blast into space became an ode to Earth

Captain Kirk’s profound reflection on our home planet was an ironic outcome for a trip that was meant to boost space travelThere’s nothing like a vacation to make you appreciate home.That seemed to be the sentiment behind William Shatner’s words as he returned from a brief journey to space on Wednesday. In remarks filmed after he landed, the actor described having had “the most profound experience I can imagine”. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Technology, US news, Earth, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Blue Origin, Kirk, Shatner


William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, James Kirk


William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk


William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the starsAmazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industryWilliam Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lif...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Shatner, Van Horn Texas


Rocket men: how billionaires are using celebrities as PR for their space projects

Critics see the ‘awful business’ of private space tourism as having little technological or exploration valueAs Star Trek’s iconic Captain James T Kirk, he voyaged the universe for the good of humanity. The nonagenarian actor William Shatner’s brief, real-life thrill ride off the planet today, however, is much less about advancing the species as promoting the fortunes of Blue Origin, the private space company owned by the Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos that’s taking him there.Booking arguably the most...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James T Kirk


Classical physics make time travel impossible. But what about ‘timeless’ travel?

A pair of scientists from the UK recently published a pre-print research paper discussing the theory of a universe with no beginning. Imagine it: our universe has always existed. The Big Bang either never happened or it was simply another event in the infinite history of… itself. On the surface it sounds counter-intuitive. According to the researchers, a quantum physics paradigm called a “causal set” structure makes it possible for the universe to exist beyond its perceived origin. Per the duo’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, UK, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


16 luxury buying and selling trends you can’t ignore

The way we live, work and play has significantly changed over the past year or so, and these shifts will continue to drive luxury consumer behavior as far as how and where they choose to live. Here are a few trends you need to be ready for.
Tags: Space, Technology, Trends, Service, Radio, Agent, Columns, Brokerage, Select, Square Footage, Cara Ameer, Luxury Buyers, Buyer Trends, Luxury Month, Luxury Trends, Theme-month-202110


Can AI help NASA find aliens on starless rogue planets?

The millennia-old search for extraterrestrial life has, so far, yielded little in the way of scientifically useful results. As far as humanity can prove, ET is purely hypothetical. Yet there are more believers than skeptics. Even in the scientific community. It seems like the generally accepted belief on alien life can be boiled down to: the universe is very big and it would be silly to think that we’re all alone in it. But famed Italian physicist Enrico Fermi took a different perspective. Fermi...
Tags: Startups, Space, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Fermi, Enrico Fermi, Neural, Next Featured


Russian actor and director prepare for space launch to record first movie in orbit

Crew will blast off for 12-days of filming on the International Space Station as part of a mission to beat the US to making the first film in spaceRussia is set to launch an actor and a film director into space in a bid to best the United States to the first movie in orbit.If successful, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project announced earlier this year by Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise together with Nasa and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Technology, Russia, US, World news, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Tom Cruise


William Shatner confirms he will go into space on Blue Origin rocket

90-year-old actor who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek will become the oldest person to reach spaceWilliam Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek, has confirmed that he will go to space this month at the age of 90, thereby becoming the oldest person ever to escape the confines of Earth.Shatner will take a seat on Blue Origin’s second launch from west Texas on 12 October, the space flight company owned by Jeff Bezos said. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Star Trek, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Blue Origin, Kirk, James T Kirk, West Texas, Shatner


iPhone in space: SpaceX crew shares Earth image shot on Apple’s handset

An iPhone recently found its way to space as part of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission, which last month became the world’s first all-civilian orbital trip.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Photography, Space, Spacex, News, Trends, Iphone Camera, Smartphone Camera, Inspiration4


Jeff Bezos’s space flight firm ‘rife with sexism’, employees’ letter claims

Open letter by current and ex-staffers alleges ‘consistently inappropriate’ behaviour by Blue Origin leadersA group of current and former employees at Blue Origin, the space flight company owned by the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has accused the business of operating a work environment that is “rife with sexism” and prefers “breakneck speed” to safety.An open letter written by Alexandra Abrams, the former head of employee communications at Blue Origin and 20 other current and former workers, say...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Science, Technology, World news, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Alexandra Abrams


Elon Musk v Jeff Bezos: the ridiculous rivalry of the world’s richest men

The wealth of the Tesla boss and would-be space coloniser has overtaken that of his Amazon rival. How does he plan to celebrate? By being as puerile as possibleName: Elon Musk v Jeff Bezos.Age: About two. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, E-commerce, Income Inequality, Jeff Bezos, Inequality


Blue Origin plans to blast William Shatner into space on its New Shepard rocket in October, reports say

At 90 years old, William Shatner would be the oldest man to ever be launched into space. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is reportedly going to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket. The 15-minute civilian flight is expected to take place in October, TMZ reported. Sources close to Shatner told TMZ that the flight will be filmed for an upcoming documentary. See more stories on Insider's business page. William Shatner is preparing for a trip to sp...
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, San Diego, Space Flight, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Artemis, Blue Origin, Mark, Bezos, Kirk


Near Space Labs closes $13M Series A to send more Earth imaging robots to the stratosphere

The decreasing cost of launch and a slew of other tech innovations have brought about a renaissance in geospatial intelligence, with multiple startups aiming to capture higher-quality and more frequent images of Earth than have ever before been available. Most of these startups, however, are focused on using satellites to collect data. Not so for Near Space Labs, a four-year-old company that instead aims to gather geospatial intelligence from the stratosphere, using small autonomous wind-powered...
Tags: Startups, Space, Texas, Tech, Barcelona, Earth, Brooklyn, Moscow, Balloon, Aerospace, Cto, Federal Aviation Administration, Crosslink Capital, Barcelona Spain, Swifties, Stratosphere


Inspiration4’s successful splashdown is just the beginning of private spaceflight for SpaceX

Just like that, they came back. The Inspiration4 crew made a triumphant splashdown on Saturday evening off the east coast of Florida, marking the close of the first completely private, all-civilian space mission. SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship hauled the Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, a little less than an hour after splashdown. The crew was then ferried via helicopter to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where they received standard medical checks. The successful completion of the missi...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, European Space Agency, Richard Branson, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Aerospace, Musk


Elon Musk welcomes SpaceX crew home with $50m donation to charity

Four-person crew asked for the public’s help in reaching fundraising target of $200m for the children’s charity St JudeElon Musk surprised his first all-private crew of space tourists with a welcome home gift after their trailblazing trip to orbit ended on Saturday night: a $50m donation to the children’s charity St Jude. Related: ‘The point is ambition’: are we ready to follow Netflix into space? Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Netflix, St JudeElon Musk


Aurora Propulsion Technologies closes €1.7M seed for spacecraft maneuvering and deorbiting tech

More spacecraft will be sent to orbit this year than ever before in human history, and the number of satellite launches is only anticipated to increase through the rest of the decade. Under these crowded conditions, being able to maneuver satellites in space and deorbit them when they reach the end of their useful life will be key. Enter Aurora Propulsion Technologies. It’s one of a handful of startups that has emerged in the past few years to help simplify the problem of spacecraft propulsion. ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Nokia, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Aurora, Recent Funding, Practica Capital, Takala, Mars Venus, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, Roope Takala, TESI Finnish Industry Investment Ltd, Kluz Ventures Individual


Scientists find the molecules necessary for life swirling newborn planets

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! A team of researchers at the University of Leeds recently made the startling discovery that many observable protoplanets are surrounded by the raw molecules necessary for life. Planets such as Earth are formed when the gravitational pull of a star captures swirling clouds of dust and gas. Over time, the clouds ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds, University Of Leeds, Neural, Next Featured


Physicists think we’ve detected the dark energy ripping our universe apart

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! A team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Cambridge may have accidentally stumbled upon the biggest (as in, size-wise) discovery in the history of physics: dark energy. And not a moment too soon, as many scientists believe this mysterious force is literally ripping the universe apart. Up fron...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, University of Cambridge, Neural, Next Featured


Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck will discuss taking a company interplanetary at Disrupt 2021

Building an orbital launch business from scratch is no simple matter, but what if that business is just a stepping stone to a vertically integrated, interplanetary space company? Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck will be joining us next week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (Sept 21-23) to talk about the challenge and exhilaration of pursuing his passion for space, all the way to orbit, the moon and beyond. Rocket Lab started over a decade ago as Beck tested increasingly large rockets, with the (supposedl...
Tags: Space, Beck, Events, Tech, New Zealand, Aerospace, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, TC Disrupt 2021


SpaceX, Blue Origin awarded NASA contracts to develop moon lander concepts for future Artemis missions

NASA has awarded a combined $146 million in contracts to five companies, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics, to develop lander concepts as part of the agency’s Artemis program. The awards include $26.5 million to Blue Origin; $40.8 million to Dynetics; $35.2 million to Lockheed Martin; $34.8 million to Northrop Grumman; and $9.4 million to SpaceX. Only two companies that submitted proposals, Blue Ridge Nebula Starlines and Cook & Chevalier Enterprises, did not receive contracts. The cont...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Artemis, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, HLS, NeXTStep, SpaceX Blue Origin, Dynetics, Human Landing System Program, Blue Ridge Nebula Starlines


Spaceflight will be ferrying payloads from Orbit Fab, GeoJump to lunar orbit next year

Space rideshare service provider Spaceflight Inc. is going to be shuttling customers on a lunar flyby mission next year, part of its long-term vision of giving companies easy access to lunar orbits and beyond. The Seattle-based company will be delivering payload using its propulsive transfer vehicle, Sherpa EScape, or Sherpa-ES, the latest iteration of Sherpa vehicles that the company has been testing for the past few years. The Sherpa essentially acts as last-mile space transportation, deployin...
Tags: Space, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Seattle, Spaceflight, Aerospace, SpaceX Falcon, Sherpa, Intuitive Machines, Spaceflight Inc, Orbit Fab, Geojump, Sherpa LTC


SpaceX launches its first batch of Starlink satellites aimed at new coverage areas from California

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 of its Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday night at 8:55 PM PDT (11:55 PM EDT). This was the first launch for the Starlink satellite internet constellation from the west coast, and also the first batch of a second stage of Starlink satellite deployment, targeting a new orbital trajectory that will help the network provide service to new regions including Northern Canada and parts of Northern Europe. The launch u...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, California, Tech, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Northern Europe, Northern Canada, StarLink, Starship SpaceX


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launching a new private space company

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Apple engineer Alex Fielding launching a new private space company. Privateer Space posted this teaser to YouTube but not other details are available. The company's Website suggests they'll share more information at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference later this week. — Read the rest
Tags: Apple, Video, Space, Technology, News, Steve Wozniak, Woz, Alex Fielding, Advanced Maui Optical, Privateer Space, Space Surveillance Technologies AMOS Conference


Scientists discover mysterious ‘quantum pressure’ emanating from a black hole

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! Scientists from the University of Sussex recently stumbled upon a startling discovery: black holes emit quantum pressure. What’s quantum pressure? Nobody’s quite sure, but it’s very exciting! Up front: To put this discovery into perspective, the last time someone discovered a new mechanical facet of black holes...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Stephen Hawking, Sussex, University of Sussex, Neural, Next Featured


So you want to live on Mars eh? Good luck. You’ll probably die a horrific death

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! The US government and Silicon Valley don’t agree on everything, but when it comes to dominating the modern space race they’re perfectly aligned. Uncle Sam’s going to put American boots on Martian soil and Elon Musk’s building the spaceship that’ll get them there. No matter your notions on nations, there’s somet...
Tags: Startups, Space, Elon Musk, Science, Opinion, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Silicon Valley, Mars, Uncle Sam, Neural, Next Featured


Rocket Lab’s order backlog tops $141M as the company inks five-launch deal with Kinéis

It was a busy first half of the year for U.S.-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which posted earnings for the first six months of 2021 on Wednesday – the first such reporting since the company went public last month. Rocket Lab reported revenues for the six-month period of $29.5 million. Its order backlog also grew to $141.4 million as of June 30, up 136% from $59.9 million compared to the same period last year. While the general trend seems to be positive, executives emphasized the continued impa...
Tags: Space, Beck, Tech, Commercial Spaceflight, Satellites, New Zealand, Mars, Aerospace, Spice, GAAP, Electron, Rocket Lab, BlackSky, Peter Beck, Photon, Neutron


We must subsidize and regulate space exploration

Joshua Jahani Contributor Share on Twitter Joshua Jahani is a lecturer at Cornell University and New York University, and a board adviser at the investment bank Jahani and Associates specializing in the Middle East and Africa. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (popularizing the modern internet). He didn’t protect the technology because he wanted it to benefit us all. Three decades later, most of the power —...
Tags: TC, Column, Space, Opinion, Government, Africa, Tech, Policy, Atlantic, United States, Space Tourism, Space Travel, Virgin Galactic, Middle East, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Aerospace primes Northrop, Lockheed join in Orbit Fab’s over $10M funding round

San Francisco-based startup Orbit Fab wants to be the go-to source for orbital refueling, and now it has raised over $10 million in its quest to get there. The money will go toward funding a refueling trial that’s due to launch as early as the end of 2022, in which the company plans to send to space two refueling shuttles that will repeatedly perform a three-step dock, transfer fuel and undock process. The round was led by Asymmetry Ventures, with participation from existing investor SpaceFund a...
Tags: Startups, Space, San Francisco, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Schiel, Recent Funding, Orbit Fab, Jeremy Schiel, Orbital Servicing, Asymmetry Ventures, Northrop Lockheed



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