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SpaceX’s first operational crew mission adds additional NASA and JAXA astronauts

SpaceX is readying for its first flight with astronauts on board – Demo-2, which is technically the last demonstration mission that is required before the Crew Dragon capsule is officially certified to start flying regular missions. Demo-2’s mission scope has been adjusted somewhat so that astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be actually doing some shift work on the International Space Station, but Crew-1 is the official first operational mission of the SpaceX human-rated spacecraft, a...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Dragon, Iss, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Mike Hopkins, Outer Space, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, JAXA


SoftBank is Letting Internet Satellite Company OneWeb File For Bankruptcy

SoftBank has decided to let satellite internet provider OneWeb file for bankruptcy rather than pump billions of dollars into the start-up to save it. From a report: SoftBank, which has already invested $2 billion into OneWeb, was in talks to provide more capital to the satellite operator but ultimately backed down after making the decision it needs to save capital instead of spending more, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private. One...
Tags: Spacex, Softbank, Tech, Cnbc, Intelsat, OneWeb, StarLink, Adrian Steckel


NASA Picks SpaceX To Fly Cargo To Moon-Orbiting Gateway Space Station

NASA has awarded SpaceX with a contract to supply Gateway, the moon-orbiting space station that the agency aims to start building in 2022, agency officials announced Friday. Space.com reports: Gateway is a key part of NASA's Artemis exploration program, which seeks to establish a sustainable, long-term human presence on and around the moon by the late 2020s. The small space station will serve as a jumping-off point for sorties, both crewed and uncrewed, to the lunar surface. SpaceX will help to ...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Iss, Artemis, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Gateway Logistics Services, Dragon XL SpaceX, Twitter Friday Dragon


Daily Crunch: Clearstep’s chatbot offers in-depth COVID-19 screening

We look at an in-depth screener app for COVID-19, U.S. stocks take another tumble and Apple extends its free trial for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 27, 2020. Stay safe and socially distanced this weekend! 1. Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing t...
Tags: Apple, Health, Mobile, Apps, Spacex, Virginia, Los Angeles, Tech, National Notary Association, StarLink, Florida Nevada Texas, Social Bluebook, Daily Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


SpaceX to deliver cargo to NASA’s lunar Gateway station using a new ‘Dragon XL ‘ spacecraft

NASA has tapped SpaceX as the first provider of space-based logistics to deliver experiment materials, cargo and supplies to its lunar Gateway, the agency announced on Friday. This means SpaceX will be among the companies that NASA can turn to when it needs things shuttled via spaceship between Earth and this forthcoming platform, which will orbit the Moon and provide a staging ground for future crewed Moon missions. The contract means that SpaceX will play a key role in not only NASA’s...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Falcon Heavy, Carr, Outer Space, Lunar Gateway


Smart telescope startups vie to fix astronomy’s satellite challenge

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Starlink, the satellite branch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, has come under fire in recent months from astronomers over concerns about the negative impact that its planned satellite clusters have reportedly had — and may continue to have — on nighttim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Column, Europe, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, Tech, St Petersburg, Musk, International Astronomical Union IAU, StarLink, Unistellar


Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19. While some of the largest privately held technology companies, like SpaceX and Tesla, have shifted to manufacturing ventilators, smaller companies are also trying to pitch in and relieve scarcity locally. Supplies have been difficult to come by in some of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel corona...
Tags: Food, TC, Spacex, New York, Technology, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, United States, 3d Printing


Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Two Tesla employees, who had been working at home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent Thursday morning by the company’s head of environmental, health, and safety department and viewed by TechCrunch . The employees were not symptomatic in the office, and both are quarantined at home and recovering well, according to the email from Tesla’s EHS department head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who were already working from home for nearly...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Email, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Transport, Buffalo


Medical and military contractor Kimchuk hit by data-stealing ransomware

Kimchuk, a medical and military electronics maker, has been hit by data-stealing ransomware, TechCrunch has learned. The Danbury, Conn.-based manufacturer, which builds electronics for medical equipment, telecoms systems, and energy grids, also makes nuclear modules for the Navy, work that often requires security clearance. Its systems were infected and knocked offline earlier this month by DoppelPaymer, a newer strain of ransomware that exfiltrates data out of an infected network before encrypt...
Tags: Spacex, Navy, Tech, Tesla, Signal, Danbury Conn, Marquis, Maze, Visser, Callow, The Maze, Brett Callow, DoppelPaymer, Kimchuk, Jim Marquis, Dept of Defense When


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Ticketing platform StubHub has placed hundreds of its employees on temporary unpaid leave until at least June, Business Insider has learned. Around 450 StubHub employees have been asked to take an unpaid leave of absence that could last until June. Andreessen Horowitz-backed Wonderschool laid off 75% of staff on a Zoom call, telling employees the coronavirus could dry up any more funding for 2 years. Wonderschool also laid off...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, Portugal, Public Health England, Alexa, Stubhub, The World Health Organization, Amazon Alexa, Hawthorne California


Apple is donating 10 million protective face masks to help fight the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

Apple is donating 10 million protective face masks to COVID-19 relief efforts in the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter on Wednesday. The company is also donating millions of masks to regions in Europe that have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Cook's comments come after US Vice President Mike Pence said Apple would donate 9 million masks on Tuesday. Cook is one of several tech CEOs that has pledged to donate face masks, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk....
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, California, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, United States, Tim Cook


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


Rocket Lab postpones next mission due to coronavirus pandemic

Rocket Lab is the latest new space company to feel the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic: The small satellite launcher announced on Tuesday that it would be suspending its next launch, a mission called ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ that was set to take-off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia peninsula on March 30. The launch is a rideshare mission that includes satellites from a range of customers, including NASA, as well as the US. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, New Zealand, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Don, Outer Space, Mahia, Rocket Lab, StarLink


Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to help fight the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to COVID-19 relief efforts in the US, the Vice President Mike Pence said in a press briefing on Tuesday. The vice president said he and President Trump recently spoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook is one of several tech CEOs that has pledged to donate face masks, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to help combat t...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, California, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence


SpaceX Gets FCC License For 1 Million Satellite-Broadband User Terminals

SpaceX has received government approval to deploy up to 1 million user terminals in the United States for its Starlink satellite-broadband constellation. Ars Technica reports: SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission for the license in February 2019, and the FCC announced its approval in a public notice last week. The FCC approval is for "a blanket license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with [SpaceX's] non-geostationary orbit satellite s...
Tags: Spacex, Fcc, La, Tech, Ars Technica, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Musk, KU, StarLink


Fiat Chrysler to start producing 1 million face masks a month

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Monday it will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks and donate the critical medical equipment to first responders and health care workers — the latest automaker to direct its manufacturing expertise towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker confirmed to TechCrunch that production capacity is being installed this week at one of its factories in China. Manufacturing will start in the coming weeks and distribution will be focused on the U.S., Canada ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Mexico, Articles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Canada, United States, Vw, Ford, Fca, Healthcare Industry


Tech billionaires including Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg promised 18 million masks to fight COVID-19

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe, tech billionaires are promising to donate critical medical supplies. This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers. A spike in demand for masks means shortages are hitting hospitals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks. Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Cdc, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Tesla, Tim Cook, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Amazon has introduced mandatory overtime, increased hourly wages, and scrapped its security checks as it tries to motivate warehouse workers to keep coming to work. Four workers speaking to Business Insider described how the hand sanitizer often runs out and that they were alarmed for their health. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is asking laid-off restaurant and bar workers to come work for Amazon amid the coronavirus crisis. Bezos said ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Alexa, Musk


Ford, GM, Tesla given the ‘go ahead’ to produce ventilators, Trump says

Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the “go ahead” to make ventilators to help alleviate a shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that ended with a challenge to auto executives to show how good their companies are. Ventilators are a critical piece of medical equipment for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia....
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Gm, Disease, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Hyperloop


Automakers, Tesla and SpaceX Explore Working on Ventilators

"Just had a long engineering discussion with Medtronic about state-of-the-art ventilators," Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday. Medtronic tweeted that the talks also involved Tesla. And TechCrunch notes that Musk tweeted on Friday that both Tesla and SpaceX employees are "working on ventilators...": His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Ford, Shanghai, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Volkswagen, Musk, Medtronic, GM Volkswagen, Calif Sparks Nev


Here’s a wrap of the main tech-related coronavirus news in the last 24 hours

Much of the world is waking up to a strange new reality. As the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, swept across the planet, today may go down in history as the day when huge numbers of countries were largely united in a global shut-down to address the pandemic. TechCrunch brings you a wrap of the technology world’s response to the virus do far in our own dedicated “COVID-19-updates” coverage. • In Extra Crunch we cover how you should pitch a story in the era of COVID-19. In our main coverage: • Goog...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Fcc, Microsoft, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, US, Tech, Tesla


NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has been sharing regular updates about how his agency is approaching the rapidly changing global coronavirus pandemic situation. This week, NASA escalated its response multiple times due to changing circumstances, including changing the state of working conditions at all of its facilities across the country, and on Friday the agency summarized the current status of each of its facilities and major projects in a comprehensive update. Work continues on a few m...
Tags: Food, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, California, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Boeing


OneWeb confirms layoffs and potential launch schedule delays amid reported bankruptcy considerations

Satellite operator OneWeb has confirmed that its workforce has been reduced via layoffs, after TechCrunch learned that it reduced its workforce by as much as 10 percent this week. The company did not confirm the total size of the layoff, but provided a statement to TechCrunch regarding the current state of its operations, and citing cost that it deemed necessary in light of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic turmoil. A OneWeb spokesperson provided this statement...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Space, Spacex, Softbank, Tech, Spokesperson, Bloomberg, Satellites, Satellite, WeWork, Kazakhstan, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, OneWeb


SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk tweeted Friday that Tesla and SpaceX employees are “working on ventilators” even though he doesn’t believe they will be needed. His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Yes, we’re working on ventilators, even though I think they probably won’t be needed — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Thailand, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Volkswagen, Buffalo, De Blasio


NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Elon Musk, asking the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to produce ventilators to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Updated below with comment from mayor’s office.  The mayor’s tweet came out of a discussion on Twitter that began Wednesday evening between Musk and Nate Silver, the author and editor-in-chief of @FiveThirtyEight. Musk, who has in the past downplayed COVID-19 in emails to employees and on s...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hardware, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Ford, Gm, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Cnbc, Musk, Honeywell, Mike Pence


NASA, SpaceX Still Aiming to Launch Manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 Test as Early as May

NASA and SpaceX are still planning on conducting the first manned commercial crew program launch to space as early as May, indicating that the timetable for the mission has not shifted despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Crew Dragon, Demo 2


NASA and SpaceX targeting mid-to-late May for first astronaut launch, despite coronavirus pandemic

NASA and SpaceX issued a media accreditation invitation on Wednesday for their Demonstration Mission 2 (aka Demo-2) commercial crew launch – the first in the commercial crew program that will carry actual astronauts to space. The invite includes the current proposed timeframe for the mission, listed as no “no earlier than mid-to-late May.” Reports from earlier in the year had pegged the launch window for May, with the possibility that SpaceX and NASA could move that to as early as April, o...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, California, Russia, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Roscosmos, Hurley


Falcon 9 Rocket Overcomes Engine Failure To Deploy 60 Starlink Satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket overcame a rare in-flight engine failure soon after launch from Florida's Space Coast Wednesday to place 60 satellites in orbit for the company's Starlink Internet network. Spaceflight Now reports: One of the rocket's nine first stage engines shut down prematurely around 2 minutes, 22 seconds, after liftoff from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an event visible in a view from a camera streaming live video from the Falcon 9 as it climbed into the upper a...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Musk, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, StarLink, Elon Musk SpaceX, Starlink Internet


Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new iPad Pro and MacBook Air

Apple has new hardware coming, the U.S. government may use cell phone data to track the spread of COVID-19 and Fox acquires a streaming company. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 18, 2020. 1. Apple announces new iPad Pro The new iPad Pro looks more-or-less like the existing iPad Pro, but with better specifications, plus a new Magic Keyboard with backlit keys, a trackpad and a hinge that allows you to move the iPad freely. Apple also announced a new MacBook Air that’s getting that same Magi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Hardware, Washington Post, Disney, US, Tech, Fox, Macbook, Airbnb, MacBook Air, Usa Today, 21st Century Fox, Ipad Pro


SpaceX’s latest Starlink launch included an unforeseen engine issue

While successful in its primary mission, the latest SpaceX launch wasn’t without unexpected issues: The secondary mission of recovering the Falcon 9 booster with a controlled landing failed, for the second launch in a row, and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk also confirmed that one of the rocket’s engines shut down early during the ascent phase of the launch vehicle. This didn’t affect the actual orbital deployment of the 60 Starlink satellites which were on board the Falcon 9, which went...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Merlin, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink



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