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CesiumAstro, MAP Health, StoryFit, Hatch Pitch & More Texas Tech

[ Updated 3/14/19, 1:53 pm CT. See below. ]  Another South By Southwest festival comes to a close in Austin. Let’s catch up with the highlights from the tech portion this year and other innovation news in Texas.—CesiumAstro, an Austin-based maker of antennas and communications systems for satellites, said it has raised $12.4 million in a Series A funding round. Airbus Ventures, the venture arm of plane-maker Airbus, led the round, according to a press release. Other investors were Kleiner Pe...
Tags: Apps, Publishing, Texas, Entertainment, China, Cancer, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Startup, Insurance, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


Jeff Bezos hinted that Elon Musk 'should go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year' if he wants to populate Mars

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, recently gave a private talk about his aerospace company Blue Origin. Bezos said he wants to use Blue Origin to help move heavy industry into space, "protect this planet," and prevent a resource-limited "civilization of stasis." However, he also challenged the idea of settling on Mars — the core goal of SpaceX, the rocket company run by Elon Musk. "Go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year first and see if you like it, because it's a garden paradise comp...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Everest, Mars, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Mount Everest, Musk, Blue Origin, Don, Jeff


Jeff Bezos says he wants to see 'a Mark Zuckerberg of space' — and thinks Blue Origin will lead to 'dorm-room' entrepreneurship off Earth

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gave a private talk about his rocket company, Blue Origin, in New York this month. Bezos said he wants "a Mark Zuckerberg of space" to exist, but he said it's "impossible" for that type of off-Earth entrepreneur to exist today. "Two kids in their dorm room can't start anything important in space today," Bezos said, because the price of entry is far too high. When you buy something on Amazon, Jeff Bezos says you're funding, in part, an audacious plan to populate the s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, New York City, Trends, Nasa, Earth, US Postal Service, Harvard University, Virgin Galactic, Royal Mail, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin


Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The President’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add new layers of bureaucracy, according to the Pentagon . Speaking at an event at The Brookings Inst...
Tags: TC, Star Wars, Post, Navy, Washington Post, US, America, Tech, Department Of Defense, Reagan, Military, United States, President, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon


China releases detailed 360-degree photo from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon. The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface. Both spacecraft recently woke up from a "noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures. The lander took a 360-degree, wrap-around picture of the landing site after waking up on Friday. China has released a detailed panoramic i...
Tags: China, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Don, Chang, Yutu, Space News, China National Space Administration, Leicester England, CNSA, South Pole Aitken Basin, Tamela Maciel, National Space Center


China's rover and lander on the moon's far side are taking a 'nap' to survive brutal surface temperatures

On January 3, China landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the moon's far side — the first such mission in history. The mission's lander and Yutu-2 rover will probe the moon's geology, look for water, study the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. However, it's now high noon on the far side of the moon, leading to blistering surface temperatures. Chinese officials have put the spacecraft into a "noon nap" to protect them, according to Space News. The maneuver also shows why the ide...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chang, Yutu, Space News, Von Karman, South Pole Aitken Basin, Zhang Yuhua


Global Online Home Decor Market 2019 Major Vendors – Tesco.com, Home24, OTTO - The Space News

Global Online Home Decor Market 2019 Major Vendors – Tesco.com, Home24, OTTO   The Space News Global Online Home Decor Market is evincing a significant growth rate and likely to be one of the industries who has been contributing to underpin the ...
Tags: Shopping, Tesco, Space News


2018 ushered in ‘a potential space renaissance’

The aerospace industry took flight with ambitious civilian and military projects over the course of 2018, and private investors took notice. Rockets are flying to the far side of the moon. Entrepreneurs are creating new propulsion technologies to take rockets deeper into space and to make flying on Earth more electric. Finally, plans are afoot from private companies and governments to bring manned missions to the surface of the Moon and Mars. And venture capital dollars are fueling this new boom...
Tags: Google, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Transport, Rockets, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance


Blue Origin’s schedule for putting people on space trips reportedly slips to 2019

News Brief: Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith today signaled that the Kent, Wash.-based space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is aiming to start flying people on suborbital space trips “early next year,” rather than later this year as previously envisioned. The signal was passed along by Space News’ Jeff Foust, who’s tweeting from the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris. Smith was also quoted as saying Blue Origin was making good progress on tests of the BE-4 rocket engine...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, Bob Smith, Space News, Jeff Foust, Paris Smith, World Satellite Business Week


Travel News: June 25, 2018

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch to Welcome New Museum Travel Pulse July 3 promises to be a big day for residents of St. Louis, Missouri. This year, the annual Independence Day kick-off known as Fair Saint Louis also includes the grand opening of a brand-new museum at the city’s most iconic landmark, the 630-foot-high Gateway Arch. The museum, which replaces the former Museum of Westward Expansion built in 1976, is just one part of a $380-million facelift known as the CityArchRiver Project. The five-yea...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, Canada, Washington Dc, Marriott, Jeff Bezos, Montreal, Usa Today, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Blue Origin, News And Deals, St Louis Missouri, Louis, Hamilton Ontario


Congressman Divulges Unreleased Study to Win Support for Life-Hunting Mission to Jupiter's Moon Europa

A mission to sample plumes of gas shooting off of Jovian moon Europa appears to remain on track for a 2022 launch, after a meeting of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee in which Republican Congressman John Culberson shared unreleased scientific results with his colleagues. The new paper could…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Journalism, Jupiter, Europa, John Culberson, Space News, Jovian, Moon Europa, Space Policy, Breaking Embargoes, Commerce Justice and Science CJS


SpaceX rocket launches are getting boring — and that's an incredible success story for Elon Musk

SpaceX, founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is achieving major milestones in 2018. The aerospace company launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket on March 6, and is on track for a record-breaking 30 missions in 2018. The pace of SpaceX launches has made them seem less and less remarkable — even boring — but that's a good thing. Routine spaceflight is transforming SpaceX from a startup into its next phase. Elon Musk seemed very happy after the maiden launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the world's ...
Tags: Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, China, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Pacific Ocean, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Orbcomm, Zuma, McGregor Texas


Elon Musk Announces Plans for Long- and Short-Haul Spaceflight

Care to travel in space for what’s estimated to be the same cost as that of a full fare economy commercial flight? Well, what once seemed like a pipedream is assured to us by Elon Musk as something that will be happening sooner rather than later! Musk is founder of Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, a California-based space transport and aerospace manufacturer. Early today, Musk announced that he plans to make city-to-city commuting via space travel a reality, promising met...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, California, Earth, Spotlight, Moon, Aviation, Mars, Musk, Adelaide Australia, Space News, Human Spaceflight, Bfr


Stratolaunch: The Next Evolution of Consumer Space Travel

Founded by Paul G. Allen in 2011, Stratolaunch is the latest endeavor that aims to make space travel a possibility for consumers.  With an eye on Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Stratolaunch seeks to enable advancements in science, technology and research from space. Stratolaunch was designed by Burt Rutan and built by Scaled Composites. The aircraft is the largest in the world, with a wider wingspan that that of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose .  The 6-engined Stratolaunch’s size and statistics ar...
Tags: Wikipedia, Spotlight, Scaled Composites, Paul Allen, Aviation, Leo, Airbus A380, Howard Hughes, Pratt & Whitney, Space News, Paul G. Allen, Boeing 747-400, Burt Rutan, Stratolaunch, Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV, PW4000


Congress just passed a bill that tells NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033

For the first time in more than 6 years, both chambers of Congress passed a bill that approves funding for NASA and gives the space agency new mandates. The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 is a bill the Senate and House collaborated on for months, and it appropriates $19.508 billion to the space agency. (NASA received $19.3 billion in 2016, or 0.5% of the total federal budget.) When the Senate brought the bill before the House of Representatives for a vote on March 7, "no members spok...
Tags: Congress, Senate, Trends, Nasa, Earth, House, House Of Representatives, Orion, Mars, Jupiter, Europa, James Webb Space Telescope, Trump, Congressional, Donald J Trump, American Astronomical Society


Spacex could relaunch a first stage booster in March and is working towards dozens of reuses to eventually lower costs by up to 50+ percent

Elon Musk indicates that about 75 percent of the vehicle’s costs are in the first stage booster. After a test-firing in late January, 2017 one the boosters that have been successfully landed by Spacex is now being transported to Cape Canaveral in preparation for the SES launch, tentatively scheduled for March. Other SpaceX rockets not slated for re-launch have undergone as many as seven test-firings.Reuse is “just as fundamental in rocketry as it is in other forms of transport – such as cars or ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Ses, Launch, Innovation, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Cnes, Jeffries, Arianespace, Space News, Economic Impact


Spacex could relaunch a first stage booster in March and is working towards dozens of reuses to eventually lower costs by to 50+ percent

Elon Musk indicates that about 75 percent of the vehicle’s costs are in the first stage booster. After a test-firing in late January, 2017 one the boosters that have been successfully landed by Spacex is now being transported to Cape Canaveral in preparation for the SES launch, tentatively scheduled for March. Other SpaceX rockets not slated for re-launch have undergone as many as seven test-firings.Reuse is “just as fundamental in rocketry as it is in other forms of transport – such as cars or ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Ses, Launch, Innovation, Musk, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Cnes, Jeffries, Arianespace, Space News, Economic Impact


Elon Musk's plan to blanket Earth in high-speed internet may face a big threat: China

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and a Mars colonization evangelist, may face a big snag in his dream to bathe the globe in high-speed internet: the Chinese military. On November 15, SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to launch 4,425 internet-providing satellites. That is hundreds more satellites than currently orbit Earth, including the dead ones. But as far back as January 2015, when Musk first debuted his global internet project at a new SpaceX satellite f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Fcc, China, Africa, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Unesco, Maine, Fidelity, Mars


Carnival of Space 483

1. Universe Today - Preview: Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková Brightens in December Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková From October 1st, 2011 taken with a 10"/3.8 Newtonian and CCD imager. Image credit and copyright: Michael Jäger.2. Wall Street Journal - Make the Solar System Great AgainTwo policy advisors to #Donald Trump, former Congressman Robert Walker, and Peter Navarro, a business professor at the University of California at Irvine, presented a #Space policy document in the pages of Spac...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Politics, Future, Nasa, Policy, Innovation, Mars, Asteroid, Honda, Donald Trump, Pluto, Telescope, Peter Navarro, Space News, University of California at Irvine


Tour of Texas: Twyla, Firefly, Factom, DocSynk, Disruptors, & More

Let’s get caught up with the latest innovation news from Xconomy Texas. Austin: —Factom, a startup that uses blockchain technology to secure and verify data such as public records and business documents, has raised $4.2 million in a Series A round. Tim Draper, the venture capitalist who runs the investment firm Draper Associates, led the financing. —Firefly Space Systems has laid off all employees because an investor backed out of a planned funding deal, Space News reported. The company was...
Tags: Art, Startups, Space, Texas, Microsoft, Funding, Azure, Trends, Investment, Data, Web, Analytics, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin


SpaceX is going to use a little piece of history to launch a satellite 22,000 miles above Earth

SpaceX is about to answer its critics with a historical first for the company: the recycling and reuse of an orbital rocket booster that it previously launched and landed. But Elon Musk's aerospace company isn't just doing a demonstration flight. According to a statement released Tuesday morning, SpaceX has worked out a deal to put the expensive SES-10 satellite atop a recycled Falcon 9 — a 229-foot-tall rocket that's capable of launching 25 tons of payload, or about two elephants' worth of we...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Ses, Earth, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Falcon, Cape, Cape Canaveral, Bezos, SpaceX Falcon, DON T, Space News, Jessica Orwig


SpaceX is going to salvage a piece of history to launch a satellite 22,000 miles above Earth

SpaceX is about to answer its critics with a historical first for the company: the recycling and reuse of an orbital rocket booster that it previously launched and landed. But Elon Musk's aerospace company isn't just doing a demonstration flight. According to a statement released Tuesday morning, SpaceX has worked out a deal to put the expensive SES-10 satellite atop a recycled Falcon 9 — a 229-foot-tall rocket that's capable of launching 25 tons of payload, or about two elephants' worth of we...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Ses, Earth, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Falcon, Cape, Bezos, SpaceX Falcon, DON T, Space News, Jessica Orwig


ESA blasts off mission to detect life on Mars

Is there life on Mars? The question has haunted humans for eons, and now the European Space Agency (ESA) is spending 1.3 billion euros to probe for an answer, teaming up with Russia’s space agency Roscosmos to launch the ExoMars mission. Two spacecraft, a solar-powered Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaperelli lander, hitched a ride on a Russian proton rocket, lifting off earlier today in Kazakhstan. --> --> --> Read the rest of ESA blasts off mission to detect life on Mars ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Russia, Esa, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Kazakhstan, Mars, Roscosmos, Carousel Showcase, Mars Mission, Mars Exploration, European Space Agency ESA, Space News, explore Mars


NASA 905 Spreads Her Wings in New Texas Exhibit

After a two-night roll through the streets in April 2014, NASA 905 was reassembled at Space Center Houston and mated with a full-scale orbiter mockup.
Tags: Nasa, Spotlight, Space Center Houston, Space News, New Texas, Government News, NASA 905, Space Shuttle Carrier


NASA's Resource Prospector Mission Could Land On the Moon In 2020

MarkWhittington writes: Ever since President Obama foreswore interest in returning to the moon in his April 2010 speech at the Kennedy Space Center, lunar exploration has been on the back burner at NASA. According to a story at Space News, that may change starting around 2020 thanks to a project called RP15, the letters standing for "Resource Prospector," a rover designed to drill into the lunar regolith and collect samples for analysis. The rover, originating at NASA Ames Research Center, was r...
Tags: Obama, Nasa, International Space Station, Moon, Houston, JSC, MarkWhittington, Johnson Spaceflight Center, Kennedy Space Center, California Read, NASA Ames Research Center, Space News