SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’

SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’

 SpaceX has previously discussed its plans to put a satellite-based broadband Internet network into operation, as a way of supplementing its revenue picture with a brand new revenue stream. Now, we know what SpaceX might call its new broadband product: Starlink. The name comes from documents filed by SpaceX to obtain the trademark rights to “Starlink,” as reported by GeekWire.… Read More

Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space boots

Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space boots

 New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they’re very similar to any standard heavy boot – albeit likely heavier or at least thicker… Read More

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully returns from 12th ISS resupply mission

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully returns from 12th ISS resupply mission

 SpaceX has confirmed that the Dragon capsule used to ferry cargo including supplies and experimentation material has returned to Earth as planned, with a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
The Dragon went up to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s CRS-12 resupply mission, which launched in August. Dragon brought a number of experimental payloads to the ISS, including a… Read More

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX’s successful rocket landings

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX’s successful rocket landings

 SpaceX has now managed to land a total of 16 Falcon 9 first stage orbital boosters, and it’s been a while since it lost one in the attempt. But things didn’t always go so smoothly: It took a number of failures, resulting in what are cheekily known in the industry as ‘rapid unscheduled disassembly events’ (aka explosions) for SpaceX to refine its process. Those attempts… Read More

Infostellar raises $7.3M for its ‘Airbnb for satellite antenna’ rental services

Infostellar raises $7.3M for its ‘Airbnb for satellite antenna’ rental services

 Going beyond the bounds of our planet is the future. That explains why Infostellar, a platform that enables antenna sharing to enable better communication for satellites and spacecrafts, exists — and also why it has raised $7.3 million to build out its business. Infostellar, in the most basic terms, is Airbnb for satellite antennas. Read More

The downside of writing up demo days

The downside of writing up demo days

 Tech writers are invited to a lot of demo days, as you might imagine. Sometimes, these presentations are very long, with many startup teams taking the stage to pitch to investors and the media. Sometimes, they’re shorter, featuring a more concentrated group of founders. But always, the pitches are concise. In fact, most incubators or accelerators take their cue from one of the… Read More

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

 Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look. The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, depicting the full tinted face mask of the helmet, and the angular shoulders and black and… Read More

SpaceX successfully launches mysterious X-37B spaceplane and recovers first stage

SpaceX successfully launches mysterious X-37B spaceplane and recovers first stage

 SpaceX can add another first to its ever-increasing list: On Thursday, it successfully launched an the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B experimental spaceplane for the first time. This makes it the only launch provider to accomplish this besides the United Launch Alliance, and should help ensure SpaceX gets more business from U.S, defense contracts in future. The launch vehicle used was… Read More

Watch SpaceX launch the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane live

Watch SpaceX launch the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane live

 SpaceX is set to launch the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane into orbit today, with a launch window that opens at 9:50 AM ET (6:50 AM PT). The Boeing-built uncrewed spaceplane most recently completed a two year orbital mission before returning to Earth in May, and it’s going back up hopefully this morning, though weather conditions are looking only 50 percent favorable ahead of… Read More

Space Nation will tap NASA for global astronaut training program

Space Nation will tap NASA for global astronaut training program

 Democratizing access to space is going to take a lot of work, but Space Nation wants to help with the astronaut training bit of that equation. Now, the startup has announced it will have some help from NASA with that endeavor, thanks to a collaboration agreement that will contribute to Space Nation’s Astronaut Experience Program and companion app. Space Nation’s app will provide… Read More

On Voyager’s 40th anniversary, here are 20 of the mission’s best images and discoveries

On Voyager’s 40th anniversary, here are 20 of the mission’s best images and discoveries

 It’s been 40 years to the day since the Voyager mission commenced with the launch of Voyager 1 on September 5, 1977, with its twin Voyager 2 launching two weeks later. This groundbreaking and incredibly ambitious mission touched on practically every aspect of our solar system and planetary neighbors. Here are 20 of the most important images and bits of science sent back by the… Read More




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