Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket launched from a modified Boeing 747 called "Cosmic Girl," carrying 10 small satellites for NASA.
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Joel Kinnaman reprises his role as astronaut Ed Baldwin in this Apple TV+ series.
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A Space Race-focused reboot of The Right Stuff arrived Friday, The Mandalorian returns Oct. 30 and Pixar's Soul drops Dec. 25. Here are all the service's big titles still coming and when.
We have lift-off for the latest Disney+ drama - an 8-part series showing America’s entry into the Space Race. Buckle up and watch The Right Stuff online now.
One of the biggest missions NASA is working on today is getting prepared for the Artemis mission that will return humans to the moon. NASA recently requested science white papers to help the agency design a framework for the Artemis mission’s science operations. One of the proposals suggests astronauts on the mission should bring back samples of lunar ice and … Continue reading
Amazon is ready to funnel more than $10 billion into Project Kuiper, after it secured government approval to launch more than 3,000 broadband-beaming satellites into low orbit. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously (5-0) in favor of Amazon‘s bid, pitting the ecommerce giant squarely against Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the internet-from-space race. “In addition to providing ground station service directly to customers, Project Kuiper will also provide backhaul solutions for wireless carriers extending LTE and 5G service to new regions,” said Amazon in a press release. Amazon is yet to launch one of its own satellites First announced in April 2019, Project… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon
A sneak peek at what the future holds for the alternate history Apple TV+ show.
It would be an understatement to say the last few months have been rocky for Libra, Facebook’s proposed stablecoin.Since its announcement in June, eBay, Mastercard and other members of the cryptocurrency’s elite consortium have jumped ship (many due to direct pressure from legislators), a congressional hearing on Libra turned into an evisceration of Facebook’s data and privacy practices, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard assailed the project’s lack of controls and the Chinese government announced its own competitive digital currency.Critics, though well-intentioned, are missing the forest for the trees.In spite of Libra’s well-cataloged risks and unanswered questions, there is a massive opportunity in plain sight for the global financial system; it would be a tragedy to let that opportunity be destroyed on the basis of Facebook’s reputation or Libra’s haphazard go-to-market.Governments should heed the lesson of the U.S.-Soviet space race of the 1970s and use the idea behind Libra, if not the project itself, in “coopetition” to build a better, more inclusive global financial architecture.A few key points to begin: first, Facebook is probably not the right actor to spearhead this initiative.
Apple TV Plus has arrived.It costs $5 a month, but everyone can access it free today: It has a seven-day free trial, and Apple is offering a free year-long subscription to anyone who's purchased an Apple device since Sept. 10.Apple is also bundling Apple TV Plus with its Apple Music student-discount plan, giving it away to a swath of young people at no extra cost.The service, which has a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood's biggest stars, is staking the most on The Morning Show, its marquee drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston with an eye-popping $300 million reported budget.But its adult-oriented programming also includes Oprah's Book Club, a book-focused talk show with celebrity Oprah Winfrey; See, a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Jason Momoa; For All Mankind, an alternative retelling of the space race; and Dickinson, a comedy about poet Emily Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld and targeting a younger audience.Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes score The Morning Show at 58% and 59%, respectively.
The long-awaited Apple TV+ is finally here and you can grab it for a seven-day trial absolutely free.The new video streaming service launched today in 100 countries, including the UK, and it can be accessed on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or any other supporting device with the Apple TV app installed, such as Amazon's Fire TV devices and most Rokus.After the week-long trial ends, it will cost UK viewers £4.99 a month to keep, although there are only eight TV series and two movies available on the service at the moment and three of the series are for kids.Unlike the upcoming Disney+, Apple doesn't have a huge library of content, or indeed any pre-existing library of content, to pour into the service.If you were lucky enough to purchase a new Apple device after 10th September you're eligible for a whole year's worth of Apple TV+ for free.The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell is the launch title that has been getting the headlines, although critical responses have been mixed, with the gorgeous-looking For All Mankind from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D Moore, an alternate-history sci-fi drama in which the space race never ended, drawing warmer reviews.
In the first episode of For All Mankind, Apple TV Plus' fictionalized space race drama, something in the room is amiss.And so, For All Mankind, which premieres on the new streaming platform Nov. 1, kicks off its alternate imagining of the space race.It's the mid-century modern world you'd expect, with mustard-colored shirts, tasteful high heels, bottled-up emotions and cigarettes in every hand.This version of NASA faces two primary directives driven by Soviet advances and a presumably sweaty Richard Nixon (a periodic presence via phone): establish a military base on the moon and put a woman up there too -- preferably a blonde.Sometimes it feels like For All Mankind could just be about the group of women training to be astronauts in the face of skepticism, sexism and a steaming pile of microaggressions, partly because the women face plenty such obstacles.Another, Molly Cobb (Sonya Walger), is presented as being one of the Mercury 13, a real-life group of women who underwent the same screening as the male Mercury astronauts.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple TV Plus would be "unlike anything that's been done before."Apple TV Plus, launching Friday, is the gadget giant's subscription video service with original TV shows and movies for $5 a month.With more than 150 million global subscribers, Netflix dominates streaming.Apple TV Plus' shows and movies are clearly high-end -- the service's reported budget of $6 billion helps.The Morning Show alone, which is service's marquee drama with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, has an eye-popping $300 million reported budget for 20 episodes.Disney Plus will launch Nov. 12 with roughly the same number of original titles as Apple TV Plus, but Disney will also have more than 300 movies and thousands of TV episodes.
A new space race is forming globally, energized by venture capital and the hype around companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.The privately-funded space industry is still in its infancy, but there has been an explosion of startups and investors in the sector, and the fever has, in the last few years, spread to Europe.The development of SpaceTech startups will be crucial to the advancement of services we have come to rely on in our daily lives, be it navigation, delivery services or more.For the past ten years, the SpaceTech sector has seen over $9 billion invested in it, roughly 60% of the space industry’s investments.This is in part because the ‘delivery’ mechanisms (basically, rockets) are now delivering enough capacity to meet demand.So what you put up in the sky and what you ‘get out of the sky’ is now the new focus of the industry.
Apple’s March 25 event featured the tagline “It’s Show Time” and served as the official unveiling of the company’s slate of television and movie programming for its new Apple TV streaming service, dubbed Apple TV+.The service will be an ad-free subscription service featuring on-demand online and offline content.Those shows include the alternate-history drama For All Mankind (see trailer above), created by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore, which explores what would have happened if the international space race never ended.Apple has already ordered two seasons of the series, which brings Steve Carell back to television as part of a high-powered cast that includes Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.A half-hour comedy called Dickinson stars Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, the American poet who became famous years after her death.Apple describes the series as a look at “the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of [the] rebellious young poet.” Despite its 1800s setting, the show’s first trailer features several modern flourishes.
The House budget committee today told NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine it would not fund the administration’s efforts to change the Moon landing timeline from 2028 to 2024.NASA won’t put a final price tag on the program.The project is called the Artemis Program.Originally it was slated to launch a crewed mission to the Moon in 2028, but President Trump demanded that not only should the timeline be moved up to 2024, but that NASA should skip the Moon and go straight to Mars.According to a report from ArsTechnica, the House today expressed its reluctance to fund the mission under its new parameters.House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee chair Jose Serrano told those present he was concerned that moving the original 2028 timeline up by four years posed a significant risk of failure.
That's why, over the coming decade, the AI research battle is expected to closely resemble the 1960s space race.In a move reminiscent of the Soviet era, the Russian government is creating an entire city on the Black Sea devoted to AI research, which will house some 2,000 engineers and scientists in isolation to prevent data breaches or the input of tainted data.China has the technical expertise and money to rival the US in development, while being far less constrained by ethical questions.Putting military dominance aside, AI research is expected to be the next big economic driver in the global economy and add something in the range of $13 trillion in economic benefits by the year 2030, according to a study recently released by the McKinsey Global Institute – but only to those countries who are on the cutting edge of research.This is the result of a remarkably prescient strategy to remake the country into a hotbed of learning and research.The algorithms that detect an individual's taste in news can easily lead someone down the garden path towards an information bubble where everything that is presented as news merely reinforces pre-formed opinions and, in fact, radicalizes a belief system until that person is truly looking through a glass, darkly.
Throughout the past two decades, we all watched in awe for years as one cluster of startups and tech companies in Silicon Valley kept revolutionizing our lives and our societies via products that were science-fiction material in a not so distant past.Consequently, the world’s major economies came up with different approaches to try and stimulate tech innovation in their attempt to win the 21st century’s space race: the tech race.On one side, the US worked on maintaining its tech dominance by letting its Silicon Valley unicorns experiment without much supervision whatsoever, as long as the innovation flow was producing profitable products.The US was so loose with its regulations that startups like Theranos were allowed to put people’s lives at risk under the innovation umbrella.China gave its full support to its own tech companies by preventing US tech giants from entering its ecosystem, and Russia focused on romanticizing the idea of a cyber-war to its youth.Europe, on the other hand, didn’t give in to the “tech comes first” craze and instead embraced the role of the consumer.
With $140 million in new financing, Relativity Space is now one step closer to fulfilling its founders’ vision of making the first rockets on Mars.Tagging along for the ride are a motley assortment of millionaires and billionaires, movie stars and media moguls that are providing the money the rocket launch services provider and manufacturer of large-scale, 3-D printers needs to achieve its goals.Using its proprietary printing technology, Relativity says it can slash the time it takes to develop a rocket from design to launch by up to two years.Manufacturing can be done within 60 days, according to the company’s claims, and its vehicles have a payload capacity of up to 1250 kilograms (SpaceX’s largest rockets will have roughly 100 times that payload capacity).Space startups and established companies alike are now rocketing forward with plans to support the race to establish a foothold on the surface of the Moon as a first step toward getting humanity’s first footsteps on Mars.about his Starship, designed to carry heavy payloads to the Moon and Mars; and NASA began doling out cash to companies that would provide transportation, infrastructure, and support for future lunar missions.
Apple’s new premium subscription TV service is launching on November 1, and there’s a new trailer for one of its original shows, the Ronald D. Moore project “For All Mankind.”The series is a fictional period piece set in the late ’60s/early ’70s that follows an alternate timeline in which Soviet Russia, not the U.S., is the first to land a man on the Moon.It seems like there will be a lot of fallout as a result of the U.S. losing this key battle in the space race, but the biggest divergence from our actual history might be that the Americans seem to go all-in on an astronaut qualification and training program for women much earlier than they did in real life.Watching this, which is more focused on the various cast members than previous trailers for this show (which set up the premise), I get strong “The Calculating Stars” and the entire “Lady Astronaut” novel series vibes, which are great books by Mary Robinette Kowal if you’re looking for alternative history with a space bent right now (and don’t want to wait for Apple’s $5 per month service to launch).That said, I’m definitely still very interested in checking this out when it is available, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s from the same creator who brought us the early 2000s’ “Battlestar Galactica” reboot and “Outlander,” my favorite time-traveling British history romp.
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