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SpaceX is developing a fully reusable rocket system called Starship-Super Heavy in Boca Chica, Texas.
The latest Starship prototype, called SN5, performed an experimental "hop" hundreds of feet into the air on Tuesday.
The roughly 16-story vehicle soared off the launch pad, flew for about 40 seconds, and then landed downrange.
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SpaceX is one grain-silo launch closer to reaching Mars.
The aerospace company, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, launched an early prototype of a potentially revolutionary rocket system called Starship shortly at 7:57 p.m. ET on Monday. The flight occured at SpaceX's expanding rocket factory, development, and test site in Boca Chica, a relatively remote region at the southeastern tip of Texas.
SPadre.com, which has a camera trained on SpaceX's launch site from 6 miles away (on South Padre Island), captured the entire launch from start-to-finish on a 24-hour live feed on YouTube. LabPadre, a much closer live feed of SpaceX's launch site, shown above, captured a much closer view of the flight.
A clip below shows the flight from SPadre's feed.
If Starship and its Super Heavy rocket booster end up being fully reusable, Musk has said, the system may reduce the cost of launching anything to space by about 1,000-fold and enable hypersonic travel around Earth.
But first, SpaceX has to see if its core designs for Starship work.
To that end, the company is moving briskly to build, test, and launch prototypes. Monday's "hop" flight — Musk said ahead of the flight that SpaceX was targeting an altitude of 150 meters (492 feet) — represents the first flight of any full-scale Starship hardware. It's also a crucial step toward informing future prototypes and, ultimately, launches that fly Starships into orbit around Earth.
SpaceX had hoped to attempt a flight of SN5 on July 27, but Hurricane Hanna damaged a component that had to be fixed, Musk said. A previous notice to airmen, or NOTAM, suggested the company would try to fly SN5 on Sunday — the same day as its attempt to land two NASA astronauts in the Gulf of Mexico — but the launch window came and went. (SpaceX's Demo -2 was an historic test flight of the company's Crew Dragon spaceship, a vehicle developed with about $2.7 billion in NASA funding.)
Prototyping toward Mars
SN5 is the latest of several full-scale Starship prototypes that SpaceX has built in Texas. The previous versions have either crumpled during tests or, as was the case on May 29, catastrophically exploded.
Each failure has taught SpaceX valuable lessons to inform design and material changes — tweaks that Musk says are already being worked into SN6, SN7, and SN8 prototypes, which are in various stages of assembly within the company's expanding and bustling work yards in South Texas.
The steel vehicles don't have wing-like canards or nosecones attached, in case something goes wrong in their earliest phases of testing, so they look more like flying fuel tanks or grain silos than rocket ships.
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However, as last year's test launch of an early Starship prototype called Starhopper showed, the flights of even experimental vehicles (shown above) can impress: On August 27, Starhopper soared about 492 feet (150 meters) into the air, translated across a launch site, and landed on a nearby concrete pad.
SpaceX obtained a launch license from the FAA to send Starship prototypes on a "suborbital trajectory," meaning the experimental rocket ships could reach dozens of miles above Earth before returning and landing. However, it's uncertain if SpaceX eventually plans to launch SN5 on such an ambitious flight path after Monday's "hop."
The company couldn't attempt more ambitious flights until late August at the soonest, though.
On July 23, SpaceX asked the FCC for permission to communicate with prototypes flying as high as 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) within the next seven months. The earliest date noted on the request, which is still pending, is August 18.
SpaceX is also pursuing a launch license for full-scale, orbital-class Starship-Super Heavy vehicles. Musk hopes Starship will launch a cargo mission to Mars in 2022, send a private crew around the moon in 2023, return NASA astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024, and even begin sending people to Mars the same year.SEE ALSO: SpaceX must pass a new environmental review before it can launch Starship-Super Heavy rockets from Texas, and it might add years to Elon Musk's Mars timeline
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TikTok has announced a $300 million creative fund in Europe. It mirrors a larger fund announced for the US on July 23.
The company has not yet said who can apply for the fund, which is designed to help creators make money from the platform.
Currently, creators can only make money on TikTok from brand deals or donations.
The news comes after a report in the Wall Street Journal said Instagram Reels, an upcoming Facebook-backed competitor, was offering TikTok's biggest names hundreds of thousands of dollars to defect.
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TikTok says it will hand up to $300 million to European creators over the next three years, giving them the chance of earning a living on the short-video platform.
The new European creator fund will kick off at $70 million in its first year, TikTok said Thursday, and rise to an estimated $300 million within three years.
The fund is the European version of a scheme TikTok announced for the US on July 23. The US fund is $200 million for its first year.
Creators looking to apply for the US fund must be 18 years old or older, meet a certain baseline for followers, and meet TikTok's requirements around posting original content. TikTok hasn't detailed eligibility criteria for Europe, but says it'll provide more detail in the coming weeks.
TikTok creators can currently only make money on the platform through brand deals or donations. Alongside the fund, TikTok said that brands could broker deals with up to 12,500 creators to mention products through the company's Creator Marketplace.
UK-based Anna Bogomolova, who has 2.3 million followers on the app, suggested the fund could help creators buy equipment, such as a new phone, to help them make better videos. Money was a "big restriction" for many on the app, she said.
"I think it's a good idea, and I think obviously it all depends on how the selection process works, but it will give more of a chance for creators to create more exciting and varied content than they're doing now," she told Business Insider.
Timothy Armoo of Fanbytes, a social media company that runs the ByteHouse, the UK's first collective of TikTok creators, said the fund could help users who were already popular grow faster.
"I'm excited to see things like that happening ... From our perspective, when we launched the ByteHouse, it's almost turned into its own TV show. If you can use a fund to elevate that to the next level, it would be excellent," he said.
He also called for clarity on who could get the money in Europe. "We need to know who would be eligible," he said. "I think it would be people who are truly creators, to some degree – not people who are celebrities. I don't think the Jason Derulos of the world are going to benefit from this."
The cash could prevent TikTok's creator base being tempted away from the platform by other social media networks. Instagram Reels, the Facebook-backed competitor to TikTok launching worldwide imminently, is offering TikTok's biggest names hundreds of thousands of dollars to defect, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"I find it interesting that funding has come just as Facebook has offered hundreds of thousands to TikTok creators to post on Reel first or exclusively," said Vicky Banham, a TikTok creator with 1.3 million followers. "But either way it's a great step in a positive direction to keep TikTok thriving and succeeding."SEE ALSO: Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that US officials are threatening to ban due to its ties to China
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Get the latest on coronavirus.Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more. Grant Shapps is to cut his holiday short and race back to the UK in order to sort out the same quarantine fiasco that requires him to self-isolate for two weeks upon his return. The transport secretary only began his holiday on Saturday and appears to have spent most of it dealing with the government’s last minute change to travel rules for Brits on holiday in Spain.In a decision announced just five hours before it came into force, Spain was removed from the UK’s list of safe destinations after it saw a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.In a statement on Monday evening, Shapps said: “Thousands of people have seen their holidays disrupted or cancelled due to the necessary emergency imposition of quarantine restrictions on Spain.”He added: “I think it’s right to get back to work in the UK as soon as possible in order to help handle the situation.“The sooner I get back from Spain myself, the sooner I can get through quarantine. So I’m leaving my family to travel back to the UK on Wednesday.”In a separate development, the rules that had only applied to the Spanish mainland have now been extended to cover the Balearic and Canary Islands.Related...
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You can add alt text descriptions in Excel to any kind of illustration, including photos, screenshots, shapes, 3D models, and Smart Art.
Alt text is a sentence or two that describes an image you've inserted in a spreadsheet. It's a convenience for visually impaired users.
To add alt text to an image, right-click and choose "Edit alt text…"
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Alt text is an important tool that helps identify images, improve SEO standing, and provides visually impaired users, or anyone who needs additional help identifying the contents of visuals, assistance with on-screen images.
It's most closely associated with web page design, but you can add alt text to images in any Microsoft Office document, including Excel spreadsheets. Excel lets you add alt text to every kind of image and graphic in two ways, including from the "Illustrations" button in the "Insert" ribbon.
While most people don't routinely do this, it can be a good idea, especially if your document will be referenced by anyone who uses a screen reader for visual assistance.
Here's how to add alt text to your Excel spreadsheet.
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How to add alt text in Excel
1. Open Excel and add your desired image to a spreadsheet.
2. Right-click the image and choose "Edit alt text…" from the drop-down menu. The Alt Text pane should appear on the right side of the screen.
3. Type the alt text you want to use to describe the image.
4. If the image is irrelevant to understanding the overall spreadsheet – for example, it's a line or box that's been added entirely for aesthetic reasons – click the checkbox beside "Mark as decorative."
5. When you're done, close the pane or click something else. The alt text will be automatically added to your document.
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