Daily Archives: 14.01.2021

MethaneSAT picks SpaceX as launch provider for mission to protect Earth’s climate

(13 January 2021 – MethaneSAT) The nonprofit MethaneSAT announced today that it has signed a contract with SpaceX to deliver its new satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Now under construction after completing an intensive design process, the MethaneSAT instrument is on schedule for a launch window that opens October 1, 2022. An artist’s rendering of MethaneSAT (courtesy: ...

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Blue Origin to test passenger accommodations on suborbital launch

 Blue Origin is set to test an upgraded capsule on a suborbital spaceflight Thursday over West Texas, validating new environmental control systems, in-cabin displays, and passenger communication systems before Jeff Bezos’s space company begins flying people. The test launch is scheduled for 11:57 a.m. EST (10:57 a.m. CST; 1657 GMT) Thursday from Blue Origin’s private launch site north of ...

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Hauliers seeking two week exemption from EU rules

Concern is growing about delays to the flow of goods across the Irish Sea and into Ireland from continental Europe as a result of Brexit Hauliers are calling for a two week derogation from EU rules, in order to allow retailers, suppliers, freight firms and others involved in supply chains between Ireland and the UK to get on top of ...

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Everledger and Rare Carat continue partnership for blockchain diamond provenance

Rare Carat, a jewellery marketplace provider, and blockchain technology firm Everledger are teaming up to deliver greater transparency and sustainability information on diamonds in the former’s marketplace. The companies noted the latest Everledger platform ‘specifically aids demand generation for retailers searching for diamonds based on their sustainability efforts, credentials and compliance standards’, as well as ‘matching suppliers who want to ...

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New Boeing-Built Solar Arrays to Provide Power Hike for Space Station

Photo Credit: Deployable Space Systems NASA and Boeing have announced plans to outfit the International Space Station (ISS) with an upgraded set of six power-producing solar arrays, beginning later this year. It is expected that the new arrays—to be combined with the eight “legacy” Solar Array Wings (SAWs) currently in place on the port and starboard sides of the station’s ...

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Combining processors and memory on multiple hybrid chips to run AI on battery-powered smart devices

In traditional electronics, separate chips process and store data, wasting energy as they toss data back and forth over what engineers call a “memory wall.” New algorithms combine several energy-efficient hybrid chips to create the illusion of one mega–AI chip. Smartwatches and other battery-powered electronics would be even smarter if they could run AI algorithms. But efforts to build AI-capable ...

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Russian Banks Given Power to Freeze or Block Crypto-linked Accounts

Source: Adobe/metelevan New Russian banking regulations will allow financial institutions to freeze or block the bank accounts of individuals or companies they think are associated with crypto activities. The rule change have been imposed by the nation’s Central Bank, which has outlined changes it will make to the existing banking code, stating that if they detect evidence signs of the ...

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The Briefing: Checkout.com Raises $450M, Walmart Launches Fintech Startup, And More

Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know. Checkout.com raises $450M Checkout.com has announced the close of a $450 million Series C  round that values the company at $15 billion. The company, which was founded in London and currently maintains offices ...

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Intuitive Machines selects SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for second Moon mission

(13 January 2021 – Intuitive Machines) There are currently five awarded Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) missions to the lunar surface in the next three years. Intuitive Machines (IM) has two of the missions and both will be launched by SpaceX. (courtesy: Intuitive Machines) “Signing with SpaceX for our IM-2 Polar Mission, our second scheduled lunar landing, is more than ...

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