Daily Archives: 18.01.2021

InSight’s ‘Mole’ ends its journey on Mars

(14 January 2021 – JPL) The heat probe developed and built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and deployed on Mars by NASA’s InSight lander has ended its portion of the mission. Since Feb. 28, 2019, the probe, called the “mole,” has been attempting to burrow into the Martian surface to take the planet’s internal temperature, providing details about the ...

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Further Details of ‘Offline’ Chinese Digital Yuan ‘Hard Wallet’ Emerge

Source: Adobe/Aleksandra Sova The masterminds behind the digital yuan – the forthcoming Chinese central bank digital currency – have provided further explanation about a new “hard” wallet, which makes no use of smartphone technology. Per Tencent’s media arm, the hard wallet, which resembles a conventional credit card but for a digital LCD readout in its top right-hand corner that lets ...

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Exclusive: Employee Benefits Company WatchTower Becomes ThreeFlow, Raises $8M Series A

For employee benefits company WatchTower, 2021 signals new beginnings and new funding. First, the company, previously Chicago-based, now fully remote, announced it has a new name, ThreeFlow, which Ryan Sachtjen, co-founder and CEO of ThreeFlow, told Crunchbase News is to better align the company with its goal of establishing a new enterprise software category called benefits placement system. “To execute ...

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Global downturn the biggest challenge for CEOs – Ibec

Ibec surveyed almost 400 CEOs about their prospects and priorities for the year ahead as organisations continue to grapple with a changed working landscape in the era of Covid-19 Half of chief executives here saw no changes to the number of employees in their business in the last year, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic new research has found.  ...

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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Reaches Space, Deploys Payloads for NASA, Academia

Photo Credit: Virgin Orbit Less than eight months after its maiden mission suffered a premature engine shutdown, Virgin Orbit has triumphantly flown its LauncherOne rocket to space for the very first time. The air-launched booster was laden with a battery of nine CubeSats for NASA experimenters and eight academic institutions spanning the United States from Tennessee to California, from Florida ...

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Virgin’s satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket fires its NewtonThree main engine moments after release from the Boeing 747 carrier jet, named “Cosmic Girl.” Credit: Virgin Orbit An air-launched rocket built by Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached orbit Sunday for the first time, delivering 10 experimental CubeSats for NASA and positioning the company for the start of commercial operations. The success adds another ...

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Thanks to Perseverance, We’re Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like

Many consider the various rovers we’ve sent to Mars as the next best thing to sending a geologist to the Red Planet. Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity have carried all the necessary equipment similar to what human geologists use on Earth, and are able to navigate the terrain, “see” the landscape with the various cameras, pick up rock and dust samples ...

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Blue Origin successful demonstrates New Shepard crew capsule upgrades

(14 January 2021 – Blue Origin) Blue Origin has successfully completed its 14th mission to space and back today for the New Shepard program. The New Shepard crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgrades landing at Launch Site One. (courtesy: Blue Origin) Mission NS-14 featured a crew capsule outfitted with astronaut experience upgrades for upcoming flights with passengers onboard. Capsule ...

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