Daily Archives: 27.07.2021

Capchase Doubles Down, Raises Fresh $280M To Provide Startups With Alternative To VC Funding

New York-based Capchase, a nondilutive capital provider, closed a new $280 million round of debt and equity — less than seven weeks after announcing a $125 million round. The round was led by specialty finance firm i80 Group — which also led a $60 million debt round in Capchase in January. Other investors in the round were not announced, but ...

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An embedded deep learning system for augmented reality in firefighting applications

Firefighting is a dangerous and complicated activity that requires accurate decision-making and situational awareness. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes to take advantage of deep learning methods to help firefighters. The researchers offer an augmented reality system. Wildfire. Image credit: Pxhere, CC0 Public Domain Thermal, RGB, and depth cameras are used to acquire data. It is then live-streamed over a ...

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China launches three more Yaogan spysats

A Long March 2C rocket lifts off with three more Yaogan 30 spy satellites for the Chinese military. Credit: Xinhua China launched another trio of Yaogan 30 military spy satellites July 19, bringing to 30 the number of similar Chinese spacecraft shot into orbit since 2017 on suspected naval surveillance missions. A Long March 2C rocket carried the newest three ...

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Europe Launches its new Robotic arm, Which Will Crawl Around the International Space Station Like an Inchworm

The robotic arms of the ISS are some of its most useful tools.  The arms, designed by Canadian and Japanese space agencies, have been instrumental in ferrying around astronauts and shepherding modules to one side of the ISS.  However, the Russian segment lacked its own robotic arm – until a new one designed by ESA was launched last week. The ...

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Cosmic Opportunities №42

Greetings! This month was quite interesting, taking into account two private space flights. Virgin Galactic took the leadership to be the first one, but shortly after the huge achievement, their main test pilot left the company. Maybe they think that if it successfully flies once, it will continue to work further. But there certainly some doubts according to that. Mark ...

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Ryanair ups traffic forecast as summer bookings surge

Ryanair said it was experiencing a “strong rebound of pent up travel demand into August and September” Ryanair has today raised its forecast for full-year traffic on strong summer bookings, with group chief executive Michael O’Leary saying the post-pandemic recovery offers the best growth opportunities of his three-decade career. Shares in the budget airline, Europe’s largest, rose 3.8% in Dublin ...

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Blockchain start-ups see record Q2 despite crypto plunge

Blockchain start-ups worldwide raised a record £3.2 billion in funding during Q2 2021, in spite of the significant decline the cryptocurrency market has been experiencing since mid-April. This data, collected by analytics firm CB Insights in its ‘State of Fintech‘ report, represents a 50% increase over last quarter and a ninefold increase compared to the same time last year. The ...

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