July 2014

  • Here's What We Know About The Secretive, Elon Musk-Backed Firm Creating Functional Artificial Intelligence

Silicon Valley enjoys something of a monopoly these days on making the most noise in the U.S. economy.

But there's been surprisingly little fanfare surrounding the latest project that seemingly all the most successful Valleyites have been pouring into: an artificial intelligence company called Vicarious.

Founded in 2010, Vicarious' list of investors is dazzling: Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Ashton Kutcher, and Dustin Moskowitz count among the household names. PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, along with folks from startup funders Y Combinator and cloud storage group...

  • SpaceX Releases Footage of Falcon 9 First-stage Splashdown

WASHINGTON — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. released an 80-second video July 22 showing the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage making a “soft landing” in the Atlantic Ocean following the July 14 launch of six Orbcomm satellites into low Earth orbit.

With a pair of geostationary-orbit-bound launches next up on the manifest — both for Hong Kong-based satellite telecommunications fleet operator AsiaSat — SpaceX said it will take a short break from additional booster recovery testing until a planned mid-September launch of a cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the international space station...

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  • Space tourism needs an ‘orbital Megabus’ to truly lift off

Britain has joined the race to become a leading hub of commercial space flight, announcing eight potential sites for a potential “spaceport” within the UK.

There are numerous questions surrounding this nascent form of tourism. Many focus on the technology in place to deliver it, the legislation that is necessary to safeguard it and, most recently, the pragmatic questions of where spaceports should be placed. But, often overlooked is the issue of exactly what the industry will look like and who it will target, which isn’t as clear cut as you might assume. The plan is to start space-...

  • Private US Cargo Ship Launching to Space Station Today: Watch It Live

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — After a series of delays, a robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is counting down to launch today (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.

You can watch the launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will begin at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), and liftoff from the Eastern Shore of Virginia is set for 12:52 p.m. EDT (16:52 GMT). Weather permitting, the huge rocket may be visible over parts of the U.S. East Coast as it streaks out over the Atlantic...

  • The New Space Race, and Why Nothing Else Matters

Forty-five years ago this July 20th, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  Their mission represented an emphatic American victory in the first space race, which began in earnest in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched a notably unattractive satellite, Sputnik, into orbit.

Since then, however, America’s national space program has essentially foundered.  It improved space travel by building and then scrapping the Space Shuttle, without ever accomplishing – or attempting – a mission as bold or impactful as the one in 1969.  It’s time for...

  • Crowdfunding Key for $25 Million Student-led Mars Mission

WASHINGTON — A project to send the first student-built small spacecraft to Mars plans to raise the bulk of its $25 million budget through crowdfunding, an effort that would make the mission among the largest such efforts in history.

Time Capsule to Mars, a student-led project supported by the advocacy group Explore Mars and several aerospace companies, plans to launch in the next five years a cubesat-class spacecraft to Mars carrying photos and other digital media. The spacecraft would burn up in the martian atmosphere except for a section carrying the media that is designed to...

  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Video Shows Imperial Forces Gathering At Frankfurt Airport In Germany

The set of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII may be in a state of constant lockdown and secrecy, but that won't stop even the best of the movie set spies and inside agents from getting in for a look.

While J.J. Abrams and the cast of the sequel are hard at work filming, one spy did happen to infiltrate the Imperial base in Frankfurt, Germany.

A new video posted online shows that the Empire is alive and well and gathering their forces at the Imperial Starport (aka Frankfurt Airport).

Watch as an imperial shuttle is spotted coming in for a landing, flanked by two...

  • Google In Talks To Take Virgin Galactic Stake

The search giant is in talks about a deal to take a stake in Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture, Sky News learns.

Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic about a deal that will hand it crucial access to satellite-launch technology and an equity stake in Sir Richard Branson’s $2bn (£1.2bn) space tourism venture.

Sky News can exclusively reveal that the discussions with Virgin Galactic are part of Google’s ambitious project to put hundreds of satellites in low-Earth orbit in an attempt to extend internet access to billions of people.

Negotiations between the two...

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