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By Ather Fawaz
SpaceX reveals further details for its spaceport in Texas
by Ather Fawaz
Image via SpaceX(Twitter) Back in June, we received confirmation from SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk that the company is building a floating spaceport for space travel and hypersonic flights around the Earth. The floating spaceport would be built from refurbished oil platforms, will house a hyperloop for transportation to and from the land, and will be based in Boca Chica, Texas. Now, we have more details about the project.
As spotted by Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) from CNBC, a new job posting by SpaceX for a 'Resort Development Manager' at Brownsville, Texas, deems the future spaceport at the Boca Chica Village in Texas as a "21st-century Spaceport” and the company’s first resort. Before enlisting the key responsibilities expected of a resort development manager, the company states:
Judging from this and the fact that Starship is now the major focal point of SpaceX's efforts, development and construction for the spaceport have picked up the pace. Just recently, the SN5 prototype for Starship completed a liftoff and landing sequence as part of a test. Though Musk stated that it will be at least a further two to three years before any complete test flights commence.
UK Space Agency calls for 5G and space proposals
by Paul Hill
The UK Space Agency (UKSA), European Space Agency (ESA), and the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) have called for ideas from companies about how they can use 5G terrestrial and space technology to support the UK’s logistics businesses.
According to the bodies, the need for connected digital networks is increasingly replacing the old physical infrastructure. They said that with the rise of 5G, innovative systems such as the Internet of Things will become more pervasive. The request for ideas is seeking ways to use such technologies creatively in order to make the highly-connected world operate more efficiently.
Commenting on the call for ideas, Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UKSA, said:
While everyone could see that the world was becoming more digital, an acceleration of the shift occurred in the form of COVID-19. For those lucky enough to retain their jobs, thousands will begin to get used to working from home as the new norm, further highlighting the need for a strong digital infrastructure acting as a backbone of the economy.
Companies that think they can answer the call and could use ground and space 5G technology to support UK logistics should head over to the ESA website where they can find more details about the call for proposals.
By Sambit Satpathy
ESA reiterates its plans for E3's return in the future
by Sambit Satpathy
If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the E3 2020 would have taken place last month in Los Angeles. But the gaming expo was cancelled back in March. Other conventions like Gamescom in Germany were cancelled for similar reasons.
But, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has reiterated its commitment to gamers by announcing that E3 will return in the future. The official E3 Twitter account posted a video with the caption – “E3 exists #thankstovideogames--and we know that we will be back.”
This isn’t the first time the ESA talked about its plans for a return. Back in March, it spoke about E3 2021 and also said that it will be a little different. A statement to GameSpot read, “We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry."
It is unclear how different E3 2021 will be to the previous iterations. If COVID-19 continues to be an issue next year, the ESA could opt for a virtual event. It also remains to be seen which companies will participate in the expo.
In the meantime, gamers can look forward to a few big digital events later this month. These include the Xbox Series X first-party game showcase, Ubisoft Forward, and the Devolver Digital Direct 2020.
By Ather Fawaz
Rocket Lab launch fails during Max-Q, Electron rocket and all payload lost
by Ather Fawaz
Image via Rocket Lab The California-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab launched the Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Dubbed 'Pics or It Didn’t Happen’, the mission saw the Electron rocket carry seven small satellites, including those from Planet and Canon. The latter was also the primary payload provider.
However, late into the mission, Electron ran into a critical problem that resulted in mission failure, and subsequently, the loss of all seven payloads on board. Among the lost payload was Canon's new Earth-imaging satellite and Planet's five satellites for its most advanced Earth-imaging constellation.
Image via Rocket Lab Specifically, during the rocket's Max-Q phase, the rocket experienced unexpected stress. Six minutes after liftoff from New Zealand, the live stream cut off, and the Electron was shown to be falling from its current altitude before the stream was cut short entirely. In a brief statement on Twitter, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck apologized to the payload owners and assured them that his company will leave no stone unturned in the effort to investigate the exact reasons for the mission's failure.
Beck reminded everyone that despite the fact that the Electron was one of the most frequently launched rockets (12 successful missions in all), space flight is still an unforgiving business. The company aims to be back on the launchpad once it irons out the issues that caused this mission to fail.
Source: Peter Beck (Twitter) via TechCrunch
UK government to acquire OneWeb for $500 million
by Paul Hill
Several months after OneWeb filed for bankruptcy, the UK government has now announced that it has acquired the firm by means of a government-led consortium. It has provided $500 million while Bharti Global has stumped up a further $500 million. According to the announcement, the acquisition puts the UK “at the cutting-edge of the latest advances in space technology.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed that the $500 million investment leaves the government with a significant equity share in OneWeb. Bharti Global will provide the company with commercial and operational leadership and aim to get the company set up with a steady revenue base that will “contribute towards its future success.”
With the new money, the company will be able to complete the construction of its global satellite constellation which will bring broadband and other services to countries around the world. The UK says this acquisition opens up strategic opportunities across a wide range of other applications too.
Commenting on the move, Sharma said:
Since 2010, the government says that the sector has been a success story growing over 60%. It said that the sector already supports £300 billion of UK economic activity through the use of satellite services and this is only expected to grow further. Under the agreement, the government will have the final say over any future sale of the company and it’ll be able to control which countries around the world can gain access based on national security grounds.