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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
Elon Musk urges SpaceX to consider Starship as the top priority
by Ather Fawaz
After successfully completing Crew Dragon's maiden manned flight to the International Space Station, SpaceX now wants to shift gears and prioritize other projects. As picked up by CNBC, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, wrote a company-wide email urging employees to primarily focus on the Starship initiative henceforth.
Musk asked his employees to consider devoting "significant time” to accelerate progress "dramatically and immediately" on the project. “Please consider the top SpaceX priority (apart from anything that could reduce Dragon return risk) to be Starship,” he stated in the email.
Since day one, the Starship project has been SpaceX's bold initiative to make space travel and the inhabitation of other planets a tangible reality. While we are beyond Musk's initial planned window to put the iconic stainless steel rocket in orbit, that is not to say that the company has not been working on the project at all.
Back in April, SpaceX released a user guide for the Starship rocket encapsulating its various configurations, and claimed that the project is "expected to allow for space-based activities that have not been possible since the retirement of the Space Shuttle and Space Transportation System or have never been possible before."
Furthermore, SpaceX is regularly carrying out test runs of Starship's various prototypes. On May 30, despite the SN4 prototype's explosion on the test stand, preparations for testing the SN5 prototype at Boca Chica, Texas, are already underway.
Online experience for E3 2020 gets cancelled
by João Carrasqueira
It was about a month ago that the Entertainment Software Association announced that it would be canceling this year's edition of E3 in light of the coronavirus outbreak. At the time, the organization said it was working on creating a replacement online experience, and later promised to bring back the show in 2021 as a "re-imagined" event.
However, there hasn't been any news about this online experience, and now it has also been canceled. In a statement to PCGamer, an ESA representative said:
The cancellation of the event probably doesn't come as a huge surprise, since coordinating an online event with multiple companies on such short notice would be a challenge. Some publishers, like Bethesda, had also announced that they wouldn't have a replacement digital event in June, so it made less sense for the effort to go forward.
While the ESA has given up on coordinating a unified online event, it will be helping developers host individual events and announcements, and the E3 website will still be a place for those announcements to be made. The organization also reiterated its intentions to deliver a re-imagined event in 2021.
E3 is returning in 2021 with a "reimagined" event
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
It was revealed last month that the 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has been canceled due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation. As a replacement, the E3 organizing body Entertainment Software Association (ESA) planned to host an online-only experience in June to showcase industry announcements.
While no news has come forth regarding this online venture since then, ESA has shared next year's E3 dates with its partners today, which is now slated to take place from June 15 through 17, 2021. It will reportedly return as a "reimagined" event, though no more information was shared today.
Following the cancelation of the 2020 event, both Microsoft and Ubisoft announced that they would be going forward with their own events to serve as replacements, moving towards digital presentations. On the other hand, Bethesda has outright stated it won't be going this route and plans to reveal more information about its intentions later down the road.
Warner Bros. was reportedly prepping to host a stage presentation at E3 2020 as well, a first for the company, showcasing at least new Harry Potter and Batman games. Considering both development and launches of games are being impacted by the current global circumstances, we may see major new game announcements being held back until next year, giving E3 organizers a good chance at bouncing back with the popular event.