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Watch Rocket Lab’s first commercial launch, ‘It’s Business Time’

Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based rocket company that is looking to further amplify the commercial space frenzy, is launching its first fully paid payload atop an Electron rocket tonight — technically tomorrow morning at the launch site. If successful, it will mark a significant new development in the highly competitive world of commercial launches. Liftoff is planned for 2:10 in the morning local time in New Zealand, or 7:10 Pacific time in the U.S.; the live stream will start about 20 minutes before that. [embedded content] The Electron rocket is a far smaller one than the Falcon 9s we see so frequently these days, with a nominal payload of 150 kilograms, just a fraction of the many tons that we see sent up by SpaceX. But that’s the whole point, Rocket Lab’s founder, CEO and chief engine...

Blue Origin’s New Shepard skims space in successful 8th test launch

Blue Origin conducted the 8th launch of its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket and crew capsule today out in Texas, and things couldn’t have gone better for the growing space tourism company. The rocket ascended into a cloudless sky, reaching a max velocity of about 2,200 MPH, and delivered its capsule to the edge of space, where its occupant, “Mannquin Skywalker,” will have had a lovely view of the Earth. New Shepard isn’t meant to deliver things into orbit, of course; Blue Origin has a different purpose and technology from the likes of SpaceX, focusing on giving people a quick, safe lift into space followed by a period of weightlessness and a pleasant descent. That’s what was demonstrated today, and you can watch the whole thing live in the video below — the pre-launch coverage starts about ...

Crunch Report | CNN shuts down Casey Neistat’s Beme

Crunch Report | CNN shuts down Casey Neistat’s Beme 10 minutes ago by Khaled “Tito” Hamze Annual smartphone shipments in China declined for the first time in 2017 2 hours ago by Jon Russell Dutch intelligence reportedly hacked Russian election hackers in 2014 2 hours ago by Devin Coldewey Walmart and Rakuten partner on grocery delivery in Japan, Kobo e-books and audiobooks in U.S. 2 hours ago by Sarah Perez Research into full-body tracking at Facebook hints at broader AR/VR ambitions 2 hours ago by Devin Coldewey botkeeper has an automated bookkeeping bot for your accounting needs 3 hours ago by Jonathan Shieber ‘La La Land’ director Damien Chazelle is making a show for Apple 3 hours ago by Anthony Ha Shadow launches its cloud computer for gamers in the UK 4 hours ago by Romain...

Force Touch on the iPhone 6S could change the way you launch apps

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