Private firms trying to slash NASA’s dependence on Russia
Multiple American private space firms are trying to helping government-run space agency NASA to get rid of its expensive dependence on Russia.
Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle program in 2011, the federal agency has been paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Russian space agency Roscosmos for transporting its astronauts to the ISS.
But, that could change soon as private-sector space firms like SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin are innovating and introducing new technologies min the field.
Brendan Curry, the Space Foundation’s vice president for Washington operations, told the U.S. Congress, “As Americans we don't like to be relying on anybody else for anything.”
Through their flourishing resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS), Elon Musk-led SpaceX and ULA have already proved that private firms can assist NASA’s space program. ULA is a joint venture (JV) of defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
SpaceX recently announced its plan to send two paying civilians around the Moon and beyond and then brought them back to Earth. If successful, it would be the farthest distance any human to fly from Earth.
An AirAsia flight returned to Perth 90 minutes after takeoff due to single engine failure. The flight for Kuala Lumpur returned due to technical issue and landed safely in Perth at 10 am.
Microsoft has confirmed that some part of Windows 10 source code has leaked online. Some of the leaked source code was posted to Beta Archive this week. Beta Archive website keeps track of Microsoft Windows releases.
Google will stop scanning content of emails in future for serving advertisements to users based on content of their emails. Google has been criticized for this controversial advertising technique by privacy advocates.
Austrian government’s plan to offer Euro 1,000 to migrants to return home has found limited number of takers. As per Interior Ministry data, 427 migrants have accepted the offer.
American aviation major Boeing has signaled its intent to unveil a modified version of its 737 MAX 10 aircraft at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday this week.
The odd dual-screen device called the YotaPhone 3 has been officially announced in the East Asian country of China for 2017 release.