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Elon Musk says Starship should be ready for first orbital launch next month, ‘pending regulatory approval’ –

SpaceX’s Starship rocket is still in development in southeast Texas, with major progress being made on key elements like the launch tower construction, and installation of the vacuum-rated Raptor engines that will power the vehicle once it reaches space. Elon Musk says that it could be ready to make its first orbital flight attempt next […] → Read More

Find out what it takes to make smart early bets in the space industry at TC Sessions: Space 2021 –

The space industry is bustling with commercial and private industry activity, and new startups are entering the fray all the time. But which are the ones to back, and how can you tell? There’s no definite answer, but at TC Sessions: Space 2021 this December, we’ll have some of the best early stage investors in […] → Read More

Nanoracks, Lockheed Martin and Voyager Space plan to launch crewed commercial space station by 2027 –

NASA has been encouraging private industry to replace the aging ISS with a commercial successor for quite a while now, and while Axiom Space has already expressed its intent to do so eventually, a new consortium made up of Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin now say they’ll create the “first-ever free flying commercial space […] → Read More

Rocket Lab acquires spaceflight software and mission simulation company ASI for $40M+ –

Rocket Lab is acquiring a Colorado-based space software company called Advanced Solutions, Inc (ASI) for $40 million, with as much as $5.5 million in additional performance-based earnouts also available based on the company’s 2021 calendar year performance. ASI’s expertise lies in flight software for spacecraft, including guidance, navigation and control (GNC) offerings, as well as […] → Read More

Finding product-market fit, from the earliest stages through growth –

Three VCs shared their perspectives on what makes for good product-market fit, how to spot it and how to use it to your best advantage for both your business' growth and for raising capital. → Read More

William Shatner to fly on Blue Origin’s next human spaceflight on October 12 –

Blue Origin’s next passenger list will include TV and film space exploration veteran William Shatner, along with Bleu Origin’s own Audrey Powers, who serves as the company’s Voice President of Mission & Flight Operations. These two will round out the four-person crew that includes previously announced passengers Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, on a […] → Read More

Alphabet gives some Loon patents to SoftBank, open sources flight data and makes patent non-assertion pledge –

Alphabet’s Loon was a stratospheric moonshot that saw the company fly high-altitude balloons to provide cellular network coverage to target areas. The project broke a lot of new ground, including developing technology that enabled balloons to navigate autonomously and stay in one area for long stretches of time, but ultimately came to an end. Now, […] → Read More

New study shows Apple Watch can detect heart arrhythmias other than atrial fibrillation –

Continuing research by Stanford and Apple from the 2017 Apple Heart Study, which managed to enrol over 400,000 participants and became one of the largest studies of its kind ever performed, has shown that the Apple Watch is capable of detecting other types of arrhythmic heart beat irregularities in addition to atrial fibrillation (AFib). Apple […] → Read More

Amazon reveals Halo Fitness and Halo Nutrition programs for Halo subscribers –

Amazon is introducing two new services tied to user health and fitness, and its Halo personal health devices. They include Halo Fitness, a new service for interactive home video workouts that looks a lot like Apple Fitness+, and Halo Nutrition, a personalized, guided meal planner. Both of these services will be included as part of […] → Read More

Ring debuts ‘Virtual Security Guard,’ new Pro alarm system and smarter motion alerts including package delivery –

Ring is just one part of Amazon’s annual devices and services event this year, but they’re bringing a lot of updates, including a new Pro Alarm suite that includes refreshed hardware and integrated Eero Wi-Fi 6 router capabilities. They also have a new service offering called ‘Virtual Security Guard’ that basically keeps an eye on […] → Read More

Ring’s home security drone is now available in the U.S. via invite only –

Last year, Ring announced at futuristic (slightly dystopian?) take on in-home security with its Always Home Cam, a drone equipped with sensors and a camera that can navigate the interior of your home along custom paths laid out by a user, in response to triggers including Ring Alarm sensors, or a manual command from the […] → Read More

DCVC partner and Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen bound for space on Blue Origin’s second human flight –

Blue Origin’s second human spaceflight will have a space industry veteran and sector-focused investor on board when it takes off: Dr. Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Labs and current partner at venture capital firm DCVC. Boshuizen will occupy one of four seats on Blue Origin’s next trip of its New Shepard fully reusable suborbital spacecraft […] → Read More

D-ID launches ‘Speaking Portrait,’ a way to turn photos into custom, photo-realistic videos –

The company whose tech powered the sensational MyHeritage app that turned classic family photos into lifelike moving portraits is back with a new implementation of its technology: Transforming still photographs into ultra-realistic video, capable of saying whatever you want. D-ID’s Speaking Portraits may look like the notorious ‘deepfakes’ that have made headlines over the past […] → Read More

Can the path to equitable healthcare avoid insurers? –

There are few challenges messier and more fraught than the U.S. healthcare system, but a growing number of startups are looking at ways to address shortcomings in standards of care through tech. → Read More

Coinbase to propose a federal regulatory framework for crypto to US officials within the next month –

Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase wants to help guide any emerging regulation on exchanges like itself, for obvious reasons, and in an interview with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 on Tuesday, Coinbase CEO and founder Brian Armstrong revealed it’s preparing a draft regulatory framework for consideration by federal lawmakers which it aims to […] → Read More

For BioNTech, the COVID-19 vaccine was simply the opening act –

Ultimately, BioNTech's mission is to make treatments that are optimized not only to specific patient needs, but also to time and place. → Read More

GoPro debuts the HERO10 Black action camera –

GoPro today announced a new flagship action camera for its lineup, the HERO10 Black. The main update for the camera is a brand new processor inside, called the GP2, which enables big improvements to image quality and video captures, including recording at 5.3K revolution at up to 60 frames per second, 4K video capture bumped […] → Read More

SpaceX launches its first batch of Starlink satellites aimed at new coverage areas from California –

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 of its Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday night at 8:55 PM PDT (11:55 PM EDT). This was the first launch for the Starlink satellite internet constellation from the west coast, and also the first batch of a second stage of Starlink […] → Read More

Firefly launches its first rocket, but loses the launch craft in mid-flight explosion –

Firefly launched its first rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and on board it carried a number of payloads with an intended destination of low Earth orbit. The rocket took off as planned, and seemed to be doing fairly well during the initial portion of the launch, before experiencing “an anomaly” that clearly […] → Read More

Max Q: Astra’s launch goes sideways –

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. We had a few launches this week, including SpaceX’s first one after one of its longer recent pauses in activity. Astra hoped to have its first commercial payload mission go well, but […] → Read More