Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times

Samantha Masunaga

Los Angeles Times

Downey, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Samantha:

SpaceX could spin off Starlink satellite business and take it public

SpaceX is a private company, but President Gwynne Shotwell said Thursday its satellite business was the right segment to take public. → Read More

How people like Kobe Bryant use helicopters to skip L.A. traffic

Chartered helicopters are a mode of travel few have the means to experience — and they're in the spotlight after the crash that killed former Lakers star Kobe Bryant and eight others. → Read More

Probe of Kobe Bryant crash will probably focus on fog, possible mechanical problems, experts say

The investigation into the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others aboard a Sikorsky S-76B will probably focus on foggy weather conditions and potential mechanical problems, aviation experts and pilots said Sunday. Visibility in the region was so poor at the time of the crash, which occurred shortly before 10 a.m. in Calabasas, that the Los Angeles police… → Read More

Before SpaceX can launch astronauts, it has to ace this last big test

SpaceX plans to test its in-flight abort system Saturday to prove its escape engines and parachutes could save astronauts' lives in an emergency. → Read More

Tough questions for Delta after pilots dump jet fuel on schoolchildren

Delta says its pilots were forced to lighten their plane's load prior to an emergency landing at LAX by dumping fuel over a populated area. → Read More

Pilots are supposed to dump jet fuel in unpopulated areas, not over neighborhoods

One aviation expert called fuel dumping very rare, saying, “I don’t remember anyone dumping fuel over population." → Read More

That rust on your shower head? It's a $6-billion problem for the Navy, cruise ships and more

There's no way to fully eradicate corrosion. But there's a whole industry devoted to managing it. → Read More

Yum Brands is buying Habit Burger Grill for $375 million

The parent of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut is venturing into fast-casual dining by acquiring Irvine-based Habit. → Read More

Defense stocks jump after U.S. kills Iranian general

The broader stock market fell, but defense-sector stocks climbed after the U.S. killed Iran's Gen. Qassem Suleimani and deployed thousands more soldiers to the Middle East. → Read More

How the design of Boeing's 737 Max cost CEO Muilenburg his job

Boeing's 737 Max design was supposed to save money and help compete with Airbus. Instead, it created a crisis that killed hundreds of people, ate up billions of dollars and led to CEO Dennis Muilenburg's ouster. → Read More

Boeing Starliner capsule won't dock at space station

Starliner rocketed toward the International Space Station but did not get to the proper orbit during its test flight. It's supposed to launch with astronauts next year. → Read More

Building a rocket is hard. But building a parachute is boggling

Even SpaceX and Boeing, which have accomplished great engineering feats, are still grappling with the tech. → Read More

Why so many gas pumps still have less-secure credit card readers

Gas stations aren't required to have chip readers until next October. → Read More

SpaceX broadband service will be 'bumpy' at first, Gwynne Shotwell says

The president of SpaceX said she expects the company to mature as an internet service provider by 2021. → Read More

Tariffs will boost prices on toys and smartphones — but not until next year

Most retailers already stocked up over the summer and early fall on items affected by the tariffs. → Read More

Police can keep video from Ring doorbells indefinitely, adding to privacy concerns

Once Ring doorbell owners give law enforcement access to video captured by their cameras, police can keep the video as long as they want and share it. → Read More

Chick-fil-A says it won't donate to anti-LGBT groups — for now

Chick-fil-A picked a new lineup of charities for 2020, but it didn't rule out giving to anti-LGBTQ groups in the future. → Read More

Chick-fil-A says it won't donate to anti-LGBT groups — for now

Chick-fil-A picked a new lineup of charities for 2020, but it didn't rule out giving to anti-LGBTQ groups in the future. → Read More

Could drone deliveries help the environment? Let's unpack that

Transportation is responsible for 29% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Drones delivering packages could help reduce that — depending on how and where they're deployed. → Read More

Amazon to open new grocery store in LA next year — not Amazon Go, not Whole Foods

Amazon said the new LA grocery store would be distinct from organic and high-end chain Whole Foods Market, but declined to answer further questions about how the store would be different or what it would be called. → Read More