ULA successfully launches rocket carrying US Space Force satellite
The United Launch Alliance was given the all clear for blast off as it successfully launched an Atlas V rocket Tuesday afternoon carrying a U.S. Space Force defense system off the Florida coast. After scrubbing Monday’s launch due to weather complications, the ULA rocket blasted off at 1:31 p.m. from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex-41. Monday’s launch was canceled due to unfavorable conditions. FOX 35 meteorologist, Jayme King, described the situation not having met the “cumulus cloud rule,” which suggests that an ascending rocket must remain a certain distance from ...
A Gen Z fund? How this 22-year-old raised $1.6 million to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs
A newly graduated San Diego State University alum has raised $1.6 million — largely through her Twitter following — to invest in startups founded by diverse people rarely seen in the entrepreneurial world. Paige Finn Doherty, a 22-year-old computer science major, collected the money from angel investors who follow her investing advice on social media. She founded Behind Genius Ventures, what she calls a "Gen Z fund," with partner Josh Schlisserman and invested in four startups. But how does a software student end up knowledgeable enough to hand out investing advice? Unlike many students who ne...
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Blue Origin opens auction for 1st passenger on New Shepard rocket to space in July
Blue Origin announced plans for its first crewed flight of the New Shepard rocket this July, and opened up one seat to the winning bidder of an online auction. 60 years to the day that Alan Shepard launched on the Freedom 7 mission to become the first American in space, the company founded by Jeff Bezos revealed the target to launch the rocket July 20. It has yet to announce the normal price point for customers, but the auction will be open from May 5-June 12 at blueorigin.com. The winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation Club for the Future, which aims to steer youth into STEM ...
US flying transport planes with supplies to COVID-stricken India, Biden security official says
The U.S. has sent a number of large military transport planes loaded with supplies, including desperately needed oxygen, to India for its lethal battle against COVID-19, a top security official said Sunday. India is home to more than a third of the world’s new COVID-19 cases, according to U.S. officials, and that grim tally soared to a new peak Saturday, with 401,993 cases recorded after a 10-day stretch of more than 300,000 daily cases. Overwhelmed hospitals are turning away sick patients, with supplies of oxygen and medicine running low, and skies are smoke-filled from crematoriums working a...
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Air Force intercepting record number of Russian aircraft, says Alaska-based lieutenant
U.S. jets are intercepting more Russian aircraft than ever off the West Coast, says one Alaskan-based military official. “We have certainly seen an increase in Russian activity,” according to Lt. Gen. David Krumm. “We intercepted over 60 aircraft last year ... We monitor more than that.” A report in Air Force Times says that number marks the most action that’s been recorded in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone since the demise of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago. That zone covers 200 nautical miles expanding into international airspace. The Anchorage Daily News wrote in 2015 that ...
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US airlines expanding flight schedules ahead of summer due to improved demand
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are reporting that leisure travel bookings are bouncing back, and both revealed that they'll be bulking out flight schedules ahead of the summer season. Over the past week, the competitor airlines have also reported improved air travel demand as more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and more major tourist attractions reopen, CNBC reported. Spring break travel, which began at the end of February and runs through April, has also been a factor in terms of recovering passenger numbers. All of which represents a welcome shift for the U.S. airline in...