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Watch live: SpaceX to launch space station resupply mission

Watch live: SpaceX to launch space station resupply mission

Science
June 28 (UPI) -- SpaceX is preparing to launch its 15th resupply mission to the International Space Station. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket early Friday morning from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Blastoff is scheduled for 5:42 a.m. ET. Friday's launch will be streamed live on NASA TV. The cargo ship will ferry 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the space station. The trip from Earth to ISS will take a little more than three days. Roughly ten minutes after launch, the spacecraft will be released into orbit. Over the weekend, a succession of thruster firings will push the Dragon spacecraft closer and closer to the space station. When the craft reaches ISS on Monday, NASA astronaut Ricky Ar...
Fintech start-up Revolut grabs 2 million users and plans to launch commission-free trading service

Fintech start-up Revolut grabs 2 million users and plans to launch commission-free trading service

Finance
Financial technology firm Revolut now has 2 million users signed up to its platform and is planning to launch a commission-free trading service. The London-based start-up said Thursday that its trading platform, called "Wealth," would let users invest in a range of firms listed publicly in the U.K. and the U.S., in addition to other instruments including exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and options. ETFs are securities that let traders invest in a basket of assets such as shares or bonds. Options are contracts that give investors the right — but not the obligation — to buy or sell an asset at an agreed price and date,...
Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing reportedly in talks to launch $80 billion IPO

Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing reportedly in talks to launch $80 billion IPO

Finance
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is holding talks about an initial public offering (IPO), according to a report.Didi Chuxing was last valued at more than $ 50 billion in December, after raising $ 4 billion from investors including Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. It now wants to reach a valuation of between $ 70 and $ 80 billion through an IPO, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.The company could go public as early as the second half of 2018, sources told the WSJ, but as talks are in the early stages a set date for the listing is not entirely clear.Didi Chuxing declined to comment on the report when contacted by CNBC.Didi said Tuesday that it was expanding its service to Mexico, a move that pits the company directly against Uber. Didi has also said it wants to ...
Watch live: ULA Atlas V rocket to launch payloads for U.S. Air Force

Watch live: ULA Atlas V rocket to launch payloads for U.S. Air Force

Science
April 13 (UPI) -- The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch a pair of payloads for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday night.The rocket is set to blast-off at 7:13 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-11, features two spacecraft. The primary payload is the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, or CBAS, a geostationary communications satellite.The satellite will lend communications support to the Air Force, relaying messages between leaders back at base and commanders in combat."The mission of CBAS is to augment existing military satellite communications capabilities and broadcast military data continuously through space-based, satellite communications relay links," the U.S. Air F...
Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

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April 5 (UPI) -- Virgin Galactic successfully launched and landed its Unity spacecraft by rocket power, completing its first powered flight in almost four years.Richard Branson's space company shared a photo of the SpaceShipTwo model spacecraft as it blasted into the air above the Mojave Air and Space Port before going supersonic and landing safely."VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight this morning in Mojave, California. Another great test flight, another step closer to being," Virgin Galactic wrote on Twitter.Unity took off at about 8:02 a.m. as it was propelled to an altitude of 46,500 feet by the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.Eve then released Unity from under its wing and the SpaceShipTwo's pilots Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay brought the spacecraft'...