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UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

Science
Getty ImagesThe UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.The agency, Aria, will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.Aria, which has £800m funding over four years, will have a "higher tolerance for failure than is normal", the government said.Labour said the government needed to clarify what the agency would do. The new body - the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) - would fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research, the government said.But the amount of funding it will get is a fraction of the money pumped into existing government research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).For 2020-21 alone, the government has allocated £10.36bn for its research
Kotak Mahindra Bank announces launch of Kotak Remit on mobile

Kotak Mahindra Bank announces launch of Kotak Remit on mobile

Finance
NEW DELHI: on Monday announced the launch of its outward forex remittance service, Kotak Remit, on mobile that will allow users to send money abroad directly from their mobile phones. The outward forex remittance solution is live on the Kotak Mobile Banking App. For the first time, Kotak customers can conveniently transfer money internationally to their beneficiaries straight from their mobile, Kotak Mahindra Bank said in a release. The private sector lender said that it is an industry-first move, and customers will not have to furnish any physical documents for transactions up to USD 25,000 or equivalent seamlessly to permissible geographies across the world. "The mobile has been at the centre of a revolution of sorts and it has changed the way we bank, invest, shop and pay. "Domestic pa...
SpaceX plans to boost Starlink network with launch

SpaceX plans to boost Starlink network with launch

Business
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch 60 more of its Starlink communications satellites from Florida on Sunday night as the company expands sales of the broadband internet service those satellites provide. Liftoff on a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 11:20 p.m. EST, but the U.S. Space Force forecasts a 60% chance that storm clouds or a threat of lightning that could cause a postponement. Advertisement Elon Musk's Starlink operation has about 1,000 active satellites in orbit, and has implemented part of its planned network on Earth, while competitors for broadband service dependent on satellites in low-Earth orbit have yet to start sales. That includes London-based OneWeb, which has launched 110 satellites with a goal for 648 during its first phase. Also, Amazon founder ...
NASA chooses SpaceX to launch lunar gateway

NASA chooses SpaceX to launch lunar gateway

Business
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- NASA's Lunar Gateway, a space station that will serve future lunar missions, is on schedule for launch by SpaceX in May 2024. Gateway is part of NASA's plan for ongoing moon missions and a lunar base. It will be about one-sixth the size of the International Space Station, in orbit around the moon, thousands of miles from the lunar surface. Advertisement NASA hasn't committed to using Gateway for the planned Artemis III crewed mission planned for 2024. That schedule is in doubt, however, because of a lack of funding from Congress. NASA awarded Elon Musk's company a $ 331.8 million contract Tuesday to launch the first two pieces of the outpost aboard the company's powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. Those components are the human habitat or HALO, and the Power and...
SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, blames weather

SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, blames weather

Business
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- SpaceX scrubbed its launch to send 143 small satellites into space Saturday, blaming weather conditions. The scrub came about 5 minutes before the expected liftoff time. Advertisement "Due to unfavorable weather, we are standing down from today's launch; the team will continue with the countdown until T-30 seconds for data collection. Another launch attempt is available tomorrow, January 24 with a 22-minute window opening at 10:00 a.m. EST," the company tweeted. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 143 small satellites for the Transporter-1 mission is now expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday morning. With more than a dozen customers, the mission's largest number of satellites come from San Francisco-based Planet (formerly Planet Labs...