According to the report made by Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX Corporation is planning to hold a fundraiser with the estimated goal of 500 million dollars. The raised assets will be spent on the satellite program of the company which aims to spread high-speed Internet in the distant areas all over the world.
Meanwhile, the satellite system, Starlink, is just an intermediary step towards the ultimate goal of Elon Musk – launching a rocket which will transport people to Mars and back.
The funds are going to come from all existing investors of SpaceX, joined by the major investor of Musk’s Tesla, Baillie Gifford & Co. The price of the share during the fundraiser is going to be 186 dollars.
Today, January 11 at 07:31 a.m. PST, SpaceX, USA private space company, launches the Falcon 9 rocket, which will be carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. The total project cost is $2.9 billion.
You may check the broadcast of the launch on the stream:
The rocket launch is planned on the Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California which is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, 125 miles to the northwest from Los Angeles, exactly at 7:31 a.m. PST or 15:31 UTC.
The rocket has the B1049.2 Iridium-8 thrust, which was used on the launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite on the 10th of September, 2018.
The aim of the rocket is to lead 10 satellites with a total mass of 9,600 kg on a low polar orbit. The weight of each satellite is approximately 860 kg with 3.1 × 2.4 × 1.5 m dimensions.
The measures will be taken for the return of rocket stage on Earth. The landing is planned on the “Just Read The Instructions” drone ship which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
Iridium NEXT satellites are communication satellites of the second generation of the Iridium Communications Inc. American company, which are equipped with voice communication and data transmission to mobile devices.
The Iridium NEXT working orbits are located at the altitude of 780 km under 86.4 ° degree decline with a roller ability in six orbital planes for about 100 minutes. The satellites which are already on the orbit will be removed with their combustion in the atmosphere.
In general, duration of the mission will last about 72 minutes. You can track down the timeline of the start here.
The Falcon 9 rocket has the following parameters:
the height is about 70m.
the diameter of a stage is 3,66m.
the diameter of a nose cone ( cargo bay) is 5,3m.
The thrust will be provided by nine Merlin 1D engines and one 1D Vacuum engine, they all operate off a mixture of liquid oxygen and rocket kerosene. The rocket fully complies with NASA requirements.
2018 was the landmark year for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Coin Shark have gathered the main achievements of 2018.
1. To The Sun
Parker Solar Probe, within a period from October 31 to November 11 made its first perihelion, its first close approach to the Sun on the record distance 27,2 million kilometers and flight through the sun crown. The coronal mass ejections and Mercury can be seen in the picture.
Parker Solar Probe was launched on 12th August 2018. During the operation he had to get the answers for 3 main questions:
How much is the solar crown hotter than the visible surface of the Sun?
What is the speed of the solar wind?
How are some solar energetic particles accelerating from the Sun at a speed of more than half speed of the light?
2. Selfie on Mars
InSight, NASA research vehicle, for the 8-th time in human history has successfully landed on Mars on the 26th of November 2018. The aim of the scientists is to drill the 5 meter borehole with the help of the machine in the soil of the Red planet. This will help to study the internal constitution and structure.
A camera that was installed in the InSight robotic arm made several pictures of the surface of Mars.
Steadily easing into my workflow. It’s been a busy few days and now, a new picture of Mars without the camera lens cover. Plus, a new view from my robotic arm camera. Read: https://t.co/5qCjNVZaRs
In the beginning of 2019 New Horizons sonde flying past the most distant ever examined objects send the first images and the science data about Ultima Thule. Such information may help to explore the formation of planets in our Solar system and around other stars.
We want to remind you that the space station New Horizons was launched in 2006. This is the first machinery which have flown near the Pluto at a distance of 12.5 thousand kilometers. The information obtained during the study allowed scientists to discover that on this planet there are glaciers,mountains and volcanoes.
A some kind of baggage on the way to the Mars was Elon’s personal vehicle, a red Tesla Roadster. The dummy named Starman was launched together with the car along with the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Noël Adams and under David Bowie music accompaniment.
In October 2018 European Space Agency (ESA)sent Bepi Colombo mission in order to study the smallest Solar system planet.
The United Nations division, the Office on Drugs and Crime is going to cooperate with the blockchain company doc.com in order to provide free and accessible healthcare and medical services in the Eastern regions of Africa.
Doc.com is a company that specializes In telemedicine and telepsychology. It uses blockchain to let the customers exchange their personal data for tokens, which will open access to various healthcare services.
The company is functioning in over 20 countries with around 130 thousand customers. The United Nations has been researching the ways to use blockchain for humanitarian causes, thus, this collaboration might become the salvation for poor African countries.
As reported by the Korean subdivision of CoinDesk, a customer of the South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb suffered a tremendous money loss at the end of 2017 due to a hacker attack.
Back in November of 2017, the hacked victim placed 478 million Korean won (426,600 dollars) to his account at Bithumb. Only a couple hours later, an unknown hacker broke into his account, exchanged the money to Ethereum and stole it. As a result, the poor Bithumb user was left only with 11 cents at his account.
In the attempt to bring his funds back, the victim tried to sue Bithumb. However, the exchange management used the Electronic Financial Transactions Act, according to which the exchange is not a financial company, thus, it is not responsible for the hacker attack and money loss. The court found Bithumb innocent.
Today we have more exciting news. According to the data from 1ML, the Lightning Network has passed the point of 500 BTC in capacity, which is worth more than 2 million dollars. The number of available nodes has also skyrocketed. It is now 25%, which almost twice as much as it used to be before.
The Lightning Network is developing technically and gaining more popularity. In the recent couple of months, it has truly skyrocketed, judging by all the statistics.
When we talk about crypto to fiat trading or vice versa, in most cases we will refer to US dollar and Bitcoin, since these two are clearly the most popular options. However, USD might soon lose its leadership as the prime choice of BTC traders.
Japanese yen has always followed closely, being the second most popular fiat currency of crypto/fiat transactions. However, recently it has started to gain popularity at a high pace. According to the platform CoinHills, USD currently accounts for about 48% of transactions with BTC, where as the share of JPY is a bit more than 47%, which make it pretty much a tie.
Many experts now state that the Asian crypto market has really stepped up its game and now has a bigger influence on the industry than America and Europe. More and more traders are turning to JPY as a means to purchase crypto.