SpaceX is Launching the First Falcon 9 in 2019

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.

Source: https://www.spacex.com/

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 rocket

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.

The mission logo:

Source: https://www.spacex.com/

We want to remind you:

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A Big Meteorite Exploded over Russia Again

This asteroid is the second largest extraterrestrial object that fell on our planet over the past 30 years, after the Chelyabinsk meteorite, that “visited” the Earth in 2013th year.

According to NASA, the incident occurred on December 18, 2018, near the Kamchatka Peninsula. Since the explosion occurred far from civilization, namely over the Bering Sea, this event did not attract much attention in the media. Although it is worth noting that it was quite powerful, the explosion released 10 times more energy than was released during the nuclear bombardment of Hiroshima (173 kilotons).

December 18, 2018, at about 12:00 local time, a meteorite burst into the atmosphere of our planet at a 7-degree angle at a speed of about 32 kilometers per second. The diameter of the cosmic body, which exploded at an altitude of 25.6 kilometers above the earth, was only a few meters. It is not small for a meteorite since space objects of similar magnitude hit our planet no more than 2-3 times per century. If an asteroid of this size fell to the surface of the Earth, this would have irreversible consequences for the whole region.

We want to remind you:

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Apple Officially Showed Two New iPad Models, Without Waiting for the Presentation

Apple company updated two long-forgotten tablets at the same time – we are talking about iPad mini and iPad Air.

As for the small tablet, its display diagonal remains the same – 7.9 inches. It is equipped with the most modern and productive chip of A12 Bionic own production. If we compare the updated iPad mini with a tablet of the previous generation, then we can notice a productivity increase of 300% and graphics acceleration by a whole 1000%.

The new iPad is equipped with a new advanced Retina display, which certainly supports True Tone technology. It is 25% brighter and also regarding the relatively small diagonal of the display, we can say that the iPad mini of the new generation has a display with the highest PPI (pixel density per inch) among the entire line of Apple tablets. The price of this gadget starts at $399.

Source: Apple

“Big Brother” is also run by the new A12 Bionic chip. iPad Air with a display diagonal of 10.5 inches has increased productivity compared to the previous model by 70% and accelerated graphics by 200%. One of the new features of the gadget is support of Apple Pencil and True Tone technology. The price of the new iPad Air starts at $499.

Source: Apple

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The Neural Network of NVIDIA Will Turn You into a World-Class Artist

Have you ever seen a beautiful landscape, sunset or a flower field and felt the desire to capture the moment? But then the realization that you don’t have enough skills hit you hard. We are happy to inform everybody who can relate to this that NVIDIA will soon fix this issue and let all people express themselves regardless of their skill level.

The company NVIDIA has created a neural network called GauGAN which is capable of turning primitive sketches into realistic, photolike pictures. This deep learning model can basically turn a kids’ doodles into a work of art.

Source: Slash Gear

GauGAN turns circle into beautiful lakes or seas, triangles into picturesque mountain chains, the blue background into a gorgeous multicolored sky. The deep learning model was trained specifically to recognize various objects on the drawing and use its database to make them look almost real.

Besides making things look better, the neural network also analyzes the overall picture, taking into account various details. For example, if you decided to portray a lake and a tree on its shore, GauGAN will add a reflection of the tree on the water surface.

The neural network was trained using hundreds of photos of nature and wildlife and is capable of producing almost any kind of landscape.

GauGAN is an absolute breakthrough of NVIDIA in the field of artificial intelligence and machine training. The neural network created by the company will open up new horizons for hundreds of people that dream of creating art pieces.

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Elon Musk Showed Fans the First Teaser of the Tesla Electric Pickup Truck

Recall that last Friday there was a presentation of a younger crossover – Model Y in the design studio of Tesla company. The new car was perceived ambiguously, some fans expected the crossover to have more differences from the compact Model 3 sedan. Although it was quite expected since the characteristics of Model Y have been known for a long time.

It is also known that the next presentation, which Elon Musk will carry for Tesla, will concern a car with a completely new design – an electric pickup, which does not have a name yet.

Just recently, Musk confirmed that the new pickup will have a very futuristic design that he personally likes very much. Literally, right after the presentation of the compact crossover, Elon posted a teaser for new pickup on Twitter.

Of course, it is very difficult to see any elements of the exterior on this picture, but most users agreed that the teaser shows the hood of the upcoming new pickup.

There is still very little information about this car:

  • it will have crazy power and torque;
  • power reserve will be 600 – 750 km;
  • and of course, the pickup will be equipped with a full autopilot;
  • it should be presented this year;
  • its mass production will begin no earlier than 2021-2022.

We will closely follow the news and provide you with the latest information.

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Google Has Developed a Helper Application for People with Limited Vision

Google has introduced the application Lookout, which will be useful for people with poor eyesight. This application “sees” surrounding objects and names them with the help of a smartphone camera. At the moment, only residents of the USA can use this application.

Source: https://www.blog.google/

Lookout is a fairly universal assistant, as it can recognize various objects: traffic signs, bar codes, text, money, etc.

Lookout can work in three different modes:

  • quick read;
  • explore;
  • shopping.

In the “quick read” mode, the program doesn’t know how to recognize objects, but only text, which is written on them. In the “explore” mode, the application recognizes those objects that fall into the camera lens of a smartphone. The new product from Google is able to voice what it sees, count the distance to objects, as well as make various sound signals. The “shopping” mode activates the ability to recognize price tags, barcodes, and QR codes.

The user has the ability to set the sensitivity of the application himself. For the convenience in using, developers advise to put the phone in a breast pocket or hang it around the neck, the camera forward. For the correct work of the application, the camera of the phone must be directed to the objects that need to be recognized. Interface management is implemented through gestures on the fingerprint scanner.

It is worth noting that the developers stated that their creation is not 100% working yet and asked the users to report about any errors that occurred.

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The New Zealand Mass Shooting Video Goes Viral: Major Social Media Platforms Are Unable to Handle Terrorist Content

The whole world is in terror after a horrible act of violence which took place a few days ago in New Zealand. If you haven’t heard already, here is a recap of what happened on that terrible day.

A 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant committed a massacre in two mosques in the town Christchurch located in New Zealand. The terrorist killed 49 and wounded 42 people. While doing so, he was streaming the whole process on the social network Facebook.

Before the attack, Tarrant posted a manifesto, which was 74 pages long. In the document, the terrorist proclaimed himself an “ethno-nationalist eco-fascist.” He expressed inexplicable hate towards people of different religions, for example, Muslims and Jews, and towards immigrants who came to Australia and New Zealand.

The failure of social networks

During and after the act of terror, it became clear that social networks are unable to control such content. The 17-minute-long was first uploaded to Facebook, then re-uploaded to YouTube.

No matter how hard the developer teams tried to delete the horrific video from their platforms, they failed to do so. Whenever one copy of the video was deleted, three more popped up somewhere else.

Google (that owns YouTube) and Facebook have been applying smart technologies in order to track down and eliminate all the content related to the Christchurch massacre, however, the video can still be found in the web.

Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” claimed the representative of the platform.

The public response

People have divided into two camps. The first ones believe that such horrific content should be eliminated from the Internet. They make statements that the authorities and social media management should restrict hate speeches, manifestos of fascist nature and violent videos.

The other camp stands for freedom of speech. They also claim that the blocking of terrorist accounts on social media may make it more difficult to track them down and prevents shootings, bombings etc. For instance, the Internet correspondence of two Florida students helped to prevent another school bombing just a few days ago.

Despite many arguments, mostly everybody agrees that such terrible and unspeakably cruel acts of violence, deprived of a single hint of humanity, should never be displayed like they were during the New Zealand massacre.

Facebook and other platforms are still working hard to find and delete all the videos of the act of terror and block the corresponding accounts.

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