Monthly Archives: September 2018

How to boost Washington’s $1.8B space industry

A newly published economic report estimates the space industry’s contribution to Washington state’s economy at $1.8 billion and 6,200 jobs in 2018 — and goes on to suggest ways to boost the industry to a higher orbit. “The central Puget Sound region is … Continue reading

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Arch Mission gets set to send DNA library to moon

DNA-based data storage systems have been proposed as a theoretical way to preserve information for millennia on the moon, but the idea isn’t so theoretical anymore. The Arch Mission Foundation says it’s partnering with Microsoft, the University of Washington and Twist Bioscience to send … Continue reading

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Blue Origin’s rocket engine wins ULA’s backing

After years of development and months of suspense, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture has won a high-stakes race to provide United Launch Alliance with its BE-4 rocket engine. First word of the win came unofficially in a Wall Street Journal report, and … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s giant plane spotted from space

How big is the world’s biggest airplane? So big that it shows up clearly in a black-and-white photo taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 satellite on Sept. 22. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture took the 385-foot-wide, twin-fuselage airplane out of its hangar at California’s … Continue reading

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Japan’s ispace teams up with SpaceX for moonshot

SpaceX has been signed up to provide rides to the moon for a pair of payloads built by ispace, a Japanese robotics and resource exploration company. The announcement came today from ispace, the corporate heir to the Google Lunar X Prize’s … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Energy Ventures backs 7 companies

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion energy innovation fund spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has revealed seven more companies in which it’s investing, including startups that aim to build fusion reactors, produce biofuels with microbes, and pull drinking water … Continue reading

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Paul Allen enlists machine learning as force for good

Paul Allen has made a name for himself as a co-founder of Microsoft, a supporter of artificial intelligence research and a contributor to causes such as wildlife conservation — so it only makes sense that the Seattle-area billionaire wants to use … Continue reading

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