Monthly Archives: June 2019

A tweet from Trump stirs tumult over moon plan

President Donald Trump put the space community on edge today with a tweet that downplayed NASA’s plans to send astronauts to the moon by 2024 as the first step toward a sustainable lunar presence. Instead, Trump framed the moon program … Continue reading

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NASA lays out space station commercialization plan

NASA today laid out its initial batch of ground rules for future commercial activitieson the International Space Station, including provisions for having private-sector astronauts spend up to 30 days in orbit. But it doesn’t sound as if those private astronauts will … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos explains Amazon’s big bet on satellites

LAS VEGAS — For the first time in public, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explained the rationale for his risky Project Kuiper satellite broadband venture, during a fireside chat that was interrupted when an animal rights activist jumped on stage. Today’s half-hour … Continue reading

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Alexa is learning to juggle multiple AI skills

LAS VEGAS — Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant will soon get savvier about juggling its thousands of skills — starting with arranging all the elements for a night out. Cross-skill action prediction is one of the upgrades for Alexa announced here … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos gets a kick out of robotic arms

LAS VEGAS — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ handshake is at least as firm as a robotic hand’s grip. I found that out for myself today at Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS conference, when Bezos tried out the touch-sensitive, dexterous robotic arm set … Continue reading

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Amazon unveils two new breeds of robots

LAS VEGAS — Amazon says there are now 200,000 robots working alongside 300,000 people at its distribution facilities around the world, and there’s more to come. Brad Porter, vice president of robotics at Amazon, took the virtual wraps off two … Continue reading

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Amazon gives new drone design a glitzy debut

LAS VEGAS — Amazon’s drone ambitions took another step forward today as the tech giant revealed its latest delivery drone design. At Amazon’s re:MARS conference, Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer CEO, Jeff Wilke, showed off a fully-electric drone that can fly up … Continue reading

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