Tag Archives: Paul Allen

Space billionaires take the spotlight

Space is hard: That used to be the excuse for explaining why sending people into space would always be something only governments could do. Now it explains why even billionaires find the feat difficult. As SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told me back in … Continue reading

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Antarctic drone duty gets a successful start

A scientific team supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is reporting the successful deployment of a trio of undersea drones to monitor how climate change affects Antarctica’s ice sheets. Now it’s up to the drones. “We are so pleased with … Continue reading

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Shipwreck linked to ‘Fighting Sullivans’ found

The latest chapter of an Irish-American family tragedy played out on St. Patrick’s Day when an expedition team backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the shipwreck of the USS Juneau in the South Pacific. The Juneau was sunk by … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s space plane ambitions rise again

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture is returning to an idea it’s long mulled over: launching payloads, and possibly people, into orbit on a reusable space plane. The concept, known internally as “Black Ice,” would involve the midflight launch … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s giant airplane picks up the pace

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, says it put its super-duper-sized carrier plane through a fresh round of revved-up taxi tests last weekend at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. The six-engine, 385-foot-wide aircraft, nicknamed Roc, … Continue reading

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Stratolaunch’s mega-plane gets first taxi test

That’s one more not-so-small step for Stratolaunch’s giant airplane: The space venture’s founder, software billionaire Paul Allen, is showing off a 34-second video of the twin-fuselage aircraft as it aced its first taxi test on the runway at the Mojave Air and … Continue reading

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Robots are readied to study Antarctic ice shelves

Researchers from the University of Washington and Columbia University are getting ready for an unprecedented months-long campaign to study Antarctica’s ice shelves from the ocean below, with backing from billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen. The results are expected to lead to … Continue reading

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