Tomorrow’s major NASA/SpaceX launch to the ISS, and more tech news today

Tomorrow’s major NASA/SpaceX launch to the ISS, and more tech news today

Your tech information digest, by means of the DGiT Daily tech e-newsletter, for Friday, 13 November 2020. Don’t be spooked!

1. Liftoff tomorrow!

SpaceX and NASA’s Crew-1 astronaut mission to the International Space Station takes off tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 14 at 7:49 PM (EST), barring inclement climate or last hiccups, with the rocket located on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, probably the most skilled of the 4, are set to launch.
  • They’ll be a part of three different astronauts orbiting above us now to make seven within the ISS, its most capability
  • Static fireplace exams have been accomplished this week, and a full costume rehearsal with the unfamiliar SpaceX spacesuits has been accomplished.
  • It’s been a very long time coming. The launch was initially scheduled for August 30, however quite a few delays on each side have led to the November mission.
  • Following the Crew Dragon Demonstration Mission 2 (the Bob & Doug mission), NASA first pushed the mission to late September.
  • Then fixes to the Falcon-9 Merlin 1D rocket engines delayed the missions additional to Oct. 23, then Oct. 31, and at last to this mid-November launch.
  • The Crew Dragon spacecraft known as Resilience, with the astronauts naming the car (Twitter).
  • US Air Force 45th Weather Squadron now predicts a 70% likelihood of favorable climate circumstances — verify right here for L-1 updates (NASA).
  • And you possibly can watch the anticipated launch throughout primetime by way of NASA Live TV on YouTube.
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While we’re right here, there’s one other scheduled launch immediately: a ULA Atlas V, scheduled for about 5:13 PM EST from Cape Canaveral (

2. It’s time: Google ought to require two years of updates for each Android telephone (Android Authority).

3. PS5 is right here: Everything it’s essential to find out about Sony’s PlayStation 5 at launch (Android Authority).

4. Apple HomePod Mini evaluations are out: latest sensible speaker is far more reasonably priced however nonetheless chasing Amazon and Google on assistant smarts, too strict Apple tie-ins, and sound high quality total is behind the Nest Audio and latest Amazon Echo (The Verge).

5. 3-D music to your ears: New system places music in your head — no headphones required. Launches immediately (AP).

6. Apple swears up and down that touchscreen Macs aren’t occurring (Gizmodo). And, uh, nicely: “why within the mac app retailer is there a human hand touching macos interface parts” (Twitter). This was later eliminated!

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7. Mac customers couldn’t launch apps after Apple verification server subject (The Verge).

8. Judge dismisses Apple’s “theft” claims in Epic Games lawsuit: “You really need to have details” (Ars Technica).

9. US authorities says it gained’t implement TikTok shutdown after courtroom ruling (The Verge).

10. PayPal now lets all US customers purchase, promote and maintain cryptocurrency (Engadget).

11. Pfizer/BioNTech’s announcement exhibits the promise of gene-based vaccines (The Verge).

12. At the primary lab-grown meat restaurant, you possibly can eat a ‘cultured rooster’ sandwich, grown from cells in a bioreactor seen by a glass window in its eating room (FastCompany).

13. SpaceX Starlink has some hiccups as anticipated, however customers are impressed (Ars Technica).

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