Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

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This week we’ll focus on the city of Austin, gain insight into Uber’s spending habits, do a little scooter number crunching, the Tesla Model Y, and the so-called “race” — an overused and inaccurate term — to develop autonomous vehicles.

SpaceX Test Fires New Raptor Engines

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has test fired its new Raptor engines, the new engines which are being developed for the next SpaceX launch vehicle. The Raptor engine is a liquid-fueled rocket engine which uses methane and liquid oxygen, and are expected to have about twice the power of the current Merlin 1D engines used in the SpaceX Falcon 9. pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019. READ MORE>>. spacex raptor engine spaceflight aerospace elon musk

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SpaceX Moving Some Starship Prototyping To Texas

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is reportedly getting set to move some parts of the prototyping of its big, Mars-bound passenger rocket--the Starship (formerly known as the BFR)--to Texas, according to reports on Wednesday.

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SpaceX 4K Video Dazzles Viewers

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Are you a fan of Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the space rocket developer founded by Elon Musk? SpaceX has just released some impressive, 4K video of its launches on YouTube, offering up an impressive compilation of the company''s various launches in the very high resolution video format.

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OSI Systems Gets $11M Order

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Hawthorne-based OSI Systems , which develops explosives detection systems, said it has received an $11M order from an un-named, international customer. The order came through its security division, Rapiscan Systems. OSI''s products are used for inspection of baggage and air cargo. READ MORE>>. systems rapidscan explosives detection security technology

SpaceX Aiming To Return Rockets Right Back To Launch Pad

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Hawthorne-based rocket developer SpaceX is hoping to put its returned rockets back precisely on their launch pads, according to a report Thursday. The report, citing a paper published by Elon Musk , quotes Musk saying that the firm is getting "closer to the bull's eye". Returning those rockets to the launchpad directly enable rapid turnaround in getting those rockets back into space. Image: SpaceX satellite launch in May. READ MORE>>.

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SpaceX Gets $75M From NASA

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Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the commercial rocket firm run by tech mogul Elon Musk, has scored $75M from NASA as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev2) effort, NASA said Monday. spacex space shuttle elon musk nasa commercial crew development ccdev2 aerospace

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SpaceX Ready For Wednesday NASA Launch

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to launch yet another payload into space for NASA, saying all systems and weather are go for the 6:51 p.m. EDT launch of the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.

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SpaceX Gets For Another Reuse Milestone

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to reach another milestone in its development of space exploration technology, which is to push the reuse of its rockets even further. According to a SpaceX official, the company is about to relaunch one of its boosters for the third time. Although SpaceX has re-used many of its rockets in prior launches--re-using the first stage of Falcon 9 rockets 30 times--it has only done so twice with each booster.

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AECOM To Build Hyperloop Test Track For SpaceX

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A big Los Angeles area construction and engineering firm, AECOM , said Tuesday that it has been selected to build the first, Hyperloop test track, for a competition being run by Hawthorne-based SpaceX. AECOM said it is building a six-foot diameter, steel tube track which will run nearly one mile, adjacent to SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorn, as part of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.

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SpaceX Releases Vine Of Failed Landing Attempt

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has just released a video via Vine of its failed landing attempt of the first launch stage of its rocket booster in Florida. SpaceX had been attempting to land the booster on a floating platform, as part of its efforts to develop a reusable rocket booster.

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SpaceX Tries Again On Thaicom 8 Launch Today

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Hawthorne-based space rocket developer SpaceX is planning another attempt of a launch today, after the company scrubbed its initial attempt at launching its THAICOM 8 mission on Thursday.

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SpaceX Only Bidder In Air Force Launch Contract

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX , the commercial spacecraft and rocket developer led by Elon Musk, looks to be the only bidder in a U.S. Air Force contract , to send a next generation GPS satellite into space.

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Report: SpaceX Raising $500M For Satellite Internet Efforts

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is in the midst of raising another $500M in funding, according to the WSJ, in a funding round to help it bring its constellation of Internet satellites to space. billion in funding for its rocket development, spacecraft, and space exploration plans. According to the report--citing "people familiar with the fundraising"--the new round values SpaceX at $30.5 billion. The funding reportedly is coming form Baillie Gifford & Co.,

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SpaceX Plans Expansion In Seattle

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has opened up a new office in Seattle, where it plans to hire "thousands", according to CEO Elon Musk today. Musk, speaking on Bloomberg, said the new office will help SpaceX develop satellites , part of his plan to eventually deliver reach Mars.

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SpaceX Delays Today's Launch, But Might Have Two Next Weekend

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the Los Angeles area spacecraft and rocket developer, has delayed today's launch of BulgariaSat-1 to replace a fairing valve, saying that its next launch opportunities for the spacecraft are 6/23 and 6/24. That's the same weekend as SpaceX is scheduled to launch another payload for Iridium, on 6/25. SpaceX said on Sunday that it "could be a weekend doubleheader" for the company on Twitter.

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SpaceX Renames BFR To Starship

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Hawthorne-based rocket and space vehicle developer SpaceX is renaming its upcoming, passenger-carrying rocket--the BFR--to "Starship", and will refer to the rocket booster as "Super Heavy", according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk. The reason for the name change was not known, although Musk is known for his often capricious naming of his projects. BFR had officially stood for "Big Falcon Rocket" but had also referred to "Big F**king Rocket".

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OSI Systems Buys American Science and Engineering For $269M

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Hawthorne-based OSI Systems , the developer of X-ray and other screening equipment for the homeland security, defense, aerospace, and healthcare industries, has acquired American Science and Engineering, Inc. , in a deal worth $269M. OSI Systems said it paid $37.00 per share in cash and assumed unvested equity for American Science and Engineering. OSI said it gains additional, X-ray backscatter based inspection systems through the acquisition, which had been announced earlier.

SpaceX Aims For Falcon Heavy Launch On February 6th

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the commercial rocket and spacecraft developer led by technology mogul Elon Musk, is aiming at its first launch of its new Falcon Heavy rocket for February 6th. SpaceX conducted a static firing test on the new rocket design last week. The Falcon Heavy is currently on Launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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SpaceX Plans Massive, Satellite Internet Constellation

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the rocket and spaceship development company led by mogul Elon Musk, has added a grand new plan on the company's way to deliver humanity to Mars: to provide Internet access across the globe.

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SpaceX Sets To Deliver Spacecraft To The Moon For Israeli Group

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Hawthorne, California-based rocket launch provider SpaceX may be looking to deliver its own spacecraft to Mars, however, in the meantime, it's now set to deliver a spacecraft to the Moon for a nonprofit group in Israel. SpaceIL, which is developing an unmanned spacecraft specifically designed to land on the moon, says it has booked a ride in December on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceIL has develops a large, 4-legged unmanned spacecraft for landing on the Moon.

SpaceX Books Lunar Lander Launch Mission

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been booked to launch the first, privately funded lunar lander mission, as a secondary payload on an upcoming launch from Cape Canaveral. According to satellite launch arranger Spaceflight, the first, privately funded and developed lunar lander has been booked on an upcoming ride-sharing mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9. The lunar lander was developed by SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit.

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JPL's New Space Tourism Posters Wow, Inspire

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JPL--which is run by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA--isn't the first one to get into vintage space travel posters: Hawthorne-based space rocket developer SpaceX released its own set of space travel posters last May.

SpaceX Successfully Returns To Space

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully returned to space on Saturday with a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, launching ten Iridium satellites into orbit, and successfully landing the first stage of the rocket an its barge at sea. on Saturday, and was the first launch for the space rocket developer since a catastrophic failure in September.

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SpaceX Delays Manned Missions To 2018

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In the biggest impact so far of the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral in August, Hawthorne-based SpaceX is delaying its first manned missions to space from 2017 to 2018. The delays reportedly give SpaceX time to completely develop new launchpad fueling procedures, which have been pinpointed as the cause of that devastating explosion earlier this year.

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OSI Systems Gets $3M Contract

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Hawthorne-based OSI Systems , the developer of specialized electronics products for the security and healthcare industry, reported today that it has won a $3M contract from a New Jersey health system customer. The award went to its healthcare division, Spacelabs Healthcare, for a patient monitoring system. systems spacelabs healthcare lifescience electronics contract

OSI Systems Acquires American Science and Engineering

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Hawthorne-base OSI Systems , which develops electronics systems for the homeland security, healthcare, and other markets, said this morning that it has acquired American Science and Engineering, Inc. AS&E), in a deal worth approximately $187M. OSI said it would pay $37.00 per share in cash for A&E, which makes backscatter X-ray inspection equipment used for screening cargo, parcel, and personnel.

SpaceX Gets Two New Launch Contracts

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Hawthorne-based commercial space vehicle developer SpaceX said this morning that it has added two new orders, for a Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch. Financial details of the contracts were not announced. SpaceX said the contracts cover a launch of a communications satellite for HISPASAT, on a Falcon 9, and a launch of the Saudi Arabian Arabsat 6A communications satellite on the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX said the two launches are expected between late 2017 and 2018.

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SpaceX To Deliver Robots To The Moon

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Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has just signed a deal to deliver two robot payloads to the moon for a small Japanese company, ispace , ispace said this morning. ispace is leveraging technology developed by one of the teams in the Lunar XPRIZE, run by Marina Del Rey-based XPRIZE Foundation, in what had been an attempt to win cash prize money offered by XPRIZE for landing a mission on the moon this year.

SpaceX Tests Grasshopper Rocket

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SpaceX , the Hawthorne-based commercial spaceflight and rocket operation headed by tech mogul Elon Musk, showed a successful test of a new, vertical takeoff and landing vehicle today, the SpaceX Grasshopper. The company said the program is a "critical step" in developing reusable rockets.

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SpaceX Plans To Unveil Recovery Plans

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the commercial rocket and spacecraft developer led by mogul Elon Musk, is planning on releasing plans on how the company hopes to recover from a catastrophic launch failure on June 28th. According to Musk, he plans to hold a call at noon discussing how the company plans to return to its launch operations.

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Elon Musk Confirms SpaceX Micro Satellite Plans

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX , the commercial rocket company run by Elon Musk , is indeed working on developing a constellation of micro-satellites to deliver Internet access across the world. According to Elon Musk, in a tweet, SpaceX is still in the "early stages" of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations.

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SpaceX Shifts Crew Dragon test Flight To March 2nd

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is shifting the first, test flight of its Crew Dragon vehicle to March 2nd, according to NASA, in what will be the first SpaceX test of its vehicle for launching astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA also has shifted the competing commercial crew vehicle being developed by Boeing, which will now occur no earlier than April.

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Elon Musk Eyes New Satellite Venture

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Elon Musk , the technology mogul behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors , is gearing up to develop a new startup, to launch its own constellation of satellites to deliver Internet access. and former Google executive Greg Wyler to help launch around 700 satellites into space to provide Internet access globally, with those satellites being launched into space by Hawthorne-based SpaceX.

OSI Systems Wins $1.8M Order

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Hawthorne-based OSI Systems , a developer of electronic systems and components for the healthcare, defense, homeland security, and other indutries, has won a $1.8M order, the firm said this morning. The firm said its Spacelabs Healthcare division won a $1.8M order from a southern Louisiana hospital for a patient monitoring product. Name of the customer was not announced. systems healthcare spacelabs electronics