SpaceX, TeleSat Canada bids get U.S. nod to expand satellite internet

WASHINGTON (Reuters – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk’s Space X, Telesat Canada [PSPENC.UL] and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services.

FCC OKs SpaceX, TeleSat Canada bids to expand satellite-based internet service

WASHINGTON (Reuters – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow Tesla chief executive Elon Musk’s Space X, Telesat Canada and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services.

Face off: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies

Super-realistic face masks made by a tiny company in rural Japan are in demand from the domestic tech and entertainment industries and from countries as far away as Saudi Arabia.

‘We trust our rocket’, crew says ahead of first space launch since failure

A U.S. astronaut said on Thursday she had full confidence in the safety of the Russian-made Soyuz rocket that will blast a three-person crew into space next month in the first such launch since a rocket failure.

Frigid planet detected orbiting nearby star

A frozen and dimly lit planet, dubbed a “Super-Earth,” may be orbiting the closest single star to our solar system, astronomers said on Wednesday, based on two decades of scientific observations.

After aborted mission, NASA astronaut confident about December launch

The American astronaut who will hitch the first ride on a Russian rocket since last month’s aborted launch and dramatic emergency landing is confident that her scheduled trip in December on a rocket that she calls a “workhorse” will go smoothly.

Scientists to swap dusty old kilogram for something more stable

After years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram.

Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity.