SpaceX launches first batch of 60 internet satellites in landmark mission

SpaceX ultimately wants Starlink to grow to include potentially thousands of satellites over the next few years. The company says it could make available low-cost internet for a significant portion of the world’s population that isn’t yet online and offer a competitive alternative for people who aren’t happy with their broadband provider.

Source: SpaceX launches first batch of 60 internet satellites in landmark mission – CNN

AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings

“In this paper specifically, we have tried to predict the [ranking] of the player in the ultimate survival test,” the project’s contributors wrote in a preprint paper (“Survival of the Fittest in PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds“) published on Arxiv.org. “We have applied multiple machine learning models to find the optimum prediction.”

Source: AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings | VentureBeat

90% of blockchain-based supply chain projects are in trouble

Despite the great amount of time and effort invested in pilot projects aiming to use distributed ledgers to verify authenticity, improve traceability, and build more trust into supply chain transactions, only 19% of respondents ranked blockchain as a very important technology for their business, the company said in a release. Only 9% have invested in it.

Source: Gartner Survey: 90% of blockchain-based supply chain projects are in trouble | Modern Consensus | Cryptocurrency and blockchain news and opinions

‘Secret’ City of Heroes emulator operators address SCORE leak drama, rebut personal info database rumor

The CoH Survivors Facebook page has absolutely exploded in fury and hurt over the news. While some folks are feeling vindicated because their previous claims about the secret server have been proven true, others are concerned that the publicity will bring a(nother) NCsoft C&D down on the operators’ heads.

Source: ‘Secret’ City of Heroes emulator operators address SCORE leak drama, rebut personal info database rumor | Massively Overpowered

Debris From India’s Anti-Satellite Test Raised Threat To Space Station

As he spoke about the heightened risk, the NASA administrator also emphasized that both the space station and the astronauts aboard it are safe. The station can be maneuvered out of harm’s way if needed, he added.

But another danger, he said, is that “when one country does it, then other countries feel like they have to do it, as well.”

Source: NASA: Debris From India’s Anti-Satellite Test Raised Threat To Space Station : NPR

The Moonrush has begun

On February 21, the first mission of the Moonrush embarked aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Beresheet lunar lander built by Israel’s SpaceIL was launched as a secondary payload, sharing the ride with the Indonesian communications satellite PSN-6. After reaching geostationary transfer orbit, Beresheet and the communications satellite separated from the Falcon 9 launcher. The communications satellite will propel itself to geostationary Earth orbit. Meanwhile, Beresheet is slowly raising its orbit. In early April the spacecraft will enter lunar orbit, then land on the Moon.

Source: The Space Review: The Moonrush has begun

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year Mission

For the scientists, that ends a mission of unexpected endurance. The rover was designed to last only three months. Opportunity provided scientists a close-up view of Mars that they had never seen: finely layered rocks that preserved ripples of flowing water several billion years ago, a prerequisite for life.

Source: NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year Mission – The New York Times