SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket next launch from Florida’s Space Coast has been pushed back to Tuesday, April 9. The megarocket will lift off from historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying the Arabsat 6A communications satellite.
Although this is the second launch of the world’s most powerful
rocket, it will be its first commercial mission. Its maiden launch was a
demonstration flight on February 6, last year, when Elon Musk’s cherry-red
Roadster and a Starman dummy pilot were sent into space.
Look, ma, no
driver! Driverless shuttles are coming to Lake Nona.
Orlando’s Lake Nona unveiled the first autonomous vehicles in Florida last Tuesday.
Autonomous vehicle company Beep revealed that a miniature, self-driving bus will hit the streets of Lake Nona in the coming months.
Move Nona is a self-driving shuttle and will seat up to 15 passengers. The vehicle will be able to travel no more than 16 miles per hour, according to Beep. The project is supplied by French company Navya, whose representatives also came to Lake Nona to announce Beep had been chosen as a partner on the project. Both Beep and Navya have been contracted by Lake Nona owner and prime developer- Tavistock Group which is a Bahamas-based private investment organization founded in 1975 and controlling assets in various land development projects.
Dozens of executives and local officials gathered in the Orlando suburb for the announcement. Beep is planning to plant its headquarters square in Lake Nona – a 17 square-mile neighborhood in south Orlando billed as one of the newest, fastest developing tech-heavy ‘smart cities.’ If you need one of the new autonome shuttles, all you have to do is use an app to request a pickup. The shuttles run on batteries and are guided by sensors. The project aims to reduce air pollution and congestion. Each bus will be able to accommodate eight seated passengers and there is standing room for a few more.
Buddy Dyer told reporters that the aim of the area is to become one of the
autonomous vehicle central-points of all the United States as currently it is one
of ten autonomous vehicle proving grounds in the country.
On a launch pad in Florida, SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready for the first flight test of its new space capsule designed to carry astronauts into space.
The Falcon 9 is scheduled to take to the skies over Florida
Saturday morning. The rocket’s payload is the new Dragon capsule, the company’s
very first vehicle designed to take people to the International Space Station. Even
though the Crew Dragon capsule is meant for passengers, it will not carry
any people on board when Falcon 9 rocket blasts off.
The mission is called Demonstration-1 or DM-1 and the flight is
a test. It is only meant to show NASA that the Crew Dragon is space-worthy and
safe for future human crew members.NASA is particularly concerned
about this, because the very first people who will fly on the Crew Dragon capsule
will be the space agency’s astronauts. The Crew Dragon is a critical part of NASA
Commercial Crew Program, which has been developed by using privately-made spacecraft
to transport NASA astronauts to and from the space station.
The white, bell-shaped Dragon
capsule can carry up to seven astronauts and it is basically a more powerful
version of the SpaceX robotic cargo ship. When the capsule blasts off as, it
will travel to the International Space Station and dock there. The three
astronauts currently living in the space station will be able go
inside the hatch to load and unload cargo before the Dragon returns to Earth
and splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean.
The private spaceflight company SpaceX installed an astronaut walkway at Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Monday. The walkway will allow astronauts to get from the launch tower to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, which will sit atop SpaceX’s 230-foot-tall (70 meters) Falcon 9 rocket.
StarFlyer, world’s tallest swing ride debut pushed to June.
The original May 11 opening date of the StarFlyer has been pushed by 3 weeks. Thrill seekers will have to wait until June 1. The developer, Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments, LLC owns the Vue at 360 complex where the ride will be located. Officials with the company announced a new June 1, 2018 debut. The attraction was expected to open May 11.
Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that “Kids will be out of school,” at the opening of the new attraction. StarFlyer will be world’s tallest swing ride at 450 feet and two dozen guests at a time will be able to swing at 60 mph. Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that the reasons for delays include an incomplete railing that will surround the ride, as well as unfinished landscaping features.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark 20th anniversary with Party for the Planet.
Walt Disney World is planning special events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom theme park, starting with two weeks of Party for the Planet festivities.
Guests will be able to attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and enjoy interactions with some animals of the park’s attractions.
The festive activities will start on April 22, which is Earth Day and the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s official opening in 1998.
SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch to conduct nose cone checks.
SpaceX has delayed its weekend launch of the Spanish communications satellite Hispasat 30W-6 to allow time for extra tests on the Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 was scheduled to launch the satellite Sunday (Feb. 25) at 12:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. But on Saturday, SpaceX said it needed extra time to test the rocket’s payload fairing, the nose cone that protects satellites during flight. A new launch date has not been officially announced yet.