It sounds a bit like science fiction: manned flights in the largest rocket in the world and high-speed internet over a network of thousands of satellites. Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX has come a small step closer to both projects – a brief overview of the most important news
Musk is known for speaking in superlatives. The Starship is the “fastest way to a self-sustaining city on Mars”, he once said, and he announced trips to other planets. First flights of the spacecraft of his company SpaceX with people on board Musk had already promised for 2020 – too optimistic. This year, however, the Starship is slated to enter orbit and fly from Texas to Hawaii. SpaceX has now assembled the world’s largest rocket for the first time.
While Musk’s rocket can’t be big enough, satellites can be tiny. The SpaceBEEs of the Satellitendaten-Startups Swarm are, according to the company, “the smallest commercially operated satelliteThe startup operates 120 satellites in sandwich format as well as ground stations. SpaceX is now taking over the nanosatellite company Swarm and with it its know-how and licenses. The acquisition represents a departure from SpaceX’s longstanding strategy of developing technology internally.
Promised before Brexit, broken after Brexit: The UK’s exit from the EU has an impact on mobile roaming. As of February 2020, Great Britain and Northern Ireland are no longer part of the EU. This means that the EU roaming regulation no longer applies. However, the British mobile network operators had promised not to change anything in EU roaming. Two British mobile network operators break this promise after less than two years and abolish EU roaming. Brexit makes roaming more expensive, especially for the British. If that doesn’t cause any trouble.
Apple is already in trouble. Group devices such as iPhones and Macs will in future be able to independently check users’ photos for images showing sexual abuse of children before iCloud uploads. If a certain number of hits is reached, Apple will be informed. Apple’s planned image recognition has met with massive criticism. Data protectionists and civil rights activists criticize the project as a “back door” and the possible establishment of a monitoring infrastructure on the end devices. Apple is trying to allay the concerns.
Compact SUVs are popular around the world. Battery-powered compact SUVs are the new international norm of the car itself. The vehicle class is booming. All major car manufacturers are pushing into this segment, including Volkswagen with its VW ID.4. The German car company sells its model in Europe, the USA and China. Can the VW ID.4 set the standard? The new standard: the VW ID.4 Pro electric car put to the test.
A year ago, on August 9, 2020, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko lost the election. Since then, he has kept in power with brutal methods, supported by Russia’s ruler Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko was able to violently suppress the mass protests. To mark the anniversary of his electoral defeat, the dictator gave a seven (!) Hour long speech on Monday, including about alleged western conspiracies. Lukashenko is still in demand as a border guard of the EU.
- Poland has the prospect of more fiber optics in rural regions. The EU Commission approved a joint venture between Orange Poland and the Dutch pension fund manager APG Asset Management on Monday. It is supposed to lay fiber optics and rent it to network operators.
- Because foreign opponents Anti-satellite and space-based weapons develop, the US would have to develop innovative and robust space-based sensors to collect information. At least that’s what the organizers of the believe virtual space intelligence forumtaking place this Tuesday.