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The biggest rocket launches and space missions we’re looking forward to in 2018

From The Verge:

Next year is already overflowing with exciting missions to space. NASA is launching a new lander to Mars, as well as a spacecraft that will get closer to the Sun than ever before. And two of NASA’s vehicles already in space will finally arrive at their intended targets: one will rendezvous with a nearby asteroid, while another will pass by a distant space rock billions of miles from Earth.

Uber in deal with NASA to build flying taxi air control software

From Rueters:

LISBON (Reuters) - Uber is taking part in a joint industry and government push with NASA to develop software which the company aims to use to manage “flying taxi” routes that could work like ride-hailing services it has popularized on the ground.

Uber said on Wednesday it was the first formal services contract by the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) covering low-altitude airspace rather than outer space. NASA has used such contracts to develop rockets since the late 1950s.

'5G is going to solve' the world's 'digital traffic jam'

From CNBC Mad Money:

  • "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer sat down with Skyworks Solutions CEO Liam Griffin to discuss how companies like his will tackle booming mobile growth.
  • Griffin said technology companies "never anticipated what mobile was going to do" for the world and the global economy.
  • Developing 5G networks will have to be the ultimate solution to what currently amounts to a "digital traffic jam" in mobile usage, the CEO said.

Applications V.1

There are a lot of interesting and innovative applications surfacing worldwide, therefore we want to take a moment to dedicate periodic posts highlighting our Applications page. In this weeks edition we link to articles covering how 5G data speeds will help evolve the medical industry; the first nanosatellite to beam a smarthphone call from space; wireless enabled clothing and wearable biometric rings to help replace passwords, keys, and credit cards; and how airplanes are turning into communications satellites.

NASA starts wind tunnel tests for its quiet supersonic jet

From Engadget: 

NASA's plans for a quiet supersonic jet, the QueSST, just became tangible: the agency and Lockheed Martin have started wind tunnel tests for the future X-plane. It's a scale model at this stage, but it will be subjected to winds as high as Mach 1.6 (950MPH) to gauge both its aerodynamic performance as well as parts of its propulsion system. The tests should run until the middle of 2017.