Tag: Transportation

Tech

Watch SpaceX launch a used rocket and attempt an extra-tricky landing

ANALYSIS: SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that has previously been used to deliver satellites into space. The launch — carrying the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history – is expected to be deployed around 12:10 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on YouTube and a…

Gadgets

Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

 Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch…

Science

Amazon’s delivery drone hive looks like it came from a sci-fi movie nightmare

An illustration from a patent application for multi-level fulfillment centers shows drones swarming around the building. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO) If filmmakers ever decide to do a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” with drones instead of birds, they could use Amazon’s concept for a drone-dominated fulfillment center in their set design. The artwork, included…

Tech

Fresh off $600 million raise, Mobike rides bike-sharing service into Japan

Chinese bike-sharing behemoth Mobike  announced it has moved into a major new market with the launch of a subsidiary company in Japan. The news comes hot on the heels of a mammoth $600 million raise , which took the startup’s total funding since it was founded out of Shanghai in 2015 to more than $900 million,…