Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

It did what most tech companies set out to do when they host a big event: Announce shiny new products (Galaxy S20!This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu and WIRED contributor Boone Ashworth join co-host Lauren Goode to chat about all things Samsung and more.

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Before I get to the calculations, let's look at the details of the system and the physics involved.

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

A Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted atop the rocket, just as it will be later this year when SpaceX sends its first astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station .

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

In the early years co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton charged a $1 annual fee to use the service, but that didn’t stop WhatsApp from spreading, particularly in developing nations like Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa.

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX is also expected to launch 60 more of its Starlink internet satellites and conduct an in-flight abort test that will jettison its Crew Dragon capsule mid-flight, but it has not announced dates for either of these missions.

Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space

Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space

Just ask Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut who has flown to space twice for extended stays .Getting medical treatment on the International Space Station is complicated, so NASA does its best to ensure astronauts are in peak physical condition before they leave for the final frontier.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News

SpaceX's Starship Rocket Test, Equifax Owes You, and More News. SpaceX unleashed the rocket that may carry humans to Mars, Equifax might owe you $125, and we've got a show for you to binge. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News. After pulling the Galaxy Fold from the market due to a faulty display, Samsung now says it has fixed its foldable smart­phone and that the product is ready for relaunch.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

This was the last major test for Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system, which will launch rockets from a gutted jumbo jet, known as Cosmic Girl, to boost small satellites into orbit.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

A group of undergraduates from the University of Southern California became the first students ever to launch a rocket into space, as WIRED reported last week . but at that point we knew that the rocket had worked and had stayed intact and was still transmitting data.

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

By showing up, these rocket chasers are uncovering news about the secretive happenings at SpaceX.This past March, Chylinski was hunkered down in a cramped bungalow in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a small tourist town just down the road from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

A company spokesperson could not immediately say when Stratolaunch planned to complete additional flights, and the aircraft will need certification from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can begin to carry rockets and satellites into space.

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

SpaceX Lands All 3 Boosters of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

During the Falcon Heavy’s demo flight last year, the center core landed in the water and the resulting explosion damaged the drone ship. Although the Falcon Heavy had flown a demo mission once before, this rocket used new block 5 boosters, which are seven percent more powerful than the ones used for the demo flight.

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Watch SpaceX Launch a Falcon Heavy on Its First Real Mission

Indeed, a perusal of the launch manifest for the Delta IV heavy shows that the majority of its flights over the past 15 years have hosted military payloads, and the ability to snag some of these lucrative contracts in the future would represent a major windfall for SpaceX.The Air Force will undoubtedly be paying close attention to the Arabsat launch today, which will help prove that the rocket can safely deliver its sensitive payloads to orbit.

5 of the Best Demos of Projectile Motion and Its Quirks

5 of the Best Demos of Projectile Motion and Its Quirks

Both balls start with the same vertical position and the same vertical velocity (zero m/s) so that they have the same motion in the vertical direction and hit the ground at the same time. The water will shoot out horizontally, just like projectile motion.

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX Is Sending Its First Crew-Ready Capsule to the ISS

SpaceX says Dragon will carry supplies for the crew currently on the space station, a radiation experiment, and a mannequin similar to the Starman that flew on board the first Falcon Heavy mission.

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

A Space Act Agreement signed in 2018 shows that the aerospace company wants to include a handful of the Shuttle’s smaller orbital maneuvering engines in a secret Department of Defense project.

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images Last Thursday, a shiny new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sat perched atop NASA’s historic Pad 39A, at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, waiting to briefly fire its engines.

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

This morning, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocketed two test pilots beyond Earth's boundaries and brought them back safely, in a giant leap toward finally making commercial space tourism a reality.The mission was Virgin Galactic’s fourth powered test flight of VSS Unity, the craft it expects to use to haul wealthy sightseers into space.

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

Astroscale's first mission, called ELSA-d a cheery acronym that hides the ominous "End-of-Life Service" hidden within it, aims to show that a reaper-style space robot can find lost debris, match a dead satellite’s tumble, and dock.PushersTraditionally, satellites have thrusters that push them to the orbits they need, keep them there, and then (assuming the gas gauge doesn't read "empty") send them shooting down to Earth when the time comes.

This Robo-Truck’s Cameras See Twice as Far as Any Lidar

This Robo-Truck’s Cameras See Twice as Far as Any Lidar

Checking it has plenty of room, it makes a quick juke to the left, pulling its 18 wheels and four human passengers over the dashed white line.This lane change is just one of a variety of impressive maneuvers TuSimple’s self-driving truck executes during a 40-minute demo ride I took with CTO Xiaodi Hou on a sunny Friday morning last month.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

The California-based aerospace company is flexing its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket—the Falcon 9—prepares to launch 64 small satellites into orbit.The mission, dubbed SSO-A, is slated to lift off a little after 10:30 am PT from the company’s west coast launch site, the second flight within a few weeks for SpaceX.

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

“For 90 percent of the planet’s surface, you need satellites,” says Fabien Jordan, founder and CEO of Astrocast, one of the startups sending a satellite up next week.If shippers want to track assets at sea, farmers wish to check on the health of their crops, or governments seek to monitor dangerous bridges today, they must deploy powerful devices connecting to traditional satellite communications providers like Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat.

NASA to host media briefing on new ice-monitoring mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA to host media briefing on new ice-monitoring mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), which will fly NASA’s most advanced laser altimeter to measure Earth’s changing ice.

NASA invites media to view launch of ICESat-2 from west coast – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA invites media to view launch of ICESat-2 from west coast – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The ICESat-2 mission will measure the changing height of Earth's glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice, one laser pulse at a time, 10,000 laser pulses per second. Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, scheduled for Saturday, Sept.