27 Aug 2019

TechBits, August 27, 2019

1.SpaceX ‘Starhopper’ rocket test: How to watch the next attempted launch

  • Elon Musk’s Starship prototype dubbed “Starhopper” did no hopping as planned on Monday, but SpaceX is setting up to try again Tuesday afternoon.
  • Monday’s planned Starhopper hop was delayed for two hours then aborted as the launch clock ticked down to zero and the craft’s single Raptor engine failed to ignite. That means the earliest we might see the hopper’s second and final flight is 2 p.m. PT (4 p.m. Texas time).
  • SpaceX started streaming from its test launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas a few minutes before its scheduled launch time Monday, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the company’s YouTube channel Tuesday to get the best view of the hop.

2. Microsoft offers free post-2020 Windows 7 support for Win 10 Enterprise subscribers

  • The company will give Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to EA and EAS customers with active subscriptions to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 Security.
  • “Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EA and EAS) customers with active subscription licenses to Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security will get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for Year 1 as a benefit,” Microsoft said in a FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7 and Office 2010.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 and Microsoft 365 E5 are the top-tier subscriptions of the OS or packages that include the operating system. They are the highest-priced plans in their specific lines.

3. Russia is Sailing a ‘Floating Chernobyl’ Into the Arctic

  • The Akademik Lomonosov is carrying two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors to Russia’s Arctic coast.
  • The power plant is set to replace the Bilibino nuclear power plant on Chukotka, in the far east of Russia.
  • Environmentalists say the floating power plant is an inherent risk to the Arctic region.



4. The U.S. Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Spaceplane Breaks Another Record

  • The X-37B space plane has set a new record for its class, spending 716 continuous days in orbit.
  • Nobody outside the Pentagon knows all the things the X-37B does.
  • The X-37B is an unmanned spacecraft designed to take payloads into space and return them…up to two years later.

5. Russia Just Sent This Creepy Robot Into Space

  • A Russian robot named Fedor is being launched to the International Space Station via rocket.
  • The Soyuz rocket only sent up a robot because the space crew wanted to test a new emergency system.
  • You can watch an archived video of Thursday morning’s livestream on YouTube.
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