Tomorrow’s major NASA/SpaceX launch to the ISS, and more tech news today


Your tech news digest, by the use of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Friday, 13 November 2020. Don’t be spooked!

1. Liftoff tomorrow!

Crew-1 SpaceX/NASA

SpaceX and NASA’s Crew-1 astronaut mission to the International Space Station takes off tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 14 at 7:49 PM (EST), barring inclement climate or ultimate hiccups, with the rocket located on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, the most skilled of the 4, are set to launch.
  • They’ll be a part of three different astronauts orbiting above us now to make seven in the ISS, its most capability
  • Static fireplace checks have been accomplished this week, and a full costume rehearsal with the unfamiliar SpaceX spacesuits has been accomplished.
  • It’s been a very long time coming. The launch was initially scheduled for August 30, however quite a few delays on either side have led to the November mission.
  • Following the Crew Dragon Demonstration Mission 2 (the Bob & Doug mission), NASA first pushed the mission to late September.
  • Then fixes to the Falcon-9 Merlin 1D rocket engines delayed the missions additional to Oct. 23, then Oct. 31, and lastly to this mid-November launch.
  • The Crew Dragon spacecraft is named Resilience, with the astronauts naming the vehicle (Twitter).
  • US Air Force 45th Weather Squadron now predicts a 70% likelihood of favorable climate situations — check here for L-1 updates (NASA).
  • And you’ll be able to watch the anticipated launch throughout primetime by way of NASA Live TV on YouTube.

While we’re right here, there’s another scheduled launch today: a ULA Atlas V, scheduled for about 5:13 PM EST from Cape Canaveral (ulalaunch.com).


2. It’s time: Google ought to require two years of updates for every Android phone (Android Authority).


3. PS5 is right here: Everything you need to know about Sony’s PlayStation 5 at launch (Android Authority).


4. Apple HomePod Mini reviews are out: latest sensible speaker is method more inexpensive however nonetheless chasing Amazon and Google on assistant smarts, too strict Apple tie-ins, and sound high quality general is behind the Nest Audio and latest Amazon Echo (The Verge).


5. 3-D music to your ears: New device puts music in your head — no headphones required. Launches today (AP).


6. Apple swears up and down that touchscreen Macs aren’t happening (Gizmodo). And, uh, properly: “why in the mac app store is there a human hand touching macos interface elements” (Twitter). This was later eliminated!


7. Mac users couldn’t launch apps after Apple verification server subject (The Verge).


8. Judge dismisses Apple’s “theft” claims in Epic Games lawsuit: “You actually have to have facts” (Ars Technica).


9. US authorities says it won’t enforce TikTok shutdown after court ruling (The Verge).


10. PayPal now lets all US customers buy, sell and hold cryptocurrency (Engadget).


11. Pfizer/BioNTech’s announcement exhibits the promise of gene-based vaccines (The Verge).


12. At the first lab-grown meat restaurant, you can eat a ‘cultured chicken’ sandwich, grown from cells in a bioreactor seen via a glass window in its eating room (FastCompany).


13. SpaceX Starlink has some hiccups as anticipated, but users are impressed (Ars Technica).


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