ExoTerra to develop upper stage for Virgin Orbit LauncherOne


SAN FRANCISCO – Colorado startup ExoTerra Resources announced a NASA Small Business Innovative Research contract Oct. 5 to develop a solar electric upper stage to boost small satellites traveling on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne beyond low Earth orbit.

With ExoTerra’s Solar Electric Propulsion Upper Stage, LauncherOne customers could reach destinations including geostationary orbit, trans-lunar injection orbit, Earth-Moon Lagrange points and low lunar orbit, according to the ExoTerra news release.

“This win allows ExoTerra to begin development of an upper stage that will deliver up to 150 kilograms of payload to the moon,” according to the news release. The upper stage also could transport 180-kilogram payloads to geostationary orbit, the release added.

Virgin Orbit announced plans in 2019 to send small satellites to Mars in 2022 for Polish satellite manufacturer SatRevolution.

“That announcement definitely has attracted the interest of many others in the growing aerospace community,” a Virgin Orbit spokesman said by email.

Virgin Orbit sees “robust demand from customers” eager to travel on LauncherOne to destinations including highly elliptical orbit, geostationary orbit “and even to the moon, Mars, Venus and the asteroid belt,” the Virgin Orbit spokesman said. “Thanks to the ingenuity of the small satellite community, many groups have found ways to do really meaningful missions at each of those destinations using the amount of mass that we can confidently deliver using a stock LauncherOne complemented by a third stage.”

The new upper stage will be propelled by Halo XL, an ExoTerra Hall-effect thruster. The thruster draws on technology ExoTerra licensed from a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory program called Ascendant Sub-kW Transcelestial Electric Propulsion System or ASTRAEUS.

“This contract win is an important milestone for ExoTerra and aligns with our goal of developing high efficiency propulsion systems to support lunar and interplanetary missions,” Michael VanWoerkom, ExoTerra president and CEO, said

TechLaw.Fest 2020 Sets Stage For Legal Industry’s Future


Virtual conference sees record 6,000 registrations from more than 100 countries

SINGAPORE, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A legal profession powered by technology—that’s the bold new vision put forth for the profession’s future at the end of TechLaw.Fest 2020. Attracting more than 6,000 registrations from over 100 countries, the event featured more than 50 networking opportunities, panel discussions and keynote addresses over five days.

TechLaw.Fest 2020 also boasted more than 120 speakers from the likes of tech giants Alibaba and Google, academia, and leading local and international law firms. Together, they offered thought-provoking and practical insights into legal innovation, technology law, access to justice and the future of automated legal operations.

Said Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, “With its record turnout and success in bringing stakeholders of legal innovation closer together, TechLaw.Fest 2020 has shown how a purely digital event can be just as meaningful and engaging as a physical one. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a good example of how technology and innovation can help us pull through and emerge stronger. The Technology and Innovation Roadmap (TIR) seeks to encourage the legal industry to step up efforts in technology adoption and innovation, so that we can better position ourselves to seize more opportunities in the new normal.”

Said Ms Serene Wee, Chief Executive of the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”), “It has been a huge week for the entire profession. Thanks to technology, we were able to host a wholly virtual event that saw leading minds from across time zones discussing the rapidly evolving role of the legal profession and the variants of legal technology, and how both will intersect in the future of law. At the heart of all this is a key issue of

Apple: India Takes Center Stage


As the tension between the US and China shows no sign of being put to rest any time soon, another Asian country takes a step closer to the spotlight. Over the past couple of weeks, India has surfaced a couple of times in Apple’s newsfeed:

  • Production ramp up: although still officially a rumor, thee of Apple’s key parts suppliers and assemblers are expected to invest $900 million in production capacity over the next 5 years. This would be the result of a $6.7 billion Indian government incentive program to boost the country’s smartphone manufacturing capabilities. Reuters reports that most of the funding would be used to expand iPhone production.
  • Online store goes live: now that local regulatory requirements have been met, Apple has opened its online store in India. The go-live date was September 23. Through the store, consumers in India will be able to use financing options and trade-in programs, and students will have access to discounted pricing on certain devices and services.

Untapped opportunity

Both pieces of news are encouraging, on the supply and demand sides. Regarding demand, the two side-by-side graphs below give a sense of how much revenue growth Apple may be able to generate in the country.

First, smartphone sales in India continue to increase at a consistent pace of about 10% per year, well above the global average. Second, iOS is a far second to Android in the smartphone operating ecosystem. Gaining just a bit of market share could mean a substantial boost to revenues in the region.

Regarding supply, expanding production ties with India is a key move in the broader strategic move to diversify away from China. Nearly half of Apple’s top suppliers are still in the Far East, but India has shown interest in being the production alternative. Ramped

ARHT Media’s HoloPresence Technology Utilized By Singapore’s Iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel As Part Of Their Innovative New Hybrid Event Stage


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The newly designed event space will reignite the MICE industry through hybrid events that bring smaller groups together in-person while also streaming to larger audiences online using a blend of holograms, mixed reality andstate-of-the-art presentation technology.

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ARHT Media Inc. (“ARHT” or “the Company”) (TSXV:ART), the global leader in the development, production and distribution of high-quality, low latency hologram and digital content, is pleased to have their HoloPresence technology at the iconic Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel in Singapore as part of the luxury hotel’s groundbreaking new hybrid 3D event stage, specially designed for the MICE industry to deliver rich interactive hybrid presentations and bring a mix of presenters together as holograms and in-person. The new space can host events that include small groups of attendees gathering in the room safely while streaming online to larger audiences simultaneously.

“The onset of the pandemic completely changed the landscape of the MICE industry. Now, as organizations look for new ways to connect and conduct business, it’s clear that hybrid events are the way forward,” stated Ong Wee Min, VP of MICE at Marina Bay Sands. “We have utilized the latest technology to create a fully immersive environment that can deliver engaging hybrid presentations, and with the use of live holograms, we can bring presenters together from virtually anywhere.”

With ARHT’s HoloPresence technology, event organizers have the ability to beam in multiple presenters from around the globe as holograms to hold meetings, give keynote presentations, and have panel discussions and much more. While also streaming everything that happens on the stage to participants online.

The MBS stage includes two massive 6m by

Latest Trends That Will Set The Stage For Software Product Testing


As businesses are heading towards digitalization, software development industry is becoming more technically advanced with embracing latest technologies. It is aiming to deliver high-class software products and services to their clients / customers. Due to the development of innovative and complex products, software product testing is rapidly finding its application and strategical importance in different phases of software development life cycle.

According to the latest research conducted by the product testing companies in New Jersey, it is revealed that the demand for product testing is expected to increase by 15% this year. Today businesses are intended to stay competitive in terms of performance and security. Also, testers are struggling to resolve issues imposed by new technologies, consequently resulted in the huge adoption of automation testing and other technologies which are largely shaping this IT industry.

Here, we are outlining a few latest trends evolving out for software product testing. It would be interesting to analyze that how leveraging these trends can help enterprises as well as testing professionals to strategize their product testing services.

Big Data & Analytics Testing Will Reveal Their Potential:

Today, Big data and analytics have manifested their potential to the organizations due to their capability of offering valuable insights on critical business aspects. However, majorities of the companies have already made investments in Big Data, it is further expected to grow more than $ 210 billion by the year 2020.

For this reason, companies would need to strategize around Big Data testing to test big chunks of data availed from various sources. To maintain the integrity of the data, companies would require high analytical techniques, tools, and frameworks, so surely it is going to take a huge leap this year.

Agile and Continuous Integration Will Remain Essential:

Since agile development methodology facilitates flexibility and transparency across …