Welcome to Edition 1.05 of the Rocket Report! This collaborative effort with readers of Ars Technica seeks to diversify our coverage of the launch industry. The Rocket Report publishes as a newsletter on Thursday and on this website every Friday morning.
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Company plans to launch rockets from drone plane. An Alabama-based startup called Aevum is developing plans to launch small payloads from an autonomous air-launch system that it is calling Ravn. The aircraft could launch rockets every three hours, according to the company. Per Space.com, Aevum is working toward beginning flight testing in 2019. If the entire flight test campaign goes according to plan, Aevum has three launches planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Rumor mill, rumor mill, churn, churn, churn.
They didn’t even have to snap their fingers to make him disappear from China’s internet.
And don't even ask about Brexit
The UK government doesn't know what science and tech skills the economy needs or how Brexit will affect firms' ability to recruit staff, MPs have warned.…
The $6 meal will be assembled without human hands.
Join tech luminaries and Jenny Agutter for a night on the tiles
The Register is partnering with Byte Night, the annual tech-heavy sleepout fundraiser for Action for Children, the UK charity which has been caring and sticking up for vulnerable young people for 150 years.…
The site will let video-makers charge fans a monthly fee for exclusive content.
The police report suggests the safety operator was streaming The Voice just before a fatal collision.
Tel Aviv treated to Brucey's bonus views
Israel Cyber Week With insecure computers in charge, the healthcare and transportation sectors have become a nexus of security problems, infosec veteran Bruce Schneier warned delegates at Israel Cyber Week.…
Huston Huddleston, the Los Angeles man who years ago announced that he had "saved the bridge" of a discarded Enterprise-D touring set, has now pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. The other criminal charges pending against him were dismissed during a Wednesday court hearing.
Huddleston was sentenced to time served (63 days in custody, plus 63 days for good behavior), three years probation, and he now has to register as a sex offender beginning in September 2018.
The full docket was provided to Ars by Crystal House, a former volunteer who had worked with Huddleston. She had been one of a handful of people who reported him to authorities and was ready to testify against him had there been a trial.
The international automation conference will showcase these robots from ECHORD++, an EU-funded robotics project with a single aim: To bring cutting edge robotics research to market.
Workers wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos "in the face of this immoral US policy."
A compelling alternative to the traditional compact crossover.
Study of Americans shows light drinking is still better than none
A major study of Americans has punched another hole in the official British government medical advice that there's no "safe level" of drinking.…
But for real, this kit is great for fooling kids into liking STEM
There's a scene in Showtime's Billions where a forward-thinking hedge fund manager is interviewing prospective quantitative analysts and gives them a flat-packed cardboard box. The candidates come and go until one finally correctly supposes that the box is impossible to put together, and recognition of this apparently shows the ability to "think outside the box".…
Blockchain might actually prove helpful for a change
In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties.…
He was young, eager to please and forgot that size matters
On-Call Thank the Valar it’s Friday, because that means the weekend beckons and a new instalment of On-Call, The Register’s weekly reader-contributed tale of tech support tangles.…
Twitter acquired "trust and safety service" Smyte on Thursday, then shut down their API, giving existing customers no time to prepare for the closure.
Researchers confirm hardware vulnerable to remote attacks
Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family.…
Sorry Algeria, no Netflix and cheat for you.