Nasa to pay company $1 to collect moon rocks





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Nasa is paying a company $1 to collect moon rocks after it was accepted as a winning bidder.

On Thursday Colorado-based Lunar Outpost was awarded a contract to collect moon dirt for the US space agency.

It is one of three contracts awarded by Nasa under its low-cost lunar resource collection programme.

The other winning bidders were California-based Masten Space Systems and Tokyo-based ispace.

Nasa will be paying the companies for individual collections of lunar regolith, or moon soil, between 50g and 500g in weight.

“The companies will collect the samples and then provide us with visual evidence and other data that they’ve been collected,” a spokesman for Nasa said.

“The plan is for the mission to take place in 2023, but we are working with several different lander companies, which could result in an earlier launch date,” Lunar Outpost CEO Justin Cyrus told the BBC.

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NASA will pay a company $1 to collect moon rocks

A photo of the moon taken by SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft in orbit.

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NASA will pay an amazingly low price – a dollar – to have a company make a single small collection of moon dirt on the agency’s behalf.

Colorado-based start-up Lunar Outpost bid $1 and won a NASA contract to complete a mission under the agency’s low-cost lunar resource collection program announced earlier this year.

NASA wants to pay companies for individual collections of lunar regolith, or Moon soil, between 50 grams and 500 grams. The agency explicitly outlined it is only paying companies to collect material and say where NASA can find it on the moon’s surface – not to develop the spacecraft or return the regolith to Earth.

Lunar Outpost is one of the three companies that NASA selected on Thursday as winning bidders. The other two winners were California-based Masten Space Systems, which proposed a

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JFrog: A Small Company Offering Lots Of Technology (NASDAQ:FROG)

What is JFrog and why should readers care?

JFrog (FROG) is one of this year’s crop of hyper-growth IPOs. Its share price performance hasn’t been that of the shooting stars of the like of nCino (NCNO) or Snowflake (SNOW) nor is one of the busted IPOs that have most recently gone public. It recently reported its first quarter as a public company, which was a beat and raise; the shares fell around 10% and have remained around that level. Presumably, investors were looking for more – although given the uncertainties of the environment during the quarter and what the JFrog solution actually does, I thought the results were quite reasonable and suggested strong potential for the business.

On Monday, November 23rd, the company announced that 25% of the locked-up shares had been released because the share price and other conditions had been satisfied. The reaction was noticeable, although muted with

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Why The Software Technology Company Of The Future Might Not Sell Software

Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D. is the Founder and CEO of Giant Oak and Consilient, the creator of Giant Oak Search Technology (GOST) and DOZER.

In the digital economy, data abounds. IDC’s Global Datasphere Forecast predicts that the digital economy will create more data in the next three years than was generated in the last 30 years combined. There’s enormous power in all that data, but it takes a great deal of work to unlock it. Data is complicated, and in order to make data make sense, someone needs to clean it, organize it, interpret it and put it to use. 

As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella once said, “Every company is a software company.” That’s in part because software is the principal tool for harnessing data and putting it to work. But the value of software has changed.

In a world of open-source software, software code is no longer a

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Paints and Coatings Market Checkout Latest Innovations and Business Opportunities | Forecast 2029 | 3M Company, BASF SE

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Space balloon company plans stratospheric mission in early 2021

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts is pictured approaching the International Space Station for docking on November 16, 2020. The trip from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida took 27 and a half hours. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday it is on track to fly a demonstration mission next year and has raised the funds needed to accomplish this.

Space Perspective, which is based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announced it has raised $7 million in seed funding in a round of funding

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This Company Uses AI to Outwit Malicious AI

In September 2019, the National Institute of Standards and Technology issued its first-ever warning for an attack on a commercial artificial intelligence algorithm.

Security researchers had devised a way to attack a Proofpoint product that uses machine learning to identify spam emails. The system produced email headers that included a “score” of how likely a message was to be spam. But analyzing these scores, along with the contents of messages, made it possible to build a clone of the machine-learning model and craft spam messages that evaded detection.

The vulnerability notice may be the first of many. As AI is used more widely, new opportunities for exploiting weak spots in the technology also are emerging. That’s given rise to companies that probe AI systems for vulnerabilities, with the goal of catching malicious input before it can wreak havoc.

Startup Robust Intelligence is one such company. Over Zoom, Yaron Singer, its

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Affordit Technology to be Integrated into United Solutions Company Industry-Leading Product Offering

“Our partnership with USC opens the door to financial institutions across the country and extends our reach even deeper into the credit union industry,” Affordit CEO and Founder Kevin O’Brien said. “Just as importantly, we’re proud to have a credit union technology leader like USC validate the value our product delivers as a business development tool for financial institutions and as an educational resource for credit union members.”

Founded in 1983, USC serves as the technology center for 95 credit unions across the U.S., while also providing innovation leadership and other services to many other financial institutions. With credit union services ranging from core data processing and email hosting to network services and business analytics, United Solutions offers end-to-end technology packages. As part of this new multi-year agreement, Affordit’s patent-pending technology will be integrated into USC’s offering. USC’s national sales team will identify opportunities to introduce Affordit’s technology to their

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