SpaceX working on giant all-purpose rocket to travel around Earth, to moon and Mars; Disney launches DisneyNow app; and James Webb telescope launch again delayed.
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk announced plans to develop a revised version of a reusable interplanetary transport system that he said would be more affordable and versatile, reports Space News. The spaceship is designed to carry passengers from city-to-city on earth, to the moon and Mars.
Walt Disney Co. this week launched a new app for streaming Disney series, Disney Channel movies, live TV and music all under one roof, with the release of DisneyNow, reports TechCrunch. The app is designed to consolidate Disney’s existing “Watch” streaming apps into one, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney.
NASA announced that the James Webb telescope being built by Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach will not be ready for launch in October 2018 and its launch would have to slip into 2019, reports Ars Technica. It was not immediately clear what pushback NASA will get from Congress or the White House over the additional delay. Initial estimates from scientists were that the telescope could launch in 2011 for $1.6 billion, but now the cost has risen to $8.8 billion.
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