FLIR invests in DroneBase; Falcon Heavy taking off tonight; adds Katie May to board

ShippingEasy CEO Joins Board

El Segundo-based Inc. appointed Katie May, chief executive of Austin, Texas-based online shipping application developer ShippingEasy Inc., to its board of directors April 10. ShippingEasy was acquired by in 2016 for roughly $63 million. According to Socaltech, May helped grow ShippingEasy to a $30 million business in the five years prior to its acquisition.

DroneBase Links with FLIR

Drone imaging company DroneBase received a strategic investment from sensor technology developer FLIR Systems April 9, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the investment were not disclosed but the partnership ensures DroneBase’s pilots will have access to FLIR’s thermal imaging technology and training services. Based in Santa Monica, DroneBase was established in 2014 and had raised roughly $19 million prior to this round of funding.

First Commercial Falcon Heavy Flight Scheduled

Hawthorne-based SpaceX will send its Falcon Heavy rocket into space on its first commercial launch this evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. reports the rocket is scheduled to lift off at 8 p.m. eastern time and will carry an Arabsat-6A communications satellite into orbit. After the first stage of separation, the Falcon’s two side boosters should land back at Cape Canaveral, while its center core will touch down on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean as part of SpaceX’s reusable rocket initiative.

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