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chinaOnline services giant Meituan Dianping and is now worth $51 billion

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China food delivery service Meituan Dianping had a $4.2 billion IPO. The company’s market cap reached about HK$400 billion (US$51 billion). Co-founder Wang Xing’s now has a net worth US$5.3 billion. Wang Xing’s vision for Meituan is to be an …

technologyWealth investment app targets rich Singaporeans

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A Ping An Group spinoff has launched an online platform aimed at wealthy Singaporean clients. China’s largest companies are developing business in Southeast Asian and other international markets using cutting-edge technology. Leading Chinese wealth management group Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial …

spaceThe first Flight-ready SpaceX Raptor engines have probably been built

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In May 2018, SpaceX’s propulsion engineering lead Tom Mueller said that flight-ready Raptor engines were already in work. The Raptor design would have to be completed and manufacturing work was beginning. Elon Musk just said he was really excited about …

armyUS working on 1150 mile range supergun

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The US Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) will have a range of up to 1,150 miles. The Strategic Long Range Cannon could be a follow-up to supergun work that Gerard Bull started for Iraq from 1988-1990. It could be a …

darpaDARPA wants control of Light and Matter Interactions

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A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. Because of these intricate internal and surface structures, new properties have emerged, some exhibiting behavior that …

moonElon Musk’s Faith in humanity restored by Yusaku

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Elon Musk indicated that his faith in humanity was greatly restored by Yusaku Maezawa. Yusaka has purchased a SpaceX BFR flight where he and artist guests will be the first civilians to fly around the moon. Yusaku took his money …

spaceSpaceX will develop vacuum version of Raptor for version 2 of BFS

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SpaceX changed the engines for the SpaceX BFS. They are all using non-vacuum engine nozzles. This reduces the amount of payload that will be taken to space in the first version. It seems to reduce it from 150 tons to …

chinaLong March 9 will take 140 tons to low-earth orbit starting 2028

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China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-9 in 2028, said an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 on Tuesday. Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering …

internetSoftware defined radios are key to satellite direct to future smartphone communication

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Nextbigfuture was able to ask Rob Hoyt of Tethers Unlimited how he will be able to use 27 large high low-earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed internet directly to smartphones. The GlobalFi approach will be to put all of the …

carsTesla focus on execution and no real competition until 2020

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Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein says there is no credible competition for the Tesla Model 3 until 2020. In 2020, Volvo will release its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan. The Model S luxury sedan and the Model X luxury SUV will only …