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Astrix Astronautics’ Fia Jones on wooing Peter Beck to launch her startup

Astrix has figured out how to use inflation to deploy a very large surface area from a compact volume, which allows for ease of access to power in...

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A quick trip to MARS

Greetings from Las Vegas, where it’s 105 degrees outside, but it mostly doesn’t matter because you can’t figure out how to get outside. I’m...

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AI model’s insight helps astronomers propose new theory for observing far-off worlds

Machine learning models are increasingly augmenting human processes, either performing repetitious tasks faster or providing some systematic insight...

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Sheryl Sandberg, Substack and the art of still raising money for groceries

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was...

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Max Q: Mines and metals

TechCrunch presents Max Q, a weekly roundup of space news

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Indonesia’s Astro raises $60M to work on 15-minute grocery delivery

Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago has long been a headache for logistics companies, but there’s no lack of brave challengers....

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Lab, crab and robotic rehab

I was in Berkeley a couple of months back, helping TechCrunch get its proverbial ducks in a row before our first big climate event (coming in a few...

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Astroforge raises $13M seed round for asteroid mining ambitions

Astroforge developed a technique to refine materials in-space. They’re staying mostly mum on how it solves the myriad technical challenges of...

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Even Amazon can’t quite figure out what Astro is for

Amazon's cute little Astro robot has been scurrying its way around my apartment for the past few weeks. It has no arms to scratch its own head...

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Simulation meets observation in first image of the supermassive black hole at our galaxy’s center

As countless science and general news outlets have reported today, the image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our...

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Amazon’s cashierless Just Walk Out technology comes to Houston Astros’ Major League Baseball Stadium

Amazon announced today it will bring its cashier-free checkout technology, Just Walk Out, to a Major League Baseball stadium for the first time. MLB...

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Max Q: One small step for man

Welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: Axiom Space's first mission to the ISS, Astranis buys a dedicated Falcon 9 flight, A week with founder and...

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Astronomer ready for its next mission after Datakin acquisition, $213M Series C

The once scrappy company is scrappy no more and poised to build new features around what it's already done with Airflow.

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Without sustainable practices, orbital debris will hinder space’s gold rush

Today’s sustainability crisis in space is the result of 60 years of exploration and utilization that have largely ignored the environmental...

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More automatons about buildings and food

As I noted last year, we’re ramping up to return to Boston this July for our TC Sessions Robotics event. Our March 2020 event on the Berkeley...

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Superconductive, creators of Great Expectations, raises $40M to launch a commercial version of its open source data quality tool no

Data quality — the practice of testing and ensuring that the data and data sets you are using are what you expect them to be — has become...

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Orbit Fab’s on-orbit fuel shuttle will top up Astroscale’s servicing satellites

In a new partnership that should break new ground for sustainable orbital operations, “gas stations in space” startup Orbit Fab has...

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Refinery Ventures’ second fund aimed at getting startups to Series A

Refinery focuses on “early scale” companies, a term the firm uses to describe companies that secured a seed, but need that “oomph” to get it...

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in 2021, space investors watched stars form in real time

"Carl Sagan had it right, with Voyager and the pale blue dot: If you're anywhere else in the known universe, Earth is the most interesting...

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Mavrck raises $120M to scale its influencer marketing platform

The rise and impact of influencers has been one of the biggest forces in how the modern online social landscape has evolved in recent times. Now, a...

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Astroscale raises $109M for its on-orbit services technology

Japanese space startup Astroscale has raised $109 million in a new Series F round of financing, bringing the company’s total funding raised to...

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Astropad’s Luna Display (finally) ships with Windows support

The Luna Display from Astropad is a clever product enabling you to use your iPad as a second display. It was originally launched for Mac only, but...

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Why Amazon built a home robot

iRobot’s CEO once told me, with a wink, that he didn’t become a truly successful roboticist until he became a vacuum salesman. It’s a good...

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Pancake aims to make customers flip for its virtual home design platform

Pancake is democratizing interior design services to make it accessible to everyone.

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AON3D closes $11.5M Series A, partners with Astrobotic to send 3D-printed parts to the moon

3D printing has garnered a lot of hype, much of it for good reason: The technology has unlocked new kinds of object shapes and geometries, and it...

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Discovery’s new reality show ‘Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?’ will pick one winner to go to space

Discovery has ordered a new reality show, to air in 2022, which will be an eight-episode competition series where competitors will vie for a chance...

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SpaceX’s inaugural moon-tour private astronaut is heading to the International Space Station first

SpaceX private spaceflight ambitions got a big boost in 2018 when Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced he’d be taking...

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SpaceX successfully launches astronauts with a re-used Dragon spacecraft for the first time

SpaceX has another successful human space launch to its credit, after a good takeoff and orbital delivery of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Friday...

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