“Meta’s Repeat Outage: WhatsApp Experiences Major Service Interruption”

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For the second time in just over a month, Meta’s apps including WhatsApp, and possibly Messenger and Instagram, are facing outages and intermittent issues. WhatsApp also confirmed the outage in an update to its X account. (In our own tests, Meta’s apps were loading and we could send messages via WhatsApp which indicates either the outages were not global in nature or they’ve already been fixed.) This is not the first time Meta’s apps have seen a sizable outage this year. At the time, Meta’s status page had signaled problems with products like Ads Manager as well.

“TechCrunch Explores the Moon Once Again: Revelations in Space Exploration”

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Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch Space. As a preliminary step, the company used that second pad to launch an uncrewed Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. This is the fifth and final mission Rocket Lab has performed for NRO under a contract the company was awarded back in 2020. This week in space historyOn March 30, 1982, the space shuttle Columbia touched down at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The shuttle was carrying astronauts Jack R. Lousma and C. Gordon Fullerton, who were returning home after a successful eight-day mission.

Intuitive Machines set for second lunar expedition in 2024

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Intuitive Machines’ second moon mission is still on track to launch before the end of this year, after the company only had to make minor adjustments to the lunar lander design, executives said during an earnings call Thursday. That same lander class, which the company calls Nova-C, will be returning to the moon later this year in that second mission. The Intuitive Machines team identified just “a handful of adjustments” that will be implemented on the second lander, CEO Steve Altemus said during the earnings call. Intuitive Machines ended the fourth quarter of 2023 with $30.6 million in revenue and a cash balance of just $4.5 million. Beyond the second moon mission, 2024 will likely be a pivotal year for the company, which is awaiting the decision on NASA awards that could be extremely lucrative.

Increase in Astronaut Launch Quantity Anticipated at Second Florida Pad Established by SpaceX

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SpaceX has performed 13 crewed missions, and all of them launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. But the company has long intended to upgrade a second pad — SLC-40 at the neighboring Cape Canaveral Space Force Station — to expand its crew launch capacity. Teams test the new emergency chutes from the pad 40 crew tower in Florida — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 19, 2024As a next step, SpaceX is going to launch the CRS-30 cargo resupply mission. In a media teleconference in February, SpaceX’s VP of build and flight reliability, Bill Gerstenmaier, said the cargo flight is an incremental step to astronaut launches. “We would like to do a cargo flight first if we can.

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Two years ago, he launched Ballistic Ventures with an inaugural $300 million fund, a laser focus on cybersecurity, an interesting business model, and a who’s-who of investing partners. Now Ballistic has already closed a second fund, even bigger than the first. “We set out to raise a second $300 million fund and stopped at $360 million,” Schlein told TechCrunch. Ballistic formally registered its plans for a second fund just four months ago, in November, TC was first to report. The Ballistic team also includes general partner Kevin Mandia, the former CEO of Mandiant, which sold to Google in 2022.

“Third Time’s the Charm: SpaceX Plans Massive Starship Launch for Thursday”

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SpaceX will attempt to send the massive Starship rocket to orbit for the third time early Thursday morning after U.S. regulators gave the green light for launch. The first took place last April, and ended with both the upper stage (which is also called Starship) and the Super Heavy booster exploding mid-air. Anytime an anomaly occurs during a rocket launch, the Federal Aviation Administration steps in to oversee a company-run investigation. The investigation into the second Starship launch closed last month, so the only thing left was for the regulator to issue a launch license for the test flight. Due to the in-space engine burn, the company is also targeting a new flight trajectory, with the upper stage splashing down in the Indian Ocean.

Second Fund for Inclusivity-Centered Ada Ventures Raises $80M in Capital

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With the second fund, Ada says it will invest between £250,000 and £1.5 million in pre-seed and seed stage startups, with a “significant amount” allocated for follow-ons. So far, 12 investments have been made from the second fund. Ada claims 30% of the investments from Fund I and Fund II were sourced this way. Warner retorted: “There are 350+ fantastic female VC partners in Europe. : “I think every leader of every VC fund needs to do whatever we can to attract the best talent in the industry.

SpaceX Aims for March 14 Launch of Next Starship Test Flight

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SpaceX is aiming to launch its massive Starship rocket for the third time as soon as March 14, the company confirmed in a social media post Wednesday. SpaceX is still awaiting regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the launch, without which Starship will remain grounded. SpaceX conducted the first Starship orbital flight test last April; there was a seven-month gap between it and the second test, which took place last November. Both ended with mid-air explosions of the Super Heavy booster and the upper stage (which is also called Starship). Meanwhile, the Starship upper stage will continue its ascent to orbit.

SECO Stage Separation Test Sparks FAA Investigation of Second Starship Burn Trial

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The Federal Aviation Administration has concluded its review of SpaceX’s investigation of the second Starship launch in November, with the regulator saying Monday that it accepted the “root causes and 17 corrective actions” identified by the company. While this means the investigation is now closed, SpaceX must implement all the corrective actions and apply for a modified launch license before it can fly Starship again. When any rocket launch encounters catastrophic issues during flight, the FAA opens what’s known as a “mishap investigation” — that’s what’s happened here. After the first test, the FAA directed SpaceX to complete 63 corrective actions. “More Starships are ready to fly, putting flight hardware in a flight environment to learn as quickly as possible.