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Submission + - SpaceX receive $492m Iridium launch contract (

PeterBrett writes: Slashdot recently reported on both SpaceX's recent successful launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and Iridium's announcement of their second-generation satellite constellation. It's now been announced that Iridium have selected SpaceX as a major launch provider for the project, booking $492 million of launches starting in 2015.

Submission + - SpaceX eyeing 4th June window for Falcon 9 launch (

PeterBrett writes: SpaceX have finally announced the launch window for their first much-awaited Falcon 9 launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. Subject to good weather, they plan to launch either on Friday 4th June or Saturday 5th June, with the window opening at 12:00 UTC on each day. As usual, they'll be broadcasting the launch live from their website.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - "GNU Bucks" for finding non-free software (

PeterBrett writes: From the beginning of October, the FSF have begun awarding "GNU Bucks" (in the amount of pi and signed by RMS) to people who discover non-free software lurking in one of the "free system distributions" that they endorse. If you find components (code, documentation, fonts or even music or other content) in a distribution that don't meet the FSF's guidelines for free distributions, you can claim your prize. Unfortunately, since all of the endorsed distributions seem to be bit-players alongside the likes of Ubuntu, OpenSuSE and Fedora, I can't help but wonder if this attempt to cash in on the cult popularity of Knuth cheques is doomed to failure.

Submission + - New partnership between NASA and Google

PeterBrett writes: "NASA's Ames Research Centre and Google are teaming up:
NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management and massively distributed computing, to human-computer interfaces.
This follows on from a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by them last year."

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