Astrobotic to deliver NASA's lunar water-seeking m
Astrobotic to deliver NASA's lunar water-seeking mobile VIPER robot - Aerospace Technology
Nasa has contracted space robotic technology developer Astrobotic to deliver its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER).
Illustration of Nasa's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon. Credits: Nasa Ames/Daniel Rutter. Sign up here for GlobalData's free bi-weekly Covid-19 report on the latest information your industry needs to know. Nasa has contracted space robotic technology developer Astrobotic to deliver its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER). As part of the $199.5m contract, Astrobotic will provide end-to-end services for the integration of the lunar water-seeking mobile rover its Griffin lander and launch from Earth to the Moons South Pole in late 2023. The nearly 1,000lb rover will roam the lunar surface for 100 Earth days to collect data, including the location and concentration of ice using its four science instruments. This data will be used to inform the first global water resource maps of the Moon. Under the Artemis programme, the agency aims to develop a sustainable, long-term presence on the Moon. The first delivery of other instruments from Astrobotic is scheduled to begin next year. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said: The VIPER rover and the commercial partnership that will deliver it to the Moon are a prime example of how the scientific community and US industry are making Nasas lunar exploration vision a reality. Commercial partners are changing the landscape of space exploration, and VIPER is going to be a big boost to our efforts to send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 through the Artemis programme. VIPER will support Nasas efforts to send astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024. It is part of Nasas Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative. Through the CLPS initiative, Nasa is working with its industry partners to deliver scientific instruments and technology demonstrations to the Moon. The space agency also previously awarded contracts to three companies to conduct CLPS deliveries to the Moon, which will start next year. Northrop Grumman recently secured a contract for the development of the initial crew module of the Nasas Gateway lunar orbiting outpost.
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Australian brewer Lion suffers major cyber attack - The Drinks Business
Australasian dairy and drinks manufacturer Lion was hit by a cyber attack this week, forcing it to shut down its IT systems, which had a knock-on effect on the brewing process.
12th June, 2020 by Phoebe French The attack, which has still not been fully resolved, is thought to have been caused by ransomware, according to an update from Lion posted on its website today (12 June). As a result of the attack, the company shut down its “key systems as a precaution”. The company said that investigations were continuing and it was calculating how long the attack would continue to affect the business. “Our focus is on bringing systems back online safely so we can resume our business as usual manufacturing, and customer services. This is taking some time, but it is necessary that we work through this properly,” the statement read. The attack first came to light on Monday (8 June) this week. The company said it “could not have come at a worse time”, given that the hospitality industry, including pubs, are beginning to open in Australia and New Zealand. “They [hospitality outlets] are in the early stages of rebuilding, restocking and reengaging their staff, and in New Zealand, are able to operate with no restrictions for the first time in months following the move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1 this week. This has been the most devastating time on record for the hospitality industry,” Lion stated. Ironically, during the Covid-19 lockdown, the company was able to continue brewing while operating with safety restrictions. However, the attack has “impacted crucial aspects of the brewing process”, due to the reliance on IT infrastructure in the breweries. Lion has instated manual systems to deal with orders, but admitted that this was “imperfect”. It stated that it does not believe there was a data breach, but is working with government and law enforcement agencies to understand the nature of the issue. Based in Australia, Lion owns craft beer brands including Panhead and Emersons in New Zealand and Australias Little World Beverages which produces craft brands such as Little Creatures and White Rabbit. In the UK, it owns Fourpure and Magic Rock. Its parent company Kirin Holdings, which as well as the Kirin Brewery Company and Kirin Beverage Company, also has a 55% stake in Myanmar Brewery Ltd, jointly owns San Miguel Brewery, and has a 24.5% stake in Brooklyn Brewery.
Dave Chappelle Speaks Out on George Floyd’s Death, Blasts Candace Owens in Searing Netflix Special - Variety
Dave Chappelle does not hold back in a new Netflix special titled “8:46,” which the streaming platform surprise debuted for free on its YouTube comedy channel late Thursday evening. In a set rife with his signature searing social commentary, the comedian touc…
Dave Chappelle does not hold back in a new Netflix special titled “8:46,” which the streaming platform surprise debuted for free on its YouTube comedy channel late Thursday evening. In a set rife with his signature searing social commentary, the comedian touches on everything from George Floyd’s death to being unable to accept a Grammy award on the day Kobe Bryant died, to the hypocrisy of conservative TV host Laura Ingraham — and even throws in a signature bit about Ja Rule for levity. “It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet,” Chappelle opens, flipping through a black notebook, later adding, “I got to tell you, this is like the first concert in North American since all this s— happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.” The special was filmed on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with coronavirus-era social distancing guidelines in place for attendees, including face masks and temperature checks. The comedy legend had not performed on stage in 87 days until the special, though he has since performed similarly intimate gigs around the Dayton area. In contrast to his opening remarks, Chappelle dives deep into topics of police brutality and Floyd’s death in the set. The Emmy winner also criticizes political commentator Candace Owens, saying, “I seen Candace Owens try to convince white America, ‘Don’t worry about it. He’s a criminal anyway.’ I don’t give a f— what this n— did. I don’t care what this n— did. I don’t care if he personally kicked Candace Owens in her stanky p—. I don’t know if it stanks, but I imagine it does. If I ever find out, I’ll let you know for sure. I’ll tell like Azealia Banks. I’ll tell.” “8:46” references the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee against Floyd’s neck, ultimately leading to his death. It is also, as Chappelle reveals, the time of day he was born, according to his birth certificate. The 27-minute video came with the disclaimer “From Dave: Normally I wouldn’t show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand,” with a link to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending mass incarceration and racial inequality. Its founder, Bryan Stevenson, was the central character in the 2019 film “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.