It takes a long time to develop a rocket engine. Diaz said that Ad Astra Rocket Company was formed in 2005 as NASA privatized operations and de-emphasized programs. Ad Astra continued to develop its VASIMR engine to the point where NASA became interested again. The electric engine, which is used once a vehicle is in space, is now to the point where it can be powered by solar panels. To date, Ad Astra has spent 15 years working on its rocket engine since being spun off as a private company from NASA. … [Read more...] about Ad Astra Rocket CEO Diaz on leadership, simulating rocket performance, and developing space
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When 31-year-old Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo first stepped into the role of Star Wars’ towering, hairy Wookiee character Chewbacca for 2015’s The Force Awakens, he repeatedly dodged press questions about which scenes he appeared in. Peter Mayhew, who originated the role in 1977’s A New Hope, was also playing Chewbacca in some scenes, but he was having mobility issues and using a cane. Suotamo was eager to tell the story of how he ended up on Star Wars as his first film acting gig. He was a “borderline jobless” basketball player who was living with his mother until he answered a worldwide casting call for a 7-foot actor with blue eyes. But out of respect for Mayhew, he wanted to keep quiet on when exactly he stepped into the role. … [Read more...] about Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo explains the Wookiee mask, movement, and mentality
In an attempt to remedy this, Pokémon Go developer Niantic has rolled out regular updates to make the game more quarantine-compatible in recent months. This has led to a new era of play among many in the Pokémon Go scene. Call it “stay-at-home, play-at-home.” Such a systemic change in the way Pokémon Go is played was likely necessary for the game to survive in an era where many (if not most) players were unable or afraid to travel and gather together for their usual raids. By providing players with a way to play from home, Niantic is effectively removing the golden geese taunting them from the park across the road. … [Read more...] about How COVID-19 transformed
The more important lesson in my mind, however, is that studios can’t simply rely on the allure of an intellectual property alone to bring in audiences year after year. Marvel isn’t Marvel simply because they made a bunch of movies in the same universe. The MCU is one gigantic serialized narrative, with different characters and even genres serving as unique on-ramps for different potential audiences. Every single movie strategically sets up the next movie, even if it’s just a post-credits scene, with all story threads colliding in the big team-up films. That narrative infrastructure is part of what’s allowed the studio to remain so successful over the course of so many films. In contrast, Star Wars is trying to ramp up to the same kind of output, but without the strategy. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are serialized episodes, yes, but both Rogue One and Solo are backstory movies. They don’t leave the audience wondering what’s going to happen … [Read more...] about Question Club: Where should Star Wars go after Solo’s box office disappointment?
Or, check out some of the bundles available as Amazon has started selling the Echo Sub with a pair of regular Echo speakers in some regions to give you a full stereo sound setup at home. If you'd prefer to just have one beast of a smart speaker with a huge sound, then you may want to check out the latest Amazon Echo Studio, though it's a little pricier. … [Read more...] about The best cheap Amazon Echo prices, deals and sales for Alexa in July 2020