Rocket Lab selects NASA’s Virginia facility as its US spaceport


Rocket Lab

Today, small launch vehicle startup Rocket Lab announced the site of its new US spaceport. The Electron rocket will launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in Virginia. The launch site will be called Launch Complex 2; Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 is located in New Zealand.

Rocket Lab announced that it was searching for a US site to launch its small rockets back in July. It was looking at four different facilities: Cape Canaveral, Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska. The company made its final decision based on time for launch pad development, customizability for the Electron launch vehicle, whether it could support 12 launches a year and reach multiple orbital inclinations.

It’s going to be quick work to get Rocket Lab’s new spaceport up and running. The company has made it clear it wants the first launch from Wallops to be Q3 of next year, so there is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.

from Engadget

Pass the poutine: Weed is now legal in Canada


Pass the poutine: Weed is now legal in Canada

Ah, marijuana, Canada's latest attempt to make the Canadian Football League even more popular.
Ah, marijuana, Canada’s latest attempt to make the Canadian Football League even more popular.

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2016%2f09%2f16%2f8f%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lza3.f09f1By Marcus Gilmer

At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the great people of Canada turned over a new leaf, becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana (Uruguay being the first). 

In legalizing weed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on a campaign promise and the move is expected to result in the injection of billions of dollars into Canada’s economy, including from U.S. cannabis tourists. 

The move isn’t without controversy, including debate over pardons (which the country will hand out to those convicted of having 30 grams or less), and the laws vary by province so they require some scrutiny. But legalization is here and has largely been met with open arms and bongs, including on Twitter where people celebrated the news.

Besides the economic boost and becoming even more appealing to American’s south of the Canadian border, Canada’s new drug laws will make Don Cherry’s suits an even more surreal experience for Hockey Night in Canada viewers. Everybody wins. 

from Mashable!