Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day.
Liftoff is now set for Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
The Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off Saturday on a 10-minute flight to demonstrate the capsule's emergency escape system before astronauts climb aboard in a few months. But the wind and waves were too high in the recovery area out in the Atlantic.
Once launched, the capsule will catapult off the rocket and, if all goes well, parachute into the ocean with a pair of mannequins. The rocket - being recycled after three previous flights - will end up being destroyed.
The test is the last major hurdle for SpaceX before launching two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA officials said that could happen as soon as March.
Boeing, meanwhile, is still investigating why its Starliner crew capsule ended up in the wrong orbit last month following liftoff. It was the Starliner's first test flight, with no one on board, and the mishap prevented the capsule from flying to the International Space Station.
NASA is looking for SpaceX and Boeing to start flying astronauts to the space station this year. The last time NASA astronauts launched from the U.S. was in 2011; they've been riding Russian rockets in the interim for hefty prices.
If you want to own a smartphone which is equally competent for capturing memorable photos and playing high-end video games, consider Realme X50 5G. Realme is a comparatively new player in the market of smartphones. This Shenzhen-based smartphone manufacturing company Realme was established in 2018, as an offshoot of the pioneer Chinese smartphone brand Oppo.
Realme produces trendy smartphones targeting young generation who expect bunch of latest features under affordable price-range. Realme stepped into the realm of 5G smartphone through releasing Realme X50 on the 7th January 2020 in China. Let’s see what Realme X50 5G has to offer.
It seems that Realme X50 Smartphone will compete with the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G, as both smartphones share almost similar specifications, except the camera features. In this section, we are going to dig down the detailed features of Realme 5G Smartphone X50.
Realmi X50 5G has a slick design (163.8 mm x 75.8 mm x 8.9 mm) with a manageable weight (202 g). With the amazing punch-hole design, this Realme 5G Smartphone secures its place among elegant smartphones. You would love its 6.57-inch narrow-bezel display protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
In addition to this, 120Hz IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen makes Realmi X50 5G easy to use for people of any age. Furthermore, this Realme 5G Smartphone offers a great resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels, with 401 ppi density, at 20:9 ratio,) for enjoying videos/games/movies. The smartphone has two color options, like Glacier Blue and Polar White.
Realme X50 5G comes with four-camera set up on its rear side. You can capture wide angle images using its main camera (26mm) bearing 64 megapixel lens with f/1.8 aperture. If you have a passion for cinematography, Realme X50 5G won’t dishearten you. This latest Realme smartphone offers a 54mm Telephoto camera with 12 mega pixel (f/3.0 aperture) lens powered with double optical zooming capacity.
If you want to capture further panoramic landscape view, apply the 13mm 8 megapixel (f/2.3) ultra-wide rear camera. What is more? Realme X50 5G is blessed with a dedicated macro camera featuring 2 megapixels (f/2.4). Using this camera you can take detailed image of small objects.
Besides the mind-blowing rear cameras, Realme X50 5G has more to offer for the selfie lovers! There is a tiny cut-out on the upper side of this smartphone’s display for housing dual front (selfie) cameras featuring 16 mega-pixels (f/2.0) and 8 megapixels (f/2.2). The video resolution of front camera is 1080p@30fps supported by gyro-EIS technology.
Realme X50 5G is further blessed with some handy Camera Features, like Face detection autofocus, Exmor RS sensor, Continuous Shooting, Auto Flash, HDR mode, Digital Zoom, LED Flash, Touch to focus, etc. These features will enable you in shooting spectacular photos to preserve some precious moments.
Realme X50 5G is expected to offer swift performance by virtue of its 64 bit Octa core Processor (1x2.4 GHz, 1x 2.2 GHz, Single core, 6x 1.8 GHz). What makes this Realme Smartphone special is its 5G modem compatible high-end processor. Realme X50 5G comes with newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor built by SoC. This Snapdragon 765G chipset makes the Realme X50 5G specialized for running advanced gaming software.
What is more? Realme claims that integration of Adreno 620 GPU with Snapdragon 765G processor has accelerated the processor’s graphics performance up to 38%. Owning this Realme 5G smartphone you can enjoy the latest apps and features of Android 10 Go edition.
Realme X50 5G bears a non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery. However, it is a pity while Oppo A9 is offering 5000 mAh battery at almost half price-tag. Buying this Realme Smartphone, you can enjoy Realme Company’s proprietary 30-watt VOOC fast charging. This smartphone takes only 30 minutes for about 70% charge consumption.
Realme X50 5G has three versions of internal storage capacity to choose from. You can pick 128 GB RAM with 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM. If you need greater space then, take the 256 GB ROM with 12 GB RAM.
However, this Realmi smartphone doesn’t offer any dedicated card slot for inserting MicroSD card. It will certainly disappoint many Realme fans, who might want to expand the memory of this phone while using dual SIMS at a time.
Realme X50 5G is the company’s first ever 5G smartphone, which also supports 4G, 3G and 2G technology. This smartphone is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 Type-C, etc.
In addition to these, Realme X50 5G is equipped with a bunch of sensors including fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, etc.
Realme X50 5G costs Rs 37,999 or 43,845 BDT Apx. (@ 1 Rs.= 1.15 BDT) for 6GB + 128 GB Storage. For 8 GB + 128 GB storage the price rises at Rs.39,999 or 46,152 BDT Apx (@ 1 Rs.= 1.15 BDT). The price peaks at Rs 44,999 or 51,950 BDT Apx. (@ 1 Rs.= 1.15 BDT) for top-of-the-line 12GB + 256GB version.
China's ZTE and MTN Uganda on Friday started 5G technology trial here to be the first who brings the Standalone 5G network into reality in east Africa as the region awaits it commercial roll out.
Uganda's Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who was the chief guest at the launch, said government supports the development of new technology provided it will solve people's challenges and make life easier and affordable.
He was optimistic that technologies like 5G will have an impact on the economic development of the country.
Godfrey Mutabazi, executive director of the Uganda Communication Commission, said that as a regulator of the communications sector, they are working to ensure that there is appropriate infrastructure that supports 5G.
"If we accept this technology, this country will be the best in Africa," Mutabazi said, noting that Uganda is the first country in East Africa to have 5G technology and the third in Africa after South Africa and Nigeria.
Wim Vanhelleputte, chief executive officer MTN Uganda, said 5G technology will have increased speeds and capacity with exact wireless connections but similar to fiber optic cable experience.
Vanhelleputte said this will enable easier wireless connections compared to running fiber optic cables to every facility or home.
"In the next 2-3 years, we will embark on massive commercial rollout of the technology," he said, noting that advancements like telemedicine will be easier when there is real-time connection.
Yi Yahua, ZTE corporation vice president for the Southern Africa, said ZTE is fully supportive to MTN Uganda's strategy to tap into the potential of modern mobile technologies to serve this country better and move forward with 5G industrialization.
The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own.
An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government that include 110 crashes and 52 injuries.
The agency said it will look into allegations that cover about 500,000 Tesla vehicles including Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles from the 2013 through 2019 model years. The agency's investigations office will evaluate the petition and decide if it should open a formal probe.
Messages were left Friday seeking comment from Tesla.
NHTSA is already investigating three December crashes involving Tesla vehicles in which three people were killed. The agency's special crash investigations unit sent teams to Gardena, California, and near Terre Haute, Indiana, to probe two fatal crashes. Another crash in Connecticut also is under investigation.
Frank Boris, a former head of safety defect investigations for NHTSA, said the number of complaints cited in the petition is unusual and warrants further investigation.
"The sheer number of complaints would certainly catch my eye," said Boris, who now runs an auto safety consulting business.
Tesla owners communicate with other owners on Internet forums and social media, and that could influence the number of complaints, he said.
He said the timing of the petition is good, because the agency needs to do a "deeper dive" into Tesla safety.
Some of the unintended acceleration complaints, which have yet to be verified by NHTSA, allege that the cars' electronics malfunctioned.
For instance, one owner in San Clemente, California, told NHTSA that in November of 2018, a Model X SUV accelerated on its own to full power during a U-Turn on a city street. The driver had a foot on the brake, but the SUV accelerated in a fraction of a second, according to the complaint. The driver alleged that something in Tesla's system "triggered the sudden spontaneously full acceleration, resulting in this collision."
The SUV hit a parked vehicle, the air bags inflated and the owner had a large abdominal bruise and several small chest bruises, according to the complaint. People who file complaints with NHTSA are not identified in the agency's database.
The driver asked NHTSA to find out whether the Tesla complaints had common elements, including parking or making turns at low speeds.
In another crash, in May of 2013, the owner of a Model S sedan in Thousand Oaks, California, complained that while pulling into a parking spot, the car suddenly accelerated on its own.
The Model S went over a parking block and a curb and struck a cement light post. The air bags inflated, but no one was hurt, the complaint said.
Three weeks after the crash, the owner got a letter from Tesla saying that the accelerator was depressed to 48% just before the crash and 98% at the time of impact. The owner still believes the car accelerated by itself, the complaint stated.
Anyone can petition NHTSA to investigate an auto safety problem, and the agency said in a statement Friday that it encourages people to report concerns.
In the other Tesla crashes that NHTSA is investigating, authorities are trying to determine whether the cars were operating on Autopilot, a system designed to keep a car in its lane and a safe distance from other vehicles. Autopilot also can change lanes on its own.
Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a hearing Feb. 25 on a fatal crash in Mountain View, California, involving a Tesla that was operating on the company's Autopilot driver assist system.
Tesla has said repeatedly that its Autopilot system is designed only to assist drivers, who must still pay attention and be ready to intervene at all times. The company contends that Teslas with Autopilot are safer than vehicles without it, but cautions that the system does not prevent all crashes.
NHTSA's crash program has inspected 23 crashes involving vehicles that the agency believed were operating on some form of partially automated advanced driver assist system. Fourteen of these cases involved Tesla models. The team investigates more than 100 crashes per year.
Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement.
Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT doctoral students and will focus on electric vehicles and developing lighter components from composite materials, according to a joint statement from the three partners.
"Working with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a great opportunity to continue growing Volkswagen's engineering footprint in the North American region," said Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, VW's executive vice president and chief engineering officer for the region. "This hub, along with other research institutions here, is an integral part of Volkswagen's global research and development efforts and can also directly contribute to vehicles in North America."
Volkswagen has partnered with the University of Tennessee since opening its Chattanooga Assembly plant in 2011. The plant assembles the Volkswagen Passat sedan and Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs. The company broke ground in the fall on a new electric vehicle production facility in Tennessee.
Oak Ridge National Lab Director Thomas Zacharia said the collaboration benefits science and industry.
"By identifying difficult challenges and pursuing creative solutions with immediate industrial application, we can accelerate fields such as materials science, energy storage and advanced manufacturing while making vehicles better, safer and more fuel efficient," Zacharia said.
VW also has innovation hubs in Barcelona, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Tokyo, Japan.