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Boeing received ‘unnecessary’ contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says

Boeing’s multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an “unnecessary” extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency’s program to restart domestic human spaceflight. NASA agreed to pay Boeing Co a $287 million premium for “additional flexibilities” to accelerate production …

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Bezos’s Blue Origin partners with Lockheed, others on moon lander

U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024.Blue Origin’s so-called Blue Moon lunar …

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Automakers turn on style to try to switch SUV fans to electric

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are showcasing curvaceous, high-end electric sports cars at the Frankfurt auto show as part of an industry effort to counter Tesla, avert billions in European pollution fines and defuse complaints from climate activists. Germany’s premium automakers are now marketing electric cars as their flagship models, a strategy …

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Amazon in talks to buy stake in India’s Reliance Retail: ET

Amazon.com Inc is in exploratory talks with Reliance Industries Ltd-owned Reliance Retail for buying up to 26% stake in India’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailer, the Economic Times (ET) reported https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/retail/amazon-may-shop-for-stake-in-reliance-retail/articleshow/70474456.cms on Thursday.

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Australia watchdog says Vodafone misled customers over digital purchases

Australia’s competition watchdog said https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/vodafone-to-compensate-customers-over-direct-carrier-billing-charges on Tuesday Vodafone had admitted that it misled thousands of customers for five years by charging them for digital content they bought unknowingly from the telecom company’s third-party billing service.

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NASA to send drone to Saturn’s moon for clues on human origins

NASA plans to send a drone named Dragonfly to Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan, the agency said Thursday, announcing the space agency’s latest high-profile mission to explore the solar system for clues on humanity’s origins. “Today I am proud to announce that our next New Frontiers mission, Dragonfly, will explore Saturn’s …

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