Robert Conley Named As Weber State Football Assistant Coach

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Weber State football head coach Jay Hill announced the hiring of Robert Conley as a new assistant coach with the Wildcats Wednesday.Conley, a former University of Utah guard (2005-2008), comes to the Weber State program with 10 years of coaching experience. Conley started 42 consecutive games for the Utes and played in 50 of 51 career games overall. Conley’s durability helped him earn all-Mountain West Conference honors three times, including first-team honors during his senior season in 2008.During his senior campaign, Conley served as a team co-captain, helping to lead the Utes to an undefeated campaign and a victory over Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.Conley spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Port Arthur Memorial High School (Texas). In addition to his time spent with the Titans, Conley has also has several years of coaching experience in college football.He commenced his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Midwestern State University and later served as a graduate assistant at Utah State in 2011.He later spent three seasons at Utah as a graduate assistant coach. During this time, he coached on the offensive side of the ball for two seasons and spent the 2014 season as a linebackers coach under defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake.He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas-Permian Basin (offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator) and was the offensive analyst for the 2017 season at the University of Houston.Conley graduated from Utah with a degree in Economics in 2008 and a master’s degree in sports management in 2014. Brad James January 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local Robert Conley Named As Weber State Football Assistant Coach Written by Tags: Weber State Footballlast_img read more

ZPG buys share in Dubai-based Propertyfinder portal

first_imgZPG has made a surprise investment in Dubai-based property portal owner Propertyfinder Group (PFG) for an undisclosed sum, giving it a door into the global property market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.PFG is a parent company of seven property websites across the region including the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.PFG was started up in 2005 by US businessman Michael Lahyani (pictured, left) and through both acquisition and growth was recently valued at $200 million following a $20m investment by a Bermuda-based but Russian company called Vostock.The deal, which was announced last year, was described by Lahyani at the time as enabling the company to become the biggest online real estate “destination” in the MENA region.But although Lahyani describes himself as the founder, PFG’s UAE website was originally 51%-owned by Australia’s REA Group before being sold off when the company pulled out of what had been early attempts at a global property portal empire. Lahyani started a magazine in Dubai called Al Bab World which was later bought by REA and then turned into the Propertyfinder.ae website.At the time during the mid-to-late noughties the REA network included sites in Italy, France, Belgium, Hong Kong – and in the UK. Nick Leeming’s Propertyfinder.co.uk was once a serious rival to Rightmove.Older agents will recognise PFG’s site logos and website design from when Propertyfinder was active in the UK, before ultimately being sold to ZPG in August 2009.PropertyfinderPFG says it is the market leader in five of the seven markets it is active within, and has 200 staff and total monthly visits of two million, a major improvement compared to eight years ago when it had just 44,000.As part of the original deal ZPG kept the www.propertyfinder.com address but this, as part of the investment revealed today, has been transferred to PFG most likely so it can harmonise its URLs across all seven countries. These are currently a hotch-potch of different address combinations.“Their business is growing fast and we have no doubt that we can add strategic value as a shareholder,” says Alex Chesterman, CEO of ZPG (pictured, right).Michael Lahyani says, “I have known Alex for years and we have always enjoyed strategic conversations on the real estate classified space.“Having ZPG as a shareholder is not only a vote of confidence in our business but also an opportunity to secure the propertyfinder.com domain name, a strategic asset for our group.” Michael Lahyani PFG Alex Chesterman propertyfinder ZPG June 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » ZPG buys share in Dubai-based Propertyfinder portal previous nextMarketingZPG buys share in Dubai-based Propertyfinder portalChesterman buys 1% stake in firm with seven websites across North Africa and Middle East.Nigel Lewis6th June 201701,503 Viewslast_img read more

Online estate agents take 10% of market for first time within sub-£200k sector

first_imgOnline estate agents have taken 10% of the UK housing market at the lower end of the market for the first time, latest research by TwentyCI reveals.Its Property & Homebuyer report for the final three months of 2019 shows that online agents now have a market share of 10% for properties under £200,000 and an overall market share of 7.9%, a percentage which has held steady during the whole of last year.Also, TwentyCI says online estate agents hold in excess of 10% of the market in several key regions including in the North West, West Midlands as well as Yorkshire and the Humber.“This is a significant win for online agents, yet again demonstrating their appeal to the lower-value end of the housing market, however for Purplebricks to achieve their stated goal of 10% market share, a significant penetration into other populace regions of the UK and for properties greater than £200k is essential,” says Colin Bradshaw (left), Chief Customer Officer at TwentyCI.“Polarisation of their proposition will inhibit the strategic objective.”His company’s research also reveals that the ‘Boris bounce’ predicted by many agents and economists following the General Election win for the Conservative Party has yet to appear in the form of an increase in new instructions or average asking prices.“Consumers have still been behaving hesitantly when it comes to both buying and selling their homes, however with Brexit now planned for later this month, we could see a welcome boost to the slow-moving property market of 2019, at least in the short term as people look to get on with the job of moving house,” says Bradshaw.  Colin Bradshaw Purplebricks online agents TwentyCi January 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Online estate agents take 10% of market for first time within sub-£200k sector previous nextHousing MarketOnline estate agents take 10% of market for first time within sub-£200k sectorResearch by TwentyCI suggests online estate agents are gaining traction among budget home movers and particularly in the NW, West Midlands and Yorkshire.Nigel Lewis15th January 202001,843 Viewslast_img read more

Zoopla hints at Coronavirus fees deal to beat OnTheMarket’s

first_imgZoopla is on the brink of offering its agents a fees reduction package and is due to reveal it today, two agents have told The Negotiator following discussions with their reps.Harper Finn and Dreamview Estates, both in London, say their Zoopla contacts informed them that an announcement is imminent after they both threatened to cancel their listings with the portal as their businesses buckle under the pressure of Coronavirus.“My rep told me that she didn’t know the detail of the likely deal to be offered to agents, but said it would probably be better than OnTheMarket’s,” said Christian Harper of Harper Finn.He says the rep claimed that, because Zoopla is owned privately by US hedge fund Silverlake and is no longer listed on the London Stock Exchange or answerable to shareholders, “they were able to act in a far more appropriate way”.“I have now cancelled my direct debit and been advised that by cancelling my direct debit, the debt will continue to build and I should expect to hear from Zoopla’s debt collection agency in three months’ time, regardless of me sending our data to them or not,” says Harper.To beat OnTheMarket, Zoopla would have to offer a fees reduction package greater than a third.Ahead of a likely decision, agents have been calling on both Rightmove and Zoopla to follow OnTheMarket, including one Winkworth franchisee, who last night tweeted: “Well done to @OnTheMarketCom who have reduced agent portal fees by 33%.  @rightmove and @Zoopla should follow this positive action. Maybe this is time to just got to one #propertyportal.” harper finn christian harper Dreamview Estates Rightmove Zoopla March 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Zoopla hints at Coronavirus fees deal to beat OnTheMarket’s previous nextProducts & ServicesZoopla hints at Coronavirus fees deal to beat OnTheMarket’sThe portal’s reps have been telling agents that an announcement is due this morning that will be better than OTM’s 33% fees reduction.Nigel Lewis20th March 202001,047 Viewslast_img read more

Bouncer fights dismissal

first_imgThe Oxford Union is set to face an electoral tribunal after sacked bouncer Imran Abrahams vowed to fight the allegations that led to his dismissal over the Christmas vacation.Describing the entire affair as a “fucking joke” Abrahams refused to comment further but was known to be in close contact with his lawyers throughout the week, as well as liaising with other Union insiders in efforts to secure his former position.Abrahams left his medical degree at Oriel College to work as a full time security officer at the Union. A former captain of the blues boxing team, he is skilled in Kray Maga – the Israeli military defence art. Members of Standing Committee, the Society’s ruling executive, were given the details regarding his departure in a secret meeting on Monday, an act which invariably ensures the leaking of all confidential information. Union President Edward Tomlinson stated that he was unable to enter into the details of the events concerned, merely confirming that Abrahams had engaged in actions warranting the charge of “gross misconduct”.At the time of going to print Cherwell is unable to disclose any details regarding the disputed allegations upon which Mr Abrahams’ dismissal was based.Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img read more

Video: La Roche to open French patisserie retreat

first_imgThe husband and wife team behind newly opened La Roche in Tunbridge Wells has told British Baker they will launch a patisserie school in France.The boutique bakery and patisserie located on London Road, which was opened four months ago by former Baking Industry Awards (BIA) winners Chris and Harpal Pollard, will offer customers the opportunity to learn patisserie skills at their chateau located in the Loire Valley in France.Chris told British Baker: “The idea is to make the chateau into a fun holiday destination where people can come and do some short courses in patisserie in a nice enivonrment for a week or so. The bakery in Tunbridge Wells could become a platform and the customer can see the product first-hand. They can then learn how to make them over in France – what nicer environment to be in?”La Roche produces a range of products on-site, including Danish pastries, filled ciabatta rolls, patisserie lines, cupcakes, and up to 20 types of artisanal breads.Chris, whose uncle and father were both master bakers, has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and won British Baker’s BIA Baker of the Year title in 2002, while patissier Harpal trained at the Ecole Lenôtre in Paris, as well as Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute. The couple previously ran London bakery Le Papillon Patisserie.La Roche currently employs four members of staff and has taken on a few students for work experience to learn both bakery and patisserie skills. Products are made in a bakery located in the basement, as well as patisserie laboratory on the second floor.YouTube link: http://youtu.be/ANnYrkTiqqIlast_img read more

The pop-up, over-the-top library

first_imgEver get the urge to print a few words on a graham cracker, with chocolate? No? Well, you only have until Dec. 21 to sample that creation, along with some other experiences you may not have imagined. Like petting a sage plant, or hanging out in an inflatable Mylar hut.That’s the last day the Labrary will be open at 92 Mt. Auburn St. The student-designed pop-up space, which is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., explores what libraries of the future might look like. Pop-up spaces are short-term homes for sales, exhibits, and other public uses. From start to finish, the Labrary will have lasted five weeks.“This whole thing has been a sprint,” said Jeff Goldenson, a Graduate School of Design (GSD) co-instructor in the advanced seminar ADV-09125, or the Library Test Kitchen, where the Labrary projects originated. The other instructors are Jeffrey Schnapp and Ann Whiteside, with help from teaching fellows Ben Brady, M.Arch.1 ’12, and Jessica Yurkofsky, MUP ’12.Teaching fellow Ben Brady, M.Arch.1 ’12 (center), discusses the Labrary with the GDS’s course co-instructor Jeff Goldenson (right) and teaching fellow Jessica Jessica Yurkofsky, MUP ’12.“The Harvard Library is changing,” said Goldenson of the course’s co-sponsor. “This is a way to bring students to the table.” The Labrary emphasis is on making things, he added. In a film about the course, Schnapp, who is director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, called the Library Kitchen “a fast prototyping laboratory for the future of learning spaces.”Some student-made fast prototypes seem whimsical. Rola Idris and Pablo Roquero came up with the printing-on-food idea. Their “graham grams,” made on a palm-size platen press, are part of “Millebooks,” a project that illustrates the impermanence of knowledge. (Goldenson said that burned CDs have a life span of seven years.) Next to the little press is a corn tortilla, covered with lines of inked type.Tony Cho ’14, the only undergraduate represented in the exhibit, came up with “Green Noise,” consisting of three plants hooked to a pale blue, Honeytone baby amplifier. Riffle the sage or tap the bamboo, and you are greeted with an odd little ad hoc concert. Cho was suggesting that people catalogue plants like books, which, he wrote, is “reductive, empirical.” But the objects feel and smell nice too. Future libraries, Goldenson suggested, might include “experience with living things.”Dana Thomson, M.Sc. ’11, a research associate at Harvard Medical School, used her background in global public health to offer the idea of “massive open online scientific literature,” or MOOSL, as an accompaniment to MOOCs, the massive open online courses that are shaking up online education. “It’s the science platform of the future,” she said, a step beyond science literature that has been digital for years, but that can now add depth through multimedia and interactive platforms.While Thomson was looking far ahead, GSD student Gabrielle Patawaran used RECON-TEXTS to reinvent the book as a bound, one-off product that brings the digital (her research notes) back into the realm of the physical. Her volumes, differently formatted for annotation, constituted the only bookshelf at the Labrary. (In a few other cases, old books were used to prop up digital devices.)Brady lay down on a curving plywood stage, hid his face under a laptop, and pressed a button. Voilà! The image of his figure, splayed over a crime scene outline, was downloaded to Tumblr and flashed onto a big screen. Meet “Bookface,” a “participatory photo opera” created by Nicolas Rivard. It’s a way to consider “what we sacrifice by living digital,” he wrote.A few feet away was Rivard’s BoomBench, a platform seat designed to amplify sound. (Yes, future libraries may not fetishize silence.) “Whatever the future of the library is,” he said, “we’re going to be sitting down.”Though perhaps not always comfortably. GSD student Hattie Stroud designed “Furniture for Slight Distraction.” Included are one-legged “unsteady stools” to keep you alert, and “topical tables” rigged with speakers that murmur lectures as you think or read. “I study best,” said Stroud, “when I’m in a lecture for another class.”Study habits of the future — and the libraries that enable them — may well include more noise than is tolerated now. Brady designed a silvery Mylar tent that is kept inflated with a fan. Goldenson looked around at the furnishings: a rug, a lamp, and two beanbag chairs. “It’s been a great meeting space,” he said.Sitting at a table was Karina Qian, M.P.P. ’14, whose scholarship requires a little noise and company. “I don’t study in traditional libraries,” said the Stanford University graduate. “It’s too quiet.”The Labrary was a find, she said, because collaborative space can be hard to locate. Qian works at the space every day it is open, and once had a project meeting in the Mylar inflatable. At the Labrary, she added, “you open yourself up to serendipity.”Local artist and designer Jim Kalambokis sampled a little of that serendipity. He is creative director at the Fullbridge Program in Harvard Square, and “stumbled on the Labrary while grabbing lunch one day.” He was charmed, and set up a display of his book art.Goldenson likes the idea of a library space that is less isolated than tradition requires, that encourages collaboration, and that puts student work on public display. “We’re trying to make an argument for a public space for the library,” he said.That includes letting students use it for their own needs, including the study break part that Qian organized.Said Goldenson, “I want to make lending this space out as easy as taking out a book.”An upcoming lecture, “Library as Platform,” will be held at the Labrary from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14.last_img read more

Bug-Killing Winter

first_imgThe unusually cold late-fall and early-winter weather figures to kill off a lot ofoverwintering insects.But bug-busting freezes may be more of a mixed blessing for farmers and homeownersalike nowadays, said David Jones, an entomologist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService.”Any insects that overwinter as adults are definitely hurt by freezingweather,” Jones said.”We had a mild winter last year and some very high insect populations during thegrowing season,” Jones said. “So overall, the below-normal temperatures shouldhelp us.”The biggest losers among insect pests may be stinkbugs, a serious pest of cotton, cornand soybeans, which all figure to be important crops in Georgia this year.”I’m convinced that stinkbugs are going to be a serious pest in cotton,”Jones said. “But they overwinter as adults, and they should definitely be hurt by thecold this winter.”The bad news for cotton growers is that bollworms, which overwinter as pupae in thesoil, aren’t normally hurt by freezing weather.”They’re not hurt unless the farmer tills the field during the winter, bringing upthe pupae and exposing them to the cold,” Jones said. “Farmers use to do that,but they don’t do it much anymore.”Making the news about bollworms even worse is that many beneficial insects, which helpcontrol the bollworm populations, overwinter as adults and will likely enter the nextgrowing season with reduced numbers.Bollworms are actually two species of caterpillars, corn earworms and tobacco budworms.And with corn acreage predicted to be much higher this year (because of good corn prices),Jones figures many more corn earworms could be coming out of corn into cotton during theseason.”Cotton growers are going to have to watch carefully for bollworms,” Jonessaid.Many cotton growers will be planting Bt cotton, a genetically engineered variety thatacts as its own insecticide against bollworms. But Jones said these farmers need tocontinue to scout their cotton carefully for secondary insect pests.Beet armyworms, which devastated areas of Texas cotton and seriously damaged someGeorgia fields last year, generally overwinter in tropical climates and could be laterarriving in Georgia because of the cold winter, Jones said.But homeowners who are counting on the hard winter to knock back numbers of fire antsmay be disappointed.”Fire ants have become acclimatized to Georgia,” he said. “When thesefreezes come, they just go deeper into the soil to survive. Mole crickets will do that,too.”Jones said the severity of farmers’ insect problems this year will depend on more thanthe cold we’ve already had.”A lot of things influence insect populations,” he said. “Dry weatherhurts farmers more than anything with insects. But overall, I think a hard winter helps usout.”last_img read more

How to apply critical thinking for a better credit union movement

first_imgIt’s time to really look at the principles and values of not only the credit union industry but the cooperative movement as a whole, and ask if we are resting on our haunches on top of these platitudes, or are we pushing hard, challenging ourselves, taking risks and doing what we believe is best for our people and communities.What I have been seeing more of happening in the credit union industry lately is applying a critical lens to our work and taking a true and honest assessment of how well we are or are not doing to truly act on and live our missions and values as cooperative businesses. If this doesn’t matter to you, it’s time to question why you are a cooperative. If it does matter to you to be a values-driven organization, then it’s time for some deeper soul searching.The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication, as a guide to belief and action.Step 1: Stop protecting ourselves from criticism: Recently, a blogger in the cooperative movement expanded on an article where I critiqued the current status of credit unions working with co-ops, saying:“Protecting ourselves, our projects, our movements, or even sectors of our movements from criticism is, eventually, disempowering. It means we tend not to get into the room together to talk with each other where we can identify what is and isn’t working and what we, together, can do about it.”So the critical thinking application here is simple. Are you asking yourself what is and isn’t working about your business, your partnerships, your branding or your goals?Step 2: Identify what change is good:Are we holding on to the wrong things? Some credit unions have begun dropping “credit union” from their name. And it’s not looking like these credit unions are doing so in an attempt to break from the credit union identity and become more bank-like to seek deeper profits. These kind of rebranding efforts are borne from critical thinking and a desire to be something better than we are today, to truly use our differentiator to our advantage without accepting the burdensome disadvantages that often are infused into that differentiation.These credit unions are making hard choices and taking risks. They are asking themselves ‘are we being who we say we are, or are we just saying that’s who we are and acting surprised when the data shows consumers don’t know the difference between banks and credit unions? Is there something else we can do if other methods of differentiating aren’t working?’It’s an uncomfortable thought at first—that maybe credit unions won’t exist at all like they do today. But maybe we will discover something that will make us much more than what we are today.Step 3: Push into new territory:Here’s a great example. Cuba has been an increasingly big topic over the past few months as the U.S. works to repair diplomatic relations with our neighbor nation. And cooperatives, especially credit unions, are interested in getting in on the ground floor to position themselves as a fix for their country’s struggling economy. With the U.S. supposedly removing Cuba from the terrorism watch list, the opportunities absolutely are there, and similar efforts have been successful between credit unions and post-communist Poland.However, the industry would be fooling itself to believe there will not be significant challenges. The work, the political sensitivities, the regulatory uncertainty and the cultural barriers will certainly make efforts to develop financial cooperatives in Cuba very difficult. Yet if the industry deems this worthy work, I don’t doubt the likelihood for success.Questions must be asked however. Credit unions will not get by on their good community values and charm alone in Cuba. With the world watching and the potential to turn this into a huge success story for the entire cooperative model, there is pressure to step up and be the best credit unions can be.I will personally be following the story of credit union development in Cuba and documenting it for the rest of the cooperative industry to see because I think it is important and I want this industry to stay abreast of what’s going on. Watch along with NCBA CLUSA’s next trip to Cuba in August.All of the critical thinking credit unions need to do to navigate these serious and exciting new frontiers will certainly push us in the industry to try harder and have better reasoning and proof for showing not just THAT we are the best, but WHY we are the best.I’ll leave you with this. Everyone in the industry knows Ed Filene’s famous words, “Progress is the constant replacing of the best there is with something still better.” But to that sentiment I would like to add the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Detailslast_img read more

SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours Due to Bad Weather

first_imgThe advent of the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon represents a new era of commercially developed space vehicles – owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA – being used to carry Americans into orbit.“The history being made this time is we’re launching what we call an operational flight to the International Space Station,” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said at a press conference at Kennedy Space Center on Friday.Musk, the billionaire Silicon Valley titan who also is chief executive of electric carmarker and battery manufacturer Tesla, usually attends high-profile SpaceX missions in person. But his presence for the launch was thrown into question on Thursday after he said he had taken a series of four coronavirus diagnostic tests, with two coming back positive and two negative.Asked if Musk would be in the launch control room for liftoff, Bridenstine said agency policy required employees to quarantine and self-isolate after testing positive for the disease, “so we anticipate that that will be taking place.”Whether Musk came into contact with the astronauts was unclear but unlikely since the crew has been in routine quarantine for weeks prior to the flight.NASA contracted SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to develop competing space capsules aimed at replacing the shuttle program that ended in 2011 and weaning the United States off dependence on Russian rockets to send US astronauts to space.Boeing’s first crewed test mission with its Starliner capsule is planned for late next year.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed “Resilience” by its crew, was rescheduled for launch atop the Falcon 9 at 7:27pm Eastern time on Sunday (0027 GMT on Monday) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.The crew for the flight to the International Space Station includes three American astronauts – Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and the mission commander, Mike Hopkins, a US Air Force colonel who is to be sworn into the fledgling US Space Force once aboard the orbiting laboratory.The fourth crew member is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third trip to orbit after flying on the US space shuttle in 2005 and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2009.- Advertisement – The journey to the space station – lengthened from about eight hours to a little over a day by the new launch time – is considered SpaceX’s first “operational” mission for the Crew Dragon.A so-called test flight of the vehicle to and from the space station with two crewmen aboard the Dragon in August marked the first space flight of NASA astronauts launched from US soil in nine years, following the end of the shuttle program.NASA officials only just signed off on Crew Dragon’s final design earlier this week, capping a nearly 10-year development phase for SpaceX under the space agency’s public-private crew program.- Advertisement – NASA and high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX announced on Friday a 24-hour weather delay of their planned launch of four astronauts into orbit for NASA’s first full-fledged human mission using a privately owned spacecraft.The liftoff time slipped from Saturday to Sunday evening due to forecasts of gusty, onshore winds over Florida – remnants of Tropical Storm Eta – that would have made a return landing for the Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable booster stage difficult, NASA officials said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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