June 22, 2018

Interview with NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps

quartz: Is there enough being done in schools to keep young girls locked in, girls who may dream, like you did at nine years old, of being an astronaut? BY Jill Petzinger

'That is my fear, I’m not sure that there is enough being done. I have two nieces, one is six and one seven, and I’m worried that the seven-year-old will get to nine and all of a sudden things will change, because that’s what some of the studies are showing. I’m like “no we got to figure out how to keep her on this track.”

'In my opinion, the boys don’t understand that the system was built around them, that it’s for them. There are things that can be done to help girls; I don’t know if it’s having more female speakers come out and engage the girls at that young age to encourage them to keep going forward, and getting them more involved in hands on activities. Girls, if they’re interested in math and science and things like that, have to understand that the applied aspect of it is very hands-on. I didn’t have a whole lot of hands-on experience at using milling machines and lathes and things like that, but a lot of the boys did.'

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"Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle 'soon' and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19."

space news: Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, as the keynote of a half-day track on earth and space applications, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson offered a few updates on the development of the company’s suborbital vehicle. by Jeff Foust

'“We plan to start flying our first test passengers soon,” he said after showing a video of a previous New Shepard flight at the company’s West Texas test site. All of the New Shepard flights to date have been without people on board, but the company has said in the past it would fly its personnel on the vehicle in later tests.

'He also offered a timetable for selling tickets. “We expect to start selling tickets in 2019,” he said, but did not disclose a price.'

"The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $130 million firm-fixed-price contract to SpaceX for the launch of its classified AFSPC-52 satellite on a Falcon Heavy rocket."

geek wire: It’s the first national security contract won for SpaceX’s heavy-lift rocket, which had its first test flight in February. AFSPC-52 is tue to lift off in 2020 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. BY ALAN BOYLE

'The launch will support the Air Force Space Command’s “mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our nation while maintaining assured access to space,” Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for space and commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, said today in a news release.

'In an emailed statement, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said her company was “honored by the Air Force’s selection of Falcon Heavy to launch the competitively awarded AFSPC-52 mission.”'

"The Supreme Court on Friday said the government generally needs a warrant if it wants to track an individual's location through cell phone records over an extended period of time."

CNN: The ruling is a major victory for advocates of increased privacy rights who argued more protections were needed when it comes to the government obtaining information from a third party such as a cell phone company. By Ariane de Vogue and Clare Foran

'The 5-4 opinion in Carpenter v. United States, was written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the four most liberal justices.

'It is a loss for the Justice Department, which had argued that an individual has diminished privacy rights when it comes to information that has been voluntarily shared with someone else.

'The opinion, which was limited to cell-site location data, continues a recent trend at the court to boost privacy rights in the digital era and clarifies court precedent as it applies to data held by a third party.'

"Many brands of webcams, security cameras, pet and baby monitors, use a woefully insecure cloud-based remote control system that can allow hackers to take over devices by performing Internet scans, modifying the device ID parameter, and using a default password to gain control over the user's equipment and its video stream."

bleeping computer: In the last nine months, two security firms have published research on the matter. Both pieces of research detail how the camera vendor lets customers use a mobile app to control their device from remote locations and view its video stream. By Catalin Cimpanu

'The mobile app requires the user to enter a device ID, and a password found on the device's box or the device itself.

'Under the hood, the mobile app connects to the vendor's backend cloud server, and this server establishes connections to each of the user's device in turn, based on the device ID and the last IP address the device has reported from.'