Newsletter: ‘Roc’ Sized Airplane Outsizes Every Other Plane & Netflix Success Rate Worries Founder

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In the current, digitized world, trivial information is accumulating every second, preserved in all its triteness. Never fading, always accessible. Rumours about petty issues, misinterpretations, slander. People stay inside their little ponds, leaking whatever ‘truth’ suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large”. – JD (Metal Gear Solid 2)

MEET STRATOLAUNCH, WORLD’S NEW LARGEST AEROPLANE

THE STORY

Unveiled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Stratolaunch has the largest wingspan among all aeroplanes that exist.

WHO MADE THIS?

Like already mentioned, Stratolaunch is the brainchild of Billionaire and Microsoft Co-founder and his launch company Vulcan Aerospace. Although Vulcan Aerospace hasn’t been featured in the news for a long time, but their recent venture has certainly put them on the front page. The unveiling took place at Mojave Air and Space Port in California, when it was brought out from the hangar for a fueling test. This also turned into its first public reveal, despite of a mid-week wednesday.

WHY DID THEY MAKE IT ?

With a wingspan of 385 feet and weighing 250 tonnes, Stratolaunch isn’t your average cargo airplane. It is powered by a set of 6 engines that also power Boeing 747s that could carry 400 tonnes of cargo. But what will this be used for ? Well, like the name ‘Stratolaunch’ suggests , the plane will be used to launch rockets into outer space from a height of 30,000 feet.

According to Allen, this method is far more cost-effective than ground-based launch stations and will certainly save a lot on fuel. The CEO of Stratolaunch, Mr. Jean Floyd also added “We’re excited to announce that Stratolaunch aircraft has reached a major milestone in its journey toward providing convenient, reliable, and routine access to low-Earth orbit. This marks the completion of the initial aircraft-construction phase and the beginning of the aircraft ground- and flight-testing phase.’

GIANT-SIZING EXISTING TECHNOLOGY?

Although this might seem like a new way to launch rockets into the planet’s orbit, it was already displayed in Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo program. However, Virgin Galactic launched a passenger airplane from their WhiteKnightTwo plane with a wingspan of 140 feet. StratoLaunch certainly dwarves Virgin Galactic’s venture in both literal sense and purpose with objects being launched into outer space.

WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE FIRST LAUNCH?

Mr. Floyd also added “This is a first-of-its-kind aircraft, so we’re going to be diligent throughout testing and continue to prioritize the safety of our pilots, crew and staff. Stratolaunch is on track to perform its first launch demonstration as early as 2019”

Hence it is clear that the world will be a much different place than now by the time we hit 2020.


NETFLIX MIGHT CANCEL MORE SHOWS

THE STORY

Netflix founder not satisfied with fewer shows being cancelled.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

According to various sources and several interviews, it seems that Netflix founder Mr. Reed Hasting isn’t quite happy with the success rate his brand is enjoying. He said in a recent interview with CNBC “We’ve canceled very few shows,” he continued. “I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher ‘cancel rate’ overall.”

This might sound like a crazy boss trying his crazy ideas at work, but according to Mr. Hastings, this is the only way how they can have unexpectedly great shows. He also quoted examples such as ‘13 Reasons Why’ and how it became a hit despite its risky content.

WHAT SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED SO FAR?

This might sound like bad news for Netflix subscribers as some really good shows were not renewed for new seasons, along with some bad ones such as ‘Marco Polo’. We have already seen Netflix cancel one of their original ‘The Get Down’ after it’s 1st season with rumors about ‘Sense8’ being cancelled as well. This compared to other broadcasting companies is quite low and such rate of continued shows worries Mr. Hastings as it leads to stagnancy and loss of viewers.

 

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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