Lopetegui appointment risky for Madrid and Spain

first_imgWorld Cup Why Lopetegui appointment is risky for Madrid and Spain Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:05 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid Getty/Goal World Cup Primera División Portugal v Spain Spain Real Madrid Portugal The national coach will take over at the Santiago Bernabeu after the World Cup, Los Blancos revealed on Tuesday in a surprise announcement Real Madrid have finally found a new coach to replace Zinedine Zidane. And as they had hoped, the European champions have announced the Frenchman’s successor ahead of this summer’s World Cup. So far, so good.However, the fact that the new name is Spain boss Julen Lopetegui came as a major surprise when the announcement was made by Los Blancos on Tuesday. And it is a risky move for both club and country.Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper who represented Real and Barcelona as a player, albeit appearing in only one league game for Madrid, has been in charge of Spain for just 20 matches and signed a new contract as recently as May 22. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His name had been briefly mentioned among many others as a possible successor to Zidane, who stepped down on May 31 after leading the club to a third straight Champions League crown, although a move seemed highly unlikely.Having been knocked back in their attempts to lure Maurcio Pochettino from Tottenham, Madrid also saw a number of other targets – including Germany’s Joachim Low and Brazil boss Tite – rule themselves out.   “Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup,” the club announced on their website on Tuesday. “Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.”The short statement also added that the Basque will take up his role after the World Cup, which starts on Thursday and finishes on July 15, with Spain among the favourites to reach the final in Moscow.La Roja kick off their campaign against Portugal on Friday and this news will now dominate all the pre-match and pre-tournament talk in the Spain camp. It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.Julen Lopetegui Albania Spain 09102016While it remains to be seen how Lopetegui’s decision will affect his team and the players in the build-up to the competition, the timing of the announcement means that there will be an unwanted distraction throughout their time in Russia.In the meantime, Madrid may have to wait until mid-July before they can begin to work with their new coach – which is extremely late in terms of planning transfers and shaping the squad in time for the start of next season.It is hard to believe Lopetegui is not being consulted about such matters – with the futures of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to be resolved – and if he is, then the World Cup and his current position will not have his full focus. Again, far from ideal.In addition, he remains something of an unknown quantity as a coach. After leading Spain to European Championship crowns at Under-19 and U-21 level, Lopetegui took Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014-15, but did not win the league in Portugal and was sacked the following season.Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridWith Spain, he has won 14 and drawn six since succeeding Vicente del Bosque in 2016. That run includes a 3-0 victory at home to Italy (and a 1-1 draw away) in qualifying, plus a 6-1 thrashing of an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in March. At the very highest level, however, he is still somewhat untried.Radio MARCA reported that Madrid’s Spain players found out about the appointment and claimed that after another squad member learned of the news, Real decided to announce Lopetegui on Tuesday.Whatever did happen, the timing is unfortunate for La Roja as they aim for World Cup glory and also for Los Blancos in their building for the 2018-19 season, while question marks over the coach’s suitability for such a top job also persist.Time will tell, just as it did with Zidane, but right now, the appointment of Lopetegui looks like a risky one for both Madrid and Spain.last_img read more

Tertiary-level Path Students Receive Scholarships

first_imgPATH is an initiative of the Government with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies. The programme is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society. Mrs.  Robinson said she is pleased that PATH has continued this awards programme 15 years after it started, with the main beneficiaries being underprivileged youth who are aspiring for greatness. PATH is an initiative of the Government with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies. The programme is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society. Seventeen tertiary-level students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) have been awarded scholarships totalling$15 million by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.They were awarded by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the PATH 15th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Ceremony held on October 27 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew.The Minister said she is pleased to award the youth for their outstanding achievements amidst the odds they have faced.“I offer my sincere congratulations to these outstanding PATH scholars, some of whom are the first in their families to attend a university, but are now enrolled in medicine and surgery, civil engineering, pure and applied chemistry, electrical power engineering, accounting, actuarial science, plant biology, science and law programmes,” she said.All 17 students had been recipients of PATH benefits for at least three years of secondary school, have attained grade-one passes in at least eight Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, including Mathematics and English, and a grade point average of at least 2.5 if they have started a university degree programme. Story Highlights “These awards are being given in recognition of your hard work and achievements. You are being given an opportunity to realise your dreams. Additionally, you are being prepared to be our future leaders. It is important that we invest in our young people, as it is incumbent on us to lay the foundation for a better society, and what better way to do so than through the advancement of our young people,” the Minister said.Mrs. Robinson said she is pleased that PATH has continued this awards programme 15 years after it started, with the main beneficiaries being underprivileged youth who are aspiring for greatness.“I am truly heartened by the strides made by PATH in helping over 350,000 vulnerable Jamaicans each year, inclusive of children, senior citizens, pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as persons with disabilities,” the Minister added.She said that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security remains committed to hosting PATH’s annual Anniversary Scholarship Awards Ceremony.“This Administration is committed to continued investment in the programme, so that poor and vulnerable families can be given the opportunity to be emancipated from dependence on welfare to a position of self-reliance and sustainable livelihoods. We recognise that by empowering the nation’s youth and developing human capital, we will help to shape a better life for all Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Some 70 students applied for the PATH tertiary-level scholarships; 19 were shortlisted for interviews and 17 were awarded. Each awardee is expected to give 40 hours of voluntary service to outreach projects, and they will have to submit a progress report at the end of each academic year. Seventeen tertiary-level students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) have been awarded scholarships totalling $15 million by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.last_img read more

TCI voters have a few more days

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIndividuals who are not on the Turks and Caicos Register of voters have a few more days. Supervisor of Elections, Dudley Lewis is asking locals who are eligible to vote and were not registered before to do so before the November 30, 2013 deadline. He also noted that individuals who will become eligible by age or status after November 30 can apply after the deadline, and will be added to the register. Application forms for inclusion on the TCI Register of Voters may be collected from the Elections Office in Grand Turk or Providenciales or the District Commissioner’s Officers in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

ALREADY CAUGHT HAITIANS INTERCEPTED…again off Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 20,2014 – Magnetic Media is told another 57 illegal Haitian migrants were caught very near land shore. Among them 12 women, a child and a three or four month old baby. The baby was taken to hospital reportedly due to swelling in the face. The 30ft vessel was crammed and was powered by a 48HP engine. This means these dangerous illegal trips are being made faster.One male, believed to be a three-peat offender tried to escape once near South Dock; our officers were successful in recapturing him. The group is now on remand at the Detention Center. Energy Town Meeting for Provo Recommended for you Related Items:illegal sloop, provo New York Dancers share talent in TCI Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister commentslast_img

Eric Dier 2018 has been a very special year for England

first_imgEngland’s exploits in 2018 should go down as one of the nation’s greatest years in history, says Eric DierThe Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia for the first time since 1990 and only narrowly lost out to Croatia for a spot in final.However, on Sunday, England got their revenge by coming back from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley and book a place for June’s UEFA Nations League’s semi-finals.Aside from that, England also enjoyed memorable victories over Spain and Sweden this year.“2018 has been the best year I’ve experienced as an England player,” Dier told Standard Sport.“It has been very special with what happened at the World Cup and now beating Spain and Croatia. There hasn’t been a year like this for England in a long, long time.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are now going to play a second semi-final in the space of 12 months and it’s fantastic for us. The most important thing is we use that knowledge in the best possible way.”Gareth Southgate’s side head into the Nations League finals in Portugal this summer in search of the nation’s first major silverware since 1966.“Our aim has always been just to win this competition. We are really excited now,” added Dier.“We wanted to get through the group and it was an extremely difficult one against two top teams. now we want to win everything we are involved in.“Beating Croatia shows the progress we have made since July. We are constantly trying to improve, this is just another step along the way. But we know we can get even better.“We could have gone in two directions after the World Cup — we wanted to develop and build on it and I feel we have done that. At the same time, we have to continue to do this. Our potential is huge and it is up to us to fulfil it.”last_img read more

Wandering 4yearold boy struck by truck on freeway offramp

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:10 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An overnight collision near a freeway in City Heights sent a four year old child to the hospital.On Tuesday morning, around midnight, the boy was struck by a truck while walking in the University Avenue off-ramp on southbound Interstate 15. The child was alone and without his parents.The California Highway Patrol said the driver of a Chevy Silverado saw him in the traffic lanes, tried to swerve but hit the child as he attempted to slow down. The boy survived, but sustained major injuries.One of the most puzzling aspects of the story is how did the child wind up at the freeway? San Diego Police said they have subsequently learned the identify of the four year old and his parents. The police department said it received a report of a missing child following the collision. Detectives who went to investigate then discovered the link to the boy’s parents.We asked other parents in the area what they thought of the odd circumstances. A parent of two named ManMan told us he could not understand how any responsible adult could lose track of their child. “How long does it take for you to notice that your kid’s not with you?” Another dad, Kevin Miranda said he would also question the actions of the parents. “There’s no excuse for that. To be honest, I guess the parents weren’t around. They were probably on drugs right, you know? Just for that little kid to be wandering off like that, (the) parents had no responsibility,” Miranda said.The injured boy remains at Rady Children’s Hospital. San Diego Police said the incident will be reviewed by the Child Abuse Unit to see if a crime was committed. KUSI Newsroom, Wandering 4-year-old boy struck by truck on freeway off-ramplast_img read more

2017 Summer Ending Revival

first_imgCalling all youth, millennials and young adults to attend the back to school crusade August 30- September 1st at 7pm nightly. Dr. E Dewey Smith and Bishop Marvin Sapp are the guest speakers.  Its free, no cost. Resource booths available in church lobby. Call  the church at 410-523-5603 or visit http://www.newshilohbaptist.orglast_img

The Avi8ted Mindset

first_imgLafayette Barnes IV, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentGrowing up in Washington, D.C. in the ’90s wasn’t easy. With the influence of drugs and crime, one could easily find themselves on the wrong path. Charlton Woodyard II’s parents had a different idea that included private schools, martial arts, and a strict home environment that allowed him the space to fulfill his own destiny. He attributes these circumstances to what he now describes as an aviated mindset. He is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company, Avi8ted Holdings. They recently launched a clothing line, Avi8ted Thoughts, which promotes positive thinking and the idea that you can achieve beyond your wildest dreams.A purebred Washingtonian, Charlton Woodyard II was born in Southeast Washington, DC at Washington Hospital Center in 1987. While in elementary school, his family moved to K St. Northwest where crippling poverty was flagrant. Despite the conditions, having a grandfather who worked for NASA at Goddard, he was inspired to achieve in education. He was also inspired by martial arts, which at times got him in a bit of trouble at school. His teachers recommended that he take an aptitude test, which resulted in his parents sending him to Georgetown Day School (GDS) where he attended throughout the rest of his secondary education. His classmates included kids of Fortune 500 company CEOs and congressmen, which exposed him to a new lifestyle that he embraced.Charlton Woodyard II is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company Avi8ted Holdings.As a student of martial arts, he enjoyed the practical and personal aspects and was inspired by Bruce Lee. His father signed his brother and him up for Tae Kwon Do and cultivated a competitive environment around physical fitness. His teacher, Sherman Spinks, who is a legend in the taekwondo community, developed the mental fortitude within him to understand the meaning of hard work. As Junior Olympics champions, he learned to push himself to do things he wasn’t aware he had the ability to do.What is Avi8ted?Avi8ted Thoughts is a business and lifestyle company and subsidiary of Avi8ted Holdings, an impact investment and business development company. The goal of Avi8ted Holdings is to develop an ecosystem that provides resources where ideas can thrive. The first business is Avi8ted Thoughts, a clothing company.According to Charlton, Avi8ted is grounded in the concept of the law of attraction.“An Avi8ted thought is one that is pure and positive, necessary and eternal,” he says.Charlton would prefer to ask, what does it mean to you? He describes is as a “divine dream or purpose”, which shouldn’t be boxed in as it is very personal to each individual. He was able to ask artist and celebrity Jaden Smith about what an Avi8ted Thought meant to him. He answered that it’s a mission to provide a better human experience.Charlton understands that this concept is a big leap. He doesn’t want to inundate people with such a large burden of responsibility. “Making the world a better place doesn’t happen in one day,” he said. He wants people to understand that they can first make their personal world a better place by understanding the constructs that exist and how they interact with them.“Avi8ted Thoughts, the clothing brand serves as the uniform we can all point to as a way to connect,” said Charlton.He recently released his first line with the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection. In his words, “the sun, both literally and metaphorically, is something you would want to follow considering it is the thing that gives us life on earth. But also it means to follow your light, follow the things that help you to grow.”In 2018 he participated in the Remote Year program which allowed him to travel and study in various countries for months at a time and learn about global entrepreneurship. He visited Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia where he formed relationships that changed his thought process. He met two friends in Japan who introduced him to augmented reality which he included in his production process and can be seen in his “Follow the Sun” capsule.Most recently, Avi8ted Thoughts has partnered with 202Creates as a resident of their creative entrepreneurship program headed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. With the added workspace and resources they’ve received a lot of help building the infrastructure. With almost a decade of planning, studying, networking, and grinding he’s finally seeing his vision come to fruition.Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. has also become one of the most physically fit cities in America. The Avi8ted Thoughts brand represents a lot of that idea.“Wellness is a huge part of the brand”, said Charlton.The influence of martial arts has been maintained throughout his brand. He believes that hard work is what it will take to get us ahead. Charlton cited how the ancient pyramids in Egypt were built with the mindset that people can achieve things greater than they know. He wants to project those ideals with his brand.“You have to master yourself and find your inner rhythm before you’re able to affect the world,” said Charlton.Charlton credits his team with putting a strong plan in place that he believes will create a lasting impression. Although the price-point is more expensive then most he believes that once people understand the mission behind the brand there will be a lot of support. The Avi8ted team reaches from D.C. to Los Angeles, Atlanta, and even Japan. “In a start-up, everyone is responsible for everything,” said Charlton. “These are a group of people who have “Avi8ted” themselves for this time….for us it was always about longevity”. His team helps to reel in his ambitious dreams and work to make them possible.Currently the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection is being released in phases with the first being the “Sunrise” tee in AM (white) and PM (black). The collection debuted at their launch event on June 29 at Beyond Studios. More pop-ups are planned that will feature socks, button-ups, and shorts, all featuring the AR technology and pure and positive energy. To find out more about Avi8ted Thoughts visit www.avi8tedthoughts.com.This post originally appeared in The Washington Informer.last_img read more

Will the US Break Up Big Tech Dont Hold Your Breath

first_imgFor a “let’s break up Big Tech” antitrust movement to happen, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has proposed, “there would have to be a sea change first in how the antitrust enforcement agencies think about antitrust and then in how the courts think about it,” says Prof. Daniel A. Crane, senior professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.Political pressure is building on U.S. regulators to do something, or at least make it look like they’re trying. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission in the past few weeks have divvied up their oversight of Big Tech with potential antitrust probes in the offing, per multiple reports. The DOJ is looking into Google and Apple and the FTC is examining Facebook and Amazon, according to a Wall Street Journal report.The prospect of major regulatory action against tech companies spooked investors — shares of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, fell 6% on Monday — but tech stocks rebounded Tuesday amid a broader market uptick.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined the fray Monday in a pair of tweets, citing the House Judiciary’s launch of “a long overdue investigation to determine if dominant digital platforms have harmed Americans in the marketplace & the voting booth.” Her statements come a week after she lashed out at Facebook when the company refused to remove a doctored video.“Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy — especially when digital platforms control content,” Pelosi wrote. “The era of self-regulation is over.”The question is what legal grounds the U.S. can use to rein in the big tech firms. Historically, antitrust law considers consumer harms in terms of pricing. But if, for example, Amazon or Facebook steal an idea from a competitor or acquire a startup before it can become a rival, “that doesn’t result in higher prices — it’s some future innovation harm,” says Hal Singer, fellow at George Washington Institute Public Policy. Going down the antitrust path could take up to a decade to reach a resolution, according to Singer. Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis) Related Congress might get there faster through legislation, akin to the Glass-Steagall provisions of the Banking Act of 1933, which forced banks to separate commercial and investment banking. Even so, it’s not clear that breaking up tech giants would actually work to fix the problem, for example, by requiring Facebook to spin off Instagram and WhatsApp or making Google divest YouTube, says Singer.“If you had five Baby Facebooks, they would still have an incentive to steal” or otherwise use their scale to thwart rivals, Singer says.It’s worth noting that two decades ago, the U.S. government filed an antitrust suit — joined by 20 states — against Microsoft, seeking to break it up. The complaint centered on the software giant’s bundling of Windows and Internet Explorer together. The DOJ won an initial ruling approving splitting Microsoft into two entities (an OS company and an applications company). But the D.C. Court of Appeals rejected the idea that Microsoft should be broken up as the remedy for anticompetitive behavior. The Justice Department later reached a settlement with Microsoft, which among other concessions agreed to share APIs with third parties.“Breakup remedies are radical and they frequently have unintended consequences,” says Prof. Herb Hovenkamp of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. “Judges aren’t good at breaking up companies.”For now, expect business as usual among the big technology companies, according to Wall Street analysts.For Google, the worst-case scenario of the U.S. antitrust probes would be a fine like the $5 billion penalty the European Commission imposed last year, according to Citigroup analyst Mark May. European regulators ruled that parts of agreements between Google and Android partners violated European law, including requiring manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and Chrome browser app as a condition for licensing Google’s Play Store app. Meanwhile, a U.S. antitrust case against Facebook is “even less clear than it is for Alphabet,” May added. Popular on Variety Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Saber-rattling from D.C. about curbing the power of tech titans Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple has gotten louder. The growing backlash against Silicon Valley giants, who are viewed as harming competitors and wielding inordinate power over a key sector of the economy, could become part of the conversation in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.But could that lead to the U.S. breaking up one or more of the tech companies? It’s a long shot. Even if government regulators decide they have credible grounds to pursue antitrust cases against Big Tech, it will be at least five years — perhaps longer — before anything concrete happens as they wind through the court system, according to legal experts and industry analysts.One of the issues is that current U.S. antitrust laws are geared around price harms to consumers, whereas the likes of Google and Facebook offer their services for free. That would likely require a new federal law (or new interpretation of existing law) to bar the type of anticompetitive behavior the major tech players have been accused of. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Any U.S. action against Google would come after “significant business practice scrutiny by the EU that has resulted in limited impact on Google’s ad business,” BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post wrote in a note Monday. He also pointed out that an FTC probe into Google ended in 2013 “without further action into whether Google used its dominant web search position to disadvantage rivals.”But the current political climate is somewhat different, Post acknowledged, and he believes that if the DOJ moves ahead against Google that “would likely embolden critics of Facebook, Amazon and other tech giants as well” heading into the 2020 election year.The chorus for the American government to “do something” about Big Tech has included Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (who hasn’t worked at Facebook in over a decade) urging the U.S. government to find a way to break up the social giant to rein in its “unprecedented and un-American power.”It may be becoming fashionable to speak out against Big Tech. But for now, the idea that Facebook, Google, Apple or Amazon will be broken up remains just rhetoric.last_img read more

Moon Express Rocket Lab set for 2017 mission plan

first_img Europe’s plans to visit the Moon in 2018 Explore further © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In 2017 a private moon landing could make news. If the mission is successful, said GeekWire, Moon Express could become the first privately backed venture to achieve a soft lunar landing. Citation: Moon Express, Rocket Lab set for 2017 mission plan (2015, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-moon-rocket-lab-mission.htmlcenter_img More information: www.moonexpress.com/ Bob Richards is CEO of Moon Express and he announced the launch plan earlier this month at the Space Technology & Investment Summit in San Francisco.The plan involves a series of robotic spacecraft designed for exploration—and commercial development. The company site noted, “Most of the elements that are rare on Earth are believed to have originated from space, and are largely on the surface of the Moon.”Back in 2013, it was quite clear that California-based Moon Express was working on the goal to do so, namely to fly commercial missions to the moon and unlock its resources. This month comes news that the company signed the launch deal with Rocket Lab, with the first to take place in 2017.California-based Moon Express signed up Rocket Lab to launch its robotic spacecraft. Reuters said the Rocket Lab Electron rocket system was to launch three missions of Moon Express’ MX-1 lunar lander spacecraft, starting 2017. According to a GeekWire report, Moon Express was building and testing versions of its MX-1 lander. CEO Bob Richards said it was being scaled down to a mass of 200 kilograms (440 pounds), including fuel.Naveen Jain, a co-founder of Moon Express, reported CNBC, said that rocket technology accelerated in the last year, making it possible for Moon Express to build lunar landers which can use small rockets designed for low earth orbit such as Rocket Lab’s design. Rocket Lab uses battery-powered rocket engines that are cheaper than traditional engines, said Reuters.According to CNBC, Jain said the Moon Express design uses two small landers on top of each other. The first acts like a booster rocket and the second, the lander for the lunar surface. In a video published in 2013, a laughing interviewer said, “I suppose your company [Moon Express] is getting me closer to the day when I might find myself on the moon.” Jain smiled. “The moon is nothing but another continent, from our perspective…We want to make use of the resources to make life better for all of us here.” The company stated on its site that “We believe it’s critical for humanity to become a multi-world species and that our sister world, the Moon, is an eighth continent holding vast resources than can help us enrich and secure our future.” The Moon Express’ MX-1 lander will be blasted into space aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. Richards, according to GeekWire, said Moon Express has two launches on Rocket Lab’s manifest in 2017 and contracted for a third launch at a time to be determined, with options for a fourth and fifth launch. This is a composite image of the lunar nearside taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in June 2009, note the presence of dark areas of maria on this side of the moon. Credit: NASA Moon Express said it believes it is “forging a new paradigm, combining best practices of traditional aerospace know how with the innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.”last_img read more