CONTINUUM FLUX [Space] 2020.04.15

Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals

A third prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket bursts on the test stand (The Verge) – The test vehicle crumpled and collapsed after it had been filled with super cold propellant. Video from LabPadre shows SN3's middle structure buckling under stress and collapsing on itself.
Virgin Orbit Designs Mass-Producible Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients (Virgin Orbit) – Pending clearance by the FDA, Virgin Orbit aims to commence production and sprint to deliver units into the hands of first responders and healthcare professionals as soon as possible.
Blue Origin producing face shield components to help combat COVID-19 (Blue Origin) – Blue Origin is producing daily deliveries of 3D printed face shield components to help combat the COVID-19 crisis. Employees are volunteering their time while also supporting BE-4 engine development.

Space Exploration

How a miniaturized atomic clock could revolutionize space exploration (TED) – Deep space navigator Jill Seubert explains that steering a spacecraft is difficult because spacecraft are bad at telling time. An atomic clock could provide stellar, GPS-like directions in space. 
Coronavirus crisis slows space exploration (Al Jazeera) – The Coronavirus crisis has halted work on the US’s next manned mission to the Moon, and the European Space Agency has postponed launches indefinitely. 
An Astronaut's Guide to Self Isolation – Based on his experience, Astronaut Chris Hadfield provides four steps to productive self-isolation: Identify the risks you face, choose your goals, identify your constraints, and take action. 

Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology

What’s On The Other Side Of A Black Hole? (PBS Space Time) – Maps using new coordinate systems trace paths into the interior of black holes and beyond. In these maps, black holes become wormholes, and new universes lie on the other side.
Say Hello To Earths Mini Moon 2020 CD3 (SPACETV) – The car-sized space rock was discovered by Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyneis.


Coronavirus updates: The latest COVID-19 news for the global space industry (Space News) – Space News provides ongoing coverage and daily updates of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the global space industry, including a list of all delayed or canceled space events. Forward

[PROCEEDING AS PLANNED as of 4/15/2020] TC Sessions: Space 2020 (Tech Crunch) – Join TechCrunch's editors in Los Angeles on June 25 for a day of fireside chats and panel discussion with the top investors, founders, and technologists forging the future of space. Forward