The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 10th, 2018 night edition

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With a payload capacity of 63.8 metric tons to low earth orbit, each SpaceX triple-core Falcon Heavy booster can launch twice as much cargo into orbit as can Delta IV Heavy.

And if you think these two facts might appeal to the U.S. Air Force, you're right.

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy launch was as much a publicity stunt as a technology demonstration, launching Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster sports car into a solar orbit past the reach of Mars -- but generating no revenue for SpaceX.

In late June, the U.S. Air Force awarded SpaceX a $130 million order to put "Air Force Space Command-52 satellite [into] its intended orbit.".

Now, aside from SpaceX, the only U.S. launch provider capable of launching payloads this big is ULA.

As for Falcon Heavy, it has only launched once and only been bid against a ULA Delta IV for a USAF contract once, but it's won that one contract, so it's also batting a thousand.

For government launches, SpaceX is charging an average of $96.9 million for Falcon 9 launches, and (so far) $130 million for Falcon Heavy launches. »

Thailand cave rescue: All 12 boys, coach freed, latest updates

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media_camera This photo tweeted by billionaire Elon Musk, who contributed to the rescue effort, shows the inside of the flooded cave.

media_camera The 12 boys and their coach had been trapped in the cave since June 23.

media_camera Thai Navy divers in Tham Long cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their coach. »

Thai cave rescue: Jubilation! All 13 rescued from depths of Thai cave

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All 12 boys from the Wild Boars football team are now free, according to reports on the ground.

"He only leaves the cave when the last boy is rescued each day," she said.

To rescue a group of children trapped 4km underground and teach them to dive their way out of flooded caves and tunnels the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system far worse. »

John Moore, 56; Sued to Share Profits From His Cells

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Within days, Moore's doctors were amazed to discover that his blood profile had returned to normal.

Concerned that Moore's dangerously swollen spleen might burst, surgeons at UCLA Medical Center removed it.

Using new biotechnology, Golde and other researchers developed the cells into a replicating cell that makes the protein in large quantities. »