SpaceX, NASA sign enhanced data sharing agreement on spacecrafts and space debris

In a statement NASA said, it had signed an agreement with SpaceX aimed at avoiding collisions between their respective satellites. The agreement will enhance data sharing between NASA and SpaceX’s Starlink, a space internet venture, to ensure both parties are fully aware of the exact location of spacecraft and debris in orbit. “With commercial companies…

China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group signs 5 year battery grade lithium supply deal with Tesla

In a statement China’s Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group Co Ltd stated, it has signed a deal to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide to Tesla Inc for the next five years. According to a filing in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Yahua has placed the total value of the contract, signed by its wholly-owned subsidiary Yaan Lithium, at…

Hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia receives backing from Amazon.com Inc and Royal Dutch Shell

On Wednesday, hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia stated it had secured $21.4 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures to develop zero-emission commercial aircraft. The startup’s prototype hydrogen powered propeller plane has already completed 10 test flights. Its backers includes Amazon and energy giant Royal Dutch Shell. Hydrogen, which produces water…

Daimler signs licensing agreement with Sharp Corp after losing patent lawsuit

On Wednesday, in a statement Sharp Corp said, German automaker Daimler has signed a licensing agreement with it following a settlement in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning in-vehicle mobile communications technology. In a court ruling last month, Sharp won the patent dispute with a German court allowing Sharp to enforce a sales ban against Daimler…

Trump does not want ByteDance to have controlling stake in TikTok: senior administration official

According to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, regardless of how China’s ByteDance positions the divestment of its short video sharing app TikTok, U.S. President Donald Trump does not want it to have a controlling stake in TikTok, since it will place Americans’ personal information at risk. Despite China’s bravado…

China’s financial leasing arm cancels orders for 29 Boeing 737 MAX jets

On Monday, adding to its string of recent cancellations, China Development Bank (CDB) Financial Leasing Co stated, it has agreed with Boeing, to cancel the purchase of 29 undelivered 737 MAX jets. The 737 MAX has been grounded globally for more than a year following deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. “In light of evolving…