4 private spaceflight companies you need to know about

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Almost any space nerd will tell you that the future of the space industry hinges upon private spaceflight. 

Of course, almost anyone with an interest in tech and space knows about Elon Musk’s SpaceX or Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, two heavy-hitters in the commercial spaceflight industry. 

SEE ALSO: SpaceX’s second launch-and-land of a used rocket was a nail-biter

But what about the other, less known, less accomplished, yet still important companies out there hoping to leave their marks on spaceflight? 

Here are a few of the space companies you should be keeping a close eye on in the future.  Read more…

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That ‘Star Wars’ Disney attraction that’s going to take all your money has an official name now

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Well, we can stop calling it “Star Wars Land” now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that’s coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

Yeah, I’m probably still gonna refer to it as “Star Wars Land.”

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In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars: Galaxy’s EdgeNot that we needed convincing – but hey, we’re not about to complain.  Read more…

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A ‘Star Wars’ resort is coming to Orlando because Disney doesn’t have enough of our money already

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No, you can’t actually visit that galaxy far, far away, on account of it being fictional and all. But Disney being Disney, they’ve cooked up the next best thing.

At D23 today, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, announced a “100% immersive” Star Wars-themed resort to come to Walt Disney World.

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Plans for the resort were first reported in April, but today’s D23 panel brought our first official announcement.

Described as Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” the luxury hotel promises to be a “100% immersive” experience in “an authentic Star Wars environment.”  Read more…

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The Avengers will join the Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney California Adventure for… something

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Avengers: Infinity War might not be the only place you’ll see the Guardians rubbing shoulders with the Avengers in the near future.

Following the massive success of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride at Disney California Adventure, Disney’s hinted that it’s just “the beginning of an even larger superhero presence” at the park.

SEE ALSO: The first photos of Star Wars Land are here and let me just sign over my life savings

However, they’re not explaining exactly what that means… yet.

All they’d say at D23 was that the Guardians would soon be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what, Disney Parks & Resorts’ Bob Chapek teased, “will become a completely immersive superhero universe at Disney California Adventure.”  Read more…

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Everything we just learned about ‘The Last Jedi’

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It may not be a new full-length trailer, which many fans were hoping to see. But the Last Jedi “behind the scenes” video just released at Disney’s D23 fan convention still subtly dropped an awful lot of information about the upcoming chapter in the Star Wars saga.

Indeed, it doesn’t take too much analysis of this video, or the D23 panel that surrounded it, before you realize this most mysterious movie is quite a bit more scrutable than you might think. 

Here’s what we know now:

Finn fights Phasma!

But probably not with Luke/Rey's lightsaber.

But probably not with Luke/Rey’s lightsaber.

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“Finn’s about to have a fight with a formidable opponent,” John Boyega told the D23 audience of his character; it was the one notable piece of information in this cards-close-to-the-chest panel. Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma, then got, um, down in Boyega’s face.  Read more…

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‘Tron’ Lightcycle ride is coming to Walt Disney World

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Greetings programs! We are sorry to report that Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone without any update on the status of Tron 3.

(Boooooooooooooooo!)

Yes, indeed, it is disappointing. But do not de-rez! We have good news, too: Disney is bringing Shanghai Disneyland’s popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride to the U.S.!

(Wild cheering!)

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The addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run was announced Friday by Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland — where for now there won’t be one, as it’s only planned for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Read more…

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Tom Holland got the loudest screams at D23 so he must be Marvel’s biggest star now

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Disney fans have a new favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sorry Robert Downey Jr., guys named Chris and all you ladies — there’s a new king of the Marvel stars, and he’s just getting started.

Tom Holland, aka Peter Parker, aka the Spider-Man, got the loudest screams at the D23 Expo on Saturday, period. No one will convince me otherwise, and if you argue I won’t hear you anyway, because my ears are shattered, blown, ringing incessantly.

SEE ALSO: Marvel unleashes ‘Infinity War’ teaser trailer on D23 Expo, destroys everyone

The biannual Disney event always brings its biggest stars to the convention center in Anaheim, California, for a quick stage appearance before a look at its upcoming films. Marvel Studios stuck the big finale on Saturday, when it showed an astounding reel of footage from Avengers: Infinity War. Read more…

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Prepare to be obsessed with the ‘DuckTales’ reboot thanks to this sneak peek

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Lucky ducks at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim got a first look at the company’s hotly-anticipated DuckTales reboot on Saturday — but never fear, Mashable has an exclusive first look at the quacktastic new series premiere for everyone who doesn’t live in California (or have a private plane at their disposal). 

SEE ALSO: Here’s how ‘DuckTales’ reimagined that iconic theme song for Disney’s reboot

It might not be a literal time machine, but we bet that this sneak peek transports you right back to wherever you were 30 years ago when you first heard that addictive theme song and prepared to embark on an epic adventure with Scrooge McDuck and his mischievous grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Read more…

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Did Justin Trudeau just Google ‘Canada music’ to make his summer playlist?

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Justin Trudeau needs your help because he has absolutely no clue what music he should be listening to this summer.

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On Saturday morning the Canadian Prime Minister dropped his hot seasonal Spotify playlist on Twitter, featuring some lovely artists like Drake, Shawn Mendes, k.d. lang, The Tragically Hip and holy smokes wait just a minute, these artists are all CANADIAN.

What am I listening to this summer? What should I be? Check out the PM Mix playlist on Spotify: https://t.co/HXZxCVeree pic.twitter.com/zvK7ZJuG99

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 15, 2017 Read more…

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‘Stranger Things’ on a monochrome monitor is so perfectly ’80s

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Let’s all thank the internet for Wahyu Ichwandardi‏, an illustrator and animator who thought it would be a good idea to recreate the Stranger Things intro on a monochrome monitor from the 1980s.

SEE ALSO: Turns out we’ll get to see ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 sooner than expected

Spoiler alert: it was a good idea.

If @Stranger_Things teaser was made in 1984 with Apple IIc@netflix pic.twitter.com/xmj9JfS3et

— Wahyu Ichwandardi (@pinot) July 15, 2017

Ichwandari built his green-and-black Netflix homage using an actual Apple IIc computer and Dazzle Draw, a bitmap paint program from 1984. Only the latest and most powerful technology to make this! Read more…

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