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Sunday’s launch attempt of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with a primary launch window from 1:32pm ET (18:32 UTC) to 2pm ET (19:00 UTC), is significant for a number of reasons.

SpaceX will attempt to fly the same rocket  for the third time Sunday

For one, this will be the company’s 19th launch of 2018, and if successful, it will break SpaceX’s record for most missions flown in a calendar year. With a handful of launches remaining on its manifest in December, SpaceX is on pace to fly as many as 22 rockets this year. This signifies that SpaceX has solved production and processing issues that prevented it from launching more than eight rockets a year prior to 2017 and that last year was not a fluke.

Perhaps more importantly, a successful flight Sunday would mark the third flight of this particular first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. This core first flew on May 11, for the Bangabandhu-1 mission, and then again on August 7 for the Merah Putih mission. Now, for the first time ever, SpaceX will attempt to fly the same first stage (and its nine Merlin engines) for a third time.

Such a feat—flying the same rocket three times in less than seven months—would bring the company closer to its cost-cutting goal of flying each Falcon 9 rocket 10 times between significant refurbishment. This has become possible after the company introduced a final variant of its Falcon 9 booster, dubbed Block 5, which engineers designed for optimal reusability. (The May flight of this rocket core marked the first time a Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 launched). As but one (very) minor example of time and cost-reduction efforts, SpaceX no longer washes the first stage of the rocket between uses, which explains why the lower two thirds of the assembled rocket appears singed, but the top third is a pristine white. This is because the upper stage and payload fairing are new for each flight.

Finally, Sunday’s mission is notable for its payload—there are many of them as part of the Spaceflight SSO-A mission. SpaceX will seek to set a US launch record for most satellites put into space at a single time, with 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from commercial and government entities around the world. (Two of these, interestingly, originate from Kazakhstan, a country that hosts many of the launches by the Russian space agency).

A company called Spaceflight organized the four-ton manifest for Sunday’s flight. It designed the payload stack and coordinated a variety of satellite dispensers for when the mission has reached a Sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 575 km. Deployment of the satellites will begin about 13 minutes after liftoff and conclude about 30 minutes after that point.

SpaceX will again seek to recover this booster with the droneship Just Read the Instructions stationed downrange in the Pacific Ocean. If successful, we likely can expect to see this first stage make an unprecedented fourth flight sometime in 2019.

The webcast above should begin about 15 minutes before the launch window opens.

Vikram Aadi extensively covers Asia's personal device and connected services ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or via mail: vikram@thb2.com.

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Finantix acquired by Motive Partners

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  • Finantix is familiar for it’s software applications for financial industries.
  • Motive Partners is an investment firm focused on technology-enabled companies that power the financial services industry.
  • in the era of digital, acquisitions are playing major role hence it proves the capability of firm.

Motive partners have confirmed the acquisition of Finantix in a recent press release. They said this acquisition will strengthen their technical capabilities along with streamlined solutions for clients. The acquisition dated on 11th of dec 2018 therefore the official merging details to be released soon.

Acquisition is just a common word for the people of silicon valley as it is often heard there. Considering the tech giants like google and Apple as an inspiration most of the firms are focusing on acquisitions. It all started when the google is swallowing small fishes of the industry as a part of growing business. As a result now a days all the firms are moving towards acquisition rather than putting more technical stuff in to the company.

 

“Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative.”

of-course it is true that every one thought acquisition is risky. But a well planned acquisition pushes the firm towards success in a streamlined way. Acquiring the organisations without reason will launch you in to the trouble as well as ruins both the companies. apart from the other factors like product building to product marketing, acquisition is also a major part of strategy.

 

About Finantix

Finantix enable it’s clients to digitalise their multi channel and omni-device strategy injecting innovative components into their digital transformation programs. And also help them make available ready to use solutions to serve, advise and sell their services to mass, affluent, private, high net worth and business customers.

While they offer a wide range of applications to fill any gaps in clients solution set, they never advocate a rip-and-replace strategy and always look to leverage the IT and Digital investments client have already made.

Finantix offering is based on a comprehensive library of modules and components designed for the financial services industry. As a result that promotes innovation, re-usability across business channels and devices, and helps Financial Services leverage existing legacy architectures. Along with the data facilitating the integration and reuse into new digital services initiatives.

About Motive Partners

motive partners is a financial technology specialist firm. they offer sector specialist investment platform along with expertise, connectivity and capabilities. Therefore it will create long-term value in financial technology business.

Financial technology is a massive market in a complex industry undergoing significant transformation. Motive partners mainly works on four different motives.

  • Customer empowerment
  • Technological innovations
  • Regulatory directives
  • Economic under-performance

the firm works on the formula of investing, innovating and operating. By using this kind of approach they have achieved a lot. This kind of business motivation lead the firm towards this acquisition. The traditional approach to private equity investing is no longer enough. Motive partner believes that specialization is central to achieving the best results.

Real-world operating and innovating expertise is at the heart of Motive Partners’ DNA. they invest where their expertise, connectivity and capabilities can empower management teams to achieve substantial value creation.

Acquisition

motive partners are following a streamline structure from the beginning itself. Their focus towards the financial technology industry lead them to the top of the list. Motive partners felt it is necessary to acquire an organisation like Finantix.  above all Finantix is also on the financial industries sector due to this the acquisition came in to picture.  Finally motive partners acquired Finantix on 11th of dec 2018 to an undisclosed amount.

 

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Google acquires Sigmoid Labs of Bengaluru

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  • Tech gaint Google is unstoppable with it’s acquisitions.
  • Bengaluru based sigmoid labs is also got sold for an undisclosed amount to google.
  • Sigmoid labs is the parent company of well known train tracking app “Where is my train”.

as we all know the google is so tech hungry while doing acquisitions. Bengaluru based startup is also not a big target for google to acquire.  The official press release from sigmoid labs stated that

“We’re excited to share that Sigmoid Labs, the team behind the ‘Where is my train’ app, is joining Google. We can think of no better place to help us achieve our mission, and we’re excited to join Google to help bring technology and information into more people’s hands,”

where is my train app uses cell tower network instead of internet to track the train. this new technology hence proved without data also we can track GPS signals. according to the google stats the app has reached 10 M downloads.  while asked for their reaction towards this huge success of the app, the team replied

“The confidence that our users have placed in us is what makes us so excited to think even bigger,”

 

About Sigmoid labs

being a start-up it’s hard to get noticed by the tech giants of the silicon valley. But the sigmoid labs has made it through all the difficulties.  Basically the sigmoid labs is well known by it’s train tracking app. This train tracking app became famous due to it’s unique ability to track without internet.

The technical team has put tremendous efforts to make it unique in it’s own way. The app uses mobile network towers to get the information to the module. The app will collect the data through the receiving antennas of the mobile. This different way of approach towards GPS tracking made this start-up stand among the crowd.

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Red River acquires Texas based Ambonare

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  • Red River a technology transformation company from Austin
  • Ambonare specialized in web & mobile app development as well as software product engineering
  • The acquisition happened on 7th of December 2018

About Red River

The company brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration.  Having more than 20 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, analytics, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.

Red River  officially announced about the Ambonare acquisition on a press release dated 7th dec 2018. The company has made revolutionary changes in the process of optimizing business. The company provides tools for the customers which will help the business to streamline besides that it will increase the technology investments.

 

About Ambonare

Ambonare is a digital transformation company along with software product engineering skills. The company mainly deals with four different technologies above all web & mobile app development is a major one. Remaining are DevOps & Docker consulting as well as cloud computing. Ambonare is excited to lead the transformation of the software engineering and IT industries for over a decade. From websites to applications, cloud to cotainers, Ambonare has supported companies both big and small.

Over the past ten years, Ambonare have worked with a variety of customers in both private sector and public sector. And also successfully implemented and managed their mission critical systems. Ambonare has expanded it’s technical presence in the direction of digital transformation. With the help of Red River the transformation is going to be streamlined. As a result this will help both the firms to co-ordinate and work together

 

CEO Speaks

“This acquisition allows Red River to further its investment in Austin and the State of Texas while expanding our consulting services to better enable our customers to imagine the possibilities of technology.” said Jeff Sessions, Red River CEO. “By adding to our application development and software engineering expertise, we enhance our position as a partner of choice for our customers as they make their digital transformation journeys.”

“We are excited to join Red River. A company that shares both our strong customer commitment & desire to push the boundaries of technology,” said Ambonare President Samuel Chen. “Red River provides us the support, management and infrastructure needed to do our best work, win larger projects, enhance our offerings and expand opportunities for our employees.”

 

Acquisition

The Ambonare transaction is continuing with Red River’s long-term growth strategy. which included the acquisitions of Sacramento-based Natoma and Boston-based Accunet. Over the past several years, the firm has steadily increased annual revenues.  AS well as expanded its geographic footprint, capabilities and customer base. As a result earned multiple OEM awards and grew its contract portfolio. the portfolio at the time of acquisition is $125 billion.

 

 

 

 

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