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Crew Dragon capsule | Credits: SpaceX

We, the humans crave for things that are farther away to catch. Space is one such milestone for us. It was an inspiration for all of us. It has been and it always will. Defying the gravity and reaching the final frontier is not an easy thing, yet we did many a time.

I was not born when “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” happened. When there was no YouTube to witness the historic moment, the world has come together and witnessed it through TVs, radios etc.

If I was born back then, I would have thought of having my grand children colonizing Mars and beyond. I wasn’t born then and even that imagination didn’t come true. Let’s not wait for the train that’s gone. …


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Rockets are overwhelming but not without software. We all write software that somehow impacts mankind at large. We cannot agree more about how the software is running the world today. Yet we often fail to recognize the importance of software in the space industry.

Rockets are complex so much so that we can even say they are the most complex machines ever built by mankind. They may seem like a huge cylinder. But they got so many individual components that must work the right way to make it to the orbit.

There is a maxim in the space fraternity: “Space is hard.” We have defied the gravity many a time and reached the final frontier. Besides the robust hardware that is on board a rocket, the software is the heart of the vehicle. Precision is the heart of everything in space travel. Everything must happen precisely at the right moment for the right duration. …


Dear Whitehat Jr — teach coding but not kill dreams

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Story of Elon, an Indian kid

Elon, not Elon Musk :), is a five-year-old kid in the incredible country of India. Kids in India always have (at least used to have) a pretty good childhood. Like all children, Elon goes to school, finds friends, learns whatever his brain can retain, comes home, and life goes on. All good? How can it be?

Then comes COVID-19. The world stopped. So does India, and Elon. He is missing his friends and school. However, he got nothing else to do.

Elon’s dad is a typical Indian father. He’s worried that his five-year son is missing school and so he has to do something about. He calls his friend, who is the father of Mark, who is Elon’s friend. Mark father tells Elon’s father that his son will be on a flight to Silicon Valley soon.


And it seems like a sci-fi movie.

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Cargo Dragon approaching ISS | Image: SpaceX

Saturday, May 30, 2020. If not for the historic Crew Dragon launch, this day would have been just another Saturday in these dark days of the pandemic.

While the world is watching, at 3:22 p.m. EDT the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As the engines roar, the astronauts, Bob Behnken, and Doug Hurley aboard the only reusable rocket lifted off. The duo arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) the next day as the Crew Dragon docked autonomously. …


Not the old “ You are Speaking Our Language “, the new “Curious Developer” version.

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Foobar — Unless you are living under a rock, you should have heard some mind-boggling stories around this. It’ s safe to assume you did hear more or less about it. If not, read this amazing story first. If yes, read on for a different perspective of this hidden hiring challenge.

Never chase foobar. Let it find you

There are scores of people on the internet who managed(at least claimed so) to trigger this magic, which just splits your search results screen with a message. I beg you not to be one such. The reason is dopamine.

The dopamine rush you get when foobar proposes you is inexplicable. Because you didn’t chase it. It found you. It’s like winning a lottery with no ticket bought. …


Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, once an internet-billionaire, is on a mission to disrupt the internet industry with Starlink, just like he mobilized the automobile and rocket launch arenas. He doesn’t make new black magic with his ventures, except for the idea of the self-sustaining human colony on Mars, the lovely red planet. He sees the problems differently- for instance, in the first-principles method. Now let’s dive into Starlink, the akin to SpaceX, for the internet industry.

Why Musk really cares about the internet?

The internet is no more a luxury. The unprecedented global changes reckon on the fact that the internet is now a necessity. The world is now moving towards the Everything Online paradigm. The offices moved to the homes of the employees, schools are struggling to go online, and the entertainment industry is worried about bandwidth. …

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