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    Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck stands with one his company's Electron rockets.Rocket Lab Rocket Lab, the leader among companies building small rockets to launch satellites, is going public through a SPAC merger that values the company at more than $4 billion when the deal closes. The company is combining with Vector Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company. Rocket Lab will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker RKLB when the deal closes, which is expected in the second quarter. "This milestone accelerates Rocket Lab's ability to unlock the full potential of space through our launch and spacecraft platforms and catalyzes our ambition to create a new multi-billion-dollar business vertical in space applications," Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said in a news release.VIDEO4:3704:37Small rockets: The FedEx of space?MarketsVector's SPAC currently trades under the ticker VACQ. Shares of the SPAC climbed more than 20% in premarket trading from its previous close of...
    Only 28 games into the 2020-21 season, DeMarcus Cousins is searching for a new team. The Rockets are planning to part ways with the 30-year-old center, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who reported Saturday that Houston wants to shift toward a “younger, smaller frontcourt” led by offseason acquisition Christian Wood. It was a surprising move not only because Cousins had started the last seven games after Wood went down with an ankle injury earlier this month, but also because of what happened just a day earlier. ALL-STAR 2021: Which players should earn reserve spots? On Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Houston had guaranteed Cousins’ one-year, $2.3 million contract for the remainder of the season. In a small sample size, Cousins struggled on defense and never reached the offensive highs of the old “Boogie,” but he did manage to play in 25 of 28 contests, averaging 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists...
    Austin, Texas (CNN Business)A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried 143 satellites into orbit on a jam-packed rideshare mission Sunday, setting a new world record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket.The mission, dubbed Transporter-1, carried 10 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink internet network, and more than 130 satellites for a variety of customers including Planet, which operates a constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, and ICEYE, which develops small radar satellites for tracking hazardous ice.The previous record for the most satellites sent to space in one trip was held by PSLV, an Indian rocket, that carried 104 satellites in a 2017 launch. Space is becoming too crowded, Rocket Lab CEO warnsSpaceX's Transporter-1 mission was the first in new rideshare program that SpaceX announced in 2019. The company said at the time it will dedicate "regularly scheduled" launches of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket to carrying large batches of small satellites, or...
    Getty Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls have released the team’s probable starters in their preseason opener against the Houston Rockets on Friday. The most surprising twist in the first lineup coach Billy Donovan has set since taking over the team back in September: a seemingly healthy Otto Porter Jr. will not be starting. Instead, 14th year veteran small forward Thaddeus Young will start in Porter’s stead. Porter has shown to be a proven scorer from the wing but has struggled to stay healthy, playing in 29 games over the past two seasons. He was recently ranked No. 98 on ESPN’s top 100 NBA players rankings ahead of the 2020-21 season. Second-year guard Coby White will start at the point as expected, along with Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. at center. For whatever its worth, in the #Bulls game notes release for preseason opener against the...
    An Electron rocket gets ready to launch.Rocket Lab Rocket Lab, the leading company building and launching small rockets, on Thursday took what CEO Peter Beck described as a "huge milestone" in its work to reuse rockets. The company recovered the booster of its Electron rocket after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The recovery came after Rocket Lab's 16th launch to date, which carried 30 satellites to orbit for a variety of customers including TriSept, Swam Technologies and Unseenlabs. "Welcome back to Earth Electron!" Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck said in a tweet, with an image showing the booster floating in the ocean next to one of the company's ships. Beck's company, much like Elon Musk's SpaceX, wants to recover the boosters so it can launch more often – while simultaneously decreasing the material cost of each mission. But Rocket Lab's approach to recovering its boosters is notably different than...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Mike D’Antoni is out, but who should the Houston Rockets hire to replace him as head coach? Another year, another premature playoff exit followed by “one piece away” talk for the Houston Rockets. Mike D’Antoni took Morey-ball further than perhaps any other NBA head coach would’ve been willing to, but even he’s out after a second-round defeat at the hands of Houston’s personnel coming up short in its ultra small-ball approach, its superstars’ notable flaws and the Los Angeles Lakers, probably in that order. Now the Rockets need a new head coach for a very particular brand of superstar in James Harden, without much flexibility to improve the roster around him — a roster that took a massive step backward last year in trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. Harden, Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker and Danuel House...
    While head coach Mike D’Antoni will not be returning to the Houston Rockets, it appears that general manager Daryl Morey will be back. The Houston Rockets lost their second-round series to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, dropping four consecutive games after taking Game 1. Wholesale changes are likely in Houston, but it appears that one of the biggest front office pieces will be staying in place, according to ESPN. General manager Daryl Morey will be remaining with the team despite head coach Mike D’Antoni’s exit, suggesting that owner Tilman Fertitta buys into Morey’s small-ball vision. The veteran general manager has never been afraid to experiment with unconventional roster constructions, and his innovation will be needed as Houston attempts to navigate its current situation.Is Daryl Morey’s job with the Rockets really safe?The Rockets are stuck in a salary cap quandary due to Russell Westbrook’s exorbitant contract, and the former MVP’s...
    Ore. families lose everything as fire destroys homes McDonalds Travis Scott campaign is a brilliant marketing ploy that creates massive buzz — without adding a single menu item Report: Houston intends to keep Daryl Morey as GM There have been rumors bouncing around the NBA’s chattering class that Daryl Morey may be in trouble as the Houston general manager going back to before his infamous Hong Kong protestors Tweet and the drama that followed. There was a sense Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta and Morey were not on the same page. © Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images While coach Mike D’Antoni is very likely walking out the door, Morey will be back, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Small ball will be back, too. High-ranking Rockets’ sources dismiss those rumors, saying that Fertitta fully intends to keep Morey. Houston’s commitment to playing a historically small lineup will almost certainly continue next...
    Blair and Seth Forever! Timeline of Leighton Meester and Adam Brodys Love The best county to retire in every state Colin Cowherd Rips the Houston Rockets And Small Ball Colin Cowherd thinks innovation is overrated, so it's no shock that he isn't a big fan of the Houston Rockets attacking opposing NBA teams with "small ball." Cowherd went off on the Rockets on Friday, ripping them for trying to go small in the sport with the biggest athletes in the world. He kind of has a point. © Provided by The Big Lead Colin Cowherd rips the Houston Rockets an "small ball" Here's his rant: "The Houston Rockets came up with small-ball. In the sport of America with the tallest athletes, let's be the shortest team in league history."@ColinCowherd on the Rockets failed experiment: pic.twitter.com/B44ibkj6AR— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 11, 2020Frankly, a lot of this is true. Efficiency...
    The Rockets have heard the takes saying their small-ball approach can’t succeed. Their response has hardened into a huge chip that’s now on their collective shoulders. They made it clear Friday night as they walloped the Lakers 112-97 to open their Western Conference second-round playoff series. “I don’t know why people keep saying we’re small. I don’t care if you’re 7 feet; if you don’t have heart, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t have dog in you, it doesn’t matter,” 6-5 guard James Harden (game-high 36 points) said after Houston matched LA’s rebounding total (41 apiece), forced 17 turnovers (27 points off them) and scored more points in the paint (42-40). NBA PLAYOFFS: Scores, schedule, TV times for every series It’s not clear whether Harden was taking a subtle shot at 6-10 Lakers forward Anthony Davis (25 points, 14 rebounds), but regardless he knows that size plus grit is greater than size alone. And that mindset is fueling a team...
    ESPN Talent That Jumped to Fox Sports, From Erin Andrews to Skip Bayless (Photos) 3 Apartment REITs to Buy in September Speedy small-ball Rockets run past Lakers to 112-97 Game 1 win It wasn’t the three-ball that doomed the Lakers — the Rockets made just 14 threes on the night. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad It was quickness and penetration — Houston’s guards got into the lane all night and broke down the Lakers’ defense. James Harden and Russell Westbrook got wherever they wanted to be on the court and combined for 30 points in the paint by themselves. The Lakers’ defense was flat-footed and the communication was poor. “There’s no way you can simulate that speed,” LeBron James said postgame. The Rockets, bringing the energy of a seven-game series with them to the next round, rolled the Lakers late and ran away to...
    Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets’ Western Conference semi-finals series have very high hopes. While the Lakers breezed past the Blazers in round one of the playoffs. Rockets barely managed to defeat the Thunder in their matchup. Whatever be the case, the dye has been cast and this series will be exciting for many reasons. For starters, both teams have exceptional star players in their lineups. Moreover, the strategies for the two sides are polar opposites. The Lakers play with a traditional five-man lineup on the court, but the Rockets have completely eliminated the center position. Head coach Mike D’Antoni opted for the small-ball lineup for his roster. Houston has faced a lot of criticism for this approach but it has worked out well for them. In fact, they won the season series against the Lakers with two wins and a loss. NBA legend Isiah Thomas completely supports this unique...
    Getty Lakers big man Anthony Davis, at left, guarded by P.J. Tucker of the Rockets. Forward P.J. Tucker of the Rockets is not particularly big. Sure, he is 6-5 but for a guy who is being asked to play center in the NBA, Tucker sometimes resembles a fire hydrant guarding a telephone. For the Lakers, that telephone pole will be star forward Anthony Davis, who enters the NBA conference semifinals on a roll after he posted a dud in L.A.’s playoff opener. He was 8-for-24 shooting in that game. Since then, Davis averaged 30.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as the Lakers won four straight. He shot 66.2% from the field in those games, and 53.8% from the 3-point line. He is, no doubt, a fearsome assignment for Tucker. And yet Tucker seems to be a type of kryptonite for Davis. As NBA analyst Tom Haberstroh points...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers pushed aside one of the NBA’s best backcourts in the first round. Here comes another. James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets are the opponent when the top-seeded Lakers open the Western Conference semifinals Friday night. The Rockets’ debut of their small-ball style was a big success when they beat the Lakers 121-111 in Los Angeles on Feb. 6 behind 41 points from Westbrook. Now they have to see if their lineup, all 6-foot-8 or shorter, can beat James, Anthony Davis and the bigger Lakers four times. “I’ve played against all different types of lineups before since I started playing basketball when I was 9 years old, so there’s nothing strange about it,” James said. “It is what it is and we have to prepare for it. We have to be great every night in order...
    3-day music fest underway in Oklahoma amid coronavirus pandemic This is the Only Reason You Should Pay More for Groceries The Rockets radical small-ball experiment suddenly looks like one of the scariest threats in the playoffs © Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The Houston Rockets have looked like one of the best teams in the NBA while taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston's small-ball team, which doesn't feature a traditional center, has proven effective, thanks to the spacing on offense and speed and versatility on defense. It's early, but no team in the West looks like a big favorite against the Rockets. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Houston Rockets are putting together a compelling case to be considered championship contenders this season. On Thursday, the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-98, to take...
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The Houston Rockets have looked like one of the best teams in the NBA while taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston's small-ball team, which doesn't feature a traditional center, has proven effective, thanks to the spacing on offense and speed and versatility on defense. It's early, but no team in the West looks like a big favorite against the Rockets. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Houston Rockets are putting together a compelling case to be considered championship contenders this season. On Thursday, the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-98, to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. It's not just that the Rockets have won, it's how that should scare the rest of the NBA. The Rockets are still missing Russell Westbrook, but it hasn't been a problem so far: they've...
    Enlarge / Northrop Grumman successfully launched its Minotaur IV Rocket into orbit on Wednesday morning. Welcome to Edition 3.08 of the Rocket Report! We are now approaching the middle of the 2020 Mars launch window, and it appears as though we will see the UAE, China, and United States all launch missions to the Red Planet during the last 10 days of the month. Exciting times ahead! As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar. Chinese Kuaizhou-11 launch ends in failure. The launch of a new Chinese Kuaizhou-11 commercial solid rocket ended in failure last Friday, resulting in the...
    An artist's rendering of a Momentus Vigoride transfer vehicle deploying satellites in orbit.Momentus A space startup offering a "last mile delivery" service for spacecraft is continuing its deal spree this year, becoming an increasingly important player in the growing small satellite market. Momentus, a Santa Clara, California-based company, has so far struck $40 million worth of customer contracts this year and announced on Thursday its latest deal with Dutch small satellite specialist ISILaunch. Its the eighth such deal Momentus has unveiled in 2020, with the company providing its orbit transfer services for ISILaunch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in December. The core of Momentus' business is Vigoride, a simple vehicle that consists of frame, an engine, solar panels, avionics and a set of satellite deployers. The company calls it a transfer vehicle, akin to the delivery truck that would bring a package to its final destination after a large cargo...
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