Month: September 2019

APOS Asia Streamer Hooq Heads for 100 Original Shows

first_imgAsian video streaming service Hooq has committed itself to developing at least 100 original shows and films by the end of this year. They will be produced in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and India, and range in genre terms from horror to comedy and from factual to lifestyle.The company has begun the immediate release of “Bhak,” a colorful dramedy from aspiring filmmakers Arjun Chatterjee and Shreyom Ghosh,  loosely based on their experience trying to break into the bowels of the Bollywood film industry. Starring Sreecharan Rachakonda, Akash Arora, and Priyanka Nath, the show runs to 8 episodes. It was the first winner of Hooq’s Filmmakers Guild, competition.The 2020 roster is also set to include, “She’s A Terrorist And I Love Her.” HOOQ also it as this year’s winner at the APOS conference in Bali, Indonesia. The 8-part dark comedy revolves around a down-and-out man who enters a sham marriage for a quick payout, only to find that his beautiful “wife” is an extremist, hell-bent on wreaking havoc. The pitch came from Singapore online comedy channel, Ministry of Funny’s Terence Chia and Haresh Tilani. It will star Haresh Tilani, Alexis Sueann, Noah Yap, Farah Lola, Tiffany Gnanaraj and Jacky Ng. ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoices Popular on Variety Hooq is jointly owned by Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warnermedia. It says it will play some of its originals on its newly enhanced “freemium” layer, which was recently rolled out across Southeast Asia.The moves are part of an intensifying arms race between OTT platforms in the Asia region. They are using original content to attract eyeballs to their platforms, convert users to subscriptions, and to beat their global rivals which have smaller amounts of local content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Legoland Japans Whimsical Upcoming Menu Looks Amazing

first_imgStay on target There’s a brand new Legoland that’s supposed to be opening in Nagoya, Japan soon, as early as next month. And with its opening will come a whole lot of amazing-looking food based on the Legos that inspired the entirety of the attraction. Talk about being compelled to play with your food. The snacks you’ll see in Legoland are going to be absolutely awesome (like everything is, according to The Lego Movie.)Legoland Japan will open with seven differently-themed areas with five restaurants, and eight food stands. That means plenty of amazing new snacks inspired by Legos and lots of delicious, tasty treats you’ll be able to pick up throughout the theme park.There’s a whole smattering of Lego-related goodies to see, including an Abominable Slush you can find in the Bricktopia area, hot dogs from the Marina Snack Shack in the Lego City zone, roast beef and French toast in the Knight’s Kingdom zone, chocolate ices in Lego blocks, and more.You can check out a map of the park, and it’s seven various zones that include Bricktopia, Knight’s Kingdom, Pirate Shore, Miniland, Factory, Lego City, and Adventure. The Legoland theme park itself is opening up in its entirety as of April 1, and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.It’s a little bit of a trek, especially if you don’t live in the area, but if you’re planning a trip to Nagoya and want to experience some of the coolest Lego-related attractions currently out there on offer. You might want to take the time to pay a visit to this awesome-looking park, especially keeping the food in mind. Leave it to Japan to continue getting all these totally cool-looking (and mouth-watering) snacks. Where’s our own version of Legoland with all these super amazing foods? Call me. I’m waiting.Photos via Legoland Japan How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

10 Obscure Superman Characters Every Fan Should Know

first_imgStay on target Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History While Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman may not be coming back to the Supergirl TV show anytime soon, there are plenty of characters in the Super-mythos that the show can dip into. Here, we take a look at some of the most obscure characters from Superman’s universe, both friend, and foe, that we would like to see make a resurgence, be it on Supergirl or in the comics.Lucy LaneAs her name implies, Lucy Lane is in fact related to the Lois Lane. The younger of the Lane sisters, Lucy classically served as a romantic interest for Superman’s best pal, Jimmy Olsen. In modern iterations of the character, she has followed in her father’s footsteps and gone into the military. Eventually enlisted by her father into a top secret project that granted her super powers, Lucy became Superwoman, on a mission involved in a conspiracy to kill Superman. All of this was part of the New Krypton crossover going on in the Supergirl series which has been collected into a trade.Atomic SkullWhile the alias of two different characters, Albert Michaels and Joseph Martin, the idea is that some sort of horrific scientific accident causes them to become super strong, emit beams of radiation, and… have a cool looking glowing skull for a head.Kryptonite ManThe Kryptonite Man is less of a proper villain than he is a recurring pain in Superman’s side, regularly showing up in a different form or capacity every time he rears his ugly, poisonous head. Occasionally a being of pure green radiation, mostly a man infused with said radiation’s energy, the Kryptonite Man is a sure fire way to get Superman beat up. The most recent version of the character, Clay Ramsay, appeared in the New 52 Action Comics Annual #1, where his origin is told and available here.Lori LemarisLori Lemaris is one of those novel concepts that never really made her way out of the Silver Age that she was created in, which is a shame. A mermaid from the city Tritonis, a division of Atlantis, Lori first appeared way back in Superman #129 in 1959, as a college girlfriend of Clark Kent’s. Hiding her… mer-legs… mer-fin?… tail in the disguise of a wheelchair, Lori eventually had to return to Atlantis, revealing to Clark that not only was she not human, but that she knew his secret identity due to her telepathy. She has since appeared in a few modern stories, but nothing of note since a 2007 arc of Superman : Confidential.Christopher KentThe long lost, Phantom Zone-baby of General Zod, Christopher Kent came to earth in a rocket and was found by Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Raising the child as their own, they quickly learned of Christopher’s heritage as Zod came to Earth looking for his child. After spending some time in the Phantom Zone, Christopher emerged rapidly aged, now as a young man, and began fighting crime as the Kryptonian version of the hero Nightwing.Mon-ElA Daxamite, which is essentially a Kryptonian that is weak to lead as opposed to kryptonite, Lar-Gand landed on Earth with amnesia and was found by a young Clark Kent. Naming him “Mon-El”, and assuming him to be his own older brother, Clark eventually accidentally exposes him to lead and sends him to the Phantom Zone to save his life. The Legion of Superheroes in the 31st century eventually retrieve and cure him, where he becomes a valued member of the team. A great introduction to the Mon-El, the Legion, and the mythology of all of them is the Final Crisis : Legion of 3 Worlds storyline from 2009, which has since been collected here.Professor HamiltonProfessor Emil Hamilton was a longtime ally of Superman, constantly aiding him in any problem that was super-science involved. Eventually discovering that Superman’s powers were not just utilizing yellow sunlight, but absorbing it, he deemed that Superman was doing more harm than good, and became a supervillain. Going by the code name of Ruin, he began targeting Superman’s friends and family.ConduitKenny Braverman was born on the same night that Clark Kent’s rocket ship landed on earth. As the rocket passed over the car that Kenny was born in, it exposed baby Kenny to radiation. Infused with Kryptonite-like radiation, Kenny was a sickly child, constantly feeling overshadowed by his classmate Clark Kent. Eventually, he realized what he was, and what he could do with his new power, and he became the villain Conduit.AtlasIn the same story line that re-introduced Lucy Lane as Superwoman, it was revealed that General Sam Lane was responsible for many attacks on Superman. One of the most effective was Atlas, an old creation of Jack Kirby, who is a magically powered being with superb strength. Despite Superman’s weakness to magic, Atlas did not defeat him, but not until after one of the most epic fights in comic books. This story has since been made available online for purchase, which you can find here.Kal KentSuperman’s descendant from the 853rd century, Kal Kent is the Superman of his era. First appearing during the DC One Million event in the 1990’s, Kal has gone on to make appearances in many DC stories, even in Morrison’s own All-Star Superman series. His appearance in All-Star hints at a greater role in the history of Superman, and it has since been collected into a trade paperback, available here.last_img read more

Linuxbased GameGadget wants to become the iPod of classic portable gaming

first_imgAnyone who wants to game on the go has a number of choices. There’s the Nintendo DS and 3DS, the PSP or the upcoming PS Vita, and then the growing competition from App Store and Android Market games running on smartphones or media players. Is there room for yet another platform? GameGadget hopes there is.GameGadget is a portable gaming device that looks a lot like the Game Boy Micro or GP2X Wiz. Other than that we know very little beyond an interesting take on attracting games to its service.The creator of GameGadget, Jason Cooper, has decided to setup a service a lot like the App Store, where games are offered for download directly to the device. But there is no emphasis on creating games specifically for the hardware platform. Instead, the GameGadget will run games from a range of now defunct consoles. We have to assume the hardware runs emulators from many older platforms.Cooper is inviting owners of older games to allow them to be sold on the GameGadget online store, known as the GameGadgetGames platform. The desirable bit for game rights holders is they need do nothing to the original games. They will be sold and run just like they did on the original platform, so this could be easy money for them.There is a big IF to this equation, though. It doesn’t matter how many games you offer for a device if no one buys the hardware to play them on. The GameGadget is set to be released in January next year and will cost around $160. That’s only slightly less than you’ll pay for a 3DS, and more than a DS. There’s no information yet on how much the games will cost.Aside from offering a new lease of life for older games, Cooper also intends to make developing directly for the platform as easy as possible. The GameGadget runs a Linux OS, and can therefore be developed for using the same libraries including the very popular Simple Directmedia Layer (SDL).Can an unknown platform with no real guarantee of a healthy gaming library break into a market dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and increasingly Apple? It’s doubtful, but a very strong line up of classic games running as they were intended on their original systems may gain a few sales. I’d much rather see the cost of the hardware below $100, though.More at GameGadget, via Kotakulast_img read more

Blizzard reduces staff by 600

first_imgWhenever any company claims to be reviewing its “current organizational needs,” it may ultimately be good for the future health of the company, but it usually translates to either massive cuts or hires in the workforce. Unfortunately, after video game developer Blizzard Entertainment reviewed its “organizational needs” for the year, it has decided to take the former route, resulting in a layoff of 600 employees.As of a few months ago, its global workforce was said to be around 4,600 people strong. The meat of these layoffs (about 90 percent) is coming from non-game development related departments–or you could read those numbers as Blizzard letting go of 10 percent (60 employees) of its workers involved in game development. It all depends on whether you want to look at it as glass half empty or half full. Blizzard was, however, quick to point out that game development and publishing schedules will not be affected.Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, did release a statement wishing all of the now unemployed staffers well on their future endeavors. But I’m sure, as anyone who has been laid off may understand, those words can ring hollow when you’ve just lost your job. He did also admit that Blizzard was having to make some “difficult decisions” due to the “changing needs” of the company.It’s uncertain why Blizzard has called for around 12 percent of it employees to be let go. No doubt most critics will jump to the recent decline of nearly 800,000 World of Warcraft subscribers Blizzard suffered (from 10.3 million to 10.2 million during the 4th quarter of 2011) as a reason. However, Blizzard hasn’t cut the WoW development team, suggesting this is more about changing times in the industry and Blizzard reacting to them generally.via GameSpotlast_img read more

Not Sure It Was Worth It but We Now Have a Game

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Waiting to hear when Game of Thrones comes back is a little like watching ice melt. You never know when it’s coming and it always seems to happen slowly. Only this time, for season seven, it was literally that.After a weird publicity stunt that had HBO getting viewers to watch a block of ice melt, we have a release date. Game of Thrones season seven will premiere on July 16, which is a Sunday, at 9 p.m.HBO made the announcement on Thursday following a Facebook Live video, which showed a literal interpretation of the book series the show is based on: A Song of Ice and Fire. The network set up a block of ice with an object in it that supposedly concealed the premiere date. Viewers were told to type “fire” into the comments to ignite a flame that would melt it.Things were going smoothly for the first 15 minutes before the stream was taken down due to technical difficulties. So not only were thousands of fans watching a block of ice melt very slowly online, but they couldn’t do it properly.Either way, the stunt finally paid off with the premiere date, along with a tagline and a new teaser. Stay on targetcenter_img The great war is here. #GoTS7 premieres 7.16.— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) March 9, 2017The seven-episode season was pushed back this year. Normally the show premieres in spring, but it was pushed back to mid-summer because, aptly, winter was coming in reality. According to HBO, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted to use the snow on the ground to their advantage, since winter is finally here on the show.And considering the tagline for this season is “Fear the Winter,” we’re going to need all the winter we can get.It was a joke for a while among fans, that “winter is coming” for the Stark family, but very slowly. Unfortunately, “winter” has multiple meanings in Westeros. In the Game of Thrones world, “winter” is a season that can last for years and can ravage the landscape, especially for those who live in the North. It also refers to the White Walkers that have been making their way towards the Wall since season two.As the numerous families have been fighting each other over a pointy and uncomfortable Iron Throne for six seasons, the real threat has been making its way towards Westeros. That’s the real war that’s mentioned in the teaser, and the one that will hopefully come to a head in season seven.So yes, winter is a big deal and we’ll be getting a taste of it… in the dead of summer.Need more Thrones in the meantime, check out our GoT gift guide.last_img read more

Former Doctor Who Companion May Light Up Xmas Special

first_img Viewers are still catching their breath after Saturday’s intense Doctor Who season finale, which set up this year’s Christmas special with an appearance by the “original” Doctor.But David Bradley as William Hartnell as the First Doctor may not be the only throwback in Steven Moffat’s final Yuletide event.Following rumors of the reappearance of companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for the Twelfth Doctor’s epilogue, British tabloid The Mirror again reported the 31-year-old’s pending return.“Jenna Coleman has agreed to film something new as Clara,” an unnamed source told the site. “It’ll help give Peter [Capaldi] the send-off he deserves after three years.”The Impossible Girl may return this Christmas (via BBC)Killed, resurrected, and departed in a stolen TARDIS at the end of season nine, Clara is now traveling through all of space and time, presumably with the immortal Ashildr (Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams). So you’d hope she could stop by for one last goodbye.“Fans will have to wait until the Christmas special to see Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor come to an end,” BBC Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright said on Monday. “But today it has been announced that former companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, will be making a guest appearance as the Doctor regenerates. Wow.”The assertion, however, has not yet been backed up by an announcement from the BBC.Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald (via BBC)When whispers of Clara’s return first surfaced in May, social media was abuzz with theories: Twitter claimed Eddie’s Diner (in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, Wales) is booked for two days of filming this month. The real-life restaurant, as seen in a number of Doctor Who episodes, is believed to be Clara and Ashildr’s TARDIS in disguise.“It’s become a tradition now for the companions to reappear as the Doctor regenerates and Jenna isn’t letting the side down,” The Mirror‘s anonymous source said.In 2009, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor managed a final farewell to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), and Karen Gillan came back as Amy Pond to bid her raggedy man (Matt Smith) adieu in 2013.Meanwhile, the superb Pearl Mackie—whose Doctor Who run ended over the weekend when Bill ran off with new flame Heather—is expected to appear “in some form” (cyber, puddle, or human?) at Christmas, along with Matt Lucas as Nardole, The Mirror reported. But neither will allegedly be part of incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall’s new series.David Bradley reprises his role as First Doctor William Hartnell in December (via BBC)The BBC on Saturday released an official synopsis of the 2017 holiday special, suggesting that “further casting and details” for the episode “will be revealed in due course.”Currently in production, the festive installment sees David Bradley reprise his role as William Hartnell’s Time Lord. The Harry Potter and Broadchurch actor portrayed Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 TV movie dramatization about the creation of Doctor Who.“As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor,” the Beeb said.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

Nintendo Could Be Working on a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition

first_imgStay on target Nintendo has given fans of retro games a lot of love lately. Last year the company released the NES Classic Edition. This year, it is set to drop a miniature SNES. Now, a recent trademark filing suggests an N64 Classic Edition is on the horizon.The trademark filing is for a Nintendo 64-like controller (pictured below). As posted on NeoGAF, Nintendo recently applied for a trademark of this controller with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This application falls under goods and services, meaning that the trademark is for a physical product. Similar trademarks were filed for the NES, and SNES controllers before the Classic Editions of both systems were announced. Because of that, it’s possible that this filing is for an N64 Classic Edition controller.Releasing a Nintendo 64 plug-and-play retro console after the NES and the upcoming SNES Classic Edition makes a lot of sense. N64 games have been emulated before, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get them running as they did back in the day. N64 games are a lot bigger file size-wise when compared to NES and SNES games. Because of that, it’s possible that this machine will cost more than the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition (priced at $60 and $80, respectively).None of this has been confirmed by Nintendo, so it’s best to temper expectations for the moment. However, given all of the evidence presented, don’t be surprised if an N64 Classic Edition does eventually become a reality. This would be great for Nintendo fans since the system had a ton of fantastic games on it. Hopefully, Nintendo will make enough systems for anyone who wants one. They certainly don’t want a repeat of what happened with the NES Classic Edition.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs last_img read more

Irresponsible Predictions For GDC 2019

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits The Game Developers Conference isn’t really a place to expect breaking news. The event is for people who actually make video games to meet up and network and learn from each other. As a journalist, I almost feel kind of weird going, like I’m not supposed to be there. And the stories I do write are about diversity among game developers, indie trends, and hands-on impressions of games you wouldn’t expect to get high-profile previews.And yet for whatever reason GDC 2019 has an unusually high amount of newsworthy buzz surrounding it, so much so that we have a few predictions for what we might see at the San Francisco show next week.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>AdChoices广告Xbox EverywherePart of the reason we’re so excited for this GDC is because some of its biggest potential news has been leaked already. This is especially the case for Microsoft, who seems poised to shed its dependency on hardware and bring Xbox games to any machine that will have them. We already know Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android, but it also seems very likely that it along with the Game Pass streaming subscription will bring these online services to Nintendo Switch as well.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Google’s Video Game ConsoleThis is another rumor that’s been all but confirmed by the company itself, but we expect Google to unveil some sort of gaming console at its GDC panel. This could be a Chromecast with a controller for Android games, a full-on living room gaming PC, or anything else in-between. But it is happening and it’ll be the biggest test yet for Google’s burgeoning Project Stream service, for playing AAA console games on anything with a good internet connection.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Hints of PlayStation 5While rivals keep throwing out different gimmicks, the total market dominance of the PlayStation 4 probably has Sony thinking they can stay the course just putting out straight-forward video game consoles. We don’t expect a PlayStation 5 to get formally revealed at GDC. Sony isn’t even going to E3 so we don’t expect to see that console anytime soon. However, it is coming, and this GDC would be the right time for developers to start hearing some of Sony’s behind-the-scenes plans… and then leak those plans to the public.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Epic vs. SteamThe bloodiest war currently happening in gaming isn’t between consoles, it’s between PC game stores. For the longest time Steam was basically a monopoly for buying PC games, and fostered a problematic culture as a result. But flush with Fortnite cash Epic is giving Valve a real run for its money by snatching up exclusives left and right for the new Epic Games Store. The everyday game developers at GDC are sure to get tons of pitches on why they should bring their projects to Epic’s platform with its more generous share of profits. But we’re curious to see if Valve fires back and how.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Finally, Video Game Developers UnionsThe biggest drama at last year’s GDC was the confrontation between agitated video game workers hungry to unionize their industry at last and the IGDA that seemed disinterested in helping them. Things have only gotten worse in this industry when it comes to treatment of workers and unjust layoffs. Just ask former Activision, Telltale, Boss Key, and Capcom Vancouver employees. Game developers want to unionize. The AFL-CIO wants game developers to unionize. I and plenty of other players who appreciate the value of human labor want game developers to unionize. Hopefully at this year’s GDC we get even closer to making it actually happen. Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Spacecraft to Use Green Fuel For First Time

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images A non-toxic, rosé-colored liquid could fuel the future of space travel.NASA will test the high-performance “green” material, as well as a compatible propulsion system, in space this month with the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the propellant blends hydroxyl ammonium nitrate with an oxidizer, allowing it to burn and creating an alternative to hydrazine, commonly used in modern spacecraft.While shuttles love hydrazine (it was first employed as a component in rocket fuels during World War II), the inorganic compound is highly toxic to humans.Exposure can cause everything from skin irritation or temporary blindness to seizures or coma, not to mention organ damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Handling the clear liquid requires strict safety precautions: protective suits, thick rubber gloves, oxygen tanks.So it makes sense that NASA would want to replace it with something a bit more user friendly.GPIM, the agency said, promises fewer handling restrictions, helping to reduce preparation time before launch.“Spacecraft could be fueled during manufacturing, simplifying processing at the launch facility, resulting in cost savings,” according to Christopher McLean, principal investigator for GPIM at Ball Aerospace, which leads this technology demonstration mission.Denser than hydrazine, this new green propellant offers nearly 50 percent better performance (the equivalent of getting 50 percent more miles per gallon on your car). That means spacecraft can travel farther and operate longer with less fuel onboard.The technology, NASA said, is ideal for small- and cube-satellite builders, who have modest budgets and limited capacity; it also has a place among large spacecraft, like the GPIM.Moving forward, Redmond-based manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to develop a range of other thrust-level propulsion systems to utilize high-performance green propellant.“We see interest in using green propellant across the space industry,” Fred Wilson, director of business development for Aerojet, said in a statement. “The trend is towards smaller and smaller satellites, to do more mission in a small package.”There is potential for this technology to be used for a variety of lunar missions within NASA’s new Artemis program, the agency said. But first, it must be tested in space.More on Satellites Developed by European Space AgencyNASA’s Webb Telescope One Step Closer to CompletionNASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists from 2020 Stay on targetlast_img read more