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SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9

This was SpaceX's first land landing on the West Coast.

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A used Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Thursday from Space Launch Complex 4E at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Wikimedia Commons

Elon Musk-founded private spaceflight company SpaceX on Sunday successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on land after delivering an Argentinian earth-observation satellite from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The “SAOCOM 1A” satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after lift-off, SpaceX said.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the 30th successful landing of a rocket booster for the company.

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket (VOA)

But this was SpaceX’s first land landing on the West Coast. Its previous West Coast landings had all taken place on the company’s drone ships in the Pacific Ocean.

Operated by Argentina’s Space Agency, the National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE), the satellite carries an active instrument consisting of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), which works in the microwave range of the electromagnetic spectrum, particularly the L-band.

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The mission’s main purpose is to gather soil moisture information. (IANS)

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Google Brings a New Update to its Chat App Duo

Google Duo increases group calling limit to 12 participants

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Google increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. Pixabay

Google has updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing.

The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier.

“We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come,” Google’s senior director of product management Sanaz Ahari Lemelson tweeted on Friday.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit. Pixabay

She also hinted at more changes that would come soon, without getting into the details.

The change is already effective but currently it unclear whether it will be reverted once everything goes back to normal or whether it’s here to stay.

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Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit.

Additionally, Google also recently increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. (IANS)