🚀 Astra rocket fails to reach orbit

The LV0006 had an unfortunate slip

Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 The first rocket launch for Astra since going public failed to reach orbit. Social audio platform Clubhouse has embraced spatial audio for more immersive conversations.  

Clubhouse introduces spatial audio to iOS

On Sunday, Clubhouse started to roll out an update to its iOS app, enabling spatial audio support for the first time.

A more immersive experience

In a tweet on Sunday, Clubhouse announced spatial audio was rolling out on iOS, along with an explanation that its spatial audio is "like surround sound, but w/ your own headphones. A more vibrant, human experience! Plus makes it much easier to tell who's talking."

What is spatial audio?

In basic terms, the feature introduces subtle spatial cues that position speakers into three-dimensional space around your head while in a Clubhouse call, overall creating a more immersive experience, just like if you were having a conversation in person.

Hear people in 3D

"When you are in the audience, you'll now hear the people around you in 3D, which makes the experience a bit more lifelike and human. Its also easier for your brain to track who is talking, thanks to subtle spatial cues. Spatial audio works best with headphones, wired or otherwise," Clubhouse said in a statement.

Rivian files to go public with an $80 billion valuation

The electric vehicle startup, Rivian, has recently filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to take their company public.

Who are Rivian?

Rivian is an American electric vehicle startup founded by RJ Scaringe back in 2009. The startup has stayed in stealth mode until 2018 to try to build and craft the brand of their company. The decision to file an IPO comes after the startup was set to deliver its first vehicle, the R1T electric pickup truck, which was originally revealed during the 2018 LA Auto Show. The release of its R1T has been hit by multiple delays, but its second vehicle that they are releasing called the R1S, an electric SUV will be released soon. Rivian is also developing electric vans for Amazon who owns about 10% of the electric vehicle company.

Rivian's progress in going public

Rivian has submitted a draft registration for the IPO which will remain confidential but according to Bloomberg, Rivian may have a valuation of about $80 billion. The IPO date for Rivian is expected to be before the end of the year.

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Astra rocket fails to reach space after sliding off the pad

Astra attempted its third orbital test flight on Saturday, and unfortunately, the third try wasn't the charm for Astra.

Failed to reach orbit

Astra’s two-stage Launch Vehicle LV0006 failed to reach orbit last Saturday due to one of its engines catching on fire during the launch, causing the rocket to slide horizontally across the launch pad before finally launching.

First launch since public

This was Astra’s first launch since the company went public, and it definitely wasn’t the success they wanted. Before returning to earth, the flight safety crew stalled the engines while only 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the flight after a piece of the rocket appeared to break off.

Better luck next time

“We suffered technical difficulties, but achieved 2.5 minutes of flight data. Every launch, whether successful or not, is an opportunity for us to learn. Our team will study the data and use this information to iterate on our next launch,” Astra said in a tweet.