Darrell Etherington

Darrell Etherington

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Darrell Etherington is a Writer at TechCrunch, focused on science, space and health tech startups. Darrell used to work for Apple and Shopify in their respective PR departments, but he does not currently hold any stock in either company.

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Skyryse shows off end-to-end autonomous flight technology with helicopter demonstration

Skyryse is a three-year old transportation startup that is approaching the future of aviation from a different angle when compared to most. You often see startups building new kinds of aircraft, with

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket and lands the booster, but misses the fairing catch

SpaceX has successfully launched its thirteenth rocket this year, and its eleventh Falcon 9 (the company also flew two Falcon Heavy missions in 2019). The launch included the re-use of a twice-flown F

Terradepth raises $8 million to build a fleet of autonomous deep-ocean data robots

Plenty of the ocean remains unexplored, even though it’s a huge trove of potentially valuable information. Current methods for mapping and gathering ocean data, especially deep-ocean data, gener

Watch SpaceX launch a Boeing-built satellite and attempt to recover its spacecraft fairing live

SpaceX is launching yet another rocket this evening — its 13th this year. This Falcon 9 launch is set for liftoff sometime during a window that’ll last for just over an hour, and that open

Photoshop for iPad gains ‘Select Subject’ feature

Adobe’s Photoshop on the iPad got off to a rocky start that doesn’t seem to have left fans of the desktop version very happy, but the company looks intent on incorporating user feedback an

Earth observation startup Capella Space will launch a seven satellite constellation in 2020

Capella Space is all set to begin commercial operations in 2020, with the launch of seven satellites that will provide synthetic aperture radar (SAR)-based imaging, which will provide its clients with

Rocket Lab adds new $7.5 million ‘Mission Success’ coin to its online store

Rocket Lab’s merch store has pretty much what you’d expect from a space-themed gift shop — baby onesies, t-shirts, caps and mission patches. But the commercial rocket launch company

Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens US launch site

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This is it — the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch’s space newsletter. D

Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe

Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starf

Kepler to launch two batches of nanosatellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Small-satellite startup Kepler Communications is teaming up with SpaceX to make good on its deployment goals for its first nanosatellite constellation. SpaceX will carry two separate batches of nanosa

Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman has signed a customer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy-lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a targ

MUBI’s production effort nets it a Sundance selection as the company goes cashflow positive

Streaming services are popping up like weeds these days, but MUBI has been at it basically since streaming video first emerged as a business. Founded in 2007, MUBI focuses on curated, independent film

Blue Origin moves closer to human spaceflight with 12th New Shepard launch

Jeff Bezos-founded Blue Origin has recorded another successful mission for its New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle, which is a key step as it readies the spacecraft for human spaceflight.

Watch live as Blue Origin aims for a booster re-use record with rocket launch

Blue Origin will be looking to launch one of its New Shepard sub-orbital spacecraft today — a second attempt after weather didn’t cooperate yesterday. Conditions are looking much better at

Inovat modernizes tax reimbursement for streamlined international shopping

If you’ve ever traveled to Europe and purchased something, you’re either likely aware that you can get the Value-Added Tax (VAT) reimbursed once you depart since it’s actually only i

Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on the web

Twitter is changing the way it processes uploaded images, and the new way of doing things will be much-appreciated by any photographers sharing their work on the platform. Twitter engineer Nolan O&#82

Waze adds unplowed road reporting feature for better awareness of winter driving hazards

Crowdsourced navigation app and Google subsidiary Waze is adding new features that allow you to report within the app unplowed roads made more dangerous or inaccessible during snowstorms, and also to

North ending production of current Focals smart glasses to focus on Focals 2.0

Smart glasses maker North announced today that it will be ending production of its first-generation Focals glasses, which it brought to market for consumers last year. The company says it will instead

Mindstrong Health hires leadership team with all-star tech product experience

Mindstrong Health is tackling one of the most difficult challenges in healthcare: Severe mental illness, commonly referred to as SMI in the healthcare industry. The startup, founded in 2013 by Paul Da

Volocopter awarded key designation by European aviation safety regulator

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft maker Volocotper has received a Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is basically a rec
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