NASA Unveils ‘Out of This World’ Mars Rover

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NASA has unveiled a new Mars rover concept vehicle
  • The rover was unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • NASA’s next robotic Mars rover is set to land on the Red Planet in 2020

NASA has unveiled an “out of this world” futuristic Mars rover concept vehicle to inspire young people to want to learn more about its plans to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.

While this exact rover is not expected to operate on Mars, one or more of its elements could make its way into a rover that astronauts will drive on the Red Planet, NASA scientists wrote in a blog post this week.

The rover, unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, was built by Parker Brothers Concepts of Port Canaveral, Florida, incorporating input into its design from NASA subject matter experts.

The rover operates on an electric motor, powered by solar panels and a 700-volt battery. The rover separates in the middle with the front area designed for scouting and equipped with a radio and navigation provided by the Global Positioning System.

 The back section serves as a laboratory which can disconnect for autonomous research.NASA Unveils 'Out of This World' Mars Rover

Following several weeks on display at Kennedy’s visitor complex, the Mars rover concept vehicle will be displayed at several locations, NASA said.

From July to August, it will be displayed at several locations during a tour along the East Coast.

The Mars rover concept vehicle will return to the visitor complex to be part of the new Astronaut Training Experience attraction opening in the autumn of this year, said Rebecca Shireman of the Kennedy visitor complex.

NASA’s next robotic Mars rover is set to land on the Red Planet in 2020. The Mars 2020 rover will search for signs of past microbial life and collect core samples for a potentially future return to Earth.

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Russian Rocket Returns to Service With Launch of US Satellite

 

HIGHLIGHTS
The Proton rocket carried a US telecom satellite, Echostar-21
The Proton-M was successfully launched at 6:45am (0345 GMT/ 9:15am IST)
Echostar-21 will provide telecommunications services in Europe
Russia on Thursday sent into space a Proton rocket carrying a US telecom satellite, Echostar-21, the first launch in a year after an engine glitch sparked a probe into manufacturing flaws.

“The Proton-M was successfully launched at 6:45 am (0345 GMT/ 9:15am IST),” from the Baikonur cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.Russian Rocket Returns to Service With Launch of US Satellite

“All the phases went off as scheduled,” a statement said.
The Proton-M is the largest Russian carrier rocket and has been used since 1965. But it grounded Proton launches in June last year after a series of embarrassing setbacks.

Echostar-21 will provide telecommunications services in Europe and is set to be put into orbit at 1258 GMT, Roscosmos said.

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Street plays make people aware of healthy lifestyle

NGO SPEAK India, a society for promotion of ethical and affordable health care, today staged a street play ‘Health ka Panchnama’ to bring awareness about healthy lifestyle among the residents. Artistes from Impact Arts enacted the play. The street play was staged at the Sector 17 Plaza and Sukhna Lake. The play emphasised on the role of fruits and vegetables in the foods, regular exercises, plenty of water intake, adequate sleep, and ethics in every aspect of life while shunning quack remedies. Street plays make people aware of healthy lifestyleThe play also focused on how important it is to avoid diet consisting of junk foods like ice-creams, cakes, burger, noodles, coke, pasta, potato chips, etc, which leads to obesity and exposes to serious ailments like diabetes, heart ailments, hypertension, stroke, anemia and unproductive life in the long run. Dr R Kumar, president of the society, said the society had decided to spread awareness in an interesting manner by organising short plays in different parts of the city.—TNS

 

How Co-Living Spaces Reshape Real Estate Industry of India

 

Millennial lifestyle trends like co-living is changing real estate sector

India’s millennials, about 30% of our population, are typically changing jobs every 18-24 months and are increasingly valuing experiences over assets. This makes the concept of ownership no longer relevant for the urban Indian millennial. Especially when they think of homes.

Millennials want flexible, social and affordable homes. They want to rent. Having said that, residential real estate will now need to transform to give these millennials just that.

Structural design of residential real estate hasn’t evolved in the longest time. When we think of a house, we think of a Bedroom, Hall and a Kitchen.

Here’s a simple understanding of the relative utilization of spaces in a typical 1BHK housing 2 people: The Dining and Living Room is typically around 180 square feet and the average time spent there is 2 hours – that’s relative utilization rate of 19.39%. A Bedroom is around 150 sq. ft. and we spend an average of 9 hours a day there, a utilization rate of 72.70%. A kitchen maybe around 70 sq. ft. and spending 1.5 hours a day there means it has a utilization rate of 5.65%.

When we look at the above real estate utilization and their relative utilization in these typical structures, you’ll see how basic design changes and sharing areas with lower utilization amongst a larger community could drastically drive down costs making quality accommodation more affordable and accessible.

Co-living spaces seek to do just that.

The underlying philosophy of co-living spaces, for realtors, is to maximize space utilization which in the current scenario could save a person as much as 30% in rentals in Tier 1 cities while giving the realtor as much as a 12% rental yield on his property, and for residents, to drive more human interactions making homes and the people that live in it more social and acceptable.

Co-living spaces seek to drive up relative utilization of spaces by combining private (Bedrooms and Bathrooms) and communal areas (Utility Rooms, Living Rooms, Dining Areas and Kitchens) for a larger group of people that then become part of one large community.

Chronic loneliness, which is now a modern-day epidemic amongst the urban millennial, is one of the reasons why we’ll now see higher adoption of such models of living in India. A WHO study points out that the total estimated number of people living with depression increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015 and with the rate at which our cities are growing this number is on an alarming rise.

Living in a community of like-minded individuals which is the ethos of co-living spaces is easily the safest bet to fight this modern day epidemic amongst the urban millennial.

Co-living spaces use design in a way that allows for people to interact, make friends and feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves, i.e. a community.

Much like how increasing adoption of the sharing economy is helping drive down costs in the transportation industry, the same philosophy of sharing spaces and living in co-living spaces will play a huge role in driving down costs in the rental residential industry, thus allowing for more people to move into higher quality accommodation which will transform the residential real estate industry in India.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors’ and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

 

Raj govt orders compulsory registration of real estate

 

Jaipur, Jun 1 (PTI) The Rajasthan government today made it compulsory for all real estate projects and agents in the state to register on the official website of the Real Estate Regulations and Development Act (RERA).

The website was launched by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here today.

The website www.rera-rajasthan.in will make the people aware about the projects and their rights. No new real estate project will allowed to start without registering on the portal, she said after the launch.

Projects already operational will be provided three months time to complete the formalities, Raje said.

The chief minister said the state was the first in providing affordable housing benefits to people and urged the real estate sector players to continue providing quality and affordable housing to the citizens. PTI AG  SRY

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The luxurious lifestyle of the cladding firm couple: Boss who sold materials which covered deadly tower block lives with his secretary wife in a £1 million mansion

Her husband, who entered the curtain-walling business straight from university, has boasted of 25 years of ‘practical experience’ on Harley Facades’s website.

Mr and Mrs Bailey were director and secretary of Harley Curtain Wall, which went bust in 2015, owing creditors £1million, according to reports.

A customer demanded £428,000 for disputed work and the company owed £1.18million in total. But it was later bought for £24,900 by Harley Facades Ltd, Mr Bailey’s other firm, which according to its latest accounts has £151,000 in the bank and made £299,000 profit last year.

Rydon's CEO Robert Bond (pictured with his wife at a classic car event) said last night the work 'met all required building regulations' and was signed off by the council's building control

Rydon's CEO Robert Bond dressed as a clown

Rydon’s CEO Robert Bond (pictured with his wife at a classic car event, and right as a clown on Facebook) said last night the work ‘met all required building regulations’ and was signed off by the council’s building control

The Rydon CEO has an Aston Martin with a private 'Bond' number plate pictured here next to the family's silver Porsche

The Rydon CEO has an Aston Martin with a private ‘Bond’ number plate pictured here next to the family’s silver Porsche

The 27-storey Grenfell building, which was built in 1974 but refurbished last year, has an average of six flats per floor was reclad in a £10m refurbishment completed last year

The 27-storey Grenfell building, which was built in 1974 but refurbished last year, has an average of six flats per floor was reclad in a £10m refurbishment completed last year

Belinda Bailey, pictured on a ski trip, has served as secretary for her husband's cladding company

Belinda Bailey, pictured on a ski trip, has served as secretary for her husband’s cladding company

Their mansion has three buildings with a large, covered swimming pool attached to the main house. Four cars including a Land Rover and a Porsche were parked outside

Their mansion has three buildings with a large, covered swimming pool attached to the main house. Four cars including a Land Rover and a Porsche were parked outside

Harley Facades congratulated themselves on the work they had done at Grenfell on their Facebook page

Harley Facades congratulated themselves on the work they had done at Grenfell on their Facebook page

This aerial photo taken hours after the fire ripped through the tower block shows the devastating scale of the inferno

This aerial photo taken hours after the fire ripped through the tower block shows the devastating scale of the inferno

Burning debris falls from a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London and killed at least 17

Burning debris falls from a massive fire that raged in a high-rise apartment building in London and killed at least 17

The company, which installed but did not manufacture the panels at Grenfell Tower, said in a statement they were a ‘commonly used product in the refurbishment industry’.

Mr Bailey, 58, said on Wednesday night: ‘This is an incredibly tragic incident. Our thoughts are with the residents and their families who have suffered such a personal loss. We will fully support and co-operate with the investigations into this fire.

‘At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.’ He was unavailable for further comment yesterday, apparently holed up in his country retreat.

His mansion has three buildings with a large, covered swimming pool attached to the main house. The village of Crowborough is also home to a string of celebrities.

Mr Bailey enjoys skiing and motorsports. He has three sons, twins aged 27 and a 23-year-old.

Away from work, Mrs Bailey appears to own a number of cats and belongs to a breeder’s group on Facebook. Photographs from her profile show her enjoying holidays by the sea and in the Alps. Grenfell Tower was clad last year as part of an £8.6million refurbishment by builders Rydon, whose boss has insisted its work ‘met all required building controls’.

The charred debris likely from Grenfell's cladding lies on grass below the tower  

The charred debris likely from Grenfell’s cladding lies on grass below the tower

A children's play area is filled with debris directly under Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate 

A children’s play area is filled with debris directly under Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate

Cladding is a material attached to a building's frame to create an outer wall (shown in this graphic). The process of applying the rain-proof frontage can create a 25mm-30mm cavity between the cladding and the insulation behind it, shown between the first two layers

Cladding is a material attached to a building’s frame to create an outer wall (shown in this graphic). The process of applying the rain-proof frontage can create a 25mm-30mm cavity between the cladding and the insulation behind it, shown between the first two layers

Councils turned to cladding to meet standards set by Blair government scheme

Cladding became popular as councils sought to meet insulation standards laid out under the Blair Government’s £22billion Decent Homes Programme, which ran from 2000 to 2010.

The programme’s rules dictated that homes should have efficient heating and effective insulation, modern facilities and be in a good state of repair.

For high-rise council blocks, local authorities were faced with either knocking them down, meaning they would have to find or build homes elsewhere, or refurbishing them.

The latter option was much cheaper, despite the millions of pounds then pumped into the scheme.

In London alone, it is believed more than £820million in public funds were paid to contractors to make alterations.

Local authorities turned to cladding the outside of old council house stock, including tower blocks, in a bid to improve the buildings’ appearance and the improve so-called ‘thermal efficiency’ ratings.

A press release by a cladding firm from the time stated: ‘Over-cladding existing homes to improve their energy efficiency as well as aesthetics is proving the solution of choice for local authorities in their bid to meet Decent Homes standards.’

The statement gave examples in Bristol and Lanarkshire where cladding had been used to meet the terms of the programme.

A architect was quoted at the time saying: ‘The main priorities were to eliminate water ingress, improve the thermal efficiency of the blocks, and enhance the physical appearance of the external envelope.’

Rydon boss Robert Bond lives in the circled £2million mansion with swimming pool on a private estate in Orpington, Kent

Rydon boss Robert Bond lives in the circled £2million mansion with swimming pool on a private estate in Orpington, Kent

The construction boss and his wife Tina (pictured) appear to enjoy sailing and exotic holidays around the world

The construction boss and his wife Tina (pictured) appear to enjoy sailing and exotic holidays around the world

Grenfell Tower before the refurbishment

Grenfell Tower after the refurbishment with the cladding

Grenfell Tower before the refurbishment (left) in 2011 and with the new cladding (right)

Chief executive Robert Bond said the work was signed off by the council’s building control officials.

Mr Bond, who has four daughters in their 20s, lives in a £2million mansion on a private estate in Orpington, Kent.

He is believed to own an Aston Martin with a ‘Bond’ number plate. A silver convertible Porsche was parked outside his home yesterday.

His wife Tina answered the door of the property when asked for comment and if her husband was home. She said, ‘Thank you and goodbye’, before closing the door.

The married couple appear to share a love for classic sports cars and have posed together in front of a silver Ferrari.

Mrs Bond’s Facebook account shows the family enjoy a luxury lifestyle, including holidaying on a yacht. One photograph showed her and her daughters posing in bikinis in crystal-clear waters on an exotic holiday to a destination apparently in south-east Asia.

Left, the fire ages through several floors of the Grenfell Tower, centre, the inferno rips through the building towards the top floors and right, firefighters attempt to battle the flames on Wednesday morning

Cladding company has covered six other blocks in panels ‘that went up like a matchstick’ in London ALONE

Fears are growing for hundreds of families living in tower blocks after it was revealed the firm which supplied the panels at the centre of the west London inferno has also carried out similar work across the capital.

Grenfell Tower was equipped with overcladding by East Sussex-based company Harley Facades Limited in a contract valued at £2.6 million.

It has since come to light that the firm has used a similar aluminium composite material (ACM) to clad several high rises and public buildings throughout the UK, raising fears for the safety of thousands of other residents.

Ferrier Point (pictured), a 23-storey block with 115 flats in Newham, east London, was clad in an aluminium composite material in 2015

Four 23-storey tower blocks in Camden, north London were refurbished with the cladding at a cost of £16million

Ferrier Point  left), a 23-storey block with 115 flats in Newham, east London, was clad in an aluminium composite material in 2015. Four 23-storey tower blocks in Camden, north London (pictured right) were refurbished with the cladding at a cost of £16million

Castlemaine Tower, a 23-storey block in Battersea, south London, was clad and refurbished by the firm in 2014

Clements Court in Hounslow, west London

Castlemaine Tower (pictured left), a 23-storey block in Battersea, south London, was clad and refurbished by the firm in 2014, as was Clements Court (right) in Hounslow, west London

Four 23-storey tower blocks in Camden, north London were refurbished with the cladding at a cost of £16million, as was Ferrier Point, a 23-storey block with 115 flats in Newham, east London, in 2015.

Six tower blocks in Harrow, northwest London, were given the rainproof cladding when it was refurbished in 2015 in a contract worth £3.5million, as was the 13-storey Merit House, home to 114 flats in Barnet, north London.

Castlemaine Tower, a 23-storey block in Battersea, south London, was clad and refurbished by the firm in 2014, as was Clements Court in Hounslow, west London.

The material is set to be at the centre of an investigation into fire safety after witnesses claimed it ‘went up like a matchstick’, helping spreading the fire from the fourth floor to the roof in just 15 minutes.

Six tower blocks in Harrow, northwest London, were given the rainproof cladding when it was refurbished in 2015 in a contract worth £3.5million

The 13-storey Merit House, home to 114 flats in Barnet, north London

Six tower blocks in Harrow, northwest London (left), were given the rainproof cladding when it was refurbished in 2015 in a contract worth £3.5million, as was the 13-storey Merit House (shown right), home to 114 flats in Barnet, north London

Pictured: The new plastic cladding hangs charred and melted underneath the windows of the Grenfell tower in west London

Pictured: The new plastic cladding hangs charred and melted underneath the windows of the Grenfell tower in west London

The £8.6million refurbishment by Rydon and the cladding by Harley Facades will be key issues at the public inquiry into the blaze. Westminster City Council said Harley Facades also supplied cladding for its Little Venice Estate.

But a spokesman said: ‘There is no reason to believe the type of cladding is the same as that used at Grenfell Tower.

‘Having today reviewed all records we are reassured that the cladding fully complies with all fire and safety requirements and underwent stringent checks before being certified by Building Control. However, as a precaution, we have instructed independent specialists to carry out urgent checks.’

‘We do listen’ says boss of company which manages Grenfell Tower

Maintenance firm responsible for Grenfell paid £11M by taxpayer

The company responsible for the safety and maintenance of the block of flats which turned into a raging inferno and killed at least 17 people was paid £11million last year from taxpayer’s money.

Grenfell Tower is owned by the borough council in Kensington and Chelsea, but the management of the building is the responsibility of an independent company – Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO).

Speaking to Nina Hossain on ITV News London the company’s boss Robert Black said: ‘We are in complete shock and condolences for what’s happened today. Our thoughtS are with everybody that is currently affected and still affected.’

Robert Black (left) who is Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation’s Chief Executive and in charge of the management of Grenfell Tower and Andrew Goldman from Rydon Construction who appeared on TV this morning admitting he did not know the exact details of the materials used in the revamp of the block of flars

The doomed block of flats underwent a £10million refurbishment which were completed in May last year which was overseen by Rydon Construction.

After a day of finger-pointing and revelations residents had spent years lobbying over safety concerns, a massive investigation has been launched and experts are predicting it could lead to a prosecution.

Those in the firing line are the council, who own the property and send people to live there, KCTMO who are responsible for maintaining Grefnell Tower and Rydon who installed cladding as part of their refurbishment.

The Health and Safety Executive, the police and the fire service are now expected to launch a large-scale investigation and Rachel Adamson, Head of Regulatory Law at Stephensons law firm, said for an incident of this size it is very likely they will be considering criminal charges.

Residents say they told former KCMOT worker Siobhan Rumble (right) of their safety concerns, but claim their warnings were overlooked in the building that is owned by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, whose Chief Executive is pictured left

She told MailOnline: ‘Corporate manslaughter charges are often quite difficult to prove as they relate to the controlling mind of the business.

‘If an individual is thought to have been negligent, a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence may be considered.

‘There are a range of other potential charges, such as breach of fire regulations or breach of health and safety regulations, these are the tiers down from manslaughter.’

Investigators are expected to look at how recent renovation work was carried out, whether Construction Regulations have been adhered to, and what fire safety precautions were in place.

More than one resident has claimed that there was no central fire alarm system for the tower block – or it had failed – and only smoke alarms in individual flats were working.

There are also claims that there that there was no central sprinkler system – or it was also not working properly during the fire.

Others have claimed that the new cladding encasing the block added during last year’s £10million refurbishment by Rydon Construction caught alight ‘like a matchstick’.

Checks are to be carried out on tower blocks going through similar refurbishment to Grenfell Tower, policing and fire minister Nick Hurd has said.

 

‘We convert 60% of our summer interns into regular hires’, says Amazon India’s HR head

 

Amazon India’s HR head Raj Raghavan. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

New Delhi: Summer internships give companies a long enough opportunity to asses a student, as compared to 15- to 30-minute interviews during campus placements. Additionally, it also helps a student to check out if the company is a good employer.

E-commerce firm Amazon India converts 60% of their summer interns into full-time employees through pre-placement offers, Raj Raghavan, head of human resources, Asia Pacific, at Amazon, told Mint in an exclusive interview. “We have a fairly good idea about what we want an intern to come and accomplish when the intern comes to us and that helps us assess them better,” he said. Edited excerpts:

What are the key skills Amazon India is looking for?

We are a technology company that is obsessed with customers. Technology is the backbone of how we do things. In terms of specific skills, mobile, cloud computing, machine learning, data analytics are key tech skills we are hiring for, among others.

Beyond technical skills, we look for customer obsession in people, ownership, those with high value for action among others. We don’t think skills forward, we think customer backwards. The key is adjacency of skills—we use the word “fungible”—skills that are fungible to do other things.

Our talent acquisition strategy is a combination of “build” and “buy”—where we need to buy, we will buy, but our focus will also be on building skills. We know that we’re not going to get the exact skills that we need. The internal talent management programmes help us train our employees better.Amazon India’s HR head Raj Raghavan. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

What is your campus hiring strategy?

Our campus strategy is not just around hiring from the campuses. We continue to work within them beyond just hiring. We have signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with some colleges to help develop specific competency. To cite few examples, as part of our MoU with IISC Bangalore, we sponsor research chairs and PhDs on Big Data and Analytics and Machine Learning. We have a MoU with IIT Madras for research on Machine Learning. We are also working closely with IIIT Hyderabad to develop a program with for their students.

We also connect with campuses through contests. For instance, the Amazon Customer Excellence (ACE) Challenge, in its fifth year now, is an innovative inter-collegiate case study competition open to teams from top business schools in Asia. As a part of the contest, real cases are forwarded to the B-school students and participants need to come up with solutions.

Code Wizard Challenge is a similar competition for engineering colleges, in which participants innovate, decode and solve real-world complex technology challenges that are core to Amazon.

What share of your spending at Amazon India is budget for talent?

We use our investments appropriately. We use it as we need it. We have a good talent acquisition team… lot of our sourcing efforts come from our own team. We also use external search firm, but it is a combination and budget is not a constraint for any of our efforts.

Will you focus on hiring the surplus experienced talent in the e-commerce being fired by some companies, over fresh graduates?

You need to have a good combination for both. You cannot say we will hire only senior talent and not anybody from campuses and vice versa. We will continue to hire experienced candidates. We will hire across levels, across expertise. End of the day, it is important to have the right match of skills with some amount of fungibility for the roles.

What percentage of your overall campus hires are through the PPO (pre-placement offers) route? How do you train them?

We convert more than 60% of our interns into regular hires.

It is beyond just training. It is about having real roles for interns to perform and not just using them as another pair of hands, but deal with them respectfully both intellectual respect and emotional respect.

Even before we go to the campuses, we have a fairly good idea about what we want an intern to come and accomplish.

Do internships help you assess candidates better?

Internships give you a long enough opportunity than an interview to check out. The intern checks it out if we are good for her/him as an employer.

We too are able to look at the intern over a period of time and find out the areas he/she needs to develop and is good at.

We think everyone having a superpower… we are not looking for absence of weaknesses, but we are looking for superpowers.

As employers, we can then look at various opportunities an employee can have. We want to make internships an exciting experience to come and solve real problems and get a good feel of our culture.

What you like about fresh graduates?

We like their energy, passion, willingness to roll up their sleeves, desire to find an answer when a solution doesn’t exist, ability to dive deep into specific issue and not just stay at a superficial level and their ability to look at a problem differently thereby finding a solution that is good for our customers.

What do you like about institutes you hire from?

Their overall orientation to understanding the customer needs… to simplifying solutions rather than complicating them… having the mindset of owner and wanting to solve problems and having a bias for action. These are things that certainly help.

Anything that you would like to change in the college curriculum…

Some skills cannot be developed overnight. For instance, machine learning …it requires deep thinking in terms for curriculum, experienced professors and hands on expertise to train one to become a machine learning scientist. We work closely with some institutes and they know what we are looking for.

We are happy to bring interns for a longer period, not just two months… bring in professors who can co-create work with us. That is something we are focused on.

What is your secret to success?

One needs to go deep… also know when to dive in and dive out. May times, people go so deep that they can’t dive out. You need to be super-resilient—that is a big part of a long-term career.

Career is like a marathon—you need to take the right gaps at the right times and you need to be able to pause at a few points, store energy… you need to be a great problem solver. If you’re not a problem solver, you will not be able to innovate. Lastly, you need to be great in hiring and developing people.

70 Percent of Small Businesses Support Buy American-Hire American Policies

 

Small business owners continue to back President Donald Trump.

Seventy percent of small businesses are in favor of the President’s Buy American-Hire American executive order. If approved, it will require the government to review its current H-1B visa program.

Meanwhile, 52 percent rate Trump’s first 100 days in office as a success.

According to a new survey by business-for-sale marketplace BizBuySell, majority of small business owners support Trump on most issues.

Small Businesses Approve Trump’s Tax Plan and Immigration Crackdown

An overwhelming majority of small business owners (85 percent) say they support Trump’s proposed tax plan.

As for his controversial stance on immigrants, 59 percent of small businesses say they back the push for increased immigration crackdowns and deportations.

American Healthcare Act is a Sore Point

But small businesses are not particularly happy with Trump’s handling of healthcare issues. Forty-five percent feel President Trump has handled healthcare issues poorly.

Fifty-five percent say they don’t support the Republican healthcare replacement bill, also known as the American Health Care Act.70 Percent of Small Businesses Support Buy American-Hire American Policies

Meanwhile, 54 percent are opposed to the aspect of state waivers opting out of regulations and consumer protections that were included in Obamacare. This would mean states can allow insurers to charge more for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Small Businesses Keep Faith in President Trump

This is not the first time Trump got thumbs up from small businesses since he took office. Another recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey in partnership with CNBC found nearly 3 out of 5 small business owners approving President Trump.

Respondents did however indicate that tax relief must come soon for them to continue supporting the president.

San Francisco-based BizBuySell surveyed more than 500 small business owners and prospective buyers to determine approval of Trump’s Presidency since he took office.

 

Hear the Voice of Small Business in this Metlife #MetLifeSmallBiz Twitter Chat

 

Small business owners feel confident about their prospects, according to the latest Small Biz Index.

The recent survey of 1,000 small business owners was conducted by MetLife (@Metlife) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce between April 30 and April 21, 2017.

According to the data gathered, 60.6 percent of small business owners said they have a positive outlook for their company.

But despite their optimism, concerns over the economy continue to persist.Tips for Overcoming Small Business Challenges

The survey found businesses are less pleased with the national and local economies — and the time they spend on regulation.

To understand small business owners’ views better, Rieva Lesonsky (@Rieva), Susan Solovic (@SusanSolovic) and Small Business Trends CEO Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends) led a Twitter chat June 21. The event was sponsored by MetLife.

See excerpts of the discussion below.

Tips for Overcoming Small Business Challenges

The discussion started with participants describing the overall health of their business.

 

SpaceX Plans Expansion of Rocket Refurbishing Facilities in Florida

 

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SpaceX proposes building a 6,245-square metre hangar in Florida
The space will be used to refurbish and store SpaceX’s reusable rockets
The company is preparing for its 10th flight of the year on Sunday
SpaceX wants to expand facilities in Florida to refurbish and store its reusable rocket boosters as it increases the pace of launches, documents filed with authorities show.

The privately owned rocket company, operated by entrepreneur Elon Musk, proposes building a 67,222-square-foot (6,245-square meter) hangar just south of its Cape Canaveral launch sites to prepare recovered Falcon boosters for reflight, according to the documents.

The Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider SpaceX’s proposed lease on Wednesday.

Since successfully landing its first Falcon rocket in December 2015, SpaceX has successfully returned boosters 12 more times on drone barges floating in the ocean or on a landing pad on the ground. Two of those boosters were refurbished and relaunched on second satellite-delivery missions.SpaceX Plans Expansion of Rocket Refurbishing Facilities in Florida

SpaceX in March took over a spacecraft processing facility at Port Canaveral that once was used to prepare Spacehab science and equipment modules for flight aboard NASA’s now-retired space shuttles. The new lease is for 2.2 acres of vacant land adjacent to the Spacehab building.

The hangar that SpaceX wants to build there will be used for rocket refurbishment and storage, company spokesman John Taylor said. The old Spacehab building will be used for offices, rocket storage and to house equipment currently positioned at the dock where SpaceX’s floating landing pad returns from sea, Taylor said.
“Right now, we have that work dispersed at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This will allow us to consolidate and work more efficiently,” Taylor said.

SpaceX operates two launch sites in Florida, though one remains out of service following a September 2016 accident that destroyed a $62 million rocket, a $200 million communications satellite and heavily damaged the launch pad. Repairs are underway and SpaceX expects to resume flights from the pad, located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, later this year.

The California-based firm uses the space shuttle’s old launch pads at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, just north of the Air Force base. It also has a launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and is building a launch site near Brownsville, Texas.

The company is preparing for its 10th flight of the year, and third launch in nine days, on Sunday. SpaceX has a backlog of more than 70 missions, worth more than $10 billion (roughly Rs. 64,570 crores), spokesman Taylor said.