The Morning After: Thursday, July 6th 2017

The Morning After: Thursday, July 6th 2017
From Engadget - July 6, 2017

Back at it.
Virgin Galactic will conduct its first powered spaceship tests in three years

A 2014 crash undid Virgin Galactic's private space-travel plans, but now the company says it will resume powered test flights. This comes after a series of glide-only trials since December, and it hopes to reach the edge of space by the end of this year. Richard Branson is targeting the middle of next year for his first trip to space, with commercial passenger flights starting soon after.

The first manufacturer to step away from gasoline.
All Volvo's new models will be electric or hybrid within two years

Volvo is not quite going full-Tesla, but the company has announced that from 2019 on, it wo not launch another car without an electric motor inside. All new models will be full electric, plug-in hybrid or amild-hybrid' cars that run mostly on gas or diesel. Of the five new models Volvo plans to introduce between 2019 and 2021, two are high-performance Polestar vehicles.

What's next?
Disney's first 4K Blu-ray will be 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'

Ending months of speculation, Guardians 2 director James Gunn confirmed his movie will be available in Ultra HD this fall. The flick is especially colorful since it was filmed on a new Red Weapon 8K camera, and home viewers will enjoy more detail thanks to 4K and HDR. We are still waiting for an official announcement from Disney, but it could go on sale August 22nd, leaving just one more question -- when will we see Star Wars in 4K?

"It's crazy but it might work."
NASA will crash a satellite into an asteroid

NASA is one step closer to testing its proposed line of defence against the threat of a potential asteroid impact on Earth. The "kinetic impactor technique" essentially involves smashing a spacecraft into an asteroid to bounce it away from Earth. It sounds a lot saner than the plan hatched in Armageddon: send oil drillers and a nuclear bomb. Do not cry, Liv Tyler.

Sure, that's reasonable.
Volvo's parent company just bought a flying-car outfit

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