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“Few have come before, and many are about to follow” – Inspiration4 astronauts make history



Four astronauts who have never been to space have embarked on a landmark voyage with a successful launch from the Kennedy Space Center

“Few have come before, and many are about to follow. The door’s open now and it’s pretty incredible,” Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman said close to 10 minutes after liftoff, as heard on SpaceX’s livestream.

Only 553 humans have ever been to orbit, and the 4 latest SpaceX astronauts are part of a historic crew, with not one member having ever been to orbit.

Unlike missions which SpaceX flies for NASA, Inspiration4 is not going to the space station.

Instead, the crew will orbit Earth for three days, at a much higher altitude than the International Space Station.

The company landed the Falcon 9 rocket booster on the company’s ocean droneship, and the Crew Dragon spacecraft continued on toward orbit.

This was the third successful landing for this rocket booster.

SpaceX capsule features largest window ever put in space

Here’s what the Inspiration4 crew is bringing to orbit

The crew suiting up
  • Jared Isaacman: A dragon pendant made for Isaacman’s wife and daughters
  • Chris Sembroski: Family heirloom pins
  • Hayley Arceneaux: A photo of Arceneaux at age 10, when she was fighting bone cancer
  • Sian Proctor: A commemorative coin from Guam, where she is from, and rings that belonged to Proctor’s mother and father. Proctor’s father passed away when she was 19 years old

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again



Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines


The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 







It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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