One of the 1.3 million names sent into space aboard NASA's Orion test capsule was a stowaway, uploaded to NASA's database by a security researcher who found and exploited a vulnerability. The name 'Payload1 Payload2' was one of three uploaded to the NASA Orion database that collected names to be later transferred to a chip aboard the rocket and shot into space.
The hack since closed was neither malicious nor dangerous to the mission but rather a flexing of grey matter by bug hunter. The filter bypass and persistent input validation web vulnerability was related to the first and surname fields of the Orion boarding pass module.Read more
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk shook up the automotive and aerospace industries with electric cars and cheap rockets. Now, he is focused on satellites that can deliver Internet access across the globe, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Musk is working with Greg Wyler, a satellite-industry veteran and former Google Inc. executive. In talks with industry executives, Musk and Wyler have discussed launching satellites. They are considering building a factory to make satellites. Initial talks have been held with state officials about locating the factory. In addition to Mr. Musk, WorldVu is seeking a satellite industry partner to lend expertise to the project.Read more