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San Antonio company working with military, SpaceX to move cargo anywhere in world in an hour or less

A San Antonio company is partnering with the military and SpaceX to move cargo anywhere in the world in an hour using commercial spacecraft — including vertical-landing rockets built in Texas.

U.S. Transportation Command, which is responsible for moving military personnel and equipment around the world, said it’s working with Exploration Architecture, or XArc, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop “rapid transportation through space” capabilities.

XArc, with six employees, is responsible for determining what’s needed on the ground to launch and land commercial spacecraft around the world.

The collaboration is the latest development in Texas’ still-expanding role in space travel and could help the U.S. military more quickly respond to threats and humanitarian crises around the world.

The aim is to use commercial space vehicles, including SpaceX’s Starship, to deliver payloads anywhere in the world. Starship can carry loads of 220,000 pounds.

“Our role is to understand the ground support infrastructure required to make it happen,” XArc CEO Sam Ximenes said. “What are the ground facilities and cargo standardizations so that it is seamlessly integrated into the (military’s) current logistics system.”

Sam Ximenes is chief executive of XArc. His company is teaming with Houston engineering firm KBR to evaluate three types of rockets.

His company is teaming with Houston engineering firm KBR to evaluate three types of rocket landing areas: rugged sites with no infrastructure, remote sites with limited support and mature sites that have established capabilities.

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The nine-person team is considering the logistics, including fuel and cargo requirements, needed to support spacecraft around the world, Ximenes said.

“Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload (170,900 pounds) anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, head of U.S. Transportation Command, said in a statement. “Think about that speed associated with the movement of transportation of cargo and people.”

The companies could begin testing ground-support concepts as early as 2021.

In addition to SpaceX’s Starship, XArc’s study is looking at commercial space vehicles under development, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Horizon and Virgin Galactic’s Stratolaunch.

Founded in 2007, XArc specializes in space architecture and engineering, and it consults on designs for “spaceports, space stations, planetary surface systems and terrestrial space-related facilities,” the company website states.

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“For the past 75 years or so, we have been constrained to around 40,000 feet altitude and 600 miles per hour in our very fastest method of logistics delivery — airlift,” said Navy Vice Adm. Dee Mewbourne, deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command.

A screenshot from the LabPadre YouTube channel shows the SpaceX Starship prototype as it raises itself 150 meters into the air before lowering back to the ground.

Rockets traveling through space could speed cargo delivery by 10 times.

“It’s time to learn how our current strategies to project and sustain forces can evolve with a new mode of transportation,” he said.

In addition to speed, commercial space lift “eliminates en-route stops or air refueling,” officials said in a statement. “This capability has the potential to be one of the greatest revolutions in transportation since the airplane.”

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San Francisco Shock Win Back-To-Back Overwatch League Titles

San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.

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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.

The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons, both in 3-0 sweeps.

The level of play in the championship match was worthy of such a lofty occasion. The Grand Finals proper started out on Oasis. Seoul rolled out with the double sniper composition that has served them so well during the post-season, but they were no real match for the Shock, who claimed the first map 2-0. Matthew “super” DeLisi came out trumps in the early Roadhog battle against Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong, which limited Seoul’s effectiveness in the early goings.

The Dynasty selected Kings Row for the second map and that was much tighter. San Francisco claimed the first two points with relative ease, and had over five minutes in the time back as they rolled into C. Seoul valiantly staved off the Shock for almost four minutes but couldn’t prevent them from completing the map. On their attack, the Dynasty came agonizingly close to claiming the third point, but couldn’t quite get over the line. The Shock took a 2-0 lead.

And then, a twist. For the assault map, Seoul opted for Hanamura. It’s a great map. It’s also one that the Shock hadn’t lost all year.

The risk paid off, however. Dynasty captured both points on their attack with time to spare, and they were able to prevent San Francisco from claiming the second point to reduce the map deficit to 2-1.

Next, San Francisco took us to Watchpoint: Gibraltar for the escort map. Though they almost held Seoul on point A, the Shock seemed unusually uncoordinated in their defense, which allowed Dynasty to storm through B. San Francisco slowed down Seoul on C, however, which meant Seoul only had 18 seconds to carry into a potential second attack.

Surprisingly, Seoul ditched the double sniper look on their defense to roll out with Joon-yeong “Profit” Park on Genji. And whaddya know? It worked. Profit sliced and diced his way through the Shock, and with Dong-eon “FITS” Kim providing cover on Widowmaker, Seoul didn’t even let the Shock take the first point. The Dynasty squared things up 2-2.

Both teams were looking to take an edge in