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Halo Space Capsule Set To Fly 32 Km Above Saudi Arabia

A June test flight will launch a second life-size prototype as the company reveals plans to begin commercial “Space Tourism” operations by 2026.

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Spanish headquartered Halo Space, a “Stratospheric Commercial Flights Company” has announced plans to launch a sixth test flight from Saudi Arabian airspace in June this year. The news comes after the company received the go ahead from Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST).

This test flight will launch Halo’s prototype capsule 32 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. The craft is followed by a helium balloon that slowly ascends and lands back on Earth during the 4-6 hour journey.

Halo plans to begin commercial tourist flights by 2026 at prices of $164,000 per ticket. The company has ambitious plans to help 10,000 people into space this decade, allowing them to view what is known as the Overview Effect — a blue halo that forms around the curvature of the Earth.

Space tourists will eventually be treated to unrivaled 360º vistas for around 1-2 hours at maximum altitude, with the capsule’s windows being significantly larger than those of a commercial airliner.

“I’ve spoken with several astronauts about the feeling of profound transformation when you view the Overview Effect. Everyone should get the chance to see our home from such a view,” says HALO Space CEO Carlos Mira.

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Halo is also working with space authorities from the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Spain to establish further launch sites. The exact locations have been chosen based on meteorology, territory, and airspace safety.

“It is magnificent to see our vision of making space flight more accessible come to life,” added Carlos Mira. “To prove our concept and showcase all systems working together will signal to the world that near space tourism with Halo Space is ready for lift-off”.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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