US billionaire Gabe Newell has kept his promise to donate $ 1 to Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland for every person who watched Rocket’s livestream The Lab’s Latest Launch, » Return to Sender « (embedded below).
Rocket Lab announced this afternoon that thanks to Newell 286. $ 000 was raised for the Starship Pediatric ICU.
The billionaire was stranded in New Zealand during a ten-day vacation that led to a lockdown in March.
The divorced, 57-year-old father of two says he can do as much remotely from New Zealand as he can from his Seattle home – where he became a multimillionaire at Microsoft and worked on the first three releases of Windows. He became a multimillionaire after leaving to start Valve.
Valve develops its own video games and sells all-comers’ titles through its Steam online shop, which has become the dominant online platform for the distribution of game content in the post-disc age.
Newell recently said his company is only 50 to 75 percent productive because employees work remotely.
Without specifically mentioning Valve, he said it made sense for game development companies to move – at least temporarily – to New Zealand where they could work together in an office.
« Return to Sender » included « Gnome Chompski » – a 6 « tall figure designed by Weta Workshop to help promote Newell’s fundraiser (officially known as the » crowd simulator « ) . . . with an important R&D function in which Rocket Lab can test and qualify a new type of 3D printing technology). Chompski, who first appeared in the Shoot-Em-Up-Half-Life as « garden ornament and improvised weapon », was a recurring joke in various Valve games.
The launch was also remarkable in launching the first student-built satellite in New Zealand – Waka Āmiorangi Aotearoa APSS-1, which studies electrical disturbances in the upper atmosphere and examines whether they are earthquake-related – and so that predicting the future rumbles. Rocket Lab sponsored the project by providing the University of Auckland with the launch free of charge.
And his headline trick was Rocket Lab’s first attempt to find the booster. The first stage of « Return to Sender » returned to Earth two and a half minutes after the 3. Start at 8 p.m., about 13 minutes later a gentle landing in the sea below the launch complex 1 in Mahia.
Founder Peter Beck published a photo of the booster shortly after 11 p.m. that was being brought on board a salvage ship.
Rocket Lab plans to refine the retrieval process so that a helicopter can catch the booster in the middle of its descent. Further information on the start of « Return to Sender » can be found here.
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