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Kubos releases new spacecraft software

Kubos, a Denton-based aerospace company that engineers software for satellites and other spacecraft, released its new operating system, KubOS 1.0, on Tuesday.

The software may be downloaded from the Kubos website. Kubos users and developers are also encouraged to join the company's community on Slack, a cloud-based app for collaboration, to further improve the software.

"Companies like Microsoft and Google have shaped industries with their software platforms, and I'm excited to be backing a company with the same approach," said Tim Draper, Kubos investor, in a press release.

Peterbilt partners with self-driving truck startup

Truck manufacturing company Peterbilt Motors has paired with a startup focused on autonomous, self-driving trucks to help roll out its new line of test trucks, according to an article published on TechCrunch.

Embark, a startup that has managed to raise $15 million toward developing these self-driving vehicles, developed its first prototype using a Peterbilt 579 truck. Peterbilt will help build the new test trucks for Embark at its Denton factory, designing and engineering them to best suit the startup's needs.

The funding for the project comes from Data Collective, with additional aid from YC Continuity, Maven Ventures and SV Angel.

Injury law firm opens doors in Denton

Rocky Haire, founder of the Haire Law Firm, recently opened a Denton office at 1003 Dallas Drive.

Haire Law Firm is a personal injury and wrongful death firm that represents clients involved in 18-wheeler accidents and crashes involving cars, trucks, aircraft and more.

Haire, who founded the firm in 1996, is a native Texan who was born and raised in Denton County.

"We understand the concerns of our fellow Texans when they have been injured, and we work to make the process of recovering compensation for injuries as easy as possible," Haire said in a press release.

Inland Real Estate buys Denton Village shopping center

Denton Village, a 46,300-square-foot shopping center in south Denton, was purchased by Inland Real Estate Acquisitions Inc., the company announced Wednesday.

The shopping center at 2341 Hickory Creek Road was built in 2016 and is home to Sprouts Farmers Market, Pet Supermarket and other stores.

Matt Tice, senior vice president of Inland Real Estate, said in a press release the center's proximity to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, was a strong selling point.

"Drawing more than 141,000 consumers within a five-mile radius, the property boasts strong demographics, making it a prime example of the type of retail acquisitions we continue to seek out," he said.

UNT grad student chosen to detail presidential jet

Yaser Ali, an international graduate student at the University of North Texas and a detailer at Supply Chain International Services LLC, was selected for a position on the elite Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle's Museum of Flight, according to a press release.

The seven-day detailing event from Monday to Sunday will be led by master automotive and aircraft detailer Renny Doyle of Detailing Success.

Ali, who is currently immigrating to the U.S. from Jordan, joins a detailing team that will continue decades of care to the first presidential jet known as Air Force One. The team will also clean and polish 16 additional aircraft on display at the museum, the release said.