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SpaceX plans two Starlink satellite launches on consecutive days

SpaceX plans two Starlink satellite launches on consecutive days

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A plan by Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch two Starlink satellite missions from Florida on Thursday fell through, and the company now plans to send two Falcon 9 rockets aloft on consecutive days. The first launch is planned for 1:19 a.m. EST Thursday from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, followed by another Friday at 5:14 a.m. EST from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement SpaceX said on Twitter it had moved one of the launches to Friday to allow additional time for "pre-launch checks." To allow additional time for pre-launch checks, now targeting Friday, February 5 at 5:14 a.m. EST for launch of Starlink from LC-39A— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 3, 2021 The U.S. Space Force approved launching twice in one day, according to a post o
Sirius XM says its newest satellite has malfunctioned

Sirius XM says its newest satellite has malfunctioned

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Sirius XM's newest satellite isn't working properly and may be the subject of a $ 225 million insurance claim, the company said Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Elon Musk's SpaceX launched the SXM-7 communications satellite Dec. 13, and testing of its systems began Jan. 4. But "events occurred which have caused failures" on the craft, Sirius XM reported. Advertisement "We have purchased insurance policies covering SXM-7 through launch and the first year of in-orbit operation," Sirius XM said in its filing. "We have notified the underwriters of these policies of a potential claim with respect to SXM-7." Sirius XM said three of its satellites in orbit will continue to provide service, one of which SXM-7 was to replace ev...
SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, blames weather

SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, blames weather

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- SpaceX scrubbed its launch to send 143 small satellites into space Saturday, blaming weather conditions. The scrub came about 5 minutes before the expected liftoff time. Advertisement "Due to unfavorable weather, we are standing down from today's launch; the team will continue with the countdown until T-30 seconds for data collection. Another launch attempt is available tomorrow, January 24 with a 22-minute window opening at 10:00 a.m. EST," the company tweeted. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 143 small satellites for the Transporter-1 mission is now expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday morning. With more than a dozen customers, the mission's largest number of satellites come from San Francisco-based Planet (formerly Planet Labs...
Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, but satellite deployment unclear

Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, but satellite deployment unclear

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- California-based Virgin Orbit made its first successful flight to orbit Sunday using a rocket launched from a plane over the Pacific Ocean, but the company hadn't disclosed whether the satellites aboard were released successfully. The rocket soared into space at 2:40 p.m. EST after the company's Cosmic Girl aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400, released it from beneath a wing. Advertisement What remains is a question about what happened to the satellites that were headed to orbit. "We can confirm our NewtonFour upper stage engine successfully relit at the right time and for the right duration. The payload separation command was issued as planned. The team is going through the data now to confirm everything -- but it's very encouraging," the company tweeted at 4:49 p.m. Ri...