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SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink broadband communications satellites before dawn on Wednesday, from Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites occurred at Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The weather was cooperative for the 23rd Starlink mission. Advertisement "Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed," Space tweeted.[embedded content] "This was the sixth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously supported launch of GPS-III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and three Starlink missions," the company added. "One half of Falcon 9's fairing supported the Sentinel-6A mission and the other supported a previous Starlink mission." There was no room for delay on the Starlink launch because the...
Dominic Cummings and the £400m public bailout to rescue imperilled satellite internet firm

Dominic Cummings and the £400m public bailout to rescue imperilled satellite internet firm

Technology
This Thursday, three dozen satellites will be fired into space from a launch station in a desolate corner of eastern Russia, less than a hundred miles from the northern Chinese border.Each a little bigger than a fridge, they are attached to a Russian rocket which will travel 750 miles up into what is known as low Earth orbit. Here they will stay, at an altitude 30 times closer than that of more traditional communication satellites, in a zone previously the domain of international space stations and the Hubble telescope, and if all goes well provide internet connectivity, in time, to every corner of the globe. Image: A Russian rocket will be used to take the UK bankrolled satellites 750 miles up They are a marvel of innovation and tech...
SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites early Thursday from Florida on a first-stage booster rocket that previously carried two astronauts into space. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred as scheduled at 3:13 a.m. EST from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Advertisement The launch was planned as SpaceX seeks permission from the Federal Communications Commission to beam Starlink service to terminals on trucks, boats and aircraft -- in addition to the current home and office setups.[embedded content] SpaceX has little room for delays on Starlink launches because the company targets a specific orbital location for each mission. If a mechanical or weather issue had prompted a delay, another attempt was planned for Friday at 2:51...
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...