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Watch: SpaceX releases Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites into orbit after successful launch

Watch: SpaceX releases Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites into orbit after successful launch

Science
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday evening with a pair of satellites and an Israeli moon lander aboard. All three were successfully released into orbit. Blastoff occurred right on time at 8:45 p.m. ET. Just a few minutes after Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral, the first and second stages separated and the booster stage fell back to Earth, using its thrusters to slow its reentry and land safely on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You droneship. "Successful deployment of the SpaceIL lunar lander confirmed, starting the spacecraft's two-month voyage to the Moon," SpaceX confirmed on Twitter, some 35 minutes after liftoff. The Israeli-made lander was developed by SpaceIL, a privately-funded nonprofit. The group of scientists and engineers were originally part o...
Watch live: SpaceX to launch Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites

Watch live: SpaceX to launch Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites

Science
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Engineers are preparing SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket for a Friday evening launch that will carry a pair of satellites and an Israeli moon lander into orbit. The Israeli-made lander was developed by SpaceIL, a privately-funded nonprofit. The group of scientists and engineers were originally part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition. They decided to press on after Google closed the contest without a winner. The payload also includes an Indonesian communications satellite called Nusantara Satu and a small experimental satellite belonging to the U.S. Air Force. Blastoff for tonight's GTO-1 mission is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET. The rocket will lift off from SpaceX's launch site at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Both SpaceX and SpaceIL will offer live streams of F...
UK won't use EU's Galileo satellites after Brexit

UK won't use EU's Galileo satellites after Brexit

Technology
The UK must build its own satellite system after Theresa May confirmed the country will not be involved in the EU's Galileo project post-Brexit. The prime minister said Britain would explore other options to build its own system that can guide military drones, run energy networks and provide essential services for civilian smart phones.Experts have predicted it will cost an estimated £3bn to £5bn, and it is unclear whether the UK will get back the £1.2bn it sunk into the Galileo project.The UK will also work with the US to continue accessing its GPS system.Sky News reported on Thursday that government plans to build Britain's own system could hit the buffers because other countries have already claimed signal space. Image:...
Satellites warn African farmers of pest infestations

Satellites warn African farmers of pest infestations

Science
UK researchers have developed an early warning system to prevent the crops of African farmers from being devastated. The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) combines temperature data and weather forecasts with computer models. It then sends farmers a mobile phone alert so that they can take precautions.It is hoped that the system will boost yields and increase farm incomes by up to 20%.Prise is being used in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia and will be rolled out soon in other parts of the world.Prise is an upgrade of a highly successful UK Aid scheme run by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI). It uses a network of so called "plant doctors" and clinics to advise farmers when pests or diseas...
Israeli Aerospace Industries to provide XspressSAR recon satellites

Israeli Aerospace Industries to provide XspressSAR recon satellites

Business
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- XpressSAR will buy up to fourTecSAR synthetic aperture radar satellites with associated support services from Israel Aerospace Industries, under a memorandum of understanding. The deal would cover launches, orbital testing, commissioning and establishing ground operations for the constellation of satellites. XpressSAR will operate the satellites once they are certified as operational in orbit by IAI as a operational delivery. The TecSAR satellite is designed for high-resolution orbitrap intelligence imagery during any light or weather conditions. IAI says they are smaller, lighter and more maneuverable in orbit than similar satellites in their class. "After a long review process of the different solutions available on the market, we are excited to partner with IAI to offe...