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SpaceX scrubs Starlink launch with two BlackSky satellites

SpaceX scrubs Starlink launch with two BlackSky satellites

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ORLANDO, Fla., June 26 (UPI) -- SpaceX scrubbed Friday's plan to launch additional Starlink satellites in a mission that had another paying customer on board -- what SpaceX calls its ride-share program. The change in plans was not weather-related. Advertisement "Standing down from today's Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range," SpaceX said in a tweet. A Falcon 9 rocket was set to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 57 Starlink communications satellites for Elon Musk's SpaceX, along with two small Earth observation satellites for Seattle-based BlackSky Global. SpaceX also postponed the launch Thursday, but...
SpaceX launches 58 Starlink, 3 SkySat satellites from Florida

SpaceX launches 58 Starlink, 3 SkySat satellites from Florida

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June 13 (UPI) -- SpaceX has expanded the company's historic Starlink constellation by launching 58 more satellites from Florida on Saturday morning. The payload lifted off on time aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:21 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch was the ninth regular Starlink mission, boosting the number of those communications satellites in orbit to 538 -- the most ever for any such constellation. Starting with the next cluster launch planned for June 22, SpaceX intends to put sunshades on all the Starlink satellites as part of the company's effort to make them less visible from the ground. Astronomers and other sky gazers have complained that bright reflections from the satellites can ruin observations o...
SpaceX launch boosts Starlink network to 480 satellites

SpaceX launch boosts Starlink network to 480 satellites

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ORLANDO, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on time Wednesday night from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, propelling 60 Starlink communications satellites into orbit. The successful launch boosted the number of Starlink satellites circling the Earth to 480, by far the greatest number of any communications network. Advertisement Liftoff at 9:25 p.m. EDT came on a warm, humid night after skies cleared sufficiently to ensure a safe launch and adequate monitoring. At about 2 minutes, 45 seconds after launch, the nine main engines of the rocket's first stage shut off, and that stage re-entered the Earth's atmosphere for recovery off Florida on the SpaceX barge named Just Read the Instructions. The first stage landed mostly inside a bull's-eye on the flat dec...
OneWeb increases mega-constellation to 74 satellites

OneWeb increases mega-constellation to 74 satellites

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The London-based start-up OneWeb launched another big batch of satellites on Saturday.A Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying 34 more spacecraft into orbit to continue the build-up of the firm's broadband internet constellation.The mission took place despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has limited much space activity elsewhere. It also comes amid rumours the firm may consider seeking bankruptcy protection.A report by Bloomberg on Thursday said OneWeb was examining different options it could use to stave off the difficulties of a cash crunch. A spokesperson wouldn't comment on those rumours, telling BBC News only that OneWeb was "focused 100% on launch".The Soyuz rocket ...
OneWeb launches 34 communications satellites from Kazakhstan

OneWeb launches 34 communications satellites from Kazakhstan

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March 21 (UPI) -- A Soyuz rocket carried 34 satellites toward orbit from Kazakhstan on time at 1:06 p.m. EDT Saturday in the third such launch for OneWeb spacecraft made in Florida. The launch will boost OneWeb's global network of satellites to 74 as it strives to provide high-speed Internet access to remote areas. OneWeb previously launched 40 satellites from space centers in Kazakhstan and South America. Saturday's launch came from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket purchased through French space firm Arianespace. OneWeb is one of several U.S. companies competing to launch vast new constellations of satellites to provide high-speed, reliable internet around the globe. SpaceX has the largest constellation so far, at 362 satellites, and plans for up to 42,000. ...