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SpaceX launches cluster of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches cluster of Starlink satellites

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Oct. 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space Saturday morning, carrying 60 Internet satellites into orbit to help establish connections to remote areas. The launch, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It went off without a hitch with the booster rocket safely landing on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Advertisement The upper stage of the Falcon 9 deployed the satellites into orbit 63 minutes after takeoff, allowing SpaceX to build on its previous successes. SpaceX had put 180 Starlink satellites into space before Saturday's launch. The launch was the mission's 15th, but only the 14th with operational broadband satellites. The Starlink constellation currently boasts in excess of 800 mini satellites. "T...
SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites Wednesday if weather cooperates

SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites Wednesday if weather cooperates

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Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Just three days after sending 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit, SpaceX is aiming to launch another batch of broadband satellites into space from Florida. If the weather cooperates, Wednesday's launch will be SpaceX's 15th Starlink mission. Advertisement Liftoff is scheduled for 12:29 p.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With Sunday's successful launch, SpaceX increased the size of their Starlink constellation to nearly 800 satellites. The 15th mission will see another 60-odd satellites join the network. "The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide Internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable Internet across the globe," according to the Ken...
SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink broadband satellites

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink broadband satellites

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its 14th group of 60 satellites from Florida under blue skies Sunday for the company's Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period. Liftoff occurred on time at 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch boosted the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800. After the previous Starlink launch Oct. 6, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch would soon allow it to "roll out a fairly wide public" test in the northern United States and "hopefully" in southern Canada. "Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval," Musk wrote. The company said emergency responders in northern Washington State had used the Starlink servic...
Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

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The Planet Earth-observation company has just released new imagery of the broken Milne Ice Shelf in the Arctic.Located on the northern margin of Canada's Ellesmere Island, the ice platform split on 30/31 July to form a free-floating bloc some 80 sq km (30 sq miles) in area.By 3 August, this berg, or "ice island", had itself ruptured in two, with both segments then seen to drift out into the Arctic Ocean. Ice shelves are the floating fronts of glaciers that have flowed off the land into the sea. Ellesmere Island was once bounded by extensive shelves that had melded into a single structure. Satellites record history of Antarctic melting Coronavirus severely restricts Antarctic science At the begin...
European Sentinel satellites to map global CO2 emissions

European Sentinel satellites to map global CO2 emissions

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German manufacturer OHB-System has signed a €445m (£400m) contract to begin construction of a satellite network to monitor carbon dioxide.The CO2M constellation will consist in the first instance of two spacecraft, but there is an option for a third.The platforms will track the greenhouse gas across the globe, helping nations assess the scale of their emissions. Under the Paris climate accord, countries must compile CO2 inventories. CO2M will provide supporting data.The aim is to launch the OHB spacecraft in 2025 so they can inform the international stocktake that will report in 2028.CO2M falls under the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation programme. This flies a series of satellite se