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SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

Science
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...
Elon Musk’s Starlink in talks with UK to solve broadband problems

Elon Musk’s Starlink in talks with UK to solve broadband problems

Technology
The UK is in talks with Elon Musk's satellite broadband company Starlink to provide connectivity in hard-to-reach areas.It comes as Boris Johnson has promised a £5bn "rocket boost" for parts of the country with slow broadband - the latest pledge in his "levelling up" agenda. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes the satellite constellation project by the billionaire SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk is one of the best ways to deliver coverage in hard-to-reach areas, although alternatives are being considered.The government is also assessing whether High Altitude Platforms, such as balloons or autonomous aircraft, could help deliver coverage in rural regions like the Scottish Highlands. Image: The UK is in talks with Elon Musk's com...
SpaceX launches 22nd cluster of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches 22nd cluster of Starlink satellites

Business
March 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its 22nd cluster of Starlink communication satellites before dawn Sunday from Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket came at 6:01 a.m. EDT, just hours after clocks move ahead for Daylight Saving Time, from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement After the main engine cutoff, the Falcon 9 first stage landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, completing the ninth flight of that booster A little more than an hour after launch, SpaceX confirmed the satellites had been released into their initial orbit. The company has kept up a regular cadence of Starlink launches since the first mission in 2019. Sunday's launch follows another successful trip to orbit for the broadband Internet spacecraft Thursday. SpaceX has little room for delays on...
SpaceX plans 22nd Starlink cluster launch

SpaceX plans 22nd Starlink cluster launch

Business
ORLANDO, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch the 22nd cluster of Starlink communication satellites from Florida early Sunday morning. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 5:44 a.m. EDT, just hours after clocks move ahead for Daylight Saving Time, from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The company has kept up a regular cadence of Starlink launches since the first mission in 2019. Sunday's launch follows another successful trip to orbit for the broadband internet spacecraft Thursday. The weather is expected to be nearly ideal for a launch Sunday, with only a 10 percent chance of thick clouds that can cause problems, according to a forecast from the U.S. Space Force. "Winds on Sunday morning will be relatively light, and it is possible there will be a ...
SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

Science
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...