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Mar 5, 2021

SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, while Starship moves closer to being able to launch up to 400 at a time

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

SpaceX has launched another batch of its Starlink satellites — the usual complement of 60 of the low Earth orbit spacecraft, which will join the more than 1000 already making up the existing constellation. This is the fifth launch of Starlink satellites for SpaceX this year, and the twentieth overall.

Earlier this year, SpaceX opened up Starlink access to anyone in a current or planned service area via a pre-order reservation system with a refundable up-front deposit. The company aims to continue launches like this one apace throughout 2021 in order to get the constellation to the point where it can serve customers over a much larger portion of the globe. SpaceX COO and President Gwynne Shotwell has previously said that the company expects it should have coverage over much of the globe at a constellation size of around 1200 satellites, but the company has plans to launch more than 30000 to fully build out its network capacity and speed.

While SpaceX is making good progress on Starlink with its Falcon 9 launcher, it’s also looking ahead to Starship as a key driver of the constellation’s growth. Starship, SpaceX’s next-generation launch vehicle currently under development in South Texas, will be able to deliver to orbit 400 Starlink satellites at a time, and it’s also being designed with full reusability and fast turnaround in mind.

Mar 1, 2021

SpaceX aborts launch of Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

The auto abort occurred just over a minute before liftoff.

A veteran SpaceX rocket suffered a launch abort just minutes before liftoff Sunday night (Feb. 28) while attempting to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites.

Mar 1, 2021

Space startup Gitai raises $17.1M to help build the robotic workforce of commercial space

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, satellites

Japanese space startup Gitai has raised a $17.1 million funding round, a Series B financing for the robotics startup. This new funding will be used for hiring, as well as funding the development and execution of an on-orbit demonstration mission for the company’s robotic technology, which will show its efficacy in performing in-space satellite servicing work. That mission is currently set to take place in 2023.

Gitai will also be staffing up in the U.S., specifically, as it seeks to expand its stateside presence in a bid to attract more business from that market.

“We are proceeding well in the Japanese market, and we’ve already contracted missions from Japanese companies, but we haven’t expanded to the U.S. market yet,” explained Gitai founder and CEO Sho Nakanose in an interview. So we would like to get missions from U.S. commercial space companies, as a subcontractor first. We’re especially interested in on-orbit servicing, and we would like to provide general-purpose robotic solutions for an orbital service provider in the U.S.”

Mar 1, 2021

Hyper-accurate positioning is rolling out worldwide

Posted by in category: satellites

Upgrades to satellites in orbit and systems down below will bring centimeter-level accuracy to the masses.

Feb 28, 2021

A SpaceX rocket will launch a Starlink satellite fleet tonight and you can watch it live. Here’s how

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Liftoff is at 8:37 p.m. EST (0137 March 1 GMT).

SpaceX will launch its next batch of Starlink satellites on Sunday (Feb. 28) and you can watch it live online.

Feb 24, 2021

SpaceX blames failed Falcon 9 booster landing on heat damage

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

A Falcon 9 booster failed to land after a launch Feb. 15 because of “heat damage” it sustained, but SpaceX thinks boosters can be reused 10 or more times.

WASHINGTON — A Falcon 9 booster failed to land after its most recent launch Feb. 15 because of “heat damage” it sustained, but a SpaceX official said he was confident that the boosters can be reused 10 or more times.

During a session of the 47th Spaceport Summit Feb. 23, Hans Koenigsmann, senior adviser for build and flight reliability at SpaceX, said the failed landing during an otherwise successful launch of Starlink satellites remains under investigation.

Feb 20, 2021

An asteroid is approaching, so I invited one of Earth’s defenders to dinner

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, satellites

Near-Earth Asteroid 99942 Apophis will be visible on Sunday. Some say it could ultimately destroy satellites and spaceships. The creators of the Unistellar eVscope telescope are trying to marshal our defense.

Feb 18, 2021

Quebec invests in Telesat Lightspeed constellation

Posted by in categories: government, satellites

The Quebec government will invest 400 million Canadian dollars ($315.5 million) in Telesat’s Lightspeed low-Earth orbit communications network, MDA will produce the constellation’s phased array antennas and prime contractor Thales Alenia Space will manufacture the satellites in Quebec.

Feb 17, 2021

SpaceX loses a Falcon 9 on landing in first of two Starlink missions this week

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

The booster appeared to miss the landing pad of the company’s droneship in the Atlantic Monday night.

Feb 16, 2021

What Elon Musk’s 42,000 Starlink satellites could do for — and to — planet Earth

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb and others want to bring high-speed internet to every part of the world. But experts worry this could cost space exploration.

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